District News

  • WCS sees record graduation rate, strong test scores, enrollment gains

    School performance data released by the N.C. State Board of Education shows that Watauga County Schools has improved its four year graduation rate for the second year running, reaching a record high of 91.2 percent. The school system exceeded a 90 percent graduation rate for the first time last year.

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  • Hardin Park holds Patriot's Day

    Students at Hardin Park began their day Monday, Sept. 11 with the school’s annual Patriot’s Day event — a memorial to victims of the 2001 terror attacks and a day the school uses to recognize the work of local police and emergency responders.

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  • September Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized groups of students, teachers and community members at their September meeting.

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  • WCS Students work to raise money for hurricane victims

    In the wake of the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas last month, students, staff and teachers across Watauga County Schools have pitched in to raise money for the city’s recover effort.

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  • Watauga County Schools back in session!

    Monday, Aug. 21 marked the first day of classes for students at Watauga County Schools. Across the county, more than 4,600 students attended one of the system’s nine schools – an increase of 200 from the same time last year.

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  • Teachers and staff celebrate convocation

    As Watauga County Schools prepares to open its doors to students Monday, Aug. 21, teachers and staff came together to celebrate the system’s annual convocation. Held at Watauga High School, the event gave WCS teachers — both new and returning — a chance to meet and connect with community partners, attend health screenings and a benefits fair and prepare to start the new school year together.

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  • WCS solar eclipse plans

    "We considered all the options, and feel the best choice is to stay the course with a full day schedule and give as many students as possible the opportunity to safely view the partial eclipse with teachers and safe viewing glasses."

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  • Brian Bettis named principal at Bethel School

    Bettis was recommended to the board after a rigorous interview by a committee of 23 Bethel parents, teachers and school staff, as well as board of education members and central office staff.

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  • WHS, Cove Creek net N.C. Green School Awards

    Watauga High School and Cove Creek were both recent recipients of NC Green Schools of Excellence awards this spring. WHS was the first high school in the state to receive the highest honor conferred by the N.C. Green Schools Program. Click for more.

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  • Watauga High hosts Pioneer Strong

    Last week, in partnership with Blue Ridge Energies and Appalachian Regional Healthcare system, Watauga County Schools launched Pioneer Strong, a program that aims to provide free access to sports physicals for all student athletes. Click for more.

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Announcements

  • WCS Partners with Watauga County Public Library

    Watauga County Schools and the Watauga County Public Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every Watauga County student access to books and resources found at their public library. WCS students will be able to check out material at the public library with their student ID number starting Oct. 1.

    For more information, or for an opt-out form, click here.

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  • K-8 school day extended 15 minutes Aug. 21

    Watauga County K-8 schools will extend the school day by 15 minutes Aug. 21 to allow for parents and students to view the upcoming solar eclipse. K-8 Schools will dismiss at 2:45 p.m. Parents are invited to join students at each school to view the eclipse. If you’d like to bring your own viewing glasses, please do so. Some glasses will also be provided at each school.

    If you have questions regarding the specific eclipse plan at your school, please contact the principal for more information.

    Watauga High School will dismiss at the regular time.

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  • Orientation Sessions Scheduled for WHS Students

    Orientation sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 14 at Watauga High School. Click here for more information.

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  • Board of Education Special Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Gragg Education Center. This meeting is open to the public.

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  • Parent-pay Pre-K spots available

    For the 2017-18 school year, Watauga County Schools will have spaces for children in the PreK Program for parents to pay $600 per month. The limited spaces are available at  the following schools:  Hardin Park, Green Valley, Cove Creek and Valle Crucis.

    Interested parents/guardians will need to apply for a space by calling Renee Battle of WCS at (828) 264-7190.

    An application form is availble by clicking here.

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