Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Samantha Tilley (senior), Mitchell Russotti (junior), Elizabeth Sealy (sophomore) and Josh Handy (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smok…

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Hataya Maney (senior), Rani Patel (junior), Olivia Rice (sophomore) and Phoenix Szittai (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February 2021. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Natalie Parris (senior), Lela Crowe (junior), Megan Lillard (freshman) and Brianna Bryson (sophomore), were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky M…

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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

On Feb. 23 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, educate and encourage economic development for women, youth and elders in the far Western region of North Carolina, in order to bridge cultures and create community bonds.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Hataya Maney (senior), Rani Patel (junior), Olivia Rice (sophomore) and Phoenix Szittai (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February 2021. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

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Smoky Mountain High School sophomore Autumn Hinton has earned a Silver Key at the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards for her painting, “Departure.” Hinton is a student in Autumn Hall’s Honors Visual Arts course.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Natalie Parris (senior), Lela Crowe (junior), Megan Lillard (freshman) and Brianna Bryson (sophomore), were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky M…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded $2,955 to Jackson County Schools from the Learning Links grant program.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Clockwise from left, Smoky Mountain High School students Jaden Brush (senior), Owen Yanik (junior), Hayes Stewart (freshman) and Christian Ramirez (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mounta…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

On Nov. 17 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The teachers and staff of Victory Christian School announce the following students made the A and A/B honor roll for the first quarter of 2020-21 school year.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Peyton Fisher (freshman), Parker Smith (junior) and Roxanna Gomez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. Also recognized, but not pictured, was Elijah Farmer (sophomore). The award is presented to students who best exempl…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Madison Bradley (sophomore), Joey Tolama (senior), Tripp Grube (junior), and Ada Gass (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of SMHS. Students who exhibit …

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Smoky Mountain High School Student Support Center has a new website where students and parents can access grade-specific information and resources for remote learning, contact school counselors and more. The site address, http://bit.ly/SMHSSC, has been sent to all students via their scho…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Over three days, Oct. 2-4, students of all ages at the NASA “Space Apps Challenge” through  Southwestern Community College will work completely virtually in teams with mentors to come up with creative solutions for real world problems on Earth and in space. The theme for this year’s event – …

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Gabriel and Gwendolyn Morris graduated in June from Novato High School of the Arts in Novato, California. The twins are teh children of David and Sherry Trumbo Morris and the grandchildren of Jack and Linda Jones Morris of Webster. Gwendolyn was awarded a full scholarship to study illustrati…

Each month of the school year, Smoky Mountain High School recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to help make the school a better place. Any member of staff can be nominated by any other member of the staff for the SMHS Staff Shout Out Award.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Jackson County NAACP has announced the recipients of the 2020 Diversity Scholarship, established to support high school seniors of Jackson, Swain and Macon counties.

The Jackson County Board of Education unanimously approved the following personnel actions at their Aug. 25 meeting:

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ashley Michelle Alvarez, Angelica Ambrocio-Garcia, Joshua Lee Ammons, James Mason Baumgarner, Madeline Renea Bedient, Tristan Samuel Biddix, Luke Emmanual Breedlove, Logan Bryson (December graduate), Bransen Daniel Carlisle, Savannah Summer Cohea, Cesar Aaron Colex-Longinos, Yurem Asael Coro…

Ashton Wesley Adams, Enoc Alvarado Hernandez, Fernando Esau Alvarez-Blanco, Timothy Colton Barron, Ryan Christian Bailey, Carolyn Marie Betty, Asher Burke Brooks, Joseph Austin Brooks, Erick Bradley Brooks, Tayana Leekiah Calhoun, Heath Chance Castorina, Tristan Miracle Clauson, Dalton Chase…

Keanu Jonas Ammons, Kayla Elizabeth Broom, Alyssa Marie Collins, Valerie Faith Dillard, Gillian Kathryn Gerard, Christian Valdin Green, Kendra LaShea Hall, Breanna Nichole Ison, Danielle Antoinette Johnson, Isaac Kitchen, Monica Faith Knight, Ethan Witney Kompathoum, Caleb Nathaniel Mathis, …

Manuel Abarca Elias, Scott William Alligood Jr., Barbara Marconi Almeida, David Austin Ammons, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, Miguel Angel Antonio-Perez, Robert James Arndt, Brianna Rene Ashe, Callie Elizabeth Ashe, Wyatt Nowell Beasley, Mackenzi Nicole Bell, Tamara Kay Bennett, Kayla Ann Bingham…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The Jackson County Board of Education announced the hiring of Tony Tipton as interim superintendent at their monthly meeting July 28. A 35-year veteran of public education, Tipton will assume the role currently held by Kim Elliott, who will retire Sept. 1.

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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 …

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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.