November 5, 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.

T.C. Roberson Band Leads at Biltmore
On the heels of Halloween, the Biltmore Estate wasted no time in ushering in the holiday season. On November 1, the iconic 35-foot-tall banquet hall Christmas tree was ceremoniously delivered to the Biltmore Estate as hundreds of guests watched and cheered. Horses pulled the tree on a sleigh-like trailer featuring none other than a waving Santa Claus! Leading the way was the TC Roberson Band, performing traditional songs and bringing holiday cheer to all.

"In the T.C. Roberson Marching Band, we embrace the importance of being part of something greater than ourselves each and every day," said Director of Bands Mr. James Kirkpatrick.

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2018 Early Bird Kindergarten Tours are almost here!

Early Bird Kindergarten Tours

Reserve your spot today for Buncombe County Schools Kindergarten Enrollment Tours! It’s never too early to check out all of the programs and opportunities that Buncombe County Schools offers.

Early bird tours are set for 11/15 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. You may choose one or both tour times to get an inside look at your community schools! Simply call the school you’d like to tour to sign up. Learn more about enrollment at!

Sarah Camby: 2019 Reynolds District Teacher of the Year
Step into Ms. Sarah Camby’s fifth-grade classroom at Haw Creek Elementary School, and you’ll feel the love of learning.

“You’ll see students working together and getting really engaged,” she said. “Learning is a collaborative activity. They really learn how to express their ideas and articulate their thinking. Knowing the answer is great, but knowing the answer and being able to explain it to someone is even better. Those are the kinds of skills they’ll need when they go out into the real world.”

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

A Reynolds High athlete reads to a student at Haw Creek Elementary.

Rocket Readers Honored / Conference Title for A.C. Reynolds High
Fans cheered extra loud for the Haw Creek Elementary Hawks at Friday's football matchup between Reynolds and Roberson High schools (when the Rockets claimed the conference title for fourth straight year)! This is thanks to an innovative reading program the Rockets launched this fall that takes aim at literacy. Rocket Readers teams up younger students from Haw Creek with athletes from A.C. Reynolds High School to meet reading goals this fall, winter, and spring.

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Winter Weather Closures and Delays
It's hard to believe that winter is just around corner! When winter weather is expected, here is one thing you can count on: Buncombe County Schools will be paying very close attention. Learn all about the BCS weather closing and delay process before the cold sets in.

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Halloween in Buncombe County
As local families prepared for their annual costumed festivities, students integrated their own festivities into their schools. For example, students at Pisgah Elementary  participated in Bookoween (BCSlive video), where they came to school dressed as their favorite literary characters! At A.C. Reynolds High, talented students worked together to give the community a wonderful presentation of the classic horror tale Frankenstein! At Sand-Hill Venable Elementary and Black Mountain Elementary, students built catapults for a fun game of tiny-pumpkin-chucking! 

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Fun-draisers for Charity (Videos)
Would you rather duct tape your principal to the wall (Eblen Intermediate) or throw a cream pie in her face (WD Williams Elementary)? Our Buncombe County schools are getting creative to make their charity efforts memorable this year!

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YES Chef Culinary Competition
North Buncombe High and Erwin High ProStart students each won awards for their cook-off talents at this past weekend's YES Chef Culinary competition. The fun event not only provided friendly competition for local schools, it also raised funds for a local charity called The Joseph Initiative. Congratulations, students!

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Erwin High Advocates for Early Childhood Education
Clyde A. Erwin High students represented our school system well when they spoke at Monday's commissioner's meeting advocating for our CTE Early Childhood Education Program. That meeting included the passage of a $3.6 million Early Childhood Education (ECE) Investment fund, which includes ECE workforce development.

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Owen High's Own Barbershop Quartet: Fourmata (BCSlive video)
You'll want to hear this: Owen High's Barbershop Quartet, Fourmata, was the entertainment at the Celebrate Verner event on October 25 in downtown Asheville. Owen High School Choral Director Ms. Katie Stephens arranged for the quartet to perform, including singers Kelsey Beck, Josie Davis, Hannah VanGorder and Bethany Lanning.

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Ingles Athlete of the Week: Dylan Crook
Congratulations to Clyde A. Erwin High senior Dylan Crook of Warrior football. He's the Asheville Citizen-Times and Ingles Markets Athlete of the Week!

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Leicester Students Artwork for Charity (WLOS)
"This time of year gorgeous gourds take center stage -- but not just as jack-o-lanterns at Halloween. Pumpkins also play an important part in a local fundraiser. Students at Leicester Elementary School are voting for their favorite pumpkins that were painted by their classmates. Each vote raises money for Eblen Charities."

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Asheville Art Award for Weaverville Student
Mason McNabb, a young painter from Weaverville Elementary School, earned one of three Youth Art Awards of Excellence at the Asheville Fine Arts Show for his original work.

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Enka Soccer Upsets Cox Mill in First Round (Citizen-Times)
"The Jets earned a No. 25 seed in the 3A state playoffs, but quickly pulled of its first upset, defeating No. 8 Cox Mill 4-3 in a penalty shootout on the road to advance to Tuesday's second round."

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Go Outside and Learn (A.C. Reynolds Middle)
As vibrant fall colors cascaded down the mountains last week, A.C. Reynolds Middle School sixth-graders took in the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park – from the lofty peaks to tiny insects.

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Remembering Mr. Bobby (WLOS)
Students at Valley Springs Middle School worked on a special memorial project in honor of a beloved bus driver who recently passed away.

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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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