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Welcome to Elementary Education!

McDowell County’s eight elementary schools are committed to creating a learning environment which 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

Kindergarten Registration Information

To register your child for Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Your child must be five (5) years old on or before August 31, 2019
  • 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 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 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 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
For More Information: Click Here

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.

Read to Achieve

The Read to Achieve Program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act which became law in July of 2012 and applies to all schools at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. 
"The goal of the state is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success." 
The 7 Components of Read to Achieve

Parent Resources

Support your children with these grade-by-grade parent guides provided by the National PTA:


For More Information, contact:

Crystal Hamby

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