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October 18th, 5:30 until 7:30 pm
“The Importance of Self-care”
Special Guest Speaker ~ Pam Burleson

Fitness Professional and Certified Zumba Instructor
Topics will include – Mindfulness, Diet, Exercise, Putting yourself on your calendar and more!

Workshop is sponsored by Exceptional Children’s Staff

In media center at Marion Elementary

Food will be served! – Childcare provided – Advance Notice Required!

Please call 652-6580 ext. 1203
If you need more information and/or childcare.
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Camp Invention is returning to McDowell County Schools!

Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Pleasant Gardens Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 9, 2018 with the Fast Forward™ program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

Dreaming up and designing their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovation
Using tools to take apart robotic dogs and compare their inner mechanics to the anatomy and physiology of a real dog
Designing tracks for their Optibots to follow while exploring different modes of transportation
Exploring chemistry, non-Newtonian fluids and magnetism as they investigate magnetic slime

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!
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Hydromaniacs Robotics Team win the 2018 Middle School Champions Award at the RoboFest 2018 State Championship

The Hydromaniacs robotics team from the Foothills Community School competed in the RoboFest 2018 State Robotics Championship in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

The Hydromaniacs won the Middle School Champions Award at the RoboFest 2018 State Championship. They successfully competed against 34 of the top elementary and middle school robotics teams from all across the state of North Carolina.

Congratulations to the Hydromaniacs robotics team!!
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Angela Autrey of McDowell HS Named Teacher of the Year

Superintendent Mark Garrett is pleased to announce that Angela Autrey has been selected as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for McDowell County Schools. Ms. Autrey is on staff at McDowell High in the Science department. Additionally, Samantha Hartley Hunt has been named the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hunt teaches 3rd Grade at Eastfield Global Magnet School. Ms. Autrey was in tears upon the news and received a hug from each of her 2nd period students as they departed the classroom. She shared “McDowell County is blessed to have so many hard working, deserving teachers. I am so humbled to be representing such a wonderful group of educators.”

Superintendent Garrett and members of the district staff visited McDowell High and Eastfield Global Magnet today to make the announcements in front of Ms. Autrey’s and Ms. Hunt’s students and colleagues. All of the 14 school winners were honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet last night at the Marion Community Building, which was sponsored again this year by Wells Fargo Bank. Garrett shared with the guests at the banquet, “Everyone here is deserving of this honor. I want all of you to enjoy tonight’s celebration because, no matter who is announced tomorrow, you are all worthy.”

The faculty at each school in the district selects a school winner each year as part of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Teacher of the Year process. Each school winner is then judged based on professional portfolio, classroom visit, and an interview with the district selection committee. The district honors an Elementary and a Secondary Teacher of the Year. One of those two is selected as the MCS Teacher of the Year and represents the district at the Regional level.

Ms. Autrey began her teaching career in 1990 at West McDowell Junior High and moved to McDowell High in 2005. She currently teaches Advanced and AP Chemistry, Honors Biology, and Standard Biology. Autrey also serves on the School Improvement Team and the MTSS committee for MHS. She earned her BS degree in Biology and HS Science from Appalachian State in 1989.

Ms. Hunt earned her BS degree in Elementary Education in 2008 and earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2011, both from Appalachian State. She joined the staff at Pleasant Gardens in 2012 as a Kindergarten teacher. She was reassigned to the staff at Eastfield in 2013. Hunt’s students danced with joy as she told them “this happened because you all are such a great class! Thanks for working so hard and being so awesome!”

Ms. Autrey will represent the district at the Regional level in November.
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2018 - 2019 Teachers of the Year

We are pleased to announce the 2018-19 McDowell County Schools Teachers of the Year. The following teachers (in last name alphabetical order) have been chosen as school winners by their respective faculties:

Angela Autrey, MHS
Ashley Bagwell, Nebo
Michael Caparaso, West Middle
Marlean Duncan, Pleasant Gardens
Amy Goodson, AEC
Samantha Hunt, Eastfield
Krissy Loftis, Marion
Stevie Mathis, MEC
Tracey Moss, North Cove
Ruth Pershing, East Middle
Erin Rayfield, West Marion
Rebecca Shuford, Old Fort
Sherry Truesdell, Glenwood
Michelle Tyler, FCS

Congratulations to all!
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MCS Students Compete in State Science Olympiad

2018 State Science Olympiad Competition was held at NC State University April 20-21. EMMS sent 2 teams and competed in Microbe Mission and Ecology. WMMS sent 2 teams and competed in Duct Tape Challenge, Mystery Design, and Optics. MHS sent 2 teams and competed in Forensics, Helicopters, and Aerial Scrambler. Not pictured is FCS who sent one team and competed in Fast Facts.
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Board of Education Special Called Meeting 9/24/18 at 5:30

The McDowell County Board of Education will meet for a Special Called Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the Board Meeting Room of the Central Office located at 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC. The purpose of the meeting will be the consideration of the NJROTC Electric Target System Request. Following the Special Called Meeting the Board will meet for their Regular Monthly Work Session and Mandatory Head Start Training. No action will be taken at the Work Session.
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2-Hour Delay for Monday, September 17, 2018

After consulting with emergency management on current conditions around the county and considering the potential for changes overnight, McDowell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday, September 17. This will allow us to have daylight to monitor road and other conditions, as well as give drivers more visibility in order to spot potential trouble areas during the morning commute. We will continue to communicate with emergency services agencies and monitor the conditions in order to make any necessary adjustments for tomorrow morning.
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New Traffic Patterns for McDowell High School/West McDowell Middle School/Foothills Community School

As you may have noticed, we will have a new gate house at the bottom of the Hwy. 70 West entrance. There will also be a gate at the top of the high school hill. These new changes are measures the school system is taking to ensure the safety of all students and staff on the West McDowell, FCS and McDowell High School campuses.

Morning Pattern:
Traffic may enter through both MHS & WMMS entrances
Traffic that must drop off at both MHS & WMMS/FCS may now turn left out of the WMMS/FCS parking lot. Traffic turning left will circle the parking lot and be directed how to turn. Vehicles MUST have a tag that will be issued to parents with students at both locations in order to turn left. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the tag from the office at WMMS.

During the Day:
Gates at both entrances will be locked at 8:10 am
All traffic during the school day, 8:10 am to 3:30 pm, will enter through the gate house at the Hwy. 70 West entrance.

Afternoon Pattern:
All car rider traffic (MHS, FCS & WMMS) will line up at the locked North Main Street gate on the high school side of the hill. Traffic may not line up at the gate until 2:45pm.
Car rider gate will not be opened until all buses have left campus
Hwy. 70 West gate will open to all traffic at approximately 3:20 pm
All Car rider students will now be picked up behind the High School along the curb in the student parking lot.
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