• What is PBL?

    PBL is an acronym for "Project Based Learning". Students work together to select, research, and solve problems they have observed or learned about in the world around them. Students work in small groups to research issues affecting our community, create and deliver presentations about their ideas, and give peer feedback. Students then vote for which solution they believe to be the most impactful, feasible, and effective. They then work collaboratively to develop and implement their solutions. Though we did not get the opportunity complete the process during the 2019-2020 school year, we plan to work with the students to continue their project ideas in the upcoming year. To give you an idea of past projects that we have completed, here is what our students accomplished in the 2018-2019 school year:


    We completed our PBL Projects for the 2018-2019 school year by having all five of our projects showcased at the 2019 Johnston County Innovation Expo in Smithfield on Friday, May 31st. Five student volunteers attended the exposition to give visitors a summary of their grade's project process and culminating activity. They did a fantastic job and the exposition visitors enjoyed hearing the students discuss our projects!

    A summary of each grade's project can be accessed by clicking on the navigation links to the left (or above on mobile devices). Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, and donations this year, but most of all for sharing your kids with us and joining in their excitement as they worked together to help make the world a better place!


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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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