January 21, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Local performer Billy Jonas teaches students how to play with homemade instruments!

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.

Homemade Music: Billy Jonas at Avery's Creek
There were handmade shakers and bells taped to his feet when musician Billy Jonas stepped out to introduce himself at Avery's Creek Elementary this week. Whether he was banging on water bottles and buckets, strumming his guitar or dancing, the message of love, unity, and making music anywhere came through loud and clear.

“Did you put more love in the world today?” Billy sang while walking among the students.

He explained that his found-object approach lets students see “that they can make instruments and music with anything, anywhere, anytime, and with anyone.”

(This Post of the Week also includes a #BCSlive video clip of Billy's performance! Don't miss our full photo gallery and WLOS' coverage, as well.)

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Enka Middle School's science fair was fully of variety!

Enka Middle Science Fair Impresses
BCS students are future-focused, embracing possibilities. That much was obvious at last week’s Enka Middle School (EMS) eighth-grade science fair, where an impressive variety of experiments – from nuclear batteries to crime scene analysis to cellular biology –revealed eclectic student interests.

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Fairview Tops Fed Cup Challenge
With skill, persistence, and creative collaboration, Fairview Elementary School fourth-graders won first place in a #STEM challenge to create a special trophy for the upcoming Fed Cup tennis tournament.

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Heritage Night at Koontz Intermediate
Everyone comes from somewhere. That was the idea behind Heritage Night at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate school, when families celebrated the many cultures within their walls with an engaging evening of global exploration. The aroma of delicious homemade meals filled the air, and the sounds of singing, dancing, and instruments reverberated from the gymnasium. (Read the full story here at BuncombeSchools.org, or click the link below to see the photo gallery on Facebook!)

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Roberson Coaching at Carolinas Classic
When North and South Carolina face off for the Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games game on March 23 in Wilmington, a familiar face will be seen coaching the women's team toward victory. Coach Laura Foster of T.C. Roberson High School’s varsity girls basketball program will be serving as the Assistant Coach of our state team. Coach Foster called the experience “a coach’s dream.”

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Eblen Dental Program in 20th Year
Thanks to the Eblen Dental Sealant Partnership, Johnston Elementary School second-graders have a lot to smile about! On Friday, the students went to the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech. They received free dental sealants, which help prevent cavities and promote oral hygiene.

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Valley Springs: Fiddlin' with Dr. Robinson (Video)
When the Valley Springs Middle School Orchestra took the stage for their Winter Concert, they had one more musician than they expected! Dr. David Robinson, the school's principal, grabbed his fiddle and led them in a local folk song. As you'll hear in the introduction, the students learned this song the "old school" way- without any sheet music!

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A New Kind of Chess at Owen High
Students in Ms. Ashley Hanna’s Digital Design and Animation class at Charles D. Owen High School have wrapped up a unique project. These students spent first semester learning the basics of digital art and 2D and 3D computer design. Using their 3D printer, Hanna wanted the students to collaborate and cooperate to design and print a chess set.

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Dual Language Gaining Ground (WLOS)
The dual language program in Buncombe County Schools is catching the eye of educators from around the state. A team from an elementary school in Hickory, NC stopped by Avery's Creek Elementary to learn more about this innovative approach to learning!

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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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