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Mitchell High Christmas Car Winners Announced

Congratulations to Mitchell High Schools students Ashlyn Christine van Brederode, Amanda Juarez and Jamie Jennings as their drawings were selected as this year's Christmas Card Winners.  All three of these students are junior art students at Mitchell High School.  For these selections they will be awarded cash prizes and presented cards with their drawing.  These cards will be displayed in the Mitchell County School's Board of Education Offices with past year recipients.  Attached are the three drawings.    
1st- Ashlyn Christine van Brederode 10th
2nd-Amanda Juarez 10th
3rd- Jamie Jennings 10th

Bowman Middle Academic Scholarship & Citizenship Students of the Month

Lance Recognized by the Foreign Language Assoc.

The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, has announced that Robyn Lance's session "Online Digital Portfolios for Students Using Google Sites" was voted as one of the ten best at the 2014 FLANC Annual Fall Conference.  In honor of her well-deserved recognition, FLANC will post her name and session on its website.  There were 96 sessions at our conference and deserved to be recognized as one of the best!

Seed Survivor Program at Deyton Elem.

Deyton Elementary students were able to take part in the Seed Survivor Program which teaches elementary children about plants and the importance of agriculture. As part of this project, Mitchell High FFA officers worked in the Agrium mobile classroom helping the elementary (more)

Mitchell County Ranked as One of Top Ten Best School Districts in NC

Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.  A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.  Congratulations to the Mitchell County Schools who rank number #9 out of  100 districts in NC through this study.  more
Angie Burleson, Gary Moore and Kathy Young

Mitchell Board of Ed Sworn In

On Monday, December 1st Kathy Young, Angie Burleson and Gary Moore were sworn in to their new positions as Board of Education Members for the Mitchell County Schools. This ceremony took place at the Mitchell County Courthouse as Janet Cook facilitated the session.  The first (more)

Seed Survivor Mobile Classroom

The Seed Survivor Mobile Classroom paid a visit to Gouge Elementary School on November 17-19. Seed Survivor is a free curriculum- based program that teaches elementary children about plants and the importance of agriculture. Multiple displays travel across North America year-(more)

Duncan Chosen for Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Solomon Duncan, a Junior at Mitchell High School of Mitchell County has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on November 14,
15 and 16th, 2014. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct (more)

Deyton Elementary Students Visit Rotary

On Thursday, October 23, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine received a program by Jennifer Gregory, Principal of Deyton Elementary School. She was introduced by Rotarian Rick Spurling,who noted that the two had been acquainted for almost thirty years. She said that she had attended Rotary twenty years ago when she was a Senior of the Month. Ms. Gregory expressed appreciation to the (more)

Mitchell Cheerleaders Compete

Mitchell High School Varsity Cheerleaders competed at the NCHSAA State Cheerleading Championships recently. This is the first time in school history that Mitchell has competed in this particular state competition and the first competition squad Mitchell has boasted since 2010. Out of twenty teams from all across the state in the medium non tumble cheer division the girls came home with a trophy and ended the competition ranked 5th runner up. We are very proud of these fifteen athletes!  

Trystan Jenkins Chosen for Congress of Medical Leaders

Trystan Jenkins, a 9th grader at Mitchell High School of Bakersville has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on November 14, 15 and 16th, 2014. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and (more)

CSI at Mitchell High

Recently students in Rick Spurling's Biology and Mr. Dellinger's Biology classes participated in a lab with a team from UNC-CH aboard the DESTINY bus. Students worked to solve a mock crime scene using forensic science to do so. Each student created a DNA fingerprint using gel electrophoresis to solve the case and correctly identify the suspect who committed the crime. (more)

Martin Recognized as Exceptional Children's Teacher of Excellence

Pictured is  Bill Hussey, Director Exceptional Children Division and Tracy Weeks , from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Melissa Martin is the Mitchell County Representative for Exceptional Children's Teacher of Excellence. She was recognized November 3rd at the 64th Exceptional Children's Conference in Greensboro.

Quartz Corp., US Cellular Support Literacy

Thanks to a generous donation by the Quartz Corp., English teacher Melora Bennett was able to create a young adult reading library at Mayland Early College HIgh School.  Students submitted the titles of novels they were interested in reading and Quartz Corp. purchased the books for the students.  The next step was to build a reading center for all students to enjoy, so Mrs. Bennett wrote a grant on and was fully funded by donations from private individuals and US Cellular.  Students at MECHS now have a wide variety of books and a comfortable reading area to read and discuss the works. Congratulations to Kishia Moore at Greenlee Primary School who received a $800 Learning Links grant for inquiry experiments and leveled readers on force and motion. 

Bowman Honor Rolls (details)


Bowman Academic Excellence (details)


Bee Day at Gouge Elementary

The Mitchell County Farm Bureau has purchased American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Book of the Year; “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs and related activities for K-2 grades. These books and activities will be donated to Mitchell County local libraries in Spruce Pine and Bakersville and the libraries at the elementary schools. "The Beeman" by Laurie Krebs is an excellent way to introduce students to honeybees and pollinators. The book describes how beekeepers care for their bees, the different kinds of bees (drone, queen, worker) as well as shows the reader how bees help us pollinate. Finally, the story covers how bees make honey for us to enjoy!
To introduce the book and the related activities the Farm Bureau Women’s group hosted a Bee Day at Gouge Elementary school. Members of the Women’s group read the “The Beeman” to the entire 2nd grade and provided several activity stations to walk students through concepts related to beekeeping. The activity stations used vocabulary, math, poetry, science, and honey tasting to introduce agricultural topics to young learners. A local Beekeeper, Rick Harty was also present with an observation hive, a bee hive, tools and equipment used by beekeepers, to answer questions about bees. The students ended the day with a better knowledge of bees and lots of goodies to take home.

Learning Links Grants

Congratulations to  teachers at Deyton Elementary were notified yesterday that they had received Learning Links grants. Kristie Autrey: $500 for  Reading A-Z/Raz Kids program fro 3rd grade students. Rhonda Franklin:  $800 for 4th grade students to go to the Biltmore House in the spring. Amy Thomas:  $638 for the purchase of books and an Apple TV for a project where students will make book trailers (like a movie trailer) about their books for other kids to watch and decide if it is book that interests them.

October Super Students at Deyton Elementary School

Deyton Elementary School Super Students for the month of October were chosen by staff members for kindness to peers, outstanding effort in the classroom, and respect. A special thank-you to Bubba's Restaurant for providing a special lunch for these Super Students.  October Super Students:Front Row: Josie Houchard, Bubba Riddle, Drew Phillips, Second Row:  Josh Holtsclaw, Elijah Allen, Gabriel Sanchez, Andrew Brewer, Jack Webb, Nathan Stamey, Third Row:  Ashely Bunnell, Selena Queriapa Ceja, Alyssa Barnett, Rachel Thacker, Kedren Hughes, Hannah Gross, Savannah McMahan, Amelia Tehandon.

Mitchell Concert Choir NC State Champions

Another outstanding Mitchell High School Concert Choir performance Tuesday, October 21st.  Thanks to Mr. Greg Franklin for his leadership with this talented group of students.  2014 North Carolina State Champions!   

Tips for Parents to Keep Child Bully-Free

Tips for Parents
If you feel your child is being bullied, keep in mind – most victims of bullying do not talk about it. They are ashamed, embarrassed, and scared it will intensify.
1.       Try approaching the topic indirectly and ask your child, “Who’s the bully in your classroom? How do they treat you? What do you think about their actions (more)

Celebrate My Drive for Prom Funds

Thanks to Tracy Deyton for sharing the following link and information that has the potential to be an excellent opportunity for our Mitchell High School students during prom season.  Please go to the link and click on the link "Make your safe driving commitment" find Mitchell High School and answer the question about yourself and the two safe driving questions.  You can vote each day from every active email address.  Last year Avery County received a substantial grant to help fund the after party of their prom last year. 

ServSafe Certification

Foods II Enterprise students recently completed the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Program. This is a nationally recognized program that focuses on the numerous components of Food Safety within a Food Service environment. Once certified these students will be able to apply their skills and knowledge of Food Safety in the rapidly expanding Food Service industry. This certification (more)

Mitchell HOSA Leadership Conference

Eight Mitchell High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) members from attended the Fall 2014 HOSA Leadership Conference at Mars Hill on Monday, October 13. While they were there they learned everything they needed to know to prepare them for the (more)