Polk County Schools Ranked #2 in NC

Based on the percentage of students meeting the Grade Level Proficiency standard, Polk County ranked as the 2nd highest performing school system in NC for student performance on both End of Grade and End of Course tests.   

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PCHS - Chinese Student Play

Students enrolled in the Chinese language classes at PCHS performed in a play last week. The play "Butterfly Lovers" was performed in Mandarin with English translations.

2014-2015 State Test Results

On September 2nd, the NC State Board of Education released the results for the 2014-2015 End of Grade & End of Course state testing.

Congratulations to our students, parents and teachers!

Polk County ranked as the
third highest performing school system NC for combined student performance on both End of Grade and End of Course tests.  The ranking was based on the percentage of students Scoring Proficient at their grade level.

PowerSchool Bookmarks

NCDPI has  changed how Teachers, Students & Administrators access PowerSchool.  If you have bookmarks you have previously used to access PowerTeacher or your Gradebook, please stop using those bookmarks.  

The best way to access these services will now be through the NCEdCloud website:  

PCHS Ranked #36 of NC's 591 High Schools

Polk County High School received a Silver Medal by US News and World Report on their most recent ranking of US High Schools.  Schools were awarded medals based on their student's performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

PCHS was #2,190 of the nations 21,000 high school schools.  This places Polk County High School in the top 10% of the high schools in the nation.  Congratulations Wolverines!

For more information, please click the links below.

Mother/Mentor Daughter Book Group  2014-15

Polk Central School fifth graders pose with copies of the book Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant. Supported by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation,  books from the Rotary Club of Tryon, and donations from local restaurants, fifth grade girls and their mothers/mentors meet to discuss books they have read together. So far this year, girls and their mothers/mentors have met to discuss Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass,  and Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant.

The purpose of the book group is to develop the leadership of girls and women. The girls read award-winning books, talk about the books with their mothers or a female mentor, then enjoy literary camaraderie with girls and women.   Andrea Walter, fifth grade teacher, says, “I am amazed at how articulate the girls are in a group of 25 people! They speak confidently about big ideas from the books and about their personal connections with a character’s struggles.” 

A key component of the group is the role of the mothers/mentors. They read the books, talk about them with their girls, and then spend these special evenings together. Reading youth books and discussing the challenges and joys of raising girls helps parents to keep track of what they really want for their girls as they move into the pre-teen and teenage years.  

Brooke Benfield, Title I Reading Specialist, notes, “This has been an excellent avenue for the mothers and daughters to have meaningful conversations as they identified with the characters in the books we read this year.”

PCMS - Bridge Building State Champions

Polk County Middle School remains home to the best model bridge builders in the state, the school winning the North Carolina Department of Transportation Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition on Friday in Raleigh.

Battle of the Books:   Tryon Elementary Vs. Polk Central Elementary


At the beginning of the year, Polk Central and Tryon Elementary announced the first Battle of the Books program for the county. The Battle of the Books program was offered to enrichment students in 4th and 5th grades.  In order to participate, the students were responsible for keeping up with required readings and deadlines. Throughout the year, students read and reported on challenging titles as they prepared to compete.
Students demonstrated their knowledge of the books in a team-based, game show-style battle on Friday, April 17th.  Polk Central hosted the competition against Tryon Elementary.  The competition consisted of ten rounds with twelve questions in each round.  Throughout the competition, the students were highly engaged and worked collaboratively in teams of six to answer the questions.  In order to ensure the participation of all students, rotations were made after each round.  The Polk Central Battle of the Books team won the competition.  We are very proud of both schools and all that were involved in the success of this wonderful event. 

What is Battle of the Books?
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that encourages high quality and high quantity reading.  The required book list for the program consisted of eighteen, thought-provoking, titles.  The books were intended to get students thinking about new places, time periods, and/or points of view.  


Relay for Life

Friday - May 1, 2015
6:00PM - 12:00AM

Polk County Middle School

Contact Rachel Goettert or Katie Bailey if you have any questions or are interested in participating.

Polk FFA Plant Sale 

The Polk County High School Agriculture and FFA Program will start its annual plant sale April 1st.

Sale times are Monday thru Friday 8:30-4:00 PM and will be open during the Polk County Schools Spring Break.

Flowers and vegetables are available in singles, six packs and flats.  Additionally, there are assorted varieties of hanging baskets for sale

If you need additional information about the plant sale please call (828)894-2525 or (828)817-0528.

2014-2015 Updated School Calendars

At their April meeting, the Polk County Board of Education will be approving what we hope will be the final 2014-2015 school calendars.  These final calendars contain only changes affecting Polk County Employees.  There are no changes affecting students.

The pending calendars can be found at the link below.

The Addams Family at PCHS

They're creepy and they're kooky, 
Mysterious and spooky, 
They're all together ooky, 
The Addams Family

Polk County High School will present ‘The Addams Family’ a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Adams.  Performance dates are March 27, 28 and 29. Friday and Saturday evening performances will be at 7 pm and a Sunday matinee at 3 pm.  Adult tickets are $8, student tickets are $4.  Performances will be held in the Polk County High School Auditorium.

Tryon Elementary School Food Drive

Tryon Elementary recently held a food drive for Thermal Belt Outreach and raised over 1,300 pounds of food!  Carol Newton thanks all of the schools in Polk County for the work you do to support this local charity.  All of the food and money raised in our schools goes back to families living in Polk County.

Science Olympiad Teams

Polk County middle and high school students hauled home plenty of medals Saturday from the North Carolina Science Olympiad regional tournament in Asheville.

Both Polk County Middle School and Polk County High School earned berths in the state Science Olympiad tournament, each placing among the top four schools at the annual competition held at UNC Asheville. Science Olympiad offers students a chance to compete in 23 team events, some involving subject tests, some involving building devices, some involving both.

The full article can be found at

PCMS Science Olympiad Team

PCHS Science Olympiad Team

Student Trip to China

Polk County Schools will be sponsoring a student 
trip to China in April of 2016.  For more information 
about the trip, please visit the link below.

Wolverine Indoor Track Team Brings Home 
Three State Championship Titles

Winter PD Wonderland 2015

Polk County Schools don’t forget . . . Monday and Tuesday, January 19 & 20, 2015 are Winter PD Wonderland!  Please visit the website and sign up with the link at the end of the page if you have not already.  Here’s the link:  Winter PD Wonderland

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!  Please contact Aaron Greene with any questions or concerns.

New School Board Member

On Monday December 8th, Jim Patterson was sworn in as the newest member of the Polk County Board of Education.  Jim has over 40 years of experience in education in both North and South Carolina.  Jim has a strong commitment to Public Education and we are looking forward to working with him on the Board of Education.

32 Years of Service on Board of Education

On Monday December 8, 2014, everyone is invited to a "Punch & Cookies" reception for retiring Board Member James W. Cowan.

Mr. Cowan has served on the Tryon City and Polk County Boards of Education for over 30 years.  Mr. Cowan has worked diligently for all these years to  promote and encourage growth in our schools and has always been a champion for students and teacher alike.

The reception will begin at 5:30 PM at the Stearns Education Center.  Following the reception there will be a presentation by the Board of Education in appreciation of Mr. Cowan's service to the community.

Tryon Fine Arts Center - B.I.G. Grants

The Be Inspired Grant (B.I.G.) program is designed to help teacher support creativity in the classroom.  
The following Polk County Teachers received TFAC - B.I.G. Grants.   

Tryon Elementary           Clara Rogers
Polk Central                    Sarah Schladenhauffen
Polk Central                    JJ Waddell
Polk Central                    Andrea Walters
Polk Middle                    Denise Kennedy
Saluda Elementary        Ginger Rackley
Sunny View                    Julie Maziarka

For information on the B.I.G. and other education programs, visit or call Arts in Education Director Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322, ext. 213.

2013-2014 School Accountability Results

At their September meeting, the State Board of Education released limited information about the performance of NC students on State and Federal assessments.  The full release of student performance indicators will happen later in the year.  

The files linked below help demonstrate how Polk County students performed in relation to their classmates in the State and Nationally.

EOG & EOC - Percent College & Career Ready
This report shows the percentage of Polk County students who scored at least a Level 4 on End of Grade or End of Course tests and how Polk County Students ranked in relation to students in other NC schools.

Annual Measurable Objectives
Schools are evaluated annually on the performance of their students as a whole and the performance of various subgroups.   These Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) only apply if the school has at least 30 students in the group.  For many Polk County Schools, there are not enough students in the subgroups to be evaluated.  The following report shows the subgroups at the District and School level.  If the AMO target is Met, the school receives a Y in the Met Target column.  An N indicates that the AMO was Not Met and an I indicates that there were an insufficient number of students to evaluate.

Read to Achieve
In 2013-2014, the NC Legislature implemented the NC Read to Achieve (RTA) program.    RTA requires students in the 3rd grade to meet the Reading Proficiency Standard before being promoted to the 4th grade.  The 2013-14 results for Polk County are linked below.

Statistical Summary of  NC State Results 
The following reports provide performance and growth data based on analysis of all EOG and EOC tests administered to Public & Charter schools in the state.

Background Brief
NCDPI produces an information brief to accompany the annual release of testings results.  The packet helps readers understand the components of the NC Accountability System.

NCDPI Reporting Site
Information about other school systems can be found at the NCDPI Reporitng site linked below.

New & Updated Services

Polk County Schools is partnering with two local organizations to support our students during the school year.  On the left side of this page, you will find links to Family Preservation and Feed-A-Kid.  If you have students in your classroom that could benefit from these services, please work with your school Counselor to complete the Referral Process.

On August 22nd, Polk County Schools held our 2014-2015 Opening of School Convocation.  During the event, two presentations were show.  The presentations are linked below.

2014 PCHS Volleyball Schedule

Under the direction of their new coach, Molly Corhn, the Lady Wolverines will take on West Henderson in their first match on August 19th.  Click on the link below to see the full schedule.


2014 PCHS Football Schedule

The PCHS Wolverines will start their season with the Wolverine Jamboree (Scrimmage) on August 11, 2014.  To see the full Varsity and Junior Varsity Football schedule, click on the link below.

2014-2015 Calendars

At their April meeting, the Polk County Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 School Calendars.  Like last year, the Board adopted one calendar for Polk County Early College and a separate calendar for all of the other schools.  Click on the link below to see or print the Calendars.

Bridge Building Team

A little wood, a little glue and a lot of ingenuity have brought recognition in recent years to the PCMS model bridge building team.  When the team won the western regional division of the NCDOT's annual competition March 14, it was for the third year in a row.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Sunny View Elementary students in Pre-K and Kindergarten celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a week full of activities.  

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Congratulations Ms. Davis!

On March 7th, Channel 13 recognized Polk Central's 4th grade teacher, Marsha Davis, as a "Thanks to Teachers" winner. Ms. Davis was recognized for her commitment to her students and her willingness to help each child be successful.

100 Day Celebration

Students and Teachers at Tryon Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of activities, including door decorations.

403B Elective Deferrals

The document linked below contains important information from the IRS about your right to make elective deferrals to your Polk County 403B Plan.  For more information, please contact Charlotte Sullivan at 894-3051

PCMS - Hot Air Balloon Day

7th graders at Polk County Middle School recently participated in Hot Air Balloon day. 7th graders studied layers of the atmosphere and then focused on the troposphere where we live. In the unit, they studied the factors that make up the weather including air pressure, temperature, humidity and different forms of air pollution.  PCMS thanks Bonnie Lingerfelt with REMAX who sponsored the balloon.  

Polk County Schools will be participating in an AdvancED External Review on November 4, 5 & 6.  To facilitate the review of the accreditation materials, we have created an AdvancEd site for the reviewers.  The site is linked below.   More information about AdvancED and the District Accreditation process can be found at

AdvancED Site

NC's READY Initiative
As teachers, principals, parents, and administrators, we're all responsible for providing our children with an education that properly prepares them for their next big steps after graduation — college, career, and adulthood.  To accomplish this, DPI worked with educators to develop the READY Initiative to help students succeed.

The READY Initiative provides the tools and strategies to better prepare our children for life after graduation.

READY Initiative

2012-13 ACT & SAT Results
Polk County Schools recently received the results of the 2012-13 administration of the national ACT and SAT assessments.  Polk County high school students continued to score well above the state and national average on these assessments.

SAT:  Polk County students ranked 6th in the state with a combined score of 1549.  The NC average score is 1479 and the national average is 1498.

ACT:  Polk County students ranked 6th in the state with a combined score of 19.9.  The NC average score is 18.4 and the national average is 20.9 .

Update on Employer Health Care under the Affordable Care Act

Please note:
Section 1512 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable employers to provide all employees with written notice of the following:
  • the existence of the Marketplace (referred to by the ACA as the Exchange);
  • potential eligibility for premium tax credit under 36B of the Internal Revenue Code if the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Marketplace;
  • and loss of employer contribution for the purchase of a qualified health plan through the Marketplace
Click on the link below for the official notice.

2013-2014 Calendars
The Polk County Board of Education has approved 4 different staff calendars for the 2013-14 school year.  Each of the calendars and a short description, can be found at the link below.

2013 Summer Projects

To get ready for the 2013-14 school year, Polk County Schools is completing a few school improvements.  Even with the record rain this summer, the projects are still scheduled to be completed in time for school to start.

Tryon Elementary Courtyard
The courtyard is getting a much needed renovation.  The old pavers have been removed and gravel has been inserted as a base for the new brick courtyard.  Workers will begin laying the new brick soon.
PCHS - Tennis Courts
The tennis courts were part of the original build when PCHS was opened in 1992.  After 21 years of use, the courts needed to be repaired.  The old surface has been removed and a new base has been laid in preparation for the new court surface. 

PCHS - Track
The track has been used for over 20 years for men's and women's outdoor meets and practice.  
The old surface has been removed and a new base has been laid in preparation for the new rubberized track surface.  The area for many of the Field events is also being resurfaced.

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