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The "Parent Night" at WataugaáHigh School scheduled for February 24th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30 p.m. á A final decision about opening schools for an early release day on Saturday, February 28th will be announced on Friday.
 
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State Invites Public Comment on Standard Course of Studyáááá
An online survey is available to collect input from parents and others
about the state's standards for instruction in English/language arts
and mathematics in grades K-12. áClick here for more details


February's a Great Time to Appreciate School Bus Driversá
They do important work all during the school year, but February
is a special time to appreciate the service of school bus drivers.á
Click hereáfor additional information.á

Kindergarten Orientation Information
This year's schedule for kindergarten orientation and the information
parentsáneed to bring to enroll their children are shown in flyers
available on the ParentáLinks page of the website. á
Click here and then
look under the heading for enrollment materials andárelated information.á


For more system news and announcements,
please click on the "News & Data" link at the top of this page.

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á Highlights of February Board of Education Meetingá á
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Terry Gunnell-Beck (on right) was presented with the Servant's Heart Award for his extraordinaryádedication to serving students and his colleagues. áHe is a teacher assistant and bus driver at Hardin Park School who serves in ways well beyond the formal duties of his job.á Patricia Sperry (on right) was named Program Coordinator of the Year for the Watauga County Schools Extended Learning Center (afterschool) program.áShe is the only person ever to win this honor twice. Sperry's programáat Mabel School has a five star childcare license.á
Darcy Carson, who was named as a student representative to the Board of Education at its January meeting, gave the Board an update on activities and plans at Watauga High School. Carson joins Joelle Page as one of two student representatives to the Board.á School Counselors Week (February 2-6) was recognized with special kudos to the 13áWCSácounselors from Dr. Elliott. Counselors present for the meeting (standing, left to right) included Lindsey Gough, Cheryl Irwin, Claire Jensen, and Sandra Ruppert.á
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á Coach Randy McDonougháHonored as Cross Country Coach of the Year á
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Randy McDonough has been chosen as the South Sectional Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations. áThe south section of the State High School Athletic Associations encompasses eight southeastern states including North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana,and Mississippi.

McDonough coaches the men's and women's cross country teams and the track and áfield teams at Watauga High School and teaches physical education at Hardin Park.á
His tenure as coacháhas been marked by a high level of success in conference and state competitions, and WHS Athletics Director Tom Wright says "he is always willing to step up and help out in any way" at the high school. á

The Board of Education will recognize Coach McDonough for his award at its March 9 meeting.á

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á Cove Creek Wax Museum Focuses on Early NC Historyá á
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Cove Creek 4th graders staged a wax museum in which students would (when prompted by museum visitors) recite facts and stories about the persons and cultures they represented. áAbove, (from left) are Noah Styles, Devan Frierson, Kathryn Hayes, and Cameron Denney, who represented the Cherokee.á Students in Hope Combs' 4th grade class focused on the English settlers and native Americans associated with the famous "Lost Colony" at Roanoke on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Above are Angel Elias (in black) as one of the colonists and Ethan Richards (in vest) as a Tuscarora Indian.á
Kathryn Presnell and Emily Wilson (from left, facing) were part of a group representing the Lumbee, one of several NC tribes featured in Dorothy Combs' classroom. á Mason Wilson, Hannah Taylor, and Kai Plummer portrayed members of the Tuscarora. áThanks to this year's snow days, the museum was open on a Saturday this year.á
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