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GIRLS ESSAY CONTEST: “I wanna to go to basketball camp!”
DUE TO SPRING BREAK, contest extended to April, 29th at NOON. Winners announced on
Wednesday, April 30th! 

Blowing Rock News is pleased to announce an essay writing contest for GIRLS, grades 3-8,
who are attending Blowing 
Rock School during the current (2013-2014) academic year. 
The three winning essays will each receive a “scholarship” award ($50 value) to attend a Girls Basketball Youth Clinic
hosted, organized and instructed by the coaches and players of Appalachian State University Women’s Basketball (the 
Mountaineers) the weekend of May 3-4, 2014. In addition, the student writing an essay judged “#1” (best overall) will
also receive a $100 gift certificate toward the purchase of a new pair of basketball shoes (at a store to be announced).
These scholarships and gift certificate are made possible by a generous sponsorship of the Blowing Rock News-
administered contest from Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation and Mrs. Karyn Herterich.
The judging panel formed by Blowing Rock News will judge the students’ writing according to the following criteria:
• The essay sticks to topic
• Must be original work of the entering student
• Can be no longer than 500 words
• Must come from a current Blowing Rock School student, grades 3-8
• Creativity
• Grammar and structure
• A “Wow” factor
A panel of judges selected by Blowing Rock News will independently read and evaluate each essay submitted. The 
scores will be mathematically combined and each essay will receive a final, cumulative score to determine the winners.
Note: Judges will take into consideration the student’s grade level in scoring the essays.
Submitted essays should include (should be submitted to the student’s home room teacher, who will forward them to 
Principal Sukow’s office):
• Student name
• Grade
• Age
• Deadline for submission to Principal Sukow’s office: 12:00 noon, Tuesday, April 29th
Spring Break Send Off
 After treating grades 5-8 to a show stopping performance as part of the talent show, Blowing Rock School's mystery guests made another appearance in the car line to wish our students and their parents a great week away from school!

EOG Testing - Proctors needed
 It is almost time again for End of Grade state testing, and the school is in need of volunteer proctors.  Testing will begin on Friday, May 30th and is scheduled to be complete on Tuesday, June 5th.  The biggest need will be on Monday, June 2nd and Tuesday, June 3rd for the 3rd-8th Reading and Math tests.  Please contact the office if you are available and willing to be a proctor.  Thank you!
 The third grade class attempted to change history by constructing and testing new models of the titanic. This project capped off their unit on the Titanic with some excellent models and a lot of fun!

Spring Scholastic Book Fair
On April 29th- May 2nd Blowing Rock School will be having their Spring Scholastic Book Fair. This is our Operation Mama Gaye Book Fair and our Buy One, Get One Book Fair as well. The dates and hours for the Book Fair are: Tuesday, April 29th 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 30th 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 1st 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Friday, May 2nd 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Wendy Estes and Mrs. Kim Hartley will continue the tradition of providing the gift of a free book to every child and teacher at Blowing Rock School.  This is the sixth year that the daughters of Mrs. Gaye MacDonald have honored the memory of their mother in this way.  The children of Blowing Rock School have been incredibly blessed by their generosity. Both Mrs. Estes and Mrs. Hartley will be at Blowing Rock School during the mornings to greet children as they make their free book selections.

There will be other special events during the week.  First graders will receive a visit from local author, Mr. John Aldridge who will bring along his book, Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie,  He is generously giving a copy to each of our first graders.  What an incredible gift of time and talent that he will be sharing with our children at Blowing Rock School!  We are so fortunate to have this visit from Mr. Aldridge. Also our third grade students will be receiving a visit from Summer and Madeline Hays.  This mother and daughter team co-authored the book, Mrs. Gambel the Quirky Quail.  They will be visiting our third graders and they will give each of our third  grade students a copy of their book.  Again we are thankful that these authors are blessing us with their time and talent here at Blowing Rock School.

It will be a great week of books, reading and fun! – Ms. Critcher. Visit the book fair online at
Broadway on Blowing Rock Closing with All Acts Onstage

Broadway on Blowing Rock Videos
8th Jacob K Will 6th Zoe & Josie 8th Carrie
4th Darmody 8th Brooke 3rd Isabella
The videos were shot with a Nikon Coolpix S3500 camera from the back of the auditorium. Video sound is good, but the image quality is not great. Still - enjoy the videos. Sorry I did not film the entire show -- Ms. Ryan. Click on the YouTube logo in the lower right to view each in a larger size. Don't miss Mr. Herman's amazing "Standing on His Hands" feat performed at the beginning of Carrie's act.
Fire Safety Student Winners
Congratulations to Blowing Rock students Paris B., Jamie G., Calvin B., Kevin T., Emma K., and Jasmine V. (not shown) that won prizes for their ideas to promote Fire Safety. Chief Kent Graham presented IPod Touches and IPad Minis to the lucky students along with Fire Marshall Taylor Marsh, Firefighter/EMT Travis Gryder and Principal Patrick Sukow. Look for an upcoming article in local news for more information. 
NC Student Academy of Sciences State Competition Results
On Friday, March 28, three sixth grade students attended the North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences State Competition to present their research.  Caroline H. and Lindsay A. presented their findings on barometric pressure and weather and Emiley G. presented her findings on watering plants with alternatives to water.  Caroline and Lindsay placed second in the category of Earth and Space Science.  Congratulations to all three ladies for a job well done!
Broadway on Blowing Rock a Smashing Success!
The Broadway on Blowing Rock Talent Show was a wildly successful event on Thursday, April 3rd. The packed auditorium erupted in loud clapping and cheers time and time again for the 21 student acts that performed. Mr. Herman (“Herman in the Morning”) was a huge hit with students and audience members as an awesome emcee complete with perfect jokes to fill the occasional breaks between acts. Ms. Ryan will be posting videos of some of the acts in the next day or so. At the conclusion of the evening, the ten acts that will continue to the Shooting Stars county auditions on April 15 & 16 were announced and are: 
1. 4th Darmody T. vocal  “Naughty”
2. 8th Brooke H.  vocal  “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”
3. 8th Carrie LaB.  gymnastics  “While My Guitar Gently Sleeps”
4. 5th Katie T.  vocal  “The Cup Song”
5. 4th Kathleen G.  vocal  “Skyfall”
6. 8th Jacob W. instrumental  “Drumz”
7. 3rd Isabella E.  hula hoop  “Get Around Girl”
8. 4th Isabel H. dance  “Paquita Variation 5”
9. 6th Zoe G., Josie G.  vocal/piano  “Mad World”
10. K  Will G. clogging  “Sold”
Two alternate acts were also announced in the event any of the above students are unable to participate in the county auditions: 8th Sophie R., vocal  “The Call” and 3rd Ava C., vocal  “Drifting to the Lord”. Congratulations to ALL the students that participated in the Broadway on Blowing Rock Talent Show! We appreciate the courage and hard work that each student showed in performing live in front of an audience – no small feat for a student or grown-up!
1931 Roadster Has Arrived
The 1931 Model T Roadster Raffle prize has arrived along with gorgeous weather! Tickets are $100 and can be purchased from the office, Blowing Rock Produce & Provisions and a few other high country locations. Checks can be made out to Blowing Rock School PTO. Raffle drawing will be a Spring Fling on May 24, 2014. 
3rd Grade Egg Drop
Bombs away!  Mrs. Whiteside's third grade science classes learned a valuable lesson about the force of gravity last week while trying to protect their passenger eggs.  The project was for a team of two students to design a container that could withstand a 20 foot drop onto concrete and still protect the fragile egg inside.  Students could use whatever materials they could gather from home.  The containers had to be no more than 12 inches in length, width, and height.  Students could only use materials that would somehow protect the egg from the fall, not slow down the speed of which the egg drops.  This culminating activity was a part of the unit studied on force, motion, and gravity.  It comes shortly after another gravity project where students had to use an existing helicopter design and add materials to it to slow down its descent. A big thank you to all students who spent time thinking about egg drop designs, and a special thank you to parents who supplied the necessary materials.  Thank you also to Mr. Flippin for joining our classes to assist and take photographs. To see all of the pictures and video please visit Mrs. Whiteside’s home page by clicking here.

1931 Roadster Raffle Tickets Available
Raffle tickets are available in the office or at Blowing Rock Produce & Provisions. Tickets are $100 and the drawing will be held at Spring Fling on May 24, 2014. Proceeds benefit the Playground Rejuvenation Fund. This awesome vehicle should arrive soon for viewing!
Seeking Parents Interested in Serving on 2014-2015 PTO Board
Parents are being sought for the Blowing Rock School 2014-15 PTO Executive Board. Positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sponsorship Coordinator, Fundraiser Coordinator, and Grade Parent Coordinator.  Kevin Tincher has expressed interest in staying on the executive board as Vice President. An election for all 7 positions on the PTO Executive Board will be held at the PTO meeting on June 5th. If you are interested in serving on the board please email
As part of a system wide effort to make schools more secure, a buzzer-entry system has been installed at Blowing Rock School. Beginning Monday, February 24, all exterior doors will be locked during school hours except for the middle door located at the main entrance of the school.

The buzzer-entry system will be easy to use. When someone approaches the door, a buzzer panel will be seen on the right of the entrance doors. Simply press the buzzer and a staff member will answer. Visitors can be seen via a video camera located at the entry way. The staff member will press a buzzer and the visitor can enter by pulling on the center door.

The process should only take a couple of seconds and will prevent someone from entering the school building and bypassing the office without staff being aware of their presence on campus. We value the safety and security of the students and we appreciate the support of the parents, volunteers and community members.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me at 295-3204.

Thank you,
Patrick Sukow, Principal
Blowing Rock School
Mrs. Orr chosen by peers as Teacher of the Year for Blowing Rock School!
Janet Orr currently teaches sixth grade social studies and eighth grade language arts.  With degrees in both elementary education and middle school, she's actively taught fifth through eighth grade during her 16 years at Blowing Rock.  A North Carolina native from Waynesville and then Hendersonville, she came to us from Georgia where she had been teaching seventh grade English. "I believe teaching is a "calling" and a job I take very seriously.  Teaching at Blowing Rock has been a wonderful experience simply due to the people with whom I work.  The teachers and staff here are the most dedicated and caring people I have ever had the privilege of being around." On a personal note, Mrs. Orr and her husband, Eric, have three grown children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
2014-2015 Kindergarten Orientation
Parents and guardians of 2014-2015 kindergarten students should call the school at 295-3204 to schedule an orientation day for either May 1 or May 2. Kindergarteners need to be 5 years old on or before August 31st. Please bring: 1) a current physical exam--this must be completed within one year before the start of school in August of 2013; 2)  proof that the following immunizations have been completed: 5 DPT's, 4 Polio's, 2 MMR's, 3 Hepatitis B's, 4 HIB and 1 Varicella; 3) the certified original birth certificate (not mother's copy); and 4) previous month's power bill or proof of residency 2 proofs of residency which reflects your current address. Per Watauga county Board of Education Policies, "Watauga County residents with children of kindergarten age and planning to attend kindergarten in a Watauga County School may only attend Kindergarten Orientation at the school in the domiciled attendance area."
Previous 2013-2014 Announcements & Photos
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