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Student Showcase Night – Full STEAM Ahead!!

Ashe County Middle School will host a STEAM Student Showcase Night on Monday, November 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  This showcase will highlight hands-on activities, demonstrations, and projects from our Encore Enrichment and Career & Technical classes.  Seventh grade Language Arts Bio projects, as well as seventh and eighth grade Science Fair projects will also be displayed.  
We hope you will make plans to attend!!  Please enter through the gym lobby entrance.
Health Science Student of the Month for December

he Memorial Hospital is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Health Science Student of the Month Program, states Laura Lambeth, Ashe Memorial Hospital CEO.  “We are pleased to honor Diana P. as the Health Science Student of the Month for November and wish her well in her pursuit of a nursing degree, and then to continue with an advanced degree as a Nurse Practitioner.  I hope to recruit her to Ashe Memorial Hospital when she obtains her degree.”
Diana P. is a senior at Ashe County High School and the Health Science Student of the Month for December.  She is a new student at ACHS but has shown excellence in Honors Health Science 1.  She takes initiative in the classroom, is enthusiastic, dependable and honest.  During class, she is respectful and participates in discussion.  In addition, she is a team player which is a valuable asset in Health Care.  Diana is also an active member in the Health Occupations Students of America chapter at ACHS.
November Student of the Month

November’s CTE Student of the Month is Corbin C. Corbin is currently enrolled in Mr. Scott’s Furniture and Cabinet Making 1 class at Ashe County High School. Corbin has demonstrated a professional attitude toward his classwork and the projects he does in the cabinet making lab. He consistently puts out high quality work in both areas. He is helpful to his classmates and is a leader among his peers. He can be trusted to get the job done and has been given responsibilities of working on important projects for the CTE department and has done so with enthusiasm.

Thank you to DeWalt and Rick Woodie at Parker Tie for supporting the student of the month and Ashe County High School.
Blue Ridge Elementary Explores!

Something exciting is happening at BRES!  The students and teachers are utilizing the 7 Habits associated with the Leader in Me program by “synergizing” each Friday morning to build new relationships.  We “Think Win-Win” with different clubs that meet to explore areas that we are interested in learning more.  Some of the clubs are:  Pet Club, Garden Club, Book-making club, Science Club, Mountain Region Club, History-Mystery Club, Environment Club, Legos, and our club – the Photography Club.  We love the clubs that we go to!  We got to choose our clubs and spend time with teachers and friends we wouldn’t normally see.  Blue Ridge Elementary adopted the Leader in Me program 3 years ago and since then students have taken on more leadership roles.   The clubs are another way to help us reach our goal to – Dream, Believe, Become, and Lead!  We are on our way to becoming leaders in our community by exploring fields we love!
Written by the Photography Club: 
Bailey R., Carlee R., Haley T., Cohen R., Carrigan K., Addison J., Abby M., Ren S., Abbie G.
Unity Day at ACMS - Standing United Against Bullying

Agriculture Education Student of the Month

The October Ashe County High School Agriculture Education student of the month is Laci P.  Laci, a freshman in Horticulture 1, maintains a high A average.  In addition to maintaining one of the highest grades in class, Laci has shown an interest in Plant Identification among other topics discussed in class; she consistently scores a 100 or higher on each weekly Plant ID quiz.  Her high grades are not the only reason for being chosen as Agriculture Education student of the month, she has also been chosen because of her interest in agriculture, hard work, leadership ability, and respect of herself and those around her.  Laci future goals include attending college and majoring in either Biology, Botany, Horticulture, or a combination of the 3.  The Ashe County High School Agriculture Education student of the month is sponsored by the Ashe County Farm Bureau Board.

Laci is in the center with Ashe Farm Bureau Board members Judy Bare on left and Kenneth Richardson on right. Thank you the Ashe County Farm Bureau Board for your sponsorship of this honor for a student each month.  I also want to thank our media outlets, WKSK, Jefferson Post, Ashe Mountain Times, and SkyBest TV for highlighting our students here at Ashe County High School.

Daniel Calhoun, Ashe County High School Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor
Ashe County Principal of the Year

Mr. David Blackburn - Ashe County Principal of the Year
Board Recognitions

Dr. Todd Holden with Jennifer Treva - Ashe County Schools EC Teacher of Excellence

Students with Mr. Terry Williams - They were recognized as winners of the Centropa Milton Wolf Prize in Student Diplomacy.
Important Grading System Change

Ashe County School district is changing its grading system this year from a 7-point scale to a 10-point scale. 

Under the old system, an A was 93 to 100. Now, a 90 and up is considered an A.

The 10-point scale puts North Carolina in alignment with schools in most of the country, as well as with most colleges and universities.

The new grading scale will only be applied to coursework starting this year. Grades from prior years will not be changed to fit the new scale.

The following grading scale shall be used for required and elective courses in grades 3 through 12:

New School Bus Stop Procedures

North Carolina School Bus Drivers have new requirements for passenger stops.  Below is information to help you understand the new procedures and to help you teach your student how to board and exit the bus. 

Driver Education Information

Sign ups for driver education classes offered at Ashe County School will begin on August 24, 2015.  Students can now sign up for the class beginning September 22 which will be held 3:40-6:40 after school each day OR the Saturday class beginning on October 24 which will be conducted from 7:45-2:30 each Saturday morning.  Those students who will be 14 1/2 by the class start date may sign up by calling 1-828-465-9800.  There is NO CHARGE to the parent for these classes.
School Jobs in NC

Click here to apply for school jobs in Ashe County and North Carolina.

New job opportunities have been posted.  Click on Employment on the side menu and then click Classified and Certified Positions. 
ACS Daily Start and Stop Times
Ashe County Schools Names Mrs. Kelly Lambert Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

Click here to read the press release.

Other nominated teachers.  (Phyllis Ashley - ACHS, not pictured)
Ashe County Schools Names Mrs. Linda Sloan Teacher Assistant of the Year 2015-2016

Click here to read the press release.

Other nominated teacher assistants.
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)
NC Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools
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