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Superintendent's Message

MCS Family,
As we approach the Independence Day holiday and the end of the fiscal year, I would like to thank everyone for a very successful 2016-2017 school year. We are very pleased with this past year and even more excited about the year ahead. I hope that every student, parent, volunteer, and staff member is already engaged in a most enjoyable summer. Relax, recharge, and be prepared for a great start to the 2017-2018 school year in just a few weeks!
Mark Garrett

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Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack is getting ready to start up ​for the ​19​th year. Please help us to get the information out to the community.

Last summer, Operation Backpack assisted 802 students with back to school supplies during summer distribution.

This year, School supplies will be available at the AEC "GYM" for McDowell County School students, K-12, July 24th - August 10th; Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm. (Eastfield will have supplies available at Meet The Teacher/Open House on July 12th for their students in need.) Supplies will ONLY be available during the summer on these days. If unable to come during these days and times, supplies will be available at each school when school starts. Please see the school Counselor, Principal, or your student's teacher to request school supplies once school starts.

Backpack Summer Distribution Information: 2011-2016
Number of students assisted during summer distribution:

Year # of Students
2011 (631)
2012 (855)
2013 (623)
2014 (646)
2015 (740)
2016 (802)

This direct student assistance was only possible because of our giving and caring community!

Originally organized in 1998 and administrated by the Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County, the goal of Operation Backpack is to provide all underprivileged children in McDowell County Public Schools with a new backpack and school supplies. Through the gracious giving of our community and others, school supply assistance has been provided directly to over 600 McDowell County School students each year. It is our wish that no child returns to school without the necessary supplies. Although the majority of the supplies are distributed during the a few weeks prior to school starting, Operation Backpack is a year-round project and will supply students all year when needs arise. Supplies that are given to students include, but are not limited to: Backpacks, 3 ring binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, erasers, ballpoint pens, pencils: #2 & colored, 24 count crayons, glue- bottles & sticks, safety scissors, markers, and pencil boxes/pouches.

Supplies and monetary donations are very much appreciated! These donation may be dropped off or mailed to the McDowell Board of Education, 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC 28752. Checks should be made out to The Endowment Fund and indicated for Operation Backpack.

Literacy Cafe

Literacy Cafe Food Truck

McDowell County Schools will provide mobile library services for students Pre-K - 12th grade. The Literacy Cafe (formerly known as the Literacy Bus) will stop at various community locations, giving students the opportunity to check-out books free of charge, in both English and Spanish, throughout the months of July and the first week of August. Students may checkout two books weekly.

Did you notice the word “cafe” in Literacy Cafe? This year we are adding an additional feature to our services. If the Literacy Cafe stops in your area after 10:00 AM each day, any person 18 years of age and under, may receive lunch free of charge aboard the Literacy Cafe. Lunch service will begin the week of July 10th through August 3rd. Yes, that’s right! The Literacy Cafe has a mobile food service coming to a location near you (food service locations are bold).
The Literacy Cafe will be on the road four days a week. Lunch will be served beginning the week of July 10th - August 3rd.

McDowell County Schools is looking forward to “Serving bodies and minds” of the children this summer.

Literacy Cafe Schedule: July 10 - August 03, 2017 (40 minute stop at each location)

West Marion 8:00
God’s Little People - 9:00
Early Childhood Center (FUMC) - 9:50
Nebo Sch. Pking Lot - 11:10
East Marion Baptist 12:10
West Marion 1:15

WME 8:10 - (2nd Grade)
Early Head Start - 9:00
SH/Montford Cove FD- 10:30
Providence Cem. Pk Lt. - 11:30
Lamplighter’s Estates - 12:30
Glenwood Bapt. - 1:30
YMCA Summer Camp - 2:45

PG Elem. Parking Lt - 8:30
Old Fort School - 10:30
Old Fort Pool- 11:15
Mad Momma’s - 12:15
Twin Lakes Campgrd -1:10

First Baptist Ch. - 8:30
McDowell Tech PreK - 9:20
Scotty’s M.H. Park - 10:50
Triple J MH Park - 12:00
Marion Elem. Pk. Lt. - 1:20

For more information concerning the McDowell County Schools Literacy Cafe, please contact Crystal Hamby at 652-4535 ext. 104 or email

Staff Only: Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit Under Way

As a reminder, the State Health Plan is conducting an audit to verify the eligibility of dependents covered by the Plan. This audit focuses on all subscribers with dependents under the age of 75.

Members with dependents enrolled in health coverage as of April 19 received a letter at the end of May, with a request for documentation of their dependents which will need to be provided by July 31, 2017.

Staff, please click the title for links and directions.

Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Summer meals for kids and teens will be served in our community. Open to all children 18 and younger at NO COST. Please visit for locations and times.

McDowell High School Field Construction

Construction work has begun at McDowell High School to redo the track and the field. We have been getting some aerial shots to view the progress. Click the title to see our YouTube playlist of the videos.

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Board of Education Meeting
Date: 8/14/2017, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 8/21/2017
No School-Professional Development Day
Date: 8/22/2017
No School-Professional Development Day
Date: 8/23/2017
No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 8/24/2017