District News

  • 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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  • 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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