Superintendent Weekly Update – 10/4/19

Superintendent Weekly Update


This week Yancey County Schools was recognized as a National Boards Accomplished School District. Eighty-one districts across the nation were recognized for having at least 20% of their teachers to achieve National Board Certification.


I want to congratulate and recognize our thirty-two National Board Certified teachers across the district. We know that teachers drive student learning everyday in our classrooms. I appreciate these educators teaching high standards and reflecting on how to improve on their practice. Blue Ridge Elementary – Tracie Bartlett-Dover, Susie Hill; Burnsville Elementary – Samantha Garland, Julie Miller, Dawn Walker; Cane River Middle – Kelly Boone, Christy Deyton, Victoria Hensley, Brian Hill, Denise Marlow, Kim Silvers; East Yancey Middle – Renee Duncan, Michelle Geouge, Leslie Hilliard, Wade Shehan, Erika Tyner, April Woody; Micaville Elementary – Melanie Bennett, Belinda Burleson, Ric Cedegren, Karen Fox; Mountain Heritage High – Shannon Anders, Heather Austin, Peter Bobbe, Aimee Hall, Tressa Hartsell, Kim Higgins, Angie Holtzclaw, Dan McKinney, Jessica McKinney, Steven Ray, Sallie Senseney,

“High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning. The districts that measured up to be included in the National Board Accomplished District program understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning – and what parent anywhere doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?” said Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Congratulations to Sallie Senseney for being named the Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Education. Sallie is a science teacher at MHHS. “This award recognizes a recent graduate who has shown outstanding leadership and/or exceptional commitment to the education of children. The recipient of this award personifies the mission of the School of Education by emphasizing the interconnectedness of homes, schools, and communities through both professional and volunteer work.” Congratulations Sallie and Go Heels!


We also want to say thank you to our custodians! In honor of National Custodians Day, we want to applaud each of you for the work you do in our schools to help us stay healthy, clean and safe every day!


Please click HERE for Week in Pics! These ladies work too hard to forget to include it!!!

Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (the largest federal child nutrition program). Today, 95% of schools and over 30 million children participate in the National School Lunch Program and receive healthy and affordable lunches. National School Lunch Week continues to recognize the benefits of this program and the hard working food service staff that make school lunch happen each and every day.
Flu Shot Clinics NEXT WEEK!!


Yancey County Schools is once again partnering with Yancey County Health Department to offer flu shots to all students, employees, retired staff and immediate family members of employees.

These clinics will be held at all schools the week of Oct 7-11 as follows:

Monday, October 7, 2019

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Burnsville Elementary

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Micaville Elementary

1:00 – 2:30 p.m South Toe Elementary

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cane River Middle School Health Center

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Heritage

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. East Yancey Middle School Health Center

Thursday, October 10, 2019

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Blue Ridge Elementary

Permanent part-time employees who are not offered the State Health Plan qualify to receive a flu shot at no charge. All other YCS employees will need to bring their insurance cards to the clinic to receive a shot. Maintenance, Transportation, and Central Office personnel can visit any of the clinics in the schools to receive their flu shot.

If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

School Safety Efforts


Parents, Caretakers, and Educators –

Our students’ success in school and beyond is our top priority. To reach that goal, we must create safe environments for all students.

We need mental health supports for at-risk students. School Resource Officers are also important for our schools. That’s why we worked hard in Raleigh to secure increased funding for more and better school safety efforts across the entire state. Please know these resources are there to help support safer schools.

And, you can help as we work together to keep our students safe.

This month, we are launching the NC Kindness Campaign and ask you to help us encourage more kindness in schools.

It might sound simple, but the reality is, acts of kindness can help prevent issues that might grow into tragedies. These days, there is too much violence in schools and too many problems like cyberbullying.

Let’s work together for the safety of our students and to help teachers by showing that unkindness of any type has no place in our schools.

Click here for more information on how we can all work together to keep our schools safe.

Kindness is free, often effortless, and important. Join us in our work to keep students safe from harm by working to be kind.

Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

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