Overall Education Ranking - YCS Ranks 8th in the State

posted May 4, 2018, 7:44 AM by Karen Banks

A special thanks to our students, staff, leadership and extended school community for your part in making Yancey County Schools a community of excellence. As each of us work individually and collectively, we ensure continued improvement for all.

2018 Roadmap of Needs Released

This week, the 2018 edition of the NC Roadmap of Needs was released. Again this year, as in 2017, Yancey County Schools rank as the 8th best in the state. The NC Roadmap of Needs, sponsored by the Public School Forum of NC and the NC Center for Afterschool Programs, considers four educational criteria in determining their rankings. The four criteria are; graduation rate, 3rd grade reading proficiency, Math I proficiency, and AMO targets reached. A ranking of 8th is an improvement over earlier years. In the 2016 edition Yancey County Schools was ranked 13th. In the 2014th edition of the Roadmap of Needs, Yancey County Schools was listed at 16th. Five years ago, the 2013 edition listed Yancey County Schools as 24th. This steady improvement over the past few years is something we can all be proud of.


The Roadmap of Needs is a whole child needs assessment that includes 20 indicators of wellness across four domains: health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development. When looking at all four domains and the 20 economic factors, Our county ranks 33 in the state. In the other three domains, Yancey County ranked 88th in health, 50th in youth behavior and safety, and 44th in economic development. To read the full assessment go to:

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:49 AM by Karen Banks

Up-Coming Events for Future Preschoolers and Kindergartners


Parents of children who will be enrolling in Preschool or Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to visit the Burnsville Town Center on Monday, March 26th   from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.  Fun-filled activities for the day will include: school bus safety activities with Buster the Bus and a school bus tour; face painting; literacy, math and  tech centers; games with PE staff; art and music activities with Arts/Music teachers; a dental hygienist providing dental check-ups; the Burnsville Police Department completing fingerprint kits and much, much more.


Yancey County Preschool Registration to be held

Monday, March 26th from 12:00 – 3:00 PM at the Burnsville Town Center


 Preschool booths from several local preschools will be available at the Town Center for families wishing to enroll their child in preschool for the 2018-19 school year.  Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the NC Pre-K Program, which allows eligible four-year-old children to attend preschool tuition free, subsidy vouchers and other preschool related programs. 


Parents/guardians who plan to enroll their child in preschool need to bring your child’s birth certificate and income verification (Examples: W-2 or one month’s payroll check stub.)


Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Registration to be held

Monday, March 26th from 1:00 – 6:00 PM at all elementary schools. 


Parents registering their child for Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year will need to visit the elementary school of the district in which they live to complete the registration process. 


Any child entering Kindergarten during the 2018-19 school year must be five (5) years of age on or before August 31, 2018. 


Parents/guardians must bring the following documents to register their child for kindergarten:


  • Child’s birth certificate (certified copy preferred; mother’s copy acceptable)
  • Child’s Social Security number and Medicaid ID number (if applicable)
  • Student residence verification (two items of verification – see below)
  • NC Kindergarten Health Assessment Report along with the immunization record signed by doctor/certified nurse practitioner

(available on the Yancey County Schools Webpage - – under the “Parents” tab)


For information on how to obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate, call Yancey County Register of Deeds at 682-2174 or visit Room 4, Yancey County Courthouse.  Copies are $10.00 if obtained in the county in which the child was born or $24.00 if obtained from another county.  If either parent was born outside the United States, special conditions apply.


North Carolina General Statute 130A – 441 requires children entering school to have both the kindergarten health assessment form and their immunization records completed and up-to-date by the first day of school.  Parents must make sure the information recorded on the child’s immunization/health record is signed by a doctor or certified nurse practitioner or registered nurse who meets the North Carolina Division of Health Standards.  This form can be downloaded on the Yancey County Schools website ( – under the “Parents” tab).  The form is also available at most health care providers and will be available on Kindergarten registration day.  For information or questions regarding the immunizations and health assessments, please contact the school your child will be attending.  


A Student Residence Verification must be submitted to the school when registering for kindergarten or when enrolling your child in Yancey County Schools for the first time. 


The verification of address must be accompanied by any two (2) of the following items:

  • Property tax records which indicate the street or road address location of the residence
  • Copies of mortgage documents or copies of the deed of property which indicate the street or road address of property
  • Copy of residential lease showing residence address
  • Copy of current driver’s license showing street or road address
  • Current utility bill showing residence address
  • Copy of voter registration form showing street or road residence address
  • Copy of automobile registration showing street or road address


Failure to provide the student residence verification information requested may result in the reassignment of the student to another school or the suspension of attendance privilege until the necessary information is provided.  Again, this form will be available at the Yancey County Schools’ webpage ( – under the “Parents” tab)


Parents requesting their child attend a school outside their district must first register the child in the school district in which the child resides. Transfer request forms are available online at the Yancey County Schools’ webpage ( – under the “Parents” tab).  The parent, the principal of the desired school and the principal of the assigned school district must sign completed request forms.  Request forms will then be submitted to the YCS Board of Education for approval or denial.


For any further questions regarding general registration information, contact your child’s school.  

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. 

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