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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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Flag Flown Over U.S. Capitol to be Raised at IHS

The Innovative High Schools’ ribbon cutting – already an exciting day for Career Academy and Early College students and staff – will be made even more memorable, thanks to a local veteran and Sen. Richard Burr. On Thursday, July 27, Dr. Martha Fernicola made a surprise visit to Kent Parent, principal of the Career Academy, which […]

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Making Connections at STEM Camp

In the far corner of Stephanie Patton’s classroom Wednesday, two students were giggling as they held hands and took turns slapping their palms on a banana. Across the room, two other students were hooking wires up to dry erase markers. Not nearly as chaotic as it all may sound, the Glenn C. Marlow Elementary students […]

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PARI Brings Indoor Planetarium to Fletcher Elementary

Have you ever been stargazing in the middle of the day? A class of rising 1st-graders at Fletcher Elementary have, thanks to an indoor planetarium simulation brought to their school by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). It starts with a nylon dome pumped full of air so that everyone can fit inside. Then, a digital […]

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Hands On! Takes “Shoots & Roots” to Fletcher

From the foods we eat to the houses we live in to the air we breathe, everything we do is dependent on plants. However, plants don’t do much talking, so it’s easy to forget the role they play in our daily lives. That’s why the educators from Hands On! Museum visit students to remind them […]

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Student reading in a tent

Schools Kick Off Summer Reading Camps

Students sometimes struggle when they’re first learning to read, and when summer comes around, even older students can to get rusty without the reading assignments they have in school. Fortunately, the Read to Achieve summer reading camps offered in elementary schools offer fun themes and incentives to keep students turning pages all throughout summer. “It’s […]

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Students Attend Summer Health Sciences Career Camp

Health science careers are often noted as having spectacular salary ranges, but it’s easy to forget that the monetary compensation comes with an imposing time investment. Even after attending college and post-graduate programs for several extra years, experts in these fields work day and night, holidays and weekends, trying to keep the community in good […]

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CTE Teachers Tour Local Manufacturing Facilities

Last week, Career & Technical Education teachers partnered up with teachers of traditional subjects to tour six industry sites in Henderson County, to learn how technology is moving local industry forward and to prepare their students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In its second year, the school system’s Career Academy […]

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