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School Improvement Plan

  • Catawba Elementary's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan has been completed and is ready for public preview.  Please take a few moments to look over our plans & goals for this school year.  These are the strategies we will be implementing this year to help students increase their achievement & growth to promote proficiency.  If you have any suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email those to  Thank you for your continued support.  

    Click here to view the School Improvement Plan

From the Principal

  • Mr. Sigmon My name is J. R. Sigmon and I am so excited to be joining the Catawba Elementary family. Everyone has been so welcoming and I appreciate all of the encouraging words. I am a native of Catawba County. I was born and raised in the Vale community, where I attended Banoak Elementary, Blackburn Middle, and graduated from Fred T. Foard High School. I received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree is school administration from Appalachian State University. I began my teaching career at Banoak Elementary, where I taught 5th & 6th grades for 8 years. I then had the opportunity to become the assistant principal at Maiden Elementary in 2007, where I remained until accepting the principalship here at Catawba Elementary.

    My wife, Olivia, and I live in the Newton area, with our dog, Jazzy. We love to travel, our favorite place to visit is always the beach. I also enjoy watching Tarheel basketball and Panthers football. I am anxious to meet each and every one of the students at Catawba Elementary and begin developing relationships with the families in the community. I am very proud to be a part of the Catawba community and look forward to continuing the tradition of success.

Spirit Rock

If you would like to paint The Rock, a $5 donation to the PTO is required. Please call the school or email the PTO to schedule your paint day. Each scheduled date will allow The Rock to be painted for a 48 hour minimum time period. You may paint The Rock on your scheduled day anytime after 4pm. Email the PTO: