Important Information about the Upcoming School Year

Good evening Dragon Families,
Now that August is upon us I wanted to reach out to share important information for the start of the school year.  First, let me welcome our 6th grade families to South Edgecombe.  We are excited to have you at SEMS and we are looking forward to a great school year!
School Communication
I send weekly updates to the student's e-mail account.  This will be accompanied with a ConnectEd call and posts to our social media sites.  I will always send a phone call informing parents of the content of the e-mail.  I have found this to be the most efficient way to communicate because I know that every student and their family can access the student e-mail account.  This also provides a great opportunity for families to have discussions about events happening at school.  I will admit that I did not send a ConnectEd call last week with the supply list e-mail because I didn't think anyone really wanted a call from the school in July.
ECPS Transportation Survey (Action item for all families)
Please complete the district transportation survey as soon as possible so we can avoid bus assignment delays for the upcoming school year. Answer the short questions in the survey below to share your student's transportation needs. If your student does not need bus transportation, please answer NO to the first question, and you will not be asked any further questions. If you answer Yes, you will receive additional questions. Please submit a separate response for each child. 
Click this link for the ECPS Transportation Survey.  (ECPS needs a response for every student even if bus transportation is not needed.  Thanks for your support!)
Information shared in e-mail last week
See the attached school supply lists and ECPS calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.  This is the official supply list for SEMS.
Click this link for ECPS drop-off/dismissal times  (SEMS dropoff- 7:40, School start- 8:05, School dismissal-3:20)
Looking ahead:
Open House- August 25 (4:00-7:00)
First Day of School- August 29
School Uniforms (ECPS BOE Policy)


  • Polo shirts with collars and sleeves– Shirts must be plain, solid color shirts. 

  • Colors: Navy blue, orange, or white  OR

  • School spirit t-shirts may be worn as part of the dress code each day.  School spirit t-shirts must have a SEMS or Dragon logo and can be any color. (School t-shirts can be purchased at various vendors in Pinetops and Tarboro).

  • School appropriate shirts that do not meet uniform requirements may be worn on Fridays for fundraising purposes. Funds will support United Way first semester and Relay for Life second semester, unless otherwise noted. ($1 charge)



  • Pants, capris, dress shorts, skorts, or skirts. Bottoms must be solid in color. No holes, tears, or rips in pants.

  • All bottoms must be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing. Pants must fit at the waist. 

  • Colors: Navy or khaki 

  • School appropriate pants that do not meet uniform requirements may be worn on Fridays for fundraising purposes.  Funds will support United Way first semester and Relay for Life second semester, unless otherwise noted.  ($1 charge)

Athletic Information
All students in grades 6-8 can participate in volleyball, cheerleading, and boys soccer this fall. Students in 7th & 8th grade can participate in football. All students must meet eligibility requirements and have a current physical on file to tryout. The required physical form is attached to this e-mail. You can also pickup the form at our front office.
Tryout dates
Football: August 22-26 6:00-8:30
Volleyball: August 22-26 3:30-5:30  
Cheerleading: August 29-August 31 3:30-4:30
Boys Soccer: TBA
7th grade immunizations
Please remember that state law requires that all 7th grade students have the Tdap and MCV immunizations.  These can be provided by your primary care provider or the health department.
Please reach out with any questions that you may have!  Have a great evening!
Go Dragons!