September 17, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The 2019 District Teachers of the Year and Ruth Henderson Award winner stand together.

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.

Our 2019 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Joseph "J.B." Halpin
J.B. Halpin of Pisgah Elementary has been selected as the 2019 Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year. The surprise announcement was made at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on Wednesday, September 12, held at Celine & Co. in downtown Asheville. Tammy Jones and Kipper Schauer, hosts of The Morning Mix with Tammy and Kipper on Mix 96.5, served as the MCs of the event.

The event celebrated all 44 BCS teachers of the year, with a keynote speech delivered by the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Beth Love. Karen Herrick of North Buncombe High was revealed as this year's Ruth Henderson Award winner.

“This has been an incredible privilege and honor to be a part of this process,” said Halpin. “I was in shock and disbelief when I heard my name announced as the Teacher of the Year. It was truly an ineffable moment for a guy who likes to talk! Representing Buncombe County Schools in the regional competition is the biggest honor of my career.”

The announcement and J.B.'s acceptance speech is available via Facebook Live.

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District Teachers of the Year (Video)
Step inside the classrooms of some of the most dynamic teachers in Asheville and Buncombe County! Each year, seven teachers are chosen by their peers from among our county's 44 teachers of the year. They exemplify our values and inspire us greatly as we create engaging learning environments that prepare students for their tomorrow.

This video is also available to view/share on Facebook.

Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band at Black Mountain Primary School.

Mountain Faith Band at Black Mountain Primary
Black Mountain Primary School topped off National Arts in Education Week with a finger-pickin’ good time. Sylva-based Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, which made it to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent in 2015, shared their Appalachian Americana-roots music with the students in the gymnasium on Friday.

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New Leadership for PEP
Caring and loving staff surrounded the students at Buncombe County Schools’ Progressive Education Program (PEP) as Melanie Ramsey, the new program director, visited classrooms last week. As she toured classrooms at William W. Estes Elementary and T.C. Roberson High School, Ramsey pointed out the various special services PEP provides students – speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, services for vision and hearing impairment, as well as school psychological services and specialized gym equipment.

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Thanks to Teachers: Emily Moore, Glen Arden Elementary
WLOS highlights the work of Glen Arden first-grade teacher Emily Moore in this newest Thanks to Teachers segment! We're proud to have engaging and committed teachers like Emily in our classrooms.

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Volleyball Revival at Owen High (Black Mountain News)
The Black Mountain News writes about the current direction and excitement of Charles D. Owen High School's volleyball program.

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New Playground for Black Mountain
With design input from the students themselves, Black Mountain Primary School's PTO will install a new playground for the school on Oct. 6. Learn how you can help and see the plans!

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BCS Believes in the Arts
Your local public schools have wonderful, dedicated art teachers who aim to spark the creative spirit in every student! “Art gives students an external reality to something they feel inside,” said Lissa Pedersen, art teacher at Leicester Elementary School and 2019 Erwin District Teacher of the Year. “I see students holding up their art and talking to their friends about it. They’re not just showing off. They’re engaging in the world of meaning-making through a visual process.”

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Reynolds Marching Band to Dedicate Field (WLOS)
The A.C. Reynolds High School Marching Band has a new space to practice this season...all thanks to the generosity of a beloved Fairview family. According to the WLOS story, "The special gift to the marching band honors the legacy of late Reynolds Fire Chief Richard Sales, who was a supportive band parent for decades."

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (WLOS, Never Stop Learning)
"Students in Ms. Luckett's fourth-grade class at Avery's Creek Elementary are participating in the Leader in Me Program. They recently learned some of the habits of happy children. They learned about putting themselves in other people's shoes and the difference between hearing someone and actually listening to what they're saying."

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Warhorse Pep Rally
Last week, the students at Owen High held a pep rally to put their school pride on full display! We love these photos they shared on social media.

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2018-19 BCS Notification Options
Here's a rundown of the ways you can receive weather and safety notifications as we continue the 2018-19 school year!

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The Week in Review is created and maintained by the Communications Department:

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

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