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  • Meal distribution sites

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available to all children in Watauga 18 and under, regardless of school enrollment or means at seven sites across the county.

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  • WCS suspends student trips and after school activities

    In an effort to take further preemptive measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Watauga County Schools has placed a number of restrictions on student and staff travel and activities.

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  • WCS evaluating student trips and activities

    On the recommendation of local health officials, Watauga County Schools is evaluating whether certain school sponsored student travel and field trips can proceed as coronavirus continues to affect the state and country at large. Student travel and field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the district until further notice.

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  • Watauga Schools celebrate National School Breakfast Week

    To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available at school breakfast — and to showcase some of the new options available to students in their cafeterias — Watauga County School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. Busy weekday mornings can make it a challenge for some families to find time for a healthy breakfast at home. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.

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  • WCS works with local health officials to prepare for COVID-19 virus

    AppHealthCare, Watauga County Schools, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian State University, Watauga County Emergency Management, in addition to multiple local, state and federal partners, are working together and closely monitoring COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). At this time, no cases have been identified in North Carolina and according to the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), the risk to the general public in NC is considered low. Even though the risk to the general public is low, we are preparing should we have COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in our area.

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  • Laura Johnson presented Servant's Heart Award

    The Watauga County Board of Education has presented the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart award to longtime Cove Creek educator Laura Johnson. The award is presented to a WCS employee who is nominated by his or her peers for exemplary service to the school district.

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  • Bethel's Melody Howell granted NC Child Hunger Hero Award

    Bethel School Cafeteria Manager Melody Howell was recently granted a North Carolina Child Hunger Award by No Kid Hungry NC, a statewide non-profit that works to combat childhood hunger. The NC Child Hunger Hero award is presented to a variety of workers from across the state who operate in various capacities to serve quality meals to children in their areas — from school nutrition staff to community volunteers.

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  • WHS Robotics Team Wins Regional Competition

    The Watauga High School Robotics team recently took home a victory in the FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament held Feb. 1 in Asheville. The competition tasked students with designing, building and programming a robot to compete in head-to-head challenges against machines designed by other teams. With its victory in the regional competition in Asheville, Watauga’s team earned a spot to compete in the state championship to be held Feb. 29 in Greensboro.

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  • WHS to hold Eighth Grade Parent Nights

    Watauga High School is set to host its annual Eighth-Grade Parents Nights from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 10th and 11th. Hosted at WHS, the sessions are intended for rising Freshman and their parents to gain insight and information on the transition from middle to high school.

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  • School Board Recognizes Handwriting Contest Winners

    The Board of Education recognized Kiwanis Club Handwriting Contest winners Kylie Creed, Emma Lehman and Lillon Henline from Blowing Rock and Sarah Miller, Juna Gersonde, Gigi Waugh-Hardin Park and Gracyn Phelps from Hardin Park. Not pictured were Jonah Milsaps from Bethel and Iris Westerman and Hoge E. Bailey from Blowing Rock. The Award was Presented by Dr. Larry Woodrow and Eric Brown from the Kiwanis Club.

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  • The Powder Horn is back in print, WHS school newspaper relaunches print edition

    Over the past three months, journalism students at Watauga High School have worked to revitalize the school’s newspaper, The Powder Horn. The publication, whose print edition has existed in some form since Watauga High School’s foundation in 1965, has been online-only for several years.

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  • December Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized several groups of teachers, students and staff at the board's December meeting.

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  • Pioneer Playmakers win State Theater Competition

    History was made on Friday night when the Watauga High School Pioneer Playmakers swept all four major award categories -- best production, best director, best actor and best actress -- at the state play festival sponsored by the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC). The troupe won the coveted audience choice Distinguished Play Award for their production of “Ernest and the Pale Moon” by Oliver Lansley. The show, one of 121 productions in this festival cycle, will represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, KY from February 26 through March 1, 2020.

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  • 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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