District News

  • Middle schoolers make NW District Honors Band Ten Burke County middle school band students were selected to represent their schools at the 2017 Northwest District Honors Band in Boone on Feb. 18 and 19. Students in grades ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2017, 11:51 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Board of Education Public Notice The Burke County Board of Education will have a work session on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in Conference Room #10 at ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:35 AM by Bcps Bcps
  • PHS art students recognized at Scholastic Art and Writing Award contest                         Patton High School visual arts students Ben Helton, Kimberly Dellinger and Raelyn “Shae” Brown will be honored at the Asheville Museum of Art’s 2017 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:03 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • BCPS honored with public relations awards   School public relations professionals across the state were honored Friday, Jan. 27 for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) annual Blue ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 12:12 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Supper is served         Mountain Crest Elementary School’s cafeteria is now serving three square meals a day. Chartwells and Burke County Public Schools recently added a supper program at the school, which previously ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:42 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • New Burke School & Family Magazine Burke County Public Schools is excited about the latest edition of the “Burke School & Family Magazine.” Click this link: https://joom.ag/XNzW  to access the digital version of the ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:04 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Board of Education Public Notice The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 2:42 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
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Burke Engineering Summer Camp supported by NC State University's The Engineering Place.
Click the flyer for dates and age groups. Deadline to register is April 1.

Register today for
Future Engineers Summer Camp sponsored by Appalachian State University and N.C. State Engineering. Click the flyer for dates and age groups. Deadline to register
is March 31.    


Join us for supper at Mountain Crest Elementary School Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Enrichment activities also will be available between 4 and 6 p.m. each day. This new meal program is free to any child ages 3-18 and $3 for adults. 
Click here for February's menu. 


    Burke County Public Schools is preparing for our first “Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Color Me Green 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, March, 18, 2017. This 5k and fun run is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Burke Education Foundation Inc.
    The 5k will be a timed event and the 1-mile fun run will be a color event. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, fun run participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite leprechaun getup and should come prepared to be turned green.  
   Thank you to our business sponsors: Gragg Orthodontics, Aaron's, 100 West Union​, Western Piedmont Community Collegeand Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. Want to help sponsor? Call Cheryl M. Shuffler at 828-438-2989 or fill out this form
    A registration form for runners also is attached or you can register online here. There's a spot on the form to list school affiliation. The school with the most representatives at the event will receive $500. 
    Come out and participate in and bring your friends and family to the Shamrock Shuffle. You don't want to miss this fun event as we shuffle along the Greenway and support education in Burke County. 

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a working partnership between the schools and the community to help BCPS students grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on the whole school, whole community, whole child model, understanding that health and academic success go hand in hand.  Each month SHAC will be bringing you a topic of the month.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use. 

  • Nearly two-thirds of middle school and high school aged youth know people around their age who have tried alcohol.
  • The average age that most youths try alcohol for the first time is just 14. 
  • Thirty-eight percent of eighth graders have had alcohol at least once.
  • About 10 percent of 12 year olds say they have tried alcohol. By age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent.
  • Most persons who will ever initiate the use of cigarettes, alcohol, or tobacco have already done so by the time they are 20-25 years old.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. This estimate represents 8 percent of the population aged 12 years or older. Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription drugs used without a prescription.

  • 75 percent of new users of prescription pain killers are under age 25.
  • 75 percent of heroin users abused prescription medications.
  • 38 percent of new users are under the age of 18. 
The most commonly used and abused drug, after alcohol, is marijuana. Each year more teens enter addiction treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than all other illegal drugs combined. Other common drugs of abuse include cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD (acid), MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), steroids (anabolic), Vicodin, OxyContin and other prescription drugs. 

All abuse substances share one thing in common. They hijack the normal function of the brain and change the way the brain responds to issues of self-control, judgment, emotion, motivation, memory and learning. 

Substance abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs. 

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BCPS Strategic Plan

Burke County Public Schools is encouraging Parents/Guardians and Community Members to complete this brief survey. This survey will not collect your name, email, or location - so please feel free to share your honest anonymous feedback. Your answers will help Burke County Public Schools to develop the district goals and objectives that will be included in our "District Strategic Plan 2022 - A Roadmap for Our Schools and Community."

Parent/Guardian Survey

Community Members Survey