February 18, 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.

Post of the Week: #BCSmusic
Leicester Elementary School music teacher Cara Henry knows all about the transformative power of music education.

"I know so many people that say that they wouldn't be the person they are today without having those musical experiences," she said.

Every BCS elementary school offers music classes full of creativity, collaboration, and movement. They're part of a superior arts education program that spans all grade levels.

"The Arts help our students see the world through a global lens, resulting in tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of those different than ourselves," said BCS Arts Education Specialist Laura Mitchell. "The arts are a universal language that we all speak. They are essential to our own everyday living and our students need to be musically and artistically literate. BCS is dedicated to the Arts and creating everyday opportunities to be exposed to the arts as well as fully immersed."

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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 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., 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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100 Days of School in One Minute
In celebration of our 100th day of school, here are 100 special moments from our school year so far- all packed into one minute! We love that our students engage with learning through exploration as they prepare for tomorrow. Students across the county found their own special ways to celebrate a milestone in their school year. For example, check out what they did at Johnston Elementary and Haw Creek, as well as see our district- wide photo collage!

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A Dual Language Guatemalan Valentine's Day
Who can forget the fun of exchanging sweet Valentine’s Day cards and candy with our classmates? Well, one dual language teacher at Oakley Elementary is taking this tradition across the globe.

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Love the Bus Week: Celebrating Our Bus Drivers
During #LoveTheBus Week, BCS said thanks to our superb school bus drivers. Our schools hosted bus driver appreciation events where students and faculty presented valentines and banners. Several schools also held breakfast events. For the last three years, our school board members have participated by riding along with our bus drivers numerous times throughout the week.

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All About Love on Mix 96.5 (Weaverville Primary)
There's a lot of talk about love for Valentine's Day! Some of that talk from Weaverville Primary School hit the airwaves last week, after Mix 96.5 radio host Tammy Jones spent some time getting to know the Weaverville Primary kindergarten students and their thoughts.

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Asheville Native Luke Combs' Soaring Success
Have you seen this latest feature article about Asheville native and A.C. Reynolds High School graduate Luke Combs? He spoke to the Asheville Citizen Times and reflected on his successful country music career so far and what's next for this rising star.

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MathCounts: The Sport of Math
Math was a team sport at this year’s Buncombe County and regional MathCounts competitions! Students worked individually and in teams to solve tough math puzzles under pressure. At our Buncombe competition, 99 students formed 27 teams from seven middle schools and one intermediate school.

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Ingles / Citizen-Times Athlete of the Week: Wesley Melton, Owen High
Charles D. Owen High School senior wrestler Wesley Melton has been chosen as the Ingles Markets and Asheville Citizen Times athlete of the week! After graduation, Wesley plans to study criminology at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech.

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The 2019 BCS Geography Bee
"The Winter Palace, completed in 1762 and first occupied by Catherine the Great, can be found in St. Petersburg in what country?"

If you can answer the question above, you might have what it takes to win the Buncombe County Schools Geography Bee. In fact, this was the final question in the February 11 competition that gave Allie Russell of C.C. Bell Elementary and Maggie Pulver of W.W. Estes Elementary the first place win!

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All-District Jazz (Cane Creek Middle)
We love that our students pursue such a diverse selection of academic and artistic interests with excellence. Our fine arts educators work hard to empower students to set and reach their goals. Congrats to our students who were invited to perform in the recent #WNC All-District Jazz clinic!

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Early College Students Wins $26k Scholarship
We're continually thrilled to see students like Madelyn Schmidt finding success in Buncombe County Schools and beyond! We're confident she's prepared for whatever tomorrow will bring as she pursues her career in Speech Pathology and Audiology at UNC Greensboro.

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STEM Kits for Local Students
"We've joined forces with GE Aviation and Buncombe County Schools to help develop 200 STEM Kits for local 4th and 7th grade students and families. With STEM education becoming an increasing focus for Buncombe County and North Carolina students, the goal was to develop supplemental STEM kits that students and families could do together at home."
- Hands On Asheville-Buncombe

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2019 Military Ball
JROTC Students across Buncombe County celebrated another year of service and learning at this year's Military Ball. Here's a photo from the Erwin High Warrior Battalion we shared on Instagram. 

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A Team Effort to Help Those in Need (WLOS)
Supporting those in need is a community effort! Buncombe County Schools teamed up this week with Hearts With Hands and volunteers from the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County to restock our "supply closet." The aim is to be ready to help when we learn of needs in the Asheville area.

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The Leader in Me (Video)
Learn all about the innovative Leader in Me program through this message from the Buncombe County Schools Foundation! It's helping young students develop the skills they need for successful relationships, learning, and futures in a number of our schools across the Asheville-Buncombe area.

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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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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

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