March 11, 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.

Rockin' Rams Perform for Southern Conference Education Day
On March 7, the Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School Rockin' Rams chorus stepped out in front of more than 3,000 students, teachers, basketball players, and performers to sing our national anthem at the U.S. Cellular Center led by music director Ms. Christy Woppman. Many schools attended as a reward for positive behavior and decision-making, as well as for the opportunity to perform for peers and the community.

Also, view our photo album from Thursday on Facebook, and watch as T.C. Roberson's Harmaniacs perform the anthem on Friday. A more complete rundown is available in our Top Story.

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NBES STEM lab domino challenge!

North Buncombe Elementary's STEM Lab Domino Challenge
On North Buncombe Elementary's school Facebook page, you'll find a number of photos and videos of first-graders taking on a challenging task involving dominos! We loved how this series of posts took us inside the classroom to see the problem-solving in action. Here's what they did:

"Create a domino line with at least 26 dominoes. When the dominoes fall, the force will cause a ball to roll at least 6 inches. This is a tough challenge, and we are learning patience, how to carefully line up dominoes, how to space the dominoes, and how to keep trying! We also are learning that sometimes we fail, but we never give up, even when we get frustrated." -NBES


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This year’s WNC Region 8 Science and Engineering Fair was a huge success for Enka Middle School.

Enka Middle: Science and Engineering Fair
This year’s WNC Region 8 Science and Engineering Fair was a huge success for Enka Middle School. Eighth-graders students worked hard on an impressive variety of experiments, and several placed among the top in their divisions or won other recognitions. They put in the hard work before school, during school, and at home.

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Media Specialist Ms. Shelly Cloninger leads the new broadcast class, and invites students to meet daily to work on storyboarding and scripting, ultimately creating an original news program every two weeks. 
The New Blackhawk Broadcasters
This year, North Buncombe Middle joined a number of Buncombe County Schools in offering a broadcast class. It is another place for students to explore their interests during the school's mid-day "exploratory" time, during which students spend about 30 minutes pursuing topics such as art, agriculture, nutrition, mobile app creation, interior design, band, chorus, and more.

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School Social Workers Week
BCS social workers knock down barriers to learning and advocate for student success. During School Social Worker Week, we celebrated their critical work that supports students and their families.

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BCS ProStart (Culinary Arts) Among State Best
Congratulations to three of our high schools who competed in this weekend's annual Johnson & Wales University Pro Start (culinary arts) Competition. North Buncombe High School, Clyde A. Erwin High, and T.C. Roberson High School all had teams to compete in several categories and all teams placed! NBHS placed second in management, Erwin Placed third in management, and TC placed third in culinary.

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Fourth Grade Artists at N. Buncombe Elementary
Fourth-graders at North Buncombe Elementary are making unique works of art inspired by a famous artist. Roy Lichtenstein popularized this distinctive pop art style. Art teacher Kourtney Yelton taught her class about Lichtenstein's use of Benday Dots. Then, students turned selfies into inspired works of art!

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Touring their Tomorrow: Valley Springs Middle
Valley Springs eighth-graders are already thinking about their options after high school. During a tour of UNC Asheville last week, they talked through the merits of colleges, universities, and trade schools as part of the Junior Bulldog Program. (Don't miss WLOS' story!)

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Roberson Drafting Students Help Habitat
Students at T.C. Roberson High School are learning about drafting in class and then putting those skills to work in an important community service project.

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Owen Middle: Making Musical Instruments
Sixth-graders at Charles D. Owen Middle School learned about making musical instruments from recycled materials this week. As part of his senior project, Charles D. Owen High School student Devin Gilder showed the curious students how he made a guitar out of an old cigar box!

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National School Breakfast Week
Our BCS School Nutrition Department celebrated National School Breakfast Week! Check out pictures below from Black Mountain Primary School where students sampled a fresh fruit breakfast pizza!

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Owen Middle Cheer Places Second in Shamrock Classic
Congratulations to the Charles D. Owen Middle School cheerleaders who traveled to their first competition. There they earned a second place finish in The Shamrock Classic!

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The BCS Board Briefing: March 7, 2019
On March 7, the Board of Education celebrated Owen High School’s Lighthouse Award; recognized Mandy Gladys who was recently named a North Carolina Secondary Health Educator of the Year; and learned more about the BCS Chinese Language and Cultural Program.

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Leadership Showcase: Weaverville Elementary
“What’s your leadership superpower?” That’s the question Weaverville Elementary students answered today as visitors received a heroic welcome to this year’s Leadership Showcase! Students dressed as their heroes, filling the school with characters like Wonder Woman, the Black Panther, Michael Jordan and Abraham Lincoln. The student-led program celebrated the school’s focus on character and leadership, highlighting the seven Leader in Me habits that are integrated into classroom lessons each week.

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Poetry Cafe: Black Mountain Elementary
Black Mountain Elementary hosted a hip Poetry Cafe this week. “First we spent time just reading and listening to poetry being read to us,” explained media specialist Ms. Teresa Spring. “I read aloud many different types of poetry and then had them sit with and spend time reading on their own. We then began sharing poems that we liked. Students who wouldn't normally want to read now wanted to share and read aloud what they found. It was wonderful to see them get excited about the poems!”

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Read Across America
While Read Across America week concluded, students have plenty of new memories and reading experiences to take with them! Schools across the county celebrated literacy and reading, like these students at Black Mountain Primary School.

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NC Education Lottery Seeks School Heroes for $10,000
Several BCS educators have been nominated for the North Carolina Education Lottery School Hero competition. Take a moment and vote for your BCS teacher!

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