Our Schools

Athletics, Healthful Living, & Safety

The mission of Safe and Healthy Schools is to keep students safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Research supports that healthy children learn better. We collaborate with local, regional and state partners to provide a safe and healthy learning environment in all Jackson County Public Schools.

Health Education, Physical Education, Physical Activity, Employee Wellness and a Safe Environment are components of the Coordinated School Health Program which is based on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). This model provides a collaborative approach to education and health. The goal is to achieve greater alignment, integration, and collaboration in our efforts to improve a child’s overall development.

We believe an effective school health program includes a working partnership between the schools and community, parents and families, focusing on how health and academic success go hand in hand. By coordinating policy, process and practice we can improve health and learning and ensure each child in school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

NC Healthy Schools Whole Child Model

Healthful Living

The Healthful Living Education program is a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that is part of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. It promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful lifestyle and improved quality of life for all students. The Healthful Living Education portions of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives of its two major components – health education and physical education. Fit, healthy students who are present and alert in school have a head start on academic performance. If you would like more information please contact the Health and Physical Education teacher at your child’s school.

NC Healthful Living Curriculum Standards


The safety and security of students in Jackson County Public Schools is of primary importance. This department is committed to taking a proactive approach to the safety and security needs of this school system. The school district utilizes partnerships with local emergency services, law enforcement agencies and other safety leaders to make our campuses safe places to learn. The Superintendent of Schools is provided with recommendations on ways to best secure our facilities and stakeholders.


The goals of the athletic department are to provide opportunities for student athletes to excel in teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, acceptable personal and social behavior, and character. The athletic program is designed to produce well-rounded citizens who can take their place in a community and in a democratic society. The program is intended to develop leadership skills, a sense of responsibility and accountability, and sportsmanlike attitudes of the student population.


  • To provide our participants with the best possible administration, supervision and instruction available.
  • To provide our participants with quality facilities and equipment that is both safe and student friendly.
  • To provide our participants with safe, quality transportation to and from all competitions and activities.

The Middle and High School athletic programs are considered integral parts of the total school experience for students in our school system and contribute much to the individual students’ positive growth and development. The program offers a variety of fourteen organized sports at the middle school level and twenty-six at the high school level in our county. Approximately one third of our students are directly or indirectly involved in athletics or an athletic related activity. All participating students and schools must comply with the rules and guidelines of Jackson County Public Schools (JCPS), the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), and the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCDPI).

High School and Middle School Handbooks


Athletic Directors

Tim Mayse

Blue Ridge Early College
(828) 743-2646 ext. 1382

Megan Brown

Cullowhee Valley
(828) 293-5667 ext. 1463

Jeremy Ellenburg

Fairview School
(828) 586-2819 ext. 1209

Jill Cook

Scotts Creek School
(828) 631-2740 ext. 1102

Michelle Marr

Smokey Mountain Elementary
(828) 497-5535 ext. 1704

Adam Phillips

Smoky Mountain High
(828) 586-2177 ext. 2905

Crisis Management

Dr. Dana Ayers

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1933

David Proffitt

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1937

Jason Watson

(828) 586-2311 x1927