Congratulations to Anne Wilson and Brittany Bolick for receiving the High Country Local First Grant for their project, Flowering the Fruit of Our Labor. This grant will support raising a garden in order to study the reproductive cycle of flowering plants, the importance of nutrient dense foods, and to share produce with our school community.
Mr. Terry and his family
Watauga High girls' cross country coach Randy McDonough was recently named the South Sectional Cross Country Coach of the Year, which is presented by the NFHS (National Federation of State HighSchool Athletic Association) for girls' cross country. The South Sectional consists of eight states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.
Dear Hardin Park Families,
Under legislation adopted by the NC General Assembly, each public school in NC will be assigned a School Performance Grade this year. It’s important to understand the new School Performance Grades and this letter will help explain them.
For K-8 schools, the grade is based on the 2013-14 results for End-of-Grade (EOG) reading and mathematics tests for grades 3-8, EOG science tests for grades 5 and 8, and the End-of-Course (EOC) Math I test for students who take Math I in middle school. The grade is calculated using a formula that gives 80% weight to student proficiency and 20% to students’ academic growth.
Although the state’s formula is heavily weighted toward proficiency, it’s worth noting that most educators believe academic growth is usually a better measure of school quality. There is no perfect measure of school performance, but academic growth does ask a better question to evaluate schools: how much progress did students make during the year? How much did their skills and knowledge improve after an additional year of instruction? Not every student will achieve at the same levels in all areas, but every student can learn and grow, and it is the responsibility of schools to help each student learn and grow as much as possible.
With that in mind, we are pleased to note that our school exceeded the state academic growth targets for 2013-14. This success reflects the hard work of students and teachers and the support they receive from school families and our many community partners. Thank you for your help in achieving this result.
Our School Performance Grade for 2013-14 is “B.” The grade on the reading section was a “B” and the grade on the math section was a “B.” We will use the data behind these grades to focus our attention on areas that need improvement and to further strengthen performance in areas where our students are already succeeding at a high level. We are committed to continuous improvement in instruction to help our students grow and learn to their highest potential.
If you would like to see more information about School Performance Grades and how they are calculated, you may want to review the PowerPoint presentation available on the news and data page of the Watauga County Schools website.
Please also note that the state is continuing to publish annual School Report Cards. School Report Cards provide more detailed information about state test results, faculty qualifications, and other factors for each school and school district in North Carolina. A link to this information is posted on the school website and a printed copy will be available on request from the school office.
We are grateful for your continued support as we partner with you to help your child achieve his or her full potential. If you have questions about School Performance Grades, School Report Cards, or other school topics, please let us know.
Please click here to view Hardin Park's School Report Card
Help us if you can by completing the application for Free and Reduced Lunch. Our Title One status is contingent upon the number of qualified free and reduced lunch students enrolled at Hardin Park School. Please check here to see if you qualify and then request a Free and Reduced Lunch Form.
Please click on the brochure below to view all of the details and see the itinerary for the BioBlitz Tour. This will give you and your parents an idea of what you will see and do on this tour.
A donation to the playground in honor of your teacher makes a wonderful end of school year gift! Thank you for your continued support with our fundraising efforts. We have currently raised $124,256.31 to date!
Thank You to all of the following individuals and businesses who have generously donated to our new Playground Fund. The Hardin Park students appreciate your help!
Child's Play ($10.00 - $24.99)
Aidan & Drew Fankhauser
Annie, Joey, & Maggie Veno
Timothy & Micah Rushing
Elizabeth Rivera Alcaraz
Sarahi Cervantes Aguilar
Madison & Caleb Ogden
Landan & Cassie Pennington
Nate & Elizabeth Weigl
Sarahi Cervantes Aquilar
Robin, Clair and Buck
Maddie Greene and Friends
Pretend ($25.00 - $99.99)
Jack & Ben White
Bailey & Lyndsey Whitehead-Price
The Bertrand Family
Mattie & Katie Mac Greene
Rebecca & Gwendolyn Anderson
Hardin Park Social Committee
The Haywood Family
Jeffrey & Ryan Collier
The Mellon Family
Aidan, Lindsey, & Nora Williams
Becca & Kate Yoblinski
Cyenna, Carolina, & Brianna Davidson
Sam & Matthew Taubman
Corey, Zachary & Laurel West
Hugh & Mamie Morton
Greg & Claudine Lovins
Madelyn & Sullivan Trexler
Trey & Courtney Morrison
Scot and Stephanie Sloan
James and Molly Russell
Mack Brown Inc.
Alan and Aaron Mutio
The Buzan Family
Katie and Herman van Werkhoven
Noah van Werkhoven
Explore ($100.00 - $499.99)
Luke & Eric Hunter
Jack, Sam & Will Byassee
Katie Mac & Alice Knight
James & Carol Mellon
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
Laura and David Pace
Cornerstone Summit Church in honor of Mrs. Smalling
Jerry Cook - A-1 Vacuum Solutions LLC
The Order of Omega Greek Honor Society-ASU
Imagine ($500.00 - $999.99)
The Dean Family
Discover ($1,000.00 - $9999.99)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Hardin Park PTO
Los Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant
Jason & Mitzi Triplett
Boone Service League
Phil & Paula Smalling (In honor of Hardin Park's support staff)
Hardin Creek Timber Frame & Millwork
Challenge ($10,000.00 and Up)
Hardin Park School would also like to thank all of the students, parents and staff that placed an "In Honor" donation to help fund our new Monkey Land Playground!
Donated By: In Honor Of:
Mary Smalling Hardin Park Faculty & Staff
Bailey Whitehead-Price Mrs. Roten
Lyndsey Whitehead-Price Ms. Beckley
Clyde Morton Mrs. Hall
Samantha Bertrand Mrs. Eberle
Nathaniel Honea Mrs. Presnell-Greene
Griffin Honea Mrs. Hayes
Davis Hunt Mrs. Hyler
Aiden Fankhauser Mrs. Shaw & Mrs. McCourry
Drew Fankhauser Mrs. Dallas & Ms. Greene
Holden Hartzog Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Harvey, Mr. Larick
Luke Hunter Mrs. Hyler
Eric Hunter Mrs. Mast-Herring, Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Harvey, & Mr. Larick
Anna Veno Mrs. Freeman
Joey & Maggie Veno Mrs. Hall
Kati Mac Greene Mrs. Myers & Mrs. Shields
Mattie Greene Mrs. Welsh & Mrs. Bennett
Alexandra Newmark Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Isaacs, Mrs. Smalling
Gwendolyn Anderson Mrs. Krause, Mrs. Cottrell
Rebecca Anderson Mrs. Roten, Ms. Saunders, Mrs. Mohr, Mrs. Rothrock
Kyleigh Ford Mrs. Varipapa & Mrs. Eppley
Dalton Adams Mr. Felker, Mr. Hopkins, Mrs. Mast-Herring, Mr. Eggers, & Mr. Pyles
Jonathan Lutabingwa Mrs. Hall
Garrett Bagley Mrs. Blackburn
Melissa Isaacs Hardin Park Administrators & Office Staff
Antonio Scherlen Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Ward, Mr. Larick
Mary Rich Hardin Park Administrators
Maya Johnston Mrs. Nash & Mrs. Gilbert
Ann Mellon Mrs. Shaw
Mark Mellon Mrs. Lawrence & Mrs. Rothrock
Patrick Mellon Mrs. Blakeley & Mrs. West
Aidan, Lindsey & Nora Williams Mr. Safferstone & Mr. Selle
Aidan Williams Mrs. Huffman, Mrs Ward, Mrs. Harvey and Mr. Larick
Lindsey Williams Mrs. Beckley
Nora Williams Mrs. Lentz
Becca & Kate Yoblinski Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith, & Mrs. Hayes
Becca Yoblinski Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith, & Mrs. Hayes
Katie Yoblinski Mrs. Nash & Mrs. Gilbert
Ketchel Carey Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Hayes
Wanda Henries Office Staff
Brianna Davidson Mr. Larick, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Huffman & Mrs. Harvey
Carolina Davidson Mrs. Saunders
Sienna Davidson Mrs. Blackburn
Cailey Haas Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Hayes and all Exploratory Teachers
Claire McCoy Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith, & Mrs. Hayes
Timothy Rushin Mrs. Roten
Micah Rushin Mrs. Lentz
Sam & Matthew Taubman Mrs. Isaacs, Mrs. Smalling, Mrs. Allain, Mrs. Huffman, Mr. Larick, Mrs. Ward, & Mrs. Harvey
Zachary West Mr. Hiatt, Mrs. Smith, & Mrs. Hayes
Corey West Mr. Felker, Mr. Eggers, Mr. Pyles, & Mr. Hopkins
Laurel West Mrs. Shaw
Cody Talton Mrs. Blackburn
Everett Hayward Mrs. McCourry
Griffin Hayward Mrs. Lawrence
Charlotte Crees Mrs. Dallas & Ms. Greene
Madelyn Ellis Mrs. Hall
Sam Nystrom Mrs. Blakeley, Mrs. Allain, Mrs. West, Mrs. McCourry & Mrs. Dees
Jeffrey Collier Mrs. Shields
Ryan Collier Mrs. Blakeley
Kaylee Cottom Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Harvey & Mr. Larick
Lauren Cottom Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Roten, Mrs. Saunders & Mrs. Mohr
Keigh Flowers Hardin Park Administrators & Office Staff
Mary Smalling Hardin Park Students
Olivia Marino Mrs. Heckle & Mrs. Hyler
John Byassee Mrs. James
Sam Byassee Mrs. Shaw
Will Byassee Mrs. Blackburn
Rosemary Mock Hardin Park Office Staff
Sam Vandenberg Mrs. Krause
Ben White Mrs. Nash, Mrs. Cottrell & Mrs. Krause
Jack White Mrs. McCourry & Mrs. Rothrock
Alice Knight Mrs. Mohr, Mrs. Saunders, Mrs. Brubaker & Mrs. Roten
Katie Mac Knight Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Harvey & Mr. Larick
Sandy Brubaker Hardin Park Administrators & Office Staff
Hannah Zimmerman Mr. Felker, Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Eggers & Mr. Pyles
Emma Monroe Mrs. Scott
Steven Garcia-Martinez Mrs. Lentz
Dalton Coffey Mrs. Hall
Elizabeth Rivera-Alvarez Mrs. Shaw
Eleanor Dundon Mrs. Shaw
Los Arcois Hardin Park School
Eleanor Richardson Mrs. Lawrence
Brian Costin attended "Math Behind the Market: The Math Behind the Stock Market Game" at NCCAT. He also attended "Financial Literacy/Virtual Economics" in Wendell, NC. Both of these trainings were through the North Carolina Council for Economic Education.
Lindsey Wilson, Erin Selle, and Mary Smalling attended the BB & T Teacher Leadership Institute, at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) in Ocracoke.
Amy Hiatt and Craig Marze attended the NC Googlefest 2014 Conference in Lenoir.
Online School Payments
By clicking the above link, you can view our new Online School Payments Portal. This will take you directly to the Hardin Park portal where you may set up a parent account. Beginning soon, you will be able to make payments for school fees, yearbooks, playground donations, field trips and more!