McDowell County Schools

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Welcome to Elementary Education!

McDowell County’s eight elementary schools are committed to creating a learning environment that is centered around students, facilitated by teachers, and supported by home and community for all students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our administrators, teachers, and staff are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of every student.

We Believe In:

  • Building a Strong Academic Foundation
  • Educating the Whole Child
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Partnering for Success
  • Graduating Career and College-Ready

Our Elementary Schools and Principals

Eastfield Global Magnet School - Michelle Baker, Principal

Glenwood Elementary School - Deeana Ray, Principal

Marion Elementary School - Ashley McCartha, Principal

Nebo Elementary School - Jennifer Croymans, Principal

North Cove Elementary School - Rod Slagle, Principal

Old Fort Elementary School - Jill Ward, Principal

Pleasant Gardens Elementary School - Melissa Elliott, Principal

West Marion Elementary School - Amy Dowdle, Principal & Angela Wilkerson, Asst. Principal

K-3 Formative Assessment Process

The NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process supports continuous teaching and learning by providing teachers, students, and families the information they need to move learning forward. This formative process begins when children enter Kindergarten. Research supports positive interactions between teachers and students, an instruction that focuses on all aspects of child development, and multiple approaches to teaching – together forming the foundation of a formative assessment process. Teachers are able to balance summative and benchmark assessments with a process that 1 ) gives them a more complete picture of a child’s developing abilities, 2) can be integrated into daily instruction, and 3) is manageable and meaningful. Having a combination of research and professional wisdom provides the best opportunity for children to demonstrate what they know and are able to do, and to help each child reach challenging and achievable goals that contribute to his/her ongoing development and learning.
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Read to Achieve

The Read to Achieve Program became law in July 2012. It applies to all North Carolina schools beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. It is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act passed by the NC General Assembly.

The goal of the State is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level at the end of third grade and continues to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply the complex text as needed for secondary education and career success.


How Does Read to Achieve Impact My Child and How Can I Help? Click HERE


For more detailed information, click here for the Read to Achieve Parent Brochure.

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Parent Resources:

NC Read Parent Tips

Kindergarten Parent Guide

First Grade Parent Guide

Second Grade Parent Guide

Third Grade Parent Guide

NC Spanish Reading Resource for Parents

NC Reading Resource for Parents

NC Reads 

North Carolina Standard Course of Study



Kindergarten Registration Information

To register your child for Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Your child must be five (5) years old on or before August 31, 2020
  • You must provide proof of child's age
  • You must provide a copy of the child’s immunizations. State law requires the minimum doses:
    • 5 DPT, DPaT, or DT doses (If a 4th dose is after 4th birthday, a 5th dose is not required; DT requires a medical exemption for Pertussis.) 
    • 4 Polio vaccine doses (If a 3rd dose is after 4th birthday, a 4th dose is not required.)
    • 1-4 Hib doses (Series complete if at least one dose given on/after 15 months and before 5 years of age; not required after age 5.)
    • 3 Hep B doses (Children born on or after July 1, 1994, are required to have 3 doses.) The last dose of the Hepatitis B series shall not be administered prior to 24 weeks of age - effective 5/17/02. 
    • 2 Measles doses (at least 30 days apart; 1st dose on/after 12 months of age)
    • 2 Mumps doses (on/after 12 months of age)
    • 1 Rubella dose (on/after 12 months of age)
    • 2 Varicella vaccines required for those born on or after April 1, 2001.  An individual with laboratory confirmation of varicella disease immunity or has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against varicella is not required to receive varicella vaccine. An individual who has documentation from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant verifying history of varicella disease is not required to receive varicella vaccine.  The document shall include the name of the individual with a history of varicella disease, the approximate date or age of infection, and the health care provider's signature.
  • Your child must have a current physical completed within one (1) year before the Kindergarten start date. This physical includes a vision screening. A comprehensive eye examination is required for children who fail the vision screening for students entering the school during the 2009-2010 school year (House Bill 2699). Please call to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Early Admission to Kindergarten
In the summer of 1997, the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB-1099,
allowing early admission to Kindergarten of a child who has reached his/her fourth
birthday by April 16 if the child demonstrates extraordinary academic ability and
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Support your children with these grade-by-grade parent guides provided by the National PTA:

NC School Report Cards: Click HERE

For More Information, contact:

Crystal H. Hamby

Director of NC  PreK/Elementary Education/Federal Programs
334 S. Main Street
Marion, NC 28752
828-652-4535 x104