April 8, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The 2020 BCS Teachers of the Year at the April 4, 2019 Board of Education regular meeting.

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.

Honoring Our 2020 Teachers of the Year
On April 4, 2019, all Teachers of the Year in Buncombe County Schools were honored by the Board of Education, principals, peers, and their families. After a special dinner with their principals, the group attended the meeting together to receive their official recognition, as well as hear the announcement of the seven District Teachers of the Year. We posted a few of the evening's photos on Facebook, but the full gallery is available on Google Drive.

Watch our Facebook Live video as we announced our new 2020 District Teachers of the Year! Every year, seven individuals are chosen by their peers to represent our 45 Buncombe County Schools. One of these seven amazing individuals will also be chosen in September as our overall BCS Teacher of the Year. Read our Top Story announcement at BuncomeSchools.org.

Our 2020 District Teachers of the Year:
At-Large: Rebecca Hefner, Buncombe County Early College
Erwin District: Leslie Anderson, Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School
Enka District: Beth Myers, Pisgah Elementary School
Owen District: Caroline Ayers, Charles D. Owen Middle School
Reynolds District: Rebecca Reeves, Fairview Elementary School
North Buncombe District: Aubrey Cripps, North Windy Ridge Intermediate
Roberson District: DeLana Parker, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Teachers of the Year! Our incredible, highly-qualified, experienced, and licensed teachers are among the best you'll find.

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SRO Corey Ray gets to know a student at Johnston Elementary.

Here's a recent social media post from one our schools we know you'll love!

Johnston Elementary: Student Resource Officer Corey Ray
Student Resource Officer Corey Ray was enthusiastically welcomed by Johnston Elementary School, Emma Elementary, and Leicester Elementary School this past week! Thanks for continuing to serve the kids of Buncombe County, Officer Ray, and for making them feel valued and safe everyday.

"On his first day, [Officer Ray] wasted no time walking the halls greeting our students and staff. He can be found in the breakfast line assisting students, participating in classroom activities, and enjoying an ice cream cone at lunch with classes. Through each interaction, he is developing lifetime relationships with our Mighty Bears! We are excited to have the support of Officer Ray for our students, staff, and community here at Johnston." - Johnston Elementary

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Students at North Windy Ridge Intermediate placed planting beds, carried soil, dug holes, and planted seeds thanks to a Project Learning Garden grant through the Captain Planet Foundation, Dole Packaged Foods, and Ingles Markets.

A Project Learning Garden for North Windy Ridge
School is the perfect place for kids to get their hands dirty! This morning, students at North Windy Ridge Intermediate placed planting beds, carried soil, dug holes, and planted seeds thanks to a Project Learning Garden grant through the Captain Planet Foundation, Dole Sunshine, and Ingles Markets. (Don't miss WLOS' coverage of the installation!)

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This fall, BCS plans to expand distance learning opportunities by launching a fully virtual option for sixth- through twelfth-graders.

The BCS Virtual Academy
Local homeschool families will be thrilled to learn about our upcoming fully virtual distance learning option for sixth- through twelfth-graders! The Buncombe County Schools Virtual Academy is about increasing flexibility and creating opportunities for students in our community - including current BCS students. Space will be limited. More info: Virtual.BuncombeSchools.org.

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Environmental Education Day at Eblen Intermediate
BCS promotes an inquiry-based STEM curriculum that encourages students to ask questions and use scientific methods to seek solutions to those questions. Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School fifth-graders got a close-up, real-world look at the water cycle, stream and forest ecosystems, recycling, soil composition, and wildlife.

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A Sign Language Happy Birthday (Video)
The students at West Buncombe Elementary School recently planned an elaborate birthday surprise to make sure their friend and classmate knows how much she means to them. When Izzy, a fourth-grader who is deaf, came to West Buncombe this school year, other students became fascinated by American Sign Language (ASL) and started the Signs of Friendship club to learn more.

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March Madness STEM Challenge (Haw Creek Elementary)
It’s all about creativity and teamwork for the students at Haw Creek Elementary. Students have recently been working on a March Madness-themed challenge. According to STEM teacher Megan Elliot, the students were tasked with creating a basketball hoop from basic materials and figuring out how to shoot the ball into the net without touching it!

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Good Vibrations: Pisgah Elementary Visits Moog Music
Pisgah Elementary School second-graders picked up good vibrations during the trip to the Moog Music Factory in downtown Asheville on Tuesday.

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Mountain Xpress Features Student Art
Art created by Charles D. Owen Middle School and Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School students was featured in the recent March 20 kid's issue of the Mountain Xpress! Check out the Mountain Xpress' full issue to see artwork from other BCS students.

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Boys Book Club (W.D. Williams Elementary)
W.D. Williams Elementary School started a unique mentorship and literacy group at their school that aims to encourage a love of reading in students. The Boys Book Club was an idea formed by the school Literacy Team. According to Principal Carrie Lynch, the goal of the Boys Book Club is to give students an opportunity to work with some of the male teachers at the school and have weekly book chats.

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Reward Day for Johnston Elementary (Video)
Johnston Elementary School had a great reward day on Friday. This short video features just a few of the K-2 students who showed good behavior in the last nine weeks. They got to enjoy a bouncy house, jumping rope, and an inflatable football target. Thanks to the National Guard for bringing the inflatable target!

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Ingles Athlete of the Week: Caroline Allison (Citizen-Times)
Congratulations to T.C. Roberson High School junior Caroline Allison for being selected as the Asheville Citizen Times and Ingles Markets Athlete of the Week! Caroline is a defender for the Rams soccer team.

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North Buncombe Offense Fries the Falcons, 14-3 (WLOS)
Check out these highlights from WLOS' coverage of last Monday's North Buncombe High School softball game.

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Fourth-graders took off on their bikes, rounding an oval course of traffic cones in the school parking lot, laughing and cheering as they went ’round and ’round.
BCS P.E. Includes Bike Safety
On your marks, get set, go!” shouted Johnston Elementary School physical education teacher Canaan Frisby. Fourth-graders took off on their bikes, rounding an oval course of traffic cones in the school parking lot, laughing and cheering as they went ’round and ’round.

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Autism Awareness Day
On Autism Awareness Day, students around our county learned about autism, understanding, and acceptance. Many students and teachers wore matching shirts to show their support for those facing the condition. Take a look at photos from around the districts, as well as a WLOS Never Stop Learning story.

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'Wishbone', 'Barney' Writer Visits BCS Schools
Author and screenwriter Michael Anthony Steele hopes kids take his catchphrase to heart: “I can do that.” “I hope to inspire them to believe they can be whatever they want,” he said.

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Daybreak with Dads (Fairview Elementary)
The FES Dads Club held another well-attended "Daybreak with Dad" event this week. This is an opportunity for dads at Fairview Elementary School to become more involved in their child's education. The dads enjoy fellowship with each other and participate in important discussions about fatherhood. This week's focus was on perseverance.

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Roberson Announces 2019 'Ring of Gold' Inductees (Citizen-Times)
As reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times: The T.C. Roberson High School “Ring of Gold” was created to recognize and honor former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have demonstrated excellence while involved in Roberson athletics.

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Fairview Teacher Receives State Honor
The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center in Raleigh recently named Jennifer Tatum, a fifth-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, an Outstanding Educator in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

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Operation Prom Dress
Community High School students are ready to shine at their upcoming prom! At the annual Eblen Charities Operation Prom Dress event, students found the prom outfits and accessories that they'll remember for years to come. Have fun on the dance floor, students, and thanks to the local donors who made the event a success once again.

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PEP Prom Night (WLOS / Citizen-Times)
Prom season is here! Check out this sweet story that shows BCS student volunteers helping make prom night special for our Progressive Education Program (PEP) students. Watch WLOS' story below and check our the Citizen-Times prom photos, as well!

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Discovery Academy Prom Night (Citizen-Times)
Don't miss these great images from the Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy prom that was held on Saturday night!

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