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Half Day Aug. 21 for Solar Eclipse Eclipse

Parents, school will operate on a half-day schedule on Monday, Aug. 21 in lieu of the total solar eclipse. We hope you enjoy the eclipse, but please view it safely.

BOE approves contract extension with director Board of Education

Having stability in the leadership of the district was the driving factor behind a recent decision made by the Elizabethton City Schools Board.

Student liaison election this week Student cast votes

The student election for the Student Liaison to the Board of Education will be open till Friday, Aug. 18. The elected student will serve through June 2018 and will represent the entire student body to the Board, and the Board to the student body.

Kindergarten schedule to extend to full day Kindergarten Full Day

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, kindergartners in Elizabethton City Schools will no longer let out early. This is part of a strategy to increase instruction time and to improve early literacy.  The school day for kindergartners will be the same as grades 1-5, from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Complete your child's data forms online by Aug. 18 Skyward Logo

This year, parents of returning students in grades 1-12 will update student information and complete student data forms online in Skyward Family Access. In the past, these forms were sent home as a packet at the beginning of the school year. They include general student data, emergency contacts, required forms and other important information. 

What's Next? New Tuition & Out-of-Zone Applicants ECS Logo Orange Black

Parents who have completed an online tuition or out-of-zone application in the Cyclone Connection will still need to complete enrollment paperwork at the school.

All Aboard to Neyland: Betsy Band wows crowd with performance, news Betsy Band

An orange and black train is ready to rumble through Elizabethton.

The defending Division II state champion Betsy Band had the opportunity to give the community a glimpse into what this year during a special performance held in John Treadway Gymnasium at Elizabethton High School Friday night.

Local high school team wins $200k, will be featured on nationally televised special Ty Lawson

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – A local high school is getting national recognition and will be on national television this fall.

Elizabethton High School students entered a competition to “rethink high school,” it’s called “XQ: The Super School Project.”

Families encouraged to report income; apply for meal benefits ECS Logo

Unreported family income and a lack of qualifying families applying for free and reduced-price meals may be causing Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) to forgo various types of funding. For this reason, ECS administrators want to encourage all parents to all parents to complete the Household Income Form for Technology and qualifying middle and high school parents to apply for free and reduced-price meals.

Bartleby teachers collaborate with other Super Schools at MIT Cambell, MC Hammer, Hensley

Last week, two Elizabethton High School teachers met and collaborated with the other award winners of the XQ America Super School Project for the first time. The meeting was held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and included the 10 Super Schools and the three additional awardees (including EHS).

Back to school information available Back to school

Back to school information including open house dates, schedules, calendars, communication information, registration and more is available online under the Parents tab. Click here to check it out!

Elizabethton schools proactive about safety with detection canines ECS and Interquest Staff

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Elizabethton City Schools will implement a new drug and firearm detection program in partnership with Interquest Detection Canines. The non-aggressive canines will conduct random, unannounced inspections of Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Junior High School. The canines are professionally trained and certified annually to detect the presence of illicit drugs, prescription pills, alcohol and firearms.

New! Pay Tuition Online & Monthly Pay Tuition Online

Parents of tuition students in Elizabethton City Schools may pay tuition online beginning in July 2017, and they now have access to a monthly payment option. This is offered as a convenience to parents to help make payment easier throughout the school year.

ECS welcomes administrator Travis Thompson Travis Thompson

Elizabethton City Schools welcomes Travis Thompson to the Cyclone family. Thompson will serve as Director of the Wandell Early Learning Center, Testing 6-12, Curriculum 6-12, Attendance & Related Services, and Student Data Services.

City Back-2-School Bash exceeds goal for backpacks Backpacks given to students

Don’t expect a sophomore slump at Citizens Bank Stadium next month.

Planners of the second annual Back-2-School Bash, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., recently received positive news that their target goal of raising funds for 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies had been surpassed due to the outpouring of support from the community.

Football Season Tickets Available at EHS Athletics Office Friday Football

Current season ticket holders may now pickup their tickets in the EHS Athletic Director's Office. If you would like to purchase season tickets, you may sign up on the waiting list. Tickets are $55, and parking passes are $50 for the year. Office hours are 8-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m.

Camp Read-A-Lot Teachers recognized at June Board meeting Camp Read-A-Lot Teachers

Camp Read-A-Lot made it possible for 30 students to take home 22 books each and to explore literacy in different environments around the world. It would not have been possible without the teachers who applied for the grant and planned the program. For this reason, the Board of Education recognized their efforts and creativity and commended them on putting together such a successful first-year program.

Elizabethton Board of Education researches reorganization of elementary schools ECS Logo

Anticipated and historic federal funding cuts and changing laws have caused concern among Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) administrators and members of the Board of Education. Following other efforts to mitigate the effects of these changes, the Board is researching options for rezoning elementary schools into Pre-K – 1, 2 – 3, and 4 – 5 schools.

Students in ACT 30+ Club recognized on billboard ACT 30+ Club

For the first time in school history, students who scored above a 30 on the ACT are being recognized on a billboard. This is part of a regional effort to improve and recognize student achievement on the ACT in order to increase post-secondary opportunities. The billboard space, located at the intersection of highways 321 and 19E, was provided by Life Care Center of Elizabethton.

What's Working: Camp Read-A-Lot Camp Read-A-Lot Director and first grade teacher Julie Hartsook reads with a student.

Students in the three Elizabethton City Schools will take a love for reading into the summer thanks to “Camp Read-A-Lot”.

Elizabethton City Schools launches new websites New website homepage

Elizabethton City Schools is launching new websites for the district and each school on Thursday, May 25, which could take up to 48 hours to publish. This is part of a district-wide effort to better inform parents and community members about events and achievements of students, faculty and staff at ECS. The new websites will be accessible at the same web addresses as current sites, with the district site accessible at www.ecschools.net.

Faith>Fear: Hundreds attend Wandell Early Learning Center Dedication Wandell

Ovations. Laughter. Tears. Memories.

Hundreds of emotions floated throughout East Side Elementary Friday morning as Elizabethton City Schools System hosted Dr. Josh Wandell, his family and community members for the official dedication of the Wandell Early Learning Center located at the school.

Kindergarten schedule to extend to full day 2017-18 ECS Logo Orange Black Facebook size

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, kindergartners in Elizabethton City Schools will no longer let out early. This is part of a strategy to increase instruction time and to improve early literacy.  The school day for kindergartners will be the same as grades 1-5, from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Elizabethton schools ready to help sick and injured children EHS Nurse Wendy Wright and student Cameron Coleman communicate with Cindy Nave, an FNP with First Assist Urgent Care.

For the parents of children enrolled in the Elizabethton City School System, the answer is the same as it is for a growing number of other school systems in the region: the Niswonger Virtual Health Clinic.

City Council, Board of Education see progress and goals in schools tour City Council, Board of Education see progress and goals in schools tour

There’s no better way to materialize the Elizabethton City Schools Five Year Capital Improvements Plan than to tour the schools. On Friday, April 7, ECS administrators led members of City Council and the Board of Education through Harold McCormick Elementary School, T. A. Dugger Junior High School and Elizabethton High School to showcase progress and to highlight goals for the future.

Educators Hall of Fame inducts Nell Curtis, Martha Laws Educators Hall of Fame inducts Nell Curtis, Martha Laws

It was an honor to recognize Martha Laws and the late Nell Curtis at the Carter County Imagination Library's Educators Hall of Fame Saturday night. Out of more than 20 nominees, they were selected with Sherry Miller and the late John Fine to join the Hall of Fame. These teachers represent more than 159 years of experience in education.

ECS parents should register with Skyward to complete 2017-18 student forms

At the start of the 2017-18 school year, Elizabethton City Schools will not be sending home student data forms on paper. Parents will be able to complete these online using Skyward Family Access beginning on July 27. These forms include emergency contacts, medical information, photo/video waiver, and more. For this reason, it is important that parents make sure they have an active account with Skyward.

ECS accepting tuition and out-of-zone applications beginning April 20 ECS accepting tuition and out-of-zone applications beginning April 20

Those interested in applying for out-of-zone or tuition status in Elizabethton City Schools for the 2017-18 school year may do so beginning on April 20 using the new online application, the Cyclone Connection. This replaces the lottery process used in previous years. New and updated facilities have made space for 75 new tuition students at Elizabethton High School and 40 new tuition students at T. A. Dugger Junior High School.

ECS staff and police respond appropriately in safety training drill

On April 3, 2017 security procedures and protocols were tested throughout Elizabethton City Schools with the use of undercover police officers.  Operations were planned by members of administration with Elizabethton City Schools and the Elizabethton Police Department. 

Pre-K Registration April 13

Registration for students at the Early Learning Center will be Thursday, April 13th, from 8:30am - 2:00 pm at East Side Elementary School. Placement in the ELC is based on income eligibility, and priority is also given to students with special needs and students of faculty and staff. For more information contact the ELC at 423-547-8035. 

East Side to honor Dr. Josh Wandell with Early Learning Center dedication East Side to honor Dr. Josh Wandell with Early Learning Center dedication

Family, friends, and former students and staff of retired East Side Principal Dr. Josh Wandell are invited to the dedication of the Wandell Early Learning Center at East Side Elementary School. The dedication will take place on the field outside the school on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m., with an indoor reception to follow.

Elizabethton City Schools proudly presents new district logo

After nearly a year of research, numerous focus groups, and input from more than 200 staff members, Elizabethton City Schools is proud to release its bold new district logo. Over the last decade, enrollment has grown by 25 percent, and ECS has met this growth with system-wide upgrades. “Updating our identity helps us ensure our brand accurately represents our new programs, equipment, facilities and dedicated staff,” said Public Relations Coordinator Bekah Price.

New in 2017-18: returning ECS students to update student information online

Updating returning students’ information will be easier for parents at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Beginning on July 27, parents will be able to update returning Elizabethton City School students’ information online with their Skyward Family Access accounts.

ECS promotes academic success with recognition, targeted preparation

ACT test scores and students’ grades can make or break access to postsecondary education opportunities. To support students, Elizabethton City Schools staff are finding new ways to celebrate academic success and to provide students with individualized ACT data so they can improve their scores. In addition, district and school staff are working with the First District ACT Collaborative to take a comprehensive regional approach to ACT success. 

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our Building Level and System Level Teachers of the Year! All could not be present to be recognized at the February Board meeting, but they are listed below. We recognize them for their hard work, dedication and creativity in the classroom. Thanks for helping our students experience excellent education.

EHS adjusts traffic pattern, introduces crossing guards

To ensure the safety of buses crossing traffic on Bemberg Road and Jason Witten Way, Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) staff have implemented a new traffic pattern and the use of crossing guards at Elizabethton High School (EHS).

The school began a transition on Feb. 6 to a one-way traffic flow through the high school parking lot, with the entrance at Bemberg Road and the exit at Jason Witten Way. Two crossing guards, Mr. Proffitt and Mr. Hooks, are stopping traffic at both intersections to allow buses to safely enter and exit the school at dismissal.

Harold McCormick gains two acres thanks to generous alumnus

Thanks to a thoughtful Elizabethton City Schools alumnus, ECS was able to purchase two acres behind Harold McCormick Elementary School for half the listed price at a total cost of $85,000.

Sponsors, volunteers needed for ECS Back-2-School Bash 2017

Last year, nearly 3,000 people celebrated the return to school at Elizabethton City Schools’ inaugural Back-2-School Bash. Hundreds of volunteers and supporters made it possible by sponsoring 800 backpacks full of school supplies, donating bicycles, inflatables, lunch and entertainment. This year, the district plans to raise $20,000 to provide 1,000 backpacks to Elizabethton students in grades K-12 at the second annual Back-2-School Bash. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Citizens Bank Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon and all are invited.

ECS eyes expansion at T.A. Dugger

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Renovations at T.A. Dugger could soon be on the horizon following a request made by the Elizabethton City School System Thursday evening at the Elizabethton City Council meeting.