District News

  • Watauga County Students Compete in Mathcounts competition

    Recently, 23 of Watauga’s best math students met virtually 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 to hold graduation May 28

    Watauga High School will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28. So the school can allow students to have as many guests as safely possible while adhering to state restrictions on large gatherings, the ceremony will be held outdoors at the Jack Groce Stadium on the campus of Watauga High School.

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  • Valle Crucis, Parkway teams win Battle of the Books competition

    For the first time in an online format, Watauga County School’s best readers met earlier this month to test their skills at the district-wide Battle of the Books competition. Valle Crucis took home the win in the elementary contest, while Parkway edged out the competition at the middle school event.

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  • Board of Educations recognizes teachers, staff

    The Board of Education held public recognition at their March meeting, recognizing the recent achievements of teachers and staff across the district.

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  • Watauga County Schools names teachers of the year

    Watauga County Schools has named its 2021-22 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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  • Patty Buckner named Principal of the Year

    Parkway School Principal Patty Buckner has been named Watauga County Schools 2020-21 Principal of the Year. Buckner was presented the award by a group of family, peers and Watauga County Schools staff in a surprise visit to her school March 5.

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  • WHS to hold virtual parent sessions for rising 9th graders

    Watauga High School will be hosting VIRTUAL Q&A parent sessions about high school registration. Prior to the sessions, counselors in the K-8 schools will share a virtual presentation with parents with important information regarding the registration process, course options, graduation requirements, the Watauga Innovation Academy, and more!

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  • Valle Crucis 8th Grader wins statewide essay contest

    Valle Crucis 8th grader Hadley Carpenter recently took home the top prize in the 2020 Middle School NC Forestry Association’s Forest Products Week Essay Contest. Open to students across North Carolina, the contest tasked students to write an essay on an everyday product made from trees in North Carolina and how the item has helped them in their daily life.

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  • WHS foreign language teachers recognized for awards

    Two Watauga High School foreign language teachers were recognized at the January meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education after being awarded with statewide and national honors for prowess in their area of expertise.

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  • Erin Ellington named Northwest North Carolina regional Teacher of the Year

    Mabel and Parkway school music teacher Erin Ellington has been named Northwest North Carolina’s Regional Teacher of the Year. The award is presented each year to a teacher from a group of educators in six regions across North Carolina who’ve been named their school district’s Teacher of the Year.

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  • Watauga County Schools prepares holiday meals

    From the start of the pandemic and the first closure of public schools in North Carolina, the Watauga County Schools Child Nutrition department has worked overtime to ensure that students who rely on school meals can be fed regardless of their schedule.

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  • Remote learning to allow for snow day flexibility

    This year, thanks to additional equipment and student laptops purchased in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district plans to utilize remote learning on certain school days that would have otherwise been cancelled and later made up due to inclement weather.

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  • Henries and Reese mark end of School Board service

    The Watauga County Board of Education saw the departure of two of its longest-serving members on November 9 as the terms of Board Chairman Ron Henries and Vice Chair Brenda Reese came to an end. Both board members chose to not seek reelection after a combined service of almost 20 years on the school board.

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  • School nurses at the center of WCS COVID-19 precautions

    While everyone who enters a school building in the morning has a unique and important role to play in the ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, perhaps no single job has been impacted more than that of the school nurse. In schools across Watauga County, nurses are now situated at the center of the district’s COVID-19 response and prevention efforts.

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  • Board of Education Votes to resume in-person learning K-3

    On Monday, Sept. 21, the Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously to implement a plan that will reopen in-person learning in Watauag County Schools in grades K-3. Beginning Oct. 5, Kindergarten through third grade students will be able to return to school in-person on the 2x3 Plan B Flex Schedule.

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  • USDA extends funding that allows WCS to serve free meals to all students

    On Monday, Aug. 31, the USDA extended funding and flexibility that will allow Watauga County Schools to serve free meals to all children in the county regardless of income or school enrollment.

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  • Watauga County Schools implements extra health and safety precautions

    As teachers and other employees returned to work in school buildings August 11, Watauga County Schools staff had its first chance to fully employ the district’s stringent health, safety and screening procedures for it’s facilities.

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  • WCS Details meal distribution during remote learning

    Watauga County Schools is set to begin the 2020-21 school year August 17 with a nine week period of remote learning for most students. While students will not attend school in person during this time, meals are set to be distributed at each school to any WCS students.

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  • Watauga County Schools hires tech director, Cove Creek Principal

    At its July meeting, the Watauga County Board of Education approved the hire of two leadership positions within Watauga County Schools, appointing a Dr. Alison Schleede Director of Technology and Scott Carter as principal of Cove Creek School.

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  • WCS to open school year with 9 weeks of remote learning

    Based on guidance from local health officials, the Watauga County Board of Education voted Tuesday to begin the 2020-21 school year with 9 weeks of remote instruction for students. School officials announced what Superintendent Scott Elliott called a “modified Plan B that helps us phase our students and staff back into school while also doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our community.”

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