Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Ella Ledford (junior), Dawson Gunter (freshman), Makalyn Shuler (sophomore) and Caleb Phillips (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

On Oct. 11, 14 new members were inducted into Jackson County Early College’s chapter of The National Honor Society. Members are inducted upon their ability to uphold the high standards of Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Character. The newly inducted members are from left (back): Ruth Os…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Macie Bryson (senior), Gracie Ensley (junior), Jaden Johnson (sophomore), and Mihin De Silva (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Ella Ledford (junior), Dawson Gunter (freshman), Makalyn Shuler (sophomore) and Caleb Phillips (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

Wednesday, November 02, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The first quarter of school for the 2022-23 school year is complete and it has been a great success. Students are doing well, our student-athletes are thriving and our extracurricular activities are going strong. It feels good to have the schools operating “normally” for the first time since 2019.

On Oct. 11, 14 new members were inducted into Jackson County Early College’s chapter of The National Honor Society. Members are inducted upon their ability to uphold the high standards of Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Character. The newly inducted members are from left (back): Ruth Os…

Local and national dignitaries joined students and staff at Cullowhee Valley School on Oct. 10 to celebrate the opening of a new “Think Big Reading Room.”

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Cathy Sutton of Sylva was one of 24 North Carolina teachers selected as a finalist for the first N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching 2022 Career Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award, presented Oct. 6 at the Bardo Center on the Western Carolina University campus.

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, James Blakely (sophomore), Dani Allen (junior), Anna Buenting (freshman), and Antonio Lorenzo (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October.

Smoky Mountain High School senior Mabry Bumgarner was named the Sylva Rotary Club Student of the Month.

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
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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…

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Wednesday, April 06, 2022
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