May 13, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Caroline Ayers of Charles D. Owen Middle School

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 District Teacher of the Year: Caroline Ayers, C.D. Owen Middle
Charles D. Owen Middle School sixth-grade language arts teacher Caroline Ayers works every day to make her classroom feel like a family.

She posts comic book covers on her walls to show that all kinds of reading are acceptable. She treats her students politely and expects them to treat her and each other the same way. Each class often begins with a group reading that focuses on life lessons and empathy.

“I take time each day to talk to my kids and get to know them,” she said. “I want to show my students, through my actions, that they do matter, and that everyone has something to give and say.”

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May has been a month of thankfulness as Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurses Week, and School Nutrition Appreciation ("Lunch Hero") Week were observed concurrently locally and nation-wide!

Appreciating Our Teachers, Nurses, and Nutrition Professionals
May has been a month of thankfulness as Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurses Week, and School Nutrition Appreciation ("Lunch Hero") Week were observed concurrently locally and nation-wide! Here in Buncombe County Schools, we know our educators and support staff are invaluable members of our community who work together to provide a world-class education to local students. Thank you to these generous, kind, and hard-working people!

Here's just a small sample of the many ways our community celebrated these important members of the Buncombe County Schools family this month!

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Our School: Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (Video)
We love our intermediate schools! If your child will be attending a BCS intermediate school, know that they will be going somewhere special. It's a unique way we nurture students as they develop and grow, inspiring and challenging each student through exploration and experiences they'll never forget.

2019 Teacher Job Fair a Success
Experienced educators and rising stars felt the excitement of a Buncombe County Schools teaching career during the North Carolina Mountains Teacher Job Fair on Friday. Interested in working here? Visit!

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Pisgah Elementary School in Candler, NC. Photo by: BCS Communications

Featured Photo: Pisgah Elementary School, Candler, NC
There's nowhere more beautiful to learn than Buncombe County, which includes the greater Asheville area in Western North Carolina. Here's a look at Candler's Pisgah Elementary School, seated in the valley below Mount Pisgah, as a storm brews to the South. View this photo full screen on Facebook!

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Clyde A. Erwin High's Sabine Moses has earned UNC Asheville's Francine M. Delany Award for Service. (2019)

Erwin Teacher Earns UNC-Asheville Service Award
Clyde A. Erwin High's Sabine Moses has earned UNC Asheville's Francine M. Delany Award for Service. A 2012 graduate of UNCA, Ms. Moses has taught for seven years at Erwin.

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Owen Performers Look to Break a Leg (Black Mountain News)
As Charles D. Owen High School prepared for last week's performance of 'She Loves Me', the Black Mountain News gave us a look behind the curtain at the students working to make the magic happen and an introduction to the show's plot.

Buncombe County Community Helps Raise Special Needs Calf (WLOS)
BCS students are always giving back to the community around them. Check out this sweet story featuring Fairview Elementary School 4th-grader Hayley Hooks. She's helping an animal in need get a great start to life.

Roberson and Reynolds JROTC Honor Flights
Two Buncombe County students proudly served as JROTC escorts for the Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. last weekend. The cadets included Hunter Stingel of T.C. Roberson High School Air Force JROTC and Lincoln Schmitz of A.C. Reynolds High School Army JROTC.

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Warlassies Soccer: Conference Champs (Black Mountain News)
Charles D. Owen High School's girls soccer team is on a serious winning streak! Learn more about what's brought them this far and what challenges await.

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Planting Flowers: Enka High and Candler Elementary 
Enka High School students visited Candler Elementary School to help second-graders plant flowers. This is mentorship in action! Take a moment to see some of the photos from the day.

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Share the Love Food Drive at Black Mountain Primary (Black Mountain News)
Black Mountain Primary School students are making a difference in the community through their heart-warming Share the Love food drive!

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Owen Middle's Sturdivant to Lead State Association
Congratulations to Charles D. Owen Middle School Librarian Cindy Sturdivant, who has just been elected as the next NC School Library Media Association president!

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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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Six Clyde A. Erwin High School athletes had the awesome experience of watching a state hall of fame induction ceremony and exploring Raleigh.

Erwin Athletes Meet Hall-of-Famers
Six Clyde A. Erwin High athletes had the awesome experience of watching a state hall of fame induction ceremony and exploring Raleigh last weekend.

Annual Tradition Brings Students Together
Black Mountain Primary School first-graders recently took a special field trip to Charles D. Owen Middle School’s 40-acre campus. In what has become an annual tradition, the younger students explored and experienced various science and biology concepts with fun, hands-on activities.

Award Videos: Jennifer Tatum and Carla Billups
Take a moment and watch these inspiring videos created by the NC SMT Center, to honor Ms. Jennifer Tatum and Ms. Carla Billups!

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Students Get a Kick Our of Living a Healthy Lifestyle (WLOS)
During Every Kid Healthy Week, Avery's Creek Elementary kids and nutrition staff didn't let the rain ruin their kickball game plans! Instead, they waited for the perfect sunny day to reschedule their match. It was a memorable competition between the students and adults, and a home run for celebrating health and outdoor activity!

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Owen Students "Sew" Love After Auto Theft (WLOS)
Sometimes, misfortune gives more opportunities to "sew" good in the world! Learn how an Asheville auto theft gave Owen High students an opportunity to meet an important need.

Blackhawks Softball Headed to Third Round Rematch (Citizen-Times)
North Buncombe High School's softball team is ready for round three of the 3A NCHSAA softball playoffs with two wins under their belts. Here's a look at their determined team from the High School Huddle.

Enka High Prom Photos
Thanks to the Citizen-Times for providing these photos of the Enka High School prom, held on May 10, 2019, at the Biltmore Estate's Deerpark.

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