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Superintendent's Message


McDowell County Schools is in the process of planning for next year’s school calendar, and we need your input. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible schedules that will allow them to pursue academic and extra curricular excellence. For many years there have been informal discussions about the possibility of an alternative calendar for all schools. While a normal year round schedule would not work well for all schools, we have developed a draft for a modified calendar that we are calling a seasonal calendar. We are looking at both the current traditional calendar model and the seasonal calendar as the two options for the 2017-18 school year and beyond.
We will host our community wide School Calendar Options Meeting on Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 in the auditorium at East Middle School. At this event, we will present the calendar options and share the results of the survey that was conducted last month. All are invited, and we hope you will consider joining us.

Below you will find draft versions of the Traditional Calendar, Eastfield Global Magnet Calendar, McDowell Early College Calendar, and Seasonal Calendar that allow the opportunity to compare and contrast. We hope you will take the time to review them all.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You will find information about the calendar options:

News & Announcements

MCS Featured in AP News Article

McDowell County Schools was recently featured in an AP News article. "How Google Chromebooks conquered schools" was published on multiple newspaper sites including the New York Times. The New York Times version can be found by clicking the title.

2017-2018 Calendars

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On February 13, 2017 the McDowell County Schools Board of Education voted to approve the 2017-2018 Traditional, MEC, and EGMS calendars. You can click on the title to view the calendars.

Seasonal Calendar Survey is Live

McDowell County Schools has created an informational site for the upcoming calendar options. Included on the site is the link to complete the parent and community member survey. You can visit the site at or click on the title

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Middle School Battle of the Books
Date: 2/24/2017
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 3/13/2017, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Reading Fair Expo at MHS
Date: 3/17/2017
Location: MHS
Elementary School Battle of the Books
Date: 3/24/2017
End of 3rd 9 Weeks
Date: 3/28/2017