November 20, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

Post of the week: A tie!

For the first time ever, we're declaring a tie for the social media Post of the Week! Both posts and stories were very popular and widely read by our community. So, why pick just one when we are all so proud of both of these schools for their great students and staff?!

Cane Creek Band Director Honored
Clif Dodson doesn’t like to “toot his own horn,” but the Cane Creek Middle School band director received a special honor earlier this week. Dodson, now in his 16th year teaching band at Cane Creek, received the Award of Excellence for the Western District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.



Gingerbread Engineering in Black Mountain
Black Mountain Primary School students are exploring the world of gingerbread architecture this week and the results are as impressive as they are delicious! The students are planning to compete in next week’s National Gingerbread House Competition at the The Omni Grove Park Inn — a community tradition entering its 25th year.



The New BCS Mobile App for Parents
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our official mobile app! Designed with the needs of parents in mind, the free app puts weather and safety push notifications, lunch menus, school newsfeeds, and parent resources at your fingertips. Visit your iOS or Android app store and download it today!

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Video: Vickie Fender, Sand Hill-Venable Elementary
This year's Enka District Teacher of the Year is Ms. Vickie Fender, a kindergarten teacher at Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School! Ms. Fender loves working with her students and seeing their joy when they learn something new. "Teaching young children makes me want to come to school every day," she says, explaining that her aim is to help students make learning about discovery instead of stress.

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Erwin High's Miss Blue Ridge Valley
One Erwin High student’s senior project led her somewhere she never expected to be: the stage of the Miss Blue Ridge Valley pageant! For Sarena Burrell, it started as a senior project topic focused on the role of pageants in our society and later involved actually participating in a pageant as part of her research.

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Rockets Soccer Competes for State Championship
The A. C. Reynolds High School Men's soccer team took a tough loss this weekend to Chapel Hill High School during their state championship game. Principal Doris Sellers says the team represented the Rockets with great skill and sportsmanship! The Rockets end the season as the Western Region Champions.

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The School Resource Officer of the Year
Dep. Wesley Anders has been named the state School Resource Officer of the Year! He says his job is all about connecting with the children he protects and serves. “I’m not just a police officer in the school,” he said. “I’m someone they can come to, who teaches them and becomes a mentor to them.”

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Preparing for Careers
Students in our career track and PEP programs had an exciting day Thursday. Every year, our OCS (Occupational Course of Study) high school students team up and compete against each other to see who has learned the most about getting hired and excelling within a job. As part of their graduation requirements, the students learn best practices in applying for jobs and the interview process. They also learn to be responsible and dependable employees.

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Olympic Medalist Talks Bike Safety
Who better to teach children about bike safety than an Olympic cycling medalist!
Lauren Tamayo, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, came to North Buncombe Elementary School to talk about bike safety and kick off the new BCS bicycle curriculum for P.E. classes.

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Nature Comes Alive at Johnston Elementary
Something scaly slithered into Johnston Elementary School on Friday!
The corn snake, named Ginger, is one of the animal ambassadors from the WNC Nature Center. Tori Duval, outreach educator for the Nature Center, toured several classrooms at Johnston and let the children pet the snake.

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Fine Arts at Reynolds High
The A. C. Reynolds High School Chorale was one of only three top high school choral ensembles in the state selected to perform at the 2017 North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Professional Development Conference. The theatre department also represented Buncombe County at the North Carolina Theatre Conference, bringing home several awards from a challenging competition.

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Warlassies Basketball Roaring to Life
The much-followed girls basketball team of Owen High is already getting coverage and the season is just starting! Good luck to all of our student-athletes preparing for a successful season.

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BCS Advantage Magazine: Middle & Intermediate School Success
Want to read even more great stories? Check out the latest edition of the BCS Advantage Magazine. In this special issue, we focus on what makes our intermediate and middle programs unique. You can view all past issues at BCSadvantage.org!

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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 hashtags #WeAreBCS and #BCS! The Week in Review is created and maintained by the Communications Department:

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

Timothy Reaves
Digital Communications Specialist


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