District News

  • WHS to hold virtual parent sessions for rising 9th graders

    Watauga High School will be hosting VIRTUAL Q&A parent sessions about high school registration. Prior to the sessions, counselors in the K-8 schools will share a virtual presentation with parents with important information regarding the registration process, course options, graduation requirements, the Watauga Innovation Academy, and more!

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  • Valle Crucis 8th Grader wins statewide essay contest

    Valle Crucis 8th grader Hadley Carpenter recently took home the top prize in the 2020 Middle School NC Forestry Association’s Forest Products Week Essay Contest. Open to students across North Carolina, the contest tasked students to write an essay on an everyday product made from trees in North Carolina and how the item has helped them in their daily life.

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  • WHS foreign language teachers recognized for awards

    Two Watauga High School foreign language teachers were recognized at the January meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education after being awarded with statewide and national honors for prowess in their area of expertise.

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  • Erin Ellington named Northwest North Carolina regional Teacher of the Year

    Mabel and Parkway school music teacher Erin Ellington has been named Northwest North Carolina’s Regional Teacher of the Year. The award is presented each year to a teacher from a group of educators in six regions across North Carolina who’ve been named their school district’s Teacher of the Year.

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  • Remote learning to allow for snow day flexibility

    This year, thanks to additional equipment and student laptops purchased in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district plans to utilize remote learning on certain school days that would have otherwise been cancelled and later made up due to inclement weather.

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  • Henries and Reese mark end of School Board service

    The Watauga County Board of Education saw the departure of two of its longest-serving members on November 9 as the terms of Board Chairman Ron Henries and Vice Chair Brenda Reese came to an end. Both board members chose to not seek reelection after a combined service of almost 20 years on the school board.

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  • School nurses at the center of WCS COVID-19 precautions

    While everyone who enters a school building in the morning has a unique and important role to play in the ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, perhaps no single job has been impacted more than that of the school nurse. In schools across Watauga County, nurses are now situated at the center of the district’s COVID-19 response and prevention efforts.

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  • Board of Education Votes to resume in-person learning K-3

    On Monday, Sept. 21, the Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously to implement a plan that will reopen in-person learning in Watauag County Schools in grades K-3. Beginning Oct. 5, Kindergarten through third grade students will be able to return to school in-person on the 2x3 Plan B Flex Schedule.

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  • USDA extends funding that allows WCS to serve free meals to all students

    On Monday, Aug. 31, the USDA extended funding and flexibility that will allow Watauga County Schools to serve free meals to all children in the county regardless of income or school enrollment.

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  • Watauga County Schools implements extra health and safety precautions

    As teachers and other employees returned to work in school buildings August 11, Watauga County Schools staff had its first chance to fully employ the district’s stringent health, safety and screening procedures for it’s facilities.

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  • Board of Education to hold work session

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a work session at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 22 to discuss COVID-19 metrics and school operations. The meeting will be open to the public, but in-person attendance will be limited due to public health limitations on indoor gatherings.

    While public comment will be welcomed in person, the board also welcomes public comment via email. Those can be sent to Superintendent Scott Elliott at elliotts@wataugaschools.org prior to 11 AM on Monday, Feb. 22

    The meeting will be live streamed on the Watauga County Schools Youtube Channel which is available at http://bit.ly/wataugaBoEstream

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  • February Board of Education Meeting

    The February meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 8. The meeting will begin thirty minutes later than usual to allow the board to complete a training session prior to the meeting.

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  • Special Called Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public with limited capacity and will be held at the Margaret Gragg Education Center at 175 Pioneer Trail in Boone. 

    A live stream of the meeting may be viewed on the Watauga County Schools Youtube channel or by the following link: https://youtu.be/89oj0kcM6sU

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  • August Board of Education Schedule Change

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its regular August meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Gragg Education Center at 175 Pioneer Trail in Boone. 

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  • Watauga County Board of Education Emergency Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in person with appropriate precautions taken for the health and safety of the public.

    The purpose of the meeting is for the board to hear an update on school reopening planning and to consider taking action on an updated recommendation for the return to in person instruction.

    The public may offer comments to the board either in person or via email to Superintendent Scott Elliott at elliotts@wataugaschools.org. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 PM on July 28, 2020.

    Persons wishing to make public comment in person will be expected to wear face masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.

    The meeting will be streamed at https://youtu.be/aSNMuLN4gik

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  • Watauga County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access a page or document on the website, you may contact Watauga County Schools Communications Director Garrett Price via email at priceg@wataugaschools.org or by phone at (828) 264-7190. For more information visit WCS' Accessibility Information Page.