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Henderson County News

Test scores rank county schools 11th in state

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Nineteen out of 23 Henderson County public schools met or exceeded growth in academic performance expected by the state, state accountability results released Wednesday showed.     Read Story »

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School Board OKs central office hire, new principals

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The Henderson County School Board on Monday approved a central office appointment and two new principals for the 2019-2020 school year, effective July 1.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

David Rhode is on a roll as student president of WCU

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Answering a call on his cell phone from his hometown newspaper editor, David Rhode declared that “my head’s spinning 3,000 miles an hour.”   Read Story »

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Atkinson kids prove to be book smart

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Atkinson Elementary’s reader leaders emerged victorious in last week’s district “Battle of the Books” competition, advancing to the April 25 Regional Elementary Battle of the Books — the highest competition level currently in the N.C. School Library Media Association’s “Battle of the Books” Elementary division.   Read Story »

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Bryant recognized for education leadership

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John Bryant, associate superintendent for administrative services with Henderson County public schools, has been honored as the 2019 Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award recipient for the Aspiring Superintendent Program.   Read Story »

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School system names Principal of the Year

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New school app has menu, policies, grades and more

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School calendar updates, district news, and student grades are all at the tip of parents’ and students’ fingers, thanks to the new HCPS Mobile app launched on Monday.   Read Story »

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Two county schools rated 'A' in latest state results

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The Henderson County school system is home to two “A” schools, 12 “B” schools, and eight “C” schools, accountability measures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Instruction showed.   Read Story »

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County honors teacher of the year

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Academic achievement earns Clear Creek a Blue Bell ice cream party

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School system names new principals

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Teachers of the year honored at Education Foundation event

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School Board OKs new principal assignments

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The Henderson County School Board authorized the following changes to school principals and central office personnel for the 2016-2017 school year:   Read Story »

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Area students sweep history awards

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Hendersonville students dominated the state's National History Day competition, accounting for 20 of the 23 western N.C. regional winners advancing to the national contest June 12-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park.   Read Story »

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Sugarloaf one of five NC schools to win national honor

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Sugarloaf Elementary School is one of five schools in North Carolina honored for its successful implementation of a transformational program that empowers students with leadership and life skills and results in measurable improvements.   Read Story »

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'There's education in my blood,' new superintendent says

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Peggy Marshall of Sugarloaf named principal of the year

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Peggy Marshall, principal at Sugarloaf Elementary School, was named the 2015-16 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Kelly Schofield, who put Dana on the map, moves to Iowa

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Atkinson and Dana elementary schools welcomed new principals this summer while an innovative leader who brought national recognition to Dana moved on to a new principalship in Iowa.   Read Story »

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Fletcher teacher wins STEM fellowship

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A Fletcher Elementary School teacher is among North Carolina educators that the Discovery Place Education Studio chose for STEM Fellowship, a three-year program that prepares local teachers for hands-on learning experiences in order to deliver high-impact lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.   Read Story »

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County schools continue low dropout rate

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Henderson County schools sustained their strong record of keeping students in school, reporting a 2013-14 dropout rate below the state average for a seventh straight year and approaching a rate of zero percent dropout, according to the 2013-14 Consolidated Data Report presented to the State Board of Education Thursday.   Read Story »

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Day 4: Still frozen; school year extended

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On Day 4 of the Arctic Blast of 2015 meetings postponed from Monday and Tuesday were again postponed. Some parks were closed. The Kiwanis Club  called off its meeting. Henderson County school administrators threw in the towel for the week on Wednesday, freeing students until Monday. Students had been scheduled to attend class for a half day today. Friday was already a teacher workday. Now, they'll be in school two extra days at the end of the year — when it will be 70-80 degrees warmer than today.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | winter 2014-15 | arctic blast Feb. 16-21 | 2015

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Schools get $1,000 checks from business partners

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The Henderson County Education Foundation on Tuesday presented checks for $1,000 to the principals of Henderson County public schools as part of the new Schools Sponsorship Program.   Read Story »

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County teacher chosen for Ecuador study trip

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A Henderson County teacher is among 22 educators from across North Carolina selected for a trip to Ecuador to learn about the environment and poverty and see success stories of families moving from poverty to self-reliance.   Read Story »

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School Board announces promotions

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The Henderson County School Board on Monday approved promotions of principals and administrators during its regular meeting on Monday. The assignments were:   Read Story »

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Seniors set to graduate on Friday the 13th

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Four traditional high schools and Balfour Education Center have scheduled graduation ceremonies for this Friday.   Read Story »

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School system honors Career Tech scholars

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The Henderson County school leaders and guests honored 148 Career and Technical Education Scholars during an awards ceremony Wednesday in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

US News ranks HHS fourth best in North Carolina

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A national magazine's study ranked Hendersonville High School fourth best in North Carolina and two other county high schools, North Henderson and East Henderson, won silver medal recognition.   Read Story »

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State schools chief to meet Marlow's 'Shining Stars'

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State schools Superintendent June Atkinson will visit Glenn Marlow Elementary School next week as the keynote speaker for the school's Shining Star Showcase, the culmination of a 10-week program that helps girls "shine" from the inside out.   Read Story »

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Five schools fall short, 12 exceed new NC standard

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Five Henderson County schools failed to meet academic improvement targets set by North Carolina's new, more rigorous testing standard, and 12 schools exceeded the standard, according to statistics released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Local schools rank 12th in new NC assessment

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Students in Henderson County public schools scored the 12th highest overall performance on the new state assessments out of the 115 school districts across the state.   Read Story »

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McCrory names NHHS teacher to advisory committee

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 'Snow White' opens tonight

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Helen Byrd says people come to Hendersonville Elementary School's annual fall play expecting to see "a refrigerator box set and trash can costumes." Instead, they're stunned by the quality of the sound, lighting, costumes and most of all the actors on stage.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Balfour's Parent has already won

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Five months ago, when he proposed renaming Balfour Education Center, principal Kent Parent said he wanted to make sure that students weren't stigmatized.   Read Story »

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Balfour's Kent Parent named principal of the year

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Balfour Education Center principal Kent Parent last week was named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Henderson County public schools.   Read Story »

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Holt defends superintendent's pay raise

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Henderson County School Board member Amy Lynn Holt on Monday night delivered a spirited defense of the $26,000 raise the board gave superintendent David Jones last month and Jones later declined to respond when the chairman of the county Republican Party asked him to turn down the raise and hire a teacher assistant instead.   Read Story »

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Dana School again receives national honor

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Dana Elementary School has won national recognition again.   Read Story »

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Amid budget cuts, School Board grants chief 19% raise

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In their first meeting of the new school year Monday night, members of the Henderson County School Board criticized the state Legislature for budget cuts and then granted the county schools superintendent a 19 percent pay increase.   Read Story »

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N.C. budget will harm schools, teachers say

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Henderson County teachers say they're fearful that state budget cuts will set back public education in North Carolina. A  Republican representative who represents the area voted no because the budget contained provisions that were "worse than I ever imagined." Both reactions were part of the fallout from the newly adopted 2013-14 state budget that has been panned across the state by teachers and praised by Republican leaders as a long-needed step toward reform.   Read Story »

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New principals announced at EHHS, two elementary schools

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Henderson County schools administrators have announced promotions and moves that have installed new principals at East Henderson High School and Mills River and Edneyville elementary schools.   Read Story »

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Marshall named Sugarloaf principal

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Peggy Marshall has been named the new principal at Sugarloaf Elementary School.   Read Story »

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SLIDESHOW: Henderson County honors top scholars

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Parents, teachers and school leaders honored the 2012-13 Top Scholars of the Henderson County public schools Tuesday night during a banquet at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Center.   Read Story »

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Schools name teacher of the year

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Don't expect silence in Meghan Beckett Farmer's classroom.   Read Story »

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Schools set graduation for June 7

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Henderson County public high schools have set graduation exercises for Friday, June 7. Here is the schedule:   Read Story »

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Mills River salutes origins of education

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MILLS RIVER — Long before the state created schools, community leaders built log structures and started educating children on their own.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Slideshow: 'Wiz' this weekend at EHHS

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A terrific Dorothy supported by a well-cast Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion and an ensemble ranging from ages 7 to 18 are set to deliver a lively production of "The Wiz" this week at East Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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Dana children teach local leaders a thing or two

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DANA — Business owners, bankers, non-profit organization executives, company CEOs and county commissioners came to Dana Elementary School Friday morning and learned that 5-year-olds could teach them a lot about good habits.   Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Edneyville researchers feast on 'yummy' research

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Mary Henry, a member of a committee studying the history of Edneyville schools, piqued the panel's interest when she pulled a thick stack of papers from a manila envelope.   Read Story »

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School Board drops Balfour name change

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The Henderson County School Board on Monday dropped the idea of renaming Balfour Education Center after former teachers and students and people devoted to local history objected to severing a community tie that goes back 130 years.School Board chairman Ervin Bazzle announced the decision Monday night.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Board should preserve tradition

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Kent Parent has done a lot of terrific things at Balfour School.   Read Story »

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Three win DAR awards

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Three Henderson County students received the DAR Good Citizens Award during a meeting of the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter March 8 at The Cedars.   Read Story »

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Elks lodge honors students for essays on national anthem

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When Gracie Vinzant hears the national anthem, it makes her aware that "I have a very good life."   Read Story »

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Students bridge divisions in cross-county collaboration

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Eleanor Palmer knew nothing about the three other students who sat in the room with her. She had met one of them briefly at the North Carolina Theatre Conference, but aside from that brief encounter, they were all strangers to one another.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

YouTheatre, high schools to collaborate in 24-hour sprint

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The Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre and Henderson County high school theatre programs will partner on a first-of-its-kind project this weekend to write and perform short plays in a 24-hour stretch.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge health wins $50,000 grant for school clinics

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services Inc. has received a $50,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc. to increase access to health clinics in Henderson County public schools.   Read Story »

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School fundraisers kick off BOGO book sale

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The Henderson County Education Foundation in association with the county's public schools kicked off its 2012-13 BOGO book fundraiser last week with a vow to break the fundraising record and send $75,000 to schools.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Eight juniors selected for prestigious Governor's School

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Eight high shool students from Henderson County have been selected to attend the highly respected North Carolina Governor's School, the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation.   Read Story »

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2012 N.C. Scholars announced

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A total of 185 seniors from five Henderson County schools have been named N.C. Scholars for 2012.   Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Teacher of the Year honored at luncheon

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Henderson County school leaders and fellow teachers recognized the teacher of the year,  Edneyville Elementary School second-grade teacher Allyson Myers, Wednesday during an awards luncheon at the at Hendersonville Country Club sponsored by SunTrust Bank.   Read Story »

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Ed Foundation names winners

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Carolina Barbecue Company of Hildebran received the Grand Champion Award at the 2012 Henderson County Boyd BBQ Expo Saturday at Dietz Field at Hendersonville High School.   Read Story »

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Kindergarten signup runs below projection

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School enrollment in 2012-13 may drop below projections if early indicators hold up.   Read Story »

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Dana Named 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Finalist

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DANA — Dana Elementary School is one 18 schools in the United States to be named a 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction finalist. Dana is one of three elementary school Intel Schools of Distinction Awards finalists honored for excellence in innovative math programs at the elementary level.   Read Story »

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Spring Festival Saturday at Historic Johnson Farm

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The annual Spring Festival at the Historic Johnson Farm will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the farm at 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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