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September 17, 2014

From the Director

Last week we took a look at the learning targets associated with the S in Spark (for Supportive). This week we will review the learning targets associated with the P in SPARK.
Produces Quality Work
•    I will meet due dates for drafts and final products.
•    I will refer to rubrics and exemplars as I work toward quality products.
•    I will create products that are accurate, detailed and neat.
•    I will use the resources available to me to create work that is worthy of public display.
Education is a partnership between Students, Parents, and the school. Thank you for supporting your child in meeting these academic performance targets.  Next week we will look at the targets for A.

Board of Directors News

New this year, the Board of Directors plans to provide updates from meeting to the community via the newsletter. Community members are also welcome to read meeting minutes that are maintained in a binder in the school office and on the website at
Highlights from August’s meeting include:

  • Dr. Gary Childer’s contract was approved to supervise Tina Rizor. Vachel and Hannah are the Board reps who will take the lead to supervise Dr. Childer’s work.
  • Policy Committee received feedback on all policy series to update for approval in future meetings.
  • Final totals for the summer construction are in and the budget was updated accordingly.

Additionally, there are still 2 spaces available on the Board for Boone community members who have backgrounds in facility planning, real estate, finance, fundraising, or capital campaigns. If you know these people, please send them our way.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Shari Williamson at


The Surber family is taking care of the school garden this week. Thanks to Aidan in kindergarten and his family for coming to work in the garden after school this week! We still need families to sign up for the upcoming weeks. To sign up to care for the garden for a week, visit . The next garden committee meeting will be next Thursday, September 25th, at 4:00pm in the 3rd grade classroom. Tea and snacks will be served. Please come!
Ms. Dani

Dates to Remember

  • September 17    – New Building Committee
  • September 17-19 – 5th Grade Buffalo Cove
  • September 19    – Party in the Park, 4-6pm Valle Crucis Park
  • September 22     – Board of Director’s Meeting, 5:30.
  • September 23-25 – 8th Grade Buffalo Cove
  • October 6  – PTO Meeting, 3:30
  • October 8-10 – 6th Grade Buffalo Cove
  • October 16  – Early Release @ 11:30 (No After School)
  • October 17  – No School, Teacher Work Day
  • October 22-24  – 7th Grade Buffalo Cove
  • October 30  – Early Release @ 11:30
  • October 31  – No School
  • October 30-31  – Parent/Teacher Conferences


Third Grade

Third grade’s first three weeks have been busy to say the least.  ​We completed our classroom family tree project and our Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots​​ kick off at ASU’s edible school yard was a smashing success​!  Ms. Nia also took us on a Two Rivers ​“​useful plants​“​ scavenger hunt​​.​  Among other interesting fact​s, we learned that all parts of a Dandelion plant are edible and the chewed up leaves of Common Plantain ​are good for scratches and stings.  Ms. Margie ​and Ms. Karee from the cooperative extension service also helped us plant a fall garden and we will harvest in 4 weeks on our Exhibition Night…. stay tuned for details. ​​And last but not least, we were honored to have a visit from our neighbor Mr. Norris ​(yes the owner of the beloved Lucy) to talk with us about ​the farming history of our Two Rivers land.​  We are so thankful for him and the property he lets us use to garden and learn.

NEWS & Reminders

Parents Needed for School Improvement

TRCS needs two parents to help with the annual school improvement plan. This year will be an especially important one as the school reviews its affiliation with Expeditionary Learning. To nominate yourself, please contact Dr. Rizor or Ms. Beth at school.

3rd Grade BOG3 Scores Are In!

Families of 3rd grade students please be sure to look in the Wednesday folder for your child’s score report and a letter about it.  If you have any questions please call the school and we will be glad to speak with you.
~Joy Schlagal and Miss Lindsay

Box Tops Deadline

The fall Box Tops submission deadline is approaching in October! Please send any Box Tops you’ve collected over the summer to school with your kids. Don’t worry if they’re not trimmed & counted, send them anyway. Each one is worth a dime and they add up when we all pitch in. This comes to TRCS in the form of a check after each semester’s submission. We routinely earn $1000 or more every year with these little paper dimes! Let’s see how much we can earn this year…

Thanks everybody, Andrea Morgan

Yard Sale Fundraiser

There will be a yard sale this Saturday, September 20th at the Blue Ridge Kung Fu Academy on Hwy. 321/421 near the Hill Top Café, from 6 am to 3pm. This is a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Please come out and support us. If you would like to donate items, please contact me at the school or at

~Kelly Lynn

International Day Of Peace


Jones House Cultural and Community Center

  • This community art exhibit will run all of September.


Friday September 19th @ 3:45pm

  • meet on the lawn of the Watauga County Public Library
  • hosted by Elkland Art Center, sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Arts and Sustainability Council

Peace Flag Workshop

Saturday September 20th @ 10am

  • ASU Child Development Center Learning Garden, 538 Poplar Grove Road (this event has a suggested donation of $10)


Saturday, September 20th @10:30am

  • with Vicki Rodriquez, at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (this event is $10 for adults and $5 for students)

Global Moment of Silence

September 21st @12pm

  • Jones House Lawn and Open Heart Meditation

Peoples Climate March, Boone Solidarity Action: Connecting Peace and Climate Change

Sunday, September 21st @ 1pm

  • Appalachian Voices Office, 171 Grand Blvd.
  • Film Screening of the movie Disruption followed by discussion.


Sunday, September 21st @ 3pm

  • Rosen Concert Hall
  • sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

*Unless otherwise notes – ALL Events are FREE – and All are OPEN to the PUBLIC