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Board of Education Meeting moved to 6/28 ECS Logo

The June Board of Education Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. This is eight days later than it is normally held. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you will be able to join us. Board meetings are broadcast live on our YouTube Channel each month. Click here to get access to that live feed.

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.