June 17, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

An Enka High graduate proudly displays her diploma.

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 Buncombe County Schools Class of 2019
A student never forgets graduation day! This week, graduating seniors across Buncombe County celebrated their academic accomplishments and walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, ready for the next chapter of their lives. It's been our pleasure to teach and learn with these students, and we can't wait to see what their futures hold! Congratulations, BCS Class of 2019!

Be sure to see these wonderful photo galleries from the Asheville Citizen-Times for A.C. Reynolds High School, Clyde A. Erwin High School, T.C. Roberson High School, North Buncombe High School, Community High School, Martin L. Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy, Buncombe County Early College, Buncombe County Middle College, and the Progressive Education Program. Photos for Charles D. Owen High School were taken by the Black Mountain News.

More original BCS photos will be available soon. Meanwhile, here are our stories on the ceremonies at Enka High School, Clyde A. Erwin High School, Community High School, and Buncombe County Middle College.

This week, we also released videos of two speeches from the 2019 Top Scholars Awards Banquet, when Dr. Darin J. Waters served as our Keynote speaker, and Enka senior Neely Bennett served as our Inspiration speaker. Don't miss their inspiring words to our graduating class during the April 30 event!

Congratulations to our Buncombe County Schools class of 2019. Use #BCSgrads when posting your photos this week on social media!



Barnardsville teachers gave their students a special send-off on the last day of school!

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

Enthusiastic Last Day Send-Offs
When students boarded buses to head home for the summer, teachers wanted to make sure they felt loved and special! At Barnardsville Elementary and Weaverville Elementary, for example, teachers lined up, cheered, and performed a "kick line" as the students departed. It was a playful and celebratory way to end another successful school year!

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Estes Students Welcome Supt. Baldwin
Second grade students in Ms. Raegan Solomon’s class welcomed a special guest on their last day of school at W.W. Estes Elementary: Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin! The students showed him their last project of the year. This week, they wrote encouraging public notes on large and colorful sheets of paper hung in the hallways for all to see.

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Enka High's Class Day on the last day of school.

The Last Day of School
Another amazing school year is in the books! (And we've had quite a few since 1881.) Thank you to our students, teachers, and families for another memorable and successful year of education here in Buncombe County Schools!

On Tuesday, June 11, students and teachers celebrated the conclusion of another year together. It was a time not only of remembering, but making some new memories, as well. At Enka High School (pictured above), students held their Class Day tradition! At North Buncombe Elementary, students held a talent show, explored their sunny playground, and challenged their teachers to a game of kick-ball! At Weaverville Elementary, students "chilled out" on the playground during their ice cream party. W.D. Williams Elementary school "blasted off" their summer by building and launching their own rocket! Be sure to check your school's Facebook page for photos of the last day of school. Thanks for a wonderful year!

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The BCS Summer Meals program begins June 17, 2019.

Summer Meals Program Underway
The Buncombe County Schools Summer Meals program begins June 17. This popular program offers free breakfasts and lunches to any child age 2-18 at locations all around Buncombe County. You may view a list of our summer meals sites by clicking below. Also, to see a full list of sites in our region, you may text FOODNC to 877-877, or you may call the Spanish or English hotline: 1-877-8HAMBRE or 1-877-842-6273.

Here are some great photos from BCS Nutrition's recent Summer Meals kick-off party!

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BCS Pilots the Vitals App (Facebook Live Announcement)
The Buncombe County Schools Foundation is generously funding a pilot year for an initiative that will help put vital information in our key school personnel hands in case of a health emergency with one of our students. The Vitals App allows select personnel to see pertinent information and de-escalation techniques for identified students on their smartphone whenever they are within 80 feet of the student. See also coverage from WLOS and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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Many thanks to the Buncombe County Schools Foundation, which has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to more than 170 graduating seniors this year.

Buncombe Foundation Awards 300K in Scholarships
Many thanks to the Buncombe County Schools Foundation, which has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to more than 170 graduating seniors this year. Scholarships are a substantial part of BCSF’s mission to support students and teachers at Buncombe County Schools.

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Weaverville Elementary's "Cubes" Heads to Film Festival
When Weaverville Elementary School's Film & Drama Club debuted the original sci-fi movie "Cubes" in April, it was an instant success with plenty of parents and students coming to see its first run. Now, the school's piece has been officially selected to participate in the 2019 North Carolina Film Award festival, where the piece will be reviewed by a panel of experts!

Erwin Grad Caleb Johnson to Release Album 2 (WLOS)
Clyde A. Erwin High School graduate Caleb Johnson stopped by the WLOS studios to perform a song from his new album out this week.

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Warhorse Mural Artists 
As school wrapped up, seniors in Ms. Lacey Brown's Advanced Honors Art Class were busy putting the finishing touches on their final projects as Owen High School students. This semester, the seniors considered their personal philosophy or priorities and turned that interpretation into beautiful murals that will live on along the walls of their art class.

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Kindergarteners have made amazing progress this year in Ms. Karina Padilla’s dual language immersion class at Candler Elementary School.

Dual Immersion: Exciting Possibilities
Kindergarteners have made amazing progress this year in Ms. Karina Padilla’s dual language immersion class at Candler Elementary School. “They’re activating more parts of their brain,” Ms. Padilla said. “They’re becoming better problem-solvers, they’re getting more prepared for their future careers, and they’re connecting with the whole community.”
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Rockets' Larry Brow Reflects on Lifetime of Coaching (Citizen-Times)  
Long-time teacher and coach for A.C. Reynolds High School and T.C. Roberson High School, Larry Brow, is retiring this year. Learn more about Coach Brow's career, memories, and legacy in this Citizen-Times feature.

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Success After Graduation for Blackhawk Alumna
We love hearing stories about our graduates finding success after graduation! The Blackhawks are celebrating with recent graduate Karly Plemmons of Weaverville, who just finished her freshman year at UNC-Wilmington. This spring, she earned the Pepsi Service that Sells Scholarship through the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association's foundation.

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Blackhawks' WLOS Person of the Week (WLOS)
In this latest "Person of the Week" segment, we meet an innovative teacher at North Buncombe High School who is teaching his students important skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. "You do it because you love it and because you know it needs to be done," says Ryan Rotundo. "These students need to be prepared with these real-world skills so that they can become the future of our community."

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Students Take Short Trip to Great Place to Learn (Weaverville Tribune)
Field Trips are an enriching part of a Buncombe County Schools education. Our students travel far and wide to enhance what they've learned in the classroom or learn about new concepts in a hands-on and engaging way.

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