Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Audrey Hinton (freshman), Justin Criswell (junior), Paige Monteith (senior) and Dalton Buchanan (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain …

The Jackson County Board of Education recognized members of Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cullowhee for hosting a fundraiser for the schools. Pictured, from left, Lib Jicha, Cullowhee Valley Principal Kathryn Kantz, School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Emery Brooks, Kenneth Dills, Johnnie N…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Audrey Hinton (freshman), Justin Criswell (junior), Paige Monteith (senior) and Dalton Buchanan (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain …

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Jackson County Board of Education recognized members of Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cullowhee for hosting a fundraiser for the schools. Pictured, from left, Lib Jicha, Cullowhee Valley Principal Kathryn Kantz, School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Emery Brooks, Kenneth Dills, Johnnie N…

The Sylva Central High School Class of 1953 held a reunion Oct. 12 at Bogart’s. Those attending included, from left: Bobby Blackwell, Bill Crawford, Eddie Buckner, Frank Stevens, Richard Ginn, Eddie Muriel Jones Gunter, Joyce Nicholson Evans, Darleene Cable Price, Tommy Ginn, Claude Ray Revi…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Alexa Anderson (sophomore), Victoria Wlosok (junior), Brayden Bryson (freshman) and Luz Velazquez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain Hi…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Smoky Mountain High School students who accumulate more than eight excused or unexcused absences in a course will be assigned Attendance Makeup Recovery, in addition to having to make up any missed work, according to each department’s policy. 

Members of Smoky Mountain High School’s Homecoming King Court are, from left: (front) Raymond Dillard, Bengie Dillard, Zachary Lambert, Hayden Phuong, Ki French; (back) Mitch Wike, Mason Fisher, Clayton Frady, Parker Flynn and Jackson Speir.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Special events such as birthdays and holidays can be cause for regular celebrations at school. However, while these events are certainly worth celebrating, there are ways to do so that encourage healthy eating habits and do not put students at risk by encouraging an excessive consumption of sugar.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

K.J. Ammons, a rising senior at Jackson County Early College, was selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 19-26. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

At its June 25 meeting, the Jackson County Board of Education approved its meeting calendar for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jackson County School of Alternatives graduates following the graduation ceremony held June 5. Left to right, front row: Lia Mae Watkins, Kaitlyn Jones, Jada Sybounheuang, Alyssa Paiva and Cecilia Mendoza. Second row: Sarah Burgess, Katelynn Thomas (Honor Student), Skylah McKinney, Jana Hitc…

Head Start/Early Head Start is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. They serve children from birth to age 5 with free, superior child care and school readiness.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School sophomore Emily Yang earned a Silver Medal at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program for her poem, “Common Cents.” She first earned a Gold Key in the regional contest. More than 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted for regional considerat…

The Smoky Mountain Home Builders Association recently recognized Tommy Farmer of the Jackson County School of Alternatives (the Hub) for excelling in his vocation trades classes. He was recommended for the honor by his instructor, Ben Hardin. The association said he went above and beyond the…

Conner McKnight of Cullowhee has been chosen as a recipient of the Western Carolina University Dulcimer U Program’s “Lil Plummer Memorial Youth Scholarship.” This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded. Volunteer instructors and founders of the Mountain Fretters Dulcimer Club Nan…

Jackson County Public Schools celebrated the annual “Excellence in Education Awards” May 20 in the auditorium at Smoky Mountain High School. The event is held each year to honor retiring employees and recognize the recipients of the Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year awards.

On May 21, Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Trout in the Classroom project results last Friday in additional rainbow trout for Tuckaseigee River, via East LaPorte Park. Blue Ridge students and others raised the new stock in cooperation with the local Trout Unlimited chapter.

Pre-K students at Smokey Mountain Elementary School are enjoying a new playground thanks to funding provided by the Carolina Panthers, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and local donors. The fundraising effort was initiated by Pre-K teacher Brynn Green.

Smokey Mountain Elementary School hosts a classic car show and bingo from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The fees for this fundraising event are $20 entrance fee for cars, $5 general admission for ages 16-plus, $3 admission for children and $5 per BBQ plate. General admission includes one bin…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The 2019 Smoky Mountain High School Senior Walk is an opportunity for seniors to walk back through their elementary school in their cap and gown and celebrate their accomplishments with their previous teachers as well as to be an inspiration to the elementary school students. Here, seniors r…

The nonprofit agency Mountain Projects, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2019-20 Head Start and Early Head Start school year. Call Pat Bennett at 586-2345 to schedule an appointment to apply, or call Tina Manning at 492-4090 for more information. The comprehensive school readiness prog…

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Jackson County School nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

Smoky Mountain High School and Jackson County Early College students with FIRST Robotics Team 6932, SMART, recently completed their 2019 build and competition season, traveling to two district events in North Carolina.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Nathan Wade (senior), Janie Hinkle (freshman), Juliana Welch (sophomore) and Barbara Almeida (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for April. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of SMHS. Students who exhib…

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Beginning April 2019, in collaboration with Jackson County Public Schools, Blue Ridge Health will open new school based health centers at Fairview Elementary School and Smoky Mountain High School.

This spring, the Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College has a schedule full of free seminars and opportunities for small business owners in and around Jackson, Swain, Macon counties and the Qualla Boundary.

Head Start is enrolling now, providing free, high quality child care for school readiness for children birth to age 5. There are centers in Sylva and Cullowhee with NC-PreK available in Sylva. Call Tina Manning at 456-4546 for more information about Head Start and enrollment. Classes begin Aug. 1.

Tracie Metz, principal of Smokey Mountain Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program, a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored b…

Alicia Kilpatrick and her son Kody make paper flying machines at the Smokey Mountain Elementary School Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) event last Thursday. A grant from Duke Energy provided 10 activities, with an additional four coming from school-based res…