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  • Watauga County Schools reminds families of snow day procedures

    With winter approaching, Watauga County Schools would like to remind parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings and other changes resulting from inclement weather.

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  • Green Valley's Kazia Orkiszewski wins district-wide spelling bee

    Green Valley eighth-grader Kazia Orkiszewski correctly spelled Statuesque and Circumvent to land the top spot in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 13. Hardin Park fifth-grader Sam Nystrom and Blowing Rock eighth-grader Cristian Hamilton tied for the runner-up spot in the contest.

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  • October Board of Education recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized Julie Anderson with the Servant's Heart award, as well as WCS principals.

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  • Hardin Park Family Reading Project begins 'Prisoner B-3087'

    More than 140 students, parents and community members gathered last week at Hardin Park to mark the kickoff of the school’s Family Reading Project — a month long event that provides families of middle school students with a book and challenges them to read it together and to experience the work as a family.

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  • Middle school science classes head to the field

    The look of the classroom is constantly evolving; It is increasingly collaborative and interactive; it is always changing and adapting to technology and learning in new ways, and sometimes — like for Watauga County Schools Middle-Schoolers on Watershed Field Day — it’s knee deep in the Watauga River.

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  • WCS sees record graduation rate, strong test scores, enrollment gains

    School performance data released by the N.C. State Board of Education shows that Watauga County Schools has improved its four year graduation rate for the second year running, reaching a record high of 91.2 percent. The school system exceeded a 90 percent graduation rate for the first time last year.

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  • Hardin Park holds Patriot's Day

    Students at Hardin Park began their day Monday, Sept. 11 with the school’s annual Patriot’s Day event — a memorial to victims of the 2001 terror attacks and a day the school uses to recognize the work of local police and emergency responders.

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  • September Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized groups of students, teachers and community members at their September meeting.

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  • WCS Students work to raise money for hurricane victims

    In the wake of the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas last month, students, staff and teachers across Watauga County Schools have pitched in to raise money for the city’s recover effort.

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  • Watauga County Schools back in session!

    Monday, Aug. 21 marked the first day of classes for students at Watauga County Schools. Across the county, more than 4,600 students attended one of the system’s nine schools – an increase of 200 from the same time last year.

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  • Teachers and staff celebrate convocation

    As Watauga County Schools prepares to open its doors to students Monday, Aug. 21, teachers and staff came together to celebrate the system’s annual convocation. Held at Watauga High School, the event gave WCS teachers — both new and returning — a chance to meet and connect with community partners, attend health screenings and a benefits fair and prepare to start the new school year together.

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  • WCS solar eclipse plans

    "We considered all the options, and feel the best choice is to stay the course with a full day schedule and give as many students as possible the opportunity to safely view the partial eclipse with teachers and safe viewing glasses."

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  • Brian Bettis named principal at Bethel School

    Bettis was recommended to the board after a rigorous interview by a committee of 23 Bethel parents, teachers and school staff, as well as board of education members and central office staff.

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  • WHS, Cove Creek net N.C. Green School Awards

    Watauga High School and Cove Creek were both recent recipients of NC Green Schools of Excellence awards this spring. WHS was the first high school in the state to receive the highest honor conferred by the N.C. Green Schools Program. Click for more.

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  • Watauga High hosts Pioneer Strong

    Last week, in partnership with Blue Ridge Energies and Appalachian Regional Healthcare system, Watauga County Schools launched Pioneer Strong, a program that aims to provide free access to sports physicals for all student athletes. Click for more.

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  • Gary Childers appointed to fill vacant school board seat

    The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint former Watauga High School educator Dr. Gary Childers to fill a vacancy left on the board after the departure of member Barbara Kinsey last month. Childers will serve until the next election cycle in 2018. Click for more.

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  • Congratulations WHS Class of 2017!

    Watauga High School graduates walked the stage and received their diplomas last Saturday. Click for photos from the ceremony.

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  • Watauga County Schools adds programs, drops out-of-county tuition

    Watauga County Schools has announced plans to expand its arts, agriculture and academically gifted program offerings in the coming school year. The system is also expanding options for students currently enrolled in home school, or those who live out of county, to attend Watauga County Schools. Click for more.

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  • WHS Class of 2017 holds capping ceremony

    Watauga High School's Class of 2017 gathered together for the first time in caps and gowns Thursday for the traditional WHS capping ceremony. The event marks the start of graduation events for the class. Click for more.

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  • Hardin Park celebrates playground ribbon cutting

    Students at Hardin Park were joined last Friday afternoon by Town of Boone officials, county and school leadership and other local stakeholders to celebrate the official ribbon cutting for the school’s new playground. Click for more.

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  • Eve Parsons named WCS Teacher of the Year

    Eve Parsons was named Watauga County Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Monday morning in a ceremony at Blowing Rock School. Parsons also teaches a Green Valley and Parkway

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  • Watauga County Schools kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week

    The first day of May marks the start of Watauga County School's celebration of Teacher Appreciation week. Be sure to keep an eye on Twitter and the #WeAreWatauga hashtag all week!

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  • Dr. Chris Blanton hired as WHS Principal

    After a robust and rigorous vetting process that sought input from more than thirty WHS community stakeholders, Dr. Chris Blanton was appointed by the school board to serve as Watauga High School's new principal.

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  • April Board of Education Recognitions

    The Board of Education recognized several groups and individuals during its April meeting. Click for photos from the meeting and more information.

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  • WHS JROTC takes home awards at Appalachian Regional Championship

    The Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC wrapped up its competitive season last week, placing second overall in its at the Appalachian Regional JROTC Championships hosted by Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn. Click for more.

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  • Hardin Park Battle of the Books team wins regional competition

    After taking home the gold at the Watauga County Schools Middle School Battle of the Books Competition, Hardin Park continued its success at the regional competition last week.

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  • Watauga County Schools simplifies web address

    Effective April 10, Watauga County Schools will simply its web and email address to www.wataugaschools.org. Click for more information.

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  • March Board of Education Recognitions

    During its March meeting, the Watauga County Board of Education recognized school social workers, Principal of the Year Preston Clarke and Servant's Heart Award winner Watauga County Schools Spanish Language Interpreter Yolanda Adams.

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  • Welcome to Kindergarten!

    Over the next month, we will take a look at what it's like to spend a day in the life of a Kindergartner in Watauga County Schools. Click for more.

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  • Kindergarten Orientation to begin in March

    Kindergarten orientation is set to begin at the end of March for children that will enter Kindergarten in Watauga County Schools next August. Click for more information.

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  • Preston Clarke named Principal of the Year

    Valle Crucis Principal Preston Clarke has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year. Clarke was presented the award by WCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, representatives from WCS and members of his family in a surprise ceremony Friday morning. Click for more.

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  • Valle Crucis student raise money for 'Water for Sudan'

    When Valle Crucis seventh-graders read Linda Sue Park’s “A Long Walk to Water” last September, they wanted to take what they’d learned from the book off the page. Click for more.

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  • WHS JROTC takes home honors at drill meet

    Watauga High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps recently found success at the 20th annual Daniel Boone High School MCJROTC Invitation Drill Meet in Gray, Tenn. Click for more.

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  • Pennies for Pups raises $700 for humane society

    Thanks to the dedication of the students and staff at Hardin Park School -- and some inspiration from The Great Kindness Challenge -- tails across Watauga County are wagging a little easier this week. Click for more.

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  • February Board of Education recognitions

    WHS students and staff from the Health and Hunger Coalition were recognized at the February meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education. School counselors were also highlighted in honor of National School Counselling Week.

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  • Watauga names Teachers of the Year

    Watauga County Schools has named its latest group of teachers of the year -- one from each school in the district. Chosen by their peers, the nine newly awarded educators were selected from a group of more than 300 teachers district-wide at all grade levels.

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  • Watauga County Schools celebrates 100th day

    Thursday, Jan. 26 marked Watauga County School's 100th day of operation so far this year. K-2 students from around the district celebrated the benchmark. Click for more.

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  • Mabel's Mrs. Merritt selected to compete in 30 Second Book Talk Challenge

    Voting has begun in the 2017 30 Second Book Talk Challenge, a Twitter competition that tasks teachers with recording a thirty second video in which they talk about their favorite children's book as part of an effort to promote literacy. Mabel School third-grade teacher Mrs. Bronwyn Merritt has been selected to participate in the challenge with her book talk on the classic James and the Giant Peach. Click for more.

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  • WHS Nursing receives donation

    The nursing program at Watauga High School last week took delivery of a host of medical equipment donated by the Foley Center at Chesnut Ridge. A total of seven of workers were tasked with unloading the equipment and installing it in the classroom. Click for more.

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  • Cove Creek EcoRaiders focus on nature

    An environmental science student group 35 members strong at Cove Creek School has been making an impact around the community. Recently, the group received a grant to establish an observational bee hive at the school. Click for more.

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  • January Board of Education Recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education and school superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott recognized staff and teachers during the regular January board meeting

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  • Rising Freshman, parents invited to Winterfest

    Rising ninth-graders and their parents are invited to Winterfest, an a event that aims to aid students with their transition into Watauga High School. Click for more.

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  • December Board of Education recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized staff, teachers and students during its regular December meeting. Click for more.

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  • Watauga County Schools ranked third-best in state

    A recently released Niche study that ranks K-12 school districts nationwide, has rated Watauga County Schools the third-best overall school system in the state of North Carolina. Click for more.

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  • WHS students work to raise money to support hurricane victims

    Over the past few weeks, a group of students at Watauga High School have managed and worked to promote an effort to raise funds for Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew. Click for more.

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  • Holiday Happenings!

    Click for a schedule of holiday events happening around Watauga County Schools.

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  • Mast General Store donates coats to students

    Mast General Store, in conjunction with vendor partner Columbia Sportswear, donated more than 200 coats this week for students in need.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Watauga County Schools

    Best wishes and happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for all you do to support Watauga County Schools!

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  • Carry the Love connects Valle Crucis with Capt. Young

    Video chat allowsValle Crucis mom stationed in Afghanistan sit in on Kindergarten Thanksgiving program

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  • Operation Carry the Love

    To the public, Jessica Young is a Captain in the U.S. Army, but if you ask five-year-old Kindergartener Atticus Stauffer — she’s Mom. And beyond that, just like the team of Avengers on his Marvel tee-shirt, he’d tell you one more thing — his mom is a superhero. Click for more.

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  • November Board of Education recognitions

    The Watauga County Board of Education recognized several individuals for their accomplishments during the November meeting. Click for more.

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  • Hardin Park holds Science Day

    Hardin Park Elementary School transformed into Watauga County’s largest laboratory last Friday as the school hosted it’s annual Science Day. Click for more.

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  • Watauga County Schools celebrate Veterans Day

    Students, faculty and staff at Cove Creek, Green Valley and Parkway Elementary Schools hosted events to honor local veterans on Veterans Day. Click link for more.

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  • Marlett works to bring younger student's voices to school board

    WHS junior and student member of the Watauga County Board of Education Kelsey Marlett is on a mission to visit with elementary students from across the county to bring their voices, experiences and concerns to the school board.

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  • Pioneer Playmakers advance to state theater festival, win 'Superior' rating

    Watauga High School's honors acting troupe, the Pioneer Playmakers achieved several accolades at the North Carolina Theater Conference High School Play Festival, earning the opportunity to go on to perform at the state level festival. Director Sarah Miller and Playmakers Collin Linville and Rachael Sabo-Hedges give more info on their show "Mea Culpa." Click the link for more.

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  • Trick-or-treaters visit central office

    Students from Hardin Park Elementary came to visit the Watauga County Schools central office Monday to celebrate Halloween. More than 50 students showcased their costumes and went back to class with plenty of candy and treats. Click the link for additional photos.

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  • Superintendent Reminds School Families of Winter Weather’s Impact on Schools

    Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott is reminding parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings and other changes resulting from inclement weather. Click the headline above for more information.

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  • Sam Nystrom is Spelling Champion

    Eight school Spelling Bee winners competed for the title in this annual event. Please click on the above headline for a link to the news release.

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  • New Central Services Personnel Announced

    The Watauga County Board of Education recently approved the selection of two local residents to leadership roles at the Margaret Gragg Education Center. Deborah Smith (on left) and Garrett Price (on right) will be joining the Central Services team. Click on the above headline for additional details.

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  • Servant's Heart Award Goes to Chris Hutelmyer

    Chris Hutelymyer, Technician Level 2 for Watauga County Schools, was presented with the Servant's Heart Award by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott. Please click on the above headline for more information.

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  • Board of Education Honored

    The Watauga County Board of Education recently received the Golden Bell award from the NC School Board Association, the highest professional development honor available to Boards of Education. In the photo are Brenda Reese (Vice-Chair), Jason Cornett, Ron Henries (Chair), Barbara Kinsey, Dr. Jay Fenwick, and Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott. Click on the above headline for more details.

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  • WHS Marching Band Wins Honors

    The Pioneers' hard work shows up in their performances. Click on the above headline for news about their recent success.

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  • Students March for Bullying Prevention

    Students at Mabel Elementary took to the streets (or at least the sidewalks) to take a stand against bullying. Please click on the above headline for a link to more details about the event.

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  • Fall WCS Newsletter

    Please click on the above headline for a link to the fall issue of the Watauga County Schools newsletter.

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