Phone: 919-934-8979 Ext. 5724


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science: - Early Childhood Education - Special Education Certifications Include: - General Education K-6 - Special Education K-6

Mrs. Cali Durning-Smith

Hello! My name is Cali Durning-Smith and I am eager to welcome you back for another amazing school year. This will be my 7th year of teaching at SSE. I have taught Special Education ever since beginning my teaching career here in 2016. This year, I will be teaching an Exceptional Children’s Self-Contained class. I am very excited for this new adventure and hope that your child is excited as well! I am originally from Western Maryland, but moved to Western Pennsylvania and that is where I obtained my degree from Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh). My degree and certifications are in General Education and Special Education. I am passionate about South Smithfield and will be serving on the School Improvement Team this year. I am also a Mentor for beginning teachers here at SSE. I truly love to help and support others in the teaching field, although I am always learning as well! Teaching is my passion. There is never a dull moment! When I am not at school, I am spending time with my husband Zac and my sweet American Eskimo Dog, Lila. We are dedicated Ice Hockey fans and have season tickets for the Carolina Hurricanes. We are counting down the days until the season begins… GO CANES! 


Please continue to check back on this site as information will be shared throughout the year. If you are not already connected to Class Dojo, I will be sending you an invite to connect to our class. This will allow you to communicate with me and see pictures of your child hard at work throughout the school year! 


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Our Daily Schedule

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JCPS Announcements

  • 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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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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