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Mr. Gutierrez posing with a jar of candies after being presented with his award

Daniel Gutierrez, a teacher at Freedom High School, has been named Burke County Public Schools 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year. Gutierrez is in his 33rd year of working for Burke County Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Auton and Director of English Language Learners Dr. Lannie Simpson surprised Gutierrez with the announcement

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Sun Bucks graphic with school age girl eating a bowl of fruit

A new program is expected to provide food for nearly a million school children in North Carolina this summer. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, today announced its intent to administer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (S-EBT) Program known as “SUN Bucks.”

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the winning student posing with school officials

Burke County Public Schools elementary school students showed off their math skills in this year's MathCounts Competition held Feb. 22 at the Old Rock School in Valdese. Each of the 14 elementary schools had a team of around six students, showcasing their knowledge of math during team rounds and individual rounds. The eight students with the highest scores went head-to-head in the face-off round, answering challenging math problems in less than a minute in front of an audience of parents and students.

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superintentdent Dr. Mike Swan talking with two ladies amongst pallets of canned foods

As the country and the world counted down to Super Bowl LVIII and wondered if Taylor Swift would touch down from her Tokyo concert in time to watch her boyfriend’s team repeat as champions, our schools were busy tackling hunger. The 10th Annual BCPS Souperintendent’s Souper Bowl Canned Food Drive scored big this year by helping five local food pantries restock their shelves...

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the superintendent, and board member and media coordinator posing with the donated books

A Freedom High School graduate’s illustrated books have found themselves on the shelves of Burke County Public Schools elementary school media centers, thanks to a generous donation from her parents.  Katie Kath is a 2007 graduate of Freedom and has a master’s degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has gone on to illustrate children’s books from authors such as...

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