January 23, 2017


Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review



Choirs Compete to Sing with Rock Legends
Through January 29, Western North Carolinians are voting for the high school choir that will sing with the legendary rock band Foreigner next month! Currently, five of the seven finalists are from BCS schools, including students from A.C. Reynolds High, Clyde A. Erwin High, North Buncombe High, Owen High, and T.C. Roberson High. Each group has shared a YouTube video for their audition - follow the link above to learn where you can watch them all and vote for your favorite!

Working Together
Our online BCS community continues to grow and now has over 9,000 likes on Facebook and 4,800 followers on Twitter! Thanks for being part of this community as we work together to prepare students for their tomorrow. Follow BCS on social media to bring the latest news, announcements, and weather information right to your news feed!

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County Commissioners Honor 2017 Teacher of the Year
Cathy Belair, a 7th-grade math teacher at Valley Springs Middle School, received a standing ovation when she was called to the front of the commission chambers to be recognized last week! She was also given a plaque which reads, in part, "We express our sincere appreciation for your exceptional contribution to your students and their parents... What you do every day shapes our future through the lives of your students."

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Sugar Jets' Softball Coach is North Carolina's Best
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) named Enka High’s Jennifer Kruk as the 2016 North Carolina Softball Coach of the Year! Last year, Kruk led the Sugar Jets to the first back-to-back state championships in Western North Carolina since Owen in 1999/2000.

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Never Stop Learning: Warming Whales

Carrie Donohue, a third-grade teacher at Johnston Elementary School, came up with a creative way to teach students how animals survive in extremely cold places like Antarctica. On Thursday, they focused on the wonders of whales and the story was covered during WLOS' Never Stop Learning segment.
 
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Hands On: Volunteers Clean to Cut Colds
Volunteers from the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County helped clean and sanitize Erwin Middle School in an effort to help prevent cold and flu germs from spreading during the winter months. 

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Community Joins Cafeteria Worker in Cancer Fight
The Enka community is standing behind a cafeteria worker who's fighting cancer. A Charity Ball Drop is planned for March 25 at the Enka High School softball field. Ten dollar donations are being collected to help Ms. Pam Adams with her soaring medical bills. The winning ball could win $1,000 in cash.

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Roberson Swims to Top of County Championships
BCS swimmers performed impressively as they competed during the county championships, with T. C. Roberson High coming out on top. Congratulations to our accomplished student-athletes! Learn more via this Citizen-Times article.

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Clark the Cat Finds a Family
You may remember earlier this school year when a group of students from Cane Creek Middle School built a feline wheelchair for "Clark the Super Kitty." Little Clark continues to thrive and has now found a forever home- he was even even thrown a Goodbye party at PetSmart!

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year
Ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year on January 28, BCS and UNC Asheville students came together to celebrate the rich traditions surrounding this special day. The celebration included traditional New Year foods, music, information about the holiday, and concluded with the much-anticipated lion dance! Students from Clyde A. Erwin High School, Enka High School, and T. C. Roberson High School performed during the public event. Learn more and view our photos of this important celebration!

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Elementary Engineering
WLOS ABC 13 takes us inside a Johnston Elementary School classroom where students put their engineering skills to work, creating structures to withstand rain, wind, and weight!

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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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