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Ashe County Schools will operate on a regular schedule on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  We will have school this Saturday, November 22.  Dismissal times:  12:00 elementary, 12:30 middle, 1:00 high.
American Education Week 2014

What is American Education Week?
American Education Week—November 16-22, 2014—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Read more about the history of American Education week here.   
We will be celebrating the success of Ashe County Schools and our personnel by having receptions at each school:
Tuesday – Blue Ridge, Ashe Middle
Wednesday – Mountain View
Thursday – Westwood and Ashe High

The Ashe County Board of Education expresses their sincere appreciation to the employees of Ashe County Schools.
Attention Teachers - Spanish Translations

Spanish translations for forms, letters and other information can be found under Teacher/Info on the side menu bar.  More translations will be added soon. 
Spanish Translations
Employee Retirement Savings Newsletter - 2014-2015
November CTE Student of the Month is Dom M.

My name is Steven Scott and I am the Drafting, Architecture, Furniture and Cabinet Making teacher at Ashe County High School. I have had the pleasure of teaching Dom M. in Mechanical Drafting and Architectural Drafting classes. His work has always been of high quality and has demonstrated professional attitudes toward the work done and the matter in which he goes about his class work. He has continued to inspire confidence in his drafting skill, often getting ahead in class and help his fellow students with their drawings. In school, Dom has consistently demonstrated himself to be one of the friendliest students and well-mannered young men at Ashe County High School. Dom has proven himself to be a serious student in class, earning the Drafting 1, and 2 outstanding student awards. Dom’s future plans include joining the Air Force and becoming a Civil Engineer.

As always thanks to Civitas Media and Mountain Times, WKSK for what you do for our students of ACHS. Thanks to Parker Tie and Dewalt for sponsoring our CTE SOM each month.
November Board Highlights

Recognition of the following bus drivers for perfect attendance in 2013/14

James Pennington—Ashe High
Eddie Taylor—Ashe Middle
Darlene Eller—Blue Ridge
Marla Powell—Westwood

Ashe County Ford Teacher Scholarship Foundation

Ashe High—Olivia Jenkins
Ashe Middle—Julie Taylor, Jodi Grubb
Blue Ridge—Tonya Blevins, Tonya Denny, Julie Little
Mountain View—Ronnie Pruitt, Misty Prichard, Robin Nethery, Kelly Mullis, Chelsea Clanton, Jessica Lyalls, Teresa Goodman, Ashley Fields, Connie Howell, Luci Jackson, Kristy Houck, Jana Baldwin, Jenny Johnson, Rhonda Donner, Leanne Miller
Westwood—Kevin Miller, Pam Hudler, Michelle Blevins, Mary Greene
Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Information Regarding Retirees and Substitutes.  Remember you must stay under 130 hours/16 days per pay period.
Additional Links:
High Deductible Health Plan 2015 Plan Summary
High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP
State of Ashe County Schools

Four out of Five Schools Exceeded Growth!!
  • ACS overall proficiency (student performance) ranks us 18th out of 115 school districts in the state of North Carolina.
  • Our High School, according to US News and World Report ranks in the top 10% of high schools in the nation.
  • Our district graduation rate improved from roughly 84% to 86%. 
  • Our CTE courses are expanding to meet the needs of our students and our community – new Agriculture program in the middle school 2014-15.
  • Starting next school year ACS will begin implementation of a STEM Academy at our middle and high schools. We want our students to have the option of staying and working in Ashe County – GE Aviation, AEV, Skyline-Skybest and many more businesses – have job needs of electrical engineering, software development, welding, math rigor, and much more.  One of the top industries in our county is construction, so we are bringing back masonry/HVAC for students that are interested in those areas. 
  • Governor’s Teacher’s Network – we have three Ashe County Teachers on his task force.
Read to Achieve results from the 2013-14 School Year
  • 14 students of 239 were required to attend Summer Reading Camp due to non-proficiency (less than 5.8%).
  • 39 students were able to prove proficiency through the alternative assessments that Ashe County submitted to the state.  For the 2014-15 School Year we have 80 students of 237 that have already demonstrated proficiency through the Beginning of Grade 3 reading test - a 10% increase from last year. 
  • Our K-2 teachers realize this law is about reading proficiently in the early grades and are doing a great job getting them ready.
ACS has started a community partnership program – we currently are partnered with over 30 local businesses in our county. I want to thank all the Faith Based partners and Community Businesses that helped to bring Mark Mero to our county – anti-bullying program for our middle and high school. 
ACS has a plan if or when the Enteroviruses D68 hits here in Ashe County.  We know there are 6 cases in the State.
Mrs. Callie Grubb named Ashe County Schools Principal of the Year 2014-2015

Click here to read press release.

National Principal Appreciation Month was established to thank school principals for their dedication and commitment to education.   The Ashe County Schools System understands well that the key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school, is a great principal.

National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

October 17 was declared Ashe County School District’s Principal Appreciation Day. The central office staff provided a luncheon for all the principals and assistant principals in the system.  Each school had prepared a video emphasizing “Why their principal was a ROCK STAR”.  These videos were embedded with statements from teachers and students “shouting-out” their appreciation for all the hard work their principals do on a daily basis.  During the month, these employees will receive other thoughtful deeds depicting our appreciation of their service and leadership.

Principals run a mini business every day that determines the world’s future.  They manage the futures of children; and in Ashe County, the future is looking brighter as we see proof of academic gains and school improvement.

Thank you Jason Krider, Ashe County High; Earl Pennington, Ashe County Middle; Jennifer Robinson, Westwood Elementary; David Blackburn, Mountain View Elementary; Callie Grubb, Blue Ridge Elementary.

National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from US Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
Breakfast is Important!

ACS - Expenditure Report for 2013-14

The 2013-14 State Expenditure Report for Ashe County Schools has been posted on the Finance Link's page under Budget and Financial Information.
Updated Read to Achieve Information for Parents
Ashe County Driver Education 2014-2015 Schedule

Click here for Driver Education information and schedule
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