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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.
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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
Engineering
Health Information Technology
HVAC
Industrial Systems Technology
IT Network Management
IT Software/Web Development
Landscaping
Nursing
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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Board of Education Work Session

The McDowell County Board of Education will meet for a Work Session at 5:30 PM on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Board Meeting Room of the Central Office located at 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC.
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Duke Energy Science Night at West Marion Elementary School

West Marion Elementary School will present Duke Energy Science Night on March 22, 5:00-6:00, at West Marion Elementary School. Duke Energy Science Night is an official event of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.

Science Night will include fun activities that involve science, technology, engineering, and math topics designed to be engaging, hands-on and accessible. Students will make tin foil boats, catapults, parachutes, and more. This is a free event and open to the public.

For more information about Duke Energy Science Night, contact Renata Crawley at renata.crawley@mcdowell.k12.nc.us .

As an official 2018 North Carolina Science Festival event, Duke Energy Science Night is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“Science is fun, science is everywhere, science is for everyone — that’s what the North Carolina Science Festival is all about,” said Jonathan Frederick, Festival director. “In 2018, we have a special focus on ‘The Science of Food and Drink’ with events for the full month of April.”

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.
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McDowell County Schools Closed Wednesday March 14, 2018

Road conditions have continued to deteriorate in several parts of the county with snow continuing to fall, especially in the northern part of the county. As a result, McDowell County Schools will be closed for students Wednesday, March 14. It will be an optional workday for teachers.
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Regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year Named Including Desarae Kirkpatrick.

Press release from North Carolina Public Schools

Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.

The winner will succeed the 2017 recipient, Jason Griffin, principal of Hertford Grammar in Perquimans County.

The regional principals of the year are:

Northeast: Cathy Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools);
Southeast: Tabari Wallace, West Craven High (Craven County Schools);
North Central: Jonathan Enns, Fuquay-Varina High (Wake County Public Schools);
Sandhills: Jim Butler, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools);
Piedmont-Triad: Tracy Kimmer, Yadkin Early College (Yadkin County Schools);
Southwest: Titus Hopper, Cleveland Early College (Cleveland County Schools);
Northwest: Desarae Kirkpatrick, Nebo Elementary (McDowell County Schools) and
Western: Melissa Godfrey, Andrews Elementary (Cherokee County Schools).
Regional winners will each receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools.

A state selection committee will now review the portfolios of the eight regional winners and conduct an extensive interview process before selecting the 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will be announced May 11 at a celebration luncheon in Cary.

This is the 35th year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has partnered with The Wells Fargo Foundation to recognize the state’s outstanding principals. Since 1984, when the program began, 38 Principals of the Year and 248 regional recipients have been recognized. In addition, The Wells Fargo Foundation has provided more than $1 million in cash awards during that time to these school leaders.
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McDowell County Schools Got Talent!

On Friday, February 16th, McDowell Early College Key Club will be hosting the McDowell County Schools Got Talent! show from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the East McDowell Middle School auditorium. We would like to invite you to attend this annual event where there will be over 30 different acts from EVERY school in McDowell County. This year's show includes talented singers, dancers, ventriloquists, gymnasts, musicians, a comedian, a drum line, and an aerial artist.

Admission: Adults $5, Students $3; Children 4 and under free.
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