Category: Middle School

Ep. 24 – What is our Strategic Plan and why is it important to you?

We have recently unveiled the 2023-2028 Burke County Public Schools Strategic Plan that includes our “All In Promise.” What is it? Why is it important to me or my student? These may be a few questions you have and in this podcast episode we answer them all! Our Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan and our Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Auton join us for this episode to break down our new strategic plan and why we are ALL IN for our students and staff! 

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Ep. 20 – “How are the children?” – A look into the well-being of our students

Special Guests: Jennifer Hawkins, coordinator for MTSS and students success; Elicia Carter, school counselor at EBMS; and Sara LeCroy, director of student and family services. 

Here at Burke County Public Schools, we want our students to know that as soon as they walk into their school they will be surrounded by people who care for them. In this episode of Learn in Burke, we dig deep into how we support the mental well-being of our students and staff. It is no secret that the amount of mental health services we provide through BCPS has escalated over the past couple years. We talk about different aspects of our MTSS program, the Mindfulness Classroom and the help that our many school counselors provide for each student and staff. We even offer up advice to parents on how they can help their student who may be struggling. This is a great episode for our whole community to hear!

In case you have any questions for our three guests on this episode, please see their email addresses below. 

Elicia Carter – eliciacarter@burke.k12.nc.us

Sara LeCroy – slecroy@burke.k12.nc.us

Jennifer Hawkins – jchawkins@burke.k12.nc.us

How we help our “Grand-families” succeed – Ep. 19

More and more we are seeing a generation of our students being raised by their grandparents. The challenges that are presented to these “grand-families” are numerous, but for the past 20+ years, we have helped them and parents who need support raising children succeed through the Burke County Public School’s FUTuRES program. The program is led by Lisa Schell and Michael Massey. Take a listen on your drive home or play us during your lunch break to see how this program has changed lives for the better! #ignitelearningbcps

Here is a link to the BCPS FUTuRES program site, where you can find the resources and reach out for help! – – – https://www.burke.k12.nc.us/cms/one.aspx?portalId=697882&pageId=10809314

Pictured below are Lisa Schell (left) and Michael Massey, who operate the FUTuRES program for Burke County Public Schools.

Not just a translator: How parent educators build bridges for Hispanic families – Ep. 18

Parent Educators are a fairly new position within Burke County Public Schools and hold a very important part in making sure Hispanic students and their families are able to navigate school. Take a listen to the stories of Ted Pedro Mateo (middle), Liliana Javier Zamora (left) and Rebecca Wilcox as they share their experiences of being Parent Educators and why they do what they do. #ignitelearningbcps

Auxiliary Services: the nuts and bolts that hold our schools together – Ep. 17

It is the work in our schools that most of the time goes unnoticed… Auxiliary Services. Everything from heating and air, electrical, painting, carpentry and so many other jobs that keep our schools up and running. Dr. Bob Acord, our director of auxiliary services and Mr. Kevin Herron, assistant director of auxiliary services take a moment to explain how they keep each of our schools in tip-top shape for our staff and students. #ignitelearningbcps

Supporting “Exceptional Children” in exceptional ways – Ep. 16

Burke County Public Schools takes pride in every single one of our students, especially those in our Exceptional Children’s Department who need some extra love and support. For this episode of the Learn in Burke podcast, we take a little time with Exception Children’s Director Shane Mace to understand all the ins and outs of special education and how we support our students with special needs. This podcast is also for parents who may suspect disabilities in their child and the steps that they can take to get the best support from BCPS! This is a info-packed podcast that you don’t want to miss. Thanks for joining us today and Happy Friday! #ignitelearningbcps

BCPS leaders reflect on educating through a pandemic – Ep. 14

Burke County Public Schools leaders including Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Auton and Director of Elementary Education Dr. Brett Wilson sat down recently to reflect on the many ways our school district has overcome the challenges COVID-19 has presented. We invite you to listen in on this exclusive conversation to see how even in these trying times we are still igniting learning for a brighter future!

BCPS adjusts to new normals in midst of COVID-19 – Ep. 13

We all know that many things have changed in the world, especially how children are being taught. In this episode of Learn in Burke, we bring on members of the Burke County Public Schools Leadership Team to talk about several different ways we have adapted to school closures, remote learning, food distribution and how we will get through this together. This is a longer podcast, but there is a great amount of valuable information that will be worth the time!

This is how we roll – Ep. 12

It is National Bus Driver Appreciation Week! In this week’s episode we sit down with a few who help to transport our students to and from school everyday. Bob Acord; director of transportation, Sylvia Phillips; a bus driver and transportation clerk and Terry Lowman, bus mechanic. Pop in your earbuds, turn us on in your car or play us in the background at work. However you tune in, make sure listen to Learn in Burke to see how our bus drivers go above in beyond!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above (far left) are Bob Acord; director of transportation, Sylvia Phillips; a bus driver and transportation clerk and Terry Lowman, bus mechanic.

Students smoke out myths about vaping- Ep.11

In this episode of Learn in Burke, we sit down and discuss a topic that many teens in today’s society are affected by … vaping. Two of our very own students from Draughn High School, Gillian and Cadence, are members of the Burke Youth Health Coalition. We discuss the negative effects of vaping and what signs parents and teachers should be looking for to determine if their child/student is vaping. The BYHC is also in the process of organizing a new opportunity to learn more about the negative effects of vaping for parents, teachers and students.

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Pictured above are Cadence (left) and Gillian.