September 24, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Emma Brown of North Buncombe High is the state's FFA Creed Speaking champion.

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.

North Buncombe's Creed Speaker
Emma Brown wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped onto the stage in front of more than 2,200 onlookers. With her heart pounding, she took her place next to the three other capable competitors.

It was the 90th annual North Carolina Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention on June 20, and the ninth-grader of North Buncombe High School was one of four state finalists for the FFA Creed Speaking event, a long-time tradition in which students memorized the intricate five paragraph creed of the agricultural community. The state’s 25 best had already been reduced to four, and the hall fell silent as the judges prepared to announce a new state champion.

Read about Emma's journey to becoming the state FFA Creed Speaking champion in our Post of the Week! The full top story is also available at

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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.

Erwin High's spirit week!

Clyde A. Erwin High's Spirit Week
Clyde A. Erwin High's Spirit Week this year is based around different board games. For Game of Life day on Thursday, students dressed in the fashion of their future careers- from medicine to education to the military!

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Ride Your Bus This Week!
This week is Bus Ridership Week in North Carolina. Each year, the state determines transportation funding for school districts by how many students ride the bus both to and from school. Fonda Durner, Director of Transportation for Buncombe County Schools, says, “If a child is going to ride a school bus any time during the school year, it is very important that he or she ride the bus as many days possible this week.”

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Hurricane Help from Buncombe Students
Across Buncombe County, students are doing their part to help those affected by the recent severe weather. At Haw Creek Elementary, students are collecting pet supplies this week. North Buncombe High culinary students cooked and prepared meals for those seeking shelter locally. School athletic events involved donation collections.  A.C. Reynolds collected and delivered supplies to Camp Cedar Cliff (learn more below). It's been a community effort to help those with practical needs created by the storm.

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Coach Laws All-Time Winning Leader for Rockets
With 117 wins, Coach Shane Laws set a new school record when the Rockets defeated North Henderson 47-7 on Friday. Laws is now the all-time leader in wins as the Rockets' head coach! Read below for WLOS' coverage prior to the big game.

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Annual Rams Rally at Avery's Creek
The T.C. Roberson High School football team, cheerleaders, and drum line paraded through Avery's Creek Elementary on Friday for their Rams Rally. The younger students were so excited to cheer on their favorite team!

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Young Farmers Win Big at Mountain State Fair (Citizen-Times)
Congratulations to Jax and Eli Holt of Leicester Elementary School for their major award at this year's Mountain State Fair!

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Woodfin Elementary's "Secret Agent"
Woodfin Elementary students learned about hip-hop, poetry, and writing from a Grammy-winning artist who spent time teaching hour-long clinics to all grade levels. 

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Distinguished Young Women of Buncombe County
At this year's Distinguished Young Women of Buncombe County competition, BCS students proudly received a number of awards! Congratulations to Grace Stanek of T.C. Roberson High School, our county's 2019 Distinguished Young Woman!

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Thanks to Teachers: Sandhill-Venable's Ms. Soule (WLOS)
"Sandhill-Venable Elementary's Casey Soule says teaching is her calling. She's been a teacher for 7 years, with the last three at Sandhill-Venable. Parents say she helps her students grow academically and build confidence."

Warlassies Lean on Young Core (Black Mountain News)
"After returning to the state championship meet last year after a seven-year absence, Owen High School’s girls’ cross-country team has its mark set on returning again in 2018."

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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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Director of Communications

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Assistant Director of Communications

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