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Cheryl M. Shuffler
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Burke County Public Schools
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Board of Education Public Notice

posted Mar 21, 2017, 5:20 AM by Bcps Bcps

There will be a Community Meeting regarding Mountain View Elementary School and the future of Chesterfield Elementary School. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Chesterfield Elementary School, 2142 Pax Hill Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Everyone is invited to attend.

Board of Education Public Notice

posted Mar 17, 2017, 2:13 PM by Melanie Honeycutt

The Burke County Board of Education will have a special called meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in Conference Room #10 at Olive Hill Resource Center, 509 West Concord Street, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. The agenda for the meeting is attached. 


Action will be taken.

Posted this 17th day of March, 2017

ACC Barnstorming Tour plans stop at EBHS

posted Mar 9, 2017, 10:08 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

The 39th Annual ACC Barnstorming Tour will be at East Burke High School on April 7. ACC players, coached by Phil Ford, will compete against seniors from all four Burke County high schools, who will be coached by Tommy Blanton. Tickets are on sell now at Granny's kitchen, East Burke Pharmacy and East Burke High School. VIP passes are $50, pre-sale general admission is $12, and tickets at the door are $15. There will be a Slam Dunk and 3-point Contest. Gates open at 6 and game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Public Notice:

posted Mar 8, 2017, 5:30 AM by Bcps Bcps

Public Notice:  The Burke County Board of Education
is currently accepting applications for a position on the
Western Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees.
Applications will be accepted through
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 until 5:00 pm.
Please download the official notice and application.


Board of Education Public Notice

posted Mar 4, 2017, 6:35 AM by Melanie Honeycutt

The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive Hill Resource Center, 509 West Concord Street, Morganton, North Carolina 28655.  The agenda for the meeting is attached. 


Posted this 3rd day of March, 2017

Middle schoolers make NW District Honors Band

posted Feb 24, 2017, 11:51 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

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 six through eight who are members of their school band auditioned for a place in the District Band. The clinic was held on the campus on Appalachian State University.
Participating in the Concert Band were:
James F. - 3rd chair tuba from Table Rock Middle School
Christina F.- 2nd chair mallets from Walter Johnson Middle School
Emily C. - 1st chair String Bass from Walter Johnson Middle School
Lisa P. - 1st chair clarinet from Liberty Middle School
Bayleigh P. - 1st chair Bass Clarinet from Table Rock Middle School
​Participating in the
​ ​
All District Symphonic Band
Daniel C. - 2nd Chair Tuba - Liberty Middle School
Ransom V. - 1st Chair Alto Saxophone - Liberty Middle School
Gabe C.- 4th Chair Tuba - Table Rock Middle School
Owen S. - 2nd Chair Trombone - Liberty Middle School
Colby W. - 8th Chair Trumpet - East Burke Middle School

Board of Education Public Notice

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:35 AM by Bcps Bcps

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 Olive Hill Resource Center, 509 West Concord Street, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. The agenda for the meeting is attached.  This is a work session and “no action will be taken”.

PHS art students recognized at Scholastic Art and Writing Award contest

posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:03 PM by Cheryl Shuffler


            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. Helton received a Silver Key award for a fashion entry of a handmade scarf made on a floor loom; Dellinger received an honorable mention in the sculpture category for a book sculpture and Brown received an honorable mention in the printmaking category for a print. All students will be recognized at a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Diana Wortham Auditorium in Asheville.

Since 1923, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. has conducted the National Scholastic Art Awards to encourage and recognize student achievements in the visual arts. The museum’s School & Family Programs Manager Erin Shope said, “The WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards are one of the most important community outreach programs provided by the Asheville Art Museum and the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects. We are so happy to be able to highlight the top artistic achievements of our region. The talent displayed by our area students is a shining reflection upon the dedicated support they receive from their art teachers. These teachers play a vital role in the development of students who can and will succeed in whatever career path they pursue.”

BCPS honored with public relations awards

posted Feb 10, 2017, 12:12 PM by Cheryl Shuffler


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 Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Thirty-seven school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 237 awards in eight categories. 

Included in the list of winners is Cheryl M. Shuffler, public relations officer for Burke County Public Schools. Burke County Public Schools received 10 BlueRibbon awards in six categories.

In addition to Shuffler, Board of Education Members R.L. Icard, Buddy Armour and Seth P. Hunt Jr., Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam and Human Resource Director Sharon Colaw accepted the awards on behalf of the school system.

The story “Icard Elementary Teacher Selected for Engineering Program” won a Gold Award in the Excellence in Writing category and the stories “STEM Rocks” and “East Burke Senior Credited with Saving Life” won Silver Awards in the Excellence in Writing category.

In the Digital Media Engagement category, the district’s hashtag: #IgniteLearningBCPS, won a Silver Award and the Facebook photo album “You Wanna Build a Snowman?” won a Bronze Award.

In the Electronic Media category, a 30-second promo video “Igniting Learning” that aired at Morganton’s Marquee Cinemas over the summer won a Bronze Award.

In the Marketing category, a year-long focus on employee morale won a Silver Award.

Two photographs, “Makersapce Thinker” and “Class of 2016 Returns to Elementary School” both won Silver Awards.

And in the Publications Category, “Burke County School & Family Magazine” won a Bronze Award.

Dr. Putnam said, “Cheryl Shuffler has emerged as a school public relations professional since joining BCPS in June of 2013. She enjoys writing and reporting all of the great things that take place daily in our schools. Many of publications can be found at local restaurants and the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. By focusing and promoting positive attributes in our community, we hope this will help attract newcomers to our great county and school system.”

NCSPRA President Charlie Glazener, executive director of community relations & communications for Asheville City Schools, said entries of the award winners rivaled the best work of public relations practitioners in any field.  “Blue Ribbon Awards are the highest honor in our organization and they validate the superior work done by my colleagues this year,” Glazener said. “This roster of excellence is tangible evidence that NCSPRA's public relations professionals are among the Nation’s finest and that they are producing cutting edge communications and products that support their schools and school systems.”

Georgia School Public Relations Association Board of Directors judged the entries. Prior to the awards ceremony attendees heard a presentation from Keith Posten, president and executive director of the Public School forum of North Carolina, entitled “Top 10 Education Issues in 2017.”  W. Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools superintendent and NCSPRA superintendent liaison, also offered congratulatory remarks during the ceremony on behalf of the state's school superintendents.

NCSPRA’s mission is to build support for public education through well-planned and responsible public relations. For more information visit the NCSPRA Facebook page or www.ncspra.org.


Photo: Sharon Colaw, BCPS HR director, Charlie Glazner, NCSPRA president, Cheryl Shuffler, BCPS public relations officer, Buddy Armour, Board of Educaiton member, Dr. Larry Putnam, BCPS superintendent, Chris Fuller, executive director NCSPRA, RL Icard and Seth P. Hunt Jr., BCPS Board of Education members. 

Supper is served

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:42 AM by Cheryl Shuffler


    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 served only breakfast and lunch to students. The supper program is open to anyone in the community and is free to all children ages 3 to 18. The supper price is $3 for adults. The hot meal is served between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes an enrichment activity for children. Menu items include barbecue chicken, baked spaghetti and a pancake breakfast for supper, just to name a few. The program is federally funded through the USDA, and, since it started on Jan. 24, an average of 80 suppers have been served each day at Mountain Crest.

    Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We are excited about this opportunity through the USDA to provide another hot meal to students and their families. Mountain Crest is the perfect location for this program as it is within walking distance for many of our families. Parents don’t have to worry about cooking, and they can feed their children a good, healthy, hot meal for free. It really is a relief on their pocketbooks and their time. We are grateful for our partnership with Chartwells and for the fantastic job they have done the last few weeks in helping make this new supper program a success.”

    With the program in its infancy, Putnam has asked the Chartwells team to extend the dinning hours until 6 p.m. to better serve parents who work later. The request has been sent to the USDA for approval. He added that the free supper is a great opportunity for faith-based organizations in the area who hold services on Wednesday evenings to take advantage of the program and visit Mountain Crest as a group for a meal.

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