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SPECIAL: "House of Spirits" Stays in Sophomore Honors Curriculum on 3-2 BOE Vote

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By David Rogers. February 28, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Given the accusations that Isabel Allende's novel, House of Spirits, is pornographic and unsuitable for 10th grade honors English curriculum, the blinking red light on the television camera seemed eerily appropriate Thursday evening at the special meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education (BOE) at the Watauga County Courthouse.

Read more: SPECIAL: "House of Spirits" Stays in Sophomore Honors Curriculum on 3-2 BOE Vote

 

FLASH ALERT: School Board Votes 3-2 to Keep 'House of Spirits'

By David Rogers. February 27, 2014. BOONE, NC -- It would have been a courageous decision, either way, and the balloting reflected it.  By a 3-2 vote, the Watauga Board of Education voted to protect Watauga High School English teacher Mary Kent Whitaker's right to include Isabel Allende's "House of Spirits" on the required reading list for 10th grade honors English. The vote came after two hours in front of almost 200 people filling Courtroom #1 at Watauga County Courthouse. MORE TO COME...

   

Orr Named 2014-15 Teacher of the Year for Blowing Rock School

Special Report from WCS. By Marshall Ashcraft. February 26, 2014. BOONE, NC -- The 2014-15 Teachers of the Year in the Watauga County Schools have been chosen and the teacher names released today by the school district.

Read more: Orr Named 2014-15 Teacher of the Year for Blowing Rock School

   

GOTR Registration Now Open for Spring Session

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Linda Coutant. December 19, 2013. BOONE – Local girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR).  Registration for the spring session is open now at www.gotr.appstate.edu. The program will begin the week of Feb. 3, 2014.

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VIDEO -- No Ordinary Blowing Rock "Stiffs"

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By David Rogers. November 30, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Studying history engenders a lot of perspective on current events, but it can also be a lot of fun, as these 8th grade students found out recently when they got into character for the annual "Blowing Rock Wax Museum" event at Blowing Rock School.

Read more: VIDEO -- No Ordinary Blowing Rock "Stiffs"

   

VIDEO: Blowing Rock School Attacked by Zombies!

By David Rogers. November 18, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Imagine being a Blowing Rock School student around Halloween time and you are called to the gymnasium for one of those BORING all-school assemblies...and then the school is attacked by ZOMBIES!

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Blowing Rock School Feeds, Fetes Veterans

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By David Rogers. November 12, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- All that was missing was the ticker tape, but some two dozen military veterans gladly traded that in for breakfast on Tuesday morning at Blowing Rock School.

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Blowing Rock Among Four WCS Schools to Meet or Exceed New Growth Standards

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft.  November 7, 2013. BOONE, NC -- The results of last year’s End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests in NC public schools were released today by the State Board of Education.  

Read more: Blowing Rock Among Four WCS Schools to Meet or Exceed New Growth Standards

   

Watauga HS Hosts NCTC Play Festival, Nov. 8-9

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. October 29, 2013. BOONE, NC -- Watauga High School will host the regional competition of the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) High School Play Festival on November 8-9. 

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Blowing Rock Rotary Hits Another Home Run with 8th Grade Career Day

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By David Rogers. September 27, 2013. BOONE, NC -- An estimated 400 High Country 8th grade students converged on the Holmes Convocation Center on Thursday, eyes brimming with wonder and minds filled with questions. It was Blowing Rock Rotary's annual "Career Day," co-hosted by officials and teachers from the Watauga School District and High Country businesses and agencies.

Read more: Blowing Rock Rotary Hits Another Home Run with 8th Grade Career Day

   

FLASH ALERT: Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation of Blowing Rock, Other Watauga County Schools

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By David Rogers. August 27, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- No laughter. No pitter-patter of little feet. No hands raised eager to answer a teacher's question. Blowing Rock School and others around Watauga County were eerily silent early Tuesday morning as all schools in the district were evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Read more: FLASH ALERT: Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation of Blowing Rock, Other Watauga County Schools

   

FIT FOR LIFE: PE Offered by ASU to Home Schoolers

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. August 22, 2013. BOONE, NC —The physical education program at Appalachian State University will offer its Home School Physical Education Program for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Maybe Without Summer Tans This Year, Thousands of Students Return to High Country Classrooms

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By David Rogers. August 20, 2013. BOONE, NC -- A bunch of rainy days during June, July and August may have dampened summer plans, but thousands of students returned to High Country classes this week eager to share summer stories, renew friendships and begin new learning adventures.

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School Daze Just Ahead in Blowing Rock, High Country

Special Report to Blowing Rock School from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. August 7, 2013. BOONE, NC -- The first day of classes in the Watauga County Schools for 2013-14 will be Monday, August 19th. August 19th will be a full-length school day. School buses will run their usual routes, lunch will be served, and the afterschool program will be open to students registered for the program.

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Edmisten Recognized by School Board as Education Partner

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Special Report from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. June 12, 2013. BOONE, NC -- Former North Carolina Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten was presented with an Education Partnership Award by the Watauga County Board of Education at its meeting of June 10th.

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BLOWING ROCK SNAPSHOT: Operation Mama Gaye Celebrates 5 Years of Service to Blowing Rock School

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By David Rogers. May 15, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- With almost 6,000 books given to Blowing Rock School students, the Operation Mama Gaye Book Fair celebrated its five-year anniversary between April 30th and May 3rd in Blowing Rock. Wendy Estes and sister Kim Hartley organized the project promoting literacy in the High Country.

Read more: BLOWING ROCK SNAPSHOT: Operation Mama Gaye Celebrates 5 Years of Service to Blowing Rock School

   

Blowing Rock PTO Undeterred in Saturday Fundraiser of Fun

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By David Rogers. May 4, 2013. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- The threat of inclement wet weather and already rain-soaked grounds forced the kid-friendly games and activities inside on Saturday, but judging by the few hundred kids -- and their parents -- having fun at Blowing Rock School's "Spring Fling" you would never have known that it was planned for outside.

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Blowing Rock Spring Fling Still On (Even if it Rains)

By David Rogers. May 3, 2013. BLOWING ROCK -- Blowing Rock School's  "Spring Fling" scheduled for Saturday, May 4th (11:00 am to 4:00 pm), is still happening, in spite of recent inclement weather.  Organizer Stacey Gibson of the Blowing Rock School PTO emailed Blowing Rock News to advise members of the community that if the recreation field is too wet, the event will be moved indoors at the school

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Blowing Rock's Moore Named to Honor Roll @ Salem Academy

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By David Rogers. May 1, 2013. WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Tenth-grader Aynsley Moore, daughter of Catherine and Bob Moore of Blowing Rock, earned a spot on the Salem Academy's "honor roll" in the school's third academic quarter, Blowing Rock News learned this week.

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Hardin Park Wins HC Math Tourney; Blowing Rock's Suyao 6th Among Individuals

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. April 29, 2013. BOONE, NC -- The Hardin Park School team “Not Here Today”, won first place out of twenty-four teams at the High Country Math Tournament at the Plemmons Student Union at ASU on April 18th, 2013.  

Read more: Hardin Park Wins HC Math Tourney; Blowing Rock's Suyao 6th Among Individuals

   

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Bust

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Sheriff's Office. April 29, 2013. BOONE, NC -- On April 18, 2013, Ian Clemment Corneck, 26, of Boone was arrested in a traffic stop by the Watauga County Sheriff’s on warrants for 6 counts of Attempting to Exceed Pseudoephedrine Limits.   

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