District News

  • WCS Details meal distribution during remote learning

    Watauga County Schools is set to begin the 2020-21 school year August 17 with a nine week period of remote learning for most students. While students will not attend school in person during this time, meals are set to be distributed at each school to any WCS students.

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  • Watauga County Schools hires tech director, Cove Creek Principal

    At its July meeting, the Watauga County Board of Education approved the hire of two leadership positions within Watauga County Schools, appointing a Dr. Alison Schleede Director of Technology and Scott Carter as principal of Cove Creek School.

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  • WCS to open school year with 9 weeks of remote learning

    Based on guidance from local health officials, the Watauga County Board of Education voted Tuesday to begin the 2020-21 school year with 9 weeks of remote instruction for students. School officials announced what Superintendent Scott Elliott called a “modified Plan B that helps us phase our students and staff back into school while also doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our community.”

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  • Watauga High School to Hold Freshman Orientation

    We would like to extend a big welcome to the newest class of Watauga High School/Watauga Innovation Academy! The transition to high school is a big step, and we want to do all we can to help make it as smooth as possible! “Freshmen Orientation” will be Thursday, August 13th, so please mark the date on your calendars! In order to accommodate smaller groups of people in spaces throughout the day, please plan to come at your scheduled time based on the student’s last name.

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  • Watauga County Schools to add district wide middle school basketball team

    Beginning with the coming school year, Watauga County Schools is set to offer a district wide middle school basketball team alongside the system’s existing school-based teams at each K-8 school. The new district wide squad will offer boys and girls teams eligible to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades on a try-out basis.

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  • A statement from the Watauga County Board of Education and Superintendent Scott Elliott regarding racism and violence

    As we continue to plan for the coming school year, we are prepared to support the social and emotional needs of our students. Many students will return to school in the fall filled with excitement, uncertainty, anxiety, relief, and even trauma based on their experiences the last few months (cont.)

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  • WHS Class of 2020 graduates in drive-through ceremony

    The Watauga High School Class of 2020 became the first to ever graduate in a drive-through ceremony held Saturday, May 30 at Watauga High School. Seniors and their families — who attended the ceremony in everything from motorcycles to firetrucks — were routed in a procession around the school grounds that culminated in a stage that seniors were able to cross to receive their diploma while their families took photos and cheered them on.

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  • K-8 Schools Hold 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies

    Echoing the drive-through graduation held by Watauga High School over the weekend, last week, Watauga's K-8 school's held drive through 8th grade promotion ceremonies at their schools last week. 8th grade promotion celebrates the culmination of a student's middle and elementary school education and means 8th graders from across the county are now on their way to becoming WHS Pioneers!

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  • Brian Bettis named Principal of the Year

    Bethel School Principal Brian Bettis has been named Watauga County Schools 2020-21 Principal of the Year. Bettis was presented the award by a delegation of family, peers and Watauga County Schools leadership in a surprise presentation held May 22 at his school.

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  • WHS to hold “drive-through” graduation ceremony, students to receive diploma on outdoor stage on school campus

    In accordance with state-mandated restrictions on large gatherings, Watauga High School plans to hold an outdoors “drive-through” graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 30 at the school. The ceremony will include many of the aspects of a traditional ceremony while taking precautions to protect the health and safety of the students.

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Announcements

  • 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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  • July Board of Education Meeting

    The regularly scheduled meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education will be held on July 13 at 6 p.m. Public comment will be accepted in the form of email until 6 p.m. the night of the meeting. Citizens who wish to address the board may send an email to Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott at elliotts@wataugaschools.org. In accordance with state social distancing guidelines, building capacity will be limited and masks will be required. The stream will be hosted on the WCS Youtube Channel here: https://bit.ly/3aDnsw3

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  • June Board of Education Meeting

    The June meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education Meeting will be held remotely and live streamed on the Watauga County Schools youtube channel on Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m. The stream can be accessed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaHECspmnyguNdMkxyP1oVA

     

    Public comment may be submitted via email to elliotts@wataugaschools.org and will be accepted until 5 p.m. the day of the meeting.

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  • May Board of Education Meeting

    The regularly scheduled meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education will be held remotely on May 11 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 elliotts@wataugaschools.org. 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

    A direct link to the meeting may be found here: https://youtu.be/IeZhvvp1PCo

     

     

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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.

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