November 19, 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.

Kiss a Pig for Eblen Charities
"Kiss a pig! Kiss a pig!" shouted the enthusiastic students of Avery's Creek Elementary.

This year, Buncombe students and staff have been particularly inspiring in their efforts to make our community a better place. To motivate her students to raise funds for local Eblen-Kimmel Charities, Principal Denise Montgomery promised some genuine swine smooching if students were able to to meet their $5,000 charity goal! In the end, they raised $5,500.63. So, being true to her word, Ms. Montgomery and other Roberson staff had to pucker up to some pigs! The other pork kissers were Assistant Principal Ms. Lisa Wallin, art teacher Mr. Ernie Wince, and Coach Colton Brackett. 

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Call your school to schedule your kindergarten tour today!

Thank you for making this week's Early Bird Kindergarten Tours a success! We were able to meet many wonderful people in our community and answer their questions about this pivotal next step in their child's life. Couldn't join us? We'll be having more tours in the spring, and you can always call your neighborhood school with questions, or to schedule a visit.

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NC Dept. of Environmental Quality Secretary Regan visits BCS.

Leading the Way to a Cleaner Future
Innovative energy conservation projects in Buncombe County Schools gained attention from across the state on Thursday. North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan toured the Nesbitt Discovery Academy to learn more about local efforts to improve efficiency and sustainability. (Also, see WLOS' coverage of the Secretary's visit.)

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Now in All Districts: Dual Language Spanish Immersion
Imagine your child thriving in Spanish-language classrooms throughout elementary school. They will learn to speak, read, and write in both languages at the same time! This year, West Buncombe Elementary, Candler Elementary, and North Buncombe Elementary join four other BCS schools around the districts offering dual language programs! Learn more in this short video.

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Educators Honored by Gardner-Webb
This year, Mr. Joseph Hough, BCS Assistant Superintendent and 30-year National Guardsman, and Ms. Deborah Presnell, A.C. Reynolds High Class of 1980, author, and educator for more than two decades, joined the ranks of the Gardner-Webb’s Distinguished Alumni.

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#BCSgrad Luke Combs Wins at CMA Awards (WLOS)
A former A.C. Reynolds Rocket has taken his talent well beyond Buncombe County Schools. Luke Combs, a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School, earned "New Artist of the Year" at the CMA Awards this week in Nashville. WLOS caught up with retired BCS chorus teacher Janis Bryant who helped Combs on his road to success. 

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Outward Bound: Owen Middle and High
About 80 students from Charles D. Owen Middle School and 12 from Charles D. Owen High School enjoyed the cool weather during a special team building day through Outward Bound. This is part of the Owen District's Community School focus which ensures middle school students get an early start on preparing for life in high school.

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Dialing Up the Arts
Teachers brightened up a gray and gloomy day with some lively music, theater, art, and dance professional development. As part of our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program along with LEAF Community Arts, our teachers explored art and global education this morning. They spent the afternoon developing lesson plans to bring what they learned today to their students.

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#BCSlive: Kindergarten Bubbles at West Buncombe Elementary
During Tuesday’s STEM Lab, West Buncombe Elementary kindergarteners learned about what makes bubbles special, then they got to make their own. STEM Labs, now at every BCS elementary and intermediate school, are spaces where students learn to collaboratively solve problems using the Engineering Design process.

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School Nutrition Celebrates Thanksgiving
The Buncombe County Schools Nutrition Department celebrated Thanksgiving early with a special turkey lunch served at our schools Wednesday. Many students invited their parents or grandparents to enjoy this special meal. Here's a look at a few pictures from Johnston Elementary School.

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Thanks to Teachers: Annie Choi & Jenni Wiseman (WLOS)
In this latest Thanks to Teachers segment from WLOS, Karen Wynne introduces us to two A.C. Reynolds High School teachers using a sweet activity to teach their students important lessons.

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Cooking with Coach at Fairview Elementary
Don't miss this latest installment of Fairview Elementary School's "Cooking with Coach." In this video, Coach Cheatham and Coach Jordan show us how to make a rosemary chicken potato pizza. Enjoy!

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Old Skill Gets New Life at Woodfin (WLOS)
Students Woodfin Elementary School are using the iconic artistic tradition of quilting to bring comfort to those who need it most.

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Erwin High Football Conquers First Round (Citizen-Times)
The Clyde A. Erwin High Warriors conquered the first round and then some, becoming the fourth Erwin squad in history to secure a 10-win season, the first since 2010, in a 48-21 win over No. 11 Alexander Central (9-3) on Friday night.

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Rockets Defeat AL Brown in Round One (Citizen-Times)
The A.C. Reynolds High School Rockets defeated AL Brown 35-28 on Friday night.

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Black Mountain Third-graders Learn about Government (Black Mtn News)
Over 120 students from Black Mountain Primary School visited town hall on Nov. 8 and 9 for Town Hall Day.

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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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