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Mini-mester Helps Students Finish Strong
Mini-mester Helps Students Finish Strong
Posted on 07/03/2019
Emma Schneider (left), a T.C. Roberson graduate and N.C. State Teaching Fellow, tutors A.C. Reynolds senior Briana Lindsey, helping her grasp math concepts that challenged her during the school year.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

The Asheville Merchants Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded $50,000 to the Buncombe County Schools Graduation Initiative!

This important source of funding will help us continue to ensure our students graduate on time and prepared for their tomorrow. The Graduation Initiative Mini-mester, happening this summer at A.C. Reynolds High School, lets students earn credits in a small, one-on-one environment.

“It allows us to work with students individually to design a path to graduation,” said Graduation Initiative Director Kaye Lamb. “They can attend summer sessions to recoup credits or earn new credits. It’s flexible and designed to work for anyone.”

The program also connects teachers and students from all across Buncombe County. Jon Cox, a senior at Reynolds, spent part of the day Tuesday working on his graduation project with Enka High School teacher Jason Rollins.

“These teachers have helped me tremendously,” he said. “I fell behind during freshman and sophomore year, and I needed this to catch up. Now I’m back on track.”

Emma Schneider, a T.C. Roberson graduate and N.C. State Teaching Fellow, tutored A.C. Reynolds senior Briana Lindsey, helping her grasp math concepts that challenged her during the school year.

“She’s making progress,” Schneider said. “The Mini-mester gives students that extra attention, that extra boost that they need to get over the top.”

A collage showing students studying and reacting to teachers.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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