|First Day of School for Watauga is August 10|
|Written by Marshall Ashcraft|
|Monday, 01 August 2011 09:57|
The first day of the 2011-12 school year for the Watauga County Schools will be Wednesday, August 10th. August 10th will be a regular school day. School buses will run their usual routes, lunch will be served, and the after school program will be open to students registered for the program.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin school on a staggered schedule over several days. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school if they have questions about the starting date for a child entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
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Class rosters for students in the elementary schools will be posted at each school no later than August 4th. Supply lists will be posted on each school website and at each school before the tax free weekend of August 5-7.
Student enrollment and parent consent forms will be provided as needed at school and are also available now on the parent links page of the Watauga County Schools website (www.watauga.k12.nc.us).
Orientation for students at Watauga High School is spread over four days. Seniors go first on August 1, followed by juniors on August 2, sophomores on August 3, and freshmen on August 4.
Student fees for the new school year are unchanged at $5 for preschool pupils, $7 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and $8 for sixth through eighth grade students. General fees for high school students are $50, with additional fees depending on the student’s classes.
Regular lunch prices will be $2.00 for prekindergarten through third grade, $2.10 for fourth-eighth grade, $2.25 for grades 9-12, and $3.30 for adults. Breakfast is available for a regular price of $1.25 for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, $1.55 for grades 9-12, and $1.80 for adults. Reduced price lunches are 40 cents for eligible students in all grades. All students eligible for free or reduced price meals will receive free breakfast this year. However, the kindergarten breakfast program that provided free breakfast to all kindergarten pupils last year at Bethel, Cove Creek, and Mabel has been discontinued.
Applications for free and reduced price meals will be available on the parent links page and the child nutrition page of the Watauga County Schools website (www.watauga.k12.nc.us) by August 8th. Application forms will also be provided to all parents on the first day of school and will be available in schools throughout the year.
Registration for the after school program will be available on the morning of August 10th at each school. Additional after school registration hours vary by school. The program is available to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Children must be registered for after school before they can attend. Parents can speed up the registration process by printing and filling out the registration form available from the after school page of the Watauga County Schools website (www.watauga.k12.nc.us, then look for the “departments” link) before coming to school. However, state licensing standards require that parents meet with after school personnel before the registration is officially complete.
An after school program for students in grades 6-8 is offered by Western Youth Network (WYN) at two sites beginning August 15th. Information and registration forms for WYN’s after school program will be available on their website at www.westernyouthnetwork.org and registration forms will also be available in schools on opening day. Contact Stephen Fowler at 264-5174 for more information about WYN’s after school program.
The school calendar for 2011-12 can be viewed online through the “calendar” link on the Watauga County Schools website. A printed school calendar, cafeteria prices, and additional information for parents and students will be included in the planners provided for students in grades K-8.
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