February 12, 2018
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Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

Charles D. Owen High School science teacher Mr. Beaver is a 2018 WYFF Golden Apple Award winner!
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.

Owen High's Golden Apple Award
Charles D. Owen High School science teacher Mr. Beaver is a 2018 Golden Apple Award winner! He was nominated by one of his students, Lee Ann, because of his positive and caring attitude and friendly smile.

"He taught me how to handle myself and all of my school work along with extracurricular activities. He also taught me good character and how to help others," said LeeAnn.

Beaver will attend a banquet in Greenville in the Spring where the semifinalists and top Golden Apple Award winning teacher will be announced!

While this Post of the Week is brief, the long list of encouraging messages from current and former students is inspiring. Congratulations, Mr. Beaver!

Coming Up in Buncombe Schools...

Homework Diners
Do you need homework help? Don't miss the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's Homework Diners! Our families are invited to enjoy a hot meal and tutoring help for students. The Homework Diners are every Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Charles D. Owen Middle School, Enka Middle School, and Clyde A. Erwin Middle! Learn more here and congrats to Owen Middle's kick-off event last week!

Haw Creek: Home to the BCS Math Teacher of the Year
Third-grade Haw Creek Elementary math teacher Ms. Sara McGee has been named our Buncombe County Schools Math Teacher of the Year! In her classroom, McGee aims to lead students to be what she described as “actively engaged,” meaning they are curious, thinking, and wanting to learn more on their own. Learn more about Ms. McGee and what makes BCS elementary schools special!

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School Counselors Make a Difference
During National School Counseling Week, we expressed appreciation for our school counselors who serve students every day! Thanks to generous support from Buncombe County Commissioners, BCS has at least one school counselor in every elementary school. These counselors use evidence-based methods to help students develop social and emotional skills so they can make the most of their classroom learning and daily life. (One of our school counselors, Ms. Lyn Bush of Valley Springs Middle, was recently appointed President-Elect of the NC School Counselor Association!)

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Reynolds' Distinguished Young Woman
Last fall, senior and competitive dancer Emma Grace Kiser from A.C. Reynolds High School was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Buncombe County and progressed to the state-level competition. In January, Kiser finally travelled to Greensboro and took the stage, with high hopes for the scholarship, leadership, and talent competition. She didn’t disappoint, ultimately being named the first runner-up of all competing women in North Carolina.

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Communications Among State Best
In Buncombe Schools, thousands of educators and students are growing and succeeding everyday. Behind the scenes, a small, award-winning Communications team works tirelessly to support them and keep our community informed. Congratulations to our Communications Dept. for being named among the state's best two years in a row!

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Oakley and Avery's Creek at Fed Cup Carnival
Fourth-graders from Oakley Elementary and Avery's Creek Elementary spent Wednesday morning with local tennis experts learning all about the sport. The students won the FedCup essay contest and were treated to a special morning of tennis drills courtesy of the Asheville Tennis Association! Here are even more photos of the event, and don't miss WLOS' coverage of our schools.

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Enka Middle: French Broad Tournament Champs
Well done, Enka Middle School Jets! The boys basketball team clinched the title for the 2018 French Broad Tournament. Here are the photos!

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Owen High's Hosts Service Learning Fair
BCS students engage in their communities and become better students and leaders through service-based learning. That’s why parents and faculty from Charles D. Owen High School decided to invite local nonprofits for a Service Learning Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Classes toured the media center, where organizations like the Swannanoa Community Garden, the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, and Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary offered overtures for volunteer work.


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Counting on Teamwork: MathCounts Results
Buncombe middle school students put their skills to the test and turned math into a brainy competitive sport during the county and regional MathCounts events. In the end, students had a challenging and fun experience at both events, while Valley Springs Middle School's team placed second regionally and qualified to compete at the state level MathCounts competition in March!

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National Pizza Day
Thanks to Papa's Pizza in Asheville, Leicester Elementary students enjoyed a tasty treat during National Pizza Day!

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Former Reynolds Coach Enters Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former A.C. Reynolds High School football coach Bobby Poss! He's been named to the 2018 WNC Sports Hall of Fame. He'll be inducted during a banquet in May. View the details here or see our #ThrowBackThursday post below of his newspaper clipping from the 1999 state championship. 

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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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