May 21, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Mr. J.B. Halpin is the 2019 Enka District Teacher of the Year.

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.

Mr. Halpin, Pisgah Elementary
Enka District Teacher of the Year

In J.B. Halpin’s classroom, there's only one way to be: your very best.
The Pisgah Elementary School fourth-grade teacher makes sure that no student spends the day sitting down. The children walk each other through math problems in class groups and on the interactive white board, and Halpin teaches them to give each other open, honest feedback. The classroom ethic centers around working hard and working smart.

“If you to have kids who are responsible, you have to put some responsibility on their shoulders,” Halpin said. “You have to give them tasks and put them in leadership roles. I spend a lot of time teaching them to be good citizens and to be good people. Because the world is difficult. You have to fight for what you get. Maybe someone has more talent than you, but it’s not OK to get out-worked.”

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Erwin High seniors at prepare for their Senior Walk at Leicester Elementary.

Erwin High Senior Walk
The BCS senior walk tradition continued as seniors from Clyde A. Erwin High walked the halls of their former elementary schools, inspiring a future generation of graduates! The Warriors were greeted by students at Leicester Elementary (linked below), Emma Elementary, Johnston ElementaryWoodfin Elementary, and West Buncombe Elementary.

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NCHSAA 2A and 3A State Track Championships
As Buncombe County Schools student-athletes faced off against some of the state's best track and field athletes at the NCHSAA 2A and 3A State Track Championships, several names rose to the top. Congratulations to our accomplished athletes who trained hard, competed fiercely, and represented our community well! Top ranking athletes hailed from Charles D. Owen High, A.C. Reynolds High, North Buncombe High, and T.C. Roberson High.

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Too Hot to Handle: Erwin High's Culinary Team
Clyde A. Erwin High's Caliente Cowboys (and Cowgirl) brought their culinary talents to the Regional Jr. Chef competition and placed third! The team represented North Carolina at the competition at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. The team made Hot Asheville Chicken with Farmers Market Salad paired with a Cool Carolina Strawberry Smoothie, winning $20,000 scholarships for each student!

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Prom-tastic Photo Galleries from the Citizen-Times
It's prom season! With only a few weeks of classes remaining and a graduation ahead for senior students around Buncombe County, schools are holding their annual formal events to celebrate the success and conclusion of this important life milestone. Thanks to the Asheville Citizen Times for sharing these memorable photos. Also see the Citizen-Times photo galleries from A.C. Reynolds High, Charles D. Owen HighClyde A Erwin High, Community High, Enka HighMartin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery AcademyNorth Buncombe High, and Roberson High. Follow the link below for galleries from all local proms provided by the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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Free YMCA Summer Camp for Middle-Schoolers
Thanks to a federal grant, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is offering a summer day camp for middle school students free of charge from June 26 - August 9!

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Ingles Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to the Ingles Markets Athlete of the Week, Eric Wallington of T.C. Roberson High School! Read the Facebook post to learn more about what Wallington's coach had this to say about this outstanding player.

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Fairview's Flock of Flamingos
Have you seen a flock of flamingos in Fairview? Watch this WLOS story to learn how some creative Buncombe parents are fundraising so Cane Creek Middle School students can travel for a major academic competition- the global finals for Destination Imagination.

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Reynolds Theatre Summer Camp
This summer, the stage of A.C. Reynolds High will be transformed into a magical and mysterious world, as second- through eighth-graders gather for the debut of an innovative new theatre summer camp, culminating in a performance of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The camp starts on June 18.

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Erwin Athletes Attend Hall of Fame Induction
Six Clyde A. Erwin High student-athletes recently had the unique opportunity to learn about success, disappointment, and overcoming barriers to success from some of North Carolina’s greatest athletes.

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Reynolds vs. Roberson Baseball

The A.C. Reynolds High School​ Rockets continue their journey seeking a state title. They defeated Southwest Guilford on Tuesday, 6 to 2. After Friday's scheduled match-up against Roberson High was rained out, they will now face the Rams​ on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at home. The winner will earn the chance to compete for the regional championship!

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Celebrating Career-Ready Graduates
Thanks to WLOS for coming out to the 16th Annual Graduation Celebration for the #BCS Occupational Course of Study program on Thursday. We celebrated over 300 hardworking seniors who are about to cross the stage and receive their diploma! (Don't miss our photos of the #BestDayEver celebration!)

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Emma Elementary's Leadership Day
On Tuesday, Emma Elementary students showcased the life and leadership skills they are learning during their school's annual Leadership Day! During the upbeat day, students led the charge in presenting songs, exhibits, crafts, and speeches to the parents and community members they invited. It was a celebration of student success, learning, and diversity.

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The Spring Edition of the BCS Advantage Magazine

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!

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