January 16, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

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Video: Preparing for Tomorrow
Last week's Board of Education attendees were in for a treat when a new energetic video featuring seven BCS schools was debuted! The special presentation highlighted the great work that students and staff are doing in our districts, as well as the importance of our supportive Buncombe County Commissioners. Two former commissioners were personally thanked- Mr. David Gantt and Ms. Holly Jones- whose decades of support for public education has made a difference in the lives of thousands of young learners.

Dreams Begin Here
Buncombe County residents and visitors are seeing a new billboard along roads and highways this month! The "Dreams Begin Here" design features four 2016 T.C. Roberson High graduates and represents the desire of the BCS community to prepare all students for their future endeavors!

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State Class-Size Mandate Causing Concern
A new state mandate for class sizes in grades K-3 is causing concern in Buncombe County Schools. The General Assembly passed a bill that could mean our school district will need to add 80 teachers to our workforce and would cost $4.2 million dollars. The House, meanwhile, has passed a bill that would mitigate the effects of this law. That bill has gone on to the Senate.

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Students Compete to Sing with Rock Legends

The finalists for the Sing with Foreigner contest have been chosen, and now YOU can vote for the winner! Five Buncombe County School groups have made that list; they are from North Buncombe High School, T. C. Roberson High School, Clyde A. Erwin High School, Charles D. Owen High School, and A. C. Reynolds High School! Good luck, singers!
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Teacher Apartments Ahead of Schedule
As reported by the Citizen-Times, workers are ahead of schedule in constructing the Williams-Baldwin Teacher campus. This new 24-unit apartment project is a housing option for both Asheville and Buncombe teachers.

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Roberson Swimmers Sweep Buncombe Championships
BCS swimmers performed impressively as they competed during the county championships, with the rams of T. C. Roberson High School coming out on top in both the boys and girls competitions under the leadership of coach Jim Cottam. Congratulations to these accomplished student-athletes and their talented coaching staff!

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Billboard Watches Reynolds High Graduate
2008 Reynolds High graduate Luke Combs has been named in Billboard's Artists to Watch in 2017. This spring, the now 26-year-old will join Brantley Gilbert on an arena tour, and later in 2017, he’ll release his debut full-length album!

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Automotive Instruction at Reynolds High 
Appalachian State University profiles their 2006 graduate and Reynolds High teacher Mr. Ben Caldwell, who helps students get their hands dirty in four different automotive courses! In Mr. Caldwell's classes, student learn topics from basic maintenance to advanced electrical work.

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BCS Advantage Magazine- Winter 2017
Looking for more news? Be sure to read the latest edition of the BCS Advantage Magazine where we share wonderful stories about all that our students and teachers are accomplishing in their classrooms!

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Winter Weather Notifications
Are you signed up for Contact Manager? Parents: You can be the first to know about weather, emergency, closing/delay, and other important school-related notifications! Be sure to also call your school and provide your most up-to-date personal and work phone numbers.

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The Buncombe County Schools Week in Review highlights some of the important stories making news in our districts and schools each week. When sharing about your BCS school or event on social media, be sure to use #BCS! The Week in Review is created and maintained by the award-winning Communications Department of Buncombe County Schools:

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications


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