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You're Invited to Rachel's Challenge

September 8, 2016
East McDowell Middle School Auditorium
6:30 PM
This event is free to the public thanks to the generous donations of community sponsors.
Recommended audience: 6th grade and up.

While her life was tragically cut short during the columbine high school shooting on April 20, 1999, Rachel Joy Scott’s shining example of kindness and compassion was not defeated on that day. Come hear the inspiring true story of one girl’s dream being fulfilled over a decade after her death. Darrell Scott, Rachel’s dad will be sharing her story. The presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our schools and community a better place.

Board Approves New Principal at Pleasant Gardens Elementary

Mark Robertson has been named principal at Pleasant Gardens Elementary School. Robertson, who previously served as an elementary principal for seventeen years, was approved by unanimous vote during Monday night’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting for August. Robertson, elated at the news, shared the following: “Being named principal of Pleasant Gardens Elementary is such a privilege and honor. I look forward to meeting the students, families, faculty and staff at our school. I truly believe that schools are most effective when the staff partners with families and community members to meet the needs of all students in a united effort.”

Robertson began his career in education in August of 1984 as a 4th Grade teacher’s aide. He then taught 3rd and 4th grade students for the next twelve years. After serving as an assistant principal for one year, he became a principal for the first time in 1998 at Briton’s Neck ES in Marion, SC. He was reassigned to Williston Intermediate School (grades 5-8) in 2001 and then to Chesterfield Elementary (SC) in 2003. In 2005 Robertson was named principal at Honea Path Elementary. He served in that role for the next ten years before retiring from SC public schools in 2015.

Robertson attended Coastal Carolina University for undergraduate studies and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1984. He attended the University of South Carolina for graduate studies, earning a Masters degree in administration in 1990 and the Education Specialist degree in leadership in 1995. He served as an educator in the public schools of South Carolina for 31 years.

Superintendent Mark Garrett has high expectations for Robertson, stating “Mark Robertson has 17 years of successful experience as an elementary school principal in SC. He has a reputation for being a student focused leader, and we expect him to bring the same level of excellence to Pleasant Gardens.” Robertson added: “It is incumbent on us to provide the resources, energy, and knowledge necessary to ensure the success of all students.” Robertson’s appointment was effective immediately upon Board approval. A ‘meet and greet’ for students and families will be held in the near future.

New Attendance Policy

Recently the Attendance Policy Review Committee made three major revisions to Policy 4400. The Board of Education approved the revisions at their June 13th meeting. Please click the title for the complete press release.

McDowell County Welcome

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.

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No School-Teacher Workday
Date: 8/26/2016
First Day of School
Date: 8/29/2016
No School-Holiday
Date: 9/5/2016
EdCamp Foothills
Date: 9/10/2016, 8 AM 12:30 PM
Location: Heritage Middle School, Enon Rd, Valdese, NC, United States
End of 1st 9 Weeks
Date: 10/31/2016