March 4, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

A collage showing Officer Reggie Ray interacting with students at Weaverville Primary School and Elementary School.

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.

Weaverville SRO Comes Home
When Officer Reggie Ray looked around a classroom full of parents during spring kindergarten tours at Weaverville Primary School, he saw lots of familiar faces.

“Some of them went to school with my son,” he laughed. “One of the teachers here, her grandfather went to school with me!”

In his decades-long career, Officer Ray has been many places – from Macedonia to Afghanistan to Korea – and worn many hats – football and wrestling coach, police trainer, and school resource officer (SRO) for multiple agencies at several schools in Buncombe County. Now he’s back in his hometown of Weaverville, focusing on safety and mentorship at the primary and elementary schools.

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Calendar Update for March 11
We want to inform you that due to the loss of classroom time this winter, we will convert Monday, March 11, into a regular day of instruction for students. Friday, March 8, will remain an early dismissal day. Please reach out to your school or administrator with any questions or concerns.

Happy Read Across America Week!

Read Across America
It was a week of reading leading up to national Read Across America Day on Saturday and students across the county celebrated their love of learning through books. For example, the North Buncombe High baseball team read with Weaverville Elementary students. A book character parade was held at C.C. Bell Elementary (and you can watch it in our BCSlive video)! We love seeing our students explore the world through reading! Firefighters read with the students W.W. Estes Elementary as part of their ongoing reading program. At W.D. Williams Elementary, first- and fifth-graders teamed up to work on their reading together!

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The All-County Chorus for elementary, intermediate, and middle school was held on February 25, 2019. 
All-County Chorus (Photo Gallery!)
The community enjoyed this year's All-County Chorus concert for all elementary, intermediate, and middle students in Buncombe County Schools! Here are several special moments from the evening.

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Gracie Stanek: Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina
Gracie Stanek wasn’t even thinking about winning when she stood on the stage of the Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina (DYW) competition. The T.C. Roberson High School senior had spent many hours with the 21 other regional winners and had come to view the group as a sisterhood. They had trained, danced, sang, and served the community together, with the constant encouragement to “be your best self.”

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14-Year-Old Weaverville Eagle Scout (Citizen-Times)
As reported by the Asheville Citizen Times: "Mason Daniel Freelan, of Weaverville, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14, making him one of the youngest in scouting to become Eagle. To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out of an Eagle project. Freelan has earned 26 merit badges."

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BCS Arts: Calendar of Events
Did you know we have a fine arts calendar for Buncombe County Schools? Whether it's musical theater, bands, choirs, or orchestras, you'll find all kinds of local arts events to enjoy! Take a look... Not only are our performances and exhibits some of the best you'll find, you'll see the resources and opportunities available for YOUR current or future student.

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Scholastic Art Awards
For nearly a century, the national Scholastic Art Awards have recognized high school students with superior talents. Names like Andy Warhol and John Baldessari are quickly mentioned when previous award-winners are recalled. This month, several Buncombe County Schools student-artists joined the ranks of those celebrated through this fine arts tradition.

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Check out the nutrition FAQ for a few of the most common questions we receive.

Questions About School Nutrition?
Promoting healthy, active kids is what we do! Did you know that our award-winning Buncombe County Schools nutrition program is the largest food provider in Western North Carolina, and that we regularly team up with local farmers throughout the year to bring fresh options to our tables? Check out the nutrition FAQ for a few of the most common questions we receive.

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Learning About Teamwork (WLOS)
Third-graders at Avery's Creek Elementary are expressing themselves through art and learning important lessons about teamwork and dedication as they prepare for their upcoming school play, "Panda and the Moon."

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West Buncombe's "Robot"
Ms. Clements, Ms. Rogers, and their kindergarten class showed off a “robot” to parents who toured West Buncombe Elementary School last week.

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George & Martha Washington Teach History (WLOS)
Fourth graders at Johnston Elementary School are bringing history to life by studying the American Revolution in style! Learn more in this Never Stop Learning feature from WLOS.

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"We're All Kind of Warhorses" (Black Mountain News)
"Warhorse Pride runs deep in the Swannanoa Valley. Maroon and white have long held a special place in the hearts of people of all ages. The shared passion for the local high school is one of the things that helps makes this community such a special one." -Black Mountain News

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Bookmobile Fosters Family Learning
The BCS Bookmobile introduces pre-K children to basic letters and numbers, keeps students reading during the summer, and gives parents the resources they need to continue their child’s education at home!

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Reynolds Sophomore Wins Symphony Competition
A.C. Reynolds High School sophomore clarinetist Aaron Lipsky is the winner of the annual Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra's (HSO) Young Artist Competition. Aaron will now be the featured soloist for the upcoming HSO "Young at Heart" concert

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Koontz Intermediate Students Get Creative (WLOS)
In this WLOS "Never Stop Learning" segment, we see how one BCS educator is raising awareness about important environmental issues and encouraging creativity, too!

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Thanks to Teachers: Paula Dinga, W.W. Estes Elementary (WLOS)
"It's not your mother's third-grade classroom anymore," Paula Dinga explains. "It's become a lot more complex to respond to the needs of the 21st century."

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NC Education Lottery Seeks School Heroes for $10,000 (WLOS)
Several BCS educators have been nominated for the North Carolina Education Lottery School Hero competition. Amy White, at culinary arts teacher at North Buncombe High School, is pulling ahead with the most votes in our area so far.

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National School Breakfast Week
March 4-8, 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), a special week of celebration designated to bring positive attention to the school breakfast program and the impact it has on our school community.

This year’s theme “Start Your Engines” provides many fitting metaphors that reinforce key breakfast benefits, reminding students that breakfast allows them to “fuel the mind and body for high performance,” “drive the day” and “win the race.” 

More than 8,000 students countywide participate daily in our breakfast program, and studies show that children who eat breakfast at school perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.

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

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Director of Communications

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Assistant Director of Communications

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