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After a presentation given at October’s board of education meeting highlighting the District’s week-long intersession, School board members said the week appeared to be beneficial for the students who attended, but showed concern about whether the week was cost effective due to low participation numbers.

“One of our goals is to get our students reading and math scores up, and we looked at the intersession as a way to do that,” said board member Stephanie McCall. “I do not know all of the costs associated with the intersession yet, and I am waiting to get those figures. We have to be very cautious how we spend our money.”


Prospective Catamounts and their families will be converging in Cullowhee on Saturday, Nov. 12, as Western Carolina University holds its second Open House of the fall semester.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House is designed to give interested students an insider’s view of what life is like on the WCU campus. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs and extracurricular opportunities, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

Open House will begin with registration and an academic fair located around the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Following a 10 a.m. welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center, visitors will have a chance to engage in more in-depth academic sessions led by faculty members from more than 25 WCU departments from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.


Iotla Valley’s Terrific Kids for second through fourth grades for the first nine weeks are pictured: (front row) Anya Valentine, Tavenor Watts, Adrienne Mashburn, Adrianna Souto, Braden Blakely, Bethany Jenkins, Ashlyn Dowdle; (second row) Tyler Foley, Aaron Snyder, Nicholas Sanders, Kaityln Riddle, Dakota Collins, Caleb Brock; (third row) Wyatt Yates, Kyle Tippett, Cole Guffey, Kayleigh Henry, Jessie Ellenburg, Katelyn Bates; (fourth row) Hannah Taylor, Haylee Bishop, Colton Sloope, Mary Jane Laws and Zachary Ammons.




New Century Scholars (NCS) throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area were inducted recently during a ceremony on the Jackson Campus.

NCS is a community initiative to provide programming and opportunities for youth, starting in the seventh grade and serving them throughout middle school, high school and post-secondary education.

Students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to attend SCC for five semesters without the cost of tuition and fees.


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