October 29, 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.

Firefighters for Literacy
It was all about reading when firefighters from Asheville Fire Fighters Association (IAFF Local 332) and the Asheville Fire Department visited William W. Estes Elementary school. The students (clad in pajamas for Pajama Day) joined the firefighters in the gymnasium while the Pipes and Drums ensemble roared with wonderful melodies and rhythms. At the schoolwide pep rally, students learned that the firefighters would be spending the school year encouraging them to open books through frequent visits. Through their reading, students will earn prizes and have the chance to win a ride to school in a real fire engine!

Follow the linked button below for our Facebook Post of the Week, or watch WLOS' coverage of this uplifting event!

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2019/20 Academic Calendar Announcement
We want to inform our parents and staff that the state has granted Buncombe County Schools a weather calendar waiver for next school year. As such, we will start the 2019/20 school year about a week earlier than previously, as well as wrap up the year earlier. The BCS Calendar Committee is finalizing a recommendation for the Board of Education. The new calendar will likely be considered at the November/December board meeting.

Learn more about this waiver, as well as our current methods for BCS notifications during the upcoming winter season.

Kylie Peek: 2019 North Buncombe District Teacher of the Year
Barnardsville Elementary School first-grade teacher Ms. Kylie Peek makes her classroom a place of encouragement and fun.

“Every day I strive for smiles,” she said. “I’m a positive person, and my teaching style is very active. We’re dancing; we’re up and moving.”

Peek is Barnardsville’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, and at the May school board meeting she was named North Buncombe District Teacher of the Year. First grade, she said, is a pivotal year, where children meet the challenges of reading, writing, and math. They also grow into independent thinkers.

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

The Quilters of Woodfin Elementary

Woodfin Quilters Make a Difference
Peyton Powell’s third-grade students at Woodfin Elementary School are stitching together math, art, and social-emotional learning as they make quilts for sick children. They designed their own quilt layouts and used the rows and columns to visualize multiplication. They signed the backs with special messages, and when they finish the quilts, the students will give them away.

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North Ninja Ridge Intermediate (#BCSlive Video)
The morning fog was appropriately thick as ninjas crawled, crept, and ran outside North Windy Ridge Intermediate School on October 19. Students and parents alike were clad in black for the school’s first Ninja Run, which stressed teamwork to overcome six challenging obstacle stations, and featured plenty of fearsome war cries and silly martial arts moves.

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Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month: Mr. Hyatt, Weaverville Elementary
Mr. Jason Hyatt was enjoying a normal day of serving and teaching students at Weaverville Elementary School when two local radio stars from Mix 96.5 stormed into the cafeteria! The fourth-grade teaching assistant and bus driver heard his name called by Tammy and Kipper of the Morning Mix and soon learned he had been chosen as the station's official Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month, based on a nomination by educators at his school!

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Never Stop Learning: Ugandan Culture at Haw Creek (WLOS)
In this latest Never Stop Learning news feature, we go on a trip around the world with Haw Creek Elementary students without leaving Asheville. Thanks to Carrie Wagner, a photographer, writer, and former Haw Creek parent, students learned more about Ugandan culture through her unique program.

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North Buncombe's Memory Project
North Buncombe High School art teacher Ms. Claire Simpson-Jones admitted it can get quite teary in her art room. This is especially true when her Advanced Art students are working on the Memory Project through a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization, now going on its fifth year at North Buncombe. The aim is to create portraits of children from around the world who have faced exceptional challenges, empowering them and underscoring the value of their stories.

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Reynolds Middle at Treetops
A.C. Reynolds Middle School students formed strong bonds with each other and many overcame their fears this week during their annual sixth grade field trip to the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. Students spent part of their day there for some team building and time on the ropes course.

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FCCLA Builds Student Leaders
Student leaders took a deep dive into career and personal development Tuesday during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (#FCCLA) meeting at Brookstone Church in Weaverville.

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Owen Middle Art Showcased
Take a moment to see this wonderful art created by Sadie DeBeer, Ember Eastridge, Sarah McMahan, and Jadeyn Favrot of Owen Middle. Their artwork was chosen to be added to the Buncombe County Schools central office student art collection.

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Superheroes for Charity
At W.D. Williams Elementary, students (dressed like superheroes) have already raised over $1,000 toward their $2,100 goal for local non-profit Eblen Charities. Get a load of these heroic costumes students wore to school to show their support!

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Asheville Symphony at Oakley Elementary 
(#BCSlive Video)
Underneath a large mural that reads, “We are the Future Rockets,” Oakley Elementary students sat and listened to four visiting musicians from the Asheville Symphony this week. In addition to performing selections for the students, the musicians answered questions about their craft and explained how their instruments work.

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Enka High's Award-Winning FFA
The Enka High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) mechanics team placed 8th in the nation at the 91st annual FFA convention this week! Colby Ford placed 6th in the Nation for individual competition, and Kevin Franklin walked across the National stage to receive an honorary National FFA degree.

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Imagine Math: Weaverville Elementary
Weaverville Elementary School fourth-grader Jesufemi Ajiboye is ranked number one in the state this week in the Imagine Math program.

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Ram Rapid Sports Update (Golden Fleece)
The student journalists of T.C. Roberson High are doing an impressive job keeping their school community informed and involved. Here's one of their recent Ram Rapid Sports Updates, as shared via the school's official Facebook page. Well done, Golden Fleece!

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Erwin Middle's Multicultural Night 
(#BCSlive Video)
Clyde A Erwin Middle families from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei donned handmade skirts and performed the traditional Fenua Mata'i'oa dance at MultiCultural Night on Thursday.

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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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