Our very own Tracey Childers was featured on a podcast that aired this past week. He was asked to talk about his experience coming into teaching after a 30-year career in industry. Tracey did a wonderful job representing Foothills Community School and McDowell County Schools, but this is no surprise to those who know him. He is a wonderful educator and an even better person.
Apply on-line for your children to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure web site directly to McDowell County Schools, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. www.LunchApplication.com has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Once your application has been received the district office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results. If you know your child’s lunch number, this will help to match your application to your child in our system.
To apply simply go to www.LunchApplication.com and click “Apply Now” and go through all the questions. The final process is to click the “Submit” button to send it to the central office.
* If you don't have access to the internet at home computers will be available during open house events at your child's school or call 652-5633 for a paper copy of this year's Free and Reduced Meal Application.
** If you have already received a letter telling you that your child was preapproved for meal benefits for the 2019-2020 school year, you do not need to reapply. Please make sure all of the school-aged children living in your household are listed on the approval letter so we will be certain they are also receiving the correct benefits you are eligible for. If not please contact Erin Buchanan at 652-5633 or Erin.Buchanan@mcdowell.k12.nc.us.
With school starting right around the corner, it's important for parents to help in keeping kids safe at bus stops and for drivers to know the rules. Please watch this NCDOT Bus Safety video for more information.
The 2019-2020 school year will be Operation Backpack’s 21st year assisting students with school supplies.
School supplies will be available at the MAI "GYM",
July 29th - August 12th;
Monday – Thursday;
9am - 4pm
for McDowell County School students, K-12.
If families are unable to come during the summer, once school begins, please see the school Counselor, Principal, or student's Teacher to request school supplies. (Eastfield Global Magnet School had supplies available at Meet The Teacher/Open House on July 10th. If attending EGMS, please request supplies at the school.)
Operation Backpack is only possible because of our giving and caring community working together! From 1 student in 1998 to 1009 students in 2018. How many can we help in 2019?!
Supplies and monetary donations are appreciated and needed! Donations are accepted year-round. Monetary donations may be written to The Endowment Fund, marked for Operation Backpack and/or Classroom Project. Donations may be mailed or brought to McDowell County Schools, 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC 28752.
For more information: Please contact Melanie Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Michelle Baker, principal of Eastfield Global Magnet School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year‐long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the American Express Foundation through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)