Ashe County Schools Update for Monday, April 27th

Barbara (Courtney) Gentry
April 27, 2020
Ashe County HS Athletics – COVID-19 Update
April 27, 2020
Ashe County Schools Update for Monday, April 27th



Hello friends!!  Hope you had a good weekend.  It’s Monday and time to get back into the swing of things.  

Day 15 of required instruction.  Hopefully, you took time to read the documents that were uploaded to the web on Friday.  The new guidelines are effective today.  The instructional work time for students has been reduced from 3.5 hours per day to 2 hours per day.  Fridays have been set aside as catch-up days for students to complete assignments while allowing teachers to catch up on tasks, communication, training, feedback and virtual staff meetings.  Teachers will now give a weekly assignment and expectations checklist on Monday of each week.  This will be a great tool for students and parents to know when they have completed all requirements for the week.  Service time for exceptional children will be modified based on the new instructional time.  I believe these changes will make it easier and less stressful for everyone.  As always, just reach out to your teacher or principal if you have any questions.


Day 24 for CN—1799 breakfast and 1799 lunch meals were prepared and delivered today.   Thanks to everyone who makes this happen daily.  Did you know that we have served over 70,000 meals in these 24 days?  Wow—our folks are amazing.    

Are you ready for the answer to Friday’s riddle?  (I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I?)   Did anyone say a bank?  Then—you got it right!  Good for you!!

Today’s riddle.  What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?  Listen to tomorrow’s message to learn the answer!


Our new animal friend for the week is the sloth.  Sloths are adorable, slow-moving mammals native to Central and South America.  They are solitary mammals that provide a habitat, or home, for many other organisms.  Because their hair is long and coarse, a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, fungi and especially algae.  Algae is sometimes passed down from a mother sloth to her baby—the transfer is mutually beneficial for both animal and plant.  The sloth’s long fur creates a cozy shelter for the algae and it readily absorbs the water algae needs to thrive.  In turn, sloths get a coat of green-tinted fur that doubles as camouflage.  Sloths also eat algae, which provides a good source of nutrients.  Extra nutrients from algae can be absorbed through the sloth’s hair and skin.  We’ll learn more about these interesting animals tomorrow. 


Enjoy the rest of your evening.  It’s a wonderful time to read a good book before you turn in for the night.  Sleep well—I’ll be back tomorrow!!