District News

  • 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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  • 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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