June 10, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Dep. Jared Porshia is a police officer, a teacher, and a counselor.

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.

Erwin Grad Now Reynolds SRO
Dep. Jared Porshia, a 2010 Clyde A. Erwin High grad, is the SRO at A.C. Reynolds Middle School. He spends much of his time away from his office – walking the halls, giving high fives, and encouraging students to be their best.

“You learn to stick with a kid from start to finish,” he said. “You look at the totality of their circumstances and see if there’s anything lacking that you can put into that picture, like a puzzle piece. That’s part of what it means to be a resource for them.”

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Cultural Day 2019 at Emma Elementary

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Emma Elementary Celebrates Cultures
On June 4, 2019, Students paraded through Emma Elementary's hallways in traditional clothing to celebrate the many cultures that make up their school community. You can watch the parade on Facebook Live! (Also this week, Emma students spent some time reading with Officer Best of the Asheville Police Department!)

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New Administrative Assignments for 2019-20
Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin announced five new administrative assignments for Buncombe County Schools for the 2019-20 school year.

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Nationally-known author Mr. Robert Beatty spent a morning with the Rockets of A.C. Reynolds Middle School this week.

Robert Beatty Reads with A.C. Reynolds Middle
Nationally-known author Mr. Robert Beatty spent a morning with the Rockets of A.C. Reynolds Middle School this week, where he encouraged students to persevere in their reading and writing endeavors, and shared selections from his newest book, Serafina and the Seven Stars.

Get ready for our July 7-13 summer bookfair with Robert Beatty Books and Barnes & Noble! Say "Buncombe County Schools" at checkout, and Barnes & Noble will make a donation to school media centers.

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The North Buncombe High Blackhawk Band Performed in Normandy for D-Day anniversary.

Blackhawk Band Performs for D-Day in Normandy (WLOS)
The North Buncombe High School marching band had the honor of performing in Normandy for the official commemoration of D-Day on its 75th anniversary.

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Person of the Week: Ms. Charlene Martin (WLOS)
Hominy Valley Elementary second-grade teacher Charlene Martin is the WLOS "Person of the Week." A BCS mom says that Ms. Martin is an educator who embodies the essence of great teaching.

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Owen Middle: Where the Wild Things Are
Heritage, Growth, Promise. This is the mission statement for Owen Middle School. With this in mind, teachers planned a unique event involving animals for 7th graders recently.

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A.C. Reynolds Middle School students are more prepared for the real world thanks to a unique collaboration with teachers from A.C. Reynolds High School, members of the community, and the State Employees' Credit Union.

Reality of Money (A.C. Reynolds Middle)
A.C. Reynolds Middle School students are more prepared for the real world thanks to a unique collaboration with teachers from A.C. Reynolds High School, members of the community, and the State Employees' Credit Union. Earlier this year, students spent the day improving their financial literacy with the live-action game, “Reality of Money.”

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Ms. Beth Myers is Pisgah Elementary's Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Enka District Teacher of the Year.

Teachers of the Year: Beth Myers, Pisgah Elementary
Beth Myers sees herself as a builder of bridges and a layer of foundations. The Pisgah Elementary School kindergarten teacher introduces her students to global culture, active learning, and goal-oriented outlooks. She also teaches them to respect themselves and each other.

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Science on the Move for Migrant Education
UNC-Asheville highlighted how local students are getting additional opportunities to study science thanks to a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund!

Field Day for Fairview Elementary (Video)
The beautiful spring weather earlier this week gave students around Buncombe County a chance to get outside and celebrate another memorable school year! The two-day Field Day event gave all 730 students a chance to play and focus on a healthy lifestyle. (Also, don't miss this breathtaking aerial view of Fairview Elementary from the sky!)

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Rockets Dedicate New Marching Field
Rocket Country came together on Saturday to dedicate the new Reynolds High Marching Band field in honor of the school’s biggest fan. Earlier this year, a portion of land adjacent to the school was donated to be used as a practice field for the marching band.

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Summer meals begin on June 17, 2019.

Summer Meals Kicked Off with Benefit Walk
Summer Meals for Buncombe students begin on June 17! This year's meals are provided via a partnership between BCS, Asheville City Schools, and the YMCA of Western North Carolina, who worked together to host a benefit No Kid Hungry walk/run.

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Two Rams Sign to Play Collegiate Softball (WLOS) 
As reported by WLOS: Alexis Pike will play at Walters State Community College while her teammate Hayley-Moe Morrow signed with Catawba Valley Community College.

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Dan the Animal Man Visits Pisgah Elementary (WLOS)
"At an end-of-year celebration, wildlife educator Dan Breeding encouraged the students at Pisgah Elementary School to take care of each other, the animals and the planet," reported WLOS.

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BCS Board of Education Honorees
At the June Board of Education gathering, students and educators were recognized for their accomplishments, Duke Energy was thanked for a recent grant to the BCS Foundation, and Owen High's bus driver David Mayer was announced as the Bus Driver of the Year!

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2019 Graduations
Spring graduation season is here- see our full 2019 graduation schedule! Don't miss the Asheville Citizen-Times photographs from this past week's ceremonies for Buncombe County Early College, Progressive Education Program, and the Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy! Congratulations, class of 2019. We're proud of you!

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Reynolds' Bell to Play Division I Football (Citizen-Times)
"Reynolds coach Shane Laws told the Citizen Times on June 4 that Bell has accepted a preferred walk-on position at Appalachian State," reported the Citizen-Times.

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Paper Cranes for Peace
"I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world," wrote Sadako Sasaki. This quote aptly summarizes a unique effort at A.C. Reynolds Middle School. After the tragic death of Riley Howell several weeks ago, the students wanted to increase a focus on peace. They decided to make 1,000 paper cranes to hang around the school.

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Owen Middle Students Learn Entrepreneurship (United Way)
"Owen Middle School students excitedly filled the school cafeteria, holding boxes filled with baked goods, Tupperwares of homemade slime, and circular tubes adorned with bunched hair ties and eyeglass holders with 3D printed beads on the strings," wrote the United Way. It was part of this year's entrepreneurship event supported by the United Way and held at Owen Middle.

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