February 4, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

 The Rocket Readers celebrated another important milestone this year.

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.

Rocket Readers
The Rocket Readers celebrated another important milestone this year. Last semester, Katy Laws of Haw Creek Elementary and her husband Shane Laws of A.C. Reynolds High launched the Rocket Readers Program. This encourages the elementary-aged students to read four books in just a few weeks. If the students meet this goal, their reward is a "Rocket All-Star Break" which is a visit from Reynolds High School student-athletes. The effort couldn't be more successful!

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Congratulations to our new #BCSgrads!

Mid-Year Graduation
Congratulations to all the students who graduated from Buncombe County Schools during the mid-year graduation ceremony held on Saturday, Feb. 2. You stepped up to the challenge and met your success. View our article and photo gallery!

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BCS Kindergarten Tours are Feb 21!


Kindergarten Tours: Feb. 21
Call your school to reserve your spot during the February 21 kindergarten tours! Tours will be given at 9am and 1pm, and it's a fantastic way to meet your new principal, ask questions, and see all that is in store for your new student!

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This year’s high school Voice of Democracy theme was “Why My Vote Matters,” and the middle school Patriot’s Pen theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Veterans Honor Student-Authors
On January 24, the middle and high school students gathered at the VFW POST 891 to be recognized for their thoughtful writing about American values, such as the right to vote. This year’s high school Voice of Democracy theme was “Why My Vote Matters,” and the middle school Patriot’s Pen theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

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Hurricane Help-Bots at North Windy Ridge Intermediate
A fictional Hurricane scenario required fifth- and sixth-grade students in Mr. Russell Thompson’s STEM class to do some serious problem-solving as they built and programmed LEGO EV3 robots to save the day and rescue a small toy man named Bob.

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Owen High Wrestles Way to Top
Congrats to these student-athletes from Charles D. Owen High School for their amazing performance at the Western Highlands Conference Wrestling Tournament.

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Coach Laws Headed to Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
A.C. Reynolds High School's Coach Shane Laws will represent Buncombe County Schools at this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Coach Laws will be an assistant coach for the game; he will coach quarterbacks and coordinate the offense. He was selected from coaches around the state.

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All-Carolina Honors Choir Shines
Some of Western North Carolina’s finest young voices travelled to Wingate University to join the 2019 ninth and tenth grade All-Carolina Select Choir. The 140-singer group was composed of students from North and South Carolina, carefully selected from over 600 auditions. This year, ten students represented Buncombe County Schools on the stage.

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Blackhawks Push into Top Conference Spot
North Buncombe High School defeated North Henderson 82-58 on Friday night, giving the Blackhawks the top rank in the Western Mountain 3A conference with three conference games remaining. (Also, senior Ren Dyer has become only the fifth Buncombe County player in history to be chosen to play in the North-South Basketball Classic next month in Wilmington.)

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Roberson's Grace Stanek: NC Distinguished Young Woman
Grace Stanek of T.C. Roberson High School has been named the 60th Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina! We are incredibly proud of this student's character and accomplishments.

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Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month: Ms. Blanco of Avery's Creek
Congratulations to Ms. Milena Blanco, an Avery's Creek Elementary dual language teacher! She was nominated for the Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month! Watch Tammy and Kipper surprise Ms. Blanco with the news!

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Fairview Elementary's Buddy Benches
Fairview Elementary School (FES) finished up a special project this week with the help of the FES Dads Club. There are now "Buddy Benches" on two playgrounds at Fairview. The Dads Club and their children built the benches and the art teacher helped the students paint them.

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Asheville Bulldogs Mascot Honors Oakley Students
As Oakley Elementary School students were recognized for displaying the three Rs (Respectful, Responsible, and Resourceful), they were joined by UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics mascot Rocky! It was wonderful to see our community come together to celebrate student success and reinforce character.

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An Innovative Media Center 
Karen Yutzy, media specialist at Fairview Elementary School, unveiled innovative upgrades to the school’s media center last Friday. There are now seven zones where students can work in groups or individually. For exampe, they can read in cozy tents in the Reading Campground and learn more about broadcasting with their Green Screen Zone.

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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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