October 8, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Enka Middle's iconic jet is prepared for painting.

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.

Enka Jet Update
This week, we shared a few photos of Enka Middle School's prized military jet, having recently been sanded and prepped for an upcoming paint job. It has been wonderful to see so many rally around this school and project, to preserve an important community symbol for years to come. Take a moment to see our other jet photos in our Post of the Week! (Here's what it looked like back in July, before it was sandblasted.)

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E. Lissa Pedersen: 2019 Erwin District Teacher of the Year
Leicester Elementary School art teacher Ms. Lissa Pedersen believes her role in the school is to show children how to access their creativity.

“Art gives them an external reality to something they feel inside,” she said. “I give them a space where they get to do things they don’t get to do anywhere else.”

Read more about Ms. Lissa in this Top Story article. The video above is also available to view/share on Facebook.

Our 2019 Math Teachers of the Year

Our Math Teachers of the Year
Buncombe County Schools is proud to recognize two outstanding math teachers. Mr. Elliot Lunsford, of Charles D. Owen High School, is our 2019 Secondary Math Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Ashley Pace, of Enka Middle School, is our 2019 Middle School Math Teacher of the Year. Access the article below, or view the photo gallery of the announcements.

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Full STEM Ahead at Koontz Intermediate
One of the first things you’ll notice in the tidy STEM Lab at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School is the lack of chairs. That’s because the room isn’t a place for sitting still, but a place to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

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Friday Night Rivals Broadcast: Rams vs. Warriors
T.C. Roberson High challenged Clyde A. Erwin High at home on the televised Friday Night Rivals matchup! Watch below for the game recap from WLOS, as well as two new TV spots released by each school: We Will Fight for the Blue and Gold and We Are Erwin.

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Playground Project at Black Mountain Primary
Volunteers were hard at work at Black Mountain Primary School over the weekend for their KaBOOM! Playground Build. Volunteers from Foresters Financial, YMCA of Western North Carolina, Buncombe County Schools, and the Black Mountain Community spent several hours finishing work on this state-of-the-art playground that students designed. Watch the Facebook Live video below, or read more via the Black Mountain News and the YMCA of WNC.

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Pathways to a Paycheck: Middle College Students Tour Manufacturers
Buncombe County Middle College students got to picture themselves in high-tech manufacturing jobs on Tuesday. As part of a program called Pathways to a Paycheck, they toured the facilities of ABB Group in Weaverville and Eaton Corp. in Arden. The tour group saw both automated and human-driven processes – from robot arms and heavy machinery to the finesse of welders and craftsmen.

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Custodian Appreciation Day
October 2 was Custodian Appreciation Day, but it's not too late! Be sure to thank a custodian in your school. Here's a great banner that our Roberson community shared to thank their staff.

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Owen High's Service Learning Fair
At Charles D. Owen High School's Service Learning Fair, there was something for everyone. Students learned about providing hands-on help in a garden, caring for children and animals, getting involved with their local fire or sheriff's department, and more from nineteen visiting local organizations.

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National Farm to School Month
It's National Farm to School Month, and schools across North Carolina participated by serving fresh, local apples during lunch!

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Candler Teacher Returns Home After Deployment (WLOS)
"After three weeks of deployment to parts of flooded North Carolina, a kindergarten teacher at Candler Elementary School returned to her classroom.
Karina Padilla's students surprised her in the gym this morning with lots of smiles, chanting 'U.S.A.' School staff also honored her service later in the afternoon."

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Science, Global Education, and Conservation
After hearing from an expert in butterfly migration, more than 100 fourth-graders at Glen Arden Elementary placed wildflower seeds in packets, which will be distributed at future events in support of the Butterfly Highway, a statewide conservation initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats.

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BCS Foundation Clay Shoot (Photo Gallery)
The Buncombe County Schools Foundation held their annual sporting clay shoot at the Biltmore on Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Foundation, which provides funding for special programs and scholarships and grants to our students and teachers. Last year, the Foundation gave over $500,000 to support our school system.!

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Board of Education Special Recognitions (Photo Gallery)
A Number of importation recognitions occurred at the October Board of Education meeting, including two accomplished students from A.C Reynolds High and Clyde A. Erwin High.

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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!

Read more stories at BuncombeSchools.org!

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