November 13, 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.

All-County High School Honors Chorus
Each year, students from all Buncombe County Schools’ choral programs audition to take part in a two-day choral clinic that culminates in a performance inside the stunning First Baptist Church of Asheville sanctuary. This year’s concert was a treat for music lovers as talented young voices reverberated together in celebration of artistic diversity.

“The students from our county high schools have been working hard these past two months to learn a varied repertoire of music,” explained Ms. Jeannie Graeme, Choral Director at North Buncombe High School. “They’re singing in multiple languages and in different styles, so it’s been a great a challenge and a real joy to teach them." 

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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!

JB Halpin: 2019 Enka District and BCS Teacher of the Year
In J.B. Halpin’s classroom, there's only one way to be: your very best. The Pisgah Elementary School fourth-grade teacher makes sure that no student spends the day sitting down. The children walk each other through math problems in class groups and on the interactive white board, and Halpin teaches them to give each other open, honest feedback. The classroom ethic centers around working hard and working smart.

“If you to have kids who are responsible, you have to put some responsibility on their shoulders,” Halpin said.

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

Flag Ceremony for Veterans Day
In honor of veterans nationwide, the T.C. Roberson High School Air Force JROTC students performed a respectful folding of the American flag as part of a Veterans Day celebration held Friday, November 9, at Avery's Creek Elementary.

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2019/2020 Academic Calendar Approved
The calendar for the 2019/2020 school year was approved by the Board of Education at November's regular meeting. Our school year will begin on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, for students and their last day is May 29, 2020.

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Counselors & Social Worker of the Year
Congratulations to the BCS School Counselors and Social Worker of the Year! These four extremely skilled and dedicated professionals have been recognized by their peers for their leadership, outstanding programming, and variety of supports they provide to students, family, and teachers. 

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BCS Health Specialist Wins State Honor
Adolescence can feel like an awkward time for both girls and boys. But students are in luck, because they have specialists like Ms. Amanda “Mandy” Gladys, who combines her expert knowledge of tricky subjects with straightforward honesty. The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport Management recently named Gladys as one of two North Carolina Health Educators of the Year!

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Reynolds High's Award-Winning Theatre
Congratulations are in order for the talented thespians of A.C. Reynolds High School, who brought a number of awards home to Asheville from the 2018 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) High School Play Festival! Under the leadership of theatre arts teacher Mr. Robert Reid Goodson ("Mr. G"), Students performed their recent horror-hit Frankenstein, as well as a student written piece entitled Fractured.

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WomanUp Award for Buncombe Foundation
The director of the BCS Foundation, Lisa Adkins, received an important honor at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual WomanUp breakfast. This event brings together hundreds of leaders and entrepreneurs in the Asheville area to help recognize and celebrate the contributions of women to their respective fields. Lisa Adkins was the recipient of the “Outstanding Woman in Non-profit Leadership Award”, sponsored by TD Bank!

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Rangers Visit Johnston Elementary
Did you know that there are 418 parks in the National Park System? How about the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway – 469 miles? Fourth-graders at Johnston Elementary School learned that and much more on Thursday when two U.S. Forest Service rangers came to talk about the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park Service.

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Black Mountain Primary Playground in Action
Students at Black Mountain Primary School enjoyed the cool fall weather on their brand new playground this week! As part of a major community effort, volunteers spent a Saturday last month building this awesome and modern playset.

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Reynolds Soccer Upsets #1 Charlotte Catholic (Citizen-Times)
A.C. Reynolds High's soccer team was proud to make it to the third round of the 3A soccer playoffs this year. One of their proudest playoff moments was a win over Charlotte Catholic on Tuesday. As reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times High School Huddle: "Luke Sloan's goal in the second half was enough to give Reynolds the biggest upset of the 3A soccer playoffs thus far."

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Outstanding Math Teachers at Owen High, Haw Creek, Enka Middle
Charles D. Owen High School math teacher Elliot Lunsford was recognized as the BCS Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher of the Year at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) State Math Conference last week! Retired BCS Elementary Math Coach and former Haw Creek Elementary teacher Marta Garcia received the Rankin Award -- the lifetime achievement award for NCCTM. (BCS also honored Enka Middle School math teacher Ashley Pace as our 2019 Middle School Math Teacher of the Year.)

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Learning About Elections (WLOS)
With so much happening on the national stage with elections, BCS students took their turn at polls inside their schools! See what students learned at Hominy Valley Elementary and Avery's Creek Elementary as students campaigned and voted for their classmates.

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Never Stop Learning: Candler Elementary's Storybook Parade (WLOS)
Candler Elementary School students celebrated their love of reading with a storybook character parade!

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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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