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Mr. Chandler and Mrs. Skroski in the media center
Welcome Mrs. Skroski to our Media Center!
08/05/2020
Welcome to Mrs. Skroski, our brand new media specialist! We are so excited to welcome her to our West Buncombe family! She can't wait to get started and meet our wonderful staff and students!
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Senior Drive-Thru Announcement
WB Senior Drive-Thru Planned
06/02/2020
Graduating seniors from who attended WBES can attend a senior "walk" (drive-thru) on Thursday, June 1 at 1pm. Please line vehicles up over at Erwin High School then be escorted over to WB when time. Please stay in vehicles while on school campuses. Can't wait to celebrate our WB graduates! Congratulations!
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Mrs. Campbell says goodbye to students
Drive-Thru Goodbyes
05/28/2020
Drive-thru lines made it possible for students to pick up any supplies left at school while also allowing for a last face-to-face goodbye with teachers before summer break. While wearing protective equipment, teachers were able to pass out materials and talk briefly with students and parents. It was wonderful to see our families one last time before summer break!
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Staff Appreciation Banner
Celebrating WB Staff!
05/05/2020
Staff Appreciation may have looked different this year, but West Buncombe found a way to show staff how much they are loved! Staff members drove through the car rider line to pick up Chick-Fil-A lunch, snacks and giftcards from the PTO and office. Staff and PTO members hosting the event dressed in costumes and made banners to express their appreciation and to bring laughter and smiles to the staff!
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Celebrate Volunteers!
04/23/2020
Thanks so much to all the of volunteers who have served at West Buncombe over the past year! We appreciate your time and effort in helping our kids!
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Mrs. Hutson with a BCS Technician
Hotspots Help Students Connect
04/22/2020
Jill Hutson, teacher assistant, is helping the county Technology Services Field Technician to connect Hotspots to student devices. Mrs. Hutson has been helping our families with computer/network problems throughout Virtual Days. We are very thankful for her expert knowledge in this field and appreciate her very much!
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Mr. Chandler
Principal Video Message
04/21/2020
Mr. Chandler shares a message with students and parents. Posted April 21, 2020.
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Mrs. Sams holding her coin
Sams presented with Senator's Coin of Excellence
04/10/2020
West Buncombe is so proud of Mrs. Debbie Sams, one of our fantastic teacher assistants! Earlier this week, she was presented with the Senator's Coin of Excellence. She has been serving food and delivering supplies to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you Senator Edwards for noticing her hard work and dedication!
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Mrs. Ingle passing out food to children
WBES Meal Information & Locations
03/30/2020
Read here to find out the locations and times for meals...
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Mr. Bowman paints a hallway wall
Custodians Brighten Up WBES
03/26/2020
Check out the hard work by our custodians...
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Teachers Meeting Online
Teachers Meet Virtually
03/23/2020
Teachers at West Buncombe are still meeting in teams...it just looks a little different than normal. Teachers are using the Zoom app for video conferencing. Even though they are at home, they can collaborate with others to plan lessons for students.
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Staff loads buses with food
Staff Serves Meals to Students
03/19/2020
WB Staff joins School Nutrition to deliver meals to students Monday - Friday while schools are closed. Buses deliver food to our community.
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Guests at Auction
PTO Auction Raises Close to $20,000!
02/27/2020
The Annual PTO Auction and Dinner held on February 21, 2020 was a huge success! Even with bad weather, we had a large crowd come out to support our school! Through a combination of live and silent auctions, dinner ticket sales, and basket raffles, the PTO raised close to $20,000! Thanks so much to the West Buncombe community for your support!
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Student Servers in Western Wear
Students Serve Guests at Auction Dinner
02/21/2020
Fourth grade students dressed up in their finest western wear in order to wait tables at the dinner the evening of the PTO Auction. They had tons of fun helping people get seated and delivering drinks! We appreciate their hard work to make that night a huge success!
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100 year old students
100th Day of School
01/30/2020
Our kindergarten students grew older in the past 24 hours. When they arrived at school today, they were 100 years old in order to celebrate the 100th day of school!
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Kindergarten Teachers
Digital Trail Blazers
01/27/2020
Congratulations to all 7 Kindergarten teachers for becoming Digital Trail Blazers! Your new learning will inspire others to learn and grow! Thanks for giving your best to our students each and every day!
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Mrs. Baker
Teacher of the Year 2020
01/15/2020
Congratulations to Brook Baker, our 2020 Teacher of the Year! She teaches fourth grade.
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"Principal" Deaton with Ms. Dodd
Principal of the Day
12/17/2019
As a reward for the highest donations for the PTO "Turkey the Teacher" fundraiser, one student earned the job "Principal for the Day". Ms. Deaton had many duties on December 16 as she worked with Mr. Chandler to run the school. One of her duties was giving an award to Ms. Dodd for best holiday headgear!
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PTO volunteers help students
PTO Santa Shop
12/10/2019
Students are excited and in the holiday spirit with a little help from the PTO! Volunteers are helping students select, purchase and wrap gifts for their families in our "Santa Shop"! Thanks PTO for purchasing items in order to bring the "Santa Shop" to our school!
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Mrs. Baker dressed in turkey costume
PTO "Turkey the Teacher" Fundraiser
12/02/2019
The PTO raised over $3000 in the first "Turkey the Teacher" fundraiser. Students brought dollar bills to buy feathers for teachers to decorate their turkeys. At the end of the second week, the two teachers with the most feathers wore the turkey costume! Thanks to Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Bartley for being wonderful turkeys!
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students eating with grandparents
Celebrate Grandparents!
11/08/2019
Third grade students invited grandparents to school today! Students performed several songs in the theater before inviting their grandparents to class and to share a special breakfast in the school cafeteria. We are so glad you came to school today!
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Students dressed in career costumes
Students Dress to Impress
10/31/2019
What do you do when you have Career Day on October 31st? You dress like your future career! How cute and fun!
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Students listening to Career Day presenter
Career Day
10/31/2019
What a great Career Day! Students learned from 28 different local community members about their careers! School counselors organize this annual event to help students focus on future career goals. Thanks to all the presenters and volunteers for making this awesome event take place! We appreciate you!
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SRO superhero
Superhero Readers visit WBES
10/25/2019
Our Superheroes are the Buncombe County Sheriff Deputies! Our students loved having the Deputies visit our school on Friday, October 25. They greeted our car riders, read to classrooms and made new friends. Thanks for keeping us safe everyday!
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Students with Firefighter
Students Learn Fire Safety
10/11/2019
Thanks to the West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department for spending the day teaching our Kindergarten and first grade students life-saving fire awareness skills. Students learned how to safely exit a building that is filled with smoke and saw all of the cool equipment that firefighters use to save lives. These are important lessons that kids should learn at a young age and practice often! Thanks to our neighbors at the fire department!
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Students with Chuck E Cheese
PTO raises funds with Chuck E Cheese
10/11/2019
October 11 was a PTO fundraising night at Chuck E Cheese. Students, staff and parents enjoyed a great night with fun games all while raising funds for our PTO! It was a ton of fun!
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Kindergarten Students at WNC Farmer's Market
Kindergarten visits the Farmer's Market
10/09/2019
Fall is the perfect time for a farmers market field trip! Thank you to our friends at the WNC Farmers Market for hosting our kindergarten students. They loved learning about the foods grown locally and meeting the friendly staff and shopkeepers.
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Second Grade Staff in matching shirts
Teamwork in Second Grade
10/04/2019
A good team can accomplish much! West Buncombe is so proud of our second grade team!
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Students at WNC Farmers Market
Students explore fresh foods at the Farmers Market
10/03/2019
Fresh food was the focus of learning when second grade students visited the WNC Farmers Market on October 3. The students explored the market through a fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt, learned about the current produce in season, and spoke with vendors about the origins of foods we eat. Students also sampled a number of tasty, local apples and even took some home thanks to two generous shopkeepers! Thanks you WNC Farmers Market vendors for a great field trip!
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students eating cereal with fun spoons
Students LOVE National Cereal Day!
09/25/2019
September 25 was National Cereal Day and every student who enjoyed cereal for breakfast at school received a free cool cereal spoon to keep! Students were super excited to get the new spoons! Thanks to our awesome cafeteria staff led by Donna Deskins, manager. We appreciate you!
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Two volunteers
Wells Fargo Volunteers Help School!
09/20/2019
Thank you to the dedicated employees at Wells Fargo for their volunteer time at the Fall Book Fair! They even had a little extra time to stick around and help clean up in the hallways! We appreciate you!
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Staff throwing axes
Staff Team Building at Axeville!
09/17/2019
The WBES staff had a team building activity at Axeville on September 17! Everyone enjoyed the time to come together and celebrate that our students Exceeded Growth last year! Continuing to be Best Buncombe!
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Mrs. Shiflet at banquet
WB Teacher Honored at Banquet
09/10/2019
Mrs. Shiflet, our awesome teacher of the year, was honored at the Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year Banquet! Mrs. Shiflet and her husband joined Mr. Chandler for the night of celebration.
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Mrs. Buckner in Mexico
Mrs. Buckner Goes Global!
09/03/2019
Shanna Buckner, one of our wonderful kindergarten teachers was a 2019 Beattie Foundation award recipient from Buncombe County Schools. The award is dedicated to support participation in Go Global NC’s Global Teachers– Mexico 2019 program. She participated in the program this summer as member of a delegation of 41 educators from across North Carolina.
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Dr. Baldwin holds a millipede.
Superintendent visits WB STEM lab
08/28/2019
When Dr. Baldwin, the superintendent, visited West Buncombe this week, he spent some time in our STEM lab. He enjoyed holding a millipede and a quick lesson from the STEM teacher, Mrs. Evans.
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Students meetings teachers
Students Meet Teachers for the New School Year
08/23/2019
Excitement was in the air when students were able to meet their new teachers on Friday afternoon, August 23! Smiling faces and new school supplies were all over the place! Welcome back to school!
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Community members clean school grounds
Campus Cleaned Up with Community
08/12/2019
On August 10, members of the community and Biltmore Baptist Church came out to clean and beautify our school campus. What a difference it made to brighten the campus right before students arrived back to school! Thanks to everyone that helped!
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Kids in summer STEM camp
Summer STEM Camp
07/17/2019
Some rising Kindergarten students joined us for 2 weeks of summer STEM camp in July!
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Fiddler Crab
Would you like to learn about Fiddler Crabs?
06/26/2019
Come check out our STEM Literacy Lab. Fiddler Crabs are just one of the live creatures we learn about and take care of here at West Buncombe.
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Two student winners
Perfect Attendance Winners
06/11/2019
Two students with Perfect Attendance for the 2018-2019 school year received a special surprise. Thanks to Robby Brown from Horace Mann Insurance for purchasing the scooters!
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Staff with Beacon Banner
West Buncombe Receives Beacon Award
05/20/2019
A representative from Imagine Learning visited on May 20, 2019 to honor the school with the Beacon School Award. The Beacon School award is given to schools seen as exemplary in their usage and implementation of Imagine Learning online literacy programs. The school received a beautiful banner to display.
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Joyce Rogers with students
Joyce Rogers is Teacher Assistant of the Year!
05/16/2019
Joyce Rogers is the West Buncombe Teacher Assistant of the Year! She works with Mrs. Clements in a Kindergarten room. Everyone agrees that she is amazing!
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Student trying new foods
Have You Tried Sushi?
05/14/2019
Have you tried sushi? Our second grade students did! They also tried fruits and cheeses from around the world. The global field trip to Ingles was a huge success! Thanks to Ingles staff on Leicester Hwy.
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Students with posters
Students Celebrate Special Olympians!
05/02/2019
On May 2, students lined the driveway and sidewalks with posters to celebrate the return of our special olympians! We are so proud of our students!
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wax musuem participants
History through a Wax Museum
04/25/2019
Third grade students are participating in a wax museum to share their research on famous historical figures. What a great way to share their learning with others!
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Teacher with children
Community Walk
04/24/2019
Mr. Chandler and several teachers met students getting off the bus and visited with families in the Mount Carmel area on April 24. Students received goody bags and information about an upcoming parent event at school.
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Mr. Clyde and Mr. Chandler
Principal of the Day - Mr. Clyde
04/11/2019
Mr. Clyde had a great day being principal! He looked sharp in his suit and had a fun time checking on classes and talking on the radio. He got to hang out with Mr. Chandler and the principal at Eblen, Mr. Stowe!
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Science Experiment
EMS students help with Science experiments
04/10/2019
On April 10, some of the great kids from Mrs. Payne's class at Erwin Middle came over to help out Mr. Mike Martin's students with science experiments. As you can tell it was a great success!
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teacher of the year
2019 Teacher of the Year
04/05/2019
On April 4, our 2019 teacher of the year, Angela Shiflet, was recognized at the School Board meeting. She teaches second grade and we are so proud of her!
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Students enjoy the produce fair
Students Taste New Foods at the Produce Fair!
04/02/2019
Have you ever tried Jicama? Our students did today, plus many other fruits and vegetables during our Produce Fair. Thanks to Buncombe County Child Nutrition for bringing this wonderful event to our school!
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Art on display at mall
Soaring Eagle Art on display!
04/01/2019
Soaring Eagle Art in on display at the Asheville Mall at the annual art show! Kudos to our famous artists and to Mrs. Harris for her hard work!
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Officer Mata with kids
Welcome Officer Mata!
03/26/2019
We are so excited to have our own School Resource Officer at WBES! He will be on our campus full time promoting safety. Welcome Officer Mata!
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Students in Limo
Students Enjoy Limo Ride and Lunch at CiCi's!
03/22/2019
15 students enjoyed a limo ride and lunch at CiCi's Pizza as a reward for top ticket sales from the PTO fundraiser! What a fun time!
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Principal of the Day
Student Earns Title "Principal of the Day!"
03/20/2019
One special student earned the title "Principal of the Day" as a reward from the PTO fundraiser!
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Teachers at workshop
Early Dismissal Teacher Workshop
03/08/2019
Teachers attend a literacy workshop on our March 8 early release day.
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Students at SOCON tournament
PBIS Reward Trip to SOCON tournament!
03/07/2019
Students had a blast at the SOCON tournament. They were able to earn the free trip with good attendance and behavior!
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People eating dinner before auction
2019 PTO Auction is HUGE success!
02/25/2019
The PTO Auction on Feb 22 was a HUGE success! The PTO raised over $16,000 for our school. Thanks to all the people and businesses who donated items!
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Staff greets students as they arrive home off the school bus
Staff Visits with Families during Community Walk
02/20/2019
We had a great time on our second community walk this year. It was awesome to see all of our students and parents. At WBES, we go the extra mile!
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Students observing fish
Learn about life cycles in STEM Lab
02/06/2019
Kindergarten students in the STEM Lab enjoying a wonderful interactive lesson on the life cycle of fish.
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Christin Payne photo
Christin Payne recognized as Teacher of the Year!
09/12/2018
Christin Payne was recognized as the West Buncombe Teacher of the Year at a dinner and ceremony on September 12, 2018. Congratulations!
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First Grade Readers
First grade students read to others!
03/15/2018
Students from first grade have been practicing their reading skills to share with others around the school! Awesome job!
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2018 Odyssey of the Mind team
Odyssey of the Mind team scores Second Place in Regional Competition!
03/13/2018
The West Buncombe Odyssey of the Mind team scored second place in regional competition on February 24, 2018. The team will go on to complete at State competition on March 24 at Wingate College. Good Luck!
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Running Eagles
Running Eagles Zoom in the Super Run 5K!
03/12/2018
The students in the Running Eagles Club participated in "The Super Run" 5K at Carrier Park on March 10.
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Mountain Faith with students
Mountain Faith shares the love of music & writing with students!
03/01/2018
West Buncombe welcomed Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith to our school on February 9th. Students enjoyed hearing the performance and participating in sing-alongs. In addition to learning about the music of Mountain Faith, the band shared information about the love of literacy and gave each student a creative writing journal!
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Thanks to volunteers!
Community Volunteers Make Our Campus Beautiful!
08/23/2017
Over the past few weekends, many community volunteers have worked to beautify our campus!
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Awards
Celebrating 30 years of service!
04/07/2017
Thank you to Patti Cain and Angie Weaver for 30 years of service in education!
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Volunteers
Eaton Corporation Volunteers at West Buncombe
04/06/2017
The Eaton Corporation volunteered at WB for the United Way's Day of Impact
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Math Team scores BIG
Math Team scores BIG in BCS Elementary Math Meet
04/04/2017
The WB Math Team has great success at the 2017 Elementary Math Meet!
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OM Team Wins!
OM Team WINS First Place at State Competition on April 1
04/03/2017
On April 1, our Odyssey of the Mind Team won FIRST place at State Competition!
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OM Team
OM Team places 2nd at Regional Competition on February 25
02/27/2017
The West Buncombe Odyssey of the Mind Team placed 2nd in the regional competition on February 25.
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Students at Auction
5th Annual PTA Auction was a HUGE success!
02/24/2017
This year our PTA Auction raised almost $8,000 for our school! We had an awesome night of tasty food and great fun! Thanks to everyone who supported this event!
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eagle
Our Purpose and Direction
01/17/2017
West Buncombe's Commitment to Excellence
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PBIS Model School Award
West Buncombe recognized as a PBIS Model School
10/19/2016
On November 7, West Buncombe was recognized as a PBIS Model School.
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Math
Math Team wins First Place in County Competition
03/30/2016
The WBES Math Team did an outstanding job at the Buncombe County Elementary Math Competition on March 21!
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OM trophies
OM Team Wins State Competition
03/15/2016
OM Team makes us proud by winning the State Competition!
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eagle in flight
Welcome to West Buncombe!
03/01/2016
Watch a 1 minute video about our school!
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