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Accentuate the Positive - Recent happenings at BCPS

posted Mar 23, 2016, 12:08 PM by Terri Willms   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 12:16 PM ]

                 Walter Johnson holds career fair

    Walter Johnson Middle School hosted its annual career fair on Thursday, March 17. Career professionals from both public and private sectors attended the fair and gave students a glimpse into their workdays. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders visited the various booths and talked with the professionals in the fields that interested them. They included law enforcement, healthcare, cosmetology, STEM related fields and culinary arts. Industry representatives present included Continental and Valdese Weavers; Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge had several booths; local veterinarian and Burke County Board of Education Member Dr. Don Hemstreet was there with his golden retriever, Chester, and goat, Moose; Burke County Public Schools public relations and counselors departments shared about school system jobs and guests included Superintendent Larry Putnam, Assistant Superintendent David Fonseca and Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education Rexanna Lowman.


                      Student’s woodwork in art exhibit

    Patton High School student Garen Mull has a piece of woodwork in the Burke Arts Council’s 11th annual Woodworker's Exhibition at the Jailhouse Gallery. Mull is one of six students in the exhibit and takes a woodworking class at Western Piedmont Community College through the Career and College Promise program. Garen is pictured with his work and instructor John Ferguson.



                                            Chesterfield students attend ribbon cutting

     Chesterfield Elementary School students cut the ribbon on a new History Museum of Burke County exhibit. The exhibit is called “Burke County Courthouse to the White House” and features memorabilia from Jimmy Warlick’s collections. Warlick is a former Chesterfield student and financial donor to the school, supporting field trips, books, blankets, food for a backpack program and Macbooks. Warlick owns White House Gifts, a Washington, DC store that specializes in political memorabilia and unique gifts. The museum exhibit includes presidential memorabilia from a Jackie Kennedy dress and bathing suit, to political buttons and campaign slogans.




BCPS student compete in Science Olympiad

    The Regional Science Olympiad took place on March 12 at Catawba Valley Community College. There were 24 teams competing in each the middle school and high school divisions. Here are the results. 

East Burke High School--Coach Kelly Ruff 

Overall 10th place out of 24 teams

The Team earned Medals in the following events: 

2nd Place in Hydrogeology 

2nd Place in Bottle Rocket 

2nd Place in Duct Tape Challenge 

3rd Place in Amazing Mechatronics

4th Place in Its About Time

6th Place in Food Science 


Patton High School--Coach Chris Collins

Overall 12th place out of 24 teams

The Team earned Medals in the following events: 

4th Place in Bottle Rocket

6th Place in Bridge

4th Place in Chemistry Lab

6th Place in GeoLogic Mapping

5th Place in Write it Do it


East Burke Middle School---Coach Kim Aiello and Jacki Clark

Overall 16th out of 24 teams

The Team earned Medals in the following events: 

3rd Place Anatomy and Physiology

2nd Place Picture This

6th Place Wind Power 


Heritage Middle School--Coach Tabitha Horton and Olivia Valk

Overall 11th out of 24 teams

The Team earned Medals in the following events: 

5th Place Invasive Species


Table Rock Middle School---Coach Steven Roark

Overall 18th out of 24 teams

The Team earned Medals in the following events: 

3rd Place Meteorology



                                                           Governor’s School makes selections

            The Burke County Academically and Intellectually Gifted Department is proud to announce that the following students have been accepted to the 2016 North Carolina Governor’s School: 

            Carl D Hennessee, Choral Music (Bass), Freedom High School (right)

Alexander R Haire, English, East Burke High School (left)

Hannah M Seagle , Math, Patton High School (center)

The students will spend five-and-a-half weeks at Governor’s School as they explore their field of curriculum focus in the residential program. The program is open to rising seniors and is located at two campuses, one in Winston-Salem and one in Raleigh. Only 650 students from across the state are selected each year for the program.


                                       Students compete in archery tournament

    Burke County Public Schools elementary archery students recently competed 2016 NC statewide NASP Virtual Tournament. Salem Elementary School had the No. 1 and No. 5 ranked teams in the tournament. George Hildebrand placed fourth, Glen Alpine seventh, W. A. Young eighth and 12th, Oak Hill ninth, Rutherford College 10th, Valdese 11th and Icard 13th. The top ranked male and female archers in the state are both from Salem, Kimber W. and Brasen T. The next big competition for these young archers is the national tournament in Kentucky.



Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
(w) 438-2989 | (c) 432-6212