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At the February meeting the Board of Education approved the traditional calendars for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board requested that I schedule and host a calendar discussion meeting for each of the elementary districts. The intent for these meetings is to provide residents from each community with an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and learn more about the possibility of a seasonal calendar in future years.  

Those meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 14th 6:00 p.m. Nebo Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Monday, March 20th 6:00 p.m. North Cove Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 p.m. PG Elementary Multi-purpose Room
Thursday, April 20th 6:00 p.m. West Marion Elementary Gym (PTO night)
Monday, April 24th 6:00 p.m. Eastfield GMS & Marion ES EGMS Auditorium
Monday, May 1st 6:00 p.m. Glenwood Elementary Auditorium
Tuesday, May 2nd 6:00 p.m. Old Fort Elementary Auditorium

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You will find information about the calendar options:

News & Announcements

Board of Education Work Session

The McDowell County Board of Education will meet for a Work Session on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Board Meeting Room of the Central Office located at 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC. The purpose of the Work Session will be to continue work on the Strategic Plan and any other items necessary in preparation for the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, May 8, 2017. No action will be taken at this session.

3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

The third annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held on May 12th from 4 to 6 PM at Lake James State Park-Catawba River.

Registration is $20 per boat. Boats must be made only of cardboard & tape. Life Jackets must be worn to participate. Please bring your own paddles.

Please contact Melanie Shaver for more information at or 828-652-3390.

Camp Opportunity

McDowell County Schools is partnering with McDowell Technical Community College to offer Camp Opportunity to middle school students June 26-29, 2017. The day camp provides campers with the opportunity to learn about a different career each day through exploration and hands on activities. Sessions will be held at McDowell High School, McDowell Tech/Universal campus and other area locations. Camp will begin each day at McDowell High School and transportation will be offered through an abbreviated bus route.

WHO: Middle grade students (rising 6th through 8th grades) from McDowell County Public Schools
WHEN: June 26-29, 2017 8:30am to 3:00pm
WHERE: McDowell High School, McDowell Technical Community College and other area locations.
COST: FREE! Includes lunch and snacks!
TRANSPORTATION: Camp will begin each day at McDowell High School; transportation offered through an abbreviated bus route. Transportation to the off-site sessions will be provided.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. Beverly Watts, 828-652-0669 or
Mary Finley, 828-460-3011 or

Author's Tea at Pleasant Gardens Elementary School

Pleasant Gardens Elementary School has been stressing the writing process this year. As a way for the school to celebrate the significant progress their students have made this year with their writing, they are inviting Grades K-5 parents/guardians to an Author’s Tea.

During our Author’s Tea you are invited to come and listen to your child share one of his/her favorite writings from the 2016-2017 school year. Each class will gather under a special canopy which will be located in the front of our school. After the conclusion of the shared writings all of our students and parents will enjoy an ice cream sundae in the common area of our school (defined as the area in front of the administrative area of our school) before going back to class.

Below are listings of the date and time your child’s class will be sharing their writings. Please report to the special canopy located on the front side of our school.

We look forward to seeing you either April 24, 25, or 26, 2017.

Please click the title for an Author's Tea video

2017 - 2018 Teachers of the Year

We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 McDowell County Schools Teachers of the Year. The following teachers (in last name alphabetical order) have been chosen as the school winners by their respective faculties:

Jennifer Blake, Pleasant Gardens Elementary School
Stella Brewer, Eastfield Global Magnet School
Freida Burleson, McDowell High School
Andrew Denton, Marion Elementary School
Leslie Hester, Glenwood Elementary School
Hank Hunt, Foothills Community School
Christel Merritt, East McDowell Middle School
Benjamin Moore, West Marion Elementary School
Lori Poteat, West McDowell Middle School
Michael Smith, Alternative Education Center
Jessica Sutton, McDowell Early College
Rhonda Tipper, Old Fort Elementary School
Whitney Vance, North Cove Elementary School
Terra Wyatt, Nebo Elementary School

Congratulations to all!

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Events Photo
Kindergarten Registration
Date: 4/28/2017
Super Leader 5K
Date: 4/29/2017, 7 AM 9:30 AM
Location: Old Fort Elementary School, 128 S Mauney Ave, Old Fort, NC 28762, USA
Glenwood Seasonal Calendar Community Meeting
Date: 5/1/2017, 6 PM 8 PM
Location: GWE Auditorium
Old Fort Seasonal Calendar Community Meeting
Date: 5/2/2017, 6 PM 8 PM
Location: Old Fort Elementary Auditorium
Board of Education Work Session
Date: 5/3/2017, 6 PM 8 PM
Location: Board Meeting Room of the Central Office located at 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC