District News

  • The Powder Horn is back in print, WHS school newspaper relaunches print edition

    Over the past three months, journalism students at Watauga High School have worked to revitalize the school’s newspaper, The Powder Horn. The publication, whose print edition has existed in some form since Watauga High School’s foundation in 1965, has been online-only for several years.

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  • Pioneer Playmakers win State Theater Competition

    History was made on Friday night when the Watauga High School Pioneer Playmakers swept all four major award categories -- best production, best director, best actor and best actress -- at the state play festival sponsored by the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC). The troupe won the coveted audience choice Distinguished Play Award for their production of “Ernest and the Pale Moon” by Oliver Lansley. The show, one of 121 productions in this festival cycle, will represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, KY from February 26 through March 1, 2020.

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  • Watauga County Schools prepares for winter weather

    With another high country winter well underway, Watauga County Schools would like to remind families how the district makes and communicates decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather.

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  • Watauga County Schools expands agriculture classes to middle school

    At Mabel School, sixth-graders in Benjamin Brown’s agriculture class are stationed in the school’s vegetable patch. The field that plays host to the small garden shares duty as a playground for Mabel’s younger students, but the sprinting group of seven-year-olds in the distance are no distraction to Brown’s middle-schoolers, who are hard at work harvesting dried green beans to be replanted in the Spring.

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  • Hardin Park’s Clara Lappan wins Watauga County Schools Spelling Bee

    Hardin Park sixth-grader Clara Lappan correctly spelled “Marathon” and “Autumn” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 18. Green Valley’s Zeke Walker from Green Valley secured the runner-up spot in the contest.

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  • October Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education was presented a Gold Bell Award from the North Carolina School Boards Association. The board also recognized several teachers, students and community members during their October meeting.

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  • Valle Crucis teacher Katie Matthews Awarded Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

    Katie Matthews, a first-grade teacher at Valle Crucis School, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award represents the highest honor a technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

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  • Watauga County Schools named Accomplished District by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

    Watauga County Schools has been named an Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a national non-profit organization that certifies teachers based on a rigorous set of evaluations and standards.

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  • Watauga High School hosts inaugural Senior Mini-Conference

    As high school seniors prepare to graduate, they are asked to make a series of difficult decisions. Choices that will affect their post-secondary education or career training — choices that, in short, that have the potential to alter the course of their entire lives. With these pivotal moments in mind, staff at Watauga High School set out to connect its senior class with the tools and skills it needs to tackle just those kinds of decisions with its inaugural Senior Mini-Conference.

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  • Cove Creek students take science class into the field thanks to donation

    Students at Cove Creek School are set to spend a little more time in the creek thanks to a donation from Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, a non-profit that works to study and protect natural resources in Northwest North Carolina.

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Announcements

  • WHS to Host Homeschool Dual Enrollment Info Session

    Watauga High School will host a question and answer/information session for home-school families who are interested in their child taking part in the home-school/Watauga High School cross-enrollment program on Tuesday, December 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center the session will be led by Couselour Leigh Lyall and Principal Chris Blanton.

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  • November Board of Education Meeting Rescheduled

    The Watauga County Board of Education has rescheduled its regular November meeting. The board will now meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 at the Watauga County Schools Central Office at 175 Pioneer Trail in Boone.   

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  • Oct. 22 Valle Crucis Public Meeting Information

    Slides and information from the Oct. 22 joint meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education work session may be accessed here. Please contact Communications Director Garrett Price with questions at priceg@wataugaschools.org or by calling (828) 264-7190.

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  • WCS will release early Oct. 24-25

    Watauga County Schools will release early on Thursday and Friday Oct. 24-25 for parent teacher conferences. K-8 schools will release at 12:00, WHS at 1:00.  

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  • Watauga County Board of Education Public Work Session

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a work session at 6 p.m on Tuesday, October 22 in the gymnasium of Valle Crucis Elementary School. The board will hear presentations from their attorney and architect regarding the due diligence evaluation of property currently under contract by the board for the construction of a new school in Valle Crucis. 
    The board invites the public to attend and encourages citizens to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting. This is an informational meeting only and no action will be taken.

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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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