May 6, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Scenes from the 2019 BCS Top Scholar Awards Banquet.

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.

The 2019 Top Scholars of Buncombe County Schools
BCS celebrated the 2019 Top Scholars from each graduating class during a dinner and special recognition ceremony at the Renaissance Asheville hotel ballroom on Tuesday, April 30.

The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Darin J. Waters, a 1985 T.C. Roberson High graduate who now serves as an associate professor of history and special assistant to the chancellor for community outreach and engagement at UNC-Asheville. He spoke of the many mentors who pushed him toward greatness and his own driving curiosity.

Special thanks to Surry Insurance for generously supporting this year’s Top Scholar Awards Banquet. And, thanks to our annual sponsors Becky's Florist, LifeTouch, and The Asheville Renaissance.

Read the story below to learn more and access photos from BCS and the Asheville Citizen-Times!

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

Video: Welcome to North Windy Ridge Intermediate School!
North Windy Ridge Intermediate school is located in beautiful Weaverville, North Carolina, and challenges fifth and sixth graders to succeed in a diverse and engaging learning environment. We offer students exploratory, hands-on classes such as PE, Medical Detectives, Band, Art, Music, Technology, STEM, Spanish and Media.

Intermediate school is an opportunity to provide additional support and guidance to young students as they the transition from childhood to adolescence, and on to young-adulthood.

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) honored two BCS coaches and two students at its Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill on May 2, 2019.

Coaches, Students Honored by NCHSAA
Enka High School Softball Coach Jennifer Kruk, A.C. Reynolds High School Football Coach Shane Laws, Charles D. Owen High School senior Chesney Gardner, and Enka High School junior Meredith Anderson all received recognitions at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's annual meeting last week.

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On National Principals Day, we celebrated our committed and excellence school leaders!

National Principals Day
May 1 was National Principals Day! Thanks to our Buncombe County Schools principals who set the tone for our schools and guide them toward success.

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Sirens echoed and lights blazed while W.W. Estes Elementary students cheered the arrival of two firetrucks carrying their classmates on Friday morning, May 3.

Lighting a Fire for Literacy at Estes Elementary
Sirens echoed and lights blazed while W.W. Estes Elementary students cheered the arrival of two firetrucks carrying their classmates on Friday morning, May 3. The Asheville Firefighters for Literacy program culminated in VIP treatment for young readers from each class who read the most books, including a parade through their school’s hallways, and a pancake breakfast served up by local firefighters from the Asheville Fire Department and Asheville Fire Fighters Association (IAFF Local 332).

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Biltmore's Cecil Family Inspires Student Leaders
George H.V. Cecil, former President of The Biltmore Company and grandson of the Biltmore Estate’s founder George Washington Vanderbilt, joined BCS students for an informal discussion of history, family values, and his work with Asheville’s iconic farms and estate.

Roberson Hosts Special Olympics (WLOS)
T.C. Roberson High School hosted the annual Buncombe County Special Olympics on Thursday! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this day a success for athletes from across WNC. Here is WLOS' article on this event.

Oakley Elementary's Leadership Day
The Oakley Elementary School Bobcats showed their Oakley Pride during Friday's Leadership Day. The very effective Leader in Me program teaches children to "begin with the end in mind," a strategy that puts purpose into action!

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Reynolds' Crowder Commits to College Program (Citizen-Times)
Congrats to A.C. Reynolds High School senior Jalen Crowder. This Rocket will hone his basketball and baseball skills at Caldwell Community College! We love seeing our students make their plans for higher education and life after graduation.

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Down-to-Earth at Johnston Elementary
Johnston Elementary School, and many other BCS schools, have gardens where students get a hands-on, "down-to-earth" look at plant cultivation and local biomes!

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Asheville Police Enjoy Visit with W.D. Williams Students
Thanks to the Asheville Police Department for inspiring our WD Williams Elementary students to pursue their dream career!

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Avery's Creek Students Do Citizen-Science with Project EXPLORE (WLOS)
This WLOS Never Stop Learning story shows another example of how BCS students learn by doing. Thanks to the North Carolina Arboretum for helping our students EXPLORE the natural world.

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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:

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Mountain Science Expo: Glen Arden Students Research Birds
As BCS students participated in the Mountain Science Expo at The North Carolina Arboretum, students from Glen Arden Elementary School shared their latest research project with UNC-TV.

Spring Musicals Continue
It was another spring weekend of excellence in arts, as schools performed their long-awaited spring musicals! (Don't forget to the check the schedule below for additional shows ahead!) Enka performed Big Fish, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate performed Willy Wonka Jr., and T.C. Roberson High performed Shrek: The Musical!

Reynolds Grad Luke Combs Earns More Country Accolades (Citizen-Times)
This Rocket continues to soar! BCS grad Luke Combs won several major awards at Tuesday's Billboard Music Awards. Congrats!

Blackhawk Broadcasting at North Buncombe High (Weaverville Tribune)
Learn all about North Buncombe High School's broadcasting class in this article from the Weaverville Tribune!

Hilarious Buncombe Teacher Makes PE Fun (WLOS)
Coach Richard Beall is making fitness fun! Meet this energetic and dedicated William W. Estes Elementary educator who gets kids excited about healthy habits. His students laugh, learn, and move every day!

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Photos: Board of Education Honorees
This month, we recognized our amazing culinary arts (ProStart), STEM, and math technology programs with the Board of Education! North Buncombe High, Clyde A. Erwin High, and T.C. Roberson High were recognized for their outstanding performance and high rankings at the Johnson & Wales University 2019 ProStart Invitational. The N.C. Elementary Science Math Technology Teacher of the Year is Jennifer Tatum of Fairview Elementary School. The N.C. Science Math Technology Instructional Leader of the Year is Carla Billups, BCS Elementary STEM Coach.

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High School Proms
It's prom season in Buncombe County! Multiple schools across the county celebrated their school's big event this past weekend, including North Buncombe High, A.C. Reynolds High, and the Progressive Education Program.

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Team Photo: Blackhawks Softball Heads to Playoffs
Congratulations to North Buncombe High School's softball team- they are off to the playoffs!

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Athlete of the Week: Luke Wood, T.C. Roberson High (Citizen-Times)
Congratulations to Luke Wood, senior baseball player at T.C. Roberson High School, for being selected as the Ingles Markets / Asheville Citizen Times Athlete of the Week!

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