Parkway Principal Patty Buckner and Kelly Walker, who recently moved from her position as Principal at Cove Creek School to a role in Watauga County Schools Central Services, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association.
On the recommendation of local health officials, Watauga County Schools is evaluating whether certain school sponsored student travel and field trips can proceed as coronavirus continues to affect the state and country at large. Student travel and field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the district until further notice.
To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available at school breakfast — and to showcase some of the new options available to students in their cafeterias — Watauga County School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. Busy weekday mornings can make it a challenge for some families to find time for a healthy breakfast at home. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.
AppHealthCare, Watauga County Schools, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian State University, Watauga County Emergency Management, in addition to multiple local, state and federal partners, are working together and closely monitoring COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). At this time, no cases have been identified in North Carolina and according to the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), the risk to the general public in NC is considered low. Even though the risk to the general public is low, we are preparing should we have COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in our area.
The Watauga County Board of Education has presented the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart award to longtime Cove Creek educator Laura Johnson. The award is presented to a WCS employee who is nominated by his or her peers for exemplary service to the school district.
Bethel School Cafeteria Manager Melody Howell was recently granted a North Carolina Child Hunger Award by No Kid Hungry NC, a statewide non-profit that works to combat childhood hunger. The NC Child Hunger Hero award is presented to a variety of workers from across the state who operate in various capacities to serve quality meals to children in their areas — from school nutrition staff to community volunteers.
The Watauga High School Robotics team recently took home a victory in the FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament held Feb. 1 in Asheville. The competition tasked students with designing, building and programming a robot to compete in head-to-head challenges against machines designed by other teams. With its victory in the regional competition in Asheville, Watauga’s team earned a spot to compete in the state championship to be held Feb. 29 in Greensboro.
Watauga High School is set to host its annual Eighth-Grade Parents Nights from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 10th and 11th. Hosted at WHS, the sessions are intended for rising Freshman and their parents to gain insight and information on the transition from middle to high school.
The Board of Education recognized Kiwanis Club Handwriting Contest winners Kylie Creed, Emma Lehman and Lillon Henline from Blowing Rock and Sarah Miller, Juna Gersonde, Gigi Waugh-Hardin Park and Gracyn Phelps from Hardin Park. Not pictured were Jonah Milsaps from Bethel and Iris Westerman and Hoge E. Bailey from Blowing Rock. The Award was Presented by Dr. Larry Woodrow and Eric Brown from the Kiwanis Club.
April Board of Education Meeting
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education will be held remotely on April 6 at 6 p.m. Public comment will be accepted in the form of email until 6 p.m. the night of the meeting. Public comment may be sent to Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott at email@example.com. A link for live viewing of the meeting will be provided here when the meeting goes live. The stream will be hosted on the WCS Youtube Channel here: https://bit.ly/3aDnsw3
Laptops and personal belongings pick up
Parents will have the opportunity to visit schools to pick up your child’s belongings and to check out a laptop computer. Laptops, if needed, are available for check out for any students in grades 3-7. Students in grades 8-12 should already have their school issued laptops.
Parents may visit schools on the following schedule:
Wednesday, March 18
8th graders: from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
7th graders: from 10:30 a.m until 12:30 p.m.
6th graders: from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 19
5th graders: from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
4th graders: from 10:30 a.m until 12:30 p.m.
3th graders: from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Friday, March 20
2nd graders: from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
1st graders: from 10:30 a.m until 12:30 p.m.
Kindergarteners and Pre-K: from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Make up session: Friday, March 20 from 3 p.m until 6 p.m. for all grade level.
Community Feeding Site Locations
Lunch and a packed breakfast for the next day will be served at Bethel, Mabel and Green Valley schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of the days that schools are closed for students.
Dinner and breakfast for the next day will be served at Hardin Park School and Brushy Fork Baptist Church, located at 3915 Highway 421 North in Vilas, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each of the days school is closed for students.
Boone Roundball Classic cancelled
In consultation with Watauga County Schools and AppHealthCare – Appalachian District Health Department, the Boone Roundball Committee is taking the precautionary measure to cancel the 2020 Boone Roundball Classic scheduled across the High Country this weekend. Out of an abundance of caution and concern over large gatherings, the committee feels it's in the best interest of teams, fans, officials, members of local High Country Community, and communities traveling to the Boone area and back home to cancel the event. We regret we will not play the 18th Annual Boone Roundball, but we look forward to future tournaments. All registered teams will be refunded their registration fee automatically. We appreciate your support and understanding during this unprecedented time of concern and vigilance.