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Alesia Sanders

My name is Alesia Sanders and this is my 19th year in education and I have been teaching for 14. I love SSE and this is where I started my educational journey as a student in first grade. So, yes, this wonderful place is my Alma Mater!! Teaching can be a challenging job, but the rewards of seeing students learn are invaluable. It takes love, patience, dedication,and being open-minded to work with students and parents and that's my goal every day. 

 I live in Smithfield and I have 3 adult daughters, Alexis, Aleiyah, and Ayanah and 2 adorable grandchildren, Hayes and Aria.  We are a divided household when it comes to universities/sports, especially when you have children who have different Alma Maters. We are ECU Pirates and NC A&T Aggies, as well as NC Central Eagles!  We have 3 dogs; Jade, KO, Kaia and three horses. My girls love animals, as you can see! I love shopping, traveling, and relaxing on our boat on a summer day!

School Announcements

  • Beginning of Grade (BOG) Testing for 3rd Graders

    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 9, 2021

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  • Meet the Teacher Night - Wednesday, August 24, 4:30-7

    Our first family event of this school year is Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 24 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm. This event is for all kindergarten - fifth grade students and families. This is a floating event, which means you can come anytime between 4:30 - 7:00pm to meet your child’s teacher, fill out beginning of the year paperwork, and have a little fun reuniting with your dolphin family. 

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  • JCPS Preschool Applications Open Now

    Johnston County Public Schools 2022-2023 Preschool Applications are ready for your students that will be 3 or 4 years old on August 31, 2022. North Carolina does not have universal Preschool, therefore you do have to apply and qualify for one of our Preschool slots. 

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  • Do You Want to Learn More About the IB PYP Program at SSE?

    South Smithfield Elemementary is currently a candidate to become an IB (International Baccalaureate) PYP (Primary Years Program). Our IB Coordinator has put together a video that explains the program and how our students will benefit from this world renowned program....

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  • Free Preschool for Four Year Olds Through the NC Pre_K

    Attention parents of 4-year-olds: Are you interested in your child attending a free preschool program? The NC PreK program is designed to provide 4-year-old children with positive early learning experiences that support their development and prepare them for Kindergarten.

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  • Access SSE's Virtual Library

    Did you know that SSE has a Virtual Library? Click here to accces the "Dolphin Cove." an online resource with access to electronic books, read a louds, virtual field trips and more!

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  • School Menus - Breakfast and Lunch

    School menus will no longer be printed and sent home with students. Click here to see monthly menus.

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JCPS Announcements

  • JCPS to implement state-of-the-art security systems

    At the November Regular Session Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to improve safety and security in Johnston County Public Schools by implementing state-of-the-art security systems in each of the district’s schools.

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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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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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