Mrs. Melanie O'Dell

Phone: 919-989-6418 extension 6335


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Carolina State University Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University

Mrs. Melanie O'Dell


The most important message I have for students and families right now is that West Smithfield Elementary and I am here for you no matter what the need may be.  Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students and families.  Please know that you can reach out to me through email, Class Dojo, or Google Classroom for any need at all.  If I cannot immediately help, I will find someone who can help.  Parents, it is especially important that students get into some type of routine or schedule for the next several weeks. I will add a suggested schedule to Google Classroom for students but will also have it posted on my website.  You know your situation better than anyone else so please adjust the schedule to fit your and your student's needs.  The proposed schedule includes suggested academic times as well as "brain breaks".  Even though we are not in the classroom, learning has not and cannot stop.  Please ask your student what they learned each day and keep those academic conversations going.  For 5th grade science, I will be posting weekly lessons on Google Classroom every Sunday, for the following week.  I have structured our science lessons as close to our actual classroom routine as possible to help the students get back into a routine.  Know that I am here for you and your family.  I have posted "Office Hours" for online or phone conferences but please know that I understand that those times may not work for your schedule.  I will be happy to talk to you at a time that is convenient for you, just send me and email and we will work together.  Please take care of yourselves and each other and know WSES is here for you!!

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Office Hours:

Monday: 8am-10am and 12pm-4pm

Tuesday: 8am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

Wednesday: 1pm-4pm

Thursday: 8am-10am and 2pm-4pm

Friday: 11am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

**Please email me to set up a day and time that is convenient for you if these times do not work.


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School Announcements

  • At Home Learning Packet Pickup Times

    We realize that some of you may not have internet and or devices and we have prepared packets with review material for your child. Pick up times will be as follows: Thursday, March 26 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm and from 3:00-6:00 pm. Also on Friday from 11:30-2:00.

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  • Important Information about At Home Learning During School Closure

    As you are aware, per Governor Cooper's Executive Order, schools will remain closed until May 15. At this time, there is an online repository of student learning opportunities on the website to keep students engaged. Please click for more information.

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  • Showcase of Stars - CANCELLED

    Out of an abundance of caution and to assure the safety of our students, teachers, families and community, Johnston County Ed Foundation has made the very difficult decision to cancel the Showcase of Stars event scheduled for Sat., March 14. Please click here for more information.

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  • Biomes Night

    Join us on March 5, 2020 as we have our Biomes Night. Come from 5 pm - 5:45 pm to visit grade level classrooms to see their Biomes Displays. At 6, K-5 will have a Biomes Performance in the Cafeteria. You don't want to miss this opportunity to see all that our students have been learning!

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  • Showcase of Stars - March 14, 2020

    Important information for parents and students regarding Showcase of Stars, including ticket sales and performance times can be found here...

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JCPS Announcements

  • Graduation Ceremony Information

    At this time, all traditional high school graduations are still planned for May 29. Graduation ceremonies for Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy will now take place on May 16th, rather than the original date of May 15th.

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  • COVID-19 District Updates

    JCPS has created a COVID-19 COmmunication website. This site features all of the latest information surrounding COVID-19, including meal sites and delivery information, support opportunities, learning at home, and more.

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  • Board of Education Budget Work Session set for April 27

    The Johnston County Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, April 27. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be held in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield.

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