BGCS Studen Josh Wynn Wins Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

Josh WynnJoshua Wynn of Bear Grass Charter School has won top honors in the second NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete essay contest.

The NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete program, presented by the North Carolina National Guard, is one of the Association’s most popular voluntary programs and recognizes excellence in the classroom as well as on the playing court or field.

As part of the program, the NCHSAA offered the essay contest, student-athletes were asked to submit a 400-word essay answering the prompt: “Being a Scholar-Athlete will translate to my future success because…?” One male and one female winner were selected from the pool of entries to win an 8GB iPod Nano and gift pack from the North Carolina National Guard based on a set of pre-determined parameters. There were over 40 submissions representing 26 different member high schools across the state.

Wynn mentioned several aspects of being a Scholar Athlete that he has found beneficial, noting “…as a Scholar-Athlete my future is very bright because of all of the useful and beneficiary characteristics that it creates. It will prepare me for my college, career, and life.  My success in time management, a healthy lifestyle and cooperative work ethic will ensure my attainment of all my future endeavors.”

Congratulations Josh for setting yourself and Bear Grass above others in the state!  You can read Josh’s essay here.

Character Ed Winners Recognized

BGCS Character Ed Winners Announced at September Board Meeting

The character trait for August was “Respect” and three members of BGCS were recognized at the September Board meeting for possessing the trait.

Elissa Todd, nominated by Language Arts teacher, Leigh Ann Long, was chosen to represent the middle school. Ms. Long spoke of Elissa’s respectful attitude toward a student who had been unintentionally ignored by some of their classmates. Elissa had chosen to work with the student rather than following the crowd and possibly hurting a fellow student’s feelings. “Elissa just has an overall respectful attitude”, Ms. Long wrote in her nomination. Elissa is an example of what all students should strive for.

High School student, Kim Howell, was nominated by History teacher Kayla Dunlow, who described Kim as a “prime example of respect, both in and out of the classroom”, someone who always “answers politely with a smile on his face, uses kind words and never raises his voice”. Ms. Dunlow said that Kim always “lives by the golden rule and treats everyone fairly”. Kim Howell is the kind of student all teachers want in their classrooms and his pleasant nature has made him a favorite with the students.

Matt Kalmowitz, BGCS Technology Coordinator, was nominated by Math teacher, Ashley Cullipher. Ms. Cullipher praised Matt for always being “polite and courteous as he works to satisfy the staff and students around him”. Ms. Cullipher also said Matt performs his duties quickly and efficiently. A dedicated, hard worker, Matt has even stayed overnight at school to make sure he has completed a job properly. Ms. Cullipher describes Matt as one who always answers politely when he is called and added that his co-workers know that he respects them. In addition to being well respected by the staff, Matt is also well-known and respected by the students.

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Lisa Snyder receives Gold Apple Award

BGCS Awards Golden Apple Award

Snyder_smallLisa Snyder has been awarded the first ever Golden Apple Award—an award which will be passed to a different staff member each week. Ms. Snyder has been described as the “busiest person on campus” by her friends and colleagues. The apple is awarded to someone who demonstrates “respect, gratitude, and love for those special people who have helped guide, shape and make a difference” in the lives of others. Those traits describe Ms. Snyder who works tirelessly throughout the day performing a number of duties including ISS Coordinator, 9th grade Earth/Environmental Science Facilitator, Lunchroom Manager, and any other job she is called to do. Tracey Cowin says of her co-worker and good friend, “Ms. Snyder goes to work without complaining and sets a wonderful example for each of us to follow. Our school would not function as well as it does if she was not a part of our staff.”

NCSSM Presentation

Rob Andrews of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will give a presentation on Nov. 6 in the auditorium from 8:30-9:30.


Army Presentation

There will be an Army Presentation on October 15, 2014 from 10-11 in the BGCS Auditorium.  This event is for Juniors and Seniors Only.


Paw Print – Now Available!

New things are happening at Bear Grass! Read about the new classes, sports events, projects, and people that make our school “Bear-adise.” The journalism class invites you to read the first newspaper produced by Bear Grass Charter School, The Paw Print, click here.


You can can easily purchase a yearbook just by clicking on Order your Yearbook on the link here.

Athletic Try-outs

BGCS will be holding the following try-outs for the upcoming 2014-15 Athletic season. All athletes must have a physical on file before participating in any athletic events including tryouts.

  • High School Volleyball August 1st & 2nd 2-4pm
  • High School Soccer August 4th @ 9:30 am
  • High School Tennis August 6th @ 9:00 am
  • High School Cross Country Workouts Thursday, August 14th 8:30-10:30 and the following week  August 19th 3-5 pm with a parent meeting to follow at 5:15. Further practices will be announced at the parent meeting.  This is a correction to the earlier listed date.
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