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Bang, Pop, Ooh, Aah.... is it the 4th of July?! Wrong! It is time for the STEAM Expo. The STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Expo is a chance for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by designing, implementing and creating an exciting project to share with the community. School fairs will be announced by individual schools. January 9, 2015 is our set up and turn in date at McDowell Tech CC. The Community Expo will be held on January 10, 2015 from 3pm-6pm with awards beginning at 6:00pm in the MTCC auditorium. For more information and assistance check out http://bit.ly/STEAMMCS  
Upcoming Events
Tomorrow
Repeating EventGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11/25/2014
GEN - Test Training
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
12/1/2014
Repeating EventGEN - Cabinet Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Repeating EventGEN - C&I Team Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEN - BOE Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Welcome to McDowell County Schools
INSPIRING SUCCESS: Student-centered, Mission-driven


The McDowell County School System is located in the foothills of beautiful Western North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Asheville. McDowell County Schools consist of 13 schools (one high school, one early college, one alternative education center, two middle/junior high schools, eight elementary schools) and nine pre-school sites. The school system has approximately 6,500 students, nearly 1,000 employees, and around a $55 million budget.

Mission Statement
The mission of McDowell County Schools is to deliver excellence in education where all are engaged in collaboration, communication, and innovation so that every student graduates ready to achieve success and positively shape the future.

 

WLOS TV Chief Meteorologist visits Old Fort

Jason Boyer, chief meteorologist for WLOS TV, visited Old Fort Elementary on November 11, 2014.  He taught 5th graders about the predicting weather .  The students were very excited to see Mr. Boyer and have their picture and school mentioned on TV.


 
MHS Environmental Club
MHS Environmental Club in the woods

On Sunday afternoon a staff member and her family were hiking to Toms Creek Falls.  They

noticed a group picking up trash.  They recognized the groups as the The Environmental Club from McDowell High School. The staff members had this to say about the group, "What a very unselfish way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This is a beautiful and special place where we enjoy hiking as a family. We appreciate this club for their time and effort....what a difference they made. I felt that you would love to know this story... sometimes we do not know what goes on unless people share."
Nebo’s Joyce Poplin Named Principal of the Year
Nebo principal Joyce Poplin has been named the 2014-15 Principal of the Year for McDowell County Schools. She previously received this award in 2007 and was also the MCS Teacher of the Year in 1991.  The announcement was made by Superintendent Mark Garrett during the monthly Leadership Team meeting in the Board room on Wednesday. Poplin stated “it is always an honor to be recognized by your peers, especially a group that you think so much of.” 
 
Ms. Poplin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from UNC Charlotte in 1976 and began her career as a teacher at Nebo in August of that year. She taught both Kindergarten and First Grade for 25 years. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Administration from Gardner Webb University, and later earned certification in Early Childhood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1998.
 
In 2001 she was named principal at Nebo and has served in that role ever since. “My heart and soul is at Nebo. I grew up in this community and have spent most of my adult life here at the school. I love the people of this community. I have received so much wonderful support over the years, and our community is always so supportive of the school. I want the students here to know that they can accomplish whatever they want as long as they are willing to work hard in order to do so.”
 
Ms. Poplin will represent the district in the Region 8 competition in Asheville. “We are very proud of Joyce and her leadership at Nebo. We could not have a better representative for McDowell County Schools at the regional level” added Garrett. Ms. Poplin will be recognized at the November meeting of the MCS Board of Education. She closed with a personal reflection: “my father graduated from Nebo High School, and I am always so proud to represent the staff and students of Nebo Elementary.”
Governor Pat McCrory at Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center
Officials and dignataries from McDowell County and beyond gathered at McDowell Tech's innovative new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Marion NC to join with Governor Pat McCrory in opening the building, and applauding the new initiative, dedicated to providing technical and manufacturing skills to the future workforce of McDowell County.

 
Read more at the McDowell News
 
MY Health-e-Schools


MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in McDowell County through telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. We collaborate with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, adolescent medicine consultations, and telepsychology / telebehavioral health.​
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