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Mr. Rhett Smith

As a SSS alum, class of 2005, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve as the school’s IB Middle Years Program Coordinator!  Smithfield is home to me and my family, so the opportunity to serve my community in this role is important. I received my undergraduate degree from NC State, completed NC Teach through ECU, and earned my masters degree in education policy and leadership from American University.  I enjoy traveling, I’m a sports fan (go pack!), and I love finding excuses to get outside to ride my bike, run, play golf or tennis, hike, you name it, I’m happiest in the sunshine!

The Middle Years Program, or MYP, is part of Johnston County Schools’ investment in Smithfield.  Currently, IB programs are being implemented at South Smithfield Elementary School, Smithfield Middle School, and here at SSS.  These programs are intended to provide all students at these schools with access to rigorous instruction that will prepare them to be globally engaged life-long learners, whether they choose to pursue a college education or enter the workforce, and I believe in this program!  Prior to coming home to SSS, I worked as a science teacher at an MYP school in Washington D.C. where our students traveled the globe after studying Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese; served their communities on a regular basis through food banks, clean-ups, and advocating for the homeless on Capital Hill; and, when tragedy struck they organized peaceful protests that advocated for the rights of under-represented individuals throughout the US.  I’m excited to see what Smithfield’s children will do as part of these programs!

  • 21-22

    Posted by Rhett Smith on 9/22/2021

    I'm excited to welcome a new class of students to the DP and the core course of the program, TOK.  I've already learned that this group has the potential to really build on our core theme of Knowledge and the Knower because they have a natural curiousity about how they know and understand the world!

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  • TOK Course Updates

    Posted by Rhett Smith on 10/26/2020

    This year, the IB has updated the TOK course for first assessment in 2022.  One of the updates that I am most appreciative of is the shift away from "formulating" knowledge questions and instead focusing on analyzing and answering them.  I think there is plenty of value in knowing how to write a good question that causes people to pause and think about how they know something, but the course is definitely benefitting from the time we have saved learning how to write the questions.  I've been very impressed with how quickly this year's students have been able to start investigating the knowledge framework and how it can help break down a question!

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  • Theory of Knowledge

    Posted by Rhett Smith on 3/26/2020

    The Theory of Knowledge class is part of the core programming of the IB Diploma Program and there are 2 major assessments that students complete as part of the course.  The first of those two assessments is the TOK Presentation.

    Currently, TOK students are sharing the presentations they have been working on since January.  These presentations are based on a "Real Life Scenario" of the students choice that is analyzed through a "Knowledge Question," a TOK based way of looking at a situation through an open-minded lense.

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JCPS Announcements

  • Trades and Classified Job Fair 2023

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold it's annual Trades & Classified Job Fair on Saturday, June 24. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 M Durwood Stephenson Pkwy, Smithfield, NC 27577.

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  • Class of 2023 Graduation Dates

    Johnston County Public Schools is pleased to announce graduation ceremony dates for our traditional high schools for the 2022-2023 school year. For questions regarding a specific ceremony, please contact the specific school.

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  • Public Notice: Johnston Community College Board of Trustee Vacancy

    The Johnston County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the Johnston County Community College Board of Trustee position. The deadline to apply for the vacancy is Friday, June 23, 2023.

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  • 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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