• Student-led Drives Are Beginning!

    The students have been working hard all year and are beginning their supply & food drives. They are currently working on ways to increase awareness and generate excitement about the drives but in the meantime, here are the items they decided to collect:

    1st Grade- toiletries and cleaning supplies to be donated to the Smithfield Rescue Mission 

    2nd Grade- nonperishable food to be donated to the West Johnston Food Pantry

    4th Grade- pet food & supplies to be donated to the Johnston County Animal Shelter

    Please feel free to send any of the above items into school with your child beginning on May 2nd. 

     Our 3rd grade students are embarking on a water pollution awareness campaign which includes hosting a presentation to be given to our school by the Johnston County Water Department on the effects of water pollution on our drinking water and how we can help keep our water clean.

    Our 5th grade students are designing a website alerting others to the plight of endangered animals and what we can do to help them. They will be presenting their newly-launched website to a panel of technology experts at the end of May.


    Favorite Drink: Coffee! coffee

    Favorite Snack: Flavored Almonds, Dark Chocolate cookie

    Classroom Wish List Items: Electric Pencil Sharpener, Dry Erase Markers, Pencils pencils

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Mrs. Kate Dulmaine



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Mrs. Kate Dulmaine

Hi! My name is Kate Dulmaine and I am so excited to be teaching the new Project-Based Learning class at Polenta Elementary this year!

What is Project-Based Learning?  Project-based learning teaches children children critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. PBL presents students with a problem. Students will work collaboratively with their peers to dissect, examine, and solve the problem. Students will learn how to look at problems from various angles, brainstorm, and anticipate and overcome obstacles. PBL challenges students to think creatively, work together, and persevere to follow projects through to their completion.

How will Project-Based Learning be Implemented?  PBL can take many forms and takes place in many classrooms throughout our school everyday. Our new PBL enhancement will use community service as our springboard, which is just AWESOME! Students will work together to analyze problems they see in our community and world and discuss, plan, and implement solutions to those problems. How amazing is that?! Our kids will be learning and working to understand, examine, and analyze problems and create and implement solutions, all while helping to make the world a better place! I am so thrilled to be able to assist our children in this process and truly hope to help develop their minds and hearts to help them realize that big or small, young or old, they can make a difference in the world!  

We will be reaching out to the community to look for ways to help our neighbors and develop partnerships with individuals and businesses in our area- and maybe even to look for volunteers, too! If this type of work speaks to your heart, please make sure to go to the Johnston County Public School website, here, and fill out a volunteer application. We'd love to have you helping us helping others!

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, or anything you'd like to share, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at catherinedulmaine@johnston.k12.nc.us.



  • Lunch Information

    Reduced Breakfast for Grades K-12: Free
    Breakfast for Grades K-12: $1.40
    Reduced Lunch for Grades K-12: $.40
    Lunch for Grades K-8: $2.30
    Adults: $3.50

    You may now use our online service to post payments on your student's breakfast and lunch account. Please use the links below to access this online service: k12paymentcenter.com

    School Nutrition Service offers meals free or at reduced prices to families who qualify for this benefit. An application for meal benefits can be obtained at the office.

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