May 1, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

Top Scholars: Owen High



Celebrating Our Graduating Top Scholars
Each year, Buncombe County Schools celebrates the top performing students from each of our high schools during the Top Scholar Awards Banquet. This year's event was held on April 26 and featured keynote speaker Christina Maxwell, a 2012 graduate of A.C. Reynolds High who is currently pursuing her musical theatre career on Broadway. Our event video and full photo gallery are still in production, but this initial Facebook photo gallery was a big hit this week with our online community! (Pictured above are the 2017 Top Scholars of Charles D. Owen High.)

Governor Cooper Visits Enka Middle School
An innovative weekly program hosted by two BCS middle schools is bringing families together and gained the attention of state government this week.
Governor Roy Cooper visited Enka Middle School last week to sit in on the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's Homework Diners program, which allows students to receive homework support from teachers and tutors, along with a meal for the whole family. Read our story below or view the story by WLOS.

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Resolution Reached in Class Size Law
Monday evening in Raleigh, lawmakers in the N.C. Senate negotiated a compromise regarding mandates for K-3 class sizes across the state. This latest bill will reduce class size and address schools' concerns about the serious and unintended consequences of the original class size bill.

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Leadership Day at Estes Elementary
Want to know how William W Estes Elementary is building future leaders? Ask the students themselves and learn all about their successful Leader in Me event!

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A Drum Circle at a Staff Meeting?
We don't usually take a lot of photos during our Principal meetings, but this time we couldn't help ourselves! Last week's get together turned into a drum circle of sorts, thanks to LEAF Community Arts musician Adama Dembele. BCS Principals showed off their drumming skills on the Djembe, a traditional African style drum, as well as discussed ways to give students more hands on cultural experiences.

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Biltmore Church Beautifies Teacher Campus
The new Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus is looking landscaped and beautiful thanks to volunteers (including Erwin's board representative Pat Bryant) from Biltmore Church.

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Never Stop Learning: Building Birdhouses
In this latest Never Stop Learning segment from WLO, students at Avery's Creek Elementary partnered with employees from BorgWarner to build colorful bird houses for the feathered residents at the school.

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Celebrating STEM at Nesbitt Discovery Academy
Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy hosted a special North Carolina STEM Science Festival last Saturday with over 650 students in attendance! Additionally, 180 volunteers representing 22 K-8th-Grade schools worked to help students with hands-on experiments. View the story and photo album!

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Voices of the River Art and Poetry Winners
Congratulations to our creative students who were given awards in River Link's 10th Annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry contest! Click below to see the full list of BCS student winners.

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Thanks to Teachers: Catherine Messer, Leicester Elementary
Learn all about this great first year, third-grade teacher at Leicester Elementary in this Thanks to Teachers feature from WLOS!

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Every Kid Healthy Week: Pisgah's Tractor Simulator
The NC Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau provided a tractor stimulator and cream butter for the students at Pisgah Elementary School during #EveryKidHealthyWeek!

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2017 Spring Musicals
Ready for a night out? Be sure to check the 2017 BCS Spring Musical schedule! Every year, theatre arts students in Buncombe County Schools work hard to bring world-class fine arts performances to our community.

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Special Edition Magazine: School System Success 2016-17
In this digital Special Edition of the BCS Advantage Magazine, you're invited to take a look inside the many programs, departments, and opportunities that comprise Buncombe County Schools!

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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 Communications Department:

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Director of Communications

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Assistant Director of Communications

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