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Mrs. Pilkington

My name is Melissa Pilkington, and I am beginning my 31st year in education! It is a great honor and privilege to teach, nurture and make learning relevant to my children! I love going to school in the mornings because my "job" is one of my joys!

I live in Smithfield (my hometown) with my husband Greg, our youngest daughter, who became engaged in June, and our wonderful puppy Ellie. Our oldest daughter got married last December, and she and her husband are expecting their baby daughter in November! Both of our daughters are nurses! I am truly blessed with my family!  

  • 8:10-8:35       Arrival

    8:35-8:45      Morning Meeting

    8:45-10:45     Reading

    10:45-11:05   Snack

    11:10-11:55   Enhancements

    12:05-12:35   Lunch

    12:40-1:10     Rest time until after Christmas

    1:10-1:45       Math

    1:45-2:15      Recess

    2:20-2:55      Math/Play Based Centers

    2:55-3:20      Science, Social Studies, Writing

    3:35              Dismissal

School Announcements

  • Before School Care and After School Care Begin October 19, 2020

    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.

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  • Beginning of Grade (BOG) Testing Letters

    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

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  • School Pictures - September 22 and 25

    Good news! School Picture Day is coming soon. Don’t miss this opportunity to capture this year’s memory. Lifetouch will be at our school on Tuesday, September 22 and Friday, September 25. Pictures will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY and must be scheduled online with Lifetouch

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  • Progress Reports Parent Letters

    Progress Reports will be sent electronically this year. Click here to read the parent letter.

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  • Virtual Parent Information Sessions with Teachers

    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!

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  • Check out our School Counselors' Website

    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.

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  • School Supply Lists - 2020/2021

    Grade level school supply lists are here!

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  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL students for 2020-2021 School Year

    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

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  • Teacher Information and Orientation

    We are working hard to finalize class rosters, schedules and other important information. On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, you will receive a phone call from your child's teacher for the 2020/2021 school year.

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  • Dolphins Have Talent - Online Talent Show

    South Smithfield Elementary Dolphins have talent! Check out the online version of our annual talent show "Dolphins Have Talent - 2020 Home Edition"

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  • SSE Virtual Awards Presentation Now Available

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  • Calendar and Report Card Update

    As the school year comes to a close, please note that JCPS meal service will now operate at 9 sites during the summer months, rather than the previous 14. Summer meal service will begin Monday, June 1. Curbside meals will be served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Benson Middle, Clayton Middle, Four Oaks Elementary, North Johnston Middle, Princeton Elementary, Selma Elementary, Smithfield-Selma High, West Clayton Elementary, and West Smithfield Elementary.

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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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  • JCPS Remote Learning Update and End of Year Plans

    Please click here for more information from Johnston County Public Schools regarding updates on remote learning and end of the year plans.

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  • Principal's Message

    School may be closed but learning for our dynamic dolphins is not! Our teachers remain committed to providing learning opportunities for your students until the end of May as we still value the importance of continued academic experiences. Please click for more information...

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JCPS Announcements

  • JCPS Veterans Day celebration event set for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

    For the past 15 years, Johnston County Public Schools has honored our local veterans with a special Veterans Day celebration program. The 2020 celebration will be held virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The online program begins at 11 a.m., and a link to the program will be posted...

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  • Updated Social Distancing Procedures

    Information on social distancing in school settings has been recently updated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Upon receiving information from the NCDHHS, we consulted with the Johnston County Public Health Department on the impact these updates will have on our school system. This ongoing collaboration continues to guide our decision-making as students return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

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  • Curbside meal service to move to middle and high schools

    As students in grades K-5 begin returning to school, the curbside locations for free meals will now be located at each middle and high school. The curbside meal locations at our elementary schools will end on Friday, Oct. 2 and will open at the middle and high schools on Monday, Oct. 5.

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  • JC Board of Education approves new back to school plan

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved a back to school plan at a special called session on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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