Students ride a wagon. Students ride a wagon.

Atkinson Revives “Heritage Day” Tradition

What does it take to revive a tradition that takes an entire elementary school on an all-day field trip of mountain heritage activities? A group of dedicated teachers, parent and community volunteers, and a whole lot of planning. In 1994 when Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent Bo Caldwell was principal at Atkinson Elementary, he established […]

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Chad Auten fistbumps student

Chad Auten Named 2017-18 HCPS Principal of the Year

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) – Chad Auten, principal at Mills River Elementary, was named the 2017-18 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools this morning. He was surprised with the news in front of the entire student body in a staged assembly, where he gave credit to his school family. “I’m Principal […]

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EC Educator of the Year Beth Julian

Julian is Exceptional Children’s “Educator of Excellence”

Staff meetings are common and expected at the start of every new school year, but this year’s meeting for Exceptional Children teachers had one educator crying happy tears in a room full of her clapping peers. This year, the district representative for the North Carolina’s Exceptional Children’s Educator of Excellence was announced at the end […]

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HCPS is 6th in the state

District Maintains Academic Proficiency and Student Growth

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2017) – Henderson County Public Schools are celebrating continued excellence in student and school performance, following today’s release of the N.C. Department of Instruction’s 2017 state accountability results – which measure academic proficiency and growth, as well as assign school grades. Henderson County Public Schools is ranked 6th out of 115 […]

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Student and grandaparents

Etowah Elementary Celebrates Grandparents

On Friday at Etowah Elementary, David Byrd sat down to lunch with his granddaughter in a cafeteria that hadn’t existed when he was last at the school. The second grade’s “Grandparents Day” at Etowah had Byrd reminiscing about his old elementary days, back when Etowah was both an elementary and a high school. “This was back […]

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Jaymar residents with donations

Jaymar Travel Park Donates Supplies to Edneyville

With just a week before school starts for most students in Henderson County, the residents of Jaymar Travel Park are stocking Edneyville Elementary teachers with extra school supplies for students in need. On Tuesday morning, Jaymar residents invited Edneyville’s Principal Donna Brackett and seven teachers to a morning meeting, where they gifted the school with […]

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Anna Price with backpacks

Former HCPS Student Packs Backpacks for Kids

Around this time of year, students are excitedly piling notebooks, scissors, glue sticks, and binders into shopping carts as parents read items off supplies lists for the new school year. That’s a lot of shopping for a large family – but imagine shopping for 50 students. That’s what Anna Price did, on behalf of at-risk students […]

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Chuck Edwards puts on his FFA jacket

West Honors Sen. Edwards with FFA Jacket

Clad in their own navy corduroy Future Farmers of America jackets, officers with West Henderson High’s FFA chapter gathered Tuesday with the Henderson County Farm Bureau to surprise one of their alumni with a jacket of his own. A 1978 West graduate, Sen. Chuck Edwards visited McConnell Farms on Tuesday unaware that he’d be receiving […]

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Emma Laughter with students

Senior Gives Back to Local Elementary School

Reading is a learning skill, a rewarding hobby and an indispensable part of our everyday lives. That’s why it’s important for students to keep their reading abilities sharp, even over the summer when school’s out of session. But what about students who don’t have access to books outside of school? Emma Laughter has them covered. […]

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