Rebecca Wertheim has been chosen for the teacher of the year in our district. She has been working at Claxton Elementary School for 4 years, and is working on her fifth. She is an absolutely lovely person and I’m very happy I’m writing about her. Now, you're probably thinking that I’m just saying she’s wonderful just because, but I’m not. I actually had Ms. Wertheim for her first year of working at Claxton! She works in the second grade.
In order to tell her that she'd won, she was called to surprise assembly, and during the assembly they talked to all the teachers about how well they all did. Then someone told Ms. Wertheim she was the teacher of the year! Ms. Wertheim was so happy, she actually shed tears. She also got to see family members such as her mother.
According to Asheville City Schools website, Ms. Wertheim has written a book, she’s also become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, and is part of the Claxton School Improvement Team. Wow. Thank you, Ms. Wertheim, for being an amazing teacher, and I wish you congratulations!
Story by Emma Locane
Students at Isaac Dickson donated money to Hurricane Harvey victims. This idea came from two students, Garrison and Camille Hunt. They came up with this idea one night at dinner, after discussing how they wanted to do something to help people. They called it Coins for Harvey. Garrison wrote a letter asking the school counsellor for help, and it got started from there.
Ms. Sizemoreś and Ms.Dimeglioś classes made posters and collected the money, but anyone could donate. As a school they earned a total of 711 dollars, which they donate to the American Red Cross. ¨It was for the greater good,¨ Garrison said. I think this was a great idea, and I can't wait to see more of this kind of awesome work come from Asheville City Schools. Great job, Isaac Dickson!
Story by Maya Fuchs
By now you probably know that there’s a new school in our district, Montford North Star Academy. Currently only serving sixth graders, it has moved into the old Isaac Dickson building. Montford North Star Academy offers many of the same programs as Asheville Middle like IRL, laptops, and more. That’s not it though, one of the best features about this new school is its focus on S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). For example, they offer multiple electives that puts emphasis on S.T.E.A.M, like medical detectives (a class in which students use clues to diagnose diseases) and design and modeling (an elective in which they learn the process of design). They are working on adding more hands on electives as well, Overall, North Star is a wonderful place to learn and grow, and we hope it will continue to get even better to support the education of students here at Asheville City Schools! Welcome to the Cougar Family!
Story by Erin Chen