Family Engagement

Last Updated: 6/8/2022 3:01 PM

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Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) encourages parents to have an active role in their children's education. We believe all stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, business, and community leaders) should work together to create a culture and climate that fosters academic success by:

  • setting appropriate goals at the school and system level that are attainable, rigorous, and content-driven.
  • developing school and system plans that are living documents that drive the educational process.
  • reviewing and updating these plans to reflect data and outcomes associated with testing and weekly formative assessments.
  • working with parents, community partners, and other stakeholders to help our children thrive during their time with us and prepare them to be successful in the future. 


Family Resources

Summer Resources

Summer Resources:

Reading Rockets

Online activities for families:

Examples of good interactive educational websites that parents and young kids can explore together.

  • National Geographic Kids: Great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more
  • Discovery Kids: Video, games, and activities to explore dinosaurs, sharks, space, pets, history, and more
  • iCivics: Educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. iCivics was founded by retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
  • NASA Kids Club: A place to play games and learn about NASA through interactive explorations
  • Project Noah: Explore and document wildlife — be a citizen scientist! 
  • Design Squad Nation: Be creative and help people through engineering, from PBS
  • My Wonderful World: A multimedia tour of our seven continents from the Smithsonian
  • PBS KIDS Lab: Educational games, activities, and mobile apps, for kids PreK to grade 3.
  • BrainPOP: Games, quizzes, videos about topics in science, social studies, English, math, arts and music, and more

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Best for All Central: Tennessee's Hub for Learning and Teaching Offers Easily Searchable Free Resources for Families and Educators

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The Tennessee Department of Education in collaboration with Tennessee PBS, launched “Starting with Sounds” to highlight the importance of early literacy and how families and students can practice reading by watching and listening to national and local musicians, athletes, and champions of student success read their favorite books and sing songs to help build these critical skills. Starting with Sounds is a component of Reading 360, a comprehensive statewide literacy initiative to provide optional grants and resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. Components of the Reading 360 initiative are funded with federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding.


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Reading 360 provides resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. If you want to stay involved, follow along on social media using the hashtag #Reading360.

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TDOE launches the S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments at Home literacy campaign and will use a social media strategy to provide quick and easy at-home activities to play with sounds. Through daily messages, "Talk with an Expert” hour, and a wealth of additional resources, the department looks forward to partnering with families to ensure they have what they need to support their child’s reading journey through S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments with Riley the Reading Raccoon.

Social Worker

Chelsie Issacs is the new ECS social worker. Chelsie is located at central office and serves all five schools. She is here to offer support to our students and offer resources to families. If you need to contact Chelsie, please call 423-707-8290 or email


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Frontier Health is the region’s leading provider of behavioral health services, offering treatment for mental health, co-occurring, and substance abuse problems, recovery and vocational rehabilitation, and developmental and intellectual disabilities services. Frontier Health's School Mental Health programs serve all 8 counties in Northeast Tennessee and 14 school systems total. They provide therapy and case management services to youth and school staff. Schools that choose to collaborate with community partners such as Frontier Health have found that they can enhance the academic success of individual students as well as improve their overall mental health.

Frontier Health

School-Based Services & Referral Form

Behavioral Health Safety Net

Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) for Children: The Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN)  for Children from Frontier Health provides essential outpatient mental health services to Tennesseans ages 3 to 17 who don't have insurance coverage or have full behavioral health eligibility.  Contact 423-547-5950 for eligibility screening and intake. Click  HERE  for more information. 

Coffe for Grandfamilies

Group meets 2nd Monday monthly in Johnson City at 10 am
HERE  for more information.


      Order Free Decodable Books HERE         

Resource Links for Families:

CDC- Centers for Disease Control And Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics

COVID Testing in Carter County

Northeast TN Feeding Site Map

Carter County Health Department

Child Care Provider Map

Carter County Drug Prevention- Youth

Frontier Health

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Contact 211

Elizabethton Carter County Public Library

Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. Book Download System

Tennessee Electronic Library

Child Mind Institute

ARM Pantry- food, clothing, and hygiene supplies

United Way of East Tennessee Highlands

Northeast Community Credit Union Resources

Tuffy "PEP" Talks



ECS Educators will present information on essential educational topics for parents and guardians. These short videos highlight our curriculum, programs, and resources and offer helpful advice parents can implement at home to help their children succeed in school.


                  PEP Talk - ESL Services              

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   PEP Talk - TAD 6th Grade Registration   

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      PEP Talk - Skyward Family Access         

PEP K Readiness

       PEP Talk - Kindergarten Readiness        


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         PEP Talk - Starting with Sounds           


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       PEP Talk - Reading 360 Decodables    


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            PEP Talk -  Math Development            


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        PEP Talk - ECS Student Supports         


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PEP Talk - Cyclone Checkpoint Benchmarks


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              PEP Talk - EHS CTE                 


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                    PEP Talk - Reading 360