Principal Newsletter

August 15, 2017

Dear Parents.

Welcome to West Buncombe Elementary! In my opinion, it’s the best school in the world. I am so excited about this school year. I am still soaring on the successes from last year. We had tremendous EOG and MCLASS scores, PBIS Model School, Odyssey of the Mind State Champions, and OM World 4th Place Overall. I am sure this year we are going to experience many wonderful achievements.

I consider it a great honor to serve as the principal of this fine school. I know that the staff of WBES is unmatched. Each staff member cares about children and has a tremendous desire to help students learn. 

We are the Soaring Eagles! We strive to SOAR everyday! Being Safe, Optimistic, Accountable and Respectful is the key to being a great human being. Academics are important, but if we instill a love for the components of “SOAR” we will be extremely successful.

[S=Safe, O=Optimistic, A=Accountable, and R=Respect]

We consider West Buncombe Elementary to be the HUB of our community. We pride ourselves in a long tradition of excellence. It is not uncommon to have 3 generations of West Buncombe Families where the students, parents, and grandparents attended our school. Our caring staff members live and raise their families in our community.

In the past five years our academic success has been unmatched. We rank in the top five elementary schools with composite scoring in Buncombe County. We are one of the top math elementary schools in Buncombe County. Our OM Team has claimed “VICTORY” two years in a row at the state championship! Our staff members have embraced data driven instruction and the professional learning community model. We are the home of the “Power Hour”. Our successful reading model is being implemented across the United States.

WBES is a place where your child gets a better than private school education at public school price. That’s free! We are constantly striving to be the best. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me personally.


Brian Chandler



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