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  • Valle Crucis' Mitchell Wright named WCS Teacher of the Year

    Valle Crucis teacher Mitchell Wright was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year in surprise ceremony held Friday morning at the school. Wright was presented the award by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, Wright’s family, school board members and North Carolina Teacher of the Year Freebird Mckinney.

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  • Watauga County Schools sets Graduation Dates

    Graduation for the Watauga High School Class of 2019 has been set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

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  • Watauga County Schools names 2019-20 Teachers of the Year

    Watauga County Schools has named its 2019-20 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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  • Hardin Park Sixth-Grader Sam Nystrom wins Regional Spelling Bee

    Repeat Watauga County Schools Spelling Bee Champion, Hardin Park sixth-grader Sam Nystrom, took his hot spelling streak on the road March 24, securing first place in the regional spelling bee held in Winston-Salem.

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  • Watauga County Schools approves land contract for new Valle Crucis School

    During its monthly meeting March 11, the Watauga County Board of Education approved a contract to purchase a 14.4 acre tract of land in Valle Crucis for the eventual construction of a new Valle Crucis School.

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  • Watauga County Students Compete in Mathcounts

    Recently, 73 of Watauga’s best math students met at the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University to test their mettle against their peers in the annual Mathcounts competition — a contest that tasks young mathematicians to tackle challenging math problems in a timed tournament format.

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  • WHS Principal Dr. Chris Blanton named Principal of the Year

    Watauga High School Principal Dr. Chris Blanton has been named Watauga County Schools 2019-20 Principal of the Year. Blanton was presented the award by a delegation of family, peers and Watauga County Schools leadership in a surprise ceremony February 22.

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  • Katie Matthews named finalist for state award

    Valle Crucis first grade teacher Katie Matthews has been named a North Carolina finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Matthews was honored along with five other finalists at a recent State Board of Education Meeting.

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  • February Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized school counselors, WHS art students affiliated with Empty Bowls, Servant's Heart Award winner Jana Smith and Communications Director Garrett Price during its February meeting.

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  • Beech Mountain and Edge of the World bring the ski slopes to Cove Creek

    Watauga County Schools was lucky last week to end up in the middle of a bout of mid-winter warm weather, but that didn’t stop students at Cove Creek School from taking to the slopes as part of their physical education classes with the help of Beech Mountain Resort and Edge of the World Snowboard Shop.

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  • 'High school offers dual enrollment opportunities for homeschool students'

    Courtesy | Watauga Democrat. "In years past, students had to choose whether to be enrolled in WCS full time or homeschooled — not both. This changed two years ago when WCS began to expand these options for high schoolers by allowing students to enroll half time."

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  • Valle Crucis wins Mock Trial Competition

    Valle Crucis’ Eighth Grade Mock Trial Team proved its prowess in the courtroom at Appalachian State University recently, taking home the top spot in the Watauga County School Mock Trial Competition. Teams of middle-schoolers from each of Watauga’s K-8 schools met at the Reich College of Education Jan. 18 to hash out the details of the competition’s latest case.

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  • Watauga County Schools could use spring break to make up missed days

    After an exceptionally snowy November and December brought a historic number of snow days to the High Country, Watauga County Schools is looking ahead and planning for how makeup days will be utilized going forward into the final — and typically most severe — weeks of winter.

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  • School board swears in new members, recognizes students

    During the December meeting of the Watauga County Board of education, new board members were sworn in. WHS Student Abigail Leon was recognized for designing Watauga County School's holiday card.

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  • November Board of Education Recognitions

    During the November meeting, the Watauga County Board of Education recognized Watauga High School GEAR UP students, WEF grant recipients, WHS spanish teacher Carmen Scoggins, the district-wide spelling bee winner Sam Nystrom and presented member Jason Cornett with the Servant's Heart award.

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  • WHS teacher Carmen Scoggins named App State Outstanding Alumni

    The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University has named Carmen Leigh Scoggins ’94 ’98 as the Outstanding Alumni Award winner for 2017–18. Scoggins teaches Spanish at Watauga High School and is an adjunct Spanish and foreign language methodology instructor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Appalachian.

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  • Watauga County Schools prepares for winter

    With another high country winter well on its way, Watauga County Schools would like to remind families how we make and communicate decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather.

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  • Hardin Park's Sam Nystrom wins WCS district spelling bee

    Hardin Park sixth-grader Sam Nystrom correctly spelled “Jaguar” and “Confetti” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 19. Parkway’s Hannah Lutz and Katie Coombes of Blowing Rock tied for the runner-up spot in the contest.

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  • October Board of Education recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education honored the 2018 TEA Fellows, Principals at each of the district's schools, WHS Governor's School attendees and received an award from the NCSBA.

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  • WCS prepares for impacts from Hurricane Florence

    WCS continues to monitor weather forecasts and conditions as Hurricane Florence begins to make landfall over the coming days. Current reports suggest Northwest North Carolina could receive significant winds and rainfall over the weekend and into early next week.

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