Summer Resource Guide for Kids and Families

posted May 18, 2016, 11:16 AM by Kay Ball   [ updated ]

The end of the 2015-2016 school year is quickly approaching, leaving our students with time to participate in many free or low cost enrichment opportunities. For more information of activities available for your child, the attached document contains and extensive listing for the entire summer. Thanks to the all the community sponsors for making these opportunities available for our students to have a safe, fun filled summer.

Special School Board Meeting & Preliminary Data from Facility Needs Assessment

posted May 17, 2016, 10:30 AM by Xan Robinson   [ updated May 20, 2016, 5:54 AM ]

The Yancey County Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016, to hear a preliminary report of the Facilities Needs Assessment from Architectural Design Studio (ADS) Architect Mike Cox and design staff member Amy Dowty. The meeting was recessed and relocated to the upper meeting room of the public library to accommodate several members of the public who attended the meeting to hear the preliminary data and add input. 

A February 29th joint meeting of the Yancey County Commissioners and Board of Education resulted in a contract between 
Yancey County Schools and ADS to complete a Facilities Needs Assessment of the six elementary schools. Particular attention was given to the five oldest elementary schools in the county, some of which are the oldest in the state. 

“All of us are proud of our community schools and the heritage that comes with knowing that our children are walking the same halls that we, and sometimes even our parents, walked as elementary students. But the reality is, most of our elementary school buildings are 80 years old and are needing significant attention to simply remain safe, functional, and suitable for 21st century learning.” said Superintendent Tipton. “We were very appreciative for the Commissioners offer to borrow money on behalf of the school system for our facilities.”

Chair Mike Orr added, “We are very excited for our system as we look toward making this $11.5 million dollar investment in our children. We knew we didn’t have enough money to look at all nine schools, so the consensus of both boards was to focus on the aging elementary schools. Knowing that once the commissioners borrow the money, resulting in a 15 year payback commitment of the county, Dr. Tipton and the School Board take very serious the responsibility of making the best decisions possible for Yancey County Schools now and in the future.” 

In compiling the assessment, Cox and Dowty did a complete tour of each facility, with specific attention to infrastructure as well as safety issues and concerns within each school. A Powerpoint was presented detailing concerns with each school site that ranged from undersized campuses and classrooms to highly combustible construction material and aging infrastructure within the buildings. 

After the presentation, the floor was opened for questions and comments from the school board and then time was allowed for public input. 

Chair Orr announced that the regular meeting of the school board on June 6th will be held at the YCS Central Office and the agenda will not include any discussion of the Facilities Needs Assessment.

There will be a special school board meeting on Monday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School. Mike Cox will present the revised needs assessment data and time will be allowed for public input.

myON Summer Reading Opportunity

posted May 13, 2016, 5:04 AM by Xan Robinson

At the May 2nd Yancey County School Board meeting, Technology Director Kay Ball updated Dr. Tipton and board members on the progress of implementing the free myON Reader within the school district.

The myON program provides all students access to thousands of titles of digital books for reading during the summer months. Every student in Yancey County Schools now has an individual myON account. They will be able to select books of their personal interest and reading levels. Books from the myON collection may either be read online or downloaded to digital devices. Mrs. Ball said key personnel at each school will be trained to assist students in learning how to use the myON program prior to leaving for summer vacation.

Superintendent Tony Tipton stated, “It is our desire that students take advantage of this program to maintain or even advance their personal reading levels during the summer months rather than to regress as is often the case when students aren’t reading as much.” Mrs. Ball went on to say, “We know that every student does not have Internet access at home, but there are many WiFi hot spots throughout the county where students may visit to download up to twenty titles to personal devices.”

myON supports a variety of digital devices including iPads, iPods, Nooks, Kindles and smart phones. School media centers will be opened throughout the summer for additional access. For more information, contact the media coordinator or the assistant technology facilitator at your student’s school.

YCBOE Meeting Schedule

posted May 4, 2016, 10:50 AM by Xan Robinson   [ updated May 4, 2016, 10:51 AM ]

Notice of Meeting Schedule

of the Yancey County Board of Education

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Yancey County Board of Education shall, pursuant to NC General Statute 143-33(c), hold meetings at the following designated place and time:

Dates and Purpose of Meetings:

May 16, 2016                       Preliminary Facilities Needs Assessment / Special Personnel Meeting

June 6, 2016                         Regular Meeting

June 20, 2016                       Special Personnel Meeting

July 5, 2016                         Regular Meeting (date changed to accommodate July 4th)

July 18, 2016                       Special Personnel Meeting

August 1, 2016                     Regular Meeting

August 15, 2016                   Special Personnel Meeting

September 12, 2016            Regular Meeting

October 3, 2016                    Regular Meeting

November 7, 2016               Regular Meeting

December 5, 2016               Regular Meeting

Time of Meetings:

6:30 p.m.

Place of Meetings:

YCS Central Office Building


Xan Robinson

Board Recorder

Posted 05-04-16  1:48 p.m.

No Early Dismissal 04/29/2016

posted Apr 29, 2016, 11:01 AM by Xan Robinson

This is YCS and this is to clarify what has happened today.

YCS did receive a call from the Town of Burnsville that a water line break had occurred and was told that it would not be repaired for a couple of hours.

The decision was made for early dismissal—which involves all our schools because of our bus system . . . However, shortly after the decision to dismiss was made, the water was restored.

YCS will not dismiss school early today, Friday, April 29, 2016, BUT parents who received the dismissal information and were enroute to pick up their children DID have their children released to them without an early dismissal being charged against them.   We do apologize for the confusion.  


Thursday, April 21st Half Day School - Several Events

posted Apr 19, 2016, 12:51 PM by Xan Robinson

This Thursday, April 21, 2016, is a half day of school for Yancey County students - regular dismissal times of elementary 11:30 . . high school 11:45 and middle schools at 12:00 noon.

Kindergarten Kickoff at the Burnsville Town Center from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. that day with Kindergarten Registration from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Parent are reminded to register at the elementary school in their home district elementary school.  

Middle School transition is also this Thursday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools. This is a great opportunity for current 5th graders to walk the halls and meet the faculty and staff at the middle schools to get ready to make their move to middle school next year.

And then finally on Thursday is high school parent day from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.. Parents of our Mountain Heritage students are encouraged to come out to the high school for teacher conferences at that time.

Looking into May, YCS does have  a holiday on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.  There is no school for students OR staff on Memorial Day, however, parents need to be aware of the following:

Elementary and middle schools will be giving End Of Grade tests on Thursday and Friday prior to the Memorial Day Weekend.  Students absences on Thursday and Friday will have great impact on the testing process.  Parents are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to begin their holiday weekend after school on Friday!

Last Day of School and MHHS Graduation Dates Set!

posted Apr 5, 2016, 7:20 AM by Xan Robinson

    At the April 4th regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education, Yancey County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton announced the last day of school for Yancey County students and the date for Mountain Heritage High School Graduation.
    Thursday, June 9, 2016, will be the last – half-day – of school for Yancey County students. Inclement weather in January and February had pushed the student end date to Monday, June 13th, however, meeting the state-mandated instructional hours of 1,025 per school year allows the Superintendent to forgive June 10th and 13th, making June 9th the final student day.
    Mountain Heritage High School Graduation will be on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. “Starting graduation earlier in the day helps with the problem of heat in the gymnasium. We want to keep our graduates, parents, and guests as cool and comfortable as possible during the graduation ceremonies,” stated Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton.
    Although this winter could be considered mild when compared to past winters, the threat of spring rains and flash floods can still cause an impact to school days and lost instructional hours. The YCS calendar still has a bank of instructional hours that could allow for 1-2 more days being forgiven should an unexpected spring snowstorm or flooding result in additional lost school time.
    “We appreciate the patience of our students, parents, and staff as we have worked through this year’s school calendar,” added Dr. Tipton. “We understand that parents, students, and teachers all want to know the last day of school as soon as possible to begin making summer plans.”

Good Friday & Other Calendar Updates

posted Mar 17, 2016, 5:29 PM by Xan Robinson

Next week is our final week before Spring Break!  Friday, March 25th will be a half-day of school for staff and students with regular early dismissal times of elementary at 11:30, the high school at 11:45 and the middle schools at 12:00 noon.

The end of the third nine weeks is April 8th  and don't forget that April 21st is a half-day of school for the Kindergarten - Pre-K Registration / Middle School Transition / High School Parent Day.

The original YCS Calendar had a May 3rd optional teacher workday (no school for students day).  The state board of elections has moved this primary run-off date to June 7th so Yancey County Schools WILL have school on May 3rd.

Because June 7th (new primary run-off date) is so close to the end of the school year, the local board of elections has worked very hard in finding alternate locations for voting precincts so there WILL BE SCHOOL on Tuesday, June 7th, 

Graduation and the last day of school will be set some time after Spring Break.

Calendar Update

posted Mar 11, 2016, 3:24 AM by Xan Robinson

The original date of March 24, 2016, for the Kindergarten Registration / Middle School Transition / High School Parent Day has been changed.

Because this day / events much coincide with the end of the third nine weeks, this day must "move forward" as snow days cause the end of the third nine weeks day to move forward.  Therefore, as April 8th is now the current end of the third nine weeks, Thursday, April 21st is now our new event date.

There will be a half-day of school on Thursday, April 21st with a Kindergarten Kick-off at the Burnsville Town Center beginning at 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.  Kindergarten and PreK Registration will be held at the elementary schools from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at each elementary school that day.

Middle School Transition will be held at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. that day as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity for upcoming sixth graders to walk the halls of the bigger schools, meet the teachers, ask questions and go through an orientation by administration and staff.

And finally, Mountain Heritage High School will hold Parent Day from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday April 21st.  High school staff will be available for parents to drop for discussion.

School Calendar - Where do we stand?

posted Feb 18, 2016, 9:55 AM by Xan Robinson   [ updated Feb 18, 2016, 11:55 AM by Kay Ball ]

With the last few weeks of inclement weather, we wanted to provide an update as to where we currently stand on the Yancey County Schools Calendar.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016, is day 107 of our 180 day school year – which is actually a little bit better than where we were this time last year.  Here in Yancey County Schools, we calculate our school year on the number of instructional hours (1,025) with a 180 day calendar vs. the other option allowed by the state which is a flat 185 day calendar.

A couple of years ago, YCS extended our instructional day by a few minutes which gives us an overage or a “bank” of time in addition to the 1,025 hours.  Each time we have a 2 or 3 hour delay, those hours are deducted from this bank of time.  With the recent weather and loss of student days, YCS has used all Annual Leave Days and Teacher Workdays originally built into the school calendar.  For the remainder of the school year, any days missed will be No Days

Currently, our last day of school for students is Friday, June 10, 2016 and the final day for teachers/assistants is Monday, June 13, 2016.   With using No Days and Bank Time, Dr. Tipton does hope to avoid Saturday School or having to use Spring Break days.  But keep in mind, Spring is still several weeks away and if we experience another week or more of lost school days, this plan will have to be reassessed at that time.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents and the community as we continue to work through this school year.  It is our goal to keep everyone as updated as possible as we move forward in our school calendar.

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