Phone: 919-989-6039


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Melissa Sousa

I am so excited about beginning the year with your children, and see how much they grow.  I have been teaching for fifteen years; ten years in Kindergarten and three years in third grade. This is my second year in first grade, here at Polenta Elementary. My husband and I moved here from New Jersey four years ago and are enjoying the beauty of North Carolina.  

Looking forward to having a great year!

About Myself:

I am a mother of three school-aged children and keep quite busy with them and their activities.  I love to spend time with my family and go to the beach when possible and read.  

Favorite Things:




Wish List:

-Lysol Wipes

-Hula Hoops


-Small Prizes for the prize box


Sousa's Amazon Wish List

First Grade Schedule:

8:25-8:55 - Arrival

8:55-9:10 - Morning Meeting

9:10-10:40 - Envisions Math

10:40-11:10 - Recess

11:10-11:40 - Lunch

11:40-12:25 Fundations & Heggerty

12:25-12:55 - RIME

12:55-1:40 - Enhancements

1:40-2:50 - Reading

2:50-3:15 - Writing

3:15-3:45 - Science

3:45 Dismissal


  • Schedule information will be posted soon.

    Orientation to meet with me is August 17th between 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

    First day of school is August 23rd.

Puma News

School Announcements

JCPS Announcements

  • 2023 Student and Family Survey Information

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to building well-rounded students and consistently improving our schools for greater student success. JCPS is participating in an opportunity to gather feedback on how we can better meet our goals of improving student success.  We are aware that families may want to preview the questions that will be asked of their students, and have prepared copies of the questions that will be asked.

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  • 2023-2024 School Calendars Approved

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting. 

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  • New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.

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  • JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and  meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch. 

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