2018-2019 Letter From Superintendent

Dear Friends of WCPS:

Welcome to WCPS!  The education of our youth is essential to the viability of our county, state and nation. We believe our children are second to none.

We are privileged to live and work in such a remarkable community. With these privileges comes great responsibility to ensure our children come first and to remain steadfast in being “Committed to the Success of Every Student.”

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Students are listening to a guest reader.Valley Institute kicked off the week celebrating Dr. Seuss with a vocabulary parade.  Students selected a vocabulary word and then dressed in costume to represent the word.

Student posing for a photo.Josh H. was the winner of the Martin Luther King Essay Contest from Holston High School. His essay, “Standing Arm in Arm,” was chosen to be read by Josh at the ceremony commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Abingdon.
Congratulations to Josh!

2 boys swinging golf clubs.During the week of February 25-29, 2019, Watauga students had the chance to learn all about the game of golf from Coach Adam Dean. Coach Dean is the program director for The First Tee of Tri-Cities.

Students posing for a group photo.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, a group of FBLA club members toured the campus of ETSU in Johnson City, TN. They were able to see a variety of the halls and residences on campus, as well as other facilities that ETSU students are able to use freely. The tour guides, current students at the university, were very helpful.

Students standing by a poster.The month of February was filled with lots of jumping and learning about how to take the best care of our hearts for students at Valley Institute.  Students joined in on the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association.

Three students look at steel wool burn.Patrick Henry chemistry students conducted a series of minilabs in order to prove the Law of Conservation of Mass.  Students worked through five experiments, measuring the mass of the reactants and the mass of the products.

Attention Parent/Guardian:

Washington County Child Nutrition would like to thank you for your patronage. To date, our Child Nutrition staff have served 203,054 Breakfast and 394,241 Lunches.

As the 2018-2019 school year is winding down, here are a few reminders:

Kindergarten Registration will be held at all seven elementary schools in Washington County, Virginia on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 12:00-6:00 pm.  Children who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten enrollment.  During registration, all children will be screened for instructional needs.  Documentation needed for registration includes birth certificate, immunization records and evidence of a physical exam within the past year.  Parents need to register their children in the school district in which they reside.  Out of zone transfer requests will be pr


The Washington County Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.  If school is not in session that day, the meeting will be cancelled. The meeting will be held in the top floor of the Annex Building. Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Connie Phillips, Supervisor of Special Education at 739-3041.

A man shaking hands with a student.Second Graders at Watauga Elementary School presented Dr. Doug Arnold with a gift for School Board Appreciation Month. Dr. Arnold was given a book titled, Cara’s Kindness.

Bird's eye view of school building.4th Grade students at High Point Elementary School have been working on the math concepts of area and perimeter in Art Class!

A group of students looking at a projection.On Monday, November 19, WMS eighth grade students were able to take a trip into the future with Career Exploration and the Reality Store with Virginia Cooperative Extension at the Higher Education Center.

Students posing for group photo.Members of Holston High School's National Honor Society sponsored a drive to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN.

A woman drawing blood from a girl.The gifted students at Damascus Middle School recently participated in a unit of study about Blood Typing.  The nurse at Damascus Middle School, Michelle Stiltner, helped with this unit by taking blood from each student using a lancet.

A woman smiling.Watauga Elementary is proud to announce our librarian, Dr. Barbara Jones, as Clinch Region Librarian of the Year! This award recognizes outstanding Virginia school librarians.

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