Degrees and Certifications:
Master's of School Administration from ECU B.A. in Child Study, Birth-Grade 6
Hello! I am Mrs. McKay and I am happy to have your child in my class this year. This will be my 1st year teaching 3rd grade here at South Smithfield. However, I have worked at SSE for the last 6 years working with students from PreK- 5th grade.
I am originally from NY and moved to NC in 2014.
I recently graduated from ECU with a master’s degree in School Administration. GO PIRATES!
Important information about our DYNAMIC School....
Mission: South Smithfield Elementary School empowers students to reach their highest potential in the classroom and in the world by:
- building relationships with others
- acquiring knowledge through inquiry
- making a positive contribution to society
- being internationally-minded and
- embracing diversity
Vision: South Smithfield Elementary School students will be prepared and inspired to make the world a better place.
- We BELIEVE students are THE top priority – safety, success, and overall well-being
- We BELIEVE all stakeholders are valued and respected
- We BELIEVE commitment to professional growth and development is required
- We BELIEVE continuous analysis is necessary to ensure SSE processes are benefiting student achievement and growth
- We BELIEVE parental involvement and engagement should be encouraged regardless of language or socio-economic status
- We BELIEVE transparency is essential at all levels
- We BELIEVE establishing relationships, providing relevant learning opportunities and using innovative teaching techniques
- We BELIEVE in personalized learning
- We BELIEVE that we are DIFFERENCE MAKERS!
- We BELIEVE we are DYNAMIC!
Our Class Schedule
ELA w/ S.S & Science
Johnston County Public Schools has developed a detailed plan to mark senior milestones, including prom and graduation, while adhering to guidance from the Johnston County Public Health Department and the CDC in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Johnston County Board of Education voted to return all Pre-K and EC-Self Contained students to Plan B, four days per week, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19. These students will participate in face-to-face instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday serving as a remote learning day. All other students in grades K-12 will remain on Plan C until Monday, Feb. 1.
Every JCPS parent was to fill ou the Second Semester Choice form to choose either the Virtual Program OR face-to-face instruction for each of their students by Monday, Nov. 30. If you were unable to fill out the form by Nov. 30 please contact your child's school for assistance. The form was to be filled out for ALL students in grades PreK-12.
2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration began Feb. 15 and ends on March 5. For specific questions, parents are asked to call their assigned school. Registration can be completed online for all students. If you need assistance completing your registration or do not have access to a computer to complete the online registration, please call the school to make an appointment.
The Johnston County Board of Education voted to return Pre-K - 5th grade to Plan A, four days per week, beginning on Monday, March. 1. These students will participate in face-to-face instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday serving as an asynchronous learning day, to allow for deep cleaning of the schools.
With the return of face to face instruction, we are excited to start back our Before School Care and After School Care/My Kids Club programs.
As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and is making progress in reading proficiency, so they 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 within the first 20 days of face to face instruction, October 26 - November 23, 2020
Each grade level will have their own designated time to hear from their child's teachers, learn about parent expectations to help with virtual learning and ask any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to chat with your child's teacher in a virtual setting!
Our school counselors here at South Smithfield Elementary, Ms. April Gibson (K-2) and Ms. Jennifer Whitlock (3-5) have an abundance of resources available to help students, parents and famliies during this time. They have created their own website with a virtual classroom, activities and resources.
South Smithfield Elementary will open for curbside service for meal pickups on August 17th. The lunch service time is 11:00am-12:00 pm Monday through Friday
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.