McDowell County Schools Learning & Technology Support
As students and families deal with school closures as a result of the Coronavirus, McDowell County Schools has put together the following resources for learning and technology support. Please share this information with others.
MCS Learning Support:
McDowell County Schools will be offering instruction this week using multiple modes: paper and pencil packets, book reading, projects, online instruction via Google Classroom and Canvas, and in real-time via Facebook at the page entitled "McDowell Schools Live Instruction." No work sent home this week will be graded, but families are asked to have their children complete it to support long-term learning.
For younger children, families are encouraged to read aloud, practice handwriting, incorporate counting and geometry into daily living skills, and take advantage of the District's app for families with kids birth to nine years old, "Ready Rosie." McDowell Live Instruction on Facebook will have activities for young students daily in the morning and will have support for parents most evenings. Don't forget to take the kids out to play in the fresh air and sunshine.
For students in upper elementary, parents could expect their children to read daily, complete materials in the packets sent home by teachers, and utilize their teacher's Google Classroom site and the Facebook Live Instruction page for support. Most elementary instructional activities on Facebook will take place in late morning to early afternoon. Outdoor exploration is a must to develop observational skills for science. Also, remember that healthy kids need movement daily to practice gross motor skills.
Middle school families are likely aware already of their schools' Google Classroom sites and could check these for support and resources. The District's Facebook Live site will have instructional activities daily in the early to mid-afternoon that is appropriate for middle schoolers. Each teacher has prepared some materials that students can work on even if they do not have internet access.
At the high school level, all students have access to chrome books. Google Classroom and Canvas are the district's learning platforms for online instruction. However, realizing that for many, internet access outside of school is difficult, the high school teachers have also prepared paper and pencil versions of work. High school students can work more independently, but parents should realize that time management is often a weakness for kids this age, so a daily check in to ensure completion is key to success.
Each evening the McDowell County Schools tech team will be on the Facebook site answering questions live. Additionally, the English as a Second Language team will be on live at 7:00 pm in Spanish to answer questions and support those for whom Espanol is their native language.
Two new email addresses have been set up to support families. While the first point of contact should be the student's actual teacher or principal, if they are unavailable, several people will be monitoring these two addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
MCS Community Technology Support:
MCS Technology is setting up WiFi hotspots around the county for those who do not have access at home. We are starting with the parking areas at our schools. We currently have coverage at McDowell High School (Lower student parking area), Pleasant Gardens Elementary, Nebo Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, and North Cove Elementary. We will continue to expand that coverage over the next few days. In addition to MCS Wifi, downtown Marion has open WiFi and Spectrum has opened many hotspots around the county for public use. You can visit spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots.html to view the available Spectrum hotspots in the area.
Updated Community Food Resource List:
Anyone with a need of food can go to mcdowellcares.com to fill out the form. An email will then be sent to Mandi Pittman who is coordinating this effort at Grace Community Church. If families do not have access to the internet, they can call Grace Community Church at 724-9599 for assistance. Website: www.mcdowellcares.com
Free Meal Opportunities for kids at local restaurants while school is closed. Please read the particular information about each restaurant. March 16th-26th Limit one per day Monday-Friday
● Fat Boys Burritos- For any K-12 McDowell County School attendees Only-Free kids meal one taco with chips and a drink- In house only
● Smokey Q's- For any K-12 McDowell County School attendees Only-Free kids meal with a drink
● McDowell Local-For any McDowell County student K-12-Free kids meal with a drink- Tuesday- Friday- Dine In or Carry Out- Children must be present
● Main Street Pizza-Free kids meal during school closure for any child- 6 different choice options
● BoonDocks Sports Bar and Grill-For any and every kid enrolled in a K-12 school-Free kid’s meal- Dine in or carry out- Child must be present
● Luisa’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria- For McDowell County School attendees K-12-Free kid’s meal from children’s menu with a drink and with one paying adult meal
● McDonalds on West Henderson and Hwy 70 West-For school age children-Free kids meal of hamburger, cheeseburger, or 4-piece chicken nugget and small fries; apples or yogurt Between the hours of 11am- 2pm any day of the week until school is back in session
● McDonalds in Old Fort- For school age children-Free kids meal of a hamburger, cheeseburger or 4 piece chicken nugget, and a choice of one side (gogurt, apple slices, or small fry). Child must be present, valid one per child. Any day from 11am-2pm
● Whistle Stop in Old Fort-For school age children- Free kids meal- 7 inch cheese or pepperoni pizza and a drink
● Bruce’s Fabulous Foods- 2 Free kids meals with an adult meal purchase-Children up to age 12 must be present to receive a free grilled cheese sandwich, chips or Doritos, brownie or cookies and a beverage.
● Burrito Brothers-For McDowell County School attendees- Free kids meal of a cheese quesadilla, chips and salsa. Child must be present.
East Marion Baptist Church: If you have a need food assistance and you live in the East Marion district, please call East Marion Baptist Church Phone: 559-2575
McDowell Mission Ministries: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 until food is depleted Phone: 659-3981
Grace Community Church: Every Wednesday 2:00-4:30 Phone: 724-9599
Clinchfield United Methodist Church: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-1:00 Phone: 559-2643
Corpening YMCA Marion: Every Saturday 11-1:00- Pre-packaged meals Third Thursday 4:30-5:30- Mobile Market Senior Center- Old Fort Second and Fourth Thursday 10:30-11:30 Phone: 775-7081 Centro Unido Every other Thursday starting this Thursday March 19th 12:00 til food is depleted Phone: 828-852-0727
Clinchfield United Methodist Church Tuesdays and Thursdays outside weather permitting 11:00-1:00 Phone: 704-678-4781
Bounty and Soul Drive Thru- pre-packaged food Tuesdays at Saint James Episcopal Church 424 West State Street in Black Mountain 11:00-1:00 Phone: 419-0533
Bounty and Soul Fridays at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church 117 Montreat Rd. Black Mountain 4:00-6:00 Phone: 419-0533
MCS to be Closed from March 16 until March 30
MCS will be Closed, by order of the NC Governor, until March 30 as a proactive measure to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please see our News and Announcement section for additional info
Today, Governor Cooper issued an executive order that all public schools in North Carolina will be closed Monday, March 16 and will remain closed for at least two weeks. Fortunately, MCS is already scheduled to be out for Spring Break the Week of March 23, so we are only looking at an unplanned closing of five days at this point.
MCS has been working on contingency plans in the case schools had to be closed. We are looking to provide supports that will lessen the impact of this closure on student, staff, and all MCS families. Starting tomorrow, all eight MCS elementary schools will be open for students to pick up lunch from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Regardless of grade level, go to the nearest elementary school to pick up meals for students. If you can not get to a site, please call your school for assistance.
Thank you for your patience as we deal with this unprecedented event.
The decision to cancel all spring sports through April 6, 2020 was made today by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Please see their attached statement by clicking the title link.
🔹2020 NCHSAA Basketball State Championships postponed indefinitely.
🔸Spring sports suspended indefinitely including workouts, skill development, practices & contests.
Friday, March 13th 3:30-5:30 pm. There will be a 3 point contest, foul shooting contest, slam dunk contest ( 8 ft goal), Half-court shot ( $1 to enter).
We will also have cornhole boards, lots of food to purchase and THE ICEE MAN!!!
Join your friends and get your Free breakfast today and school day.
Always a good time to double-check where our students may be in need of items:
Marble Composition books
~Then the teams will advise individual items