A Note from Our Principal

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Welcome to McCracken Middle School, home of the Eagles. McCracken has a long history of providing a world class education to our students. We have a dynamic staff of teachers committed to excellence in education. I am so proud to call McCracken Middle School my home and I consider it an honor to serve as Principal.
Middle school provides students with the foundation necessary for success in high school. We take this job very seriously and work to provide your child with engaging learning experience steeped in research based best practices, many excellent arts related experiences, outstanding athletic programs, clubs and extra-curricular activities, and many leadership opportunities.
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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are alive and well on Monday morning as students build their reading skills while bonding with adoptable dogs that are always willing to lend an ear. The program is in partnership with the Spartanburg Humane Society and is part of the State Department’s Read To Succeed initiative, which has a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Jennifer Dowis, the Summer Reading Camp Coordinator, notes the program is proving to be a huge success. Before camp started two weeks ago, many of the young readers didn’t feel good about reading aloud, according to Dowis. Now they feel more confident in their reading skills and also feel safe when reading to a dog. Though the children believe they are teaching the dogs to read, in fact, with the dog as the attentive audience (and an occasional assist from the volunteer partner), they are actually teaching themselves. According to the children, however, reading is about the dog, not about them. No embarrassment. No pressure.
The premise is that good dogs are good medicine and that the dogs will continue to help children become better readers for many years to come.
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McCracken Named a National School to Watch

McCracken Named a National School to Watch
McCracken Middle was recently named a national School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and was recognized in June at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, DC. The organization evaluates and recognizes middle schools across the nation based on criteria that indicate high performance. Visit the Schools to Watch website to find out more about the initiative.

McCracken Earns Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards

McCracken Earns Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards
For 2013-2014, McCracken Middle School earned the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance and the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. In addition, McCracken had been awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for General Performance in the 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 school years. These awards recognize South Carolina public schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of growth. Schools are also recognized for making progress in closing the achievement gap among their students.
Click here to read more about the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program from the South Carolina Department of Education.

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