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Upcoming Schedule

  • The optional workday on May 12 was moved to March 15, so May 12 is now an instructional day, allowing us to make up one of the five days that students were not in school.
  • The last day of school for students is May 31, 2017.
  • Graduation is Scheduled for Friday, June 2, at 7:00 pm. 
  • The last day for ten-month employees still remains at June 12 as stated in the approved calendar for 2016/17.
Ten-Month Employee Schedule:
  • June 1     required teacher work day as originally scheduled in the calendar
  • June 2     required teacher work day w/o students
  • June 5     required teacher work day w/o students
  • June 6     required teacher work day w/o students
  • June 7     required teacher work day w/o students
  • June 8     optional teacher workday—this is the 5th OTW
  • June 9     annual leave
  • June 12   annual leave
The four additional work days will allow for professional development opportunities at the school level and will be designated by school administration.  These days are full days.
May Board Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017 and will be held in the annex beginning at 7:00 pm.
Testing Dates for Spring 2017

May 1                                AP Environmental Science (Morning – start time 8:30)
May 1                                AP Psychology (Afternoon – start time 12:30)
May 2                                AP Art History (Afternoon – start time 12:15)
May 3                                AP English Literature and Composition (Morning – start time 8:30)
May 4                                AP U.S. Government and Politics (Morning – start time 8:30)
May 9                                AP Calculus BC (Morning – start time 8:30)
May 10                              AP English Language and Composition (Morning – start time 8:30)
May 11                              AP Statistics (Afternoon – start time 12:00)
May 12                              AP European History (Afternoon – start time 12:00)
May 18                              AP European History (Late Exam – 1 student – due to Regional Track Meet)
NOTE:  ALL AP Exams are administered at Midway Baptist Church
May 25                              1st and 3rd Block – NC Final Exams and CTE Assessments
May 26                              2nd and 4th Block – NC Final Exams and CTE Assessments
May 29                              English II and Math I – End-of-Course Assessments
May 30                              Biology – End-of-Course Assessment
May 18                              Grade 5 & 8 End-of-Grade Science
May 23                              Grade 3 – 6 End-of-Grade Reading
                                          Grade 7 End-of-Grade Reading
                                          Grade 8 End-of-Grade Math
May 24                              Grade 3 – 6 End-of-Grade Math
                                          Grade 7 End-of-Grade Math
                                          Grade 8 End-of-Grade Reading
May 25                              Middle School CTE Assessments
May 26                              Grade 3 Read-to-Achieve
May 29                              Grade 3 Retest
State requirements for testing:
  • Grade 3 -8 END-of-GRADE Assessments during the last 10 calendar days
  • End-of-Course Assessments (English II, Biology, Math I) during the last 5 calendar days
  • NC Final Exams during the last 5 calendar days
  • CTE Assessments during the last 5 calendar days
Attention Teachers - Price-Deverick Scholarship

If you are interested in applying for the Price-Deverick scholarship, please click on the links below.  This is a scholarship specifically for Ashe County Schools teachers.  Scholarship funds may be used for professional development for continuing education, curriculum enrichment or educational travel which will enhance the learning opportunities of students.

Applications must be received by April 26, 2017 by 5:00 pm

CTE Student of the Month

Rolando O. has been selected by Mrs. Jennifer Phipps for A.C.H.S. Student of the Month for April.  Rolando has taken numerous classes instructed by Mrs. Phipps as well as other courses within C.T.E.  Currently Rolando is enrolled in Personal Finance with Mrs. Phipps, where he was part of a project to write books for second grade students dealing with financial concepts.  Rolando and his classmates traveled over to Mountain View Elementary where they read their books to students and left them with a copy.  Rolando is a great student that works hard.  He plans to go into the construction trade or further his soccer career.  Thank you to Rick Woodie, Parker Tie, and DeWalt for this wonderful opportunity for our students at Ashe County High School.
ACS Board Recognition - April 3, 2017

Recognition of Elan T., a junior at Ashe County High, who was chosen from an applicant pool of 113 to be one of 28 students traveling to India this summer with 360+ Leadership Collective.
Ashe County Middle School FFA Ceremony

The Ashe County Middle School FFA ceremony was held on Thursday, March 30.  The food was prepared by the Ashe County High School Food II Class.
Sharon Lucas - 2017/18​ NCAEOP President

Congratulations to our very own Sharon Lucas for being installed to serve as 2017/18​ NCAEOP President.

Sharon is pictured here with 2016/​17 NCAEOP President Bianca Bedford and her family at the installation ceremony in Winston-Salem on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Press Release - Volunteers and Partnerships Needed

Volunteers and Partnerships Needed for Communities In Schools’ Expansion to Ashe County

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Northwest North Carolina is working to build partnerships and has applied for several grants to serve students attending schools in Ashe County.  Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors or lunch buddies, and local businesses and community agencies are being asked to consider becoming a partner in various capacities.  Click here to read more.
Health Science Student of the Month

Ashe Memorial Hospital is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Health Science Student of the Month Program, states James Lambert, VP of Compliance with Ashe Memorial Hospital. “We are pleased to honor Kiana O. as the Health Science Student of the Month for March and wish her well in her pursuit of a nursing degree. We hope to recruit her to Ashe Memorial Hospital when she obtains her degree.”
Kiana O. is currently enrolled in Nurse Aide 1 program at Ashe County High School. Ms. Osborne received the Health Science Student of the month by excelling in academics and having a strong motivation for learning. She plans to attend Wilkes Community College to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing. After Nursing School. Kiana hopes to work in Ashe County and pursue a Bachelor Degree in Nursing.

Mrs. Elaine Cox, Assistant Principal at Ashe County Middle School

Professional Standards Program Luncheon at the 2017 NCAEOP Conference

New Certified Nursing Assistants

Passed the State Nurse Aide Test:  Cassandra C., Jennifer S., Alexis B., Shanna H.
DIAL 4 Kindergarten Screenings 2017-18
Classified Employee of the Year

Ashe County Schools Announces a New Classified Employee of the Year Recognition Program

Ashe County Schools is excited to introduce The Classified Employee of the Year Recognition program.  This is a new way to include all classified employees which would encompass bus driver/monitor, bus garage, cafeteria staff, custodian/maintenance, office support and teacher assistants at all sites. 

The overall purpose of this recognition is to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our county’s classified school employees.  Classified employees are vital staff members who play key roles in creating a school environment that promotes student achievement, safety, and health.
The goals are to:
  • Identify and honor exemplary classified school employees though out the system
  • Select one Classified School Employee of the Year to recognize
Ashe County Schools is pleased to invite each employee, neighborhood partner and parent/guardian to participate in the nomination of these employees. 

Click here for more information.
Click here to vote.
2017 Ashe County Spelling Bee Champion

Jacob P., 7th grade, ACMS
News Release

The Mountain Purchasing Cooperative hereby also known as Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, and Watauga County Schools, including The Crossnore School and Children’s Home Child Nutrition Programs are now accepting proposals for the 2017-2018 school year on the following products:  Dairy products. Sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Avery County Schools Central Services office, located at 775 Cranberry Street, Newland, NC  28657.  Interested parties should contact Tammy Woodie, Child Nutrition Director, Avery County Schools at 828-733-6006 for an IFB Packet and further information.  The Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, and Watauga County Schools, and The Crossnore School and Children’s Home, Child Nutrition Programs are an equal opportunity provider.   
Tammy Woodie
775 Cranberry Street
Newland, NC  28657
Board Recognitions

  • Recognition of Ashe County’s 2016/17 Oddie Cox Teacher of the Year Award and nominees—Dr. Jodi Grubb, Alex Rollins, Katina Wilcox, Lori Hensley and Jane Riffle
  • Recognition of Ashe County’s 2016/17 Teacher Assistant of the Year and nominees—Kathy Shepherd, Dwayne Farmer, Ann Combs, Becky Rose and Natasha Goodman
  • Recognition of Ashe County’s 2016/17 Teacher of Excellence for Exceptional Children—Alecia Giles
  • Recognition of the 2016/17 Principal of the Year—Callie Grubb
  • Recognition of Excellence Award from the National Government Finance Officers Association to the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Department for the 2015 fiscal year
  • Recognition of ACHS Students and Sponsor for winning the North Carolina Verizon App Challenge for Grades 9-12—Monica U., Madelyn G., Juan J., Jacob K. and Lucas P.; Carmen Wilson, teacher sponsor
  • Recognition of Ashe Early Learning for receiving the Pizza Hut monetary award through First Book—presented by Cynthia Poe, Pizza Hut Manager, Jefferson

School Jobs in NC - Powered by PeopleAdmin

NEW CLASSIFIED POSITIONS ADDED FEBRUARY 9, 2017.   Click here for more information.

New Contract Position-Abstinence and Youth Development Coordinator
Added February 17, 2017

Ashe County Public Schools has launched a new employment application system.  The new "North Carolina School Jobs" online application system, powered by PeopleAdmin, ​provides an innovative way to streamline the hiring process.  Applicants will experience an enhanced, user friendly system when applying for positions. To apply for career opportunities, open the link below.

North Carolina School Jobs​

Click Here - Guide for Applying to Positions in NC School Jobs

The Human Resources Department will be available on Thursday afternoons from 2pm -4pm to assist applicants who want to apply for a position with Ashe County Schools but do not have internet access. Please call the HR Department at 336.246.7175 to schedule an appointment.
An email address is necessary, if you do not have one HR Dept. will assist you in setting up an account.

Other documents or information you will want to bring with you:
  • Copy of educational documents, ie high school diploma, or high school transcripts, or college transcripts, etc.  (Unofficial are acceptable)
  • List of references with phone numbers and email addresses, if applicable.
  • List of work experience with company name and dates of employment

Agriculture Student of the Month

The Ashe County High School Agriculture Student of the Month for January is Tyler B.  Tyler is currently taking Animal Science 2 class.  In this course, just as in the other Agriculture classes that Tyler has taken, he consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic and respect to those around him, setting a positive example for all to follow.  Tyler has a passion for animal agriculture, he works with his family on their cattle farm.  Tyler is also an active member of the ACHS FFA.  His future plans include attending a 4 year University and getting a degree in an agriculturally related field, as well as continuing the family farm.
The Ashe County High School Agriculture Education Student of the Month is sponsored by the Ashe County Farm Bureau Board.  I would like to thank them for their continued support of the Agriculture Education Student of the Month, the ACHS Agriculture Education program, and the students of Ashe County.
State School Report Cards

The North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction has now released the State School Report Cards for the 2015/16 school year.  Individual school snapshots will be going home with students in the coming days, as well as being placed on each school's website.  The District Snapshot is available here and you may also access the full state reports by going to http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/src/​ .

District Snapshot - English
District Snapshot - Spanish
Ashe County NC Pre-K Committee 2016/17 Meeting Schedule

  • September 22, 2016
  • November 17, 2016
  • January 19, 2017
  • March 16, 2017
  • Final meeting TBD 
The Committee is a public body subject to the Open Meeting Law that mandates each official meeting of a public body shall be open to the public and any person is entitled to attend such a meeting (G.S. Chapter 143, Article 33C) and Public Records Law that mandates public records and public information are the property of the people (G.S. Chapter 132) and must operate in accordance with their obligations under those statutes.
Ashe County Schools - Schedules

Ashe County Schools Principals

Mrs. Callie Grubb, principal of Blue Ridge Elementary School, is the Ashe County Schools 2016-2017 Principal of the Year.

Callie Grubb, Blue Ridge Elementary
David Blackburn, Mountain View Elementary
Jennifer Robinson, Westwood Elementary
Dustin Farmer, Ashe County Middle School
Jason Krider, Ashe County High School
2016-17 ACS Teacher of the Year and Assistant of the Year

Teacher of the Year - Press Release
Teacher Assistant of the Year - Press Release

Not pictured:  Ann Combs, Assistant ACMS and Dwayne Farmer, Assistant ACHS
Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Information Regarding Retirees and Substitutes.  Remember you must stay under 130 hours/16 days per pay period.
Additional Links:
High Deductible Health Plan 2015 Plan Summary
High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
NC Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools
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