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Bennett Represents Mitchell County Schools

Melora Bennett submitted her Spoken Word unit to the Kappa Delta Pi (the educational honors society at ETSU) national committee and was chosen out of 400 applicants from this region to present the unit and teaching ideals at the International Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Orlando, Fl.  As a representative for Mitchell County Schools and East Tennessee State University, Melora presented (more)

Outstanding Math Teacher

Congratulations to Mrs Amy Thomas for receiving the NCCTM Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher Award!!!

Mitchell County Principal of the Year

Congratulations! Mrs. Jennifer Gregory who has recently been named the Mitchell County Schools 2015-16 Principal of the Year. Mrs. Gregory has spent 18 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal and for the past two years principal at Deyton Elementary School. Jennifer began her career as a fifth grade teacher for the Burke County Schools in 1998. She moved back home to Mitchell (more)

Mitchell Students Design Ornaments for Presidents Park

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced that the Toe River Arts Council has been chosen to create North Carolina’s ornaments for the 2015 America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA display at President’s Park (White (more)

Mitchell High School STEM Expo

What do robots, drones, climate change, a welding simulator, and forensics have in common?  They were all showcased at Mitchell High School on Tuesday, November 3rd during the Mitchell High STEM Expo.  A total of 688 Mitchell County students’ grades 8th through 12th attended the expo to kick-off the Mitchell County Schools STEM Initiative.  During the expo students were able (more)

Former Mitchell Student Success

Chris Rezzonico the son of Mimi Rezzonico's teacher at Gouge Primary School, received his white coat at a White Coat Ceremony at Virginia Tech this past weekend.  This is a huge milestone in his journey in medical school.  He is doing extremely well in medical school and he got his start right here in Mitchell County Schools.  I think it is important for our current students to see how past students in Mitchell County Schools are reaching amazing goals.  Chris attended Buladean School and graduated from MHS. Congratulations Chris and Rezzonico family.

Unimin Helping Mitchell Schools STEM Program

Unimin Corporation will provide financial support to help Mitchell County Schools begin a STEM initiative in the district. In Summer 2015 Mitchell County Schools received an initial grant from North Carolina’s Golden LEAF Foundation to begin the project, and Unimin’s three-year commitment totaling $30,000 will help the school district meet some of its supplemental (more)

Games at Greenlee

Rock, paper and scissors meet domino's at Greenlee Primary School.


Health Science Students Attend Conference

Thirty of Linda Pitman's Health Science Students had the opportunity to  attend the Health Careers Education Awareness Conference in Asheville on Tuesday, October 6th.   Each year this conference offers a coordinated effort to heighten knowledge and exposure of health careers (more)

Samantha Anderson NBC Renewed

Congratulations to Mrs. Samantha Anderson for renewal of her National Board Certification.  Mrs. Anderson received her Generalist Certification and Speciality in Early Childhood Education in December of 2006.  Congratulations again and we are extremely proud of you dedication and hard work.

Bowman Teachers Receive Learning Links Grants

Congratulations to Wendy Jenkins, 6th grade science instructor, Leslie Dickerson, art instructor, and Laura Cole, music instructor, for receiving $800.00 each from Learning Links for classroom projects for Bowman Middle School.

Rick Spurling Recognized

The Mitchell High School Athletic Dept recognized Mitchell County Superintendent and former Head Football and Baseball Coach Rick Spurling.  He was recognized at the Varsity Football game on October 16th. Coach Spurling has spent the last 32 years as an administrator, teacher and coach in the Mitchell County School System. Former players, students, co-workers and friends of Coach Spurling met to honor him. Spurling was Coach of the 1996 Mountaineer Baseball Team that went undefeated in WHC play (10-0). This is the only Western Highlands Conference Championship in school history.  

Greenlee Primary Receives Two Grants

Greenlee Primary School has received both the Learning Links grant for $800.00 from the Community Foundation of Western NC and the Bright Ideas grant from to the NC Electric Cooperatives for $1400.00. Both of these grants will help to support the school improvement goal of integrating different curricula goals within quarterly thematic units of study that flow throughout the school.  Additionally, the inclusion of community and family partners is strongly integrated within this collaboration, addressing another school-wide goal of stronger partnership and communication with the public. 

Mitchell Students Enjoy Engel Lecture

Last week, students at Mitchell High, Bowman and Harris Middle schools listened as Dr. Elliott Engel gave some of the “back stories” of  William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe. Mitchell High juniors and seniors learned that a ticket to a Shakespeare play cost 4 cents a seat, 1cent if you couldn’t afford the price and were willing to stand in front of the stage for the (more)

Cherokee Storyteller at Schools

Last week, the young students at Gouge, Greenlee, and Deyton schools enjoyed Cherokee tales by Native American storyteller, Lloyd Arneach. He told stories of great bears and frisky foxes, humming hummingbirds and slithering snakes. Each story explained how “things” came (more)

Mitchell High October Senior of the Month

On Thursday, October 15, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored the Mitchell High School Seniors of the Month. They were Gabrielle Sirois and TroyJamison Burleson, introduced by Rotarian Elaine Percival. Gabrielle has been a cheerleader since 7th grade (more)

Harris Middle School Says Thanks to sponsors!!

The eighth grade students from Harris Middle would like to say thank you to Spruce Pine Chevrolet and Gouge Oil Company for sponsoring t-shirts for all 8th grade students. We are "Mountaineer Strong" and proud!!! We were thankful and happy to have them on our field trip to Cherokee today!

Bowman Honor Rolls


Gouge Kindergarteners Fire Prevention Awareness Month

On Friday, October 9th, as part of Fire Prevention Awareness Month, the Kindergarten classes from Gouge Elementary traveled to Parkway Fire and Rescue where Bakersville and Parkway Fire Departments were working together to teach students about fire safety and prevention.  The (more)

Mitchell Seniors of the Month Honored

On September 17, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine honored two Mitchell High School Seniors of the Month. MHS Guidance Counselor,Grant Sparks, introduced Mary Beth Thomas and Solomon Duncan, who gave interesting updates on their school activities and future plans. Solomon is the son of Ed and Carole Duncan, his sisters are Eve and Marie. He is a current Wrestling State (more)

Berky Performs at Mitchell CountySchools

Students at Greenlee Primary, and Gouge and  Deyton Elementary Schools were treated to the masked stories from around the world as told by Doug Berky, mask maker, mime, and storyteller on October 6 and 7.For the past three decades, Doug Berky has used the power of a good story to introduce this collection of wisdom tales and help children better understand the world, how to live in (more)

Jazz at Mitchell High

A few weeks ago the students from Mitchell High and Bowman and Harris Middle Schools became immersed in the world of jazz for an hour. Through a cARTwheels grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Toe River Arts Council was able to bring the John Brown Jazz Orchestra to both Yancey and Mitchell Counties for a “Tour of Jazz.”. (more)

Super Students Recognized at Deyton Elementary

Deyton Elementary School recently recognized Super Students for the month of September.  These students were nominated by their teachers for hard work in the classroom and kindness to others.   They also followed the Deyton DIVE:  Demonstrate Respect & Kindness, Individual Responsibility, Value Learning, and Effort is Evident.  September Super Students: Front Row: Rebecca (more)

Bowman Homecoming

King Avery Hopson and Queen Hannah McMahan at Bowman Middle School's 2015 Homecoming Festivities, September 22nd. (more)

Pizza with the Principal at Harris Middle

Pizza with the Principal earned by RISE Students of the Month. Starting on the left....Caroline Atkins, Ally McEntire, Dakota Byrd, Ivy Lin, Isaac Holmes, Matthew Gilbert 

Mitchell High Band Recognized

The Mitchell High School Mountaineer Band received an Excellent rating in addition to receiving the Kenny Wood Memorial Trophy. This trophy was voted on by the Avery High School band parents, student guides, and the directors. It was unanimous that the band should receive this trophy. (more)

Mitchell Band Invited to Washington

The band has been accepted by the National Selection Committee to represent North Carolina in the 2016 National Independence Day Parade. They will be marching down Historic Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC for America's 204th birthday. 

Bowman Middle School Academic and Citizenship Students of the Month (Details)


Bowman Middle School Academic Excellence Awards (Details)