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Exceptional Children's Program


We hope that you will find many helpful resources here to aid in our collaborative effort to educate students with disabilities in Watauga County.

Our goal is to provide appropriate educational opportunities to all children in our district who have a disability and are in need of special education services. 

Watauga County Schools offer the full continuum of services in the least restrictive environment for all students eligible for special education. Programs and services range from Student and Teacher Consultative and Co-Taught Classrooms to Specialized Classrooms. Each of our schools provide services for students with mild disabilities.  One school, Hardin Park, houses programs for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities. Watauga High School provides the full continuum.

Related services are provided when required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.
Department Announcements
2015 Summer Camp Directory
EC Meetings/Staff Development 2015- 2016
All meetings are mandatory unless otherwise noted.
Please do not schedule any other meetings at the times noted below.

Instructional Support Team: Central Office Small Conference room at 3:30-5:00
August 24, 2015
October 19, 2015
December 10, 2015
February 15, 2016
April 25, 2016

Compliance Committee: Central Office Large Conference room at 3:30-5:00
September 28, 2015
November 23, 2015
January 25, 2016
March 17, 2016
May 12, 2016

EC District Leadership Team: Central Office Large Conference room at 3:30-5:00
September 9, 2015

December 9, 2015
March 21, 2016
June 1, 2016

Parent Advisory Committee: Central Office Large Conference room at 3:00-5:00
August 26, 2015
November 5, 2015
February 10, 2016
May 11, 2016

EC Community Stakeholder Committee: Central Office Large Conference room at 2:00-4:00
October 29, 2015
March 24,2016

District-Wide Compliance Audits: Central Office Large Conference room time 8:30-3:30
October 19-20, 2015
February 15-16, 2016
Snow dates: February 22-23

Large and Small Group meetings
August 14- Large Group- WHS auditorium- PD
14- Hardin Park-
16- Cove Creek- media center- 3:00-4:30
17- WHS-
October 14- Large Group- Central Office Large Conference Room- 3:30-5:00
2- Hardin Park-
4- Cove Creek- media center 3:00-4:30
5- WHS-
December 17- Large Group- Central Office Large Conference Room 3:30- 5:00
11- Hardin Park-
13- Cove Creek- media center- 3:00-4:30
14- WHS-
February 11- Large Group- Central Office Large Conference Room- 3:30-4:30
March 7- Hardin Park-
9- Cove Creek- media center- 3:30-4:30
10- WHS-
April 6- Large Group- Central Office Large Conference Room- 3:30-4:30

No meeting in May
June tbd- Large Group- Central Office Large Conference Room
STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The EC Division is excited to announce the 2015 STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities!

· The event will be October 9, 2015. Mark your calendar to bring your students or children to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.
· To find more information and see a video detailing this upcoming freeevent, please visit:
· This event is intended for students with disabilities in grades 6-12 who are performing at or near grade level.
· Registration will open in August and will be limited to the first 200 students. Register early to ensure your spot.

This year’s showcase will offer poignant models of grit and success in the occupational fields that will shape this country’s future. Please plan to attend this event and show a child that he or she can overcome any obstacle to live a satisfying, fulfilling and awe-inspiring life.

Follow @STEMshowcase on Twitter for updates and speaker announcements.

Senior Portfolio Presentations
Michael Wood
Paul Welborn
Shannon Quinlan
Tyler LeBlanc
Transition Fair 5/212015
The Transition Fair

For more information on participants please click the following link:
Bethel's Young Professionals
Hardin Park's Coffee Talk kids work in the F.A.R.M. Cafe Garden
Special Olympics April 24, 2015

Congratulations Brianne Thurman

Congratulations Brianne Thurman who was chosen as Teacher of the Year by her peers at Hardin Park!
F.A.R.M. & Coffee Talk
Mrs. Barr's class recently presented F.A.R.M. Cafe with a donation from Coffee Talk!

Social Thinking

Social Thinking Workshop led by Karla Lerner on January 21, 2015.
Congratulations Anna Eyler!

Cards for Caring
Anna Eyler received a $1,500 grant from the Sunrise Rotary Club to start a note card business "Cards for Caring" which will be sold at local businesses to help sustain the Food Pantry at Valle Crucis Elementary School.

The Sunrise Rotary Club gave $100 gift cards to Tammy Gragg, Karla Lerner, Barbara Linnville and Joan Ward to use for classroom supplies.
Congratulations Amanda Huff & Erin Selle
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has announced that Amanda
Huff of Watauga High School and Erin Selle of Hardin Park School have achieved National
Board Certification, the highest professional credential available in the teaching profession. For more details please click here.

Amanda Huff Erin Selle
Santa Comes to Visit
SOAR is now open at Blowing Rock

Through a cooperative venture between Watauga County Schools and Daymark, the Therapeutic Class, SOAR- Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Resiliency, is now open at Blowing Rock School. This class serves students who are in need day treatment in addition to educational services. Pictured are staff members: Courtney Jones, Melissa Dick, Sarah Donovan, Jane Smyre, Sarah Coffey
EC Conference
Hardin Park Students Trick-or-Treat
Exceptional Children Progam Teacher of Excellence

Speech Language Pathologist Tammy Gragg (in center) of Parkway School was recognized as the WCS Exceptional Children Program Teacher of Excellence for 2014-15. With her in the photo are Parkway Principal Melissa Costin and Exceptional Children Program Director Dr. Michael Marcela.
Forging an International Partnership for Exceptional Children
Teachers and administrators that work with exceptional children in Taxila, Pakistan are joining with their American counterparts in WCS to share ideas and practices for teaching exceptional children (EC). The Pakistanis focusing on EC students are part of a larger group from Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) that includes educators in a range of subjects and grade levels. The HITEC visitors will be here for several weeks and then a group of educators from WCS will travel to Pakistan early in 2015 in the second part of this year's exchange program. The program is now in its third year and is funded by a grant awarded to ASU by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Past participants in the program have praised it for greatly increasing mutual understanding and respect between Pakistani and American cultures
Welcome New EC Staff
August PD for EC Staff
Back to School Festival

Children of all ages were happy to see Santa at the Back to School Festival on August 9, 2014.
Department Web Pages
Department Folders
Department Tasks
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Department Contacts
+ Hicks, Selena
+ Marcela, Michael
+ Moore, Amy
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