Saluda - PCHS Farm

posted May 7, 2013, 5:36 PM by Dave Scherping

Saluda Farm

To kick-off Saluda Elementary's annual Read-a-thon, all students in grades PreK-5 visited the farm at Polk County High School.  Students learned about the PCHS Agricultural Education program by rotating through stations led by students in Mr. Barber's 4th period Horticulture II class who taught them about the hands-on activities that teach the high schoolers about welding, animal science, carpentry, and horticulture.  Elementary students were particularly interested in the school's goats, baby chicks and cow because the money raised from the Read-a-thon will be donated to Heifer International.  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.  

Saluda farm

PCHS FFA- State Champions

posted Apr 18, 2013, 3:22 PM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 3:26 PM ]

 The Polk FFA Land Judging Senior Team won the NCFFA State Land Judging Competition on April 6th and will be headed to the National Land Judging Competition in Oklahoma on May 2nd.
The Junior Team was state runner-up in the junior land judging competition.

2013-14 Calendars

posted Apr 16, 2013, 10:37 AM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 10:53 AM ]

At their April Meeting, the Polk County Board of Education adopted their 2013-14 school calendars.  This year, the Board adopted one calendar for Polk County Early College and a separate calendar for all of the other schools.  

PCMS - 1st Place

posted Mar 20, 2013, 3:51 PM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Mar 20, 2013, 3:53 PM ]

On Friday, March 8, the Polk County Middle School Model Bridge Building Team placed first at the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) western regional competition in Morganton, N.C.


Polk Central - Kindergarten

posted Mar 18, 2013, 1:13 PM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Mar 18, 2013, 1:14 PM ]

Polk Central Kindergarten students have their sights set high!  Each student "decorated" his or her own face to wear a mortarboard in preparation for college graduation!


Preschool Application: 2013-14

posted Feb 18, 2013, 7:43 AM by Dave Scherping

The Polk County Schools' Preschool program is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.  The preschool program in Polk County serves 3 & 4 year-olds who qualify under various programs (Head Start, NC Pre-K, Exceptional Children), or by tuition payment.   The preschool staff will work with you to determine which program will best serve your child.  If you have any question, please contact our Preschool staff at 828-894-3051.

Click the link below to access the Preschool Application.

Revised Calendar

posted Feb 12, 2013, 12:51 PM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 1:07 PM ]

The Polk County Board of Education recently revised their 2012-13 school calendar to reflect days missed due to weather.  The most important change on the calendar is for February 25, 2013.  This is now a school day for all students.

Teachers of the Year

posted Jan 25, 2013, 3:34 AM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 7:46 AM ]

The Polk County Board of Education recognized Polk County School’s Teachers of the Year.  Board Chairman Geoffrey Tennant congratulated the teachers and presented them with awards. 

Polk County High School’s Teacher of the Year, Kim Mirasola, was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Polk County as well. 

Polk County Teachers of the Year:
Kim Mirasola - Polk High School
Debbie Chapman - Sunny View Elem.
Cari Maneen - Saluda Elementary
Sandra Smith - Polk Central Elementary
Shea White - Tryon Elementary
Jeanne Burgin - Polk Middle School

NC - TIMSS Results

posted Dec 18, 2012, 6:18 AM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Dec 18, 2012, 6:19 AM ]

Each year a small number of schools in each state are selected to participate in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).  The results for the 2011 assessment were released last week and NC students performed very well.

-- North Carolina was the only participating state in the country and one of only eight education systems across the world in which fourth grade math students outscored the test average and U.S. national average on the 2011 TIMSS. 

--At the eighth grade level, North Carolina was among only 11 states and countries to score higher than both the TIMSS scale and national averages. 

--In science, the average scores among fourth and eighth grade students in the state exceeded the TIMSS scale average but not the U.S. national average.

Although Polk County students did not participate, we can still be proud of the accomplishments of the other NC students.  We can only imagine how much higher the scores would have been if our students had been included in the sample.  

More information about the results can be found at

Video Contest Winners

posted Nov 14, 2012, 7:14 AM by Dave Scherping   [ updated Nov 14, 2012, 7:16 AM ]

Two Polk County High School students won 2nd place in the NC School Board Association's "What's Super About Public Schools" video contest.  Their video was originally selected as one the best of the more than 50 entries submitted by students from across the state.  

At yesterday's award ceremony in Greensboro, the students were awarded the 2nd place ranking.  Congratulations!

A link to the video will be available soon.

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