January 14, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
The Week in Review

Joseph Fine, a North Buncombe High School student in the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program, recently competed in the Special Olympics NC Alpine Skiing Games in Blowing Rock.

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.

A Special Olympics Gold Medal
A BCS student-athlete brought home the gold last weekend. Joseph Fine, a North Buncombe High School student in the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program, recently competed in the Special Olympics NC Alpine Skiing Games in Blowing Rock. Joseph won his 8th Gold Medal in the Sit Ski. It's like a bobsled race where he races down the slope safely tethered to his coach.

Joseph's parents say this is one of the highlights of his year, and he is always thrilled to compete in these games. His parents are grateful to the staff and teachers at North Buncombe who encourage Joseph to pursue his athletic endeavors.

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Cane Creek Middle School Band

A Great Day for Band: Cane Creek Middle School
Mr. Clif Dodson's band room was a lively place in class last week! Right from the start of their time together, Cane Creek Middle School's sixth grade musicians brought their instruments together with a sense of humor.

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Harlem Globetrotters National Anthem
On Sunday, over 125 Buncombe County Schools chorus students showed off their talent and kicked off the Harlem Globetrotters game at the U.S. Cellular Center. These talented students were given the honor of singing the National Anthem in center court before the game.

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Christy Cheek's Surprise Recognition
At last week's Board of Education meeting, we recognized former CTE director Christy Cheek for her years of service to the students of Buncombe County. She didn't know what was coming when she was given the Governor's highest civilian honor! Watch it here on this excerpt from the meeting.

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Never Stop Learning: Candler Elementary (WLOS)
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and...Empathy? In this latest "Never Stop Learning" segment, we find out more about one Candler Elementary School teacher who is teaching her students important social skills like empathy!

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Weaverville's New School Resource Officer
We are grateful to the Town of Weaverville and the Weaverville Police Department for allocating funds to hire a School Resource Officer for Weaverville Primary School and Weaverville Elementary School.

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Golden Apple Winner: Ms. Kahn, A.C. Reynolds Middle (WYFF)
Congratulations to A.C. Reynolds Middle School English teacher Sara Kahn. She's this week's WYFF News 4 Golden Apple Award winner! Her warm smile and love of learning are contagious in her classroom.

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Reading with Deputies at Bell Elementary
Thanks to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office for keeping our students safe and helping them learn to love to read. Throughout the year, deputies take time out of their day to visit with our elementary students and read to them! The goal is for the deputies to visit each elementary school at least once a year.

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Sharing the Love at Mission Pediatrics
The staff at Hominy Valley Elementary recently donated items such as stuffed animals, bubbles, and stickers to the Pediatric Unit at Mission Health. Their effort was in honor of one of their students who recently had major heart surgery.

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Help for the Homeless: Koontz Students Take Action
As the cold weather sets in, being homeless in Western North Carolina gets even harder. After seeing the struggles firsthand on city streets, students at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School wanted to make a difference.

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It's Time for Kindergarten
From our dual language programs to our outdoor classrooms, Buncombe County Schools has a lot to offer! Last week, a team of BCS educators and an Avery's Creek Elementary student shared important information about our programs. A room full of parents of rising kindergarten students were on-hand to listen and ask questions.

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Haw Creek's Great Escape Race Challenge
Picture an escape room combined with an adventure race! That's what Haw Creek Elementary's Destination Imagination club students have planned for their Great Escape Race challenge! The whole event was the result of the club's Service Learning Challenge, which involved identifying a need and creating a solution to meet it.

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Funding for Fruits and Veggies
What's a better afternoon snack than fresh veggies and fruits? The Buncombe County Schools Nutrition department received a grant again this year to purchase a variety of fresh foods to serve some of our elementary students as an afternoon snack. The program offers students the opportunity to try fruits and vegetables, including some unusual ones that they may never have encountered. 

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2018-19 BCS Notification Options
Here's a rundown of the ways you can receive weather and safety notifications as we continue the 2018-19 school year!

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