Hello BCS Staff, Families, and Stakeholders: Please click the link below to view Buncombe County School's Low Performing Schools Preliminary Support Plan. https://5il.co/1kcvm If you would like to comment on the plan, please click this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZbBMQnXDz8NRtHLDsMtASrkYPXjQHwYQIcJ85gQn7rB7CjQ/viewform?usp=pp_url The deadline to provide feedback is December 4, 2022.
22 days ago, BCS Communications
We're thankful for our students, teachers, families, and staff who make our schools shine every day! May you have a safe and restful Thanksgiving holiday. 🦃🍊🍁🍂❤️
7 days ago, Buncombe County Schools
Happy Thanksgiving with wood and leaves in the background.
🍗🍂 We are #thankful to our school nutrition staff for their care and dedication to providing staff and students with healthy and delicious meals in our cafeterias each day. Here's a look around our district as schools celebrated #Thanksgiving early this week with a yummy turkey lunch complete with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, and peach cobbler! Check out our photo album on Facebook! http://bit.ly/3Ar4RSK
13 days ago, BCS Communications
Thanksgiving Lunch
For the fastest emergency and weather notifications, please download the new Buncombe County Schools app which is linked in the Apple Store and in the Android Store. Please download the app and sign up for push notifications to the schools of your choosing. In the app, you can keep up with school news, events, lunch menus, and more! Download for Android https://bit.ly/3u6NLGO
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16 days ago, BCS Communications
Here's a look at our Kindergarten Enrollment dates coming up next Spring! https://5il.co/1kef7
22 days ago, BCS Communications
Kindergarten tours are happening the entire month of November! Contact your community school to choose a tour day and time that works for your schedule. Not sure where to start? Please visit: buncombeschools.org/findmyschool . . . . #kindergarten
22 days ago, BCS Communications
Kindergarten Tours
Hello, BCS Staff and Families: We want to remind you that our district is using a different mass communication system this year. This system does have different features than our previous vendor. Specifically, all calls from your school or the district will come from: >>828-255-5939 or >>828-255-5921. >>All text messages will come from 98900. Please save these numbers to your phone to ensure they are not marked as potential spam in order to receive timely school and district information, especially during the winter months. For the fastest emergency and weather notifications, please download the new Buncombe County Schools app which is linked in the Apple Store and in the Android Store. Please download the app and sign up for push notifications to the schools of your choosing. In the app, you can keep up with school news, events, lunch menus, and more! Parents, please make any changes to your phone number or email address through the Annual Information Update or Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Your contact information must be up-to-date in PowerSchool in order to receive notifications properly. If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, please contact the school data manager. Staff, please update your contact information in LINQ (Time Keeper) in order to receive notifications to the proper numbers and emails. Finally, if you have bookmarked any URLs on our website prior to July 1, 2022, those links will no longer be active. Here are common bookmarks that may interest you and are live on our new site: buncombeschools.org/notifications buncombeschools.org/careers buncombeschools.org/enroll buncombeschools.org/calendar buncombeschools.org/findmyschool buncombeschools.org/volunteer
about 1 month ago, BCS Communications
Dear BCS Staff and Families- We are closely following local and regional forecasts as Hurricane Ian makes its way toward our area. We will be operating on a normal schedule tomorrow (9/30). However, out of an abundance of caution, we will postpone all BCS field trips, after-school activities, and athletics on Friday, Sept. 30. We will continue to monitor forecasts, and should we need to make any further adjustments to our schedule, we’ll let our staff and families know as soon as possible. Don’t forget to download the new BCS app to receive the fastest notifications. Download for Android https://bit.ly/3u6NLGO
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2 months ago, BCS Communications
Students in Avery Creek Elementary's Katie Wilson’s English as a Second Language classroom are sharing their unique assets as multilingual learners with the school through a hands-on lesson. Each student traced their hand on colored paper, writing details about themself along the fingers such as their first language, where their family is from, and other pieces of their personal history. “I want to highlight to the students that being multilingual is an asset,” said Ms. Wilson. “It makes you a global citizen, it gives you the ability to relate to all kinds of people – there’s just so many benefits to having more than one language.” The lesson, she said, teaches not only fine motor skills such as tracing and cutting paper, but it also touches on the four aspects of language learning – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students had to listen to instructions, read various written topics to write about on the hands, and then share what they wrote to the class before the hands were displayed. The colorful hands were laminated and placed on a bulletin board inside the school to share the rainbow of cultures and languages the students are a part of. “I want them to be up as a badge of honor,” said Ms. Wilson.
2 months ago, BCS Communications
Student shows other student hand cut out
Bulletin of cut-out hands with international flags and "being multilingual is my superpower" is written above
Students showing off their construction paper hands
Student cutting out tracing of hand
We are loving our new app! Access documents, menus, news, emergency notifications, and more, right from your pocket. Download for Android https://bit.ly/3u6NLGO
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2 months ago, BCS Communications
New App!
Hello BCS Families- This is a reminder that students entering Kindergarten, 7th, or 12th grade are required by the state of North Carolina to receive specific vaccines. They are linked on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website: https://bit.ly/3DOeptC All students entering kindergarten also need a North Carolina Health Assessment form. All students in 7th grade are required to have both Tdap and a Meningitis vaccine. All students entering 12th grade are required to have a meningitis vaccine booster dose. The deadline to submit proof of these immunizations and health assessment form is Tuesday, September 27. Talk to your Health Care provider or visit the Buncombe County Health and Human Services immunization clinic at 40 Coxe Ave. Monday through Friday. For questions, contact the immunization clinic at 828-250-5096 or your school nurse.
2 months ago, BCS Communications
Attention Parents
As we begin this new year, we want to remind you that our district is using a different mass communication system. This system does have different features than our previous vendor. Specifically, all calls from your school or the district will come from 828-255-5939 or 828-255-5921. All text messages will come from 98900. Please ensure these numbers are not blocked on your phone in order to receive important school and district information, especially during the winter months. For the fastest emergency and weather notifications, please download the new Buncombe County Schools app which is linked in the Apple Store and in the Android Store. Please download the app and sign up for push notifications to the schools of your choosing. In the app, you can keep up with school news, events, lunch menus, and more! Parents, please make any changes to your phone number or email address through the Annual Information Update or Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Your contact information must be up-to-date in PowerSchool in order to receive notifications properly. If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account please contact the school data manager. Staff, please update your contact information in LINQ (Time Keeper) in order to receive notifications to the proper numbers and emails.
2 months ago, BCS Communications
Bus Ridership Week is happening next week! We maintain a fleet of over 200 buses that travel almost 16,000 miles each day carrying approximately 10,000 students. State funding for pupil transportation in each school district is determined by three factors: number of school buses operated, total expenditures, and number of students riding. The number of students riding is determined by an actual count taken in September each school year. ➡️ The student ridership count this year will be taken the week of September 26-30, 2022. Funding from the state is based on the number of students that we transport daily. It is important for us to operate as efficiently as possible to work with current funding and bus allotments. **If your child is going to ride a school bus to and/or from school anytime this school year, it is very important that he/she ride as many days as possible during the week of the count. ** The school bus is a safe form of transportation to and from school. It is our goal in the transportation department to provide safe, reliable, and efficient transportation service to our state’s most valuable resource--our students.
2 months ago, BCS Communications
Students on a bus
Bus Ridership Week is coming up soon! Approximately 750,000 students ride more than 14,000 school buses each school day in North Carolina. State funding for pupil transportation in each school district is determined by three factors: number of school buses operated, total expenditures, and number of students riding. The number of students riding is determined by an actual count taken in September each school year. The student ridership count this year will be taken the week of September 26-30, 2022. Funding from the state is based on the number of students that we transport daily. It is important for us to operate as efficiently as possible to work with current funding and bus allotments. **If your child is going to ride a school bus to and/or from school anytime this school year, it is very important that he/she ride as many days as possible during the week of the count. ** The school bus is a safe form of transportation to and from school. It is our goal in the transportation department to provide safe, reliable, and efficient transportation service to our state’s most valuable resource--our students.
3 months ago, BCS Communications
Special Announcement
Free and Reduced Applications for Buncombe County Schools Now you can apply on-line for your children to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure web site directly to the Buncombe County Schools School Nutrition office, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. LunchApplication.com is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. It has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Once your application has been received the district office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results. To apply, simply go to LunchApplication.com!
3 months ago, BCS Communications
In honor of Queen Elizabeth II, seventh grade students in Katharine Zamarra's North Buncombe Middle class created fascinators – small, stylish hats popularized by British royalty. After reading about different types of governments around the world, students chose a specific country and designed a hat to reflect the characteristics of its government. Hats were fashioned out of recycled yogurt containers, leftover party hats, styrofoam bowls and a variety of paper and trinkets. Italy, Poland, Laos, the US and Mexico were among the governments represented. "Asking students to visually represent a form of government challenges students to think critically about how governments shape people's lives," said Mrs. Zamarra. "For example, students met the challenge to visually represent democracy by incorporating sample ballots, creating grids of colorful beads, and using colors to indicate voting options." Check out more photos here on our facebook post: https://bit.ly/3TVT1Zd
3 months ago, BCS Communications
Students pose with their custom hats in front of world map
Schools are buzzing with excitement as the first day back wraps up. This morning, Sheriff Quentin Miller and supervisors from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) made a special visit to a few Buncombe County schools. This is part of an ongoing effort to keep our schools safe. “During the summer, the Sheriff’s Office and Buncombe County Schools worked closely together to review and update our school security plans,” BCSO Public Information Officer Aaron Sarver. “We want to welcome our students back to school and ensure they have a safe place to learn and grow!”
3 months ago, BCS Communications
Sheriff Quentin Miller touring the high schools on the first day of school.
Every student deserves to go into the school year looking their best, but with the bustle of getting ready for school as the summer ends, some parents may find a haircut as last on their to-do list. That’s why the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with two cosmetology programs to offer area students sharp new haircuts going into the 2022-23 school year. Both cosmetology schools will offer haircuts on certain days of the week until school starts - Carolina Cosmetology School on Mondays and A-B Tech’s Cosmetology program on Thursdays. At the first event on Monday students got their hair cut and enjoyed games like corn-hole and a cook-out of burgers, hot dogs, chips, and Capri-Suns. “It’s a good way to bring the community together,” said Deputy Keenan Nesbitt, who offered up hot dogs and high-fives to students. “The students can meet different people who work with the sheriff's office. It’s something we prioritize- that community building.” Haircuts will be offered at Carolina Cosmetology School at 1302 Patton Ave. on August 22, and can be booked by calling (828) 253 -2875. A-B Tech’s haircuts will be offered on August 18 and 25 at the A-B Tech Main Campus Birch Building, 18 Student Circle, and can be booked by calling (828) 398-7670.
4 months ago, BCS Communications
Student and teacher look over child's haircut
Free/Reduced Meal Applications for the new school year are available now! You may apply online >>> https://bit.ly/3QaVJHm This important program ensures all of our students have access to healthy lunches during the school day without accruing large cafeteria balances. This program is confidential and registration is easy! This year, children who qualify for this program will not be responsible for any of the cost of the lunch. This year, universal free lunch is no longer available at the majority of our schools as we continue with COVID recovery. Paper applications will be given out on the first day of school. Please take a few minutes to fill out a free and reduced meal application today, even if you aren’t sure if you will qualify. If you have questions or need assistance please call 828-255-5927. Please note that all schools will still serve breakfast to students at no cost next year!
4 months ago, BCS Communications
Free and Reduced Meals!
Attention, Parents: If you have already moved or have plans to move this summer and will switch schools, please plan on enrolling your child in their new school as soon as possible! This includes those remaining in Buncombe County Schools and those leaving the area. Our schools have begun sending out important information for the new school year, and if you aren’t enrolled in the correct school, you’ll miss these messages. Not sure which is or will be your community school? Click buncombeschools.org/findmyschool to connect with your new Buncombe County School. We look forward to welcoming your child to school!
4 months ago, BCS Communications
Attention Parents