District News

  • 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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  • Erin Ellington named WCS Teacher of the Year

    Mabel and Parkway School Music teacher Erin Ellington was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year on March 14 in a surprise — and appropriately socially distanced — visit to her home.

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  • Benjamin Brown named WCS Rookie Teacher of the Year

    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.

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  • Cap and Gown/Material Pick-up

    Message from Superintendent Scott Elliott about final pick up of print material during remote learning for K8 students and cap and gown pick up for seniors.

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  • Brushy Fork Meal Distribution Site to move to Cove Creek

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Watauga County Schools Kindergarten Registration

    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.

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  • WCS Names Teachers of the Year

    Watauga County Schools has named its 2020-21 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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  • Update on extended closure of schools

    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.

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  • WCS to distribute additional meals ahead of spring break

    Watauga County Schools facilities will be closed for spring break from April 13-17. The district’s child nutrition staff will not operate meal pickup sites during this time. To help provide extra resources over break, all of Watauga County School’s seven meal distribution sites will serve extra meals on Friday, April 10.

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  • Patty Buckner, Kelly Walker graduate Distinguished Leadership Program

    Parkway Principal Patty Buckner and Kelly Walker, who recently moved from her position as Principal at Cove Creek School to a role in Watauga County Schools Central Services, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association.

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  • Meal distribution sites

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available to all children in Watauga 18 and under, regardless of school enrollment or means at seven sites across the county.

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  • WCS evaluating student trips and activities

    On the recommendation of local health officials, Watauga County Schools is evaluating whether certain school sponsored student travel and field trips can proceed as coronavirus continues to affect the state and country at large. Student travel and field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the district until further notice.

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  • Watauga Schools celebrate National School Breakfast Week

    To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available at school breakfast — and to showcase some of the new options available to students in their cafeterias — Watauga County School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. Busy weekday mornings can make it a challenge for some families to find time for a healthy breakfast at home. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.

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  • WCS works with local health officials to prepare for COVID-19 virus

    AppHealthCare, Watauga County Schools, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian State University, Watauga County Emergency Management, in addition to multiple local, state and federal partners, are working together and closely monitoring COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). At this time, no cases have been identified in North Carolina and according to the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), the risk to the general public in NC is considered low. Even though the risk to the general public is low, we are preparing should we have COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in our area.

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