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2013-2014 School Year            REVISED 2013-2014 Cherokee County Schools Calendar
    • Effective Monday, March 10, 2014, Mountain Youth School will be operating on an extended schedule in order to make up for multiple snow days. School will now begin at 8:10 AM and end at 2:30 PM, for a total of 20 additional instructional minutes per day, for the remainder of the school year. Any other inclement weather days will be made up on Saturdays. Please see the new Cherokee County Schools calendar (revised March 5, 2014) for more information. For details, please call the school at (828) 837-6775.
    • There will be a spring picture day for yearbook portraits on Friday, March 14. Students should come to school ready to have their picture made. See Ms. England or Ms. Herr for details.
    • Stacked Deck begins on Thursday, February 20 for Group A students. The class will be held on Thursdays during third block for six weeks. We plan to have three sessions this semester, so all new students can participate.
    • Pacesetters begins on Wednesday, February 12 changed to Wednesday, February 19
    • Music class begins on Tuesday, February 11 changed to Tuesday, February 18
    • Cherokee County Schools will be holding Saturday School on Saturday, February 15 to make up for one of the snow days from the week of February 11-13. 
    • Snow Days  Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13
    • Snow Days  Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31
    • New semester begins: Monday, January 27 changed to Monday, February 3
    • Teacher workday/no school for students: Friday, January 28
    • End-of-Course and Common Core (MSL) testing: Friday, January 17-Thursday, January 23
    • School portrait and new MYS apparel: Monday, January 20
    • Student Leadership Council makes presentation to Cherokee County Board of Education: Thursday, January 6
    • Snow Days: Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7
    • Friday, Dec. 20-Friday, Jan. 3: Winter Break 
    • Student holiday party/hamburger cookoutWednesday, Dec. 18
    • Student Leadership Council takes field trip to Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home to visit and deliver handmade ornamentsMonday, Dec. 16
    • Picture day: Wednesday, Dec. 11
    • Students make handmade ornaments for nursing home residents: Monday, Dec. 9-Friday, Dec. 13
    • Holiday gifts for students: Friday, Dec. 6
    • Baking class in partnership with the NC Cooperative Extension Service: Monday, Dec. 2-Friday, Dec. 6
    • Wednesday through Friday, November 27-29: Thanksgiving holidays
    • Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Veteran’s Day Celebration will be on Monday, November 25. This year's theme is "Respect for Our Veterans."
    • Monday, November 25: Cupcake decorating class during first and second block
    • Wednesday, November 20: EVAAS training for teachers
    • Wednesday, November 20: Pacesetters’ Alpine Tower field trip
    • Tuesday and Wednesday, November 12-13 will have Science labs on alternative energy in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service
    • Veteran’s Day holiday/No School on Monday, November 11. Thank a veteran for his/her service to our country, and remember FREEDOM is not free!
    • School spirit week was October 28-November 1, wrapping up with a pep rally and the "Hogly Pig-Ficient" celebration on Friday, November 1. Students, remember to earn your "pig feed" through your proficiency on your learning outcomes this nine weeks! The teacher whose jar has the most pig feed will have to kiss a pig!
    • Science and CTE classes will be doing a series of workshops beginning on October 1 through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Visit the Science page for details.
    • Artist Jeff Menzer will be on campus doing a thematic unit with "Art in Geometry" the week of September 23-27.
    • Student iPads will be deployed the week of September 23. 
    • PARENTS AND FRIENDS: Please join us for our annual Open House on Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30-6:30 PM. You can tour the entire school and have a chance to meet all of your child's teachers and learn what he/she has been learning. Refreshments will be served. Call the school at (828) 837-6775 for details.
    • New planner covers will be installed on Friday, September 13. Show your Mustang pride!
    • Join us for a moment of silence at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 11 as we remember the 12-year anniversary of terrorist attacks on our nation. Thank you to all of our troops, including several of our faculty members.
    • Pacesetters will be on campus doing team-building activities every Wednesday during third block.
    • English "All About Me" presentations begin on Tuesday, September 3. See the English page for more details.
    • Labor Day Holiday  on Monday, September 2. No school!
    • Back-to-School Orientation the week of August 26-30. Join us for a pep rally and team building events on Friday, August 30 at 11:45 AM!
    • Students return on Monday, August 26.
    • MYS faculty/staff summer institute on June 10-12.
    • Teachers return on Monday, August 19. Teacher workdays will be held on campus, except for a district training in Andrews on Thursday, August 22.
    • Summer Hours: Cherokee County Schools operate on a four-day, ten-hour schedule on Mondays through Thursdays during June and July. Please call the school at 837-6775 to make sure someone is available before coming by.

    2012-2013 School Year
    • For detailed information about graduation, please see the Graduation 2013 information page.
    • Spring portraits, including tux and drape photos for graduates, will be Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 AM at the school. Seniors, click on Graduation for more information.
    • Seniors, your senior dues for Graduation are due NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, APRIL 23. Please give them to Ms. D. Make checks payable to Mountain Youth School. Dues are $60 if you are walking, and include cap, gown, diploma, tassel, and special gifts. Fee is $15 for just diploma and tassel if not walking.
    • Seniors, order your senior T-shirts by Tuesday, April 23. Each shirt is $15. These are the shirts you designed and voted on! Checks should be made to MYS.
    • There will be a graduation planning meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 8:20 AM in the cafeteria. Seniors and December graduates will be planning the details of your graduation to make it memorable for your class.
    • Mountain Youth School will have guests from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh on campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23-24, to complete a comprehensive needs assessment of our school. We will need a focus group of parents and students to discuss the ways we can improve our school, and what we're doing well. Please contact Mr. Gaither at (828) 837-6775 if you are able to participate.
    • Alex Harper, Sam Kendrick, and Heather Tillmes represented the
      MYS Student Leadership Council on Friday, March 22 at Martins Creek School and gave a presentation to middle school students on the importance of making wise decisions and staying in school.
    • Mrs. Worley's science classes conducted experiments on wind turbines on March 20 with the help of Shannon Coleman of the Cherokee County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
    • Seniors, are you spinning your wheels trying to complete your senior exit project? We will have a senior mentorship meeting on Tuesday, March 12 during first block. All current seniors need to be present.
    • Pacesetters and Stacked Deck spring classes begin on Monday, March 4, and will last for six sessions. We will run a special six-block schedule on those days.
    • Students ages 14 1/2 - 17 may sign up to take the driver's ed written exam on Tuesday, March 5.
    • Monday, March 11 is a half day for students. It is an inclement weather make-up day.
    • U R Unique will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13-14 in fourth block to students who have returned a permission form.
    • "The Energized Guyz" from Duke Energy will perform on Monday, March 18 at 9:00 AM. The school with the most energy kits requested will receive a $2,000 grant.
    • Spring Break will be from April 8-12, 2013. Please see the district calendar for more details.
    • We're featured in the Cherokee Scout! The "Careers in Creativity" arts program was held on
      February 6-7, in which four local artists and musicians worked with all middle- and high school students for two full days to teach them their trade/craft, as well as its potential as a career. 
    • The school will observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. There will be no school that day. 
    • Students Tommy Thorley, Samuel Kendrick, and CJ Hobson (below, from left) presented before the Cherokee County Board of Education on Thursday,
      January 10. The presentation featured what our school did the first semester, and what we have planned the second semester. The student leadership council was awarded a $500 grant to supplement the construction of a flower bed on campus.
    • Happy New Year, and welcome back students on Thursday, January 3. School resumes on its regular schedule, with the beginning of the second semester.
    • The last day for students before Winter Break is Wednesday, December 19. This will be a half day, and no lunch will be served. Students, please make sure you are present to take any make-up tests and/or complete your hours required for credit recovery. Please see the Cherokee County Schools 2012-2013 calendar for details.
    • Students, bring instruments and join us for a Jam Session on Tuesday, December 18. If you have an instrument that you can play even a little -- anything from a guitar to your kazoo -- bring it on Monday or Tuesday. We'll play in the community center, so the piano and sound system will be provided.
    • Common Exams and EOC Tests will be held the week of December 10-14. It is very important that all students are present on these days. The tests are required to complete each course.
    • WorkKeys and CTE testing will be held the week of December 4-7. 
    • Our annual Veteran's Day/Thanksgiving banquet was held on Monday, November 19, and
      was said by many in attendance to be one of the best ever, thanks to a great turnout of local veterans and friends, and of course, the delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared by our secretary and culinary wonder, Diane Parker, who outdoes herself every year. This time of celebration and honor for our veterans in the Martins Creek and Brasstown communities was held at the Martins Creek Community Center. Veterans were asked to take an envelope home with them and send us photographs of their time in the armed forces for next year's celebration.
    • There will be no school on Monday, November 12 in honor of Veteran's Day. The Thanksgiving  holiday begins on Wednesday, November 21 with an optional workday, and student/faculty holidays on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. For details, see the Cherokee County Schools' master calendar.
    • Mountain Youth School celebrates "Red Ribbon Week" during October 22-26, 2012 in conjunction with Cherokee County Schools and the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Cherokee County. 
      Red Ribbon Week is a nationally recognized youth advocacy event in which students across the country declare themselves drug-free. Students throughout Cherokee County look forward to RRW as one of the most anticipated events of the year. This year's theme is "The Best Me is Drug-Free." Mountain Youth School encourages students to have fun expressing themselves in this, so there is a series of school spirit week-type of themes for each day.
      To foster excitement, especially at the high school level, we're awarding one $10 Walmart gift card to the student who has the best outfit each day, and at the end of the week, all students who attempted to participate each of the five days will also be awarded with a prize (TBA), even if they didn't win any of the daily competitions. 
    • Want FREE money? You can get a college education for little or no cost if you know how to apply for grants and scholarships. A FREE college financial aid workshop with Laura Misner of the College Foundation of North Carolina was held at Mountain Youth School on Tuesday, October 16 at 10:00 AM. To learn more, call the school, or visit www.cfnc.org.
    • "Beyond Scared Straight," a popular A&E television series which exposes at-risk youth to
      prison settings, was duplicated in Cherokee County on Wednesday, October 10. School
      Resource Officer Libby Thigpen arranged for all 
      students to take a tour of the Cherokee County Detention Center, home of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. The intent of the visit was to discourage students from participating in choices which may lead to incarceration by allowing them to see firsthand how inmates live. Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin personally led the tour, which took students to virtually every corner of the detention center. Following the tour, the students visited Downtown Pizza and the Party Zone in Murphy.
    • Mountain Youth School was visited by representatives from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the national Indistar program on September 27 and October 3 to help look for ways to improve our school.
    • All students were invited to participate in a field trip at the Western Carolina Pacesetters'
      Alpine Tower in Marble on Friday, September 21. The trip included team building activities and character education.
    • Students heard a riveting story from former drug addict Randy Hogue, a national guest speaker, on September 18, courtesy of the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Cherokee County.
    • Mrs. Worley's physical and earth science classes have been studying interesting topics with the help of Shannon Coleman of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, such as building battery-operated circuits and testing soil quality.
    • U.S. Army National Guard recruiter Sgt. Richard Rogers of Asheville spoke to students on September 5 about careers in the U.S. military, and how they can join the National Guard.
    • "Hot Diggitty Dog" cookout and outdoor activities was held on Friday, August 31 to celebrate Labor Day and the first month of the students' hard work. Mountain Youth School provided hot
      dogs with all the fixins'. Afterward, students played raquetball, football, corn hole, and more.
    • Pacesetters began on August 13, and continued through November. For details, call the school at (828) 837-6775, or visit the Pacesetters website at www.westerncarolinapacesetters.org.
    • Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House on August 21! Great food and fellowship was had by all.
    • The "Stacked Deck" problem gambling awareness program begins on Monday, August 27. The first cohort will last for five weeks. To learn more, visit the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program website.
    • We are delighted to welcome visitors from Swain County Schools on Tuesday, August 28.
    • The Labor Day Holiday will be on Monday, September 3. There will be no school.
    • We will participate in Constitution Week in observance of the founding of our nation in collaboration with the local DAR chapter during the week of September 17-21.
    • There will be a half day of school on Monday, September 21 due to a teacher workday. For details, please see the 2012-13 Cherokee County Schools calendar.
    Please check back monthly for more upcoming events and holidays!