News from BCPS

East Burke Middle places third in Gravity Games
05/09/2019
East Burke Middle School fielded a team in the NC Gravity Games in Lenoir on April 27. It was their first time entering the event, which encourages students to use STEM skills to engineer a car powered by gravity.
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Exceptional Extravaganza Carnival
05/03/2019
The North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP) and Burke County Public Schools hosted the Exceptional Extravaganza Carnival at Mountain View Elementary School on Thursday, May 2. Students and their families were invited to enjoy free pizza, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. In addition to food, the students enjoyed face painting, posing for photos with superheroes...
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Open Enrollment for Student Transfers
05/01/2019
The open enrollment period for student transfer requests runs May 1 through May 31, and the processing fee is $50. After May 31, the processing fee will be $100. You are required to fill out a student transfer request ONLY if you are requesting enrollment at a school outside of your district...
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Freedom teacher Meghan Welty named Burke’s Teacher of the Year
04/18/2019
Meghan Welty, an exceptional children teacher at Freedom High School, has been named the Burke County Public Schools 2019 teacher of the year. Welty is in her seventh year of teaching and her fourth year at Freedom High School.
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Construction Rodeo 2019
04/17/2019
High school students from Burke, McDowell, Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties gathered at the Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton to show off their construction skills in the 2019 Construction Rodeo...
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PHS, LMS compete at state technology conference
04/15/2019
Patton High School and Liberty Middle School competed at the 40th annual North Carolina Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference on April 3 - 5. The TSA enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)...
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Middle schoolers compete in robotics competition
04/12/2019
East Burke Middle School came in first and second in the team skills round robin and Liberty came in first in the paired elimination at the 2019 BCPS Middle School Robotics Competition at Glen Alpine on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. < VIDEO>
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Burke students shine in recent competitions
03/29/2019
George Hildebrand wins Mathcounts competition Burke County Public Schools held its annual elementary school Mathcounts competition at the Old Rock School in Valdese on March 20. The mathletes competed in individual and team rounds, performing various math problems.
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BCPS band, chorus students receive high ratings
03/28/2019
Burke County Public Schools middle and high school bands and choruses have competed in recent MPAs (Music Performance Adjudication) events.
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Destination Imagination teams place first in state
03/25/2019
Three Burke County teams competed in North Carolina Destination Imagination State Tournament on March 16. Destination Imagination (DI) is an international student-centered competitive S.T.E.A.M program. It blends science, art, technology, and engineering together in a creative setting. A team consists of 2-7 students. At the beginning of the Destination Imagination season...
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114 Burke County teachers receive state bonuses
03/21/2019
North Carolina awards merit bonuses to specific teachers based on student growth on end-of-grade tests, high AP exam scores, or students receiving certificates or credentials. The bonuses are awarded to third- through fifth-grade reading teachers, fourth- through eighth-grade math teachers, high school advanced placement teachers and high school career and technical education teachers.
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Battle of the Books competition winners
03/21/2019
Mountain View Elementary takes first place in the elementary Battle of the Books competition on March 19, 2019. The following day, March 20th, Liberty Middle School takes the top spot in the middle school Battle of the Books competition.
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Kindergarten Registration
03/14/2019
Do you know a child that will be five years old on or before August 31st, 2019? If so, it is time for Kindergarten. We are currently registering students for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact the school in the district in which the child resides for more information.
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Video: Global Immersion Academy at Mountain View Elementary School
03/13/2019
In this video about the Global Immersion Academy at Mountain View Elementary School, principals, teachers and parents talk about how the program teaches students English and Spanish starting in kindergarten.
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Grant provides youth mental health training
03/12/2019
Sixty Burke County Public Schools faculty and staff members are now trained in youth mental health first aid and the district plans to train 60 more by summer. Burke County Public Schools, in partnership with McDowell County Public Schools and CareNet Counseling of Marion, received a $51,920 grant from the School Safety Grants Program. The grant funded four Burke County Public Schools personnel to become certified instructors, therefore allowing them to train others. The first trainings were held Monday, March 4, at Liberty Middle School and East Burke Middle School.
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Patton’s tech team wins regional awards
03/05/2019
The Patton High School Technology Student Association participated in the Annual Western North Carolina Technology Student Association Competition on Feb. 22. Students from all over western North Carolina converged on Appalachian State University to compete in a wide variety of events ranging from fashion design to architecture to flight design.
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Burke archers excel at state competition
02/27/2019
The 2019 North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament took place this past weekend, Feb. 21-23 at the Winston- Salem Fairgrounds. 594 archers represented 27 schools from across North Carolina. They were cheered on by over 1000 spectators as they shot for the title of North Carolina State Champion.
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BCPS annual food drive yields 45,000 pounds of nonperishables
02/26/2019
Burke County Public Schools held its sixth annual Souperintendent’s Souper Bowl Canned-Food Drive Jan. 3 through Feb. 8. The food drive collected 45,000 pounds of food this year, more than doubling last year’s collection totals. Collection barrels were placed at all 26 Burke County Public Schools campuses plus...
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CCP Information Nights
02/22/2019
Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College are hosting Career and College Promise (CCP) information nights for students in grades nine through 12 and their parents. Through CCP, students can take college courses and earn credits for free while still in high school. Come learn more about CCP opportunities and begin the process of planning, enrolling and registering for college courses.
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Burke County Public Schools wins 8 state awards for effective school communication and public relations
02/21/2019
Burke County Public Schools was among 31 school districts in North Carolina to win Blue Ribbon Awards for effective school communications and public relations.
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Interest meetings set for dual immersion language program
02/13/2019
Burke County Public Schools will host two interest meetings for parents of rising kindergarten students who want more information about the Dual Language Immersion Program at Mountain View Elementary School.
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Be Healthy Burke, Eat. Learn. Win.
02/12/2019
We are very excited to announce that next week, February 18, we will again launch our second annual Be Healthy Burke, Eat. Learn. Win. Game. It will be effective for all Burke County Middle & High Schools.
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Band student to speak at historic World War II ceremony
02/07/2019
A Burke County Public Schools high school band student has been invited to speak at the Brittany American Cemetery in France in June during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of World War II Allied forces invading northern France.
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Two BCPS schools excel at breakfast challenge
01/24/2019
The state is recognizing Table Rock and Walter Johnson middle schools for their second chance breakfast programs. They are top performing schools in the No Kid Hungry 6th Statewide Breakfast Challenge.
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Mountain View Elementary dedication ceremony and open house
01/22/2019
Mountain View Elementary School open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for staff followed by a public dedication ceremony and open house from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Reading specialist receives grant for flexible seating
12/05/2018
Drexel Elementary School reading specialist Suzanne Jensen received a $1,000 grant for flexible classroom seating from the Betsy and Fred Cranford Endowment through the Alpha Nu Chapter of the NC Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation.
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Quick actions of student, staff save heart attack victim’s life at school
11/30/2018
This Thanksgiving season when retired Burke County Public Schools teacher Johnny Childers counts his blessings, a student and staff members at East Burke Middle School are on the top of his list. Childers, now a substitute teacher, had a heart attack at East Burke Middle on Friday...
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Burns elected to state School Board Association
11/16/2018
Burke County Board of Education Chair Randy Burns was elected to the North Carolina School Board Association Board of Directors...
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Burke Board of Education receives leadership award
11/15/2018
The Burke County Board of Education received the School Board Leadership Award at the 2018 North Carolina School Board Association Annual Conference Awards Ceremony...
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Hildebran student wins spelling bee
10/23/2018
Hildebran Elementary School fifth grader Emmalee S. won the Burke County Public Schools 2018-19 Spelling Bee...
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McMahon named BCPS Principal of the Year
10/17/2018
W. A. Young Elementary School Principal Christie McMahon is the 2018 Burke County Public Schools Principal of the Year. McMahon is in her second year as principal at W.A. Young and previously served as assistant principal at Salem, Forest Hill and Drexel elementary schools and Liberty Middle School...
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