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Trio of TA’s gains teacher licensure together
10/28/2022
Three former teacher assistants at Drexel Elementary School now each have a classroom and students to call their own. Kimberly Hogan, Jessica Smith and Amy Smith have recently received their teaching license after pursuing their dreams together. One pathway to becoming a teacher is graduating from high school, getting a four-year education degree and landing a teaching job, but for many in the past couple years that has not been the case.
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Heritage Middle student wins spelling bee
10/28/2022
A student from Heritage Middle School was named winner of the Burke County Public Schools Spelling Bee on Monday evening. Madelyn H, after seven rounds, won the bee by spelling the word “pasteurize”. The event was held at Patton High School with each elementary and middle school bringing their individual school winner to compete.
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Hildebran 5th grader rides his way to a world championship
10/27/2022
It takes about 8 seconds to tie a shoelace, form a first impression or get bored with a video. For Hildebran Elementary School fifth grader William Buff, it takes exactly 8 seconds to win championships. William, 10, has been riding the rodeo circuits since he was 3 years old. He started on sheep and advanced to horses and now half ton steers. Earlier this month, William became a two-time World Champion
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Drexel’s Gravel named BCPS Principal of the Year
10/06/2022
Burke County Public Schools has named Drexel Elementary School Principal Jessie Gravel the 2022-2023 Principal of the Year for the district. Gravel’s fellow Burke County Public Schools principals nominated her for the honor, and she was chosen to represent the district at the regional Principal of the Year level following an interview panel session. Gravel said of the honor, “Burke County Public Schools principals are the best of the best, so it is truly a humbling experience to be nominated by such an incredible group of people.
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East Burke Middle School’s Chris Hanifin named New Teacher of the Year
09/16/2022
Sixth grade social studies teacher Chris Hanifin is this year’s Burke County Public Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year. Hanifin has been teaching since February 2021 and teaches at East Burke Middle School. Originally from Fort Plain, New York, he graduated with a master’s degree in secondary education from Goddard College and a bachelor’s of arts in communication from State University of New York at Geneseo.
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Free Fridays and new options in BCPS cafeterias
09/16/2022
Free Fridays and premium meals are coming to a Burke County Public Schools cafeteria near you. The Child Nutrition Department, in partnership with Chartwells K12, will offer free lunch to all students on the last Friday of each month and is adding more premium entree options and special treats to the serving lines. The enhanced cafe experiences come courtesy of a Child Nutrition budget surplus; therefore, no extra costs will be passed on to the students.
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Nonprofit donates fresh produce, former student returns to roots
09/08/2022
In addition to meeting teachers and receiving school supply lists, Forest Hill Elementary School families received a bonus at the school’s open house: fresh produce to take home. Former Forest Hill student Jenner Wall and the nonprofit she runs – Community Kindness, Inc. – supplied the produce. Wall started the nonprofit almost two and a half years ago in the Charlotte area and wanted to return to her roots in Burke County.
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State releases accountability reports
09/01/2022
The North Carolina State Board of Education released the state’s accountability report today, showing that overall students in the state and in Burke County improved their performance on state tests during the 2021-22 school year compared to the previous year’s COVID steep decline, and schools achieved growth almost on par with pre-pandemic levels.
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Top 10 list for getting the school year off to a great start
08/26/2022
As we prepare to welcome students back to class on Monday, Aug. 29, we have compiled a list that will help you and your family navigate a new school year. 1. Burke County Public Schools officially launched “Our All-in Promise 2023-2028 District Strategic Plan” over the summer. It focuses on people and relationships, academic opportunities for all, all around well-being and all schools connected to the community.
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Trauma Kit Donation
08/23/2022
UNC Health Blue Ridge, in partnership with Burke County Public Schools, has provided compact trauma kits for each school in the district. The kits are equipped with tourniquets, compression bandages and special gauze to prevent excessive blood loss. “We felt compelled to help with the purchase of these kits for our schools,” said Drew Thomas, Chief Ambulatory Officer and VP of the Medical Group. “These kits can be used if a child gets hurt in any situation, like playing sports or...
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Board adopts new cell phone policy
07/20/2022
Burke County Public Schools students will be required to follow a new cell phone policy when school starts on Aug. 29. Student cell phones will not be allowed in classrooms during instruction time, unless they are being used for instructional purposes. The new policy gives teachers authority to confiscate cell phones and turn them over to parents at the end of the school day.
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BCPS approves New Strategic Plan
07/07/2022
The Burke County Board of Education approved the district’s next five-year strategic plan on Monday, June 27. The plan has three main goals and will take effect for the 2022-2023 school year. In his message to the community regarding the plan, Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “In 2017, Burke County Public Schools released its first strategic plan in recent memory. For five years, that plan has served us well.
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How their garden grows: Students build greenhouse, container gardens
07/06/2022
Students at Heritage Middle School are putting their heads and green thumbs together for a special project this summer that they hope will benefit the community. Starting in March, a group of students along with Tim Gallagher, an ELA teacher at HMS, repurposed a bocce court into a greenhouse and raised container garden.
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Leaders take on new roles at BCPS
06/30/2022
Burke County Public Schools welcomes several new directors, principals and assistant principals to new roles in the district for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “A new school year brings many exciting changes for students being prompted to new grade levels and meeting new teachers. It also brings exciting changes for school district staff...
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High school FFA teams bring home awards
06/30/2022
Even in the summer months many of our students are hard at work, especially those in our FFA programs at East Burke and Freedom high schools. Both school programs recently attended the FFA State Convention where they brought home awards in food sciences, agronomy, agriculture mechanics, forestry and more.
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Patton graduate, certified EMT helps deliver set of twins
06/16/2022
Justin Taylor graduated from R.L. Patton High School on June 3 and by the next Monday morning he helped to deliver a set of twins. Throughout his time in high school, Taylor completed his Emergency Medical Technician certification through a partnership between the Career and Technical Education Department within Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College.
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Poet holds workshop, poetry slam contest at high school
06/16/2022
​​Phillip Shabazz, a poet, author, and teaching artist was a special guest at Patton High School during the last few weeks of school for a poetry slam contest being held in a few English classes. He held poetry workshops in multiple English classes where he taught about different forms of poetry and challenged the students to get out of their comfort zones when writing. Shabazz hopes that students learn how they can empower themselves using their own words and expressions.
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Students sign on with Continental as apprentices
06/06/2022
Burke County Public Schools hosted a special signing ceremony for students and parents Tuesday in partnership with Continental. Continental has added eight high school seniors to its apprenticeship program, which starts June 14. Five of the apprentices and their families visited BCPS Central Office for the signing ceremony.
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Superintendent forms Safety Council
06/01/2022
Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan is forming a Superintendent’s Safety Council to review and discuss safety procedures in schools. The council plans to hold its first meeting in the coming days and include members of the Burke County Board of Education, as well as key district staff members.
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Superintendent Swan's letter on school safety
05/26/2022
As we try to make sense of yet another mass school shooting that has rocked our nation and taken the lives of innocent children and teachers, we are faced with a myriad of emotions and anxieties. No doubt, before sending your child off to school these past few mornings, you hugged them a little tighter and held onto them a little longer;
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Senior displays science, math work in art festival
05/20/2022
When most people think of art, they don't normally mix it together with math and science, but for Freedom High School senior Alisa Cruz-Mendez it was the perfect challenge. Mendez is an intern for The Old School Studio (TOSS) in Morganton, which is directed by Kathryn Ervin. Ervin is invited to create an interactive piece of artwork for the festival every year, but this year the two switched things up.
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Free lunch continues through the summer for BCPS students
05/20/2022
Burke County Public Schools and Chartwells K12 will offer free lunch to students all summer long. Starting Monday, June 13, summer meals are available Monday through Thursday each week at the Valdese Elementary School cafeteria and the Mountain View Elementary School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Project Lead the Way students design trophies, medallions for competition
04/21/2022
Project Lead the Way Instructor Paul Gantt said, “The original idea to 3D print these trophies for the elementary robotics competition came from Dr. Christie Abernathy, director of Advanced Learning and Innovation. She and I have worked together in the past to 3D print keychains for graduating BMC students. The success with these smaller items led to her asking if I could create something for the competition. This felt like a great opportunity to give students a relevant, real-world 3D printing and design opportunity to test their skills...
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Elementary robotics teams battle in district-wide competition
04/13/2022
The exciting chatter of students and the buzzing of small robots wafted through the gym at Glen Alpine Elementary School on Thursday, April 7 as elementary students from across the county participated in Burke County Public Schools’ elementary robotics competition. The district organized this year’s event and tasked each robotics team to put their math and coding skills to the test to program Birdbrain Technologies Finch 2.0 robots to complete obstacle courses. Judges scored the teams on time, creativity, programming and STEM Skills.
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Table Rock’s Amy Zittel named Teacher of the Year
04/08/2022
Amy Zittel, an exceptional children’s teacher at Table Rock Middle School, has been named the Burke County Public Schools 2022 Teacher of the Year. Zittel is in her 30th year of teaching and her second year with Burke County Public Schools and Table Rock Middle School. She affectionately calls her students her “littles,” which rhymes with the pronunciation of her last name.
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Patton students build greenhouse, pollinator garden
04/04/2022
Patton High School students are ready for the growing season as they take the classroom outside to a greenhouse and garden. Chris Collins’ science class and Clay Nelson’s engineering class joined forces to apply for a grant to build a greenhouse in 2020.
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Mathletes awarded at district competition
03/18/2022
Top Burke County Public Schools math students used lots of brain power at the Old Rock School on Wednesday as the district held its annual MathCounts Competition. Students competed in three different rounds: individual, team and face-off. The top-eight students from the individual round advanced to the face-off challenge on stage in front of an audience.
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BCPS annual food drive yields 45,050 pounds of nonperishables
03/02/2022
Burke County Public Schools wrapped up its eighth annual Souperintendent’s Souper Bowl Canned-Food Drive on Feb. 14. After taking a year off due to the pandemic last year, the district resumed its annual drive this year for local food pantries. District-wide, schools collected 45,050 pounds of food with five local charities benefiting from the food drive...
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BCPS earns communication awards
02/18/2022
The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) has honored Burke County Public Schools for excellence in communications. Burke County Public Schools earned a total of six Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a virtual ceremony on Feb. 11. Burke County Public Schools received three Gold level awards, one in Digital Media Engagement and two in Electronic Media; two Silver level awards, both in Electronic Media; and one Bronze level award for Excellence in Writing.
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Elementary students awarded at science fair
02/17/2022
Burke County Public Schools recently held their annual Elementary School Science Fair awards ceremony at the Old Rock School in Valdese. There were a total of 35 projects coming from each of our elementary schools. The science projects showcased experiments about magnetism, battery power, buoyancy, to paper airplane flight and which brand of popcorn pops the best
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Global Immersion Academy -- Kindergarten Application
02/15/2022
Mountain View Elementary School is currently accepting applications for the Global Immersion Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. The academy is available for students entering kindergarten. Students will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Students with siblings currently in the program will be given priority in the selection process. Priority will also be given to students that reside in Burke County.
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Burke Virtual Academy holds open enrollment
02/14/2022
Open enrollment for the Burke Virtual Academy starts Monday, Feb. 14 and continues through Friday, March 25 for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Burke Virtual Academy is for any student in kindergarten through 12th grade wishing to take a full slate of online classes, or for middle and high school students who would like to enroll in at least one online class while attending face-to-face classes at their base school and/or Western Piedmont Community College.
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COVID cases close Drexel Elementary School
01/12/2022
Drexel Elementary School announced it will close after school today and reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The closure is due to a high number of COVID-19 cases, isolations and quarantines. Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “The decision to close a school is not made lightly, but with so many student and staff absences and the difficulty in finding coverage to meet the needs of these students who are present, this is the best option.
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TOSS donates to art departments
01/07/2022
Burke County Public Schools’ art programs recently received donations from The Old School Studio (TOSS), which is part of The Industrial Commons. Kathryn Ervin, community organizer for TOSS, hand-delivered checks to art teachers and principals at several of our schools. The money donated will go toward advancing and supporting BCPS art programs.
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Students learn hazardous material operations in new class
12/21/2021
At Christmas time, we normally are used to seeing a large, jolly man in a red suit. Students at Patton High School have been suiting up in bright green suits, not for holiday activities, but for safety in a brand new class offered to firefighting students. Mike Long, a career and technical education teacher, said “That suit is what we call a Level A suit. It is a totally encapsulated suit that a HAZMAT
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East Burke band wins first in Battle of the Bands
12/14/2021
The East Burke High School Marching Cavaliers recently participated in the Novant Health’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in uptown Charlotte. Out of numerous bands around the state, EBHS was awarded first place in their performance in the Battle of the Bands competition. Jonathan Berry, East Burke High School’s band director said, “It’s been great to get back to normal, as normal as we can be anyway, and spend some time together doing what we love to do.
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NCDPI awards $800,000 in grants for coding and mobile app development
12/14/2021
Since 2017, North Carolina has awarded schools within the state the Coding & Mobile App Development Grant. This grant extends opportunities for students to engage in computer science through coding. It also offers educators professional development opportunities to better prepare them with implementation of the recently adopted K-12 Computer Science Standards. Obtaining this key skill set of coding is a benefit as almost 2/3 of the workforce will be computer science related careers.
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Middle, elementary schools participate in speech contests
12/02/2021
Burke County Public School’s recently held its annual middle and elementary school speech contests at the Old Rock School and awarded several students from around the county for their hard work. The categories for the middle school competition included Interpretative Poetry, Interpretative Prose, Original Oratory, Recited Oratory and Interpretive Duo. The categories for the elementary competition included Interpretative Poetry, Interpretative Prose, Original Composition and Notable Speeches.
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A statement from Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan on the death of Dr. R.L. Icard:
11/28/2021
The Burke County Public Schools family is grieving today knowing that long-time Board of Education member R.L. Icard has passed. Words fall short of expressing the heartache we are feeling for our own loss. Our hearts are even heavier as we stand by his wife, daughter and church community in their time of grief.
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BMC senior combines love of dirt bikes with Christmas project for kids
11/10/2021
Burke Middle College senior Jackson C. went outside the box to create a service project that combines his love of dirt bikes with a desire to help children who are less fortunate. Jackson spent two Saturdays in late October collecting boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive. He called his project “Dirt Bikes for Tikes.”
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Board recognizes couple behind S.M.A.R.T.
10/21/2021
The Burke County Board of Education recognized Jim and Susy Tilley for their work with S.M.A.R.T. (Supplies, Materials and Resources for Teachers) at Monday’s board meeting. After 12 years, the couple retired from being what Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan called, “the heart, soul and sweat behind S.M.A.R.T.” The Tilleys helped start S.M.A.R.T. in April of 2009 as a grassroots effort dedicated to providing school supplies to Burke County Public Schools students and teachers.
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Board recognizes future teachers
10/21/2021
Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College have partnered to assign students in the new Associate of Arts and Associate in Science Teacher Preparation Programs with mentor teachers in the school system. The Associate of Arts Teacher Prep (AATP) and Associate in Science Teacher Prep (ASTP) are new, specialized college transfer programs preparing students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in education.
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BCPS announces Recker as 2021-22 Principal of the Year
10/04/2021
As the school day was coming to a close Tuesday afternoon at East Burke Middle School, the trio of Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Auton and Director of Secondary Education Mrs. Felicia Simmons descended on the school to make a special announcement naming East Burke Middle School Principal Keith Recker the 2021-22 Burke County Public Schools Principal of the Year. Swan said, “We are very proud of Mr. Recker. The leadership he has shown through these unprecedented times has been a great support to his school community. It echoes the leadership from all of our principals...
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A day in the life of a school nurse
09/30/2021
Mountain View Elementary School nurse Tonya Kiser often arrives at work an hour before the school day officially starts, and Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, was no exception. A few early birds were in the car rider line waiting for student drop-off to start and other staff members were making their way in as the building prepared to come to life with 712 students ready for another day of learning. Like her 23 fellow school nurses, Kiser is working on the front lines through unprecedented times.
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Table Rock Middle School responds to threat on social media
09/27/2021
Burke County Public Schools and Table Rock Middle School were made aware of a threat against the school this morning around 7:45 a.m. We take all threats very seriously and the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The threat originated on social media. Screenshots of the social media post started to be shared between students and eventually to parents and Table Rock Middle School staff members.
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Let's Celebrate Grandparents
09/09/2021
Let's celebrate Grandparents.... In honor of Grandparent's Day, please submit a photo of your BCPS student(s) and their Grandparent(s).
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COVID-19 cases identified at East Burke High
09/01/2021
The Burke County Health Department has informed Burke County Public Schools of a cluster of COVID-19 cases at East Burke High School involving a school bus. As a result, all students who rode the bus between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30 have been quarantined. So far there have been 8 positive cases reported and 37 students in quarantine; 9 students are vaccinated and do not have to quarantine.
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COVID-19 cases identified at two schools
08/25/2021
The Burke County Health Department has informed Burke County Public Schools of a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Table Rock Middle School and Drexel Elementary School. The clusters are thought to be associated with the schools’ open houses on Aug. 19.
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10 Things you should know going into the 2021-2022 academic year
08/20/2021
Masks are required for everyone indoors during instructional time. The StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) says we do not have to quarantine students who are properly wearing masks, even if they come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19:
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Dr. Auton named Assistant Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools
08/16/2021
The Burke County Board of Education has selected Dr. Karen Auton to serve as assistant superintendent of Burke County Public Schools effective Sept. 1, 2021. Auton’s selection as assistant superintendent makes her the first female assistant superintendent in Burke County Public Schools history. Dr. Auton said, “I am humbled and honored to not only move into the role as assistant superintendent,
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Continental makes donation for high schools tech programs
08/12/2021
When Burke County TSA (Technical Student Associations) students next compete at the state level they will do so under the corporate sponsorship of Continental. Continental has donated $3,900 to support high school engineering students and TSA, which is active at Patton, East Burke and Freedom high schools.
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My School Bucks
08/04/2021
Online payments are being accepted now through Aug. 15 via My School Bucks to pay for your child's school device. To get started, visit burke.k12.nc.us and look for the My School Bucks link under the Parents Tab.
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BCPS Board of Education makes decision on mask mandate
07/29/2021
After a special called meeting on Thursday evening, the Burke County Board of Education voted to make face coverings optional for all staff, students, and visitors on BCPS campuses. Due to a current federal mandate, those on yellow school buses and activity buses will still be required to wear a mask.
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Burke County Student Vaccine Clinic
07/15/2021
BCPS and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge will hold a student vaccination clinic for children ages 12 and up on July 27 at Heritage Middle School and Table Rock Middle School from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Register here:
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YMCA of Catawba Valley after-school program
06/24/2021
Burke County Public Schools is excited to partner with the YMCA of Catawba Valley for an after-school program starting in August. The YMCA has provided this FAQ. Stay tuned for more information or visit www.ymcacv.org.
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Students compete in global, virtual tournament
06/09/2021
Several students in Burke County Public Schools are participating in academic challenges this summer through a global educational nonprofit called Destination Imagination. The students are from Heritage Middle School and Draughn High School under the leadership of Michael McQuaid, a seventh-grade science teacher at HMS. There are three different teams comprised of students from HMS and DHS including...
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Dr. Swan named Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools
06/07/2021
The Burke County Board of Education has selected Dr. Mike Swan to serve as Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Swan was chosen from a competitive field of 13 applicants. Dr. Swan's philosophy of education stems from his desire for students and staff to feel supported and valued in order for success and growth to occur.
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Feeding continues over the summer for BCPS students
06/01/2021
Burke County Public Schools and Chartwells K12 will offer free breakfast and lunch this summer with a new style of weekly meal kit bundles. These meal kits will include fresh ingredients for a delicious, healthy lunch to be cooked at home every day. Each week, the meal kit will revolve around one of four themes: American Classics, Taste of Italy and South of the Border Chicken and South of the Border Beef weeks.
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Students weave lessons into project for the homeless
05/26/2021
Elementary school students across the district read “The Great Kapok Tree” as this year’s One Book, One District selection. The book is about a woodcutter who has a change of heart about trees in a rainforest after being visited by forest critters in his sleep. The book prompted special activities at each school, including drive-through reading nights, arts and crafts and earth friendly projects...
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Graduation week is finally here.
05/24/2021
Graduation ceremonies will take place indoors for Burke Middle College, Hallyburton, Patton and Draughn and outdoors for Freedom and East Burke and will follow COVID-19 protocols. Freedom and East Burke have contingency plans to move the ceremonies indoors in the event of bad weather.
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EBMS archery team excels in competitions, Bell ranks 1st in bullseye
05/17/2021
Concentration is key for students at East Burke Middle School in and outside of the classroom, especially when shooting an arrow toward a target. The school’s archery team, that is in its second year of existence, recently participated in the Bullseye National Competition and the 3D International Bowhunting Organization Tournament with several students excelling in the sport. These competitions are a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
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BCPS, Chartwells K12 new cafeteria program promotes food sustainability
05/13/2021
Burke County Public Schools and Chartwells K12 support food sustainability with a new program called the Piggy Bank that feeds local pigs food waste from school cafeterias. Marty Browning, a pig farmer in Nebo, picks up leftovers from the cafeteria line each Friday at schools in western Burke County. The food slated for Browning’s pigs cannot be donated to local nonprofits or shelters because the food is not sealed or packaged.
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Community Enhancement Project for Individuals with Disabilities Study
05/10/2021
Parent and Guardians are invited to participate in a study to identify resources and opportunities to serve students with disabilities in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, and Alexander counties!
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Students build wheelchair accessible garden beds for North Liberty
05/03/2021
Wheelchair bound students at North Liberty School were recently given the opportunity to put their green thumbs to use all thanks to a huge community effort. High school students in construction classes at Freedom, East Burke and Patton high schools built and delivered raised garden beds that are wheelchair accessible to North Liberty this past week.
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National campaign spotlights BCPS initiatives to keep kids active, healthy
05/03/2021
During the week of April 26-30 BCPS celebrated “Every Kid Healthy Week”, which is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Each day of the week was centered around a different aspect of health that is promoted within Burke County Public Schools.
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Oak Hill Elementary’s Ann Morris named Burke’s Teacher of the Year
04/22/2021
Ann Morris, reading specialist at Oak Hill Elementary School, has been named the Burke County Public Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year. Morris is in her 28th year of teaching and her eighth year at Oak Hill. Morris serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Burke County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan and Elementary Education Director Karen Auton surprised Morris with the announcement, balloons and flowers on Wednesday at the school.
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School rallies support for teacher fighting cancer
04/22/2021
Fire trucks pulled into Hildebran Elementary School on Monday not to put out a fire, but to light up support for fourth grade teacher Sno Lewis who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The Pink Heals fire truck, a part of the Pink Heals NC Foothills Inc., is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for families and nonprofit entities that assist women and their families who are fighting not only breast cancer, but all diseases.
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BOE accepting applications for WPCC Board of Trustees
04/20/2021
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, May 4, 2021 until 5:00 PM.
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Burke high schools release graduation plans
04/08/2021
Burke County Public Schools is pleased to announce that the district’s high schools plan to hold traditional, in-person graduations in May. Graduation ceremonies will take place indoors for Burke Middle College, Hallyburton and Draughn and outdoors for Patton, Freedom and East Burke and will follow COVID-19 protocols. Patton, Freedom and East Burke have contingency plans to move the ceremonies indoors in the event of bad weather.
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BCPS students in EMT program administer COVID-19 vaccines
04/05/2021
Several Burke County Public Schools Career and College Promise students participating in the Emergency Medical Technician program were recently able to be a part of history and help to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the community at Freedom High School. The vaccine clinic is organized by Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge in Morganton.
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Advertisement for Construction Bid
03/29/2021
Project: Interior Office Space Renovations at East Burke High School for Burke County Public Schools, North Carolina Bid Opening Time: 1:30 PM on April 20, 2021
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Swan named Interim Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools
03/25/2021
Dr. Mike Swan has been named interim superintendent of Burke County Public Schools. The announcement came Thursday at the Burke County Board of Education meeting. Burke County Public Schools Board of Education Chair Buddy Armour said, “Congratulations to Dr. Swan on this opportunity.
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School system uses food truck to feed healthcare workers
03/12/2021
The Burke County Public Schools Food Truck has been helping to feed healthcare workers at our local COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Freedom High School over the last several weeks. The food truck is a convenient alternative to help feed the nurses and staff from Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton as well as our own school nurses while they are working at the clinic. The food truck is also open to those receiving their vaccinations and to the general public.
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Superintendent announces new position at CVCC
03/09/2021
Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam announced Monday at the Burke County Board of Education meeting that after nearly 10 years as superintendent he is taking a position as executive vice president of Catawba Valley Community College. Putnam’s first day on his new job is May 1.
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Registration Set for Kindergarten
03/08/2021
The dates for registration of all students who will be enrolled in the 2021-2022 Burke County Public Schools’ kindergarten classes will be March 15 – May 2, 2021. Parents are urged to register children during this enrollment period. All registration should be completed at the elementary school in the district where parents/guardians reside. A child eligible to enroll must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2021.
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Burke Virtual Academy holds open enrollment
03/04/2021
The Burke Virtual Academy is holding open enrollment for students interested in a virtual education experience for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Burke Virtual Academy is for any student kindergarten through 12th grade wishing to take a full slate of online classes, or for middle and high school students who would like to enroll in at least one online class while attending face-to-face classes at their base school and/or Western Piedmont Community College. The deadline to enroll in Burke Virtual Academy is Friday, April 16, 2021. To enroll,
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BCPS prepares to welcome athletic spectators
02/25/2021
Burke County Public Schools and our high schools and middle schools are excited about N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s new executive order that increases crowd attendance in outdoor stadiums to 30 percent capacity starting Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. As the soccer season continues and football, softball, baseball and other outdoor sports prepare for first games and matches, the capacity increase means many more family members and fans will be allowed to watch our student athletes compete.
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Global Immersion Informational Meeting
02/22/2021
If you have a child or know of a child who is entering kindergarten in August, Burke County Schools is hosting an information session via Zoom for those interested in enrolling students in the dual language immersion program at Mountain View Elementary School. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The Global Immersion Academy teaches students English and Spanish starting in kindergarten and continuing through the fifth grade.
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Video: Global Immersion Academy at Mountain View Elementary School
02/11/2021
Mountain View Elementary School will soon be accepting applications for the Global Immersion Academy for the 2021-2022 school year. The academy is available for students entering kindergarten. Students will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
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BCPS earns statewide recognition for outstanding communication.
02/08/2021
The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) has honored Burke County Public Schools for excellence in communications. Burke County Public Schools earned a total of 14 Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a virtual ceremony on Feb. 5, 2021.
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Contract Mowing & Grounds Maintenance
02/08/2021
A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Resource Center, 509 West Concord street, Morganton, NC 28655 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. for anyone interested in bidding on this contract.
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Board calls emergency meeting
02/03/2021
Chairman Buddy Armour and Vice Chairman Dr. R.L. Icard of the Burke County Board of Education have called for an Emergency Meeting of the Board on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 at noon in the Olive Hill Room of the Olive Hill Resource Center located at 509 W. Concord St., Morganton. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and take action regarding changes made on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, to the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12).
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Outdoor sports guidelines
01/28/2021
Burke County Public Schools and our high schools are excited for the opportunity that our outdoor sports programs have to compete this season. Though games will look very different this year as we strictly follow rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the NC Governor’s Office and the NCHSAA related to COVID-19, we are grateful that our teams will be able to participate.
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Meal delivery program helps serve students during remote learning
01/12/2021
You may see big, yellow Burke County Public Schools buses out on the road during remote learning, not carrying students, but meals to help feed them. When Burke County Public Schools transitioned to remote learning in January, the child nutrition team quickly organized three different ways to help feed students: through the daycare program, by pick-up at specific schools and now by home delivery.
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School nurses to help vaccinate community against COVID-19
01/11/2021
Burke County Public Schools nurses continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March they have been instrumental in educating schools on how to prevent COVID-19 and how to recognize symptoms; in communicating with parents and staff when cases impact schools; and in working with the health department to contact trace and track data. Now that the pandemic is in the vaccination phase, Burke County Public Schools nurses will help the Burke County Health Department give out vaccines.
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Burke County Public Schools Basketball
01/05/2021
Burke County Public Schools and our high schools are excited for the opportunity that our basketball programs have to play this season. Though games will look very different this year as we strictly follow rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the NC Governor’s Office and the NCHSAA related to COVID-19, we are grateful that our teams will be able to take to the court.
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