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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
Searcy's 1st Grade Class
Mrs. Searcy's students made some of Blowing Rock's favorite school helpers. 
Summer Nurse Newsletter
1st Grade Read-a-Thon
1st Annual Read-a-Thon Field Trip
Mrs. Patterson's first grade class participated in the 1st Annual Read-A-Thon field trip! The first stop was
to ASU's football stadium to read to college student athletes. Next, the students received a tour of the ASU Library and read books in the IMC.  Last, students read to senior citizens at BR Davant Extended Care Center. Our first graders enjoyed sharing their love of reading to all!  For even more pictures visit 

http://www.goblueridge.net/sports/32015-first-graders-show-off-reading-skills-at-app-state

Diaper Drive
Diaper Drive Success 
Blowing Rock's recent diaper drive was a success.
 Roughly 6200 diapers were collected. 
Thanks to everyone who participated. 
Basketball Camp
Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Ms. Trimble
Watauga County Teacher of the Year!

 
Press Release Link
Congratulations to Molly G.!
Congratulations to Molly G.! After presenting her science project at ASU, she went on to present her project at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham N.C. She was the recipient of the N.C. Student Academy of Science "Naval Science Award". Great job Molly and good luck with your future experiments!
Blowing Rock School Art Show
Ms. ​Postlethwait has announced that the Blowing Rock School Art Show will be May 10th from 5-7 pm.
Blowing Rock 3rd Grade Boat Tests
Jr. Beta Club and Former Student Nic McGuire and wife Mollie In the News
Please visit the links below for two wonderful Watauga Democrat articles that share the store of Molly & Nic McGuire’s upcoming trip to Uganda through the non-profit Sole Hole which is dedicated to "Offering HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief." Assisting in this effort is Blowing Rock School’s Jr. Beta Club under the  guidance of Ms. Harriet Stepuch. Jr. Beta Club members have fashioned shoes which the McGuires will be taking to Uganda in May for their two month stay to assist Ugandans. Nic McGuire is the son of 2nd grade teacher Ms. Janet McGuire and will be studying pharmacy in the fall at UNC. Link to article on the McGuires’ involvement with Sole Hope in Uganda.  Link to the article on the help the Jr. Beta Club has provided.​
Reading Specialist Dr. Laurie Gill Honored by Learning Ally Organization
Congratulations to Blowing Rock School Reading Specialist Dr. Laurie Nelson-Gill for receiving an Honorable Mention for the Winslow Coyne Reitnourer Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by Learning Ally. According to Learning Ally’s Jenny Falke, “Dr. Gill was nominated by a parent, student or colleague for making a profound difference in the lives of students with print disabilities, for encouraging a love of reading and for her commitment to driving student success.” Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) is a national not-for-profit dedicated to bringing parents, teachers and the community together to empower dyslexic, blind or visually impaired students to succeed. Dr. Gill, along with other Blowing Rock staff, wrote a grant to the Watauga Education Foundation and WEF monies along with a donation by a local family allowed our school to purchase 22 Dragon tablets and jelly cases. These tablets are geared for students with difficulties in reading print material. “I strongly believe our teaching must be two-pronged--we must teach struggling readers on their instructional level, and we must read to them (and use Learning Ally with them) on their assessed listening level, so they can be developing the background ideas and vocabulary at the highest level possible, while learning to read at whatever instructional level they are at”, according to Dr. Gill. Dr. Gill shares many educational and reading opportunities for families through the Blowing Rock School PTO Facebook group. If you are not a member, just search for Blowing Rock School PTO and request to join the group!
Congratulations to Ms. Whiteside & Family
Congratulations to 3rd grade teacher Lara Whiteside and her family as they welcome Calla Taylor Whiteside. Calla arrived at ​8 lbs. 13 oz. and a height of 20 inches. Calla has two very excited big brothers!
Outdoor Classroom Progress
Parents Ron Cutlip and Britt Medley along with support from Trans Tech Energy, Inc. have carved seating into the hill of the outdoor classroom (amphitheater) area. This area will soon be hydroseeded and ready for use before the end of this school year. Thank you Ron & Britt! Click to visit our Playground Rejuvenation Project website.
Student Talent Show





 
Students perform for the school
Shooting Stars Visual Arts Winners from Blowing Rock School
Congratulations to Megan H., Kata M., and Belicia S., winners in  Watauga Education Foundation's Visual Arts Showcase of the Shooting Stars 2016.
Shooting Stars Performing Arts Winners from Blowing Rock School
Congratulations to the students from Blowing Rock School that will perform at the Shooting Stars event on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the ASU campus: Grade 1 "Cluck Ol' Hen" Louie W.; Grade 6 "Wildest Dreams" Isabel H.; Grade 5 "La Esmerelda" Ava C.; Grade 6 "Feel It", Grace S.(God's Girls Clogging group); Grade 8 "All Around Me" Emma G.; and Grade 2 "Swallow Tail Jig" Olivia W.
2nd Grader Olivia W. Playing the Fiddle at the Talent Show
Please enjoy the video of second grade student Olivia W. playing “Swallowtail Jig”, an Irish fiddle tune!
Looking for Volunteers for the Operation Mama Gaye Book Fair
The spring Scholastic Book Fair has evolved into one of the favorite events of the year for students: the Operation Maya Gaye Book Fair. It will be held during the week of April 26-29. This book fair provides one free book to every student thanks to sisters Wendy Estes and Kim Hartley in honor of their late mother Gaye McDonald. Wendy Estes needs our help and is asking for volunteers to help staff the book fair. Please private message Wendy on Facebook if you can help. Here are the time slots: Tuesday through Thursday, April 26-28: 8:30 – 10:30; 10:30 – 12:30 and 12:30 – 2; Friday, April 29: 8:30-11:30 and 11:30-12:30 for dismantling the book fair. “Thank you & I look forward to hearing from those who want to help us make a difference in our community.”  – Wendy Estes.
Video of Spring Water Being Diverted from School Hill
Spring Water Diverted from Blowing Rock School Hillside
After decades of drainage problems at the corner of the field at Blowing Rock School, the dynamic duo of parents Ron Cutlip and Britt Medley along with help from Trans Tech Energy, Inc. have found two springs on the hillside and installed drainage equipment to move the spring water to the creek on the edge of the school property. In addition, a catch basin was installed at the top of the hill to assist in water drainage from the properties above the hill. It has been estimated that approximately 5 gallons of water per minute are now being directed from these springs to the creek on the edge of the field. The photos are by Phyllis Shore and Lee Ryan, members of the Playground Rejuvenation Committee. Please visit the Blowing Rock PTO Facebook Group for more photos, text and a video. This is a HUGE step forward toward being able to finally use this substantial section of the school property. Thank you Ron & Britt!
Work on Terraced Outdoor Classroom Seating Has Begun
With help from Trans Tech Energy, Inc. and parents Ron Cutlip and Britt Medley, the outdoor classroom seating/future amphitheater seating has begun to take shape. Terraced seating is being dug into the hill. Logs donated by the Town of Blowing Rock will be sanded, sealed and placed on these terraces. Grass will then be planted around the seating. 
PTO Dollars at Work
Ms Patterson's class has received math literature books thanks to your support of the PTO. As Ms Patterson puts it, "Incorporating literature into math is beneficial in introducing a new skill, building background information on the topic, and sparking interest in the math concept I will be teaching".  We love our teachers' enthusiasm to make connections with every student.
PTO Dollars at Work
More good things are coming to our teachers and students from your support of PTO events.  Recently, the PTO purchased a new cello bag and a new bass bow for use by the Orchestra students.  Thanks, Mr HA, for giving us an opportunity to help your program.
Martha Trimble is the Blowing Rock School Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to 4th Grade Teacher Martha Trimble, Blowing Rock School's Teacher of the Year!
Blowing Rock School Art Show will be May 10th
Ms. Postlethwait has announced that the  Blowing Rock School Art Show will be held on Tuesday, May 10th from 5-7. 
Spring Concert Dates Will Be May 4th and 5th
The Band/Strings Spring Concert will be Wednesday, May 4th. The Chorus Spring Concert will be Thursday. May 5th at 6:30.
Lost Money!
Have you linked your Harris Teeter VIC Card to the Blowing Rock School Together in Education code, #3021? Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of all HT brand purchases to the Blowing Rock School TIE account when your VIC card is linked to our school. So far this year, HT shoppers have earned our school $414.59! Here are two easy ways to link your VIC card: 1) visit your Harris Teeter store and ask your cashier to link your card to #3021 and 2) click here to visit www.HarrisTeeter.com, Community, Together in Education and link your card online. Once you are signed up, we start raising funds.  This year our goal is $1,000 and the Together in Education funds can help us get there. Thank you! Blowing Rock School PTO.
2016-2017 Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten Orientation for Blowing Rock School has been scheduled for April 25 and 26. Students must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016. Call the office at 828 295-3204 to sign up or find out more.
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