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posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:11 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 11:14 AM ]

                                            BATS thanks partner agencies

    The Burke Alternative to School Suspension (BATS) program coordinators hosted a breakfast Tuesday, Sept. 29 for partner agencies. BATS offers students who receive a suspension the opportunity to perform volunteer work at 17 local nonprofits. The students work during the school day and also devote part of their day to completing school assignments. The benefits of BATS include drop-out prevention, keeping suspended students off the streets and offering them a way to keep up with their school work while on suspension so they don’t get behind. During the 2014-15 school year, 211 suspended middle and high school students spent a total of 858.5 hours in BATS. Partner agencies are: Autumn Care, BlueRidge Community Action, Burke United Christian Ministries, East Burke Christian Ministries, Forest Hill Elementary School, George Hildebrand Elementary School, Hildebran Elementary School, Burke Hospice Thrifts & Gifts, Icard Elementary School, Morganton Recreation Department, Morganton City Warehouse, Oak Hill Elementary School, Options, Ray Childers Elementary School, Valdese Library, Valdese Thrift Store and Valdese Town Warehouse. Melissa Streppa and Cari Bridges are the BCPS attendance counselors and BATS coordinators.

Meteorologist visits Glen Alpine
     Meteorologist Leigh Brock from WBTV visited with Glen Alpine Elementary School fifth graders recently. She discussed various weather topics and her career in meteorology. She also answered students’ questions.  



Fat Cat visits Rutherford College

     The State Employees’ Credit Union’s Fat Cat mascot visited second graders at Rutherford College Elementary School to discuss with students how money is used and the role of financial institutions in the community.  These are objectives that are within the second-grade economics and financial literacy curriculum.




Icard students receive copies of book  

    Asheville author Robert Beatty and the Serafina School Fund provided every fourth grader at Icard Elementary School with acopy of “Serafina and the Black Cloak.” The book is set in 1899 in the Biltmore Estate, which is a field trip destination of the Icard fourth graders this school year. The students are pictured here with their teachers, Christina Dietrich and Carrie Ratliff, and reading specialist Dawn Chapman. Chapman applied to the Serafina School Fund, which reimbursed the school for the copies of the book. The author and publisher, Disney Hyperion, also provide students and teachers with resources, such as writing and discussion prompts, quizzes and activity ideas.  
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