Mercene Perry

Phone: 919-989-6418


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Mercene Perry

Welcome Everyone!
I am Mercene Perry-Scott 1st grade teacher of  West Smithfield Elementary.   I am so excited to have joined the West Smithfield community and I am looking forward to us all having a wonderful school year.   I have taught for 12 years ranging in grades Pre K to 6th.  I love teaching first grade and seeing my young scholars grow.  First grade is one the most exciting years in elementary. It gives me great joy to see my learners  explore and learn about the world around them.   
I grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina  with my two siblings.  My siblings and I grew up taught the value and importance of hard work and getting an education.  My father was a doctor and my mother, possessing a M.A. in English, works for the federal government. The importance of education is what I emphasize to my learners and my children.  I am a proud graduate of NC A&T state university (Go Aggies!) where I  received my  B.A in Child Development.   In 2004  I received my Masters in Elementary Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University. I had the great opportunity and experience to teach and live in one of my favorite cities (NYC) for over a decade.   I worked for the NYC Board of education for 5 years and another 3 years I taught Pre-K in the surrounding boroughs of Manhattan.  
Upon returning to the wonderful state of North Carolina I taught in Gaston, NC and Halifax, NC.  My family decided to settle and make the pleasant town of Clayton our home.   My husband and I have three children Jeff a 6th grader, Lance a 2nd grader and Simone a 1st grader.  I love to travel  with my family.  I also love reading and playing board games with them.  In my spare time, I scrapbook, watch Netflix, work on arts and crafts, bake, design, clean, shop, and surf the internet for ideas/lessons for my classroom. 

JCPS Announcements

  • Say Something App coming to JCPS Nov. 30th

    On Nov. 30, JCPS will launch Say Something, an anonymous reporting system that lets middle and high school students, parents, staff, and community members securely share safety concerns.

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  • Complete the Second Semester Choice Form

    Every JCPS parent must fill out the Second Semester Choice form to choose either the Virtual Program OR face-to-face instruction for each of their students. The Second Semester Choice form is to be filled out for ALL students in grades PreK-12. If a child is going to participate in face-to-face instruction for the second semester, the parent will be asked to fill out transportation information for the student in the form. A form for each student should be completed by Nov. 30.

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  • November is Career Development Month

    November is Career Development Month in Johnston County Public Schools. It is a month-long awareness campaign that encourages career development professionals to celebrate career development...

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  • Updated Social Distancing Procedures

    Information on social distancing in school settings has been recently updated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Upon receiving information from the NCDHHS, we consulted with the Johnston County Public Health Department on the impact these updates will have on our school system. This ongoing collaboration continues to guide our decision-making as students return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

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School Announcements

  • Beginning of Grade (BOG) Testing Letters

    As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and is making progress in reading proficiency, so they can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. As part of the Read to Achieve law (G.S. §115C-83.1) passed by the General Assembly in 2012, your child will take the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test to establish a baseline measure of beginning third-grade reading skills. This test will be administered within the first 20 days of face to face instruction, October 26 - November 23, 2020

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  • School Start and End Times

    Just as a reminder, we begin letting students in the building at 8:25 in the mornings. Our tardy bell rings at 8:55. We begin dismissal at 3:55 in the afternoons.

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  • Progress Reports Parent Letter

    Progress Reports will be sent electronically this year. Please click here for the Progress Report Letter to Parents.

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  • Trouble with Your Chromebook?

    Parents, did you know we have a form you can fill out for help if you or your child are having technical issues with your school issued chromebook? Click on the headline for more information!

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  • Do You Have Questions About the 2020/2021 School Year?

    We know this is year will be different for everyone...students, families and staff, so we want to do all we can to keep you informed and answer any questions that you may have during this time.

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