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Bang, Pop, Ooh, Aah.... is it theá4th of July?! Wrong! It is time for the STEAM Expo. The STEAM (Science,Technology,áEngineering,áArts andáMath) Expo is a chance for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by designing, implementing and creating an exciting project to share with the community. School fairs will be announced by individual schools. January 9, 2015 is our set up and turn in date at McDowell Tech CC. The Community Expo will be held onáJanuaryá10, 2015 fromá3pm-6pmáwith awards beginning atá6:00pmáin theáMTCC auditorium.áFor more information and assistance check outáhttp://bit.ly/STEAMMCSáá
Upcoming Events
1/5/2015
Repeating EventGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Repeating EventGEN - C&I Team Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1/8/2015
GEN - Sub Training
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1/12/2015
Event OccurrenceGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/13/2015
GEN - Counselors
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
Welcome to McDowell County Schools
INSPIRING SUCCESS: Student-centered, Mission-driven


The McDowell County School System is located in the foothills of beautiful Western North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Asheville. McDowell County Schools consist of 13 schools (one high school, one early college, one alternative education center, two middle/junior high schools, eight elementary schools) and nine pre-school sites. The school system has approximately 6,500 students, nearly 1,000 employees, and around a $55 million budget.

Mission Statement
The mission of McDowell County Schools isáto deliver excellence in educationáwhere all are engagedáin collaboration, communication, and innovationáso that every student graduates readyáto achieve success and positively shape the future.

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New Substitute Teachers' Orientation Workshop
Thursday, January 8, 2015
1 - 4 p.m.
McDowell County Schools Central Office Board Room

In case of inclement weather and school delay or cancellation, the make-up date is Friday, January 16th.

Please call Robin (652-4535, ext. 0) at MCS Central Office to register for this class.

New Substitute Teachers' Orientation Workshop Flyer


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Blog helps foreign exchange student document time in US
The McDowell News recently published a story about Razan,áa MHS foreignáexchange student from Saudi Arabia. áRazanáhas blogged about her experiences at MHS and McDowell County.

You can read the full article at:á
http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/blog-helps-foreign-exchange-student-document-time-in-us/article_d6d7f43a-84a8-11e4-805a-c776ee6b1a96.html​

You can find Razan's Blog atáhttp://www.razanalaqeels.blogspot.com/​
Digital Learning Week
We just wrapped up our First Annual Digital Learning Week. áDigital Learning is student-focused and is centered on using technology for creativity, innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking.


Exciting Events included:
Day 1 Digital Awareness and Creation Day. áStudents had the opportunity to participate in learning about internet safety, signing the keeping a clean digital footprint banner, and opportunities to create a game or digital poster.

Day 2 Innovations of the Future: Today! Roboticsá
Students had the chance to create a robot from a "junk" drawer of materials and for beginners create a robot using Legos.

Day 3 What's Up with the Hour of Code?
Students learned some basics of code and chose from various activities in order to create a game, interactive image, holiday card, etc using code.á

Day 4 Gamers Smackdown
Students learned how to "gamify" and engaged their learning and creativity through the use of Minecraft, Kahoot, FlipQuiz, and other game-based learning activities.

Day 5 Digital Jam and Student Showcase Celebration
Students had a chance to share their digital creations, see the 3D printer in action, and participate in the digital jam session using iPads and karaoke.

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Thanks to Teachers
Congratulations to John Ballard! áThe band teacher at West McDowell Middle is a WLOS "Thanks to Teachers" winner.
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MY Health-e-Schools


MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in McDowell Countyáthrough telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. We collaborate with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, adolescent medicine consultations, and telepsychology / telebehavioral health.​

Recently, the telemedicine program was featured on WLOS. á
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You can read the story on the WLOS website,á​http://www.wlos.com/health/features/health-alert/stories/telehealth-mcdowell-county-schools-371.shtml#.VH9IdaTF_tX
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