May 20, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The Dads Club at Fairview Elementary School hosted a Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Western-themed dance.

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.

Western Dance for the Whole Family
The Dads Club at Fairview Elementary School hosted a Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Western-themed dance this past weekend. It's one of many great activities planned throughout the year to bring Fairview's parents and kids together for meaningful experiences. This Post of the Week features Fairview's photos from their special night!

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First-graders successfully raised and released six monarch butterflies in Ms. Heather Gast’s classroom at Weaverville Primary School.

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Raising Butterflies at Weaverville Primary
We love hands-on learning and exploration! First-graders successfully raised and released six monarch butterflies in Ms. Heather Gast’s classroom at Weaverville Primary School. As the students studied the insect’s life cycle, they kept journals and watched the two-week journey of six caterpillars as they transformed into beautiful butterflies.

A park and natural area next to the school was a perfect location for the students to gather and watch the butterflies leave their containers and start the next chapter of life. Ms. Gast’s students also wrote about the emotions they felt while raising and releasing the butterflies.

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Welcome to Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School (Video)
"Students come first at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School! We believe in rigorous, individualized instruction while while building positive relationships and character for fifth- and sixth-graders. We love our school and know you will, too!" -Eblen Intermediate

Students on Stage with LEAF Schools & Streets
From the classroom to the LEAF Main Stage, Buncombe County Schools is committed to global education and creating global citizens through the arts. This spring, four BCS schools hosted LEAF Schools & Streets visiting teaching artists and performed for families and fans at the Lake Eden Arts Festival on May 11, 2019. Students from Estes Elementary, Oakley Elementary, Barnardsville Elementary, and Charles D. Owen High performed on stage with international LEAF artists. (Also, watch our BCS live video of several memorable moments from the week!)

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North Windy Ridge's Logo Design Winner
It’s all adding up for sixth-grader Avnielle Krause of North Windy Ridge Intermediate school, who recently won a state-wide math logo design contest!

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Roberson Honors a Hero (WLOS)
The Roberson District is working together on a special effort that's already raised about $5,000 in honor of a T.C. Roberson High School graduate who died a hero. The #RileyStrong fundraiser kicked off Tuesday in honor of Riley Howell. He was killed in the UNC-Charlotte campus shooting three weeks ago as he tried to save his fellow classmates.

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Prom Season Splendor
Students were looking sharp and enjoying times of music and friendship as they made Prom memories together! Several BCS schools held their big dance this past week, including Buncombe County Early College, Buncombe County Middle College, Clyde A. Erwin High, Charles D. Owen High, and Enka High. Click below for the Citizen times prom photo round-up!

Athlete of the Week: Allie Jones, Erwin High (Citizen-Times)
Clyde A. Erwin High junior Allie Jones says her teammates and coaches are what make Warrior softball great. She's the Asheville Citizen Times / Ingles Markets Athlete of the Week! Congratulations, Allie.

Glen Arden's Eco Readers
Glen Arden Elementary School’s Eco Readers is a club for kids who love to read and are interested in caring for the environment. They pick up trash, plant trees, and create pollinator habitats. The students focus on a guiding question, “how can I make the world a more beautiful place?”

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JROTC Cadet Invited to Naval Academy
In a follow-up to our recent story about JROTC in Buncombe County Schools, we are excited to share that senior Ethan Chandler of North Buncombe High School has accepted an invitation to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland!

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Cardboard Arcade for Animal Rescue (North Windy Ridge) 
Students at North Windy Ridge Intermediate School are giving back to our community in a unique way. The sixth-grade broadcasting students recently raised $400 for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue using their cardboard arcade.

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A Perfect Season for Enka Middle Softball
It's not every day that a team gets to celebrate a perfect season! Congratulations to the students of the Enka Middle School softball team on a 17-0 finish as regular season and tournament champions!

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Elevating Mathematics 2019
The results and photos are in for BCS' Elevating Mathematics tournament! On April 26, 134 elementary school students in fourth through sixth grades gathered at the Buncombe County Schools Central Office for the district-wide event.

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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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Chinese Acrobats at Weaverville Primary
Weaverville students were in awe as the costumed Chinese Acrobats spun cups, pottery, and even furniture around their bodies during their April 29 school performance! The event was organized by Weaverville Primary School’s School Improvement Team and funded by the Weaverville PTO with the goal of helping students appreciate cultural diversity through the arts.

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