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Our Mission:
 The mission of McDowell High School is to prepare all students for college and careers by providing world class opportunities through rigorous learning, experiences, and technology. As a community we will inspire students to achieve a successful future through goal setting, responsibility, organization, tolerance, and interpersonal communication.

Our Vision: Every student graduates with a plan for a successful future

Our Motto: Pathway to World Class Opportunities and Excellence

Titans in the News
MHS Educators selected to NC Governor's Teacher Network

Congrats to our very own Visual Arts Teacher, Karen Dark and Instructional Technology Facilitator, Adam Wiseman, for being selected to become a part of the NC Governor's Teacher Network. The network is comprised of 450 educator leaders who were selected out of over 1,500 applicants. These teachers will work to create professional development resources, lesson plans and classroom materials to help other teachers around the state and support positive change and student success in the classroom. 

2014 Video Broadcast of MHS Graduation Ceremony on June 13, 2014


Congratulations to Mrs. Cristen Clark for being selected as the McDowell County Schools 9th-12th Outstanding New Teacher for 2013-2014! #titanproud

Each year all NJROTC units take an exam that covers subjects during the 4 year curriculum. The exam is challenging. A Unit can enter as many teams as they wish. This year the roughly 650 NJROTC units entered 1723 teams. Our team of Karaline Bird, Taylor DeHart, Carlos Chavez and Cody Delorme finished 1st in the nation. 

Congrats, Math teacher, Miranda Ferguson named 2014-2015 Secondary Teacher of the Year for McDowell County Schools. 

Students travel to UNCA for leadership activities
Ten students from Marriette Van Der Sluijs’ Spanish for Native Speakers class recently took part in an activity that helped them connect with students they had only previously talked to online.
See full story here...
(photo courtesy of McDowell News)

MHS 2014-2015
Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Miranda Ferguson
Congratulations! Thank you for your dedication and excellence in teaching!

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Information Schedule Changes for 2014-2015 School Year
Schedule change requests for elective courses must be made prior to July 7. Requests may or may not be honored based on the availability of courses. Requests after July 7 will not be honored.
Schedule changes to a less rigorous schedule will not be honored. 

Schedules are not ready to be given out at this time. A parent link call will be made letting students know when schedules will be ready. 

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Parking Permit Information
Aug. 20th-Seniors can purchase parking passes (7:00-2:00)
Aug. 21st-Juniors can purchase parking passes (9:00-12:00 and 3:30-6:30)
Aug. 22nd-All students can purchase parking passes (9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00)

Student MUST have the following: 
Completed Online Form. This form will generate the information on a printable PDF document that you MUST PRINT and COLLECT all required signatures.

Directions to locate form: 
1) Go to MHS website
2) Click on Info hub
3) Click on Student
4) Click on "Parking Registration Form"
5) Sign in to the form using your STUDENT GMAIL ACCOUNT INFORMATION
6) Complete required information in form
7) Check your email for a printable copy of the form after hitting the Submit button. (This may take a few minutes to show up in your email.)
2. $40.00 dollars cash or check

3. Valid NC Drivers License

4. Zero fines owed to school

Students are assigned the summer reading of To Kill a Mockingbird
Classic pieces of literature can have multiple themes or central ideas.  The themes of innocence, empathy, and equality are used throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.   In a 600-800 word essay, discuss how one of these themes is developed over the course of the novel.   Include how the theme emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details later in the story.  You should write a five paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Please use MLA format and textual evidence (quotes) in your paper.  DO NOT SUBMIT A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT.  

Students are assigned the summer reading of The Scarlet Pimpernel
Major characters in literature change because of the forces that act upon them. Select the character from The Scarlet Pimpernel that exhibits the most change throughout the novel. In a 600-800 word essay, discuss the changes that take place within that character. You should write a five paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Please use MLA format and textual evidence (quotes) in your paper. Remember, you want to examine and analyze the changes, specifically how and why they occur and why they are important to the novel as a whole. DO NOT SUBMIT A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT.

Rising 11th Grade Novel choice:

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Racism is a prevalent source of influence upon all of the characters in Hillary Jordan's Mudbound.  In an essay of 750 - 1000 words, choose one of the narrators of the novel, and explore the ways in which the character is shaped by racism.  Your essay should be typed, use specific textual references from throughout the novel, and follow MLA format.
Copies of the novel may be purchased on, Mr. K's Used Books in Asheville, or any Barnes & Noble book store. 

Rising 12th Grade Novel choice: 
Dracula by Bram Stoker
In literature, a foil is a character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective of highlighting the traits of the other character. Discuss Van Helsing’s role as a foil to the title character, Dracula and  analyze how the contrast between the two characters illuminates the meaning of the work.
Copies may be purchased online at or any bookstore. If you have a Kindle or Nook, the digital copy is free or you can use the free pdf link listed below.

Honors Defining the American Experience through Literature Summer Assignment

Your summer assignment consists of 3 components. To ensure your placement in the course, please be sure all assignments are completed before you return to school.  It is acceptable for you to collaborate with your classmates to have a movie night or visit a historical site, however all written work must be your own.  We look forward to seeing you in the fall and providing you with a rewarding and challenging learning experience.

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