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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!   

Mitchell Cloggers Win NC State Competition

Congratulations to the Mitchell County Mountaineer Cloggers who placed 1st in the traditional freestyle category 10b and Caleb Greene received honorable mention in individual competition.   These students performed last weekend at the North Carolina State Fair.  

Deyton Elem Trick or Treat at Brian Center

On Tuesday, October 28th, Brian Center hosted all Deyton students for trick-or-treating.  Residents gave candy, pencils, erasers, and stickers to the students as they trick-or-treated through the dining hall.  Residents and students enjoyed this time. The Deyton staff thanks Brian Center employees and residents for making this an enjoyable afternoon for our students.

Mitchell Mountaineer Cloggers Perform at NC State Fair

Mitchell County Mountaineer Cloggers performing at NC State Fair on Saturday, October 25th.  So proud of this outstanding and talented group of young people who represents our county and school system so well.

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. 

Buses and Bullying (Details)


Savannah Gates Book Published

Savannah Gates, a junior at Mayland Early College High School, has been working on wiring the first installment of her Dream Catcher Trilogy and the first book in the series, Antithesis,  has been published!  Savannah writes under the pen name of Nikolas Gates.  She is an extraordinary student and we at MECHS are very proud of her accomplishments. (more)

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)

FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference

On Tuesday October 14, 2014, fifteen (15) Members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America - Mitchell High Chapter  (FCCLA) attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Weaverville, NC. These students attended various student and teacher led workshops focused on preparing them for FCCLA State Competitive Events in April. As well as learning strategies for maintaing an active, community and family focused student organization. 
Students in Attendance: Caitlin Duncan, Shaun Hopson, Emma Duncan, Eden Phillips, Davis Sutton, Haley Street, Alicia Garland, Kelly Harrell, PJ Cox, Kelsie Buchanan, Noah Worley, Autumn Staubitz, Rebekah Hollifield, Jason Buchanan and Tiffany Buchanan. 
Advisors: Lynn Walker and Stephanie McClellan

Mitchell Teacher Training

 Mitchell County teachers participatied in high-quality professional development to familiarize themselves with recent AIG program curricular adoptions. On September 23rd, 2014, teachers attended a one-day training in teaching/learning models focused on differentiation and the (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)

Mitchell Seniors of the Month Honored

On Thursday, September 18, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored two Mitchell High School Seniors of the Month. Grant Sparks, MHS Counselor, introduced two outstanding Seniors, Zach Boone and Marianna Von Brederode. Recently named Homecoming King, Zach Boone spoke of his journey from being a self-doubting middle school student to his being a self-confident and capable (more)

Mitchell Students Attend Health Careers Conference

Students's enrolled in Mrs. Linda Pitman's Health Team Relations at Mitchell High School had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual Health Careers Education Awareness Conference.  The conference was held at the Wilma Sherrill Wellness Center at UNC Asheville on Tuesday, (more)

Bowman Middle School September Students of the Month (more)  

Bullying Prevention Month

This survey is intended to provide information that will help to make our school a safer place. Our school’s number one priority is the safety of our students. We are committed to making our school a bully-free environment and want to know what you really think about the way things are at our school. Please, help make our school a better place to live, grow, and learn by answering some (more)

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

On Thursday, September 11, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine received a presentation by two students who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. RYLA Students, Kelly Perry and Caeley Pippert, spoke about their experiences this year in Brevard. (more)