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á Welcome to Watauga County Schools á
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Effective April 6, 2015, office hours for the Gragg Education Center/Board
of Education will be 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. á


Hardin Park Team Wins Elementary Grades Battle of the Books
The Hardin Park Gold Team is theáWataugaáCounty Schools championá
​and will advance to regional competition in Hickory. á
Click hereáfor the press release. áá


State's Elimination of Driver Education Funding Hitting Home
The General Assembly eliminated funds for driver education forá
next year and the effects are already being felt in our schools. á
Click hereáfor the press release. áá


Pre-Kindergarten Applications for 2015-16ááá
Applications for pre-kindergarten for next school year will be handled by
the Children's Council ofáWataugaáCounty. áClick here for more details.


Katie Matthews Receives Special Grant Award
The formeráWCSáTeacher of the Year has won a prestigious Burroughs WellcomeáFund Career Award that will help enhance science education.
Read more in the news release. á


Dropouts Fall to Record Lowá
Continued progress in reducing dropouts is great news for students,
the community, and the economy. áClick here for additional information. 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 WCS Teachers of the Year for 2015-16 á
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Excellence in education is represented by the WCS áTeachers of the Year for 2015-16, consisting of (from left) Liz Tincher, Dorothy Combs, Amy Thomas, Amy Lunceford, Brianne Thurman, Natalie Willis, Linda Hollar, Laura Huber, and Allison Sparks. Click here for the news release announcing their selection. áá
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á Recent Honors and Recognitionsá á
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Mabel School Cafeteria Manager Debbie Potter (at center) received the Servant's Heart Award for March in honor of her exceptional service to students and her team spirit with the school's faculty and staff. With her in this photo are Board Vice-Chair Brenda Reese and Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott.á The celebration of National School Social Workers Week (March 1-7) brought all fiveáWCS social workers to the March Board meeting for recognition. From left are Student Services Director Dr. Paul Holden and school social workers Megan Gantt, Jennifer Wandler, Kira Cardwell, Denise Presnell, and Amy Michael.á
Blowing Rock Principal Patrick Sukowáwas chosen by his professional peers as the Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year for 2015-16. áHis selection was first announced in a surprise visit to Blowing Rock that included Dr. Jay Fenwick (at far left in left hand photo) and Ron Henriesá(at center in left hand photo). áThe honor was then celebrated at the March Board of Education meeting, where he was presented to the Board by Human Resources Director Dr. Stephen Martin (at right in right hand photo). áIt's the second time Sukow has won the award.á
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á Coach Randy McDonough Recognized by Board of Education á
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The Board of Education recognized Randy McDonough for having been chosen as the South Sectional Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations, an award given to the best high school cross country coach in a region that spans eight southeastern states.á

McDonough coaches the men's and women's cross country teams and the track and áfield teams at Watauga High School and also teaches physical education at Hardin Park. He was praised not only for the high level of success his teams have enjoyed over the years, but for fostering a healthy and supportive team atmosphere that helps develop both the talent and character of his students.á

With him in the photo is WataugaáHigh School senior Kathleen Mansure, a three year member of the cross country team who has enjoyed outstanding success in the sport. In addition to winning a number of local and regional competitions, she finished second in the NCá4Aáchampionship and qualified for the National Footlocker Cross Country Race, where she finished 28thácompeting against the best runners in the country. áMcDonough praised Mansure'sáaccomplishments and the hard work and determination she has shown throughout her time at the high school.á
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