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Elena Barnwell is HCPS 2016 Teacher of the Year

Elena Barnwell, a first grade teacher at Hendersonville Elementary School, was named Henderson County Public Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year on Friday at the Teacher of the Year luncheon sponsored by Park Ridge Health at the Hendersonville Country Club. Like all 23 nominees from each elementary, middle and high school, Barnwell was nominated by […]

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Rugby’s “Most Improved Tea” Celebrates Growth

“We can all acknowledge that students don’t begin at the same points,” Principal Scott Moore said to a media room full of Rugby Middle students and their parents Thursday. “But all students can learn and improve.” That’s why each teacher annually nominates a student for a “Most Improved” award, recognizing students’ academic, social, and behavioral […]

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Clear Creek CO’ 2016 Visit Elementary School

They may be graduating next month year as Eagles, Bearcats, Falcons or Knights, but the 23 seniors sitting in Clear Creek Elementary’s auditorium Friday all started off as Clear Creek Cubs. Led into the gym by “Cubby” the school’s mascot, Clear Creek’s Class of 2016 received a huge round of applause and standing ovation from […]

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Teachers Transform Test Review into “Camp EOG”

Fourth grade teachers Lisa Hoffman, Brittany Praytor, Jennifer Austin and Allison Barr were at Mills River Elementary until 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, transforming their classrooms and their section of the hallway into “Camp EOG” for their students. Huge cutouts of trees, bears, rivers, waterfalls and other camping scenes greeted their students the following Monday, […]

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Classmates Celebrate 3 Friends’ Quincaeñeras

Simona, Paloma and Giselle knew something was up Friday morning when their teachers at Apple Valley Middle were acting secretive, but had no idea what was in store. “I thought, ‘They’re hiding something,’” Simona said. “We felt it, because they called us to the office,” Paloma added. Sure enough, the girls’ homeroom teacher, Julie Sliegel, […]

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111 CTE Scholars Recognized by HCPS

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2016) — The 20th Annual Career & Technical Education Scholars’ Reception sponsored by Pardee Hospital recognized 111 graduating CTE students Tuesday, for their academic mastery in Career & Technical Education courses. Each scholar completed at least four Career & Technical Education credits, maintained a 3.25 GPA in CTE courses and overall […]

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Bearfootin’ Bears Painted by High School Students

When walking through downtown Hendersonville this summer, be on the lookout for public art created by Henderson County Public Schools’ talented high school artists! As they have in years past, our art students were commissioned by local organizations to paint Bearfootin’ Bears for the annual Bearfootin’ Bears Public Art Walk. This year, Hendersonville High advanced […]

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Hillandale’s Tara Hammond Honored by Muddy Sneakers

When fifth grade teacher Tara Hammond takes her Hillandale students into the outdoor classroom of DuPont State Forest each year with Muddy Sneakers, she’s thinking about more than hands-on lesson plans. “Layers, sun protection, water,” Hammond said, counting the outdoor learning necessities on her fingers. “Muddy Sneakers kind of lives by these three rules: (Students) […]

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Hands-On Learning in Downtown Hendersonville

Students in Apple Valley Middle’s Exceptional Children classes squealed when they put their hands into Team ECCO’s touch tank and horseshoe crab legs tickled their fingers Wednesday. Kortney Clark, assistant director of education at Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium, picked up prickly sea urchins and told students, “They have no brain, no eyes and […]

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