District News

  • Board of Education honors school principals

    The Watauga County Board of Education paid tribute to the work of school principals during its October meeting in honor of National Principals Month. Principals from each school were invited to the meeting to be recognized.

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  • Publix donates $10,000 in gift cards to Watauga teachers, staff

    Publix of Boone recently donated $10,000 worth of gift cards to Watauga County Schools teachers and staff as part of the store's Tools for School program that allows customers and associates to make donations at the point of sale.

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  • Watauga High School names Michael Windish head baseball coach

    Watauga High School announced the appointment of Michael Windish as the school’s next head baseball coach. Windish comes to Watauga County Schools from his current role coaching and teaching at Ashe County High School.

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  • Watauga County Schools administrators prepare gifts for local law enforcement

    As part of Watauga County Schools preparation for the upcoming school year, the district’s principals, administrators and central office staff met for a day of education and collaborative planning this week at the district’s annual day-long leadership retreat. The theme for this year’s retreat and the upcoming school year is “stronger together.”

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  • Watauga County Schools welcomes teachers, staff to annual convocation ceremony

    As Watauga County Schools prepares to welcome back students on Monday, Aug. 16, teachers and staff came together to celebrate the system’s annual convocation ceremony.

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  • Student School Board representative Haleigh Lawson presented Servant’s Heart Award

    Haleigh Lawson, recent Watauga High School graduate, and student representative to the Watauga County Board of Education, was presented with the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart Award by the board at its June meeting.

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  • Watauga County Schools named Accomplished District by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

    Watauga County Schools has been named an Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a national non-profit organization that certifies teachers based on a rigorous set of evaluations and standards.

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  • WHS to to host transition activities for rising 9th graders

    In an effort to build community with our 9th graders in their transition to high school, there will be a common read for all freshmen! The selected book is Refugee (by Alan Gratz), and it will be incorporated into different lessons and activities in courses across the curriculum.

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  • Watauga County Schools reports zero COVID-19 cases in students, staff

    For the first time since the school district began tracking last year, Watauga County Schools has reported zero positive cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff. The figures are compiled weekly by school nurses at each school and monitor positive cases in each group along with the number of tests given at schools.

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  • Misty Hyler named Teacher of the Year

    Hardin Park Second Grade Teacher Misty Hyler was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year May 7 during a surprise visit to her classroom from her family, peers and Watauga County Schools Staff.

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  • Audrey Jones named Rookie Teacher of the Year

    Audrey Jones, seventh grade science and social studies teacher at Parkway School, 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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  • WHS to offer student, parent vaccine clinic

    Watauga High School will hold a vaccine clinic for students and parents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 in the high school gym. The clinic will offer vaccinations to all Watauga High School students ages 16 and older and their parents.

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  • 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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  • 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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