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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Playground Donations

Hardin Park is accepting Holiday Donations for the playground in honor of teachers and staff members.  If you would like to make a donation to our inclusive playground, please inquire in the front office.  Thank You!

Healthy Playground Sweepstakes

Another great opportunity to help Hardin Park obtain our Inclusive Playground!  You can enter once a day until March 25, 201
Click It To Win It!  
Enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today and you could win $30,000 and a new playground for your school! Anyone can enter on behalf of your Pre-K through Grade 5 school. Spread the news throughout your community to increase your chances of winning!

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6th Grade Science Learning Garden
Hardin Park's 6th grade is seeking to grow our Science Learning Garden program and expand our ability to serve our students and community.  Please help us achieve our fundraising goal by viewing our SeedMoney project page!

Watauga Education Foundation - Staff Appreciation Fund Raiser
The Watauga Education Foundation knows how much you appreciate the teachers and staff of the Watauga County Schools. This is your chance to show them! Make a gift in honor or memory of your
favorite teacher or staff member this holiday Season. Complete the form below and return it to your school office (put it in an envelope with instructions to give the envelope to the School Administrative Assistant.) They will collect the forms and give them to WEF. WEF will print an acknowledgement card and send it to the teacher or staff member. You may recognize as many people as you wish. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Ward Tilley at 297-4480 or

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Limited Bus Routes
Winter is quickly approaching, so we must be prepared with possible changes to bus routes.  A "Limited Bus Routes" link has been placed at the bottom left menu for easy access.  Currently, we have the following limited bus route information:   Note: Bus 182 is now bus 35
Travel Opportunity for HP Students - BioBlitz Tour
A fantastic travel opportunity is available for students that are currently in 6th,7th & 8th Grades!  This trip will take place in late June of 2016.  Mrs. Smalling will be the tour director for an exciting 7 days / 6 nights trip to Oregon! 

Please click on the brochure below to view all of the details and see the itinerary for this exciting opportunity!


New Classroom Websites
Students & Parents,

You can access your teacher's new websites from the "
Classroom Websites" link on the left menu!

These homepages were created in our new CANVAS Learning Management System.

New Playground Image

This is what phase 1 of our playground will look like.  Additional pieces will be added as funds become available.  Please consider donating to our inclusive playground fund. Thank You!

Shoparoo - Easy App to Help Raise Money for HP!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Hardin Park is on Twitter!
Please follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Hardin Park!

Playground Fund Donations - Thank You!
***Please view this video that shows how important it is that we reach our goal.  The new playground will enhance the activity of all our students!***

A donation to the playground in honor of your teacher makes a wonderful gift! Thank you for your continued support with our fundraising efforts.  We have currently raised $142,417.22!

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
Kyleigh Ford
Dalton Adams
Mary Rich
Maya Johnston
Madelyn Ellis
Keith Flowers
Olivia Moreno
Rosemary Mock
Sam Vandenberg
Claire McCoy
Timothy & Micah Rushing
Steven Garcia-Martinez
Dalton Coffey
Elizabeth Rivera Alcaraz
Lydia Rothrock
Brielynn Myers
Nhu Huynh

Sarahi Cervantes Aguilar
Frank Veno
Madison & Caleb Ogden
Christopher Heckle
Luo Jing
Nathan Bishop
Landan & Cassie Pennington
Nate & Elizabeth Weigl
Sarahi Cervantes Aquilar

Claudia Cervantes
Robin, Clair and Buck
Willie Hayworth
Jennifer Hayward
Jessica Smith

Maddie Greene and Friends
Jesus Rviera-Alvarez
K.R. and Henry Thompson
Hailey and Austin Dunn

Pretend ($25.00 - $99.99)
Jack & Ben White
Bailey & Lyndsey Whitehead-Price
Clyde Morton
The Bertrand Family
Denise Lockett
Davis Hunt
Holden Hartzog
Mattie & Katie Mac Greene
Alexandra Newmark
Rebecca & Gwendolyn Anderson
Hardin Park Social Committee
Jonathan Lutabingwa
Garrett Bagley
Melissa Isaacs
Antonio Scherlen
Cody Talton
The Haywood Family
Charlotte Crees
Jennifer Nystrom
Jeffrey & Ryan Collier
Sandy Brubaker
Hannah Zimmerman
The Mellon Family
Aidan, Lindsey, & Nora Williams
Becca & Kate Yoblinski
Ketchel Carey
Wanda Henries
Cyenna, Carolina, & Brianna Davidson
Sam & Matthew Taubman
Corey, Zachary & Laurel West
Emma Monroe
Hugh & Mamie Morton
Greg & Claudine Lovins
Madelyn & Sullivan Trexler
Trey & Courtney Morrison

Chanel Frisco
Claudia Hooker

Scot and Stephanie Sloan
Everett Gryder
Sweet Frog
Tracie Salinas
James and Molly Russell
Mack Brown Inc.
Susan McCracken
Oscar Knight

Eleanor Dundon
Alan and Aaron Mutio
Becky & Joel Moretz
Alan & Sonya Burchell
Fulton Lovin
Julianne Bagley
Jesse Whitaker
The Buzan Family
Katie and Herman van Werkhoven

Noah van Werkhoven
​Sofia Wells

Jazmine Cowan and the Cowan Family
Marlee and Makayla Barnes
Brian Newmark

Explore ($100.00 - $499.99)
Luke & Eric Hunter
Lisa Cottom
Mary Smalling
Jack, Sam & Will Byassee
Katie Mac & Alice Knight
Cailey Haas
Curtis Smalling
James & Carol Mellon
Eleanor Dundon

Hunan Chinese Restaurant
Laura and David Pace
Sharon Whalen
Cornerstone Summit Church in honor of Mrs. Smalling
Caleb Mutio
Jerry Cook - A-1 Vacuum Solutions LLC
The Order of Omega Greek Honor Society-ASU
Marshall Ashcraft
Mike & Jane Campbell
Barberitos of Boone

Imagine ($500.00 - $999.99)
The Dean Family
Bryan and Michaelle Haas & Family
Mike and Susan McNeil

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

Wells Fargo
Jersey Mike's

Challenge ($10,000.00 and Up)
Daniel Kilgore
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

Child's Play (10.00-24.99)
Pretend (25.00-100.00)
Explore (100.00-499.99)
Imagine (500.00-999.99)
Discover (1000.00-9999.99)
Challenge (10,000.00 and Up)

Hardin Park - School Performance Grade

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.
Mary Smalling

Please click here to view Hardin Park's School Report Card
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