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ACS ANNOUNCEMENTS
November Board Meeting



The November regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for Monday, November 3, 2014, 7:00 pm, at the Central Office annex.  Click here to see agenda.
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
October CTE Student of the Month



Emily K. is in the CTE class Biomedical Technology at Ashe High School. She has excellent academic success and has maintained a 100 average through the 1st nine weeks and into the 2nd nine weeks. She is always on time ready to learn. Outside of school Emily is a volunteer at Ashe Memorial Hospital. She has already completed over 50 hours of volunteer time this academic year. She is a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and participates in the youth group. Emily is well deserved for the October CTE Student of the Month.
State of Ashe County Schools



Four out of Five Schools Exceeded Growth!!
  • ACS overall proficiency (student performance) ranks us 18th out of 115 school districts in the state of North Carolina.
  • Our High School, according to US News and World Report ranks in the top 10% of high schools in the nation.
  • Our district graduation rate improved from roughly 84% to 86%. 
  • Our CTE courses are expanding to meet the needs of our students and our community – new Agriculture program in the middle school 2014-15.
  • Starting next school year ACS will begin implementation of a STEM Academy at our middle and high schools. We want our students to have the option of staying and working in Ashe County – GE Aviation, AEV, Skyline-Skybest and many more businesses – have job needs of electrical engineering, software development, welding, math rigor, and much more.  One of the top industries in our county is construction, so we are bringing back masonry/HVAC for students that are interested in those areas. 
  • Governor’s Teacher’s Network – we have three Ashe County Teachers on his task force.
Read to Achieve results from the 2013-14 School Year
  • 14 students of 239 were required to attend Summer Reading Camp due to non-proficiency (less than 5.8%).
  • 39 students were able to prove proficiency through the alternative assessments that Ashe County submitted to the state.  For the 2014-15 School Year we have 80 students of 237 that have already demonstrated proficiency through the Beginning of Grade 3 reading test - a 10% increase from last year. 
  • Our K-2 teachers realize this law is about reading proficiently in the early grades and are doing a great job getting them ready.
ACS has started a community partnership program – we currently are partnered with over 30 local businesses in our county. I want to thank all the Faith Based partners and Community Businesses that helped to bring Mark Mero to our county – anti-bullying program for our middle and high school. 
 
ACS has a plan if or when the Enteroviruses D68 hits here in Ashe County.  We know there are 6 cases in the State.
Mrs. Callie Grubb named Ashe County Schools Principal of the Year 2014-2015



Click here to read press release.
ASHE COUNTY SCHOOLS CELEBRATES OCTOBER AS NATIONAL PRINCIPAL’S MONTH



National Principal Appreciation Month was established to thank school principals for their dedication and commitment to education.   The Ashe County Schools System understands well that the key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school, is a great principal.

National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

October 17 was declared Ashe County School District’s Principal Appreciation Day. The central office staff provided a luncheon for all the principals and assistant principals in the system.  Each school had prepared a video emphasizing “Why their principal was a ROCK STAR”.  These videos were embedded with statements from teachers and students “shouting-out” their appreciation for all the hard work their principals do on a daily basis.  During the month, these employees will receive other thoughtful deeds depicting our appreciation of their service and leadership.

Principals run a mini business every day that determines the world’s future.  They manage the futures of children; and in Ashe County, the future is looking brighter as we see proof of academic gains and school improvement.

Thank you Jason Krider, Ashe County High; Earl Pennington, Ashe County Middle; Jennifer Robinson, Westwood Elementary; David Blackburn, Mountain View Elementary; Callie Grubb, Blue Ridge Elementary.

National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from US Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
Breakfast is Important!


Veteran's Day Programs



Ashe County Middle
Friday, November 7 at 9:30 am
 
Mountain View Elementary
Monday, November 10 at 8:30 am
 
Westwood Elementary
Monday, November 10 at 10:00 am
 
Ashe County High
Monday, November 10 at 2:30 pm
 
Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, November 10 at 1:30 pm

ACS - Expenditure Report for 2013-14

The 2013-14 State Expenditure Report for Ashe County Schools has been posted on the Finance Link's page under Budget and Financial Information.
Updated Read to Achieve Information for Parents
Ashe County Driver Education 2014-2015 Schedule


NORTH CAROLINA DRIVING SCHOOL INC.
Click here for Driver Education information and schedule
 
OTHER INFORMATION
Ashe County, North Carolina



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