February 19, 2018
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Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

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. This week was full was important stories, and the Post of the Week features an important story that created a lot of buzz on social media! #WeAreBCS and proud.

Mountain Faith Band Rocks West Buncombe Elementary
There was hand clapping and foot stomping aplenty in the West Buncombe Elementary School gym as Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith came to share their unique Americana-Roots music with the students and teachers.

The Sylva-based band played a pregame show during the 2017 Super Bowl and made it to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent in 2015. But guitarist Nick Dauphinais said it’s hard to find a better audience than West Buncombe.

View the Post of the Week on Facebook which includes the video above, read our Social Snapshots story, or see the Facebook photo gallery!

Coming Up in Buncombe Schools...

Calendar Updates
In February, the Board of Education met to examine feedback from more than 10,000 survey responses from parents and staff regarding the best way to make up instructional time lost to winter weather. The calendar changes are as follows:

--March 30 will now be an early release student day.
--May 28 will be an early release student day.
--We will extend the school year until June 13.

We have a few more weeks of winter left, so further changes to the school calendar may be needed to comply with North Carolina calendar requirements.

**If another day of instruction is lost to winter weather, we will extend school days in the month of April by 20 minutes each.

Please note: March 29th is a full instructional day. You may view the new, updated calendar by clicking here.

Video: What Do You Love About Kindergarten?
For Valentine's Day, kindergarteners from West Buncombe Elementary School told us what they love about learning. We believe that a firm foundation will prepare these children for the 21st Century! Visit Enroll.BuncombeSchools.org to find your school and schedule a tour.

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Bus Driver Appreciation
During #LoveTheBus week, bus drivers were celebrated for the essential role they play in education! During the week, some schools treated their drivers to a hearty breakfast, Board of Education members rode with students, and we lauded our 2017 Bus Driver of the Year from A.C. Reynolds High, Mr. Marvin Masters. Our hats are off for the men and women who safely transport over 13,000 students over 15,800 miles every school day!

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Safe & Warm Campaign
This month, students from across the county collected blankets for crisis centers through the Safe & Warm Campaign coordinated by Ingles Markets and the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. The students competed to collect the most blankets in order to earn Tools for Schools funding for their schools. In the end, T.C. Roberson Band led the pack. We are proud of our students and community for working together to meet this important need in Buncombe County! 

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Enka Middle Students Love Science
Eighth-graders from Enka Middle School exemplified Buncombe County Schools’ focus on STEM education at the Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair last week. Five students placed well enough to be invited to the state science fair, while 15 placed in the top three of their division or received special awards.

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North Buncombe Middle to Lay Wreaths for Unknown Soldier
WLOS reported about a special opportunity for eighth-graders at North Buncombe Middle School. The students are headed to Washington, D.C., where they'll visit Arlington National Cemetery and participate in a unique wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Katie Darty, media specialist at North Buncombe High School, is a now regular contributor to School Library Journal. In her latest article, she writes about the "Breakerspace" at her school where students are able to disassemble electronics to see how they work.

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Owen Middle's Green Aprons Club
Through a partnership with local non-profit Bounty & Soul, Owen Middle students are learning about cooking, nutrition, and kitchen skills! After each week's lesson, students are invited to take home a bag containing everything they need to recreate the dish at home. The community is also invited to take part in the free produce fair on Thursday's.

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Buncombe Schools' Produce Fairs
Healthy means delicious in Buncombe Schools. Now, our award-winning, nationally-known, school nutrition program is showing elementary students what healthy foods look and taste like! Each year, nutrition staff tour the districts, setting up produce, sharing tasty samples, and educating students about the importance of a healthy diet combined with an active lifestyle.

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Celebrating 100 Days of School
We loved seeing the creativity, energy, and joy of our elementary students as they celebrated 100 days of school! Each year, it is a lot of fun for elementary students around Buncombe County Schools to celebrate this milestone as the winter wraps up and spring slides in. It’s a chance to be grateful for the friends we’ve made and remember the life lessons learned through active, hands-on learning!

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Reynolds, N. Buncombe, and Erwin Advance in WMAC

The Citizen-Times gives us the latest on those headed to the WMAC basketball tournament finals.

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The BCS Mobile App
Not only does the new BCS mobile app allow push notifications with weather and safety announcements, it also puts some of the most common parent resources at your fingertips! Download it today from iOS or Android stores.

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BCS Advantage Magazine: Middle & Intermediate School Success
Want to read even more great stories? Check out the latest edition of the BCS Advantage Magazine. In this special issue, we focus on what makes our intermediate and middle programs unique. You can view all past issues at BCSadvantage.org!

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

Stacia Harris
Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

Timothy Reaves
Digital Communications Specialist


Department of Communications
175 Bingham Road, Asheville NC 28806
(828) 350-2261

Have a story idea? We'd love to hear about it. Email us at communications@bcsemail.org.

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