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…

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.

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…

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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…

The Smoky Mountain musical theatre department will stage “The Wizard of Oz” this month in the school auditorium/theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Jacob Nunes (senior), Jimmy Espinoza Leon (junior), Emma James (sophomore), and Asa Bradley (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

We are approaching the conclusion of the first quarter of school here in Jackson County Public Schools and it has been outstanding. To see the staff’s dedication to our students as they strive to have school in a normal manner is amazing. I am in awe of the commitment to learning that our st…

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Allem Rojas (senior), Hannah Brooks (junior), Polly Tissue (sophomore) and Neel Patel (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountai…

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Seniors who may be thinking about college should plan to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid which opens for submissions in October. A completed FAFSA is needed to apply for scholarships and student loans to pay for college. Submitting a FAFSA is free to all students.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

We were so prepared to have students return to school on Monday, Aug. 16. It has been a summer full of planning, organizing, shifting spaces, sprucing up buildings, upgrading equipment, purchasing new resources and training staff on the use of these new resources.

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Most academic ceremonies at Southwestern Community College pay tribute to what current students have already accomplished in their pursuit of higher education.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

New Jackson County School Superintendent Dana Ayers was sworn in at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting. Her husband, Phillip Ayers, held the Bible. Ayers takes the reins from Interim Superintendent Tony Tipton, hired last July. Ayers’ initial contract is for a four-year term beginn…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Approximately 75 high school and middle school students from across North Carolina competed at Western Carolina University’s Department of World Languages 38th annual Language Contest on April 29.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Meal preparation, nutrition standards, food allergies and quality service are just a few of the items school nutrition professionals have on their plates. To honor their hard work and commitment, Jackson County Public Schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Tishara Sneed (senior), Maia Wilde (junior), Mabry Bumgarner (sophomore) and Emma Wike (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for April. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain…

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual poster contest for students in third through sixth grade and speech contest for eighth grade in Jackson County.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

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…

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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