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.

+ We are all looking forward to this 1st semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  Please encourage our students in their efforts.

Service Learning Projects are on hold for now, but hopefully we will be able to rejoin these efforts soon!  (We had been working with ABCCM Crisis Ministry in Asheville and "Bounty and Soul", a non-profit organization that provides fresh food, nutrition literacy, and health & wellness resources to the community.  You can find more information on these outreach programs at and at

 We would love to hear any suggestions you might have of organizations we could partner with where our students could do service learning projects.  Please let any of our staff know if you have any ideas...

+  Friday, 10/16/20, is the end of the first 9-weeks grading period and the halfway point of the semester; Wednesday, 12/18/20 is the last day of the second 9-weeks and the end of the semester.  It will be over before we know it!

+ School Calendar Info: 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, make-up 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

      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.

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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 [email protected], by phone at (828) 686-7734 x.5190, or simply send me a note via your student.