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Pre-orders for our 2015-16 Yearbook continue in front of Cafeteria, 7:30-7:55 'til May 6th.  Price $22 and delivery will be the last week of school.
Parkway Report Card District Snapshot
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Respect + Responsibility = Results

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PTO Fun Run
The PTO Fun Run will be held on Tuesday, May 10 during scheduled class PE times. Students have received their pledge forms and are now signing up sponsors for the Fun Run. If you are able to volunteer to help with the Fun Run, please contact the PTO. There are several great prizes available for the students with the top collections and all the proceeds raised through the Fun Run will go to our PTO and then back into our classrooms in various forms of classroom support. ​

Relay for Life
Parkway will collect donations for Relay for Life Monday, April 25-Friday, May 6. Individual classrooms have collection cups and there will be some friendly contests and challenges throughout the two weeks of our collection drive. The Watauga County Relay for Life will be held at WHS on June 17.​

Cafeteria Worker Appreciation:  May 2-6 has been designated as Cafeteria Worker Appreciation Week.  Join with us as we thank our cafeteria ladies for all their hard work to keep us well-fed!

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6:  Don't forget Teacher Appreciation Week  next week!  The PTO has organized special themes each day if you would like to participate but please feel free to choose your own way to thank our teachers for all they do for our students.  Suggested theme days are:  Monday-Flowers for the Teacher; Tuesday-Everyone loves chocolate!;; Wednesday-School supplies; Thursday-Thoughtful Thursday (Homemade or store bought cards); Friday-Fruity Friday.

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End of Grade Testing will begin Tuesday, May 31. We will need about 20 proctors to help with testing each day. Training is quick and easy and this is a great way for you to help our school. Test dates for Parkway are Tuesday, May 31, Wednesday, June 1, Thursday, June 2, and Wednesday 8. If you can help proctor any of those days, please contact Mrs. Buckner at or call the school at 264-3032. 

Background Checks
As we near the end of the school year, many parents and family members will be making plans to come to school to help with proctoring, end of the year parties, field trips and other special events. If you have not submitted the background check form THIS SCHOOL YEAR, please be sure that you do that before you come to volunteer with our students in any way. Background checks are valid for one school year, so even if you completed one last year, we have to have one on file 

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Bus Driver Training Class
A bus driver training class is being offered in Watauga County June 28-30. The training will take place at the Watauga County Agriculture Conference Center located on King Street in Boone. The classes are 8:30-3:00 each day. There is no cost for the class. For more information, contact Jeff Lyons at 264-7190. ​


Sixth Grade Student Wins Blue Ridge Electric Scholarship
Jasper J., son of Mitchell and Laura J., was awarded a scholarship to the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at UNC-CH this summer by Susan Jones of BREMCO. Jasper submitted an essay about how basketball affects his life and says, “Basketball is important to me because it has been something our family has enjoyed for many years.” Jasper is looking forward to working with UNC-CH Tar Heel basketball players and coaches. He hopes the camp will be a great experience and will help make him more competitive on the court and teach him strategies for thinking about the game that will make him a better player.
 Congratulations, Jasper! 
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Parkway Middle School Student Has Writing Published
Eighth grade student Jacob H. was recently notified that an essay he wrote last year titled “Inside a Prison” has been posted on the National Foster Care Month 2016 website of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Jacob is a gifted young writer who has had several pieces published in various formats. We are proud of Jacob for his success with his writing. ​

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New Staff Members!
We are excited to officially welcome Mrs. Toni Berke and Mrs. Cortney Williams to our staff for the remainder of this year. Mrs. Berke has joined us as 6th grade math and science teacher and Mrs. Williams has joined us as art teacher. Mrs. Williams and her family moved to Boone from Florida last summer. She has been substitute teaching for us throughout the year, so you may have heard your children talk about her being in their classrooms already. Mrs. Berke and her family moved to Boone from Texas last summer. She has experience teaching at the high school and community college levels. We are fortunate to have these two ladies join our staff and hope you will have the opportunity to give them a warm Parkway welcome.

Middle School Information

Student Council Information Application packets for Student Council Elections are now available for students in 5th-7th grades. Application packets can be picked up from Mrs. Martin and all applications are due to Mrs. Martin no later than Friday, April 22. 
Spring Pacer Tryout Interest Meeting for Rising 9th-12th Grades.

Special Safety Drills
You probably know that we are required to have a fire drill each month. We try to switch up the days and times we have these drills so that students learn what to do no matter where they might be in the building in the event we had a true emergency that required us to evacuate. At this time we are not required to have a certain number of lock down drills each year, but we do try to have at least two. We had a scheduled Lock Down Drill earlier this semester and It went very well. Please make note that we will have at least one more lock down drill this year and this one WILL NOT be announced ahead of time. We may have students outside on the playground, in the cafeteria, or everyone may be in class. We need to practice lock down drills at various times for the same reason we have fire drills at various times. We all need to be prepared and know where to go and what to do during times of crisis no matter where we are in the building. We will continue to talk with our students regularly about our safety procedures to help ensure we are keeping your students as safe as possible. Please contact Mrs. Weeks or Mrs. Buckner if you have any questions about our safety drills. ​

Parkway Staff Shows Support for Local Business

Several of our staff members participated in a “Support Our Local Businesses Day” on Thursday by wearing shirts for local businesses and non-profit organizations. The following business/non-profits were represented: ASU, The Mast General Store,
Sherrill Builders, Dynamic Fitness, The Shoppes at Farmers Hardware, John Rowell Landscaping, Watauga Builders Supply, The Local, McKethan Brothers BBQ, Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child, de la Cruz Farm, J. Swartz Painting, High Country Dance Studio, CED Boone, and Finger Masonry. Our local businesses support our schools in many ways and we appreciate all of them!​

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Final Box Tops for Education Contest Don’t forget to bring in your Box Tops for Education for our last contest of the year! The grade level with the most box tops turned in by Friday, May 27, will receive an ice cream and cookie party! Help us raise money for our school and win a treat for your grade level at the same time. Track our progress on the bulletin board in front of the main office. ​

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 Cabbage, anyone?

Our third grade students were recently given cabbage plants courtesy of Bonnie Plant Farms. The plants came with step-by-step directions for planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying cabbage. Our Lettuce Learn Garden Coordinator, Shannon Carroll, worked with the students and teachers to plant their plants in containers so that they could take them home to continue growing. The extra plants were then planted in our school gardens. The third grade students also got to taste different types of cabbage as part of their lesson. ​

Mr. Schmal Announces His Retirement
Mr. Stephen Schmal, 6th grade math and science teacher, has announced his retirement effective at the end of March. Mr. Schmal is retiring in March for family reasons and to assist in the care of an aging family member. Mr. Schmal has been a teacher for 32 years and has touched the lives of many students. He has excelled as a teacher and as a coach and we have been very fortunate to have him be part of the Parkway family. In his letter to the sixth grade students and parents, Mr. Schmal wrote, “The last 32 years have given me many blessings and being able to share life and learning with your sons and daughters is certainly among them. “ Thank you for making us Parkway Proud, Mr. Schmal!

“TASTE Local Food” Grant Received
Mrs. Shannon Carroll, our Lettuce Learn Garden Coordinator, is pleased to announce that our Lettuce Learn program has received a $500 grant from High Country Local First and Lettuce Learn to provide three taste testing opportunities during lunch for our students. We will have a taste testing of local products in the months of March, April and May. More information will follow as details are finalized. We are excited to give our students the opportunity to taste some foods they might not have tried before​


Current Needs
TUTORS:  Our Parkway reading program has a need for reading tutors for second grader students. Training will be provided and all plans are prepared for you. The only requirements are a love for children and reading. This is a wonderful opportunity to impact the life of a child through a one on one relationship and see terrific progress in reading. The training will be on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00. The tutoring sessions will run from Monday, February 8 through Wednesday, May 4 from 8:00-8:50. If you are interested, please email or call Mrs. Campbell at or 264-3032.
SCHOOL GARDEN NEEDS:  Mr. Tidyman is now collecting 3- and 5-gallon containers for spring planting. Bakeries often have empty containers of these sizes they will donate if you just ask. We are also accepting coffee grounds to add to our compost pile. Local coffee shops sometimes have these out for customers to pick up at no charge. Mr. Tidyman is also collecting clementine boxes to use for seedlings. We will gladly accept your donations!


Spring Showcase/Shooting Stars Auditions

Image result for free clip art + performing clip art Shooting Stars will be held on Friday, May 6. ​

Information plus Application Form for Shooting Stars
Visual and Performing Arts Schedule and Guidelines​




If you are buying seeds for your garden, please consider purchasing them from 
Sow Tree Seed by May 31, 2016 to help raise funds for Parkway’s Lettuce Learn school gardening project!
For every seed packet you buy through Sow True Seed, they will donate 25% of the sale price to Parkway’s Lettuce Learn project. You can help raise funds for our school gardens while supporting sustainable agriculture and heirloom seed preservation.
Simply order from Sow True Seed in one of the following ways (excludes books and gift certificates):
1.       Browse their website – - and add all your favorites to your shopping basket. At the checkout enter the CODE Parkway2016 in the Promo Code box and they’ll give back 25% of your seed packet order to Parkway.
2.       Call Sow True Seed at 828-254-0708 to place your order. Request a printed seed catalog or browse online and place an order over the phone. Make sure you start by stating the CODE Parkway2016 to the sales representative and they’ll give back 25% of your order to Parkway.
3.       In-Store - Visit the store at 146 Church Street, Asheville NC. Tell the sales staff the CODE Parkway2016 and they’ll give back 25% of your order to Parkway.
A print or downloaded copy of the Sow True Seed catalog can be requested at this link -
Based in Asheville, NC Sow True Seed offers exclusively open-pollinated, non-hybrid, untreated seed that remains  true-to-type when saved and replanted. Sow True Seed is devoted to sustaining the ecological wisdom embodied in seed handed down from generation to generation.
Thanks for supporting the Parkway Lettuce Learn School Gardening project and sustainable agriculture and heirloom seed preservation!


$  Online School Payments (OSP)
Parkway School is pleased to announce that fees of several varieties can now be paid online. Please visit the Parkway School website and look for the “Online School Payments for Parkway” tab. Once there, you simply select the items you want to purchase and each will be put into a cart. After completing your selections, assign each item to a student or students, create your account, and pay. Parents with multiple students at Parkway can pay for items for those students in a single transaction. Please note, there is a 4% fee added to each transaction as well as a $.35 transaction fee charge for each transaction.
Please contact Renea Reed at Parkway School if you have any questions @ 264-3032. ​

Parkway's Art Club is ready to begin!  Our first meeting will be Monday, October 12.  Art Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 2:30-3:15.  Please see Mrs. Boswell for a permission slip.  Art Club is for Middle School students in good academic standing.  Students must have turned in a permission form to Mrs. Boswell and have transportation home worked out prior to staying for Art Club.
Improving Parkway School: Parent Survey

2015-2016 Classroom Supply List: K - 4 5 - 8

Remember 8th grade parents - no need to purchase a book bag for your child, this will be provided as part of Watauga County Schools' 1 to1 Technology Initiative.

Strategic Plan Survey Link

The Watauga County School system invites you to participate in the development of its new
strategic plan. We want the this plan to be a useful working document and we know it will be stronger if it reflects broad community input. Whether you're a student, a parent or guardian of a student, an employer, or simply a Watauga resident with no direct connection to local schools, we are your public school system and welcome your comments.
An online survey is available through the
Watauga County Schools website. Click on the link for Strategic Plan Survey Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott is also glad to come and speak about the plan and
gather input from civic and business organizations, church groups, others. Call 828-264-7190 to request a presentation.

Don't forget to register your Food Lion card so the school receives rewards. School Code:

Reminder: Students who eat lunch at the reduced rate, as well as students who are approved for free lunch, are able to eat breakfast at no cost.

New online spirit wear shop where you can order products that say "Parkway School," etc. T-shirts, sweatpants, shorts, book bags - whatever. You can also personalize the items with your title and/or name and it is available 24/7. My Locker, Parkway School Patriot Apparel Shop




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