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McDowell High School teachers and students in chef outfits

MHS Culinary Students

Eastfield Global Magnet School Students in front of the school

Eastfield Global Magnet School

East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


McDowell County Schools Teachers of the Year 2017

Teachers of the Year

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Mark Garrett Behind Desk
MCS Family,
On behalf of the Board of Education and our family of educators, I want to welcome you to McDowell County Schools.  Our district is made up of fourteen schools and is fully accredited.  We also have a Head Start program and several NC Pre-K classrooms to serve community pre-school needs.  This means we have the great pleasure of serving students as young as six weeks of age all the way up to high school seniors.
We are excited about the accomplishments of 2016-17.  State accountability results are up.  On time graduation rates are at record highs.  Drop outs are decreasing.  Students are earning more credentials with many completing internships across the region.  Staff turnover is among the lowest in the state.  Buses safely travel over 750,000 miles each year.  School cafeterias serve more than 1.3 million meals annually.  And these are but a few examples of the successes taking place all across McDowell County Schools.  We look forward to even greater things in 2017-18.
Please take time to explore our website to learn more about us.  I encourage you to check back frequently to keep up with McDowell County Schools news and events.  You can also see great things taking place in our schools by following us on our social media platforms:
Twitter: @mcdowell590
We invite you to partner with us to make McDowell County Schools the absolute best place for education.
Mark R. Garrett

News & Announcements

Friday Institute Announces Digital Leaders Coaches Network

We are excited to announce that Vickie Blankenship, Jessica Mace, Caitlin Proffitt, Sherry Dixon, Marianne Plain, and Ashley Greene have been accepted to the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network (NCDLCN).

As quickly as technology evolves, schools are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this transition to digital and personalized learning for their students. Many school districts entrust instructional technologists, coaches, media coordinators, and lead teachers with the responsibility to guide and support teachers as they continue to improve instruction. To better meet the needs of these change agents, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is pleased to announce a new cohort of the the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN).

Alyssa Kanipe, Adam Wisemen, and Delaine Macdonald are DLCN alumni and have been selected to serve as mentors.

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No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 11/22/2017
No School-Holiday
Date: 11/23/2017
No School-Holiday
Date: 11/24/2017
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 12/4/2017, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Early Dismissal Day
Date: 12/19/2017