May 28, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

A collage of photos from last week's senior walks

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.

Class of 2019 Senior Walks Show Student Success
Last week, BCS students of all ages celebrated the promise of education.
Seniors donned their caps and gowns and traveled to their middle, intermediate, and elementary schools, where future BCS grads got to see firsthand the payoff of preparation and effort. Younger students held signs, gave high-fives, and cheered the seniors, who fondly remembered their educational journey. Many hugged former teachers. Check out the videos!

-- A.C. Reynolds High School
-- Charles D. Owen High School
-- Clyde A. Erwin High School
-- Enka High School
-- North Buncombe High School
-- T.C. Roberson High School

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North Buncombe Elementary School honored PTO members and volunteers with breakfast on Friday.

Here's a social media story we loved from one of our schools!

North Buncombe Elementary Honors Volunteers
North Buncombe Elementary honored their amazing PTO members and dedicated volunteers with breakfast on Friday.

"Words cannot express how much we appreciate each of you," the post read. "You volunteer before work, during work, after work and even at home. You bring the staff at NBES goodies, cute messages and make us all feel so loved. Your hard work with fundraising helps our students and staff have the best of everything. We hope that you know that NBES has the best PTO volunteers, parent volunteers and grandparent volunteers. Thank you!"

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Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School students joined Mr. Bobby Morris Jr. in planting new flower bulbs around the campus.

Thanks to Substitute Teachers!
Mr. Bobby has been a trusted substitute teacher at Enka Intermediate School since the school opened in 2016. His former work as a forest ranger gives him a unique wealth of knowledge, which he loves to share with Enka students. In addition to creating opportunities to teach students about the environment through outdoor projects, he also volunteers with clubs, and talks with students about forestry during career days.

“Our substitute teachers are very important to us,” said Assistant Principal Dana Haney. “Mr. Bobby is dependable, caring, compassionate, loves our students, and he's flexible to help with whatever we need.”

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Roberson JROTC Holds Memorial Day Service
T.C. Roberson High School Air Force JROTC conducted a Memorial Day ceremony Friday morning. The ceremony included the singing of the national anthem by Cadet Elyse Cedeno, the honoring of past T.C. Roberson graduates who lost their lives in service to their country, raising of the flag to half staff, a wreath laying ceremony conducted by Master Sgt. McCrea and Cadet Jessie Young, and a posting of the guard. Cadets posted guard until noon - until the flag was raised back to full staff.

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Reynolds High, Haw Creek Elementary Honor Veterans
Buncombe County students led the charge in helping us remember our fallen veterans. One such event was Thursday's Memorial Day Concert, which included A.C. Reynolds High School's chorus, band, and JROTC. Also featured were students from Haw Creek Elementary!

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Owen Middle Students Open for Storytelling Circle Show
Several groups of 8th graders from Charles D. Owen Middle School (OMS) performed during last week's Asheville Storytelling Circle's Spring Art Show. The students were the top 3 winning groups in the "Jack Tales" contest that was held in the OMS Media Center several weeks ago. Each group chose a story based on Jack (like Jack and the Beanstalk). These top three groups were the opening acts for the Storytelling Circle Show! OMS student Hannah D. even created the artwork for the event's program!

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North Buncombe Standout to Cheer at Division I Level (Citizen-Times)
North Buncombe High School's Clay Davis will cheer for Costal Carolina University next year. Click the link below to find out more about the challenges Davis overcame to reach this milestone!

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A New Way to Help Students in Need
In collaboration with Asheville City Schools, BCS is excited to announce our new partnership with the Purposity smartphone app. Purposity (purpose + generosity) is designed to connect the individual, unique needs of our students with caring donors from right here in our community. To be a part of our Purposity movement, download the app in the App Store or Google Play, or go to and sign up to be a force for good in the Asheville and Buncombe County community.

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Ms. Rebecca Reeves wants her students to know that they are all her favorite.

Teachers of the Year: Rebecca Reeves
Teachers of the Year: Rebecca Reeves Ms. Rebecca Reeves wants her students to know that they are all her favorite. Every day, the upbeat and energetic Fairview Elementary School kindergarten teacher and Reynolds District Teacher of the Year works to build trust with each child in her classroom. She also creates opportunities for them to laugh and learn together through active, hands-on activities.

Diverse Characters from Diverse Authors
First-graders at Charles C. Bell Elementary School are enjoying their new books from the Colorful Pages Project. This initiative delivers engaging and enriching books to local schools that depict a range of diverse characters. Thanks to those who donated to this project.

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Town of Black Mountain Honors Chesney Gardner
The accolades continue for Charles D. Owen High School's Chesney Gardner, now honored through a Town of Black Mountain proclamation. She's a wonderful example of an accomplished and hard-working scholar-athlete, taking full advantage of the many opportunities available through Buncombe County Schools. Congratulations to Chesney and our many amazing BCS grads!

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Avery's Creek Teacher Receives Special Honor
Fourth-grade teacher Melissa Justen of Avery's Creek Elementary received a special honor from Governor Roy Cooper's office this month when she was awarded the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award! Less than a dozen North Carolina teachers received the $1,000 award, which is to be used toward professional development.

T.C. Roberson Soccer State Championship (Gallery, Citizen-Times)
The T.C. Roberson Girls Soccer team made it all the way to the state championship. Congratulations on this impressive achievement!

Estes Students Bring Art History to Life
Famous artists from various centuries were found at William W. Estes Elementary this week - fresh from the pages of history! Students dressed as artists that inspired them after thoroughly researching their lives, art, and influences. Their culminating Artist Gallery Opening gave parents the opportunity to interact with the past (and see the wonderful work of their students)!

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Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month: Erwin High's Rachel Affron
Congratulations to choral director Ms. Rachel Affron of Clyde A. Erwin High for being selected as the Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Month!

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Pen Pals Bridge the Generation Gap for Avery's Creek Students (WLOS) 
A group of senior citizens has become pen pals with second-graders at Avery's Creek Elementary. Residents from Ardenwoods Retirement Community recently spent time with their pen pals, and the students used their iPads to interview them. They've been in contact throughout the year, and they say it's nice to be together before the end of the school year.

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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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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

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Director of Communications

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