April 15, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Owen High School (OHS) students are using classroom experiences to “sew” good in the world.

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.

Sewing Love for Those In Need
Charles D. Owen High School (OHS) students are using classroom experiences to “sew” good in the world. Through the Sew Love Project, Career and Technical Education students are making dresses and shorts for the Omega Orphanage in Uganda. Brittney Whitworth, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at OHS, said the project is an opportunity to help children while teaching her students an important life lesson.

“More than anything, I want them to be good people and help those in need,” Whitworth said. “That is something that they can carry with them in life, regardless of what path they take after high school.”

This article is also available as a BuncombeSchools.org Top Story.

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Principal Lynch reads The Bug Book.

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

The Bug Book: A Story with Principal Lynch (Video)
It's story time with Ms. Lynch of W.D. Williams Elementary! Your child will love watching this video with you, and you'll also learn about Dolly Parton's free book club for young children called the Imagination Station.

"Good evening! It's Ms. Lynch and we are very excited to share one of our favorite books: The Bug Book!" - Ms. Lynch

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Thank you, Assistant Principals!

National Assistant Principals Week
Happy National Assistant Principals Week! Students and staff in Buncombe County Schools celebrated their hard-working and caring Assistant Principals this week with flowers, notes, gifts, high-fives, and more. Check out our social media post for a few personal messages our schools shared with their APs.

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The lights were out, but there was plenty to see at the twelfth annual black light show at W.W. Estes Elementary on April 11.

Twelve Years of the Estes Black Light Show
The lights were out, but there was plenty to see at the twelfth annual black light show at W.W. Estes Elementary on April 11. From white gloves and flowing ballroom dresses to dancing skeletons and neon pterodactyls, visitors enjoyed a kaleidoscope of colorful characters as the student narrators guided them through a fantastic and humorous experience. (Read the article below, or view the full photo gallery on Facebook.)

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2019 DECA Results
Several BCS Schools recently participated in the state Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competition and brought home prestigious recognitions and honors.

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Erwin Hosts 2019 Mitch Carver Drill Meet
The thirteenth annual CW3 Mitchell “Mitch” Carver Jr. Memorial Drill Meet was held on March 30, 2019, at Clyde A. Erwin High School in Asheville, North Carolina. The regulation drill competition featured seven events in along with an individual "knock-out" session.

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Community Clean-Up (Sand Hill-Venable Elementary)
Students in the Enka district are teaming up to make their community more beautiful. Check out the pictures below from a recent clean-up project near Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School.

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Middle schoolers experienced the power of the written word during the Do the Write Thing Essay Contest awards ceremony.

Do the 'Write' Thing 2019
Middle schoolers experienced the power of the written word during Tuesday’s Do the Write Thing Essay Contest awards ceremony. The fourth annual awards banquet honored 12 students from Buncombe County Schools (BCS) and Asheville City Schools (ACS) who examined the causes and effects of youth violence and wrote essays and poems about solutions.

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Club Gives Kids Artistic License (WLOS)
Thanks to WLOS and reporter John Le for featuring the Art Club at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School. These talented students are working on beautiful murals all around their school. "I love when we get together to show our creativity," says sixth-grader McKenna Shirley.

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Envirothon: Engaging Environmental Science
“The North Carolina Envirothon competition provides an opportunity for our students to engage in thinking and problem solving related to our natural resources,” said BCS K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Mr. Brian Maccarelli. “Teams of students compete in areas of environmental importance such as: Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soils and Land Use, and Current Environmental Issues.”

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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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Regional Reading Champs: North Windy Ridge
A team of young readers from North Windy Ridge Intermediate will compete at the state level after winning the 2019 Western Region Middle School Battle of the Books competition.

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Asheville Tourists Read at Estes
Thanks to the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club for visiting William W. Estes Elementary this week! The players' visit was a reward to the first graders for meeting reading goals. The students also got tickets to attend last night's game! (Players also recently visited Leicester Elementary School!)

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Clyde A. Erwin Middle School students recently visited UNC-Asheville for a conversation with civil rights pioneer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Sylvia Mendez.

 A Conversation with Sylvia Mendez (Erwin Middle)
Clyde A. Erwin Middle School students recently visited UNC-Asheville for a conversation with civil rights pioneer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Sylvia Mendez. Eight years before the momentous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Sylvia Mendez’s family won a similar court battle that led to the partial desegregation of California’s schools.

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BCS Students Shine at Math Competition
Middle and high school students from several BCS schools had strong showings at the 48th annual Western Carolina University Mathematics Contest last month. About 400 students from 27 schools in the region competed for individual and team awards by taking grade-appropriate exams at the university on March 21.

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Emma Celebrates Student Leadership
Emma Elementary showed its pride during Tuesday’s Leadership Day. Emma is the only elementary school in the county to exceed expected academic growth five years in a row, and its Leader in Me program is in its second year. On Tuesday, students, faculty, and families celebrated those successes with songs, classroom visits, a living wax museum, and a parade of the 21 countries represented at the school.

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Math at the Mall (Reynolds Middle)
Students from A.C. Reynolds Middle School recently spent an afternoon at the Asheville Mall, but they weren’t there to shop. The sixth-grade math teachers at Reynolds helped design a unique and interactive field trip that helps their students apply what they are learning in class to the real world.

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Owen's Gardner Eyes State Championship (Black Mountain News)
Charles D. Owen High School Senior Chesney Gardner is wrapping up her time as a successful student and multi-sport athlete. As the Black Mountain News reports, there is one more goal she'd like to achieve.

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Oakley Elementary STEM Night Photos
Tuesday was STEM night at Oakley Elementary. Students enjoyed many fun and challenging games and activities. STEM kits donated by GE Aviation and the United Way were among the activities of the evening. These kits were designed with input from the BCS Curriculum department.

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