District News

ECS tuition application: online for grades K-8, in person for grades 9-12

Parents interested in their children attending Elizabethton City Schools as new tuition students should apply online in the Cyclone Connection for grades K-8 or in person for grades 9-12. 

New club launches rockets hundreds of feet above school Launch

West Side students in grades 3-5 now have an opportunity to learn about rockets, build models, and fly them after school. Principal and club sponsor John Wright hopes this will inspire an interest in space exploration as well as technology and engineer careers of the future.

Knights of Columbus provide seed money for special education program’s market garden From back left: Mike Hupko, George Bratton, Bob Peoples, Richard Barker, Dave Olson, Lucas Andrews, Richard VanHuss, Grand Knight Bob Gamache, and Tom Manning

Students in the special education program at Elizabethton High School will begin cultivating plants for their new market garden, thanks to a donation by the Knights of Columbus Council 10743. Their instructor, Lucas Andrews, said they are hoping to partner with restaurants who will be able to use the microgreens and figs they grow.

Elizabethton Pre-K announces online application, lottery drawing

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the Wandell Early Learning Center can now begin the process online. The online application is available on the WELC web page and on Elizabethton City Schools social media. Parents applying online will be contacted by the WELC Office regarding required documentation.

Elizabethton students' artwork breathes life into downtown Breezeway


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Recent visitors to downtown Elizabethton will notice colorful barn quilts and corresponding personal stories on display in the breezeway.

Carter County-Elizabethton Educators Hall of Fame 2019 Nomination CCIL Hall of Fame 2017

The Carter County Imagination Library Board is hosting its thirteenth annual Educators Hall of Fame to honor outstanding educators and their immeasurable and lasting contributions to both their students and the community.

Meet the students behind downtown Elizabethton's newest art/storytelling display Saturday, Feb. 9 Barn Quilt

Recent visitors to downtown Elizabethton will notice colorful barn quilts and corresponding personal stories on display in the breezeway. These are the culmination of a student-organized K-12 storytelling and art contest in Elizabethton City Schools called East TN Tuff Tales.

Back-2-School Bash organizers invite sponsors, partners Student wearing backpack

Planning is underway for the 4th annual Elizabethton Back-2-School Bash, and organizers are calling on the community to get involved as sponsors, partners in the resource fair, and volunteers.

Seniors improve scores, access additional college funding with free ACT retake

Elizabethton High School seniors again participated in the state’s free ACT Retake, with 40 percent of participants improving their scores. More than a quarter of the current senior class will graduate with a higher score as a result of this opportunity, which was provided at no cost by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

Elizabethton High School building archives for student research Joe Penza and Dustin Hensley, photo by John Thompson

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Part of nearly every high school student’s educational experience is the writing of research papers. While this is important experience for future college courses and future jobs after college, there may not be enough primary sources to meet the needs of all these students.

Students from all Elizabethton schools qualify for auditioned state musical groups

Several students across the district have recently qualified for auditioned choral and instrumental groups at the state level. On behalf of the Elizabethton Board of Education, Board Chair Rita Booher congratulates each of these students and their instructors.

ECS celebrates School Board Appreciation Week Jan. 20-26 Board PIcture

ELIZABETHTON - January 20-26, 2019 is School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. Elizabethton City Schools is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Elizabethton and its children.

New Community Partners Coordinator to expand partnership network, communication at EHS Maggie Donnellan

Welcome Maggie Donnellan, Bartleby Community Partners Coordinator for Elizabethton High School. Donnellan graduated from Furman University in May 2018 (Roll Dins!) and is so pleased to be starting her next chapter here in Elizabethton.

East Side's Rachel Darnell speaks on state Read to be Ready panel Darnell speaking at conference

Last month, East Side's own Rachel Darnell was invited to speak on a panel at a Read to be Ready celebration in Knoxville with Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. The panel consisted of one teacher, one reading coach, and one reading coach consultant from east Tennessee.

Sara Dunford is WJHL Educator of the Week


ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - The plan was set. Sara Dunford was going to get her engineering degree and go into construction. 

East Tennessee State University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Left to Right: Terry Smith, Dr. Bert Bach, Dr. Corey Gardenhour

New opportunities are available to our students working toward a Bartleby diploma seal upon graduation from Elizabethton High School as officials at East Tennessee State University signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing admission for Bartleby program participants. 

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students? XQ Symposium 2018 San Francisco

BY SHERI NELSON, EHS Vice Principal & Testing Coordinator

“Pick a number one to ten,” said my principal. I chose seven. I had the closest number, and that is how I became the testing coordinator at Elizabethton High School

Inside look into Computer Science Computer Science students in class

EHS students, are you interested in Computer Science, but not really sure what you need to know to get started? Jason Clevinger, who teaches the course at EHS, gives some insight into what this class is like, how it opens doors to high paying careers, and the fact that you don’t need prior experience to develop these important skills.

Storybook Trail has successful debut despite snow Students doing yoga on the trail

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Despite the snow flurries and chilly winds, a group of students from Harold McCormick Elementary School enjoyed being a among the very first to enjoy the Storybook Trail on Wednesday morning.

Rita Booher elected to another term as chair of Elizabethton School Board Rita Booher

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Rita Booher was unanimously elected to serve another term as chairwoman of the Elizabethton Board of Education. Phil Isaacs was unanimously elected to serve as vice chairman of the board.

TAD Times: December 2018 TAD Times Logo

The December edition of the TAD Times - news, events, features, interviews, trends, and more! To view previous months' editions, please visit the TAD Times web page. 

CSI Team places 2nd in regional competition Team Photo

Congratulations to the EHS Crime Scene Investigation Team! Last week, ten upper east Tennessee schools competed in the 7th Annual CSI Competition, and our team placed 2nd.

Tusculum University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Signing photo

Students participating in a program at Elizabethton High School that focuses on experiential, project-based learning will have an opportunity for guaranteed admission to Tusculum University through an agreement reached between the academic institutions.

Teacher of the Year Grades 5-8: Travis Smithdeal Travis Smithdeal

Teachers of the Year are selected based on recommendation at the school level and approval by a committee. The award highlights teachers who have an outstanding professional record of academic excellence, dedication, and leadership in education. Nominees are then reviewed by a committee of administrators and a former teacher of the year to select system-wide winners.

Student-produced PSAs: Tuberculosis & Influenza

Students in Coach Ryan White's Intro to Business and Marketing and Ms. Katie Dugger's Health Science class worked together to create two important public service announcements. These cover important signs and symptoms of two preventable diseases: influenza and tuberculosis. 

Four perform in All-East Honors Choir Four students

Congratulations to the following students who performed this weekend in the 2018 All-East Honors Choirs!

Students weigh in on Main Street Program  Students taking survey

On Thursday, Elizabethton City Planner Jon Hartman shared exciting plans for a downtown revitalization project with high school students from accounting, business, and history courses. The Main Street Program, in which Elizabethton may participate, would unlock grants and resources that would allow the city to strategically design the downtown area and recruit businesses, while preserving its historic integrity.

Nine winners announced in East TN Tuff Tales contest Winners

Nine students were selected as winners in the recent East TN Tuff Tales competition led by Mrs. Sarah Morris' T. A. Dugger Jr. High enrichment students. The students wrote about their struggles and trials and how they have triumphed over them to help them become better and stronger people. They each created a barn quilt piece that will be painted and displayed downtown in December. 

Elizabethton school officials: Drivers are endangering students at bus stops Bus camera


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Following a series of student deaths at bus stops, one local school system is taking action to prevent one of their students from being next.

School Board approves cooperative agreement with Bristol Schools


During Tuesday night’s Elizabethton City School Board Meeting, the board worked through various items on their agenda.

3 students place highly in Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival Students that placed in competition

Twenty-one EHS students participated in the 2018 Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival.  This year 633 students from 14 schools submitted a total of 395 plays.  Students could work independently or collaborate in groups of up to three. 

New Coding program prepares students for fastest growing industry in country Students with Salyer

Job growth in software development is projected to increase by 24 percent from 2016 to 2026 – faster than in any other occupation. For that reason, and as a result of increasing student interest, Elizabethton High School launched a new Coding Program of Study this year. The Program includes three classes: Computer Science Foundations, Web Design, and a new Level III course, Computer Programming I.

EHS Drama Presents: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Students in drama

EHS Drama presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! Performances will take place at T. A. Dugger Jr. High School on the following dates. Tickets are $5.

Revenge factor… Elizabethton ready to dish out payback for playoff defeat in 2017 File Photo/Ivan Sanders Cyclone head coach Shawn Witten talks with his players during a timeout against Tennessee High earlier in the season.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones have been waking up and going to bed for the last 364 days thinking about what could have been, what should have been, and what happened at this same stage in the 2017 season on the road at Anderson County High School in the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

Elizabethton teaching assistant saves first grader from choking Hero


A staff member at West Side Elementary in Elizabethton is being called a hero after saving a first grader's life at lunchtime.

TAD Times: November 2018 Logo TAD Times

The November edition of the TAD Times - news, events, features, interviews, trends, and more!

New CNA program ‘life changing’ for Elizabethton High School students Four students

Four students are volunteering at Ivy Hall Nursing home this semester earning clinical hours towards their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a national industry certification. Seth Buckles, Jada Olds, Keaton Shingleton, and Alyson Roberts are in the new Nursing Education course at Elizabethton High School.

EHS Junior continues law career journey as 1 of 40 to meet Justice Ginsberg Davis at School of Law

Last week, an Elizabethton High School junior traveled to Washington, D.C., for an exclusive audience with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Deamion Davis was one of 40 students from across the country selected in an essay contest to attend the ninth annual Supreme Court Law Day.

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing.

6th grade students design assistive devices for people with disabilities Student presents his design to Dr. Wandell

In Marissa Henry’s 6th grade English class at T. A. Dugger Jr. High School, students are learning more than sentence structure, comprehension, and grammar. They are learning real-world problem solving and empathy.

Betsy Band finishes second in state championship The 2018 Elizabethton High School Betsy Band at the state championship on Saturday.

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton High School Betsy Band completed another very successful year of band competition on Saturday with a second-place finish in the Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna.

Elizabethton ranks 12th in state for ACT score during record high year

Elizabethton High School students have broken the school’s ACT record with an average composite score of 21.9. This ranks Elizabethton City Schools 12th in state in a year when the state record has been broken with an average of 20.2.

Veterans invited to submit photos for Veterans Wall in Elizabethton HS Commons Area

Elizabethton High School alumni that have served in the United States military are invited to submit photos to be included in the Veterans Wall at the school. This is part of a project to update the commons area, which will continue to be a space where the school highlights student and alumni success.

Betsy Band to compete in state championship Saturday, return Sunday Band

This Saturday, the Elizabethton High School Betsy Band will compete at the 38th Annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna, Tenn. The band is expected to return home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Builders Club installed at T.A. Dugger Jr. High School Kiwanis Club Adivisor Mitch Broyles presented the T.A. Dugger Builders Club Charter to the club’s first president, Izzy McQueen.

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Earlier this month, the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club held an installation ceremony for a new Builders Club at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

Friday Nov. 2 Playoff Game Details

Friday’s Football Playoff Game will be @ 7:00 @ Citizens Bank Stadium against Howard Tech High School.   Gates and ticket booths will open at 5:30 and all tickets will be $8.00 as set by TSSAA.

EHS graduate earns private pilot certificate, works toward commercial license Joseph Collins and Dan Mills

When he began high school, Joseph Collins had planned on a career in the medical field. However, in his first aviation course as a freshman, he discovered a new passion.

Board, Director reflect on school system’s record-breaking achievements at end of term Board Pic

Over the last four years, the Elizabethton Board of Education has supported some of the school system’s most distinguished achievements and programs. During this time, Elizabethton City Schools has achieved a record graduation rate, a Level 5 growth score, and a record composite ACT score while nearly doubling the number of students earning a 30 or higher.

School, city, community leaders break ground on LaPorte Sports Complex Groundbreaking

Today, leaders from Elizabethton City Schools (ECS), City of Elizabethton, Elizabethton Soccer Association (ESA), Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Elizabethton/Carter County and members of the LaPorte Family broke ground on the LaPorte Sports Complex. The complex will house a multipurpose athletic field where the old hospital was located.

City Schools approve $2.3 million grant contract with XQ Institute Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton students Kayla Vandeventer and Summer Johnson address the Elizabethton City School Board during Tuesday's meeting.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School will be an XQ Super School.

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit AP Logo

"Several districts also had encouraging results. In Oak Ridge, Elizabethton City, Maryville City, Collierville City, and Kingsport City Schools, more than 70 percent of AP exams taken by students earned a score of 3 or higher."

Haslam announces changes to TNReady assessment delivery


Governor, commissioner of education respond to TNReady listening tour report by implementing changes for current school year and future years

Students encouraged to share triumph over struggle in storytelling, barn quilt design contest Students presenting to student body

In a new project-based learning course at T. A. Dugger Junior High School, students have launched a system-wide storytelling contest that encourages students in all grade levels to express triumph over personal struggles in writing, and as a design for a barn quilt.

ESE Triad-A-Thon raises $14,000 for technology, school improvement projects Students hugging

On Friday, September 28, East Side Elementary celebrated their Triad-a-thon!  Students were challenged to raise money through donations to support the PTAC organization. 

City schools approve motions to continue upgrades to high school commons area

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton City School Board made moves to continue upgrades to the high school’s commons area during Thursday’s special called meeting.

College professors participate in mock scholarship audition with Beginning Drama students Professor gives feedback from panel

Earning a college scholarship in theatre usually depends on a student’s ability to perform two contrasting monologues before a panel of professors. This shows directors that students can play a variety of characters – even ones that are unexpected. Most high school students don’t get to experience the expectations of these auditions prior to the real thing.

ECS shows improvements in 2018 ELPA results

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Efforts from Elizabethton City Schools were recognized on a statewide level this month.

Save Our Stories project brings American history close to home in new Bartleby courses Veteran talking to students

On Tuesday, Elizabethton High School students got to interview local veterans, and they’re going to write a profile for each as part of their Save Our Stories project. These students are in a new Bartleby course offering – integrated English III and US History.

BOE eyes construction of new soccer practice field Old Hospital Property

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Representatives of Elizabethton City Schools will meet this week to address a few items, including one that could benefit soccer for all age groups across the area.

Called Board Meeting set for Thursday, Oct. 11

The Elizabethton Board of Education has scheduled a Called Board Meeting for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at noon in the Mack Pierce Board Room at Central Office (804 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton, TN).

Milligan – Bartleby Partnership creates innovative postsecondary pathways Dr. Bill Greer and Rita Booher

On Friday, Oct. 5, Elizabethton High School and Milligan College announced an important partnership that creates new postsecondary pathways for EHS Bartleby students.

Elizabethton High School Student takes his first solo flight


ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - An Elizabethton High School Junior, Karson Dillard, was the tenth student in program history to take a solo flight at Moody Aviation.

New EHS Homecoming Parade Route Oct. 5, celebrate with us! Band Marching

We have a new and exciting Homecoming Parade route! The 2018 Homecoming Parade willbegin at 6:00 pm Friday evening starting at Hudson Drive. All Cyclone fans are asked to line Jason Witten Way and Bemberg Rd.

TAD students hope to give back to peers with project Star Photo/Curtis Carden T.A. Dugger Junior High students Caitlin Taylor (left) and Nolan Chambers are hoping to expand the idea of a clothing/supply closet to help the student population at the school.

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Seeing the impact made by Jackie Hitechew and her daughter, Tyanna, a pair of eighth-grade students from T.A. Dugger Junior High are leading the charge to help their fellow classmates.

Donate travel size hygiene products to public library or health dept. for Child Health Week

Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 1-7, 2018 Child Health Week in Tennessee. Child Health Week is a time to celebrate and raise awareness around what Tennessee is doing to promote the health of our most important resource—Tennessee’s children.

Bartleby success earns Elizabethton High School largest funding award in history Martinez visit

Because of its success in its first year and growth this year, Bartleby at Elizabethton High School was awarded the largest grant in school history. It is now on track to serve every student in the school. The XQ Institute awarded the school $2.3 million, putting EHS on par with the 17 other XQ Super Schools in the country, and enabling the program to serve all students with high quality resources, training, technology, and infrastructure.

ECS Communication Survey open till Oct. 9 Icons

Elizabethton City Schools parents, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to participate in the third annual Communication Survey. This provides detailed information to school and district leaders about how we can better listen and keep you informed. 

Weekend event geared to support WSE playground, technology Playground

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

An annual tradition has turned into a key part of improvements at a city elementary school.

Students' environmental studies at GSMNP to support park research Students review data

EHS Biology and Ecology students from Mrs.Denise Hilton's and Mrs. Jessica Hayes' classes recently traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to provide asssitance with environmental studies. There they participated in a data collection survey on water and air quality.

Crystal VanHuss is WJHL's Educator of the Week


Congratulations Crystal VanHuss, WJHL's Educator of the Week!

New freshmen Bartleby course emphasizes self-awareness, professional communication Interviews

For students to be successful in today’s economy, they cannot wait till senior year to start thinking about a career or how to prepare for an interview. At Elizabethton High School, this begins freshman year.

Students elect third Student Liaison to Elizabethton Board of Education Malana Griffey

Student voice continues to play an important role on the Elizabethton Board of Education with the election of the third student liaison. Malana Griffey will serve as a voice for students on the Board and a voice for the Board in school.

ECS, Douglas Community dedicate Connie Baker Training Center Ribbon Cutting

Today, we honor a woman who wore many hats. Whether she was teaching, tutoring, serving on the Board of Education, helping create retirement plans or file taxes, cooking for the community, or planning events, Connie Baker was a woman who believed in and inspired progress. She also wore many hats.

TVAAS growth continues at Harold McCormick Eric speaks to students

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

The last three years has showcased a quick increase in student development at one city elementary school.

New hands-on learning courses re-inspire students Students doing group work


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Getting teenagers excited about learning may seem an impossible task, but Elizabethton High School is doing it with 13 new elective classes, taking a new project-based, hands-on approach.

Student athletes take part in 3rd annual tobacco cessation campaign Athletes

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Whether its a fourth-and-goal play on the 1-yard line or a last-second 3-pointer with time expiring, you have to have the right focus and attitude to handle the pressure.

Director of Schools receives outstanding evaluation by Board Dr. Corey Gardenhour

Elizabethton City Schools Director Dr. Corey Gardenhour once again received superior ratings in his annual evaluation by the Board of Education. Gardenhour just began his fourth year as Director of Schools and was recognized by the Board for his integrity, vision and accomplishments at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

ECS Transportation highlights safety precautions for students Bus Driver gives bus tour

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

It is always best to be prepared.

Welcome Eric Wampler, Interim Director of Early Learning, Curriculum & Testing 6-12, and Data Services Eric Wampler

Welcome Eric Wampler, Interim Director of Early Learning, Curriculum & Testing 6-12, and Data Services. Wampler has worked in Elizabethton City Schools for 14 years, most recently serving as Harold McCormick Principal for three years. During his time at HME, the school’s growth score rose from a Level 1 to a Level 5 in 2018.

ECS introduces new system-wide Special Education Coach Hayley Bishop

Special Education teachers in all Elizabethton schools will be supported by a new full-time Special Education Coach this year. The addition of this position is part of a system-wide initiative to increase instructional support for teachers through job-embedded training. Hayley Bishop will serve as SPED Coach for the 2018-2019 school year.

Elizabethton High School launches school-wide project-based learning initiative Teacher Collaboration

Bartleby Program & Buck Institute for Education host 3-day PBL seminar

Security grant to help fund SROs at all city schools Police Chief Jason Shaw

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

With the State of Tennessee putting an emphasis on school safety, Elizabethton City Schools, Elizabethton Police Department and City Council are partnering together to help ensure security remains throughout the district.

School System unveils new Betsy Book Bus Book Bus Team

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Children across the city will “get carried away with books” in style for the coming years.

BOE hears report from XQ Trip XQ in San Frnacisco

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Momentum continues to brew for Elizabethton City Schools.

City Board of Education members were able to hear reports from Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour, Chairman Rita Booher and student liaison Hannah Roaten about the system’s recent trip to a summer symposium held in San Francisco in regards to the XQ America Super School Program.

Congress receives update on Bartleby Program Terry Smith

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

From Elizabethton to Washington, D.C., the Bartleby Program continues to make waves.

TN Treasurer visits Elizabethton to launch financial literacy program Treasurer

BY ABBY MORRIS-FRYE, Elizabethton Star

Local educators took part in a special training session on Monday as Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard visited Elizabethton to celebrate the state-wide launch of a curriculum designed to help students be better prepared for their financial future.

Back-2-School Bash Sat., Aug. 4 Family

Families in and around Elizabethton are invited to attend the 3rd annual Elizabethton Back-2-School Bash this Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Elizabethton High School stadium.

How Bartleby Changed The Way I See My Own Education STRIVE Group photo

“What is Bartleby?” Dr. Martinez asked our dinner table. “Is it a school, an idea, or only additional classes?” she added on.

Local teacher one of 12 awarded national scholarship to Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Archaeology Simulation
West Side’s Tammy Markland learns new student engagement methods for history lessons in her elementary English class
Betsy Book Bus hitting the road to provide books Bus and children

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

As the state looks to bolster early literacy efforts, Elizabethton City Schools is taking to the road to give area youth a chance to pick up a book to hold off a “summer slump.”

Pre-Register now: Junior Cyclone Cheer Camp July 10 & July 17 Cheer Camp Flyer

Students entering grades 1st - 8th are invited to join Elizabethton High School Varsity Cheerleaders for Junior Cyclone Cheer Camp on July 10 and July 17. Those interested may attend one or both days and will learn cheers, chants, dances, jumps, and tumbling with Lady Cyclone Cheerleaders. Camp is open to students in Elizabethton City Schools and surrounding school systems. 

Elizabethton’s Camp Read-A-Lot kicks off with time travel theme Boy reading

Camp Read-A-Lot has begun in Elizabethton City Schools, giving 30 students in first through third grade the opportunity to explore the world through literature. The theme this year is time travel, and each week, students will visit Colonial America, Egypt, Rome, and Medieval Europe!

Betsy Book Bus summer program begins June 12 bus wrap

The Betsy Book Bus routes are posted, and the bus is scheduled to hit the road on June 12. Children in multiple neighborhoods and summer programs in Elizabethton will have access to the thousands of books on board during the four weeks of the program this summer.

Summer Food Programs begin in June

School is out but there are numerous locations where food will be provided at no cost in the community thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, US Department of Agriculture, Kids Eat Free, and other partners. 

Bartleby hosts project-based learning teacher training for all grade levels Teacher training

Real-world experiences, interdisciplinary studies, project-based application, and community partnerships were the focus of teacher training offered this week in Elizabethton City Schools. Elizabethton High School Bartleby Teacher Alex Campbell and Director Terry Smith provided the training with the hopes of informing and inspiring innovative teaching practices throughout the school system.

Eight Elizabethton students graduate with new Work Ethic Diploma Students being recognized at BOE meeting

A program in its first year in the northeast Tennessee region guarantees qualifying students a job interview with more than 30 businesses. This year, eight students at Elizabethton High School received a Work Ethic Diploma by earning points in a variety of qualifying areas.

Advanced Ensemble makes school history performing in Memorial Day Choral Festival, Parade, Honors Flight Group at JFK Center

Memorial Day weekend rouses recollections for every generation of the legacies of service members. For Elizabethton High School Advanced Ensemble students, the weekend was an opportunity not only to honor veterans and sacrifices made throughout American history, but a chance to make new memories in honor of all who have served.

High School class, law enforcement call on public for tips related to Redhead Murders Group photo of students

A high school sociology class in Elizabethton, Tenn. on Tuesday released a profile for the Bible Belt Strangler responsible for the Redhead Murders of the 1980s. In partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies, the class is calling on the public for tips related to the murders. Their goal is to help identify the five remaining victims and the killer.

Summer Team, sponsors prepare to get Betsy Book Bus on the road Sponsor Logos

The Betsy Book Bus wouldn’t be complete without a team of talented, energetic teachers aboard and generous community sponsors making the project possible. Elizabethton City Schools proudly announces Carla Whiles will serve as director with teachers Tammy Markland and Brandie Maness.

Permanent Part-Time Employees invited to Retirement Informational Meeting
Online Requests Only: Transcript & Student Records Requests

Effective May 1, 2018, in an effort to provide enhanced and more secure service for our students, all student records requests including graduation verifications, transcripts, diploma and cumulative folders and must be made online using our online student record request system.  

CCIL inducts Educators Hall of Fame Class of 2018 educator hall of fame

BY ABBY FRYE, Elizabethton Star

Four local teachers joined the ranks of the Carter County Educators Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.

ESP Online Application Now Open for Summer 2018

Any student currently enrolled in one of the ECS Elementary Schools (East Side, West Side, Harold McCormick) or the Wandell Early Learning Center is eligible to attend the summer program. 

Elizabethton teachers to receive content-specific support with new teacher leader network Group Photo

Beginning in May 2018, Elizabethton City Schools joins the statewide Teacher Leader Network in launching its Elizabethton Leads program. This will transition away from having system-wide instructional coaches to having specially trained learning leaders in each school.

WELC (Pre-K) still accepting applications for 2018-19 Kids on playground

Even though early registration has passed, the Wandell Early Learning Center is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information please call 547-8035.

Registration for fingerprinting now available online

Substitute personnel, volunteers, and contractors in Elizabethton City Schools can now register online for fingerprinting, which is required by the State of Tennessee. Complete instructions are available in a form on the ECS Human Resources Department web page. Those that prefer to come to Central office to register are welcome to do so.

County, city students’ passion for reading spills over to local library library

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

When it comes to recognizing National Library Week, county and city schools continue to push the notion for students to take a vested interest into the worlds scattered across the pages in books.

Top Ten Percent of EHS Class of 2018 honored at banquet Group Photo

Twenty-five outstanding Elizabethton High School seniors were recognized among the Top Ten Percent of the Class of 2018 at a banquet Monday night. These students represent what it means to be a Cyclone and have been exemplars of success during their time at EHS.

3rd annual Back-2-School Bash seeking sponsors, partners Students receiving backpacks at event

Organizers are calling on the community once again to support the 3rd annual Back-2-School Bash at Elizabethton High School. Each year, sponsors and partners have made this event possible by sponsoring 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies and participating in the event.

East Side teacher, principal honored at state financial literacy event Hurley and Malone with State legislators

ELIZABETHTON — It isn’t often that a fifth-grade teacher or an elementary school principal meets with Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell. It is even less often that a teacher and principal get to accept an award at the same time the governor receives an award.

2018-19 Student Registration Information & Dates Student Registration

Parents of current Elizabethton students, new students, and prospective tuition students should be aware of some important upcoming dates. This information is available at www.ecschools.net > Parents > Student Registration.

EHS students selected to perform at JFK Center Non-EHS Students singing at National Memorial Day Choral Festival

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Songbirds from one local high school will soon be on display for a national audience.

Students from the Elizabethton High School choir recently learned they will be among some of the nation’s top musical performers for the annual National Memorial Day Choral Festival held in Washington, D.C. Both men and women’s advanced ensemble teams will be participating in the showcase.

HOSA Blood Drive March 15 Marsh Logo

Marsh Regional Blood Bank will be at EHS hosting a blood drive in partnership with EHS Health Occupation Students of America on Thursday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The drive is open to anyone age 17 and older, please support our local Blood Bank and HOSA club!

Book Drive receives nearly 15,000 books for Betsy Book Bus Books

There will be no shortage of books aboard the Betsy Book Bus this summer. Following a month-long book drive in Elizabethton schools, approximately 14,700 books were collected. The books range in reading level from birth through high school and will be given to Elizabethton children and youth this summer to add to their home libraries.

XQ team supports Bartleby vision following recent visit Dr. Martinez voices XQ's support for Bartleby

Bartleby is on a journey to rethink high school, and on Thursday night, the team received a special visit from XQ Institute leaders, the organization unifying 18 Super School Projects (including Bartleby) across the country. Following a presentation by Bartleby teachers and school and district administrators, Chief School Support Officer Dr. Monica Martinez and School Support Associate Sophie Klimcak expressed support for the vision to integrate Bartleby philosophies and methods throughout Elizabethton High School.

Elizabethton schools work to prevent flu with new electrostatic sprayer Eric Wampler disinfects computers

Following a year in which illness-related absenteeism led to school closure, Elizabethton City Schools is taking a new approach to cleaning and disinfecting facilities. ECS will be using an electrostatic sprayer and disinfectant solution – the Clorox® Total 360® System – to kill bacteria and viruses on surfaces in hard-to-reach places.

Chris Berry to serve as T. A. Dugger Junior High Principal Chris Berry

Effective Monday, Feb. 19, Chris Berry will serve as Principal of T. A. Dugger Jr. High School. Joe Diaz, formerly a teacher at Elizabethton High School, will serve as assistant to the principal alongside Assistant Principal and TAD Athletic Director Jason Carter.

NCCU donates $2,500 to Betsy Book Bus NCCU staff holding donation check and books

Elizabethton City Schools and Governor's Books from Birth Foundation thank Northeast Community Credit Union for supporting the Betsy Book Bus with a $2,500 donation. Funds will be used to outfit the bus and staff the summer program, which will provide thousands of books to Elizabethton children. 

TNReady online testing demo now available testing demo

Online TNReady testing is still relatively new across the state, and to help parents and students get familiar with the Nextera assessment platform, a public demo is now avialable (here).

New high school drone course preps students for Remote Pilot Certificate students troubleshoot an issue with a drone

The conversation in education has lately revolved around how to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist. The new small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) course, which began this semester at Elizabethton High School, prepares students for emerging careers in drone operation. By the end of the course, students are prepared to test for the Remote Pilot Certificate, which qualifies them for a variety of jobs, and prepares them for a rapidly evolving field.

Elizabethton HS highlights new industry certifications, programs during CTE month Student in auto

February is National Career and Technical Education Month, a time to recognize the important bridge that CTE programs build between high school students and in-demand careers. Throughout the month, ECS social media (Facebook and Twitter) will highlight students’ experiences and new early postsecondary opportunities in Elizabethton CTE.

EHS student named to ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program Jordan Teague

East Tennessee State University’s Roan Scholars Leadership Program announced the the eight high school senior that will be part of the incoming Class of 2022 Thursday afternoon. According to information provided by the school, the students will join 21 returning Roan Scholars this fall as part of the school’s four-year scholarship program.

Inclement weather related make-up days plan

Due to a large number of inclement weather events thus far in the 2017-2018 school year, Elizabethton City Schools has used all but one of the built-in inclement weather days.  As a result, we are developing a plan should additional days be needed to complete the school year.

Elizabethton City Schools announces new Deputy Director of Schools Myra Newman

Elizabethton City Schools administration is excited to announce Dr. Myra Newman will serve in a new position, effective immediately, as Deputy Director of ECS. Richard VanHuss will continue to serve as Assistant Director of Schools and will take over as Director of Special Education and RTI2.

New businesses on the horizon for Elizabethton’s Bartleby students Group Photo

Students in Elizabethton High School’s Bartleby Entrepreneurship class took the first major step towards launching their small businesses. A board of local business leaders heard five startup business proposals from students Wednesday, and then provided feedback to guide them on successful execution of their plans.

Elizabethton students prepare for future with $125,000 in new Health Science, IT equipment Therapeutic Services students monitor new Nursing Anne Manikin Simulator.

On top of getting new Nursing Education and Web Design courses, Elizabethton High School students are now benefiting from a $125,000 equipment grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education. This funding was part of a statewide initiative to support Career and Technical Education programs with $15 million in equipment.

Elizabethton City Schools appreciative of Board leadership and vision Board of Education

This week, students and teachers in Elizabethton City Schools take time to recognize the dedication and achievements of the Elizabethton Board of Education as part of Tennessee School Board Appreciation Week, January 21 – 27, 2018. As evidenced by the Board’s work in recent years, priorities have been increasing the quality of individualized instruction, preparing students for college and career, and updating infrastructure and student technology.

New state report card indicates exemplary education in Elizabethton schools report card snapshot

The release of the new state report card shows Elizabethton students ranking highly in many areas and even exceeding statewide record-breaking ACT scores and graduation rates. This growth took place during the implementation of more rigorous academic standards and with the introduction of online testing. In addition, the system was named one of 48 Exemplary Districts in Tennessee and earned a Level 5 (highest) growth score.

Betsy Book Bus to spread love of literature with community support Bus

This summer, children and teens in five Elizabethton communities will be able to select and keep books from a mobile library, the Betsy Book Bus. Elizabethton will join Johnson City, Greeneville City, Greene County Schools, and others across the state that have already created a mobile library. The program is planned in partnership with Elizabethton City Schools, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, Imagination Library, and First Tennessee Development District.

FAFSA Deadline Extended to Jan. 26 FAFSA Logo

Due to weather- and illness-related school closings that have affected schools across the state, the deadline to submit the FAFSA and remain eligible for TNPromise has been extended. Students will have until Friday, Jan. 26, to submit the FAFSA. 

County, city school systems capture work-based learning grants

Students in county and city high schools could soon have the opportunity to gain some unique workforce experience thanks to a pair of state grants.

All-American Cyclone: Bowers prepares for weekend performance in San Antonio Courtney Bowers

Texas may be more known for their twisters, but one Cyclone is currently in the Lonestar State and looking to put an emphatic stamp on her high school career.

Class of 1957 supports seniors with pre-graduation scholarship Members of Class of 1957

Elizabethton City Schools would like to thank the Class of 1957 for its ongoing support of seniors through its annual contribution of $500 to four seniors at Elizabethton High School. 

ECS awarded grant to continue ‘Camp Read-A-Lot’ Students Reading

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

City youth will soon have the opportunity to go through a unique camping experience over the summer.

Elizabethton City Schools recently learned the district qualified for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Read to be Ready Summer grant, allowing a second year of “Camp Read-A-Lot” to be held at East Side Elementary.

Bartleby inspires collaboration, transforms education Sadie Whitehead shares her project with a man

Experiential learning, collaboration, and community engagement as modeled by the Bartleby Program of Elizabethton High School are effectively transforming modern education. At its first open house on Thursday, more than 60 attendees heard progress reports and the vision for the program’s future from students, teachers, and program partners.

Elizabethton CSI Team defends 1st place title in regional competition Students and Teachers with Certificates

The Elizabethton High School Crime Scene Investigation Team again defended their title in the regional CSI Competition on Friday. In addition, the team placed first in Field Sobriety, Blood Spatter Analysis, Foot Molds, Fingerprint Forensics, and Crime Scene Sketch and Photography.

Betsy Band finishes 2nd place overall at state competition Band returns home

It was a near-perfect season for the Elizabethton High School Betsy Band.

Congratulations to new tenure teachers 2016-17 Tenure

Congratualtions to all teachers who were granted tenure by the Board of Education on Nov. 14, 2017! We're proud of you for your dedication, professionalism, and achievements.

Bartleby Program to Host Inaugural Open House Open House image of girl with binoculars and date

Exactly what does innovation in education look like? Students and teachers in the Bartleby Program at Elizabethton High School will share their answers to this question at the program’s first open house on December 7. This will close out the first semester of the pilot program and will give students and teachers an opportunity to highlight progress in class projects and their vision for growth.

Flu shots at school beginning Nov. 1 Flu Shots on Campus

Carter County Health Department personnel will set up flu shot clinics at each school according to the schedule below. Parents should have received information in early September to register their children to participate. This is just a reminder that these will be taking place this week. With questions, please contact 423-547-8000.

Elizabethton City Schools announces new Chief Operating Officer Joey Trent

Joey Trent has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Elizabethton City Schools. His duties will include the supervision of Personnel, Maintenance, and Technology. Trent previously served as Director of Personnel and Technology.

Board recognizes Service Learning, Lester Perkins TAD Football

Board recognizes Service Learning & Lester Perkins.

West Side named Reward School, ECS named Exemplary Proud to be a Reward School

West Side Elementary School was again ranked among the top five percent of schools in the state and was named a Reward School. Schools may be designated Reward Schools based on performance or progress, and WSE was recognized for performance. This marks the fourth time in the last six years ECS schools have been recognized as Reward School.

Kindergarten, 1st Grade parents to see new grade cards on Oct. 24 New Standards Based Grade Card Text

Kindergarten and first grade parents will see a new type of grade card this year. It will reflect a student’s mastery of specific standards, rather than an overall rating of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. For each standard, parents will see a number, 1-4, indicating the student’s understanding from (1) below level to (4) above level.

Elizabethton ACT scores improve with system-wide strategy ACT Logo

A system-wide approach to ACT success appears to be paying off for Elizabethton High School students. The school’s composite score for 2017 was 20.7, up 0.4 points from 2016. Nearly 50 percent of Elizabethton students scored a 21 or higher, which qualifies them for the HOPE scholarship. This is in a year when statewide, students set a record high average score of 20.1.

Bowers first inducted to U. S. Army All-American Marching Band A. J. Cox and Rigoberto Portillo present jacket to Bowers

Senior Courtney Bowers was today named to the United States Army All-American Marching Band, the first student in the history of the school to receive this honor. She will be one of 125 students in the band, and one of 24 in the color guard.

Vote for Greeneville at Elizabethton for High School Game of the Week Titans Game of the Week

Cyclone Football fans are encouraged to go online and vote for the Greeneville at Elizabethton game on Friday, Oct. 13 for Academy Sports + Outdoors Game of the Week. This is one of four games nominated for the weekly award, and Elizabethton High School Cyclones are counting on fans to make it the winner.

Download the ECS Mobile Application School Pointe App Logo

Elizabethton City Schools offers a free mobile application for students, parents and community members to stay up-to-date on what is happening in the District, directly from their smartphone or tablet.

Elementary schools to celebrate Walk & Bike to School Day Walk to School Day Logo

In celebration of Tennessee Child Health Week and International Walk & Bike to School Day, all elementary schools have selected dates for students to meet up and walk to school together.

Cyclone Checkpoints Sep. 27 - Oct. 11

Cyclone Checkpoints will take place Sep. 27 - Oct. 11 with makeup testing on Oct. 12-13.  These formative assessments will cover English, Math, Science, and US History. This year, the tests will be completed using the ChromeBooks in the classroom.  This will prepare teachers and students for TNReady (EOC) Assessments, which will be online this year. 


ECS seeks input on communication with public survey Communication Survey

“Tell us what matters most to you…” These and other questions comprise Elizabethton City Schools’ 2017 Communication Survey, which seeks input on the most effective means of communication and the most important topics. The survey will be open online from Monday, Sep. 25 to Monday, Oct. 9, and ECS parents, students, staff and Elizabethton community members invited to participate.

Betsy Band meets Pride of the Southland on Saturday Pride of the Southland

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton's High School's Betsy Band has had a lot of memorable accomplishments. Last fall the band won its fourth state championship in the past seven years.

Elizabethton City Schools' TVAAS score indicates highest level of growth

The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) score for Elizabethton City Schools indicates schools and teachers are having the highest impact on students’ academic progress. The system-wide composite score is a level five, the highest a school or system can earn. 

Elizabethton City Schools ranked 3rd in state for graduation rate 2017 Graduates

Elizabethton City Schools is proud to announce it is ranked third in the state for its graduation rate of 99.5 percent. Elizabethton High School’s 2017 graduating class ranked the school in the top seven percent of high schools in Tennessee

Students cut ribbon for new All Abilities Playground at West Side Students cut ribbon

Students, parents, teachers and civic leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate the installation of the new All Abilities Playground at West Side Elementary School. The project cost about $85,000 and took nearly three years to reach completion. Principal John Wright felt it appropriate for students with disabilities, who had very limited access to the previous play structure, to cut the ribbon.

Director of Schools receives excellent evaluation from Board Dr. Corey Gardenhour

Dr. Corey Gardenhour, after his second year serving as Director of Elizabethton City Schools, received a 97 percent approval rating from the Board of Education. This year the Board also unanimously approved a contract extension to last through August 14, 2021, which was previously set to end May 21, 2019.

Twelve to be inducted into EHS Sports Hall of Fame Logo

The public is invited to the Elizabethton High School Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Sep. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the EHS Gym. At this free event, the EHS Athletic Department will recognize 12 inductees for their athletic accomplishments at EHS.

Elizabethton schools take comprehensive approach to combat chronic absenteeism Logo

Multiple research studies show that attendance at school is closely linked to academic and social outcomes. Students who are chronically absent are significantly less likely to read on level by third grade or to graduate. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Education and Elizabethton City Schools are taking a comprehensive approach to reducing chronic absenteeism. Parents should be aware of new initiatives and incentives to increase student attendance:

Residents treated with updates, progress from Bartleby Program Viewing Party

Leaving no stone unturned, Elizabethton High School students are ready to make their presence felt.

A brainchild of 23 students, community members gathered Monday to learn more about what the Bartleby Program has to offer during a ceremony held inside T.A.Dugger Junior High’s auditorium. The Bartleby Program was one of the 18 XQ Super School Projects to receive funding from XQ America to implement new ways on how to “rethink” the way of high school.

West Side Elementary to host playground ribbon cutting Playground Panorama

Hundreds of people worked together to raise more than $80,000 for the new West Side Elementary All Abilities Playground. Now, the Parent Teacher Organization and WSE faculty invite the community to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the success of this project. The ribbon cutting will take place at the school on Thursday, Sep. 14 at noon.

Discounted UT Football tickets available for Betsy Band Day Sep. 23 Betsy Band 2017

All parents, family, and friends of the Betsy Band are invited to attend the 2017 UT Band Day on September 23rd for the Tennessee vs UMASS football game. In support of Band Day, the University will have exclusive discounted ticket options available for this event:

Community invited to XQ Super School Live viewing party with Elizabethton’s Bartleby Program XQ Live Graphic

Elizabethton High School’s Bartleby Program, one of fewer than 20 schools nationwide participating in the XQ Super School Project, will be featured on a national television premier, EIF presents: XQ Super School Live. The community is invited to join Bartleby students and teachers for a viewing party on Monday, Sep. 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the T. A. Dugger Junior High School Auditorium. In this exclusive television broadcast, superstars of music, comedy, television and movies will join students, parents and educators to put high school center stage.

Roaten to serve as 2nd Student Liaison to Elizabethton Board Hannah Roaten

Senior Hannah Roaten will serve as the new Student Liaison to the Board of Education. She was elected by the student body and will serve as a bridge between the Board and the student body for the 2017-2018 school year. Roaten is the president of Elizabethton High School Key Club, and a member of Newspaper staff and SGA.

Elizabethton Board tabling elementary reorganization research ECS Logo

Elizabethton City Schools administration plans to table research related to the reorganization of elementary schools. Following discussions between Federal Programs Directors at ECS and Tennessee Department of Education, ECS administrators feel confident West Side Elementary School will be approved for a waiver to continue its schoolwide federal funding program.

Get a higher level of care: sign up for Niswonger Virtual Health Clinic Virtual Health Clinic

Parents, you should receive an informational packet soon allowing you to sign your child up to access the Niswonger Virtual Health Clinic at school. This allows your child to receive a higher level of medical care without leaving the school nurse’s office.

Changes in a child’s bus stop must now be reported to the school, not the bus driver School bus

Parents and faculty should be aware of the procedural change in transportation for students that need to be transported to a location other than their home, because of a hardship, or the need to ride multiple buses as a result of custody orders or parenting plans. Bus drivers will no longer be allowed to accept notes from students or parents who wish to ride to a location other than their regular stop. Parents will need to contact the school office (by signed note or by phone) indicating the need for the change and the destination.

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. 

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.

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.

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.