Kim Elliiott

Kim Elliott

Jackson County Public Schools continues to engage in the work of teaching and learning while recognizing the great work of students and staff.

David Proffitt is a winner in the North Carolina School Public Relations Association Blue Ribbon Awards program. Proffitt won a gold award in photography and a silver award in “excellence in writing” for an article about serving homeless students. 

Proffitt is an outstanding asset to our administrative team and brings a wealth of communications and public relations knowledge to JCPS.

We are the recipients of an anonymous donation of $10,000 through the Great Smokies Health Foundation for student food insufficiency and our breakfast/lunch program. This donation helps provide breakfast and lunch for students no longer included in the Tier One Community Eligibility Program Grant. All students remain eligible to apply for free and/or reduced lunch rates.

JCPS is hard at work on our 10-year long-range plan. The egress courtyards for safety are in pre-construction stage, and work has begun on the ADA compliant seating and restrooms at SMHS baseball field. Roof replacement is ongoing. 

Future long term needs include: ADA ramp, restrooms and concession stands at the Smoky Mountain High School football stadium, the bus garage, an athletic track on the Jones Street property, a cafeteria at Fairview, Blue Ridge gym with performance stage, and air conditioning for the SMHS auxiliary gym.

The Bojangles Star Leadership program assists elementary schools designated as Leader in Me Schools by providing awards and monthly recognition to student leaders. The “Five Core Values” embodied by Bojangles align with the “Seven Habits” embraced by Leader in Me schools. Scotts Creek School is pleased to join Bojangles in this national partnership.

We are pleased to spotlight the following students:

Mary Hanks, a 7th-grade student at Fairview School, is a straight A student, excelling in mathematics. She is involved in the Varsity Science Olympiad. At their most recent competition in Nashville, Tennessee, she earned an ornithology (study of birds) ribbon.

Tommy Farmer is a leader at Jackson Community School, willing to do anything asked of him, whether it’s speaking at a school board meeting or helping a teacher or student. He graduates in June and has begun at Haywood Community College where he is taking a fish and wildlife course online. He is mature, helpful and works hard.

Early College senior K.J. Ammons embodies the guiding principles of Jackson County Early College: education, leadership, service and community. He has taken on a leadership role in the JCEC Interact Club, and volunteers to help the needy in Jackson County, such as canned food drives, splitting and delivering firewood and providing meals for the homeless.

Charlotte Sherrill is an 11th-grade Blue Ridge Early College student and an athlete. She represents her class in Student Government Association and this past week reached 1,000 career points scored for the Lady Bobcats. Charlotte’s Bobcat Best is shown daily through her willingness to help, kindness and hard work.

Megan Lillard is an 8th-grade student at Scotts Creek who demonstrates leadership in all areas of her life. She maintains a very high GPA, 97 percent, and takes higher level classes. She serves as a Student Council officer and has provided leadership with the annual Scotts Creek Food Drive. Megan volunteers to help provide for a family who lost everything in a fire, assist with back pack food distribution and mentoring in Bible Club.

Jordan Farmer, a 6th-grader at Cullowhee Valley School, puts a positive spin on all his life activities. He readily participates in class and is willing to try new skills. He is supportive of his teachers and kind to his peers. He shines in both character and academics.

Katie Jamison, a 7th-grader at Smokey Mountain Elementary, lives in the Thomas Valley community. She is an excellent student and has grown significantly in her I-Ready Reading Benchmark Scores. She is a great reader and mentors others.

McKenzie Woods, a Blue Ridge 6th-grader, exemplifies what it means to be a Bobcat. She is respectful of peers and adults alike, and she is always helpful and kind. She is an eager learner and engages in all activities – academics, sports and/or other extra-curriculars, with enthusiasm and a commitment to do her very best.

SMHS junior student Victoria Wlosok is the organizer behind our attempt at breaking the world record for the most individuals simultaneously hugging stuffed animals. 

She came up with the idea months ago and has been working collaboratively with teachers, students and administration to organize, publicize and to implement the school-wide event. 

The attempt is scheduled for Feb. 14 and all donations will go to various Jackson County outreach programs. 

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Thank you for engaging in education with me!


Kim Elliott is superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools.