Coat Drive for YCS Kids

posted Nov 14, 2017, 6:11 AM by Karen Banks

Coat Drive


Your community Bank & Yancey County Schools Unite!!!


United Community bank will be hosting a coat drive for Yancey County School kids.

We will be taking donations of coats and jackets of all sizes for boys and girls. Coats can be gently worn or new and be dropped off at United Community Bank in Burnsville.

The coat Drive will run from 

10-30-2017 through


For further questions contact Christy Shuford @ 828-682-5134


Homeless Student Services

posted Aug 22, 2017, 7:43 AM by Karen Banks

To identify a student who may qualify for McKinney-Vento services – or for information – please contact the School Counselor at your child's school or the Homeless Liaison.  Click on the link for additional information.  Homeless Student Services

Notice of Summer Meetings - Updated 7/18/2017

posted Jun 29, 2017, 4:25 AM by Landon Beaver   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 11:59 AM ]


posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:29 AM by Karen Banks   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:32 AM ]

At the May 4th meeting of the North Carolina State Board of Education, Yancey County Schools, along with 44 other applicants, were approved as grantees of a three year, $1.2 million 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant beginning in the 2017-18 school year.  YCS will now join the Cohort 12 list of grantees in addition to completing the final year of their Cohort 11 grant from 2014.  The list of grantees included both public school systems, charter schools, and not-for-profit organizations.  There were 176 applications that were reviewed by NC Department of Public Instruction during the process.  YCS has been awarded 21st CCLC funding to develop a district-wide after-school program for students since 2010. 

The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is to provide Title IV Federal funds to establish or expand community-learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours with three specific purposes:

1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.

2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, physical fitness and wellness programs, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) instructional opportunities.

3. Offer families of students served by 21st CCLCs opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

The grant funding for Cohort 12 will continue to operate after-school programming at eight elementary and middle school sites across the district, serving students in Grades K-8.  Overall, the grant will seek to offer up to 370 after-school student slots, targeting those students with at-risk factors that could prevent them from meeting their full potential as students and citizens.  The 21st CCLC program in YCS, known as MAGIC+, has been instrumental in providing safe learning environments where students are able to work on mastering academic skills while further developing important lifetime skills that go beyond success in the classroom. 

The Cohort 12 Grant was co-written by Tracie Bartlett-Dover, Lavenia Burnette, and Shane Cassida on behalf of the school system.  “We are elated to be a part of this new funding cycle,” said Cassida, current YCS Curriculum/Instruction Federal Program Director.  “We will never fully know the impact that the program has had on our students over the past ten years because so much of the growth we see goes beyond a data point or a statistic.  The new grant proposal has some exciting new opportunities that will only allow our students to expand the possibilities for their futures.”  Bartlett-Dover, current MAGIC+ Program Director, is equally enthusiastic about the direction of the new grant.  “When seven and eight year olds are coming up to you at the beginning of the school year wanting to know when MAGIC is starting, basically asking to stay at school for an additional two and half hours each day, you begin to realize the impact of the program.  Without this bridge between the school and home, many of our students would be struggling for support and our families burdened with additional child care costs.  This grant is absolutely crucial for our district.”

The next two months will be a busy time for the YCS MAGIC+ Program.  In July, the MAGIC+ Program will co-host alongside the YCS Curriculum and Instruction Department the 5th annual YCS Summer Reading Enrichment Camp from July 5 through July 27.  During that same time, the initial hiring plans and budgets for both the Cohort 11 and the new Cohort 12 funds will begin.  YCS projects a start date of the YCS MAGIC After School program around September 5th, with the student application process starting with the first day of the 2017-18 school year.


YCS Offers myON Reading Free to All K-5 Students

posted Jun 13, 2017, 6:21 AM by Karen Banks

For the second consecutive summer, all Yancey County Schools students in Grades K-5 will have access to thousands of digital book titles for reading during the summer vacation months.  This is made possible by a partnership between NC Department of Public Instruction and myON Reading, an online literacy program from Capstone Education.  Students will be able to use this tool during the summer months to select from thousands of titles and download free books that are well matched to their reading level and personal interests. As an added bonus, parents, teachers and others can access data from this tool on how many pages and hours students spend reading. There is even a feature to help measure students’ literacy growth while they are away from the classroom.  “Research has proven time and again that students that do not continue to read over the summer vacation months will often lose up to a quarter of a year’s worth of reading growth from the previous school year.  When student’s return in August, it is discouraging for sure to see student’s starting behind, negating much of the hard work from the year before,” says Shane Cassida, Curriculum/Instruction Director for Yancey County Schools.  Cassida continued, “This program along with each of our K-5 schools opening their media centers up for Summer Family Literacy days will be an effective way for our families to prevent this loss from occurring.”


Each student had an account prepared for them by the district with a unique username and password.  This information came home with each student during the last week of school.  If you cannot locate that information or need assistance in accessing their account information, either call your child’s school or contact the principal by email.  For assistance in logging in the first time, parents and students can access a Student and Parents Quick Reference Guide for myON Reading on the home page for Yancey County Schools,  

Yancey County Schools Seeks Input from Private Schools for Federal Programs Funding Application

posted May 10, 2017, 5:01 AM by Landon Beaver

Yancey County Schools is beginning to plan the Title I, II, III, VI, and 21st CCLC Federal Grant programs for the 2017-18 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, BurnsvilleNC  28714; by phone at 828.682.6101 Ext. 302; or by email at  

Press Release

posted Apr 24, 2017, 3:01 PM by Karen Banks   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 3:03 PM ]

YCS Federal Programs Annual Public Input Meeting to be Held

On Tuesday, May 9th, 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 4:00pm.  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 documents for the 2017-18 school year.  This will include a review of the Parent Involvement initiatives in each federal program. 

If you have questions concerning a particular school’s Federal Program resources or the overall district programs, please feel free to call the Federal Programs Director at YCS Central Office, 682-6101 (ext. 302).  Any non-public school not already contacted that still desires information about these federal grant programs can contact the Federal Programs Director at YCS as well.  We look forward to seeing community stakeholders on May 9th.

Health-e-Schools Medical Services Available for Elementary and High School Students

posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:46 PM by

 Health-e-Schools would like to remind parents that medical services are available to your students during school hours. Same day appointments are available & can be scheduled from the nurse’s office at your school, or by emailing If your child is sick, he or she can see a medical provider while at school, may be able to finish the school day, and you won’t have to miss work! Your children must be enrolled to use these services. Forms are located below or from the nurse at your child´s school. If you would like more information, please contact your school nurse or email APPTS@CRHI.ORG (spell the email out).

These health services are for students at the elementary school and high school. 

Yancey County Schools Hosts Yancey Preschool Registration Celebration

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:59 AM by

Yancey County Schools, who is the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Contract Administrator for Yancey County, is hosting a Preschool Registration Celebration for Yancey County families on Wednesday, February 15th at the Burnsville Town Center.  Festivities begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm.  The event is the first opportunity for families with eligible infants through five year-old children to register to attend one of the county’s many child care/preschool facilities for the 2017-18 school year.


If a family has a child that will turn four before August 31, 2017 and they meet the NC Pre-K Program eligibility standards, they may further qualify for free NC Pre-K slots at one of the three NC Pre-K centers housed at Bald Creek Elementary, Burnsville Elementary, and Mountain Heritage High School respectively.  Yancey County Schools and other preschool center staff as well as employees representing several community agencies will have staff on hand to assist families in completing applications and to answer questions about each of the centers.  Other agencies will also be available to assist families in discovering additional funding opportunities to cover the cost of Preschool services, including the Department of Social Services which will have information on NC Child Care Vouchers.  The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children will have information regarding other child care services available to families within Yancey County. 


Families are encouraged to bring their child to the Registration Celebration as there will be several fun activities and learning centers for the children to engage in.  Each child will receive a “Welcome to Pre K” learning bag filled with items that will help prepare them for the exciting learning adventure they are about to start.  Families can complete the registration forms on site or pick them up and return them at a later date.  If you have any questions regarding the event or any of the centers that will be represented at the celebration, please call Becky Tschudy at 682-6101 (ext.322) or email her at

Land Purchase for New Elementary School

posted Dec 20, 2016, 10:42 AM by   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 6:50 PM by ]

Yancey County School Board Purchases Land for New Elementary School

At the special, called school board meeting on Monday, December 19th, the Yancey County School Board voted 5-0 to purchase a 30-acre tract of land near the Cane River Middle School.

The school board has completed all required tests for the land, including a boundary survey, topographical survey, and soil boring and rock tests, all of which came back with excellent results. A Phase I Environmental Impact Study has also been conducted to determine what impact building on the site might have on the environment. The results of this study did not reveal any environmental issues associated with building a school on this property. Another concern that has been associated with this piece of land is the Native American village and artifacts that have been found in the area. Over the years, tests and archeological digs have revealed where the artifacts are located. The North Carolina Office of State Archeology has determined that the property can be built upon, with the exception of a small area near the river, beside the Yancey County Humane Society. The rest of the tract has been approved for a school building and ballfield.

For the past few months, several sites on the west-end of the county have been considered as possible options for the new elementary school. Tests, studies, and legal and architectural assurances have revealed that the site across from the Cane River Church is the best option. The location allows the school to be added to the county water line running alongside the land; the size of the lot is large enough to build a school that is projected to house 350-375 students; there is room for visitor, staff, and bus parking; the view around the school will be appealing; and the site is large enough to build a multi-purpose, student ballfield.

At the meeting, school board attorney, Mr. Donny Laws, reported the results of his title search and all other related legal requirements. Mr. Laws noted that there was nothing to prevent the school board from purchasing the 30 acres of land for the new elementary school, and recommended that the board proceed with the purchase. Mr. Mike Cox, project architect, informed the school board that based on test results, location of the site, and the lay of the land, this site would make one of the best locations to build a school that he has seen in several years.

After negotiations, the 30-acre site was priced to the school system at $750,000 by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Judy Riddle. The land was not on the market to sell; however, the Riddles were willing to sell their land to Yancey County Schools as a site that would help the students of Yancey County Schools have a new elementary school. Over the last few decades, school boards have gradually set aside money to be used for the purchase of land for a new school.

According to Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton, “There are several different areas of 19E that the new school will be visible from. This land should make a beautiful and functional location for the new, west elementary school.” “Now that the site has been determined,” said Chairman Mike Orr, “the board can focus its attention on designing a building that will match the beauty and function of the site.”

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