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Upcoming Events
Tomorrow
Repeating EventGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
4/28/2015
4/30/2015
GEN - EOG Test Training
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5/4/2015
Repeating EventGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
GEN - 5th Grade Track Meet
8:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Repeating EventGEN - C&I Team Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
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 is to deliver excellence in education where all are engaged in collaboration, communication, and innovation so that every student graduates ready to achieve success and positively shape the future.

 

Camp Opportunity

Camp Opportunity is a camp that will be offered during the week of June 15 – 18, 2015 for middle school students.  Up to 120 middle school students, those entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2015, will have the opportunity to explore one career per day.  It will run from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily, Monday through Thursday. 
 
McDowell Technical Community College is partnering with McDowell County Schools to offer Camp Opportunity free of charge (funding is provided by a grant).  The Camp will be held at McDowell High School and transportation will be offered through an abbreviated bus route.  Some of the sessions will be held on the McDowell Tech/Universal campus and at other locations in the area.
 
Each day will start with a health/wellness activity to help students understand the importance of eating healthy and staying active.  Healthy lunches and snacks will be provided free of charge for the students throughout the week.  Students will explore a different career each day by learning about the job responsibilities and enjoying hands-on activities.
 
WHO:  Up to 120 middle grade students (rising 6th through 8th grades) from McDowell County.
WHEN:  June 15 – 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
WHERE:  McDowell High School with some sessions being held at McDowell Technical Community College and other locations in the area.
COST:  FREE!  Includes Lunch and Snacks!
TRANSPORTATION:  Bus transportation will be provided through an abbreviated bus route. 
CONTACT INFORMATION:  Dr. Beverly Watts, 828-652-0669 or beverlywat@mcdowelltech.edu
Mary Finley, 828-460-3011 or mary.finley@mcdowell.k12.nc.us

Application: Camp Opportunity Application (PDF)

Sessions Offered at Camp Opportunity
Biology/Anatomy/Physiology, Art/Painting/Drawing, Automotive Technologies, Chemistry, Construction, Cooking/Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Emergency Services, Esthetics, Farming/Agriculture, Fire Technology, Fitness/Recreational Therapy, Forensics, Forestry, Graphic Design, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Metals, Music, Networking/IT, Robotics, Simulation, Veterinary Medicine, Web Design, Wildlife Management​

 
Pre- Participation Physical Exams “Sports Physicals”

McDowell Hospital will conduct pre-participation physical exams (PPEs) or ‘sports physicals’ at McDowell High School on May 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM. Any rising 6th-12th grade student who will be, or is considering, participating in NCHSAA sanctioned sports, must undergo a state-mandated PPE prior to trying out for a sport. 

Parents are encouraged to attend to address additional questions the medical team may have during the exam.

For more information, please visit www.missionsportsmedicine.org

Please contact Maeve Healy with questions. 

Maeve Healy, BS, LAT, ATC 
Maeve.Healy@msj.org
305-498-3906
SRO Joshua Piercy Completes Program at NC Justice Academy

Joshua Piercy of the Marion Police Department recently completed the School Resource Officer Certificate Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy.  Officer Piercy is the one hundred thirty-seventh officer to receive the certificate.    

The School Resource Officer Certificate Program is designed to recognize the achievement of law enforcement professionals who have dedicated themselves to making the schools safer for our citizens.

Congratulations Officer Piercy on this great accomplishment!

Congratulations to our Masonry Students

Some of our Masonry students competed in the Land of the Sky regional masonry competition at Blue Ridge Community College today. This is one of five regional contests sponsored by the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association. Senior, Robert Cox took first place in the Masonry II division and was awarded $150 cash, a bag of tools and a level. Senior, Branson McClure placed 4th and received a $75 cash prize and a bag of tools. Also, Ben Elam and Elijah Gilliland placed in the top 10 for the Masonry I division. Congratulations to these guys and their instructor, Chad Brewer!
 
MY Health-e-Schools


MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in McDowell County through 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, Heather Ray, the School Nurse at West Marion Elementary, and the telemedicine program was featured in The Duke Endowment.

 

You can read the story here: http://dukeendowment.org/story/High-Tech-Connection-to-Student-Care

You can also read the story that appeared in the McDowell News here: http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/health-e-schools-connects-students-to-medical-care/article_6e969b2a-c1f1-11e4-9c54-3b0d202d535f.html
You can read more about the telemedicine program, including how to enroll, at http://go.mcdowell.k12.nc.us/telemedicine
 
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