District News

  • 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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  • Watauga High School to Hold Freshman Orientation

    We would like to extend a big welcome to the newest class of Watauga High School/Watauga Innovation Academy! The transition to high school is a big step, and we want to do all we can to help make it as smooth as possible! “Freshmen Orientation” will be Thursday, August 13th, so please mark the date on your calendars! In order to accommodate smaller groups of people in spaces throughout the day, please plan to come at your scheduled time based on the student’s last name.

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  • Watauga County Schools to add district wide middle school basketball team

    Beginning with the coming school year, Watauga County Schools is set to offer a district wide middle school basketball team alongside the system’s existing school-based teams at each K-8 school. The new district wide squad will offer boys and girls teams eligible to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades on a try-out basis.

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  • A statement from the Watauga County Board of Education and Superintendent Scott Elliott regarding racism and violence

    As we continue to plan for the coming school year, we are prepared to support the social and emotional needs of our students. Many students will return to school in the fall filled with excitement, uncertainty, anxiety, relief, and even trauma based on their experiences the last few months (cont.)

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  • WHS Class of 2020 graduates in drive-through ceremony

    The Watauga High School Class of 2020 became the first to ever graduate in a drive-through ceremony held Saturday, May 30 at Watauga High School. Seniors and their families — who attended the ceremony in everything from motorcycles to firetrucks — were routed in a procession around the school grounds that culminated in a stage that seniors were able to cross to receive their diploma while their families took photos and cheered them on.

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  • K-8 Schools Hold 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies

    Echoing the drive-through graduation held by Watauga High School over the weekend, last week, Watauga's K-8 school's held drive through 8th grade promotion ceremonies at their schools last week. 8th grade promotion celebrates the culmination of a student's middle and elementary school education and means 8th graders from across the county are now on their way to becoming WHS Pioneers!

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  • Brian Bettis named Principal of the Year

    Bethel School Principal Brian Bettis has been named Watauga County Schools 2020-21 Principal of the Year. Bettis was presented the award by a delegation of family, peers and Watauga County Schools leadership in a surprise presentation held May 22 at his school.

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  • WHS to hold “drive-through” graduation ceremony, students to receive diploma on outdoor stage on school campus

    In accordance with state-mandated restrictions on large gatherings, Watauga High School plans to hold an outdoors “drive-through” graduation ceremony on Saturday, May, 30 at the school. The ceremony will include many of the aspects of a traditional ceremony while taking precautions to protect the health and safety of the students.

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  • Erin Ellington named WCS Teacher of the Year

    Mabel and Parkway School Music teacher Erin Ellington was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year on March 14 in a surprise — and appropriately socially distanced — visit to her home.

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  • Benjamin Brown named WCS Rookie Teacher of the Year

    Benjamin Brown, agriculture teacher at Mabel and Cove Creek Schools, 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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  • Cap and Gown/Material Pick-up

    Message from Superintendent Scott Elliott about final pick up of print material during remote learning for K8 students and cap and gown pick up for seniors.

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  • Brushy Fork Meal Distribution Site to move to Cove Creek

    The meal distribution site that has operated at Brushy Fork Baptist Church since schools were closed by a state order in March, will move to Cove Creek School on Monday, May 11. The Cove Creek site will serve dinner and breakfast for the next day and will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.

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