June 11, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The music education programs of T.C. Roberson High School earned national recognition this spring through the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation's SupportMusic Merit Award.

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.

National Recognition for Roberson Music (Facebook Live Video)
The music education programs of T.C. Roberson High School earned national recognition this spring through the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation's SupportMusic Merit Award. According to the press release, the decision was made with consideration regarding "funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs."

Our Post of the Week is the Facebook Live video from the June 7 Board of Education meeting where Roberson's Chamber Choir performed after receiving recognition. It was quite a treat to hear these talented students fill the room with their voices!

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New Principals for 18/19 School Year
Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin today announces eight new administrative assignments for Buncombe County Schools for the 2018-19 school year. Several principals announced their retirements earlier this year, creating opportunities for principals and assistant principals who are currently in the district, and others who will be new to the BCS family!

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Movement Matters: Kinesthetic Seating in Classrooms
In classrooms across the county, students are pedaling, walking, standing, and bouncing their way through the day. It’s part of an ongoing effort to find alternatives to conventional classroom chairs that allow more physical activity during instruction. (See the social media post and photos below, or read the full Top Story at BuncombeSchools.org.)

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Woodfin's New Song (Video)
Woodfin Elementary School has a new school song thanks to a unique partnership with the Asheville Symphony. This spring, with the help of Echo Mountain Recording Studios, students wrote and recorded their new song!

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Early College Helps Rooster Walk Again
Why did the rooster come to Buncombe County Early College? To get fitted for a prosthetic foot, of course, courtesy of a group of students who combined engineering minds with a desire to make a difference and a can-a-doodle-do attitude. (See what we did there?)

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Discovery Academy's Nat'l Merit Scholar
A student from Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy's first class of graduating seniors is among an elite group of scholarship winners this year. Michael Byrd is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees selected from around the country.

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Board of Education's Good News (Photo Gallery)
At the June 7 Board of Education meeting, there was a full list of Good News to share about student and staff successes! The list of honorees included our new Tracy Lea Calhoun Bus Driver of the Year, Ms. Marsha Bailey of Fairview Elementary. Learn all about these accomplished members of our BCS community and enjoy the photos!

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Glen Arden's Flag Retirement Ceremony
It was a patriotic day at Glen Arden Elementary School, when Vietnam veterans taught students to respectfully and properly retire their school's seasoned and weathered stars and stripes.

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WMAC Conference Champs: Reynolds Baseball and Rams Soccer
Congratulations to the student-athletes of the A.C. Reynolds High School Rockets baseball team and the T.C. Roberson High School Rams women's soccer team for winning the Western Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and advancing to the NCHSAA 3A Final Four. Here are the team photos!

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Reynolds Middle Research
Ms. Erin Byrnes, 7th-grade teacher at AC Reynolds Middle, helped her students embark on a unique research project recently. Students tackled subjects ranging from ocean pollution, fashion, and cooking to serious medical concerns such as heart defects and how hearing impairments impact student learning.

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Graduation Gallery: Progressive Education Program
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 from the Progressive Education Program. Here's a great photo gallery provided by the Asheville Citizen-Times!

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Candler Elementary Class of 1928 (And Other History)
Take a look at this photo of the Candler High School senior class of 1928! This is one of many vintage photos that was on display in Candler's library for the school's "We're On the Map" party, celebrating 35 years since Candler was (re)added to the official map of North Carolina. Check out this great photo, and watch Candler's video highlighting various historical memorabilia.

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Reynolds QB Invited to Tiki Bowl
A.C. Reynolds High School football stand-out Alex Flinn (Class of 2019) has been invited to play in the Hawaii Tiki Bowl this December! Promising football players from around the country were invited to this week-long event to practice with college level coaches and get some valuable experience on the field before heading into the last half of their senior year. Learn more in this Asheville Citizen-Times article.

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Eblen Charities / Arby's Donate 60,000 Meals
The community is grateful to Eblen-Kimmel Charities and Arby's for donating enough coupons to provide 60,000 needed meals to kids this summer! School counselors at BCS and Asheville City Schools will be able to distribute these coupons for free kids meals at participating Arby's restaurants before school is out for summer. Learn more in this WLOS story.

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Roberson Senior Walk (Video)
T.C. Roberson High School’s graduating seniors continued the BCS senior walk tradition on Friday, parading trough the halls of their former Roberson District elementary schools! The young students cheered and held handmade signs as the seniors smiled in their iconic caps and gowns.

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Graduation Gallery: Nesbitt Discovery Academy (Citizen-Times)
The historic first graduating class of the Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy walked across the stage to receive their diplomas on June 10, 2018. It was a powerful and meaningful celebration of the students' many accomplishments, as well as the success of Western North Carolina's first school focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics!

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Owen High's Fine Arts "Signing Day"
We all enjoy the fun and ceremonious "signing day" events for accomplished student-athletes committing to compete and learn at the college level. Charles D. Owen High School went a step further this year by celebrating students excelling in the fine arts with a signing day of their own!

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WMAC All-Conference Reports 
The community awaits the Western Mountain Athletic Conferences official All-Conference "teams" and individual accomplishment lists each year. Here are the latest reports for girls soccerbaseball, and softball (below).

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Field Day with Enka Candler Fire & Rescue (WLOS)
Enka Candler Fire & Rescue helped students at Candler Elementary School begin wrapping up the school year with their annual field day celebration!

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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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