Classical Conversations of Sylva hosted an Excellence in Education Day in February at Webster Baptist Church. Local homeschool families presented their work, demonstrated the lost tools of learning and the classical model of education in a Christ-centered community. Several local pastors and…

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Brianna Ashe (senior), Zeke Sink (freshman), Jessica Sellers (sophomore) and Caleb Turner (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High School.…

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Smoky Mountain High School senior Anna Morgan has been awarded a certificate of merit by the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has advanced to “finalist” standing where she will be in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be …

Classical Conversations of Sylva hosted an Excellence in Education Day in February at Webster Baptist Church. Local homeschool families presented their work, demonstrated the lost tools of learning and the classical model of education in a Christ-centered community. Several local pastors and…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Brianna Ashe (senior), Zeke Sink (freshman), Jessica Sellers (sophomore) and Caleb Turner (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High School.…

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on from 1-6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll for the 2020-21 school year.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Teaching is the best job in the world! For the sake of this column, I consider all employees who work with students in Jackson County Public Schools “teachers.” Teachers transform lives – from academic needs to social and emotional needs; teachers assist with all needs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Madison Bradley (freshman), Tuck Brown (sophomore), Jamie Queen (senior) and Daniel Melton (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High Sch…

Jackson County Public Schools is joining school districts across the nation to celebrate National School Counseling Week. Held each year during the first week of February, the event recognizes an important but often overlooked group of educators who focus on success and achievement for every…

Smoky Mountain High School Assistant Principal Jimmy Cleaveland has announced his retirement. He was one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the history of Western North Carolina, including 10 seasons as Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball coach.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Dylan Bishop (freshman), Crystal Creason (sophomore), Carter Pastorius (junior) and Luis Palacios Poxtan (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Moun…

Smoky Mountain High School has received a scholarship to participate in the Asheville Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad tournament. The Asheville tournament is a regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition (STEM) taking place Feb. 22 at UNC-Asheville.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School senior Joey Crowe and junior Damien Hebenstreit have accomplished something very few high school students in North Carolina have so far. They passed the exam for the Federal Aviation Administration Small Unmanned Aircraft (Part 107) pilot’s license. This license pe…

During this holiday season, it is a time to listen for children’s laughter and joy. Strangers on the street stop and watch a child’s awe of the season. The anticipation for celebration, friends, family and the sharing of our gifts – not material items, as much as the gifts and talents we bri…

Hundreds of 4th- through 8th-grade students gathered at Cullowhee Valley School on Saturday, Dec. 7, to compete in the western region’s FIRST Lego League robotics challenge. Jackson County Public Schools hosted the event for the first time, and it featured 28 teams from as far away as Charlotte.

Six Smoky Mountain High School seniors have earned platinum level, the highest-level certificate awarded, for the ACT WorkKeys assessment. From left are School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Tyler Watterson, Joey Crowe, Mallorie Mahoney, Niel Trelles, and Shawn Byfield. Not pictured is Jenaya R…

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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The Cullowhee Valley School Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus is one of 10 choral groups invited to sing at the Asheville Regional Airport during the holidays. The choirs will perform a variety of carols and festive music for passengers, visitors and employees.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Neil Trelles (senior), Brant Farmer (junior), Erick Flores Maldonado (sophomore) and Sebastian Trelles (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mou…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

As the season approaches when many people will gather with family and friends to enjoy and give thanks for their abundance, there is an often-overlooked segment of the population who will instead spend the holidays simply trying to meet their basic human needs.

Students from Cullowhee Valley and Fairview elementary schools performed with the N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus in Winston-Salem at the N.C. Music Educators Conference in early November. The chorus was made up of 200 auditioned 4th, 5th and 6th graders throughout the state. 

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
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