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“Getting to Know You” at Innovative High Schools

For the first time since either school’s inception, Henderson County Career Academy and Early College students are all studying under one roof. Despite sharing the same common spaces and cafeteria at the new Innovative High Schools building, the two groups of students didn’t really know each other after the first couple months of school. Until […]

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Public Schools Hosting “College Access Day” at BRCC

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Henderson County Public Schools is hosting a “College Access Day” on Friday, Oct. 6, at Blue Ridge Community College, featuring renowned spoken word artist Herrison Chicas, a student panel of HCPS graduates, and vendor fair with local organizations and colleges. Geared toward HCPS students for whom English is a […]

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Clear Creek, Etowah Elementaries Eligible for Title I Distinguished School Award

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2017) – For the fifth year in a row, Clear Creek and Etowah elementary schools have received recognition as top ranking Title I schools and are eligible for consideration for representing North Carolina as the National Title I Distinguished School Award in the “high performance” category. Each year, two Title I […]

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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 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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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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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 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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