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WHSáHistory Teacher Jamie Wilson Honoredáá
áWilson was named Outstanding Teacher of American Historyá
by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.á

Click hereáfor an article about her recognition in theáWataugaáDemocrat. á
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Sarah Tyndall Wins WCS Spelling Beeáá
This year's champion is from Cove Creek School.á

áClick hereáfor more information about the 2014-15 Spelling Bee.

Walk to School Day Promotes Health and Safetyáá
This event at Hardin Park, held on International Walk to School
Day, helps promote walking and biking to school as alternatives
áto being driven in personal vehicles. á
áClick hereáfor a brief recap.áá
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For more system news and announcements,
please click on the "News & Data" link at the top of this page.

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á October Board Meeting Recognizes Excellence in Teaching and Music á
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Speech Language Pathologist TammyáGraggá(in center) of Parkway School was recognized as the WCS Exceptional Children Program Teacher of Excellence for 2014-15. With her in the photo are Parkway Principal MelissaáCostináand ExceptionaláChildren Program Director Dr. Michael Marcela.á MackenzieáNelsenáwas recognized for her selection to North Carolina's State Honors Orchestra, described by WHSáOrchestra Director WilliamáSelleá(at left) as the highest musical honor available to high school students. Nelsenáplays bass in the orchestra and was selected for NC Governor's School in natural science last summer.á
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á Forging an International Partnership for Exceptional Childrená á
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Teachers and administrators that work with exceptional children in Taxila, Pakistan are joining with their American counterparts in WCS to share ideas and practices for teaching exceptional children (EC). áThe Pakistanis focusing on EC students are part of a larger group from Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) that includes educators in a range of subjects and grade levels. áTheáHITEC visitors will be here for several weeks and then a group of educators from WCS will travel to Pakistan early in 2015 in the second part of this year's exchange program. áThe program is now in its third year and is funded by a grant awarded to ASU by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. áPast participants in the program have praised it for greatly increasing mutual understanding and respect between Pakistani and American cultures.á
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á Introduction to Musical Instruments Proves a Hit for Pre-Kindergarten Students á á
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Double ábassist Erik Dyke of the NC Symphony provided an engaging introduction to music education for Elizabeth Hutelmyer'sápre-kindergarten class at Hardin Park School, as the faces of these young students show.á Hands-on music education became physical education as Dyke had students lift the double bass to show how heavy it is. Dyke told the students about the elements of music and the categories of musical instruments during his visit.á
All the students got a chance to put their hands on one or more instruments and a child-friendly explanation of how each one works. áAbove, Henry Norman gets his personal introduction to the violin. á á Teacher Elizabeth Hutelmyer joined in for a short lesson on the flute. Dyke's visit followed a morning performance by the Symphony for third and fourth grade students that was part of the ASUáAPPlause series for students.á
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á Education Foundation Grants Bring Enriched Learning to WCS Classroomsá á
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The Watauga Education Foundation (WEF) makes fall anáespecially pleasant time of year for teachers and students as it hands out its annual classroom grants to fund special learning projects that cannot be covered in the school system budget.

In the photo at left, Jamie Dale of Parkway School has gratefully accepted a check presented by WEF
President Chad Smith (at right in photo). Dr. Scott Elliott was present to congratulate Dale on her grant and to thank Smith and the WEF for making it possible. Click here for more information about the WEF and its programs. á á
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