Weather Closing & Delays
All Schools - Regular Schedule
Polk County Middle School Presents
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich
Thursday, February 11th.
Doors will open at 6:30 and donations will be accepted.
Updated 2015-2016 School Calendars
At their February meeting, the Polk County Board of Education approved the
updated 2015-2016 school calendars.
Links to the calendars can be found at: http://calendar.polkschools.org
Superintendent Miller Announces Retirement
Polk County Schools Superintendent William J. Miller announcednight that he plans to retire prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
At a specially called meeting of the Polk County Board of Education, Miller informed the board of his intent to retire effective. Miller has been superintendent of Polk County Schools since April 1, 2004, and has served more than 30 years in the district.
"This has been a difficult decision and time for me," Miller said. "The opportunity to serve as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in the community and school system where I grew up has been the joy of my life.
"I leave with nothing but the best of memories. I will always cherish the relationships I have had with board members, administrators, teachers, parents and, most of all, students. This is a special place and it has been my honor to be a small part of it."
Speaking on behalf of the Polk County Board of Education, Chairman Geoffrey M. Tennant said the board has retained the Asheville law firm of Campbell Shatley, PLLC to assist in the search for a new superintendent. The board will begin accepting applications from both internal and external candidates immediately and hopes to be able to name a new superintendent no later than.
"This brings to an end a distinguished and exemplary career in public education," Tennant said. "Polk County schools have benefited from his dedication to and genuine concern for students and staff as well as our community. He has served as a teacher and coach, a principal, a central office administrator and finally as our superintendent. He also served briefly with the Western Regional Education Service Alliance. Mr. Miller has spent thirty plus years serving the public schools and our students.
"His expertise, compassion and dedication will be sorely missed. Those who have had the opportunity to have their lives touched by this remarkable man are indeed far richer for that experience. The entire board wishes Mr. Miller the very best in the future and thanks him for his extraordinary service to the young people of Polk County and to our community as a whole."
Miller, a graduate of Tryon High School, earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education at Wingate University and a master's in secondary education administration at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. After serving on the men's basketball staff at Wingate, he began his teaching career as a social studies teacher and basketball coach at Tryon High School. He later served as principal of Polk County High School and as the district's personnel director and assistant superintendent before becoming its superintendent in 2004.
Miller was recently named the Western Region Superintendent of the Year for the second time and also completed in July a two-year term as president of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors.
Stories from Polkstudents.com
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.
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: http://my.ncedcloud.org
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 www.polksports.com
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.
For information on the B.I.G. and other education programs, visit www.tryonarts.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
403B Elective Deferrals
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 www.advanc-ed.org
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.
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:
Click on the link below for the official notice.
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.