You Need to Know

UNC Splash- April 1, 2017 9:00 am-5:00 pm

posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Robert L Patton High School

Splash UNC is a bi-annual program where high school students attend a series of classes taught and created by Carolina students. Classes include a variety

of interesting topics ranging from chemistry and swing dancing to neuroscience and Harry Potter.

The 200+ classes we are offering this semester aim to help high school students explore their current interests and discover new passions. The program also provides students with the opportunity to visit the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and meet some of the university’s most engaged students.

Splash UNC is hosting its fifth bi-annual program for high school students on Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 5pm. The program fee is $20 and lunch is included. We offer aid to any student who needs financial assistance to attend Splash UNC. We accept payment online through our registration page where students can also pre-order a Splash UNC t-shirt for $10. We will also accept the program fee in cash or by check the day of the event when students come to campus.

To learn more and register, visit

Student registration closes on March 23, so don't delay!

A flier for the event is attached.

Do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at if you have any questions.

Run for Paws 5K- Burke County Friends for Animals Run, April 1, 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 11:02 AM by Robert L Patton High School

Burke County Friends for Animals will be having a 5K Run with your students and staff. The run will be on Saturday, April 1 in Morganton on the Greenway. 
Flyer and registration form is attached.

People can also register on line by going to:

Virtual Job Shadow

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:22 AM by Robert L Patton High School


Virtual Job Shadow

What is it?

Virtual Job Shadow is an online career planning and career exploration resource that provides all the tools and resources for charting your career path by choice, not chance. It's highly engaging, fun, and works on any computer, tablet, or smartphone, making job shadowing a unique digital experience! Features include: Digital Job Shadow Videos, Post Secondary School Search, Career Search, Job and Internship Search, Resume Builder, and Interactive Teacher Tools and Lessons.

Why are we providing this resource?

Virtual Job Shadow can assist GEAR UP in reaching several performance indicators.

  • Students will apply to at least 4 colleges that match their GPA and SAT/ACT level.

  • Students will report an increased knowledge of how to apply to college.

  • More students will aspire to at least a 2- or 4- year degree.

  • Families will report increased knowledge of how to support students in choosing an appropriate college.

Who is eligible for this service?

All GEAR UP students are eligible to use Virtual Job Shadow. Each student has a unique username (Powerschool ID #) and same password (jobshadow). If you have any issues with a student logging in, please contact:

Mandie Pennell (828)244-9481 -

What are ways this can be implemented at GEAR UP schools?

The possibilities for using Virtual Job Shadow are endless because it is accessible 24/7 from anywhere for students. A few suggestions include:

  • Supplemental curriculum to career education or GEAR UP 101

  • Media centers in school libraries

  • Parent night activity

  • Any class that wants to connect content to careers

When can students begin to access this program?

Students can begin accessing the program today.

What support is available when using Virtual Job Shadow?

Jonathan Carpenter is the program expert at Appalachian State. He is available for additional training through webinars or visits to counties and can answer questions through email at

What do administrators have to say?

" allows students to explore career options through the eyes of industry experts without leaving their classrooms or homes. Whether they are in 6th grade just learning about various careers or in high school truly investigating and researching careers, this tool helps them see the day-to-day lives of actual company employees and highlights not only their daily tasks, but what type of skills they use and their pathways to achieving their careers. The tools puts a personal touch and actually allows students to understand the careers better.

Students can also watch the videos at home with their parents/guardians and have key conversations around topics such as: Would I like a career like this? What type of post-secondary school would I like to attend? Do I need to earn an industry credential in high school? What types of classes do I need to take in high school to prepare me for this career?”

- Crystal Cheek   Director of Career Technical Education, Buncombe County Schools, Asheville NC

**Free Tutoring for all 9th graders**

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:20 AM by Robert L Patton High School   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 11:20 AM ]

GEAR- UP 2016/17

★ Free tutoring for 9th graders from ASU/GEAR UP

This school year, the Appalachian State GEAR UP program is offering your 9th grade students FREE access to online tutors through  As a complement for your in-class instruction, students can use to check their work, get ‘un-stuck’, and review assignments prior to turning them in.  Tutors are staffed 24/7 and can be accessed at If you are interested in bringing your class to a computer lab to use, please fill out the Group Access form at least two business days prior to your scheduled access time. Keep in mind, only 9th grade students will be able to log in.


PHS Spring 2017 Tutoring Schedule

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:19 AM by Robert L Patton High School

April 25 - May 18
T & TH 
3:15-5:00 pm
Math I ONLY 
2 Teachers, 2 tutoring classes

May 22 - June 1 Exam Crunch Tutoring
3:15 - 5:00 pm

Mon., May 22 - World History / Earth & Environ. 
Tue., May 23 - ENGL I / Math I 
Wed., May 24 - World History / Earth & Environ. 
Thurs., May 25 - ENGL I / Math I  

Tue., May 30 - ENGL I / Math I 
Wed., May 31 - World History / Earth & Environ. 
Thurs., June 1 - ENGL I / Math I  

SATELLITE Leadership and Development Program @ NC State seeking sophomores for their program this year- Deadline is March 10th

posted Feb 13, 2017, 7:33 AM by Robert L Patton High School

SATELLITE (Science and Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership in Tomorrow's Endeavors) program is a five-day STEM outreach and leadership development program hosted at NC State for high school sophomores from rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. Students who attend SATELLITE participate in interactive labs, engaging conversations, and team building activities led by NC State faculty and undergraduate students. These activities are designed to generate interest in STEM fields, but also to educate and encourage students to think about a post-secondary education. Please keep reading for more details!

This year we are accepting 54 students from across North Carolina and we believe its going to be our best year yet! Because of our program's goals, we do not consider academic success while reviewing applicants. Rather, we are seeking students with the ability to maximize this experience; students who will really take advantage of the resources they will be exposed to while at NC State. 

Our program this year runs from May 13th to 17th. Fortunately, these dates do not conflict with AP exams. The application requires two short letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and several short answer questions. The deadline to submit this application is March 10th at 11:45pm. Students will be notified of their admission status on April 1st. The program costs $30 to attend, but need based scholarships are available. For more detailed information you can visit our website: and the application can be found here: 

Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board Annual Youth Summit March 21 and 23

posted Feb 8, 2017, 11:46 AM by Robert L Patton High School   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 4:41 AM ]

The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board is hosting its annual Youth Summit on March 21 and 23 at the NC Center for Engineering Technologies in Hickory. The youth will come together at 9:30 a.m. and then be divided into groups and given a challenge to create and market something useful. A letter explaining more about the event is attached. If you are interested in your high school student attending, please contact his/her school. 

Free Meal for all BCPS students ages 3-8 , Mountain Crest Elementary, Monday- Friday 3:30- 5:00 pm.

posted Feb 8, 2017, 11:43 AM by Robert L Patton High School

New meal program available to all BCPS students for free. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Mountain Crest Elementary School, Chartwells K12 will serve supper from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The meal is free to any BCPS student age 3 to 18 years old. The meal price for adults is $3. Look for the menus posted on our website After-school enrichment activities also will be available each day. The meal program is sponsored by the USDA. Contact the Child Nutrition Program at 828-439-4318 with any questions. Mountain Crest is located at 201 Tennessee St., Morganton.

Scholarship Assistance Provided every Monday at WPCC at 6:00 pm, Carr Hall Room 211

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:39 AM by Robert L Patton High School

Nancy Taylor of the Community Foundation of Burke County and Maureen Dougher, instructor at WPCC, will be offering assistance to students who are interested in applying for scholarships for school year 2017/2018 beginning Monday, February 6.


Meet at WPCC, Carr Hall Room 211 on Mondays beginning at 6:00.  Carr Hall is the building on the left looking at the campus from Burkemont Avenue. The room is on the second floor.  It is a lab so everyone will have access to a computer.


Interested students are welcome to send an email to or just show up.   If a student will be late, please contact the email above.   If a student is interested but cannot come at this time, please contact Ms. Dougher at the email above to arrange a different time.

Help with essays and finding scholarships that fit the student will be provided. DACA students are especially welcome.



Important Senior Information- Herff Jones Info, Awards Night, Senior Day, and Graduation

posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:43 PM by Robert L Patton High School   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

3/10/17- Herff Jones Service Day
3/15/17- Senior Payments due to Herff Jones- **they will not be at PHS**
4/26/17- Cap and Gown Delivery
5/18/17- Follow up Cap and Gown Delivery

5/18/17- Thursday- Mandatory Meeting for Sr. Awards Practice - 9:30 am
Senior Awards Night 6:00 pm

5/19/17- Friday- Senior Day- Optional
1st period- Elementary Walk
2nd period- Senior Meeting
3rd period- Picnic

6/9/17- Friday- Mandatory Graduation Practice- 9:00 am
Graduation- 7:30 pm 

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