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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
2015-2016 School Supply Lists
Supply information has been updated for several grades on the 2015-2015 School Supply List page located under General Information (see side navigation). There may be more updates closer to the new school year.
Blowing Rock Spring Fine Arts Night June 8th
"From Kindergarten through 8th, Blowing Rock School Wows Family, Friends, and Community" ... so reads the title of the BlowingRockNews.com article showcasing the Blowing Rock School Arts Festival held June 8th. Click to read the article and view the dozens of photos of this special event put together by Art Teacher Jill Huffman with the assistance of Chorus Teacher Becky Reis, Band & Orchestra Teacher Kyle Hernandez-Adams, Parent Susan Kiker, Parent Stacey Everett, Parent Julie Del Rosso, and parent and community volunteers. All photos by David Rogers of BlowingRockNews.com  Update: ​Apologies for sharing this update from Jill Huffman on the Blowing Rock Arts Festival so late – This was such a dream come true for me. It was hard work, but so worth it.  I have been planning this since last September when I wrote and received a grant from Watauga Education Foundation titled “The Show Must Go On", for the purpose of showcasing student art. I began this tradition at Valle Crucis Elementary School three years ago.  I really wanted to bring this to Blowing Rock but knew without volunteers it would not be possible to have two art shows in less than a weeks’ time. I was fortunate to have dedicated volunteers at both schools that spent countless hours helping. Between the two schools I estimate that close to 2000 pieces of student art were displayed. I do want to give kudo's to Susan Kiker, Stacy Everett and Julie Del Rosso who brought their talents to give life to this dream. I am so glad the Blowing Rock community enjoyed and embraced this event. I have to say I was overwhelmed by the crowd. I look forward to continuing this tradition. Thank you for supporting the arts, Jill Huffman.
News from WCS
June 12th will be an early release day, with students in the K-8 schools being dismissed at 12:00 and students at Watauga High School being dismissed at 1:00. Lunch will be served in all schools and school buses will run their usual routes. The last day of the afterschool program will be Thursday, June 11th. The afterschool program will operate for the usual hours on that date. ​A free summer feeding service open to all Watauga County residents age 18 or younger will be available at Green Valley School on Mondays through Thursdays for the dates of June 22nd through July 16th. The program offers a free breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and free lunch 12- 1:00 p.m. No application or prior approval is required to participate in this program. The school calendar for next school year is available under the calendar heading on the Watauga County Schools website at www.watauga.k12.nc.us. The first school day for students will be Tuesday, August 18th. Teachers and other 10 month personnel will return to work on Wednesday, August 12th. 
Blowing Rock School Summer Hours
The School office hours for the summer will be 8:00 AM-3:00 PM! The school will be open Monday-Thursday Beginning June 15 and ending August 7th.​
Freshman Orientation scheduled
Freshmen Orientation will be Thursday, August 13th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at W.H.S. for all freshmen and their parents. If you were originally scheduled for Driver's Ed. that day, it has been switched to August 14th due to orientation.
We love and will miss our retiring teachers: Susan O'Bryant and Saralyn Kader
During this final week of school of the 2014-2015 school year, we honor our two retiring staff members – Susan O’Bryant and Saralyn Kader. Photo to left: Susan O’Bryant is 2nd from left in bottom row; photo right Saralyn Kader with her beautiful granddaughter. What awesome teachers that we will miss so much as staff and as friends! How wonderful that both have been blessed with new grandchildren to dote over. We’d like to share their messages to the Blowing Rock School family on their upcoming retirement.

Susan O’Bryant:
Dear Friends, I never thought I'd love coming to ANY job, but BRS completely changed my mind about enjoying work! Over 20 years ago, who would have guessed I would have worked as an assistant in 2nd grade, taught 1st grade, and taught Reading?  However, I have had wonderful opportunities to grow while I've been at BRS and I've never stopped learning whether it has been from colleagues, parents or students.

Retiring is bittersweet because teaching has become an integral part of my life.  I treasure the friendships I have made, both students and adults.  In the time I've taught at BRS you have made me feel incredibly cherished and treasured.  I love you all and wish you continued success in everything you do.  Blessings, Mrs. O'Bryant

Saralyn Kader:
In 1992 I began teaching kindergarten at BRS and retired in 2005 due to health reasons.  In the fall the tutoring position became available and I was hired as a part time reading tutor, mainly first graders.  As a new grandparent I decided to retire again to spend more time with my granddaughter.

I want to thank all the teachers and staff for their expert advice when I needed it throughout the years, and especially thank all my students who taught me so much.  Blowing Rock School is a very special place.
Don't let your child's unwanted or unused school supplies go to waste!
REDUCE.  REUSE. RECYCLE. 
 
Don't let your child's unwanted or unused school supplies go to waste!
 
Big Yellow Boxes will be in the front of all the schools
NOW-THE END OF SCHOOL
 
Put any gently used and unused school gear and supplies in the boxes so other kids can get good use out of them!
 
Types of things we want:
scissors
binders
pencil pouches
page protectors
protractors
compasses
lunch boxes and backpacks
etc.
 
 
Types of things we don't want:
broken/dried out/used crayons, pencils pens colored pencils and markers
Loose Leaf Paper
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If you are interested in volunteering for the Back 2 School Festival please check out our website or fill out this form:
 
http://www.back2schoolfestival.org/register-to-volunteer/
The Watauga County Public Library 2015 Summer Reading Program kicks off Monday, June 15 at 1 PM!

Click here to get registered today!

Come celebrate with a kickoff party on the 15th, complete with frozen yogurt courtesy of Menchie's, music, and events to participate in.

Log your reading each day, and earn a prize each week by reading two hours (approximately 20 minutes per day). You can read a book, read a magazine, read online articles, listen to an audiobook, or listen to an older reader reading aloud, it all counts.

All ages from birth to 18 are welcome to participate.

Click here for FROYO social flyer!

Click here for a calendar of events scheduled!
 
ASU Mountaineer Summer Readers
Spend your summer reading with the Mountaineers! Once again, ASU is offering this fun program for readers.  The program begins the first day of summer and ends on the first day of school in August. All readers should bring their reading log and give it to the Media specialist.   Participate in the program and you will have an opportunity to win great prizes! Do you love ASU Basketball?  All readers that complete a tally sheet will win a complimentary ticket to a designated 2015-2016 Appalachian State Basketball game (date TBA).  All summer readers will have a chance to win an exclusive tour of the locker room, to make a high-five tunnel for the team, and be recognized in-game at a designated Appalachian State Basketball game, date TBA.  
Are you an ASU Football fan?  The top reader in each grade group (1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th) from each county will be invited to participate in Education Day at Appalachian Football with a tour of the locker room, a tailgate presented by the Reich College of Education, and in-game recognition as App State host Troy on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.  Click on the link below to obtain more information and a tally form.

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2015-2016 PTO Officers, Volunteers & Grade Parents
Parents interested in being an officer, a member at large, a general volunteer or a grade parent for the 2015-2016 Blowing Rock School PTO are encouraged to contact the PTO at blowingrockpto@gmail.com or Principal Patrick Sukow at sukowp@watauga.k12.nc.us. Thanks!
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