March 19, 2018
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Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

Students across BCS spent time in reflections over the recent Parkland, FL tragedy.
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 the latest Post of the Week created a lot of buzz on social media! #WeAreBCS and proud.

Standing Together After Tragedy
Winter weather may have resulted in school closures, but BCS students still made time to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Across the the county, meaningful student-led times of reflection and remembrance were held, such as those at Enka High School and A.C. Reynolds High School. As an important national discussion continues, our students led the charge in pausing to place the focus solely on the lives that were lost, showing that that they can be leaders in all sorts of circumstances. Our Post of the Week is the article focused on the time of reflection held at Reynolds High. 

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What's New in Buncombe Schools...

Spring Musicals: Owen High Presents Nunsense
It's time to showcase our talented students through high school musicals! Fine arts lovers across Western North Carolina look forward to this season each year, and know you'll love the productions happening in our schools. Check out our 2018 spring musical schedule and don't miss C.D. Owen High's production of Nunsense this March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

Click here to read the latest BCS Advantage Magazine!Look inside the new Spring edition!
Want to read even more great stories? Our latest BCS Advantage magazine highlights how students are getting hands-on to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! From STEM Labs and robots to kitchens and sundials, you'll be amazed what students are doing every day.

Read the latest interactive issue now!

County Commissioners Explore CTE
As written by Buncombe County Government: "County Commissioners recently took part in a bus tour of County schools highlighting some of the great Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs. With programs like this, students can earn workforce credentials - like becoming a certified preschool teacher right out of high school – greatly increasing early childhood education in our community."

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Video: Compassionate Schools
Every student had a role in the play written by School Counselor Ms. Katie Wohlford of Fairview Elementary School. The gymnasium was packed with families as students pounded on drums, danced across the stage in costume, and spoke or sang their lines about social-emotional learning. The play was designed to help students build a scientific understanding of the ways our bodies and minds react under stress, and learn ways to regulate emotion.

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Broadway in Black Mountain
Broadway star and C.D. Owen High grad Kevin Massey and his critically-acclaimed wife Kara Lindsay provided an exclusive one-time only performance of “A Broadway Romance” in the Owen auditorium. The musical is based on the couple's love story! See some photos below of their rehearsal before the show, and this special interview with WLOS.

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Battle of the Books
Each year, BCS students put their knowledge to the test after studying books from a reading list for the big, quiz-bowl-styled show-down! See this year's Elementary and Middle school winners and photos from the big day.

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A Hand-Made Arcade (to Help Animals!)
Learning is all fun and games for students at North Windy Ridge Intermediate. Students were tasked with designing and building functional arcade games using cardboard, tape, and their imagination. Then they used their new game room to raise over $250 for Asheville's Brother Wolf animal shelter!

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Pisgah's Science Fair Showcase
During Public Schools Week, Pisgah Elementary School held its annual science fair on Tuesday for second- through fourth-graders, but even a few kindergarteners and first-graders got in on the action. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is a top priority at all BCS elementary schools in order to prepare students for their tomorrow.

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Eww-ducational "Grossologist" Visits Leicester Elementary
Want to hear something gross? There’s a spider in Australia that makes itself look like a pile of dung to avoid being eaten by birds. Dawn Cusick, a local children’s author and “grossologist,” has compiled many such bizarre animal behaviors in her books. She shared the weird wonders to Leicester Elementary School students last week in a presentation she described as a sneaky way to promote student interest in science.

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National Public Schools Week
March 12-16 was Public Schools Week, and along with our neighboring public school systems, we published some encouraging thoughts and facts about this important institution in our society. Thanks for supporting Buncombe County Schools!

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Teacher Campus Social
It was a sunny day when the residents of the Williams Baldwin Teacher Campus spent some time socializing and opening their doors for prospective tenants. The event was a chance for residents to get to know one another, and receive a big "thank you" for being part of the innovative housing solution for educators. This tweet from @BCSjobs features a couple of photos from the day!

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Video: Robots for Rockets
History and technology came together for sixth grade students in Mrs. Whittier and Mrs. Nichol's classes with an integrated STEM lesson about the Silk Road! Thanks to a Buncombe County Schools Foundation grant, students were able to acquire Sphero robots, which they used to navigate their way along a "silk road" of their own.

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Eblen Prom Dress Giveaway
Every year, Eblen Charities hosts a prom dress giveaway event. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students are welcome to drop by to select a free dress! If you have a dress, shoes, or any accessories you would like to donate, please drop it off at the Eblen Charities office at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center.

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The BCS Mobile App
Not only does the new BCS mobile app allow prompt 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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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

The BCS Communications Dept.

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