News & Notes

Class Motto
Be present, be prepared, and be positive!
Thought for the semester
Difficulties are inevitable; drama is a choice.

+ Welcome to all – those who are continuing the program and those of you who are new to us.

+ News for the 2nd semester of the 2017-18 school year!  Students continue to set high goals in their assigned classes and are doing some impressive work so far this semester.  Please continue to encourage them in their efforts.

+ Service Learning Project???  Please let us help!   We would love to hear any suggestions you might have of places we could partner with where our students could do service learning projects.  Please let any of our staff know if you have any ideas...

+ Wednesday, March 28th is the last day of school for the 3rd 9-weeks grading period and the halfway point of end second semester.  This year is moving so quickly!

+ Friday, March 30th is a 2-hour release day and the start of our Spring Break week: April 2-6.

School Calendar.  Please check the BCS webpage to see the current school calendar.  It can be found on this webpage and at

+ Check the BCS website ... for more information on adverse weather updates, calendar changes, makeup day information, transportation, etc.  Take advantage of the BCS School Messenger service to keep up-to-the-moment with delays, cancellations and other issues that come with living in the mountains (especially during winter!).

Other ways to get current weather info:

      BCS Weather Hotline           (828) 255-5939

      WLOS website             

      to set up WLOS text alert

      WCQS website            

      Asheville-Citizen Times

+ Community High School and the PASS program have adopted an ‘outcomes-based’ system of assessing student work.  When grading student work, we will no longer be using number grades (i.e.85%, 97%, etc.) but instead will indicate one of the following:

HP = highly proficient         P = proficient         NY(P) = not yet proficient

Note: These ratings will be translated into standard letter grades for report cards.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments regarding your student’s education in the PASS Program at Community High School.  I can be reached by email at, by phone at (828) 686-7734 x.5190 or simply send me a note via your student.