Elementary STEM-E Conference!

Students from South Macon Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Elementary, Cartoogechaye Elementary, Nantahala School and Mountain View Intermediate attended the STEM-E Student Conference on October 17th at Cherokee Central Schools.  Thank you Cherokee Preservation Foundation for supporting this program for our students!  Thank you so much to all of our teacher STEM-E coaches from each school for all of their hard work and support of STEM!

Congratulations SWITCH Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Jody Tomberlin!  Jody is the winner of the Nintendo SWITCH!  This raffle fundraiser supported the Macon Bots Robotics team and helped raise $675.00 towards our upcoming robotics season!  Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket or who donated to the team at Pumpkinfest!

If you would like to donate, become a sponsor, or learn more about the Macon Bots Robotics Team, please contact Jennifer Love at

Macon County Schools receives SUTEP Grant through Western Carolina University!

Thank you Western Carolina University and the College of Education Allied Professionals for supporting our project, “Field Science Techniques Expedition” for this coming spring 2020.  This project will enable 24 students in 6th – 8th grade to attend an overnight expedition at the Highlands Biological Stations in Highlands, North Carolina.  Students will learn about field science techniques while meeting real scientists and learning about our precious natural resources.  Thank you also to the Highlands Biological Station for partnering with Macon County Schools on this project.

Information and applications for this project will be sent home to 6th – 8th grade students early in January 2020.

S. Macon Receives Bright Ideas Grant!

South Macon teacher, Kim Sanders, and STEM Coordinator, Jennifer Love, has received $825.00 through the Haywood EMC Bright Ideas Grant.  These funds will help cover the costs of chairs, bug boxes, and blocks for our new Outdoor Classroom.  We appreciate the support from Haywood EMC to make this project possible!  If you would like more information about the South Macon Outdoor Classroom Project, please contact Jennifer Love at

MVI STEM Night – Nov. 14th from 5:00 – 7:00!

We are excited to invite MVI students and families to

Out of this world

Family STEM Night

This event will allow the while family to participate in

STEM-centered activities such as:

*Planetarium with Macon County Library*

  *Sphero Robots*               *Bottle, Balloon, and Chemical Reaction Rockets*

*Star Gazing with Telescopes (weather dependent)*

*Robot Roundup with Barnes and Noble*      *Breakout Room*

*So Much More*

Dinner will be served throughout the entire evening; so make plans to stop by the cafeteria for pizza, drinks, and cookies.

Pizza Plate: 1 Slice of Pizza, 1 Cookie, 1 Drink – $5

Family Meal: 1 Whole Pizza, 8 Cookies, 4 Drinks – $20

Help us prepare!  Please cut off the portion below and return to the school by Friday, November 8.

Macon Bots Fair Trade Fundraiser!

Macon Bots Fundraiser is perfect for holiday shopping! The team is selling coffee, tea, and chocolate through Equal Exchange! See your Macon Bots team member to purchase. Orders due Nov. 7th and November 21st for holiday delivery.  Contact Jennifer Love for more information.


Macon County receives Powerful Communities Nature Grant through Duke Energy Foundation

Macon County Schools is excited to announce that we have been awarded $25,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation Powerful Communities Nature Grant to being work on the Porter’s Creek Stream Restoration Project adjacent to Mountain View Intermediate School. Look for volunteer opportunities to come soon!…/duke-energy-powers-the-vital…


Thank you Calders Coffee Cafe!

Thank you to Calders Coffee Cafe located on Main Street in Highlands, NC!  They are a SILVER sponsor of the Macon Bots Robotics Team!  Their support will help purchase materials for our next robotics project!

For information on how you can become a sponsor, please contact Jennifer Love at

Every Kid Outdoors! Free admission to parks for 4th grade students!

Every Kid Outdoors Program Provides Fourth Grade Students with Free Entrance to Public Lands

Authorized for the next seven years, the new program replaces Every Kid in a Park

Last edited 9/4/2019

Date: September 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Fourth grade students can get a free annual pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas with their families, classmates, and friends. The Every Kid Outdoors Program is an interagency collaboration between the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service that provides fourth graders with free access to explore, learn, and recreate in spectacular settings, including national parks, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, and forests.

“Introducing fourth grade students to America’s public lands provides them with limitless opportunities to have fun, be active, improve fitness, and learn critical skills,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “Visits on class trips or family vacations to the rich variety of astonishing landscapes and historic treasures located on public lands will result in unforgettable experiences and, hopefully, forge lifelong connections to the outdoors.”

The bipartisan John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 12, 2019, authorized funding for Every Kid Outdoors for the next seven years.

To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple use between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020 to correspond to the traditional school year. The voucher may be exchanged for a keepsake pass at participating federal lands.

The voucher or pass grants free entry for fourth graders, all children under 16 in the group and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands and waters. The pass does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping or boat rides.

The great outdoors make a great classroom. Fourth grade educators are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of educational programs and tools associated with the Every Kid Outdoors Program. Educational activities, field trip options, information and tools in English and Spanish, and the ability to print vouchers for passes for students are all available on the website.

The Every Kid Outdoors Program replaces the Every Kid in a Park Program that was established in 2015.

The program focuses on children 10 years of age—the age of most fourth graders—based on research that indicates children ages 9–11 are at a unique developmental stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways and they are more receptive to engaging with nature and the environment. By focusing on this age group year after year, the program aims to ensure every child in the United States has the opportunity to visit their Federal lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old, thereby establishing a lifelong connection to enjoy and protect our American outdoor heritage.

There are seven federal agencies participating in the Every Kid Outdoors Program. You can search for participating lands and waters (by agency) through the links below:

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