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  • KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFO

    If you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2020, and you have not yet registered him or her for school:

    You will need to call the school that serves the attendance area, in which you reside, and ask for a Kindergarten Registration Packet. You may call the school, any weekday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    If you have a neighbor, or relative who has a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall, please share this information with them as well.

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  • Attention New Teachers

    The New Teachers Academy 2020 – 2021 and Mentor/Mentee Training  schedule has been announced. Please view this page for more information.


     

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  • April 30, 2020

    Graduation includes many traditions and is likely the most important and celebrated event at educational institutions throughout the United States. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this celebration has to be altered. Steps must be taken to minimize the risks to students, their siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, and the educators who historically gathered in large groups to celebrate this milestone.

     Traditionally, graduation has been an event where joy and cheers are tempered with apprehension and uncertainty, a sense of loss, leaving friends behind, possibly leaving home, or facing an empty nest. Emotions spill over, but the pride parents bring to the celebration make this a joyous occasion, one filled with pictures, applause, dinners, parties, gifts and other traditions. It has also been a time for huge gatherings and celebrations.

     While no one wants to make changes, we must modify how we celebrate GRADUATION  2020. Our goal is to make this celebration a memorable occasion but also comply with the Governor's Executive order and Health Department regulations. We have worked diligently to plan an event that will honor our graduates, involve their family, and protect the health and safety of our students, their families, our employees, and our community. The format for the ceremony has been established but it is not yet possible to finalize the date for the ceremonies. The timing for these ceremonies is dependent upon how quickly the State progresses through the reopening stages identified by Governor Justice.

     Graduation ceremonies at the schools must adhere to the following procedures:

     Each high school will conduct graduation activities on their school campuses. Each Senior will be presented for graduation by having their name called. Then, they will walk across the stage in their cap and gown and be awarded their diploma. A videographer will record the procession of each senior. After receiving their diploma, the graduate will be photographed. Each senior will be able to have four (4) guests present to witness the awarding of their diploma. All guests must be within the family unit and be current residents of Mercer County.

     Additionally:

    (l .) Seniors will be divided into groups of eight to ten {8-10} with each group being designated a time to report to their school.

    (2.) Each student may have a maximum of four {4) guests.

    (3.) All guests must be close family members and residents of Mercer County.

    (4.) Guests and graduates will be required to wear and bring their own masks.

    (5.) Names and contact information of all guests, organized by group session and time, must be submitted to the principal.

    (6.) Student groups and their guests will be asked to park in a designated area of the parking lot, and a specific entrance for accessing and departing the building will be identified.

    (7.) Guests will be organized into seating clusters of four {4} and must maintain a physical distance of ten {10} feet or more from other guests.

    (8.) All participants and guests will be limited to accessing only the portion of the building being used for this ceremony; all restrooms will be closed.

    (9.) Custodians will clean and disinfect seats and door handles between group sessions.

    (10.) Students will enter the staging area while maintaining a minimum of six {6} feet of separation.

    (11.) Each student will cross the stage after his/her name is called and be presented with a diploma. Students may remove their mask during this portion of the ceremony.

    (12.) Before exiting the stage, students will pause for a photograph that Mercer County Schools will later present to the student as an 8x10 photograph.

    (13.) The traditional senior walk across the stage, and the diploma presentation will be videoed.

    (14.) All graduation speakers will present their remarks individually and be videoed.

    (15.) All video segments will be edited to create a final compilation that will be presented as a continuous stream during an on-line event. All students will receive a copy of the video. Compilation at a later date.

    (16.) At the conclusion of each group's session groups will be asked to exit the building and go directly to their vehicles in order to allow the next scheduled group access.

     

    Realizing that these adjustments are difficult for everyone, Mercer County Schools will provide a videotape of the complete ceremony for each graduate. Yard signs with each graduate's picture and school will be displayed at his/her high school. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, students will receive their yard sign. Every graduate will also be photographed during their portion of the ceremony, and an 8 X 10 photograph will be provided to the family. In addition to these commemorative articles, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph will publish a special edition featuring all graduates from this area. We are also working with WVVA to broadcast the graduation ceremonies at a later date.

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  • Thank you Teachers!

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 5/5/2020

    Thank you Teachers!

    Video courtesy of Google Education.

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  • 2020 Teacher of the Year

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/28/2020 11:00:00 AM
     Amanda Feldes

    Mercer County Schools is proud to announce Amanda Feldes as the 2020 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Feldes is a math teacher at Montcalm High School where she sponsors the Key Club and serves as the school test coordinator. She also serves on the county Math4Life Committee and is pursuing a doctorate degree in Integrative STEM Education at Virginia Tech. We appreciate her dedication to the students, staff, and community of Montcalm High School.

    We appreciate the hard work and dedication embodied by each of this year’s nominees. Thank you for serving our students and schools!

    Athens School-Sarah Brown
    Bluefield High School-Gail Webb
    Bluefield Intermediate School-Tracy Richmond
    Bluefield Middle School-Abbey Hoffner
    Bluewell School-Alvin Hibbits
    Brushfork School-Amanda Etter
    Mountain Valley Elementary School-Elizabeth Hollifield
    Glenwood School-Julie Miller
    Lashmeet / Matoaka School-Leigh Kessler
    Melrose School-Jessica Pritchett
    Memorial School-Emily Smith
    MCELC Princeton Site-Donna Pennington
    MCTEC-Alicia Lester

    Mercer School-Stephanie Shrewsbury
    Montcalm Elementary School-Shari Lamie
    Montcalm High School-Amanda Feldes
    Oakvale School-Katherine Mullins
    PikeView High School-Karen Miller
    PikeView Middle School-Michelle Jones
    Princeton High School-Donna Minnix
    Princeton Middle School-Cara Lambert
    Princeton Primary School-Becky Wright
    Spanishburg School-Teresa Farley
    Straley School-Pam Clark
    Sun Valley School-Tina Cales
    Whitethorn School-Stephanie Knight

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  • Service Person of the Year

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/23/2020 10:00:00 AM
     K Williams

    Mercer County Schools is proud to announce Kimberly R. Williams as the 2020 Service Person of the Year. Mrs. Williams is currently a secretary at Bluefield High School. We appreciate her dedication to the students, staff, and community of Bluefield High School. Congratulations! 

    Nominees from each school and department are listed below. These individuals represent the occupations of custodian, aide, cooks, secretary, bus operator, and maintenance. We appreciate the dedication and hard work embodied by each of this year’s nominees. Thank you for serving our students and schools!

    Athens School-G. Kevin Browning
    Bluefield High School-Kimberly R. Williams
    Bluefield Intermediate School-Angela M. Mooney 
    Bluefield Middle School-L. Denise Johnson 
    Bluewell School-Deborah L. Snider 
    Brushfork School-Amy E. Thomas
    Mountain Valley Elementary School-Betty L. Long
    Glenwood School-Beth M. Flack
    Lashmeet / Matoaka School-Kristie G. McBride
    Melrose School-Winston L. Hubbard
    Memorial School-Carla N. Johnson
    MCELC Princeton Site-Teresa A. Harvey
    MCTEC-Lori L. Peyton 
    Mercer School-Shirley J. Jennelle
    Montcalm Elementary School-Jesse Saucedo
    Montcalm High School-Kathy D. Miano

    Oakvale School-Darlene M. Tritt
    PikeView High School-Margaret Sue Stamper
    PikeView Middle School-Michael D. Cox
    Princeton High School-Betty J. Powell 
    Princeton Middle School-Imogene M. Reynolds 
    Princeton Primary School-Peggy E. Sparks 
    Spanishburg School-Gregory D. Mullins 
    Straley School-Lisa K. Hylton 
    Sun Valley School-Terri D. Tilley 
    Whitethorn School-Velvet P. Dyson 
    Central Office-Shelley R. Harman 
    Maintenance-Eddie D. Odle 
    Maintenance-Aaron "Hank" Holland 
    Transportation-Ronald W. Woolridge
    Transportation-K. Adam Howell
    Transportation-William "Willie" Nelson

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  • Semifinalist for the United States Presidential Scholars Program

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/22/2020 4:00:00 PM

    KMann

    We are pleased to recognize Kayli M. Mann, Valedictorian of Pikeview High School Class of 2020. Kayli has been notified that she is a semifinalist for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. The United States Presidential Scholars Program recognizes up to 161 students in the country based on broad academic achievement, academic and artistic scholarship, or accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Application for this prestigious program is by invitation only. Kayli is now one of 621 semifinalists whose application will be reviewed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. U.S. Presidential Scholars will be nationally recognized in June of this year. 

    In addition, Kayli is a National Merit Finalist. She also applied to 16 colleges and universities, with 6 of them being Ivy League institutions. She was accepted to all 6 Ivy League schools, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, and The University of Pennsylvania. She has made the decision to attend The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business this fall with the Joseph Wharton Scholarship. 

    In addition to academics, Kayli volunteers in her local community and is active at her church. She has performed in Princeton Extreme Teen Center productions and has portrayed Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Gollum in The Hobbit, and Ellie May Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies. Kayli is also a member of the National Honors Society, Academic Quiz Bowl team, and the Pikeview High School Band. 

    Kayli has included a link to her YouTube page if you want to learn more about her accomplishments. 

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1P8HQuNQBV-29Iz0SOZjg

     
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  • WV ESEA Waiver Request

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/6/2020 11:00:00 AM

    ESA Waiver The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is posting the WVDE ESEA Waiver Request for assessment administration for public comment per the requirements of the United States Department of Education (USED). The waiver request is based on the state's decision to suspend statewide summative assessments, reporting, and accountability calculations for spring 2020. The USED stipulates, "The State educational agency will provide public and all LEAs in the State with notice of the opportunity to comment on this request (e.g., by posting information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting on the state website)."

    US Department of Education Letter

    Click here to review the letter from the United States Department of Education.

    Public Comments

    Click here to comment. 

    Homeschool In addition, the requirement for homeschool student assessment has not been waived. 
    The deadline to submit assessment results for Grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 has been adjusted from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  Utilizing the public school assessment is not an option; however, homeschool parents may choose a portfolio evaluation by a West Virginia licensed teacher, other nationally-normed assessment published in the last 10 years, or an assessment that is mutually agreed upon by the district and parent/guardian.  

    Please contact Dr. Ashley Vaughn at avaughn@k12.wv.us with questions regarding assessment requirements. 

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  • Coronavirus Plan for Mercer County Schools

    Posted by Brent Murphy on 3/12/2020
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    22 hours ago WOWK Justice: No COVID-19 in WV cv19wv.gov

    By order of the governor all schools in Mercer County will be closed.
     
    This closure will remain in effect until further notice.
     

    This is a fluid plan and may be updated based on the latest information from health officials: 

    • Mercer County Schools Health Services is in contact with the Mercer County Health Department (MCHD).  The MCHD is working collaboratively with WV Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services and the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  Their information is updated daily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
    • There are several different types of coronaviruses, some of which have been around for years.  These are referred to as the Common Coronaviruses and usually cause symptoms similar to the common cold.  Many of us have had common coronaviruses in the past and assumed we had the common cold, treated it as such, and recovered in a week or two. 
    • The Coronavirus that started in China in December is referred to as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

     

    We are working closely with MCHD: 

    • Using the same precautions that we have used for the regular flu and other virus protection.  Regular cleaning and disinfecting of desks, computer keyboards, door knobs, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces within the schools.  All cleaning products in our schools have been Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved. 
    • Thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds before meals, after using the restroom and whenever hands are visibly dirty. 
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
    • Cough Etiquette.  Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and thoroughly wash your hand immediately.  If tissues aren’t available, cough into the inside of the elbow. 
    • Hand sanitizer, with 60%-90% alcohol, may be used only when soap and water is not available.   
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.  Those who display these symptoms should remain home until all symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours.
    • If a student or school employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the suspected case should be immediately reported to the school and the MCHD.  COVID-19 is an immediately reportable disease. 
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  • Special Public Service Announcement

    Posted by Brittany Keys Anderson, Ed. S. on 2/12/2020

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