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Mitchell School Board Chooses New Principal

The Mitchell County Schools Board of Education conducted a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 30th to name the new Principal at Mayland Early College.  The opening was a result of the retirement of Mrs. Muffy Dayton.  The Board   voted unanimously to appoint Mrs. Emily Dellinger to the Principal post at Mayland Early College for the 2015-16 school year.  Mrs. Dellinger was selected from a pool of 64 applicants for this position.  All three school districts participated in the interview process.  During the 2014-15 school year  Emily served as Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School.  In that position she was responsible for overseeing curriculum, scheduling of students and staff and facilitating testing.      

Personnel Approved by Mitchell Board of Ed

At the special called meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Education on June 25th several personnel positions were approved including Wendy Wiseman as Science teacher at Mitchell High, Marvin “Scott” Jacumin as Social Studies teacher at Mitchell High and Joshua Michael Brooks as Interim Social Studies teacher at Harris Middle School.  In other positions Trixie Briggs was approved as Substitute Bus Driver and Kellie Briggs as a volunteer.

Bowman Awards Day (Details)


Mitchell School Lunch Prices To Go Up

A 25 cent increase to school lunches has been approved by the Mitchell County Board of Education for next year. Mitchell County Schools have been selling their lunches at a loss for several years. The vote on Monday to raise the school lunch prices is the first since 2008. Previous school boards have all voted to use local funds to pay for the shortfall so as to keep prices low for students and parents. The lunch increase is a result of rising food costs, dwindling student enrollment, and federal regulations imposed by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. This move will increase the prices at elementary schools in Mitchell County to $2 and at the middle and high schools cost will be $2.25.  The increase in lunch price will affect roughly 800 students in the school district who pay full price for lunch at school. Around 1,100 of the district’s nearly 1,900 students are in the free and reduced lunch program. School districts across the region are facing similar issues in their child nutrition funds. Despite this new increase in school lunch prices, Mitchell County still has the lowest prices in the region. Yancey County Schools charge $2.05 for elementary schools and $2.30 for middle and high schools. The Avery County School Board recently voted to raise the price of their lunch by five cents to $2.15 for elementary schools and $2.35 for middle and high schools. Madison County schools charge elementary students $2.20 and middle and high school students $2.35. 

Mitchell Seniors of the Month Honored

On Thursday, June 4,the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine honored Seniors of the Month from Mitchell High School. Grant Sparks, Senior Counselor at Mitchell High School, introduced three outstanding students as Seniors of the Month. They were Cari Pressley, Darby Huskins, and Samuel Staton. Cari Pressley enjoys working with children. She did an internship in a kindergarten class at Gouge Elementary (more)

Monarch Rescue Garden

Harris 8th grade students worked with Nina Veteto from  Monarch Rescue and Anita from the US Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to start a monarch habitat in front of Harris Middle School. Students learned about the plight of the monarch and the difficulties the species faces (more)

Mitchell Schools Awarded Technology Funds

Mitchell County Commissioners have awarded $88,000 to fund a 1:1 Laptop Initiative for middle school students. This will greatly enhance the newly implemented STEM program, which incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   The system was recently awarded $350,000 from Golden LEAF to implement Discovery Labs in every school.  These innovative STEM Discovery Labs will provide students valuable hands-on manipulative and interactive resources, which build a strong foundation of math and science skills.  This will integrate with the current economic development plan in Mitchell County which is centered around occupations that are focused precisely on areas of emphasis in the STEM program.  The allocation is a reflection of the schools system and county’s efforts to develop a workforce that can think critically and understand and apply engineering design processes. Superintendent  Spurling said "I am grateful to our Board of Commissioners for their financial commitment in funding the middle school 1:1 Laptop Initiative.  This will enhance our STEM program and provide a laptop for every 5th through 8th grade student. This technology supports the twenty first century classrooms digital teaching and learning which is our school district's objective."

Mitchell County Teachers of the Year (Details)


Bowman Academic Excellence Awards


Mountaineer Cloggers Place Second

The Mountaineer Cloggers placed 2nd in the 4 or more couple hoedown at Mars Hill University Championship this morning. The Mountaineer Cloggers will be performing at the August Mitchell County Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for the 17th. They will also perform July 18th and 19th at the Spruce Pine Rotary Bar B Q Festival. 

Bowman Athletic Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 21st, The administration, faculty and staff of Bowman Middle School, as well as parents, family members and student athletes gathered in the Darrell Ledford Memorial Auditorium on the BMS campus to participate in its 2014-2015 Athletic Awards Ceremony.  Principal Scott Jenkins welcomed the crowd and offered congratulations to each student athlete and wished them continued (more)

Mitchell Seniors Register for NCWorks Online Accounts

Mitchell High School CTE partnered with NCWorks to provide information about employment, careers, educational programs and colleges to seniors in order to assist them as they graduate high school and begin to make future plans.  Representatives Alan Cook and April Jones from (more)

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


Foods Class Visits Stuarts on the Green

The Mitchell High School Foods II class visited Stuart's on the Green on Wednesday, May 12th.  The field trip allowed the students to experience a real world example of concepts they learn in Foods II including:  proper food preparation and storage, how a commercial kitchen is organized and operates, as well as aspects of business management and entrepreneurship.  The students were given an tour of the restaurant and kitchen by the owner Stuart Jensen.  During the visit student's also had the opportunity to enjoy lunch at Stuart's on the Green. 

Four Way Test Essay Contest Winners

On April 30, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine presented and celebrated the winners of the Four Way Test Essay Contest along with guests who included teachers and family members, who have played important roles in their lives. (more including the essays!)

Mike Brown Ford Subaru Donates Stadium Seats

The Mitchell High School Athletic Dept would like to send a special thank you to Mike Brown and his staff for donating  these stadium seats to us.  These are high quality, portable seats that includes our logo and The Mike Brown Ford Subaru logo. Thanks again Mike Brown! The Mitchell High School Athletic Dept will be selling them in the near future.

Bowman Middle School Academic Excellence Awards (Details)


Yancey and Mitchell County Head Start is Accepting Applications

Yancey and Mitchell County Head Start is now accepting applications for children who are or will be 3 before September 1st up to Kindergarten.  For Mitchell please call Courtney at 828-688-2199 ext. 17 and for Yancey call Casie, Holly or Sally at 828-682-6668 to set up an appointment or come by Head Start on Indian Trail.