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Teachers Attend Advanced Training at NCCAT

Feb. 4-7 Twenty-eight teacher leaders from across all 14 McDowell County Schools participated in advanced training at NCCAT, Cullowhee. With sessions ranging from data use to improv, participants chose workshops that matched their own personal and professional goals. The culminating activity was a presentation of a wide variety of Passion Project Proposals designed by the teachers to solve real needs in the community and will be carried out over the next five months at their schools.
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We Need School Bus Drivers!

McDowell County Schools is accepting applications for school bus drivers, with starting pay at $14.28 per hour. Bus driving experience is not necessary, as we have an upcoming training class on March 6, 7, and 8. Anyone interested should apply no later than March 1st at our Transportation Department, located at 7 Reid Street. Please call 828-652-7610 for more information.
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Free Weekend Meals from the Corpening YMCA

Free Weekend Meals!
Every Saturday
11 am —1 pm
Corpening Memorial YMCA

Join the YMCA for healthy food and
fun activities:
arts and crafts
book club
and rock climbing!

Free for anyone under 18.
Y membership not required to participate.
For more information on accessing food and/or volunteering with the program visit:
http://www.ymcawnc.org/nutritionprograms
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MCS on a 2-Hour Delay for February 20th, 2019

Due to icy spots already beginning to accumulate in portions of the county and the strong potential for more developing overnight, McDowell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students and staff Wednesday, February 20. This delay will allow us time to monitor the weather and road conditions in the morning before our buses have to begin their routes and the school commute begins.

As always, we appreciate your patience as we deal with this unpredictable Western North Carolina weather.
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High School Universal Application

Attention 8th graders. The High School Universal Application is live. All 8th graders are encouraged to complete the application by February 14th, 2019. Please click the title for more information and the link to the application.
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Eastfield Principal Michelle Baker Named NW Region Principal of the Year

Michelle Baker, principal of Eastfield Global Magnet School and current McDowell County Principal of the Year, has been named the 2019 Northwest Region Principal of the Year. Baker was notified today during a school-wide surprise celebration that included all students and staff at Eastfield, Board Chair Terry Frank and Board member Brian Piercy, Superintendent Mark Garrett and other district staff, NW Region representative Dr. Monica Shepherd, and 2018 NW Region Principal of the Year Desarae Kirkpatrick (of Nebo Elementary). Of note, the MCS Principal of the Year has been named the NW Region winner in back to back years. Students and staff filled the gym and took turns congratulating their principal. Baker was overcome with tears by the news as she addressed her students and staff: “I am so proud to be your principal, and this honor belongs to each and every one of you. I love watching you learn!”

Baker began her career in education in Charleston County, SC in 1992 as an elementary grades teacher. She spent the next 14 years as an elementary teacher in Beaufort County, SC, Craven County, NC, and Escambia County, Florida. She was named her school’s Teacher of the Year in 1994-95 (Charleston SC), 1999-2000 (Beaufort SC), and 2005-06 (Escambia, FL). During this time she was also certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In July 2006, Ms. Baker was hired as a 5th Grade teacher at Eastfield Global Magnet School and served in that role until 2011. In October 2011 she was reassigned as an instructional coach for the district and served in that role until 2013. In June 2013, Ms. Baker was promoted to her current position as principal at Eastfield Global Magnet School.

Baker earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina in May of 1991. She earned a Masters degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from the University of Charleston in May of 1995. She completed her Education Specialist degree at Appalachian State in 2013.

Superintendent Mark Garrett had strong words of praise for Baker: “we are not surprised that Michelle has been selected as the NW Region Principal of the Year. Her passion for her students and staff is obvious to anyone who has enjoyed the opportunity to work with her. In each of her assignments in MCS her students and colleagues have demonstrated academic and professional growth. We are very proud of her as our representative for McDowell County, and now also as she follows Desarae as the winner for the NW Region.”

Baker will compete against principals from each of the 8 regions for the honor of 2019 State Principal of the Year later in the school year.
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MCS Closed for Students at 1/23/2019

McDowell County Schools will be closed for students Wednesday, January 23. It will be an optional workday for teachers. After monitoring conditions and speaking with DOT, there are just too many icy areas on many of the secondary roads in the county in time to safely place buses and students on the roads this morning. The afternoon temperatures should wash it all away.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this winter precipitation.

Stay safe and have a great day.
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