Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

May 27, 2022

I thank each of you for rising to the occasion to support students, families and each other. I can not thank you enough for all that you do everyday for our students.
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I hope you have a fantastic summer full of fun, relaxing in the summer sun or shade, with a glass of lemonade! Safe travels my friends and then we will meet again in August, ready to serve and honor our most precious gifts, our children. Happy summer time!
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Enjoy graduation!!!

The Mountain Heritage Class of 2022 has survived four unique years during your high school career. It is hard to believe that your freshman year was the only full traditional year of high school as we all know it. Despite all the turmoil and strife, each one of you overcame the numerous obstacles and you did it! Throughout these difficult pandemic years, you chose to rise above and you will cross the graduation stage at the end of May truly understanding grace, compassion and grit. Your parents, family members, community, and the entire YCS family are so proud of your passion and perseverance.

As you begin your new journey I have a few words of advice:

While traveling on the hills and valleys of life, I encourage you to remain optimistic, strong, resistant, appreciative of your freedoms, family and friends. As many things in life, the choice is yours.

Will you be willing to take a risk or be afraid of failure?

Will you be committed and follow through with your goals?

Will you remain a lifelong learner?

Only you can honestly answer these questions. Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Your teachers and parents have prepared you well for this next leg of the journey. Our hope and prayer for each of you is to stay focused, stay positive, use your talents and new found skills to explore life to the fullest. Go forward and make a difference in your family, your community and your workplace. It is your time to create your own stories and make your own positive memories for a good life.

My message to each of you awesome, strong young people as I close is one of my favorite Irish blessings: “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine on your face. May the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”


Kathy Amos

Superintendent of Yancey County Schools

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This link is FREE to everyone tonight so enjoy the ceremony at your graduation watch parties!
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Sandy Hook Promise - Say Something Program

  • Take the time to present the Say Something-ARS student refresher training to students. This training is available on our Digital Learning Center and is less than 30 minutes. It will remind students how to identify signals and threats, to take these signs seriously, and report them to a trusted adult, use the ARS, or call 911. Our caring, compassionate Crisis Counselors are available 24/7/365.
Students, parents and community members please report any concerns you may have this summer. We must continue to work together to keep each other safe. Click the pic below to submit a tip.


Sheriff Shane Hilliard announces additional school resource officers will be added at the start of school in August. The sheriff’s office will be adding two additional school resource officers to give 100% coverage at all Yancey County Public schools next school year. Sheriff Hilliard proposed this idea to the Yancey County Commissioners and the Yancey County school board members following the recent incident at Blue Ridge Elementary. The commissioners’ approved unanimously to fund the additional positions.
“Yancey County Commissioners realize that these are unpredictable times in our country and they want the children of our communities to feel safe at school,” said County Manager, Lynn Austin. “The health and safety of our children and citizens remain the top priority for the Commissioners. “

In the wake of the horrific events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office will have an increased presence in our schools for the remainder of the 21-22 school year.

“I’m thankful that the Board of Education and the Yancey County Commissioners are able to come together with Sheriff Shane Hilliard’s office to protect our students and staff and to give them a safe learning environment,” said Vice Chairman of the Yancey County Board of Education, Wade Dahlberg. “This shows that protecting our kids is everyone’s top priority.”

“Children are our most valuable resource.”
-Herbert Hoover

Summer Activities for kids of all ages!

The Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force and Partners Aligned Toward Health have compiled the annual directory of summer activities in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. All public elementary and middle school students in both counties should receive a printed copy of the Summer Resource Guide from their schools - coming home soon!

Many thanks to those of you who are hosting summer fun and submitted activities.

Please find PDFs of the 2022 guide in both English and Spanish attached. Both guides are available on the Resources tab of PATH's website as well.

Special thanks to Mountain Community Health Partnership for sponsoring this year's guide.

Yancey County Schools

In compliance with federal laws, the Yancey County School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. For questions or concerns, contact Margie Stebbeds at 828-682-6101 ext 120.