June 24, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

The Clyde A. Erwin Class of 2019

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
Congratulations to the 1,600 students who took home their well-deserved diplomas over the last two weeks.

These scholars, athletes, musicians, and artists earned more than $13.5 million in merit-based grants and scholarships. They're heading for colleges, universities, technical schools, the military, and the workforce.

"I am so proud of the quality of young men and women that I have no doubt will be well prepared to succeed at their next stage of life's adventures," said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. "Whether electing to pursue post-secondary education, serve within the military, or begin a career through the workplace, the foundation they have built around learning experiences in both our classrooms and school-sponsored activities should support them well."

Be sure to see our recent BCS photo galleries for Clyde A. Erwin High School and Enka High School! A full rundown of graduation coverage is available in our Post of the Week.

See the Post of the Week!



Enka High's FFA team wins fourth straight state championship.

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

Four-Time State Champions: Enka High FFA Agricultural Mechanics
Congratulations to the award-winning Enka High School FFA program. Under the guidance of 23-year veteran Agriculture teacher Mr. Kevin Franklin, the school's Agricultural Mechanics team clinched it's fourth straight Future Farmers of America (FFA) state championship.

Also, see the impressive results for North Buncombe High School and Charles D. Owen High School, who also worked hard to compete at the 91st North Carolina State FFA convention.

Here's our article from last year, when Enka's team had just won their third championship.

Enka High School announced their latest win on June 22 via Facebook:
"Congratulations to the Enka FFA Ag. Mechanics team who won their 4th straight State Championship this week. Team members are Parker Edwards, Kevin Melton, Alton Warren, Lane Warren."

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2019 Bus Driver of the Year: Mr. David Mayer
Each year, an exemplary school bus driver who safely and faithfully serves the students of our community is chosen for a special honor. The Tracy Lea Calhoun Memorial award, also referred to as the BCS Bus Driver of the Year award, was presented to Mr. David Mayer of Charles D. Owen High School on June 6, 2019. (Watch him receive the award in our Facebook video!)

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Our Serafina Week bookfair for literacy runs from July 7-13, 2019.

Serafina Week: BCS Bookfair for Literacy
On the heels of best-selling local author Robert Beatty's visit to A.C. Reynolds Middle School, a summer bookfair benefiting Buncombe County Schools media centers has been announced for July 7-13. The "Serafina Week" bookfair is a collaboration between Robert Beatty, author of the popular Serafina book series, and Barnes & Noble. (Event details are also available on Facebook.)

Learn more about how your school can win a visit from Robert Beatty and an ice cream party by The Hop by attending the July 7 Launch Party at the Asheville Mall's Barnes & Noble bookstore!

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The BCS Summer Meals program begins June 17, 2019.

Summer Meals Program Underway
Our 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's an article about the program written by the YMCA of Western North Carolina, one of our community partners in this important project.

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Father's Day Gift for Former Reynolds Star (WLOS)
Reynolds High Running back Derrick Eddington talked about his days as a rocket, but his family had never seen him on the field- that is, until WLOS found some football highlight reels from nearly two decades ago and gave a family a Father's Day gift they won't soon forget!

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Mix 96.5 Teacher of the Year: Ms. Vicente (North Windy Ridge)
Congratulations to Ms. Vicente who teaches at North Windy Ridge Intermediate! She's the Mix 96.9 Teacher of the Year! She was surprised on the last day of school with a huge prize package that included gift cards that she can use in the classroom.

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Bookmobile Rolls July 1
The Bookmobile is coming, offering reading options for pre-kindergarteners through middle school students. Here are the days and times you'll need to find a Bookmobile stop near you. (Note: The Bookmobile will now start the week of July 1. Follow @BCSbookmobile on Facebook for up-to-date announcements.)

Sobol Sets Sights on Tennis (Black Mountain News)
Anna Sobol, a rising Junior at Charles D. Owen High School, isn't wasting a day of her summer vacation. After an injury last year, Sobol is on the mend and has her sights set on a successful upcoming season.

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Community High: Helping the Community
Students at Community High School are committed to supporting local nonprofits. Each semester, the students participate in two service learning activities. According to Principal Jan Greenhoe, the students chose to support Manna Food Bank and Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Black Mountain this year. Here's a look at their recent visit to the Sanctuary.

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Two Students Awarded $10k Scholarships (Weaverville Tribune)
We're thrilled to see our students rewarded for their hard work in preparing for tomorrow! Thanks, Weaverville Tribune, for highlighting these two accomplished North Buncombe High School graduates.
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The Buncombe County Schools Week in Review highlights some of the important stories making news in our districts and schools each week. When sharing about your BCS school or event on social media, be sure to use hashtags #WeAreBCS, #BCSadvantage, and #BCS!

The Week in Review is created and maintained by the Communications Department:

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Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

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