October 22, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

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.

Art from Around the World through LEAF Community Arts
Professionals from various art backgrounds and from around the world brought their expertise in drumming, singing, music, woodworking and more to our students last week thanks to LEAF Community Arts. The artists spent multiple days at each school as part of a residency program that helps introduce young students to global cultures.

Our Post of the Week is a short video from Barnardsville Elementary, where a master djembe performer taught students about his music from Ivory Coast, Africa. Some of the other schools visited included Pisgah Elementary, Owen High, Oakley Elementary, Avery's Creek Elementary, and Eblen Intermediate. Read more in our BuncomeSchools.org Top Story.

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Paul Irvin: 2019 "At-Large" District Teacher of the Year
Paul Irvin brings a unique take to teaching history – he’s helped write it. Irvin spent more than a decade in the in the Washington D.C. TV news market, where he experienced the dynamics of politics and city life. He now teaches social studies at the Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy (NDA).

“A lot of what we did in the news business was educate the public, so it was a pretty easy decision to move into education,” Irvin said. “I enjoy working with young people, especially high school, because the impact is often immediate... I want to give them the tools to think.”

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

Lt. Mike Ruby speaks to BCS stakeholders about school safety.

BCS Working for a Safer Tomorrow
Buncombe County Schools is committed to student and staff safety, whether on campus, on the bus, or online. During the annual Districtwide Advisory Council meeting at North Buncombe High School on Tuesday, parents, teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders discussed safety improvements, infrastructure, and protocols.

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Friday Night Rivals: Rockets vs. Blackhawks
The A.C. Reynolds Rockets faced off against the North Buncombe Blackhawks in the long-awaited televised event made possible by WLOS and WMYA MY 40. As part of the festivities, each high school launched their own new promotional TV spot, which first aired during the broadcast. Click below to watch North Buncombe's 30 second video, or check out the Rockets' new promo on Facebook. (The Citizen-Times also created this fantastic photo gallery from Friday night's game!)

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Early College Offers College Credit
At Buncombe County Early College, students were hard at work this week in Biology 111 creating models of glucose molecules and starting a new lab project about enzymes. This is the first year the course has been available to Early College students and it takes place in one of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech’s well-equipped science laboratories in the Sycamore building.

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Thanks to Teachers: Ms. Erin Smith, Pisgah Elementary (WLOS)
In this Thanks to Teachers local news feature, meet kindergarten teacher Ms. Erin Smith of Pisgah Elementary School, who parents trust to care for new students in her fun and engaging classroom!

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Reynolds Middle: What "Matters" in Science
Students at A. C. Reynolds Middle School are getting their hands dirty learning about science! We dropped by Ms. Williams 6th grade class as her students learned about matter. They got their hands on different types of matter and worked in groups to define the characteristics.

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National School Lunch Week
Happy National School Lunch Week, Buncombe County Schools! Take a moment to thank those in our schools who work hard to serve us every day. We love our nutrition staff (and all of the delicious lunches they provide)!

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Reynolds Alum Honored as Coach of the Month
This BCS grad (A.C. Reynolds High School Class of '92), former Rockets' coach, and breast cancer survivor is honored by local media for her success- on and off the #volleyball court! Congrats, Ms. Ledford.

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Educator Spotlight: Ms. Dancy-Jones, Erwin High
We love seeing our teachers continually pursuing a greater impact on students and the community! At Clyde A. Erwin High, science teacher Ms. Lily Dancy-Jones is a leader in environmental stewardship, now completing a certification in N.C. Environmental Education.

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Homework Diners: Happening Now!
The United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County have teamed up with Buncombe County Schools for another year of Homework Diners! Families are welcome to enjoy a meal and students can get help with their homework once a week. Learn more and find the upcoming schedule and locations.

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

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

Tim Reaves
Digital Communications Specialist

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