Moore County's K-5 blend+ed page

K-5 blend+ed

In an effort to partner more effectively with our robust homeschool population, Moore County Schools is excited to offer a new blended learning program for K-5 students that have previously been homeschooled. 

What does this school + homeschool partnership look like? 

  • The program will be hosted at two highly rated elementary schools in Moore County, McDeeds Creek and West Pine Elementary.
  • Depend on the site location there will be two teachers- one K-2 and one 3-5.  There will be 24 total slots for each teacher.  
  • To keep class sizes low, two student cohorts will be created for each teacher.  This keeps class size down to 12 or less per cohort.
  • Students would come for face-to-face instruction two days (Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 8:00-2:00 of face-to-face instruction. Families can supplement curriculum of their own during the off-campus days and may be provided additional enhancement materials from teachers as well.
  • Students enrolled would have the option to participate in any/all extracurricular activities and events hosted at McDeeds Creek and West Pine Elementary.  Students will also have the option to participate in specials classes (Art, Music, PE).

Link to Informational Slides

Application Process (note applications for current OR next school year) :

  1. Download and fill out the application below that reflects your targeted [possible] enrollment timeframe.   
  1. Email completed application to Jeremy Swofford [email protected] .  Alternatively, bring the application to McDeeds Creek Elementary School.
  2. Mr. Swofford will review and then invite you to schedule a meeting.
  3. During this meeting, the application will be reviewed to ensure the best fit for student success.
  4. Blend+ed Learning team will review application.  
  5. Student awarded slot in program and family then comes to McDeeds Creek Elementary to complete enrollment processes with data manager, Tisha Forfia.
  6. If one school site fills up families will offered a spot at the other site. The Blend+ed team will work hard to get families the school site and cohort days that desire but this cannot be garunteed. 

Meet the Teachers:


Melisa Barber has been a teacher in Moore County for over 20 years.  During that time, she has taught elementary grades, been an intervention teacher and an instructional coach.  She has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Melisa is passionate about helping children realize their full potential and giving them the resources they need to be successful.   She loves helping students become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

             Jamie P

Jamie Perchinsky is a Pittsburgh native, National Board Certified Teacher and has been a part of the Blend+Ed program since 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2008 and was awarded her National Board Certification in 2017. She has a passion for STEM education and utilizes a Hands-On/ Minds-On teaching philosophy, which allows children to enjoy yet retain learning. Jamie was awarded The Green Apple Distinguished Teacher Award from Clarksville Montgomery County Schools in 2011, and was named West Pine Elementary's Teacher of the Year in 2016. She is excited to continue collaborating with families as a part of this amazing program!

             Kelly R

Kelly Rawlston is a 15 year educator that is excited to be joining the blend+ed program for the 2021-22 school year.  Kelly comes to us with 8 years of classroom teaching experience, mostly in 4th and 5th grades, and was a Digital Integration Facilitator for Moore County Schools for the last 7 years working with students and teachers in grades K-8.  She holds a Masters of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology and has used that to bring engaging and meaningful lessons to the classroom.  Kelly has focused heavily on STEM education in her career and has been instrumental in planning the robotics competitions and STEM conferences hosted in our county.  She is excited for this new opportunity and working with our homeschool community.  


Q:  Is this program available to current MCS-enrolled students?
A:  No. At this time, we are seeking to partner with students that have been previously homeschooled.  Depending on interest, we may open slots up to other students in the future.

Q:  What standards and curricula will be utilized?
A: The teachers will follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study to determine content/topics taught to students.   Curriculum will be cultivated by teachers from their own creation and from materials/resources provided by MCS at the appropriate grade levels.

Q:  How will you teach multiple grade levels / age ranges of students effectively?
A:  Splitting the cohorts into groups of 12 and then utilizing small group rotations will allow teachers to effectively differentiate.  Experienced teachers have been working with wide ranges of students throughout their careers.

Q:  How will my child’s days be decided?
A:  We will assess student understandings to properly place them in the best cohort for their needs (Mon+Tue or Wed+Thur).   

Q:  Will my child need to participate in state testing requirements?
A:  Yes.  We must follow all state and local testing requirements

Q: Can students living out of county apply for the blend+ed program?
A:  Yes, parents would need to apply for Discretionary Admission through our current MCS process. The Discretionary Admission window is during the month of February-  inquiries outside of this time should be made to Principal Swofford at [email protected].

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