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.
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.
Benjamin Brown, agriculture teacher at Mabel and Cove Creek Schools, has been named Watauga County Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year. The newest addition to WCS’ yearly teacher recognitions, Rookie Teacher of the Year is awarded to a teacher in his or her first year teaching full time. Candidates are nominated by Principals, Assistant Principals, Central Office Directors and first year teacher mentors for their outstanding work ethic, dedication and skill.
The meal distribution site that has operated at Brushy Fork Baptist Church since schools were closed by a state order in March, will move to Cove Creek School on Monday, May 11. The Cove Creek site will serve dinner and breakfast for the next day and will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.
WCS families who apply for free and reduced lunch online may be eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefits
Watauga County Schools students who meet state and federal requirements may now apply for free and reduced lunch online. Eligible families who apply will now also receive additional North Carolina Pandemic Electronic Benefits.
Beginning May 4th, we ask parents of rising Kindergarten children to visit our website or that of the school for the district in which they reside, to complete an on-line registration form. There are other pieces of paperwork for example a birth certificate, blue health form and proof of residency, among others, that we will collect prior to school starting in August. For parents that cannot access the on-line form, they can call 828-264-7190 and we will help complete this first step of registration over the phone.
By order of the Governor, all schools in NC will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Students will not return to campus for in-person classes until the start of next school year. We are very sad that we will not see our students in person back in school, but we will continue to support our students through remote learning for the remainder of the school year and help students be as prepared as possible for next year.
K-8 Remote Learning Survey
As the school year closes, we seek feedback on your experience with K-8 Remote Learning. We appreciate everything you have done to support your child during this very difficult time. Please take a few moments to complete the survey to share your comments and suggestions.
The survey can be found here and will be open until June 5th. We ask that you fill out a survey for each of your children. For those of you who also have children at WHS, they will be sending a separate Parent survey.
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 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
A direct link to the meeting may be found here: https://youtu.be/IeZhvvp1PCo
April BoE Remote Meeting
The April meeting of the Board of Education may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/RTAAs3wj578
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.