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MHS first in state challenge: Named a certified site for Peer Group Connection

The Center for Supportive Schools (CSS) has recognized McDowell High School for two significant accomplishments this year for connecting peer groups. MHS is one of the first North Carolina high schools to receive Site Certification for Peer Group Connection (PGC), an evidence-based program that supports and eases students’ successful transition from middle to high school. This certification recognizes schools that implement PGC with fidelity and celebrates the commitment of a school community in supporting the social-emotional well-being and academic development of its students.

In addition, each year PGC student leaders have the opportunity to become Certified Peer Leaders. To be eligible for certification, students must complete all required training, earn no less than a "B" in the Peer Group Connection class and demonstrate high ethical standards by adhering to the Peer Group Connection Code of Ethics. This year, 35 students received the Certified Peer Leader designation.
Earlier this year, CSS invited partner schools to compete for prizes by showing how they are employing their students as leaders to engage families and serve their communities through the CSS Family and Community Impact Challenge, which MHS captured first place. 
Through PGC, McDowell High School engaged 117 students in a Service Day, during which they completed nine service projects in their local community. Projects included creating care packages for veterans and serving food at the Clinchfield United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen.
“McDowell High School is an amazing example of how a school can utilize a program like PGC to its greatest potential,” said Joyce Loveless, North Carolina Executive Director at the Center for Supportive Schools. “We are especially grateful to Edwin Spivey, Natalie Gouge, Jennifer Croymans, Jennifer Brooks, Tommy Cox, Glenda Glenn, Chip Cross, Kori Elliott, and Angie Allison for their dedication to tapping into the leadership potential of students to help McDowell High School become safer, and more supportive, engaging, and inspiring.”
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Senior Portraits

When: July 12 and 13
Time: Begins at 9AM each day
Where: McDowell High Chorus Room

2017-2018 MHS Teacher of the Year, Ms. Freida Burleson

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 McDowell High School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Freida Burleson!
Math teacher, Ms. Burleson, works with countless students to make sure they graduate and move on to the next steps of their lives. She guides students to be their best and encouraging them to take ownership of their education. She makes learning personal and relevant to her students and cares tremendously about each and everyone of them. Thank you Ms. Burleson for all you do! We're #titanproud of you!

Students Earn Certifications

Congrats to these students who have earned Microsoft Office Specialist Word Certification through Certiport. "Certiport is dedicated to helping people excel and succeed through certification. Our globally recognized credentials are aimed at enhancing individual productivity, marketability, and value." Top Row (left to right): Preston L, Caden D, Alexa P, Katelyn S, Mary V, Hannah C, Maryn S, Toby D, Torreon S, Morgan P
Bottom Row (left to right): Peyton W, Erick R, Adrian C, Andrew E, Michael W, Christian G. McDowell County CTE McDowell County Schools #titanproud #careerready

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MCS Beginning Teacher Orientation
Date: 8/15/2017
Location: McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA
MCS Beginning Teacher Orientation
Date: 8/16/2017
Location: McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA
School Improvement Meeting
Date: 8/16/2017, 12 PM 1:30 PM
Location: MHS Vocational Conference Room
MCS Beginning Teacher Orientation
Date: 8/17/2017
Location: McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Teacher Workday
Date: 8/21/2017
Canvas Follow-up Workshop
Date: 8/21/2017, 8:30 AM 10:30 AM
Location: MHS Innovation Arena (Learning Lab)
MHS Canvas Workshop for Teachers
Date: 8/21/2017, 1 PM 3 PM
Location: MHS Innovation Arena (Learning Lab), MHS Media Center
MCS Professional Development Day
Date: 8/22/2017


2017-2018 School Year Begins