February 5, 2018
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Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

The mid-year Graduation was held on Saturday, January 3, 2018.
Every day, BCS students learn through exploration, engage the community, and prepare for tomorrow. Our Week in Review brings you these stories of educational achievement and success in Buncombe County Schools. This week was full was important stories, and this week's Post of the Week features an important story that created a lot of buzz on social media! #WeAreBCS and proud.

2018 Mid-Year Graduation
On a brisk but sunny Saturday morning, families from across the county gathered at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville to celebrate their graduates. BCS awarded diplomas to 170 students from the six traditional high schools, Community High School, and Buncombe County Middle College during the 13th annual mid-year graduation. Graduates cheered each other on as they walked across the stage. Our post of the week is the Facebook photo album linked below, but take a moment to read our article leading up to the ceremony, too!

Coming Up in Buncombe Schools...

Early Release
Please note that Wednesday, February 7, is an early release day for students.

National School Counselor Week
This week is National School Counselor Week! Our dedicated and caring counselors play important roles in helping our students succeed in school. Please take time this week to say "thank you" to your school counselor!

"Buncombe County is recognized statewide and nationally as having high-quality services and supports for our students through multiple structures," said David Thompson, Director of Student Services. "This is primarily due to the dedication and professionalism of our school counselors who strive daily to meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of our students. It is my privilege to uplift the work of our school counselors during this National School Counselor Week."

Buncombe Sings in All-Carolina Select Choir
The 9-10 All-Carolina Select Choir drew some of the best ninth- and tenth-grade voices in the state. Nearly 600 student singers auditioned, but only 140 were chosen for a two-day, intensive choral experience culminating in a concert at Wingate University. This year, 14 members of the state-wide Select Choir hailed from Buncombe County Schools.

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Safe & Warm Campaign: Blanket Collection Begins
Buncombe Schools have a crucial role to play (and a chance to win $1,000 in Tools for Schools funds) in replenishing the blanket supply of Buncombe County's four crisis centers, whose supply has diminished to under 200 blankets after tens of thousands of blankets were distributed during winter weather. Schools will turn in all of their blankets on February 10.

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Board of Education: Author Beatty, Haw Creek Math, and CTE Award
BCS received a big check (literally, it was huge) to represent the money generated through the Barnes & Noble Bookfair last summer. BCS, Barnes & Noble, and Robert Beatty, author of the Serafina novels, teamed up to promote this fundraiser, generating over $6,000 to buy books for our Title I department. At the same meeting, Haw Creek Elementary teacher Sara McGee was honored as Buncombe's Math Teacher of the Year, and CTE Director Christy Cheek was recognized for a prestigious community service award!

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WLOS Person of the Week: Mr. Ken, Erwin Middle Math Tutor
WLOS has chosen Mr. Ken Maultsby, a 90-year old WWII vet and Homework Diner tutor at Clyde A. Erwin Middle, as the Person of the Week! Get to know Mr. Ken a little better and how he serves America today with the post below, or read our article on Mr. Ken from December.

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Fed Cup Asheville Essay Winners
Some of the worlds biggest names in women's tennis will be competing in Asheville next week, and two essay-winning BCS elementary schools will take part in the festivities, meeting the captain of Team USA before the big showdown. Congratulations to Oakley and Avery's Creek Elementary schools for earning an invitation to the Fed Cup Carnival! Fairview and Pisgah Elementary placed third and fourth, respectively.

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Owen High's Service Learning Fair and Open House
On February 6, in addition to learning more about your child's classes in the spring semester, you can also visit the Service Learning Fair in the Media Center. Local organizations will be sharing information about the services provided to the community and ways families and students can be connected.

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Citizen-Times: Owen Standout Finds Strength in Friend's Memory
Charles D. Owen High School's Chesney Gardner is a talented student-athlete. In this Asheville Citizen-Times feature, she shares how a tragic accident changed her life forever and how it's changed her outlook every time she walks onto the basketball court.

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Leaf Live: A Celebration of Community & Art
BCS students and educators are invited to be a part of LEAF LIVE on Friday, February 9. View the Facebook event below to learn how to RSVP.

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The BCS Mobile App
Not only does the new BCS mobile app allow push notifications with weather and safety announcements, it also puts some of the most common parent resources at your fingertips! Download it today from iOS or Android stores.

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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


Department of Communications
175 Bingham Road, Asheville NC 28806
(828) 350-2261

Have a story idea? We'd love to hear about it. Email us at communications@bcsemail.org.

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