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posted May 19, 2016, 6:46 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated May 19, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

Salem archers qualify for world tournament

Salem Elementary School student archers competed in the National School Archery Program in Louisville, Kentucky on May 14. The overall team score qualified the archers for the world competition in June at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Smoothies coming to breakfast menu

    The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA), through grants totaling $5,522, will provide equipment to help Burke County Public Schools to serve Grab n Go Breakfast meals and fruit and yogurt smoothies next school year. SUDIA will purchase transit carts and cooler bags for Heritage Middle, Liberty Middle, Table Rock Middle, Walter Johnson Middle and WA Young Elementary schools as part of the Expanding Breakfast grant. SUDIA will also purchase Vitamix blenders with additional canisters for the district’s five middle schools as part of the School Health and Wellness Program Smooth and Smart grant. The designated schools are part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program that improves access to and consumption of low-fat and fat-free dairy products so students can eat healthier and fuel their bodies for more active lifestyles.

Mountain Crest starts media club, receives grant

The media center at Mountain Crest Elementary School has received a $10,000 for new books and recently started a Media Club.

The grant comes from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to be used to buy new books and/or magazines. Mountain Crest media coordinator Christine Tew said the media center will use the money to replace old, worn copies of books, weed out books that are not frequently checked out and buy popular books, such as Dr. Seuss, Curious George and Sponge Bob. The new book additions also will include books with QR codes to add a technology element to the media center experience for young readers.

Tew said, “We are very excited about the opportunities this funding will provide for our students.”

Principal Laura Austin said, “This is awesome news. We are so excited t0 have $10,000 coming our way for books.”

Tew also has started the Mountain Crest Media Club. Club members will interview students and teachers and report on events at the school to help capture life at Mountain Crest. They also will hear from members of the community. Justin Epley, sports and education reporter with The New Herald, recently meet with club members to share information about being a reporter.  

Tew said, “To help our students get a better understanding of different aspects and opportunities around us, we hope by speaking with various community members, our students will become interested in reading about topics mentioned during these talks.”

Community members interested in joining upcoming Media Club meetings to share information about hobbies, jobs, or other interests are to contact Tew at csnow@burke.k12.nc.us.

Icard robotics takes 3rd place in regionals

Icard Elementary School's robotics team came in third-place overall out of 58 schools at the Western NC Regionals at the 2016 RoboFest Robotics Championship at UNC-Charlotte. 


Heritage chorus receives superior rating

Heritage Middle School’s eighth-grade chorus received a Superior rating at Music in the Parks in Pigeon Forge on April 23. The singers also finished first in their division and received the highest score overall for all middle schools in the competition.


Heritage students embark on garden project

            Heritage Middle School students in Tim Barnsback’s Project Lead the Way classes are working on a garden project in conjunction with Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth, Habitat for Humanity and Alex Garciawith alivecubed.org.


Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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