Thoughts from Will, June 2021

Lessons Learned After Operating a School During a Pandemic Will Yeiser, FBRA Co-Founder & Executive Director   WE MADE IT!!!  As the last group of 8th grade students left campus with their families on the evening of June 4th, 2021 after our final graduation event, I finally was able to repeat these words and internalize…

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Overnight Canoe Trips at FBRA

Andrew Holcombe, FBRA Boys Director   For my final “Thoughts from the Director” I would like to take a moment to talk about a part of the FBRA program that is near and dear to my heart:  our overnight self-support canoe trips.  We have just completed three of these at the boys school along different…

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Thoughts from Will, March 2021

Will Yeiser, Executive Director   The recent warm weather has been a welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner.  After a long, dark, and cold winter exacerbated by the isolation and the daily stress of trying to manage family and work under the “COVID clouds,” a short burst of sunshine and sixty-degree weather…

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Girls Campus Update – March 2021

Jen Horshman, FBRA Girls Program Director   We believe powerful learning and growth happens when our middle school students engage in regular outdoor programming. Our students gain important foundational skills and values that are transferable to the academic classroom and other life endeavors. These student outcomes happen only because of the talent and commitment our…

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Ski Season 2021

While skiing is a lot of fun, our primary goal in the FBRA ski program is for students to grow in ability and confidence as skiers by providing specific skill instruction and practice time. In order to provide appropriate instruction at every level, each year our staff members attend a one to two day ski…

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Curriculum Discussion: Natalie Sayre & David Byers

Jack Pitfield, Director of Marketing & Technology The list of responsibilities and skills of any one teacher at the French Broad River Academy is long: some of our teachers hold advanced outdoor skills, many of our teachers are Spanish speakers, and all have a wilderness medicine certification.  It is not uncommon to see the school’s…

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COVID Update – March 2021

John Douglas, Director of Development Had I known four years ago that my job at FBRA would include monitoring people’s health, reading medical studies in JAMA, and communicating with healthcare professionals, parents, and staff on a daily basis surrounding testing, quarantines, and vaccinations for a deadly virus, I probably would have passed. However, as stressful…

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Community Meetings

Jen Horshman, FBRA Girls Program Director Looking at the political landscape in the United States, most anyone would agree that there is a lot of discord and a large dose of ineffective communication. If only politicians had learned how to resolve issues and problems in Community Meetings at FBRA. Community Meetings are part of our…

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Boys Campus Update – March 2021

Andrew Holcombe, FBRA Boys Program Director   I’ve been thinking about what the last six months have meant for our organization and our students quite a bit recently; here is my effort to briefly share some of my thoughts and observations. Adaptability, specifically in terms of students.  This word has been used a lot lately,…

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Alumni Update – Michael Wilkerson

Will Yeiser, Executive Director Toward the end of February, the seventh grade boys had a chance to participate in a Zoom session with 2016 FBRA alumnus Michael Wilkerson. Michael is currently a freshman at San Diego University where he attends school and plays on the varsity soccer team. After graduating from FBRA, Michael attended Asheville…

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