25 results for author: Rachel Hale


Status and Plan: Coronavirus Update

As of 3/13/20  MDS is open now and anticipates being on a regular schedule next week. (After-school care will be open as usual.) We will suspend classes the week of March 23rd while teachers prepare to transition to online learning. We will go to online learning (from home) March 30th for the two weeks before spring break. At this point, we're hopeful to return to school April 20th. At this point, all sports, field trips, events, and activities for the next few weeks have been cancelled or postponed: March 17 - Open House POSTPONED 19 - Cultural Pavilion POSTPONED 21 - MDS Yard Sale POSTPONED 21 - Science Olympiad CANCELLED 21 - State ...

Gala Auction Thank You’s: Community Supports MDS at Annual Event

Morganton, NC, February 25, 2020 – Guests enjoyed an evening of sequins, top hats, jugglers, and aerial silks at Morganton Day School’s 41st “Under the Big Top” Gala Auction on Saturday. Thanks to many generous community sponsors, guests had the opportunity to bid on items ranging from unique experiences to beautiful furniture to creative student projects in a silent and live auction. The annual event raised over $73,000 to support innovative programming and curriculum for the independent school, which receives no government funds and relies solely on tuition and fundraisers.  Meredith McSwain, Director of Advancement, stated, “We ...

Young Authors’ Writings Honored and Published

Morganton, NC, Feb. 20, 2020 – The Blue Ridge Reading Council recently recognized twenty two local young writers out of over 75 entries for their exceptional work in the annual Young Authors Project and Forever Young state-wide writing contest. The prose of one student from Mull Elementary and seven from Morganton Day School were chosen to be published in an anthology, along with others from across the state. These eight talented writers will be honored at the North Carolina Reading Association’s state level Young Authors celebration in Raleigh. The Blue Ridge Reading Council selected juried works from local young authors to submit to the ...

Building the Future: Middle School Team Wins 3rd in State Future City Competition

Morganton, NC, Jan. 30, 2020 – Last Saturday, middle school student from Morganton Day School were in Raleigh for the state Future City competition. After months of research, designing a city model, and developing a creative presentation, the MDS teams brought home three awards. The 7th and 8th grade team won third place overall the speciality award for "Service, Leading, and Solving" and 6th grade team won the speciality award for "Best Waste Management Plan."  The Future City competition fully encapsulates the STEAM process as students research a current engineering problem, come up with technological and futuristic innovations, practice ...

Stellar Scientists: Students Excel at Science Events

On Jan. 11, Morganton Day School students hit the road and participated in several high-level science competitions from Charlotte to Boone, putting science inquiry into action.  This year four school level winners participated in the NC Regional Science and Engineering Fair, as the first group of students to represent Morganton Day School at this event.  Each of these students went through the scientific process to test a hypothesis. They created a display board to present their procedure, data, and conclusions. During judging, students described their process with confidence. They spoke enthusiastically about their experiments and had a ...

Making a Difference through Service Day 2019

Students at Morganton Day School braved the cold to reach outside the walls of their school and into the Morganton community. During their annual “Making a Difference through Service Day” on Nov. 25th, MDS students experienced being part of a greater community and contributing in meaningful ways.  Another important part of Making a Difference through Service day is helping build student agency, the capacity and propensity to take purposeful action. Working collaboratively, students choose service projects that tie into their unit of inquiry or tap into their areas of interest. This year, projects included the following: Junior Kinder...

MDS Acquires Armory, Plans Expansion

Morganton, NC, November 25, 2019 – Morganton Day School announces their purchase of the Old Armory in downtown Morganton and plans for renovation and expansion into the historic building.  MDS students, staff, trustees, and city officials held a ribbon cutting with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the occasion on Thursday, November 21.  MDS has used the Armory for STEAM and special events for years, and now the local landmark will officially become part of the school. The Board of Trustees announced plans to upgrade the gymnasium for expansion of the athletic program, and to create innovative Middle School classroo...

Students Honor Veteran

duty courageous Veteran stolen lives passionate freedom peace  protection horrendous fight blood death pain war sacrifices serve  proud brave  risk-taker appreciation honor  This collaborate poem was written by third grade students for Shawn Keller in honor of his years of Service.  Veteran's Day, 2019      Each year we come together to honor our veterans on this special day through learning activities and special guest speakers. This year was no different. Today, students began the day with an interactive presentation from veteran Mr. Shawn Keller. Students listened attentively as they ...

Touch a Truck Family Event Successful in First Year

Smiles, laughs, and horns lit up the cloudy morning last Saturday in downtown Morganton. On Oct. 26, Morganton Day School held their first Touch a Truck family event at the Old Armory Building on McDowell Street. More than 400 attendees enjoyed the wonderful day with dozens of large trucks, construction equipment, racecars, and emergency vehicles to explore up close.  The event, a collaboration with Morganton Public Safety, encouraged children of all ages to interact with the truck operators and learn about their professions. Children gleefully climbed into the driver’s seat, honked horns, flashed lights, and moved buckets. A quiet “sensory ...

Titans Win County Soccer Playoffs

The MDS Mighty Mites team (5th graders) won the county soccer playoffs against Drexel Elementary. The Titans team was undefeated for the season, despite being a player short for the first few games! Way to go, Titans!