April 29, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Owen High's Chesney Gardner nominated for state award (Photo Credit: Asheville Citizen-Times)

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.

Owen's Chesney Gardner Nominated for State Award (Citizen-Times)
Congratulations to Charles D. Owen High School's Chesney Gardner. She's in the running for a prestigious statewide honor. As reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times High School Huddle:

Owen senior Chesney Gardner has been named one of three female finalists for the NCHSAA Athlete of the Year award.

The Owen standout was the Western Highlands Conference player of the year and named first team All-WNC during the volleyball season.

She finished her volleyball career with 491 kills and 374 blocks.

In basketball, Gardner was named first team all-conference after averaging 26.4 points and 10.1 rebounds a game and was included on the first team All-WNC.

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W.W. Estes students study outdoors at the NC Arboretum.

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

Estes Elementary Explores the North Carolina Arboretum
It was a great time of outdoor learning at the The North Carolina Arboretum for students at William W. Estes Elementary! Our local rivers and mountains are perfect places to observe the natural world in action.

"Mrs. Thompson's 2nd grade class went to The North Carolina Arboretum yesterday. They learned about the life cycles of insects that may live in the creeks. The kids got to explore the water and identify different insects. They found crayfish, salamander and mayflies. They even learned what these creatures can tell us about our waters!" - W.W. Estes Elementary

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Calendar Update

Important Calendar Update for May 1
Buncombe County Schools will be operating on an early dismissal schedule on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This means your child's day will start at the normal time, and students will be dismissed 2 hours early. Read the full announcement below.

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At Pisgah Elementary School, Ms. Beth Myers’ kindergarten class learned a powerful lesson as they sat by the school’s wetland: Give nature just a few moments of quiet, and it will speak.

Earth Day 2019: Pisgah's 'Listening Walk'
At Pisgah Elementary School, Ms. Beth Myers’ kindergarten class learned a powerful lesson as they sat by the school’s wetland: Give nature just a few moments of quiet, and it will speak. As part of the school’s Earth Day celebration, the kindergarteners went on a “listening walk,” using their senses to observe the world. (We also wished our community a Happy Earth Day on behalf of Buncombe County Schools!)

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Owen High to Perform She Loves Me (Black Mountain News)
Get ready for spring musicals! Here's a short article about Charles D. Owen High School's upcoming performance of She Loves Me on May 9, 10, and 11. Read The Black Mountain News' story on Owen's upcoming show, and see our full spring musical lineup at BuncombeSchools.org!

Hominy Valley Welcoming a New Kindergarten Class
Have you made your appointment for Kindergarten Enrollment? It's not too late to claim your child's spot in one of our community schools! Here's a wonderful post from Hominy Valley Elementary, as they prepared welcome materials for their school's Kindergarten Enrollment Day!

Trees to be Planted at Black Mountain School (WLOS)
One BCS school will benefit from a major donation from Ingles Markets and Kimberly-Clark Corp. According to WLOS, these two businesses have "partnered to plant 5,000 trees throughout the Southeast as part of an initiative to green up communities." Some of these trees will be planted at Black Mountain Primary School, replacing the dozens of unstable trees that were removed from school property in February.

Author Jonathan Voss Visits Leicester Elementary (WLOS)
Author Jonathan Voss paid a visit to Leicester Elementary School where he hoped to inspire students to discover their strengths and deepen their love of literature.

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Early College: A Hive for Young Beekeepers
Buncombe County Early College made a buzz at the A-B Tech Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday. BCEC Beez is the first ever beekeeping club run by and for high school students in our area, and they’ve been busy prepping an apiary (beehive collection) on campus.

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Enka Students Bring Historical Figures to Life (WLOS)
Enka Intermediate's living wax museum was highlighted in this latest Never Stop Learning news segment on WLOS. Take a moment and see some of history's great characters in action, thanks to the creativity of these Enka students!

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STEM Lab for Johnston Fourth-Graders
Students are getting a hands-on STEM experience at Johnston Elementary School, complete with an electricity lab and marshmallow catapults!

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Owen Middle Hopes to Go Downhill Fast
NC Gravity Games, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, gives middle-schoolers a venue to collaborate in hands-on, project-based learning as they build a soapbox car that will race downhill under the force of gravity. (Read our story below and check out this short video of Owen's new race car in action at this year's games!)

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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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Elevating Mathematics
134 elementary school students gathered at our Buncombe County Schools Central Office for the Elevating Mathematics district competition! It was an opportunity for students to put their critical thinking and math skills to the test through challenging timed math puzzles.

Fresh Foods in BCS Cafeterias
We're focused on fresh, local produce in BCS cafeterias. Many of our students sampled unique recipes this week like fruit infused water and strawberry salsa. (Follow our BCS Nutrition Facebook page for more stories like this!)

Erwin High Visits Appalachian State
It's that time of year again when many of our soon-to-be BCS grads hit the campus trail, envisioning life as college students pursuing the next chapter of their lives! Here are several photos of tenth- and eleventh-graders from Clyde A. Erwin High during their recent visit to Appalachian State University.

Story Stones at Johnston Elementary
Reading “rocks” at Johnston Elementary School! Students – with the help of parents, teachers, and community volunteers – have been painting rocks with symbols that represent literary elements like setting and characters.

T.C. Roberson High School Prom Photos (Citizen-Times)
Enjoy these Asheville Citizen Times photos of a memorable T.C. Roberson High School prom held at Taylor Ranch!

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