District News

  •  Teachers of the Year pose for a group photo

    Watauga County Schools names teachers of the year

    Watauga County Schools has named its 2023-24 teachers of the year — one from each school in the district. Chosen by their peers, the group was selected from a group of more than 300 teachers district-wide at all grade levels.

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  •  A group of students poses with a battle of the books trophy.

    Hardin Park teams win Battle of the Books competition

    Watauga County Schools’ most-enthusiastic readers met last week to test their skills at the district-wide Battle of the Books competition. Teams from Hardin Park School took home the win in both the middle and elementary contests.

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  •  Graduating Seniors toss caps at last years ceremony.

    WHS to hold graduation ceremony June 2

    Watauga High School will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. The final day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be Thursday, June 1. 

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  •  Students pose with MathCounts trophy

    Watauga County Students Compete in MathCounts competition

    Appalachian State University recently hosted more than 80 of Watauga County Schools’ quickest-solving math students for the annual High Country MathCounts competition. In its eighth year, the contest hosted students from 10 different schools in Watauga and Avery counties.

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  •  Group of teachers recognized at school board meeting.

    School Board recognizes students, teachers

    During its March meeting, the Watauga County Board of Education recognized students and teachers for a number of recent achievements. 

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  •  Blanton

    Chris Blanton named Assistant Superintendent

    The Watauga County Board of Education has named Watauga High School Principal Chris Blanton as the district’s next Assistant Superintendent effective July 1. In his new role, Blanton will be responsible for leading the district’s human resources department as well as overseeing district-wide athletics and auxiliary services. Blanton replaces Assistant Superintendent Stephen Martin who is retiring on June 30.

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  •  Green Valley Students celebrate at the school library.

    Watauga Students celebrate Read Across America Week

    Students across Watauga County Schools celebrated their love of reading this week in recognition of Read Across America Week.

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  •  Elliott and Smith in the Valley Crucis School gym

    Bonnie Smith named Principal of the Year

    Valle Crucis School Principal Dr. Bonnie Smith has been named Watauga County Schools 2023-24 Principal of the Year. Smith was presented the award by a group of family, peers and Watauga County Schools staff in a surprise visit to her school February 20.

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  • Elliott with the Stamey family.

    Tamara Stamey Memorial Fund raises more than $16,000

    In its first month since its founding, the Tamara Stamey Memorial Fund has raised more than $16,000 to support Watauga County Schools teachers who are in the process of seeking or renewing their National Board Certification.

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  • Notice of Special Called Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13th at Watauga High School. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct preliminary interviews with Superintendent semi-finalists in closed session. No action will be taken.


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