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…

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…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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
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.