The 2018 Year in Review: Top 10

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The 2018 BCS Year in Review

The 2018 Year in Review: Top 10

Happy New Year! 
As we look forward to the year to come, we look back at all the good that has happened in the past 12 months.

We are incredibly proud of our accomplished students and teachers! While we couldn't possibly count all of the successes of 2018, we thought a fun way to ring in the new year would be to highlight ten of our most popular social media stories according to our online community. We hope you enjoy our 2018 Year in Review Top 10 list and a brief stroll down memory lane!

Thank you for being active in this community and doing your part to make Buncombe County Schools a special place for our students to learn and grow.

Best wishes for the new year,
Buncombe County Schools

Emma Brown of North Buncombe High School.

 #10. North Buncombe's Creed Speaker

Emma Brown wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped onto the stage in front of more than 2,200 onlookers. With her heart pounding, she took her place next to the three other capable competitors.

It was the 90th annual North Carolina Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention on June 20, and the ninth-grader of North Buncombe High School was one of four state finalists for the FFA Creed Speaking event, a long-time tradition in which students memorized the intricate five paragraph creed of the agricultural community. The state’s 25 best had already been reduced to four, and the hall fell silent as the judges prepared to announce a new state champion.


Shane Laws: Carolina Panthers/Toshiba Coach of the Week

#9. Carolina Panthers/Toshiba Coach of the Week: Shane Laws, Reynolds High
Congratulations to A.C. Reynolds High School's football coach Shane Laws! He's been named a Carolina Panther/Toshiba Coach of the Week. He's one of ten chosen from across the Carolinas for this distinction.

“The Carolina Panthers and Toshiba are proud to recognize some of the region’s most outstanding high school football coaches who give tirelessly to their teams, schools and communities. The impact made by these coaches goes well beyond the playing field,” said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers Director of Community Relations.


#8. 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.


#7. The Compassionate Schools Model
Across our state and nation, Buncombe County Schools is recognized as a leader in providing social and emotional supports for students. The Compassionate Schools model demonstrates a framework for understanding the connection between behavior, brain-based research, and academics. 

“By understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences and chronic stress on the brain, we can teach skills that better prepare our students to respond appropriately to stress,” explained Mr. David Thompson, Director of Student Services. “We also equip our teachers with tools to reconnect students to active learning and problem solving. Our ultimate goal is to have resilient students with the skills to be successful no matter their circumstances.”


#6. Snow Day French Toast
Enjoy some Snow Day French Toast, courtesy of two Clyde A. Erwin High School culinary arts students. Emily and Jenna take us through a quick lesson on how to make a tasty version of this breakfast staple! We hope you enjoy this video that was produced in Erwin's professional training kitchen. It's one of several state-of-the-art kitchens in our high schools.

#5. 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 the story or watch WLOS' coverage of this uplifting event!


Enka High Staff Surprise Students at Pep Rally.

#4. Enka High Staff Flash Mob (Facebook Live Video)
It was already a fun and energetic pep rally, but suddenly, all of the teachers and staff surprised the Enka High School students by turning the gym into a dance floor and busting a move! What a fun way to start the school year.


Brian Chandler of West Buncombe Elementary was chosen as the 2019 Principal of the Year.

#3. Our Principal of the Year: Mr. Brian Chandler
Principal Brian Chandler was with his students in the West Buncombe Elementary cafeteria when a group of administrators, principals, and staff charged into the room with balloons and a news crew! It was a surprise announcement that Mr. Chandler was chosen as our new 2019 Buncombe County Schools Principal of the Year! Congratulations, Mr. Chandler, on a job well done. Our students and teachers are fortunate to have you.

View the popular Facebook Live video of the announcement, read our full Top Story at, watch the WLOS feature, or view the Leicester Leader video on social media.


Mr. Beaver interviewed by WYFF news.

#2. Owen High's Golden Apple Award Winner
Charles D. Owen High School science teacher Mr. Beaver is a 2018 Golden Apple Award winner! He was nominated by one of his students, Lee Ann, because of his positive and caring attitude and friendly smile.

"He taught me how to handle myself and all of my school work along with extracurricular activities. He also taught me good character and how to help others," said LeeAnn.

Beaver will attend a banquet in Greenville in the Spring where the semifinalists and top Golden Apple Award winning teacher will be announced. Congratulations, Mr. Beaver!


#1. Our 2019 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Joseph "J.B." Halpin
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. “You have to give them tasks and put them in leadership roles. I spend a lot of time teaching them to be good citizens and to be good people. Because the world is difficult. You have to fight for what you get. Maybe someone has more talent than you, but it’s not OK to get out-worked.”

Mr. Halpin was selected as the Enka District Teacher of the Year AND the overall Buncombe County Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year!

The announcement and J.B.'s acceptance speech is available via Facebook Live. The full Top Story is available at


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