November 26, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Fairview Elementary dads have come together to form a unique club that benefits their children and the school.

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.

Daybreak with Dad
Fairview Elementary School dads have come together to form a unique club that benefits their children and the school.

Brian Fuchs started the FES Dads Club about five years ago when his oldest daughter was in Kindergarten. He wanted to get some dads together to build strong relationships with each other and their kids. He says their first event unexpectedly drew hundreds of dads- they almost didn’t have space to accommodate the large crowd. Now, five years later, the organization is still growing and getting stronger.

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BCSlive: Drumming Up Character
At Weaverville Elementary School, music is helping students learn to work together, both in performance and in life. During their recent interactive percussion event, every student had the opportunity to play an instrument. Working with visiting Dancing Drum instructor Steve Campbell required students to focus on teamwork and listening skills, as they pounded out rhythms and called out lyrics in unison.

At the call-and-answer style workshop, students not only learned about their specific instrument, they were also taught the character qualities of model citizens and classmates — that being fair, caring, responsible, and respectful are “the way to be.”

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Jeffrey Whitenack is one of the most talented high school musicians in the country, according to the National Association for Music Education.

Roberson Trombonist Among Nation's Best
Jeffrey Whitenack is one of the most talented high school musicians in the country, according to the National Association for Music Education. Based on his ranking with the All-State Honors Band, the Roberson trombonist was eligible to audition for the prestigious All-National band, ultimately earning third chair on the honors symphony orchestra roster. In this orchestra of 122 instrumentalists, Whitenack is the only brass instrumentalist representing North Carolina, and one of only six trombonists chosen in the United States.

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Bright Holidays for Hospice Patients
Black Mountain Elementary students are making the holidays special for hospice patients in the area. Working in groups, students decorated trees that will be delivered to patients through Care Partners. There were 50 trees delivered and distributed to patients recently.

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Christy Cheek Day in Buncombe County
According to Buncombe County Government: November 30, 2018 is hereby proclaimed as “Christy Cheek Day” in Buncombe County. Christy Cheek has been employed for over 31 years as an educator with the Buncombe County Schools as a Classroom Teacher, Career & Technical Education Coordinator and Career & Technical Education Director; and has left a positive mark on every person and program she has worked with including students, teachers, employers, public officials, and others. (Check out the delicious meal students from North Buncombe and T.C. Roberson High Schools cooked up for Ms. Cheek's career and retirement celebration held last week!)

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2018 North Carolina Honors Choruses
Talented student singers were showcased at the forty-second annual North Carolina Music Educator’s Association (NCMEA) gathering in Winston Salem. On November 10 and 11, 2018, the audition-based, state-wide High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Honors Choruses each stood in the limelight, with a number of Buncombe County Schools performers in their ranks.

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Rockets Advance Third Round in Playoffs
The A.C. Reynolds High School Rockets continue their run in the state football playoffs after a win over Sun Valley on Friday. The Rockets take on Mt. Tabor at home this upcoming Friday at 7:30pm.

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Buncombe Schools in Asheville Holiday Parade
It was a festive morning in downtown Asheville when several of our Buncombe students marched, danced, cheered - and even jumped rope - through the city streets! November 17 marked the 72nd annual Asheville Holiday Parade, and we're grateful to be part of this tradition.

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Visual Arts Portfolio Day at Reynolds High
Junior and Senior Visual Art students got a taste of college life as they participated in the First Annual BCS Portfolio Day at A.C. Reynolds High School. Art students brought their 2-D, 3-D, and digital portfolios of their work for professors to critique and to receive feedback.

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Elementary Career Day
Thanks to the professionals in our community who are willing to volunteer their time and inspire our students during events like Career Day! Last week, schools including Haw Creek Elementary and North Buncombe Elementary (linked below) held their career days to help students get an early start thinking about their futures.

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Never Stop Learning about Avery's Creek Elementary (WLOS)
Students at Avery's Creek Elementary got in the spirit of Thanksgiving by building their own version of the Mayflower.

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Bricks 4 Kidz at Johnston Elementary
Every BCS elementary and intermediate school has a STEM Lab, where students work together to connect what they learn in the classroom with hands-on engineering challenges.

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Readers are Leaders at Johnston Elementary
For their Readers are Leaders celebration, students and teachers paraded around the school's flagpole on Tuesday dressed as characters from their favorite books. A few classes all took on themes, like Harry Potter or The Three Little Pigs.

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Owen Middle: Leopards, Turkeys and Bears!
Leopards and turkeys and bears, oh my! This week, students at Charles D. Owen Middle School (OMS) heard a fascinating presentation from local author Amy Cherrix, who recently released a book about the urban/suburban black bear population in Western North Carolina.

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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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