District News

  • Watauga County Schools prepares for winter weather

    With another high country winter well underway, Watauga County Schools would like to remind families how the district makes and communicates decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather.

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  • Watauga County Schools expands agriculture classes to middle school

    At Mabel School, sixth-graders in Benjamin Brown’s agriculture class are stationed in the school’s vegetable patch. The field that plays host to the small garden shares duty as a playground for Mabel’s younger students, but the sprinting group of seven-year-olds in the distance are no distraction to Brown’s middle-schoolers, who are hard at work harvesting dried green beans to be replanted in the Spring.

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  • Hardin Park’s Clara Lappan wins Watauga County Schools Spelling Bee

    Hardin Park sixth-grader Clara Lappan correctly spelled “Marathon” and “Autumn” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 18. Green Valley’s Zeke Walker from Green Valley secured the runner-up spot in the contest.

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  • October Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education was presented a Gold Bell Award from the North Carolina School Boards Association. The board also recognized several teachers, students and community members during their October meeting.

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  • Valle Crucis teacher Katie Matthews Awarded Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

    Katie Matthews, a first-grade teacher at Valle Crucis School, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award represents the highest honor a technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

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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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  • Watauga High School hosts inaugural Senior Mini-Conference

    As high school seniors prepare to graduate, they are asked to make a series of difficult decisions. Choices that will affect their post-secondary education or career training — choices that, in short, that have the potential to alter the course of their entire lives. With these pivotal moments in mind, staff at Watauga High School set out to connect its senior class with the tools and skills it needs to tackle just those kinds of decisions with its inaugural Senior Mini-Conference.

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  • Cove Creek students take science class into the field thanks to donation

    Students at Cove Creek School are set to spend a little more time in the creek thanks to a donation from Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, a non-profit that works to study and protect natural resources in Northwest North Carolina.

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  • Watauga High School to issue hotspots to students with no home internet access

    Access to reliable high speed internet at home is something many people take for granted across the country, but Watauga County, like many rural communities, is home to some areas where broadband internet is not readily available.

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  • WCS Announces Hire of New Principals

    The Watauga County Board of Education announced the appointment of three new principals at a special called meeting held Aug. 1. The new hires are set to fill vacant positions at Mabel, Green Valley and Valle Crucis Schools.

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  • Elliott named Northwest NC Superintendent of the Year

    Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott was recently named Northwest North Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the Northwest Regional Educational Service Agency (NWRESA), an organization that provides professional services, staff development and support for public schools in the region.

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  • Phil Norman named Principal of Hardin Park School

    The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, June 10 to appoint Phil Norman Principal of Hardin Park School. Norman is set to take the job at Hardin Park after an extensive interview and vetting process led by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott. The process is designed to evaluate candidates for administrative roles in the district.

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  • Green Valley students raise $3,000 to build water filters with Wine to Water

    Over the past several weeks, Green Valley School’s fifth grade students read Linda Sue Park’s "A Long Walk to Water," a novel that tells the story of Nya, a fictional South Sudanese girl, who must walk several hours each day over great distances to supply her family with drinking water.

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  • Cove Creek installs solar array

    Last year, Cove Creek became Watauga County’s second school to be recognized for its dedication to sustainability, earning a designation as a North Carolina Green School of Excellence. This week, with the help of dozens of community members, students at Cove Creek ensured that legacy would reach far into the future, holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s newest addition — a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array.

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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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