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McGuire Teaches Polymar Clay Class at MHHS

Last week, Mountain Heritage High School art students got a hands-on experience using polymer clay. The Toe River Arts Council, in response to a request from MHHS arts teacher, Christy Edwards, brought Marshall teaching artist, Barbara McGuire into the art classroom for (more)

Elkins to Speak at Mitchell Academic Letter Scholars

Brian Elkins will speak at the Eleventh Annual Mitchell High School Academic Letter Ceremony of Excellence.  This year’s ceremony will take place on May 12, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Elkins is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Greene Energy LLC.  Greene Energy LLC is a family owned and operated energy trading firm in Cary, NC.  Prior to (more)

MHU Spring Graduation May 7th

Mars Hill University will confer bachelor’s degrees on an expected 185 undergraduates and nine Master of Education graduates during graduation ceremonies May 7 at 9:30 am in Moore Auditorium. Keynote speaker for the graduation will be Dr. Katharine Meacham, retiring professor of philosophy. Meacham came to Mars Hill in 1988, the first woman and the first non-Baptist (more)

Hawn, McNeely Receive G. MacLeod Bryan Awards

Meagan McNeely, a senior religion major from Lenoir, NC, and Dr. Heather Hawn, assistant professor of political science, have received the G. McLeod Bryan Caring Awards from Mars Hill University. The Bryan Awards are given annually at Mars Hill University in honor of the late Dr. G. McLeod (“Mac”) Bryan, a member of the MHU class of ’39, and a professor at Wake Forest (more)

YCS Federal Programs Annual Public Input Meeting to be Held

On Tuesday, May 10th, the Yancey County Schools’ Annual Federal Programs Public Input Meeting will be held at the Yancey County Schools Board of Education Office, 100 School Drive in the YCS Board Room at 1:00pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive public input, provide updated information, and discuss the Title I, II, III, VI, and Exceptional Children Programs’ planning (more)

NC Public Safety Commissioner David Guice Visits MHU

W. David Guice (MHU '79), Commissioner of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, spoke to a senior seminar class on Race/Ethnicity and Crime on April 12 at Mars Hill University. In addition to students from Mars Hill University, the audience included representatives from community partners and criminals justice (more)

Burnsville Elem. 4th and 5th Graders on the Go

Miriam Beard is quoted as saying, “Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is the change that goes deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”  After much fundraising, collecting sponsorships, and penny pinching, on March 24-26, Burnsville Elementary fourth and fifth (more)

Art Students Showcase Work

“Christy Edwards’ Art class students in front of their and other students' work at the recent Yancey Arts Showcase at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery. Mountain Heritage High School students from left to right: Hugo Romero, Jarett Hall, Autumn Lyda, Maddison Garland, Mandy (more)

Yancey Schools Seek Input

Yancey County Schools is beginning to plan the Title I, II, III, and VI programs for the 2016-17 school year.  Qualifying private schools within the area may be eligible to apply for these federal funds.  Private School eligibility information is available at the US Department of Education website,, or by contacting Shane Cassida, Yancey County Schools Federal Program Director, P. O. Box 190, Burnsville, NC  28714; by phone at 828.682.6101 Ext. 302; or by email at  

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Public Notice

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Part B, Public Law 108.446) Project is presently being amended. The Project describes the special education programs that Yancey County Schools proposes for Federal funding for the 2016-2017 School Year. Interested persons are encouraged to review amendments to the Project and make comments concerning the implementation of special education under this Federal Program. All comments will be considered prior to submission of the amended Project to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IDEA-Part B Project is open to the public for review and comments May 10, 2016, 1-3 pm., in the office of Angie Anglin, EC Director, located at 100 School Circle, Burnsville NC.

Tasty Tuesdays Support Student Health Centers (Details)

SLAM Club Donation

The Mitchell High SLAM (Servant Leader Athletes of Mitchell) club presented the Children's Advocacy Center of the Toe River with a check for $925.00 this morning.  The money was raised during the "black-out" night at the home basketball game vs. Mountain Heritage in February.  (more)

Two Great Events for Upcoming Kindergartners

On Thursday, April 21st, Yancey County Schools will hold their annual Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Registration Kick-Off. Parents of enrolling Kindergarten age students can stop by The Burnsville Town Center either before or after registering your child for Kindergarten at the school within the district you live.  The Kick-Off event will take place from 12:00 – 3:00 (more)

Mitchell High Seniors Recognized

On March 17, at their weekly meeting, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored the Seniors of the Month from Mitchell High School. They are Cy Thomas, Justice Phillips and  Martin van der Vorst. Cy's hobbies are camping, life guarding, and studying American history. He says his biggest challenge was studying for his Black Belt. He enjoyed his (more)

Bee Log Students Make Kaleidoscopes

Students at Bee Log Elementary got five days of fun lessons in light and reflection by making their own kaleidoscopes. They studied the history (the word from the Greek, “observation of beautiful things”), then got to make their own out of  basic materials, such as cardboard, and reflective paper. TRAC Teaching artist Cassie Floan, took this opportunity to interject math and (more)

Final Days of School Year, Graduations

The last day of school for Mitchell County students is June 7th. Yancey County students finish up with a half day of school on June 9th.  Graduation for both Mitchell and Mountain Heritage High Schools is Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. June 3rd is both the last day of school and graduation in Avery County.  Mayland Early College graduation is June the 4th at 6 pm on the Mayland College Campus in Spruce Pine.

Mitchell Hosts NC State Ag Ambassador

Mitchell High School CTE teacher, Mr. Chad Huggins hosted an NC State Agricultural Institute ambassador on Wednesday, March 09, 2016.   Megan Taylor the student ambassador shared information about the NC State Agricultural Institute with students enrolled in Mr. Huggins Agriscience and Animal Science courses.  These students learned that the Agricultural Institute allows students (more)

Mitchell Seniors of the Month Honored

On Thursday, February 18, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored three Seniors of the Month from Mitchell High School. The students were introduced by School Counselor, Grant Sparks. They were: Christen Thomas, Dreyson Phillips and Logan Garland. Christen Thomas began her talk with the following quote by Anthony J. D’Angelo, ” Develop a passion for learning. If you do, (more)

Maxton Meets His Drag Racing Hero

Maxton Gilley, age 8, a student at Micaville Elementary School was given an assignment to write a summary about an article he read. Maxton read a Racing article about Drag Racer, Keith Berry. Maxton’s summary was tagged to Keith Berry through Face Book, where Berry saw and (more)