March 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.

Art Club at Eblen Intermediate
Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School's Art Club covers the walls in beautiful murals that help define the culture of the school.

"It brings beauty and inspiration to our school and gets the kids involved," said art teacher Chris Hobbs. "They learn how to paint, to edge and brush, proportions, color theory, scale, distance, and other elements of design. Then they get to employ what we learn in art class to actual pieces of art."

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Woodfin Elementary School third-graders took a trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to get an up-close look at the sea creatures they've been talking about in their science lessons!

Woodfin Elementary Goes Under the Sea
Woodfin Elementary School third-graders took a trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to get an up-close look at the sea creatures they've been talking about in their science lessons! We love seeing these hands-on, experiential opportunities in all of our schools here in Buncombe County. (Thanks for sharing your photos, Woodfin!)

"On Wednesday, our 3rd graders enjoyed a visit to Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN. It was a perfect hands-on, wonder-filled connection to the science curriculum about salt and fresh water environments and creatures that live in those habitats." -Woodfin Elementary


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Students@Work Week: Preparing for tomorrow means trying on careers for size!

Students@Work
Preparing for tomorrow means trying on careers for size! That’s why nearly 1,200 Buncombe middle and high school students recently spent a day alongside local professionals exploring career paths in advanced manufacturing, hospitality & tourism, STEM, and healthcare.

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Reynolds Alumnus Luke Combs Wins iHeartRadio Artist of the Year
A.C. Reynolds High School grad Luke Combs wins another prestigious music award! He tweeted, "I’m at a loss for words. Thank you to the best fans in the world and all of my friends at iHeart Radio. I’m forever grateful."

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Pi Day at A.C. Reynolds Middle
Pi Day celebrated the most famous number in math: 3.14. On March 14, many of our schools engaged students with unique lessons to help them better understand the complex nature of this infinite number. The day also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday, so many schools also explored his contributions to math and science.

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Pisgah's Ms. Sara Moore: Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month
One teacher received a surprise she won't forget at this year's Southern Conference Education Day at the U.S. Cellular Center. Fourth grade teacher Ms. Sara Moore of Pisgah Elementary School was attending the March Madness games with her students when local radio hosts Tammy & Kipper from Mix 96.5 arrived with balloons and cameras! (Watch 96.5's video on Facebook!)

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Girl Scout Gold Award for Discovery Student
Tuesday was National Girl Scouts Day! Cailyn Raper, a senior at Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy (NDA), recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing dozens of students to build an outdoor classroom for their school. Thanks to their efforts, students can collect water samples, look for aquatic life, and learn firsthand about the microbiome.

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Never Stop Learning: Weaverville's Leadership Showcase (WLOS)
Watch the latest Never Stop Learning feature from WLOS to learn more about the students of Weaverville Elementary School and their recent Leadership Showcase!

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Reynolds Senior Rower Signs to Top College (Citizen-Times)
Congrats to A.C. Reynolds High School senior Phoebe Haller! According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Haller is a rower with the Asheville Youth Rowing Association and signed this week to row with the United States Naval Academy next year.

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BCS Had State's First Female Superintendent
Former BCS Superintendent Ethel Terrell Weaver was North Carolina's first female superintendent. She was born this month in 1886. Find out more about her life in our Top Story!

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Cane Creek Hosts State Destination Imagination Competition
Cane Creek Middle School hosted the North Carolina state Destination Imagination Tournament this past Saturday, March 16. Over twenty teams competed for First Place in various STEM challenges. Cane Creek will teams to the Global Finals, alongside students in teams from Haw Creek Elementary, Pisgah Elementary,  A.C. Reynolds High,  and Fairview Elementary.

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Never Stop Learning: St. Patrick's Day at Avery's Creek (WLOS)
See how BCS students collaborate and innovate to solve STEM challenges! All of our K-5 schools have a lab dedicated to hands-on activities like this one!

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Owen and Roberson Singers in National Honors Choir
Only eleven students from North Carolina were chosen to sing in this year’s American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national honors choirs; seven of them represented Buncombe County Schools. The students performed as part of the 60th annual ACDA conference in Kansas City, Missouri's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Mountain Xpress Kids Issue Features BCS Student Artwork
Don't miss this year's Kid's Issue from the Mountain Xpress! It features artwork from a number of BCS students. Among the talented artists who had their work published is Leicester Elementary School third-grader Omar Perez Peralta. His superhero drawing is on the cover.

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BCS Students Head to State GeoBee
Global education, a BCS priority, has paid off well for three middle school students who made it into the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee North Carolina State Competition. Abi Kaufman, of Clyde A Erwin Middle; Ethan Walls, of Valley Springs Middle; and Agnes Calloway, of North Buncombe Middle, are semifinalists in the state competition, which takes place on Friday, March 29.

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Middle School Success through the Arts
The Celebrating Middle School Success through the Arts show was... a success! Buncombe County Schools is grateful to UNC-Asheville, the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and our community for supporting our talented art students!

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Hands-On Science at Owen Middle
At Charles D. Owen Middle School, kids who love science have a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge with fun, hands-on activities. According to 7th-grade science teacher Brittany Krasutsky, Warren Wilson Thursday is a science club for students who love to see science happen by doing hands-on experiments.

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Thanks to Teachers: Roberson's Ms. Kristan Bigelow (WLOS)
BCS teachers work hard each day to make sure all of their students are able to learn, grow, and thrive! Meet T.C. Roberson High School's Kristan Bigelow in this latest WLOS ABC 13 "Thanks to Teachers" segment. 

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March: Arts in our Schools Month
Supporters of fine arts will be thrilled to learn about a new proclamation made by the North Carolina State Board of Education and superintendent in support of arts in all schools. In the presence of leaders in the fields of dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, March was declared Arts in Our Schools Month.

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Erwin Standout Makes School History in College (Citizen-Times)
As reported by the Asheville Citizen Times: "Since graduating from Erwin high school, Alic Wynn has made a name for himself on the college level... During the 2018-19 season, Wynn became the first player in school history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career."

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