News & Notes

This semester will be all Ag Mechanics I and II.   Students would have been in the classroom or shop most of the time, because of Covid-19 they will be working from home.  There are still some projects in the shop and I will try to send video of them to students.  Ag mechanics is always working on safety and tool Identification.  I hope to harvest corn this fall and show the process.

Animal Science will be doing projects on animal welfare care and feeding along with genetics and reproduction in the spring.  We still have 2 cows and a couple of goats, We want to get a couple more of each. 

Horticulture will be learning about plant science and growing plants in the greenhouse, along with a plant sale in the spring.

Special News and Information for Remote Learning:


Hybrid Model B

General Instructions for Students

Fall Semester 2020

Hello and welcome back to Fall 2020 Class at ACRHS! 

You are in Ag Mechanics I or II.  This year is going to be different!

You should have a working computer.  If not there is a technology help desk, phone number 828-255-5987, or email at helpdesk@bcsemail.org.  If you do not have internet at home you will be given a hotspot, email the media center or an administrator for more information.  If you have a hotspot from Buncombe County, the data is limited so you should not use it to cruise the internet, use it only for school use and limit the time on zoom meetings.

Students need to log onto their devices and update them weekly.  Students also need to look at the ACRHS website for general information, updates to schedules, pictures, class meetings, news, and other information which may pertain to you and your education.  The main goal is to keep students on track to graduate on time from ACRHS, get the classes they need and want, and still meet the DPI mandate for curriculum and rigor in the courses they take.  Grades will be based upon assignments given in Google Classroom and Schoolnet.  Grading policy will follow the same policy as outlined by Buncombe County Schools and A. C. Reynolds High School. There currently will be grades for tests, quizzes, projects, written assignments and worksheets.  I will do my best to post grades in PowerSchool within a couple of days.  Remember that things may change depending upon changes given to us by Local and State government officials as well as our school administration.


The first two weeks of school, you will be meeting your teachers for each class.  Those on remote only will need to read the information emailed to you.  We are to be remote/virtual through at least week 6 so by 9/25/2020 the school board will decide whether or not to continue total remote, do hybrid B, or go to all students returning to regular classes, so keep watching the Buncombe County Schools website at least 3 times each week.

Agricultural classes will use Google Classroom and Schoolnet for virtual assignments.  You will need to log onto your device every day, Monday through Friday, when school is scheduled to be in session, 1st period Ag Mechanics II at 9:00 am, 3rd period Ag Mechanics I at 12:00 pm and 4th period Ag Mechanics at 1:00 pm.  Please be sure you can log onto Google Classroom and can Zoom meet.

I will ask you to view YouTube videos within lessons, you may wish to view other videos and/or similar videos to further your education on your own.  I will preview the assigned videos, please understand there may be some things in videos that I miss and that I am trying to provide you with educational items and information.

There will be due dates on the assignments and these dates will also be on PowerSchool.  Once an assignment is past due, I will put a “1” in PowerSchool and that will be the grade for that assignment. Keep up with your grades and due dates by logging into PowerSchool at least 3 times each week.   Late and missing assignments will adversely affect you grade in this class.  Life does not allow do-overs, and things must be done on a timely basis.

Grades and Grading – I usually have 4 types of grades, Tests, Notebook, Projects, and a Shop grade.  Since we are working from home, most assignments will be either Tests or Projects and they will all be worth 100 points.  I will weight assignments differently, depending upon their weight in the Ag Mechanics Curriculum from DPI, so look closely at PowerSchool.  Put more effort into assignments that have a weight of 2 or 3.

As of now there will be two (2) grading periods, N1 is from 8/17/20 to 10/16/20, N2 is from 10/17/20 to 12/16/20, and E1 which is a multiple-choice FINAL EXAM on either 12/17 or 12/18.  Each marking period is 37.5 percent of your grade and the final exam is 25 percent of your final grade,  all total to 100 % of your grade for the semester.

If there are questions, problems, or concerns, I will have “office hours” from 10:00 am until 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  You can email me at ernest.kuster@bcsemail.org.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Be specific with your questions.

I will assign various projects for you to do at home.  I realize that everyone may not be able to do various specific projects.  If this is the case, please let me know and I can put an exempt grade in for special circumstances.