Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Clark Doda (senior), Arlen Sebastian Rodriguez Hernandez (junior), Caydem Kibel (freshman), and Laylah Barker (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for September. The award is presented to students who best exemplify …

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

It’s hard to believe that we are in the sixth week of school in Jackson County Public Schools after a very successful start. Students and staff have begun well and are thriving in classrooms. Outside of the classrooms, students are full throttle in band competitions, athletics and other extr…

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Clark Doda (senior), Arlen Sebastian Rodriguez Hernandez (junior), Caydem Kibel (freshman), and Laylah Barker (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for September. The award is presented to students who best exemplify …

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Carolina Smokies Realtors Foundation, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to deserving and talented students for over 25 years, and another round starts soon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Scotts Creek eighth-grader Xyla Seagle (left) was presented the inaugural Karla Allred Pride-Intensity-Toughness Award.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

The graduation ceremony for the Smoky Mountain High School Class of 2022 is set for 7 p.m. today (Thursday) in Carr Hooper Stadium. The rain date is 7 p.m. Friday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding Camp WILD (Wilderness, Investigating, Learning, Discovery) for students who will be entering ninth grade this fall in public, private, charter or home schools. The camp is offered to children who enjoy being outdoors, hiking, s…

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

At their regular business session on April 20, the Jackson County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Holly Whisnant as the new principal for Cullowhee Valley School.

Walking across the same stage on which they’ll one day receive their college degrees, seventh-graders from Jackson, Macon and Swain counties were inducted into the New Century Scholars program March 29 in Myers Auditorium at Southwestern Community College.

Jackson County Early College students Michael Forsythe (left) and Olivia Lunnen (center) have qualified to attend the National Level of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad at Furman University, an all-day exam testing chemistry knowledge and lab skills. With them is Superintendent Dana Ayer…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Before buckling down to serious business each month, the Jackson County Board of Education recognizes school personnel and students who have achieved milestones and received awards.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Happy March and end of the third quarter in JCPS! This week marks the midpoint of the second semester and we are heading into the final quarter of the school year. Our students are excelling in academics, athletics and extracurriculars, and I couldn’t be more proud.

Twenty-five school leaders, including Holly Whisnant of Fairview Elementary School, have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Assistant Principal Accelerator Leadership Program. The newly established program is a statewide leadership initiative funded by N.C. Department of Public In…

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Camden Myers (senior), Alexa Mares Aguayo (junior), Carly Hester (junior), and Aniyah Clyburn (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Karly Harris (senior), Madeline Stevenson (junior), Ivelyse Rodriguez (sophomore) and Morgana McCollough (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Four Jackson County high school students appeared in the 2022 J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival on the campus of Mars Hill University on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

We are several weeks into the second semester and there’s an energy I cannot explain. I believe it to be partly from the glimpses of spring we have had and partly for the continued excitement of a fairly normal routine.

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Smokey Mountain Elementary seventh-grade students, from left, Madison Blankenship, Emmalynn Bumgarner, Emma Miller and Andre Gilley finished third out of 65 teams in the ESTEAM Pitch Competition for middle and high school students. The students pitched the fictional company “Nine Lives” offe…

Blue Ridge School Education Foundation and Jackson County Public Schools leaders pose with a big check representing the Foundation’s grant of $115,240.91 for the schools to establish a second Pre-K program and expand enrollment to begin with 3-year-olds.

Eleven Jackson County Public Schools educators who earned or renewed their National Board Certification were honored at the Jan. 25 Board of Education meeting. “National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits…

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Early childhood education in Jackson County Public Schools will soon take a big step forward thanks to a $115,240 grant from the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. The funding will cover the startup costs for an additional preschool classroom at Blue Ridge School.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Zander Bryant (senior), Narally Yanez (junior), Ryan Cooper (sophomore) and Ramiro Velazquez Cambron (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit o…

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club collected about 750 canned goods and 20 bags of rice for The Community Table. The group is led by advisor Daphne Hughes and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sylva.

It is an exciting time for our students and staff as we near the end of the first semester (and second quarter). There’s a “buzz” around the schools as we prepare for exams and the much anticipated Christmas break. Sometimes it’s nearly uncontainable, but we still have work to do for a coupl…

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Cameron Buckner (senior), Neysha Fontanez-Gotay (junior), Johnathon Tadlock (sophomore), and Mary Georgia “M.G.” Grube (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $3,130 to Jackson County schools from the Learning Links grant program. The grants provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Winter is upon us, and we are focused on ways to keep our students engaged while remaining healthy. We are also midway through the second quarter of school and looking forward to the holiday season. Our students and staff have accepted the challenge of a pandemic school year and are thriving…