Dear FCSS Community:
This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. An important tradition of the Fannin County School
System is having an annual Veterans Day program at each school. I am thankful that our schools
pause at this time each year to salute those who have served, as well as those who continue to serve,
our nation as a part of the United States Armed Forces. These events mean so much to the men and
women who have worn the uniform and take part – either as a spectator or a participant – in our
ceremonies. I am proud of our schools for all of their hard work to honor our veterans.
You are invited to any/all of the upcoming Veterans Day programs. They are scheduled as follows:
Monday, November 12
9:00 a.m.: West Fannin Elementary School
1:00 p.m.: East Fannin Elementary School
Tuesday, November 13
1:00 p.m.: Blue Ridge Elementary School
Wednesday, November 14
9:00 a.m.: Fannin County High School
1:00 p.m.: Fannin County Middle School
Americans turn to our military as a source of national strength. Freedom is not free, and our military
covers the cost to preserve it. There is a great pride in our nation’s veterans; because of them, we are
free. Thanks to today’s military, we will remain free. My very best wishes go to each veteran and
active member of the military. May God Bless America!
Michael Gwatney, Ed.D.
Fannin County High School REACH Scholars participated in a field trip to Dalton State College on October 2nd. They had a tour of the college campus guided by a DSC student, spoke with science professor Dr. Hays about class sizes and activities, visited a typical dorm room, and had a picnic lunch at the tennis court facility. The Fannin County High School REACH scholars in the picture are:
People in the Image above –
Front Row: Emma Payne, Mikayla Kendall, Chloe Collis, Joey Long, and Harley Cox
Back Row: Aaliyah Green, Aubree Beavers, Ricardo Arellanes, Kaigan Mull, Hunter DeMar, DSC College Tour Guide, Hailey Tucker, Miriam Flores, Chastity Seabolt, and Tasia Galloway
National School Lunch Week was from October 15th – 19th. West Fannin’s nutrition department celebrated by giving out random prizes to students who ate school lunch. Our nutrition staff serves over 330 lunches each week with a smile on their face. We truly appreciate these ladies and everything they do for our students and staff.
School Lunch 9: Kindergarten student Khaleesi Roberson is very excited about winning a prize.
School Lunch 15 (Featured Image at top): Fifth-grade students all enjoying our school lunch – left side of table front to back: Crystal Dockery, Harley Stanley, Devon Meissner. Right side of the table front to back: Natalee Reeves, Michael Chastain, Eli Hughes.
Keith Nuckolls, principal at Fannin County Middle School, is proud to announce students that
are on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 1st nine weeks. Students on the principal’s list
must have all grades of 93 or above while students on the Honor Roll must have an overall
average of 90 or above.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-6th Grade:
Rachel Marie Adams, Baylee Kimsey Allen, Allyson Janay Beavers, Cooper Ivison Born, Madelin
Joelliane Boyce, Cohutta Lee Brannon, Cohutta Clinton Brock Brown, Harrison Columbus Brown, Karson
Lewis Brown, Emma Grace Buchanan, Autumn Storm Burger, Joshua Addie James Burkett, Noah
Leander Burnette, Carson William Callihan, Devyn Anthony Caruthers, Valerie Grace Cash, Crews
Hunter Chastain, Jennifer Wayne Cheramie, Brady Michael Coleman, Hayleigh Alexis Cook, Tamra Faith
Couch, Barron Lee Davenport, Ruthie Mae Davenport, Gavin Lee Davis, Kaden Todd Davis, Ashton Blair
Deal, Trent Isaac Deal, Hunter Burton Dickey, Jamison Allen Dickey, Steven Micheal Dickey, Jade
Caroline Dlugokinski, Bryer Jackson Duvall, Jacob Daniel Dye, Karmah Shae Eaton, Callie Elizabeth
Ensley, Isabel Espinoza-Garcia, Brisa Maria Estrada Vasquez, Jacee Lynn Fain, Elijah Hunter Falls,
Ethan Richard Firestone, Alexandria Grace Foster, Caden Toccoa Gerald, Madilene Nevaeh Gibson,
Lukas Christopher Guay, James Landon Guinn, Cali Grace Hall, Gavin Lee Hampton, Samuel Cooper
Hilliard, Mikayla Marie Holloway, Sawyer Lee Holloway, Nicolas Ryan Honeycutt, Josselyn Cathleen
Hooper, Bristol Robert Hughes, Rodney Spencer Hyde, Soren Alexander Jolly, Ali Aislinn Jones, Landon
Scott Kaylor, Cole Boyd Kendall, Trinity Lorelai Kimbrough, Evan Lee Kincaid, Rylee Marie King, Emma
Grace Ledford, Irelind Elizabeth Ledford, Kaisen Taylor Lenz, Michael Thomas Lickey, Lilly Kathleen
Lovell, Alyssa Nevaeh Marshall, Krista Jade Matthews, Isabella Marie Mayer, Aiden Lee McBee, Aubree
Carol McClure, Mason Isaac McDaniel, Abigail Grace McFarland, Dakota Chase Medeiros, Autumn Lee
Miller, Malorie Cheri Paige Monkus, Daegan Raine Moore, Kari-Ahna Mareih Nicholas, Aron Patino
Mandujano, Madison Grace Pelfrey, Matthew David Ponton, Landon Walker Poole, Augusta Mae Queen,
Calvin James Reece, Landon Christopher Rhoads, Brooklyn Faith Riccitiello, Abigail Kathleen Ridings,
Dakota Shawn Riendeau, Aaleyah Lynn Rogers, James Franklin Russell, Addison Grace Sanchez,
Braiden Lee Smith, Logan Bradley Sosebee, Rocco Shayne Squires, Bailee Nicole Stiles, Sabree Mariah-
Ann Stiles, Kairi Nichole Stites, Alexus Marie Tatum, Leyna Thi Tran, Jeffrey Morgan Tucker, Breanna
Nicole Twiggs, Clinton Baylor Twiggs, Nolen Alexander Urrutia, Anthony Scott Waldrep, Gracie Lynn
Watkins, Elijah Caleb Weaver, Claire Rebecca Wheeler, Cole Allen White, Brayden Nicole Whitener, and
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-6th Grade:
Chandler William Bond, Natalie Laraine Bottongino, Carsyn Kensley Cornelius, Jaclyn Rene Cracknell,
Kaylie Madison Davenport, Emily Faye Dickey, Julie Nicole Farmer, Cody Allen Fults, Caylee Brianne
Gaddis, Kayla Lynne Herendon, Natalie Brooke Herendon, Emma Nicole Holloway, Lindsey Maree
Holloway, John Aaron Holsonback, Luke Aaron Holsonback, Annelise Noel Hughes, Bryson Carter
Mitchell, Gracie Darling Oliver, Aidyn Kiley Patterson, Leighla Isabella Patton, Wyatt James Payne, Ryker
Kane Pigott, Shayla Brooke Pugh, Lawson Duke Sullivan, Sadie Alyssa Thomas, and Cali Jordyn Tuggle.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-7th Grade:
Emily Lorell Ableman, William Dale Allen, Jonathan Francisco Amaro-Campuzano, Jayden Cheyann
Bailey, Lucas Cole Bain, Lexis Keira Barnes, Toby Dakota Bell, James J Bewley, Lilly Renee Bice,
Chloee Constantine Buchman, Bryce Lewis Burnette, Isis Nia Nicole Callahan, Sarah Grace Campbell,
Raymond Grant Thomas Carter, Abigail Rose Cash, Abigail Lee Chambers, Rachel Leanne Cheatham,
Kristen Shae Cipich, Josey Roselle Clemmons, Emmaline Grace Cochran, Jayden Mason Cole, Justin
Blake Colley, Bryanna Olivia Contardi, Morgan Emeleigh Craine, Haley Grace Davenport, Erica Grace
Dickey, Chandler Logan Dockery, Savanna Caroline Dyer, David Connor Fisher, Carter Thomas Fox,
Peyton Olivia Emiline Franklin, Kierah Lilliann Gibson, Jacob Dean Vernay Gonzales, Braxton Lee
Graves, Kelsey Elise Hawkins, Macy Ashlyn Hawkins, Brooklyn Paige Henderson, Marissa Leann
Holbert, Carlee Tamer Holloway, Case Matthew Holloway, Karis Onnie Isabella Hughes, William Robert
Hunter, James Robert Hyatt, Conner Allen Johnson, Shaylee Sybil Jones, Ana-Maree Kaylor, Maci Paige
Kendall, Kaylee Elizabeth Kinser, Caitlin Reese Lindstrom, Brisa Fabiola Lopez-Garcia, Dallas Trent
Lowery, Keira Marie Magallanes, Olivia Faith McAllister, Lexi Quinn McDaris, Samuel Hunter McGill,
Daniel Lee Meyer, Turner Andrew Michael, Ashlyn Renee Neathery, Kendra Michelle Newman, Andrew
Reagan Nuckolls, Bryson Dwight Odom, Kyila Spring Olson, Xander Evan Parks, Bradlee James Parris,
Jonah Dale Pierce, Zechariah William Prater, Jamison Caylor Pressley, Cameron Stacey Quinn, Leah
Grace Radabaugh, Charlotte Shianne Ramey, Chasity Cheyenne Reeder, Brandon Harold Rhodes, Ava
Kathleen Seastone, Emily Marie Sisson, Addison Jade Smith, Connor Lee Smith, James Grant Stables,
Eric Ridge Stevens, Coleman Ryan Stevenson, Faith Joyce Stiles, Blake Mikalan Summers, Katherine
Coleman Tamberino, Davis Blaine Tankersley, Jacqlyn Maree Tanner, Olivia Renee Temples, Chelsey
Annette Thomas, Elijah Ray Thurman, Katie Elizabeth Thurman, Kayla Anne Tipton, Wiley Joseph Tipton,
Amy Grace Truett, Hayden Christian Tucker, Brayden Grady Turner, Logan Daniel Turner, Madison
Grace Twitty, Jordyn Marie Valla, Danielle Elisabeth Walden, Lily Rose Waldrep, Kaleighann Elizabeth
Ware, Levy Dartagnan Warren, MaKain Levi Watson, Anneliese Saleen Watts, Destiny Michelle Weeks,
Riley O’Dale Wheaton, Katie Jo Woods, and Austin Dakota Wooten.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-7th Grade:
Benjamin Solomon Bloch, Collin Howell Bruce, Silas Nathanael Thomas Campbell, Sydney Angel
Chancey, Mylee Jordan Clement, Ella Alexandria Collins, Courtney Elizabeth Davis, Charles Cass
Deaver, Alayna Rochelle Dockery, Frances Cabrini Fay, Emily Rose Fields, William Lindley Jones, Ava
Erica Lackey, Anna Elizabeth Minear, Peyton Grace Nelson, Emma Brooke Pittman, Madison Ashley
Saldana, and Haven Lane Stiles.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-8th Grade:
Tia Nicole Adcox, Gretchen Marie Alewel, Emalee Luv Anderson, Riley Douglas Angel, Abigail Nicole
Baliles, Aaron Walker Belyeu, Kara Brynn Blake, Nickalus Glenn Boles, Konner Nathaniel Brown,
Madison Grace Buchanan, Brysen Lee Callihan, Isabella Grace Carr, Jon Lucas Carroll, Ivie Briana
Chapman, Carson Michael Collis, Taylor Alan Collis, Monica Dianne Cosentino, Katelyn Leanne
Cracknell, Ryan Matthew Crowder, Brooke Alexandra Davis, Halle Brooke Dilbeck, Sabrina Marie
Dilbeck, Ella Victoria Dockery, Tyler Charles Ensley, Randell Slade Epperson, Marcella Skye Castillo
Fears, Dadrian Leann Flowers, Alexandra Rose Frabotta, Chelsey Breanne Frye, Brianna Leigh Fults,
Daniel Lee Gibson, Harlee Cheyanne Gilliam, Lena Jillene Gilreath, Thomas Landais Golden, Gracey
Angel Greene, Lucus Matthew Hanson, Brenna Jillian Harper, Khia Gwen Hatcher, Makena Reese Hill,
Quyen Ngoc Do Hoang, Veronica Devin Hogsed, Adam Troy Hollis, Bryson Edward Holloway, Carly
Brooke Holloway, Cabella Marie Hughes, Brianna Kaylee Hulsey, Ivy Marcina Hyde, Corbin Reed
Kendall, Aaron Catherine Kimsey, James Dawson Kyle, Genia Ann LaBean, Morgan Isabelle Lariscy,
Ryan Mackenzie Larson, Jefferson David Lewis, Amber Rose Locke, Nathaniel Lee Maloof, Owen William
Mathis, Arwen Lynnae McFarland, Matthew Loaiza Mills, Cooper Chandler Moreland, Joseph Blake
Nicholson, Peyton McKinnley O’Neal, Reigan Marie O’Neal, Lily Anne Oliver, Dev J Patel, Clara Hope
Payne, Luke Ryan Pelfrey, Hannah Elizabeth Perry, Emma Elizabeth Petrillo, Bohn Eric Postell, Rachel
Beth Prater, Zoe Jade Putnam, Ava Lynn Queen, Bearon Zander Ray, Anna Grace Rhodes, Corey Nathaniel Riendeau, Emily Arellano Salas, Katelyn Elizabeth Sanders, Joseph Caden Sands, Tristan
James Siler, Nathan Michael Smith, Hallie Marie Sosebee, Clifton Bryan Douglas Stiles, Emilee Dawn
Thomas, Kadie Grace Thomason, Michael Hayden Treon, Ainsley Elizabeth Turner, Abigail Grace Vest,
Andrew Parker Waldrep, Conner Bryce Ware, Lucas Gavin Whitaker, Matthew Kelly Wilbanks, Craig
Austin Wilcher, Cadan Otis Williams, Bryson Lee Wright, and Courtney Jade Wyant.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-8th Grade:
Angela Alvarez, Bella Mea Fawlen Bondie, McKenzie Kathryn Chastain, Hayden Lane Danner, Kennedy
Grace Davis, Madison Emilie Denton, Samuel Christopher Jabaley, Erin Elise Jones, Brock Connor
Mitchell Martin, Logan Alexander Martin, Zoe Grace Mathis, Kaitlyn Elisabeth Nelson, Joni Simone
O’Neal, Savannah Grace Patton, Aislinn Grace Peel, Cole Ryan Pittman, Madison Elizabeth Ponton, and
Caroline Grace Stewart.
Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for September are: Devin Hogsed, daughter of Jason & Victoria Turner of Blue Ridge; Tyler Ensley, son of Rodney & Pam Ensley of Epworth; Maddie Buchanan, daughter of Jacob & Tiffany Buchanan of McCaysville and Russell & Jennifer Jones of Mineral Bluff; and James Kyle, son of Tim and Mary Kyle of Blue Ridge.
Pictured Left to Right in featured image:
James Kyle, Devin Hogsed, Maddie Buchanan, and Tyler Ensley
Fannin County High School Art Teacher, Holly Viccaro, has embraced the opportunity to incorporate technology into the classroom. With the 1:1 ChromeBook Initiative that was implemented this year at FCHS, every student has their own device to utilize throughout the day and to take home. Shown with Mrs. Viccaro is art student Thalia Saldana.
According to authorities warrants were issued in Fannin County on Friday, June 30th, for Charles Edward Stepp and Rhonda Stepp.
Both were charged with Theft by Conversion which stemmed from an investigation which began earlier this year. Scott Ramsey, Ed.D., Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Fannin County High School notified FYN back on February 20th regarding a meeting with the Fannin County Tip Off Club.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss an issue concerning club funds. The Fannin County Tip Off Club reported during this meeting that the Fannin County Sheriff would be conducting a full blown investigation into misappropriation of funds.
The warrants issued Friday were the result of this investigation.
Charles Edward Stepp was charged with Theft by Conversion with bond set at $25,000. Rhonda Stepp was charged with Theft by Conversion with her bond set at $50,000. FYN will continue to follow and bring updates as they become available.
Pictured Mrs. Sandra Mercier & Fannin County School Superintendent Mr. Mark Henson
The Fannin County Board of Education held its regular meeting Thursday evening, December 8th. Prior to the meeting a reception was held for Mrs. Sandra Mercier to honor her service at her retirement. Mrs. Mercier has an impressive service history in the Fannin County school system for many years beginning in Morganton, GA, also teaching in East Fannin, West Fannin, and Fannin County. She also served as Superintendent as well.
It was obvious from her fellow board members she will be greatly missed and the relationship built by this board has worked to further the progress of all things for the benefit of the children. Mrs. Mercier was understandably emotional and opted to send her statement to us:
For almost six years, I have been privileged to serve on the Fannin County School Board. During my time on this board, I have witnessed some extremely positive and, sometimes, historic changes in education that have been beneficial to our students, employees, and stakeholders. My retirement from the school board has provided for a new, and somewhat younger, board member to bring a fresh perspective to this board table. May I just say I expect much so much of Chad Galloway as he was a former student of mine at Fannin High School.
With that said, please know that it has been an honor to serve over the years and that I will always be dedicated to the FCSS!
The community has been deeply changed in a positive way by the selfless service and dedication from Mrs. Sandra Mercier and we can only hope she knows how much she has influenced, inspired, and realizes the difference she has made!
See full meeting below:
As the School Year begins next week, the Fannin County School System will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, August 5th, from 1:00p – 5:00p.
Each School will be hosting it’s own open house at its location. Make sure you attend the open house as the first day of School starts the following day, August 6th.
The Fannin County Board of Education issued a press release yesterday regarding a proposed property tax increase.
Please see press release below. (more…)