January 28, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The BCS Aquatic Center held it's first meet on Thursday, January 24.

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.

BCS Aquatic Center Opens
The beautiful Buncombe County Schools Aquatic Center hosted its first swim meet of the season on Thursday after students took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the center’s grand opening.

“It’s going to host so many things that will benefit our entire Buncombe County community," said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. "We are very excited about the future.”

(There was a lot of buzz about the new pool! Check out the stories by WLOS, the Asheville Citizen-Times, and Buncombe County Government. Also, check out our interactive panoramic photo on Facebook!)

See the Post of the Week!




Reader's Best Friend
Learning to read can be “ruff,” so Emma Elementary fetched some four-legged facilitators. Certified therapy dogs Buster and Dixie give students a level of comfort and confidence that allows them to push their reading levels higher.

Find out more!

Teachers across the county were recognized for their exceptional service to students in Buncombe County!

2020 Teachers of the Year Announced
Classrooms erupted in cheers this past week as schools across Buncombe County announced their new 2020 Teachers of the Year! The annual tradition recognizes teachers of exceptional skill and commitment, and is an opportunity for teachers to recognize peers who exemplify the profession and its values.

Find out more!

Mr. Bobby Bowens: Paving the Way for Equality
Mr. Bobby, as he was affectionally called by those who rode bus number 68, was not only a beloved driver of more than a decade, he was also the first African American to ever serve as an Asheville firefighter.

Find out more!

Artists bring their unique experience to students and teachers across our county thanks to an ongoing partnership with LEAF.

LEAF at North Buncombe Middle
North Buncombe Middle School recently hosted two LEAF Community Arts artists who taught the students about hip hop and freestyle dance. Nex Millen and Otto Vasquez brought a unique lesson about music, rhythm, and dance to a lively assembly.

Find out more!

Valley Springs Studies Etiquette
Students at Valley Springs Middle School are learning important lessons about manners and etiquette in Mr. Jackson's Meal Manners enrichment class! Boys and girls spent the last nine weeks learning about writing thank you notes, RSVPs, dining etiquette, proper handshake technique, etc.

Find out more!


Never Stop Learning: Estes Elementary Learns about Wildlife (WLOS)
Students at William W. Estes Elementary got an amazing lesson on conservation and protecting the environment! As reported in this latest "Never Stop Learning" segment: Senior naturalist Jen Knight, of Balsam Mountain Trust in Sylva, uses the birds [like eagles] to teach people about the natural world around them and how to protect it.

Find out more!

Build Your Dream House (Cane Creek Middle)
“If you had $300,000 to build your dream house, what would it look like?” No, this wasn’t on HGTV! This was the question posed to seventh-graders in Mr. Todd’s STEM and PLTW - Project Lead The Way class at Cane Creek Middle School with the challenge to dream big, and then build smaller models to scale!

Find out more!

Author Greg Howard at Owen Middle
Thanks to an ongoing partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Tenessee Author Greg Howard paid a visit to Charles D. Owen Middle School students last Thursday.

Find out more!

What Does Public Education Mean to You?
Here’s how a few familiar people answered this question, including Roy Williams, T.C. Roberson High School graduate and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill coach; Governor Roy Cooper; and The Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon! The Public School Forum of North Carolina also asked educators from across the state. We love what they have to say!

Find out more!

Erwin High's Athletics Hall of Fame
The 2018 Clyde A. Erwin High Hall of Fame 2018 Class of Inductees were inducted on Friday night, January 25, bringing the total number of inductees to 55.

Find out more!

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!


Read more stories at BuncombeSchools.org!

Like what you see?

Don't forget to share our articles on social media! Just look for our share buttons above any BuncombeSchools.org article.


The Buncombe County Schools Week in Review highlights some of the important stories making news in our districts and schools each week. When sharing about your BCS school or event on social media, be sure to use hashtags #WeAreBCS, #BCSadvantage, and #BCS!

The Week in Review is created and maintained by the Communications Department:

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

Tim Reaves
Digital Communications Specialist

The BCS Communications Dept.
Department of Communications
175 Bingham Road, Asheville NC 28806
(828) 350-2261

Have a story idea?
We'd love to hear about it. Email us at communications@bcsemail.org.


Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.