December 20, 2016
We have finished 75 wonderful days of school. We only have 105 left! This year has been packed with great learning and fun. I am so proud of our students and staff. We have accomplished a tremendous amount so far.
Our test scores were released in September and we were ranked among the top schools in Buncombe County. We received a B rating and high growth status again this year. Our school also had the highest elementary growth and the highest elementary math scores in Buncombe County. This is an amazing accomplishment!
West Buncombe is committed to excellent academic instruction. Math instruction at WBES is second to none! We are leading Buncombe County in several areas. I am amazed everyday at the complex mathematics our students are completing. We will be hosting a parent night just for Mathematics in March. Reading 3D measures student growth in reading across North Carolina. Our students have consistently scored in the top 5 schools in Buncombe County for Grades K-2. You should be very proud of the quality of instruction at WBES.
Our Soaring Eagle Program was outstanding earlier this year! We had Mr. Stephen Janes tell our students about his bicycle ride across the United States. He encouraged our students to strive for excellence and to never give up. We are looking forward to our next program in February.
This summer, we had 28 rising Kindergarten students spend two weeks in STEM Camp here at WBES. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. It was an action packed 2 weeks full of great learning experiences for our little ones. We hope to have it again in July of 2017.
Our behavior system (PBIS) is going great. Our students are behaving and learning. We are proud to announce that we just recently received the honor of PBIS Model School. This is an amazing accomplishment that only a few schools across the state receive.
I have filled this letter with many great accomplishments our school has made, but the biggest accomplishment is the CARE your child receives at WBES. In my 22 years of education, I can honestly say that West Buncombe Elementary is the best school I have ever worked in! The caring atmosphere and the community support is overwhelming. What a wonderful place for a child to attend school!
In closing, I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I am so blessed to be a part of this fine school! Please enjoy and spend some quality time with your child. They are truly a gift.
Dates to Remember:
January 16, 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. (Holiday)
January 25, 2016 Teacher Workday