Phone: 919-934-8979 ext. 5744


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

Hi there!! Welcome back to another school year at SSE!

My name is Cali Durning-Smith. If you happened to know me in years past, you will see that I have added a new last name. That is because I recently got married this summer! Here are a few things about me.... This is my 6th year of teaching at SSE. I am originally from Maryland, but relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. There, I received my degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Robert Morris University. In July of 2016, I moved to NC to begin my teaching career. I am a HUGE Ice Hockey fan! I love watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and try to go to as many NHL games as possible each season. It is really awesome having another NHL team- the Carolina Hurricanes, down here in Raleigh. My husband and I are Canes Season Ticket Members, so I am so excited to be watching lots of live Hockey this year. I have always wanted to be a teacher... it is my passion! When I am not at school, I am usually watching movies and spending time with family, friends, and my sweet pup; Lila.  I am continuing to serve as one of our Exceptional Children's teachers for Kindergarten, Second, Third, and Fifth grade this year.

Here we come, 2021-2022 School Year!












Degrees and Certifications:

2021-2022 Schedule

Ms. Durning's Resource/Inclusion Schedule


8:50-9:05 2nd Grade Morning Meeting


9:05-9:25 2nd Grade Reading Inclusion 


9:50-10:20 2nd Grade Reading Resource


10:20-10:50 Kindergarten Reading Inclusion


10:50-11:50 5th Grade Reading/Writing Resource


11:55-12:25 2nd Grade Math Resource


12:35-1:05 Lunch


1:05-1:55 Planning


1:55-2:20 Kindergarten Reading/Writing Resource


2:20-2:50 3rd & 5th Grade Math Resource


2:50-3:20 5th Grade Math Inclusion


3:20-3:50 2nd Grade Writing Resource 





JCPS Announcements

School Announcements

  • Red Ribbon Week - October 25-29, 2021

    Red Ribbon Week is coming up the week of October 25-29, 2021. Red Ribbon Week is a national observance of the campaign to "Say No to Drugs." In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, we will have spirit days - each with a theme related to drug abuse prevention. Students and staff are encouraged to dress according to the theme each day.

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  • Multicultural Spirit Week - October 11-14

    During the week of October 11 - 14, we will be celebrating our cultural diversity at South Smithfield Elementary with a Multicultural Spirit Week. Each day has a different spirit theme. We can't wait to see what our staff and students wear to celebrate our cultures!

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  • Violin Class Signups Going on Now!

    At South Smitfield Elementary, we are excited to once again offer Beginner Violin clases to any interestesd 3rd. 4th or 5th Grade student. These classes are taught by JCPS Teacher, Ann Tart. Classes are held during enhancement times and will begin sometime around mid- September.

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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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  • School Supply Lists - 2021/2022

    Grade level school supply lists are here!

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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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