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Mercene J. Perry-Scott

Welcome Everyone!
I am Mercene Perry-Scott Kindergarten 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 13 years ranging in grades Pre K to 6th.  I love Kindergarten and seeing my young scholars grow.  Kindergarten 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. 

Kindergarten Team Newsletter

JCPS Announcements

  • Social Media Use and Non-Credible Threats

    We are sharing information regarding non-credible threats made against several of our high school campuses today via social media. It is important to our district to notify our families of anything that may cause widespread concern.

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  • JC BOE votes to require masks for all JCPS students and staff

    At their August meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted 4-3 to make face coverings required indoors in all Johnston County Public Schools campuses and on all buses for students, staff, and guests. This updated mask requirement is effective immediately.

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  • 2021-2022 JCPS Preschool applications now open

    The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.

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School Announcements

  • Violin Class Signups Going On Now!

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  • Board of Education Meeting set for Sept 14

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  • Beginning of Grade (BOG) Testing Letter

    As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and are making progress in reading proficiency. The goal is to ensure all third grade students 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 on September 7, 2021.

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  • School Supply Lists - 2021/2022

    School Supply Lists are here for the 2020/2021 School Year.

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  • **PowerSchool Parent Portal**

    Parents, If you have not received your login for the Parent Portal, PLEASE update your child's records with a current email address. You will need to send a note with your child to have your email address updated. Please include your name, your child's name, and your current email address on the note. Mrs. Williams will then be able to update your records and activate your PowerSchool Parent Portal login.

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