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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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"Seasons of Caring: Focus on Addiction". An educational evening and fundraiser coordinated by CareNet Counseling of Marion

Tuesday, April 24th; 6pm - 8pm

Blanton Family Ministry Center at First Baptist Church
99 North Main Street, Marion, NC 28752

This event will help employers and the community with a better understanding of the facts about addiction. An understanding of how and why people develop substance use disorders, including a short review of the science of addiction medicine. Recommendations for recovery oriented solutions that support managers and workers. Stories from a peer support specialist, wisdom from a leader in emergency response, theological reflections on health from a regional faith leader, workplace policy recommendations from a local public health entrepreneur, and expertise from an addiction psychiatrist all sharing a round-table discussion. Modeling of what to say and what not to say when supporting families, caregivers, and colleagues of those living with addiction. How to approach and talk to those living with addiction.

Dr. Margaret Rukstalis is an addiction specialist who has studied the brain and behavior change for over twenty-five years. She received her MD at Dartmouth Medical School, is currently on faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and has coauthored more than fifty scientific articles and book chapters. Steven N. Scoggin, MDiv. Psy.D, LPC – Associate Vice-President of Behavioral Health and President of CareNet Counseling.

Please make plans to attend. We would love to have you join us
For more information about the event and/or CareNet Counseling; contact Caleb Pusey at or (828) 559-0125
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Meet Tyler and Her Girl Power

UNC-TV's GIRL Power! is shining a light on girls of ALL ages who lead, mentor, inspire and impact those around them by tapping into their unique strengths. One our students, Tyler, was recently featured. Her girl power is her determination to impact the world through cancer research and treatment. You can watch the video by clicking the title.
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Three-Hour Delay for Monday, April 16, 2018

McDowell County Schools is changing from the current two hour delay to a three hour delay at this time. Power and water issues are still affecting two campuses, as well as lots of households around the county. North Cove Elementary and Glenwood Elementary are the areas most affected. We will continue to monitor the situation and inform you of any further changes.

Thank you for your patience.
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MCS featured in STEM SmartBrief

The collaboration between Pleasant Gardens Elementary School and West McDowell Middle School was recently featured in STEM SmartBrief. As part of a partnership between the schools, the older students recently developed science and math lessons they have taught to their younger peers, including a slime-based experiment on the stages of matter and finger painting.
Click the title for a link to the article.
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We invite you to attend McDowell Academy for Innovation's information night and facility tour.

McDowell Academy for Innovation will host a parent information night on Tuesday 4/10 @ 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by clicking the title.

McDowell Academy for Innovation is located at 176 Lukin Street.

At McDowell Academy for Innovation, every student will experience personalized education graduating ready for college and career with a network of connections and experiences preparing them for their role in a global economy. The curricular focus will emphasize STEM, Innovation and Design.

McDowell Academy for Innovation will allow students the opportunity to obtain a degree, certificate, or diploma in the following areas:
Business Administration Operations Management
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Electrical Systems
Health Information Technology
Industrial Systems Technology
IT Network Management
IT Software/Web Development
Photography Tech

In addition, McDowell Academy for Innovation will offer opportunities for academic advancement through North Carolina School of Science and Math (virtual academy) and North Carolina Virtual Public High School.

On the evening of the 10th, we will give you an overview of our mission, vision, and purpose. We will also have a brief question and answer session and we will explain the application process. In addition, if your innovative student is interested in attending school at McDowell Academy for Innovation, computers will be available in order to complete the application process.
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