January 7, 2019

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.

Robot Theater: North Windy Ridge Intermediate
Our comprehensive #AIG program focuses on creative exploration, challenging instructional practices, rigorous content investigation, a deep belief in the value of each student, and a collective responsibility for the design of a healthy and productive future.

"We want to inspire students to be engaged leaders who apply information to better our communities, nation, and world," said Chris Cutshall, lead AIG facilitator for grades 5-12.

Many thanks to Buncombe County Schools Foundation and Duke Energy for funding this program, which will continue to expand to other sixth-grade classrooms across the district.

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Stay Informed about Winter Weather

We're committed to bringing our community members the information they need, when they need it! In the event that school must be delayed or closed due to severe weather or an emergency situation, we rely on multiple outlets to give our families options. (Learn more about the decision-making process for winter weather delays and closures.)

Visit notifications.buncombeschools.org to learn more about our information channels, as well as customizing your phone calls.

2019 Calendar Update
Due to the three days missed across the district during last month’s snow storm, we will convert Tuesday, January 22, into a full day of school for students. Also, to give schools time to transition to the second semester, Friday, January 18, will now be an early dismissal day. Monday, January 21, will remain a holiday, and there will be no school that day.

The other two days missed will be made up at the end of our school year moving the final day for students to Tuesday, June 11. View the full announcement and translations on Facebook.

Dual Language students at Oakley Elementary.

Spanish Immersion at Oakley Elementary
In Ms. De La Rosa’s first-grade dual language class at Oakley Elementary School, students were dressed as various characters that are part of traditional Colombian Carnaval celebrations. Each week, students are part of cultural exchange activities like this. They regularly Skype-in Spanish- with a class of first-graders at a school in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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It's Time for Kindergarten! (Jan. 10 Informational Event)
Want to know more about the opportunities in Buncombe County Schools for your rising Kindergartener? Our community partner, Buncombe Partnership for Children, is hosting two sessions next Thursday, January 10. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your questions answered!

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Investing in Teachers
The best teachers are those who never stop learning. Thanks to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) for hosting the Teacher Leadership Institute gathering at the start of this new semester!

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Asheville Chevrolet Coach of the Month: Kyle Regan
Enka High School's veteran coach Kyle Reagan has been recognized as the Asheville Citizen Times / Asheville Chevrolet Coach of the Month! The '07 Enka grad has been coaching since '09, and currently serves as the varsity girls basketball head coach. 

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25 Years of the Nutcracker at North Buncombe Elementary
A hush fell over the packed auditorium at North Buncombe Elementary as the thick curtain prepared to open. Students lined up backstage in colorful, elaborate costumes, preparing to make life-long memories to mirror those of their parents. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score began to play from the loudspeakers, and as the audience cheered, the 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker began.

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Best-Selling Author Speaks to Erwin High Students
Author, human rights activist, and former child soldier Ishmael Beah had a message for Clyde A. Erwin High School students: celebrate and appreciate each moment. “Every day when I wake up, I'm thankful,” he said. “I survived, so I must have a purpose. I take the best of what I can from life. I have the strength to overcome.”

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Athlete of the Week: Noah Moore, C.D. Owen High
Senior Charles D. Owen High School basketball player Noah Moore has been chosen as the Asheville Citizen Times and Ingles Markets Athlete of the Week! Congratulations, Noah.

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Never Stop Learning: New Year's Resolutions (WLOS)
These ambitious second-graders are making their own resolutions for the New Year! Step inside Ms. Merritt's Avery's Creek Elementary classroom and hear their big plans for 2019.

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Headlock on Hunger at Enka High (Citizen-Times)
Our local Enka High School Jets hosted Eblen-Kimmel Charities' Headlock on Hunger wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 5! Check out these up close and intense photos of the charity event provided by the Asheville Citizen Times.

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Thanks to Teachers: Bonnie Bullman (WLOS)
Our local WLOS news highlights Weaverville Primary School's kindergarten teacher Ms. Bonnie Bullman in this newest Thanks to Teachers feature!

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Erwin Warriors Girls Basketball Wins Tournament
Congratulations to the Clyde A. Erwin High Lady Warriors Basketball Team for winning the Freedom High School Christmas Basketball Tournament. Way to go, ladies! Here's their team photo, posing with their new trophy.

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Citizen-Times' All-WNC Track Team List
The Asheville Citizen Times has published its latest All-WNC 2018 Cross Country boys and girls team lists, recognizing student athletes for their exceptional accomplishments on the field. (For recent similar lists including girls golf, boys soccer, and volleyball, view the Citizen Times articles on their website!) We're proud of the accomplishments of our BCS student athletes, who regularly are recognized for their hard work.

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2018 BCS 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. (And who doesn't love a good old Top 10 list?)

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