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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.

Students recognized at 2nd 9 Weeks Awards Day Students receiving awards

Congratulations to all of the following students who were recognized at our 2nd 9 Weeks Awards Day for their outstanding academic achievement and attendance!

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.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

Cut down those nets: T.A. Dugger outlasts Unicoi Co. for Area One boys’ championship, 42-36 Group Photo by Star

By Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT—Famous wrestler Ric Flair said on numerous occasions that to be the best you have to beat the best.

We are the champions—T. A. Dugger junior varsity girls capture conference championship Star Photo Girls JV Bball

By Elizabethton Star

It took two games and a lot of sweat, but the junior varsity girls of T.A. Dugger were up to the task and when the smoke cleared the Jr. Lady Cyclones stood alone at the top being crowned the conference champs after defeating Robinson by the score of 34-17 and then turning around to hand Liberty Bell the deciding defeat by a 23-17 score in the conference tournament.

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.

Jr. Cyclones snare huge wins over Liberty Bell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The T.A. Dugger girls’ and boys’ basketball teams know that conference tournament time is right around the corner and on Thursday evening both teams sent a loud message to the rest of the conference with resounding wins against Liberty Bell.

T.A. Dugger takes wins over Chuckey-Doak

By Elizabethton Star

The T.A. Dugger boys and girls’ varsity teams swept a pair of varsity wins in basketball action against the Jr. Black Knights of Chuckey-Doak.

TAD Yearbook Sales 2019 yearbook19

Check out this information to get your TAD Yearbook for 2018-2019 school year.

Jr. Cyclones roll to Pigeon Forge tournament title Team Photo


Late last week, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones made their way over to Pigeon Forge to compete in a Christmas break tournament.

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. 

TAD Wrestling places 2nd at weekend match Wrestling team

Congratulations to TAD Wrestling team coached by Eddie Morrell. They placed 2nd over the weekend at the Panther Duals at Church Hill Middle School!

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.

TA Dugger snares three wins over Robinson

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a busy night on the middle school hardwood as T.A. Dugger tangled with Robinson in four games with the Jr. Cyclones getting the upper hand in 3 of the 4 contests.

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.

TAD Times: November 2018 Logo TAD Times

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

Lady Jr. Cyclones blow past Jr. Lady Warriors, 38-15 Mailey Guy and Happy Valley’s Keili Hall appear to give each other a high five on the opening tip between the two schools at Happy Valley Middle School on Tuesday evening.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It may have been only the third game of the young season for the T.A. Dugger Jr. Lady Cyclone basketball team, but the team continued to gain strength taking their third non-conference win in a row with a 38-15 triumph over the host Happy Valley Jr. Lady Warriors.

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.

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.

New TAD club Like a Girl a place for young women to be empowered, have fun First Meeting group

After reflecting on their own preteen years, two high school students created a club for middle school girls that would instill a sense of confidence and self-worth in their members. The club meets every Wednesday after school and is open to all T. A. Dugger Jr. High School girls. Meetings consist of open discussion, hands-on activities, and kindness challenges for the following week.

TAD Times October Tad Times

TAD Times for the month of October

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.

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.

Jr. Cyclones capture Big 8 championship with 44-12 win over Vance Star Photo/Ivan Sanders There was no where to go for a Viking running back as the Jr. Cyclones made a gang tackle on the play.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Much like closing the pages on a perfect novel, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones final game of the 2018 campaign ended with a spotless 8-0 season mark and being crowned as the Big 8 Conference champs after laying a whipping to the Vance Middle School Vikings by a 44-12 margin at Citizens Bank Stadium on Thursday evening.

Jr. Cyclone JV clinches Big 8 championship with 26-14 win Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Jr. Cyclone running back Luke Whaley tries to break free from the grasp of a Vance defender.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It doesn’t matter if one is blood brothers or just a band of brothers with one goal, it can be said that a little brother wants to make sure that their feet fit firmly in the footprints of their bigger brothers.

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.

One for the scrapbook: Jr. Cyclones storm back for a 28-14 win over Liberty Bell to go 7-0 on season Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Jr. Cyclone running back Nate Stephens shakes and bakes his way around a couple of Liberty Bell defenders.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

JOHNSON CITY—While several beautiful young ladies awaited the opportunity to potentially be crowned as the Liberty Bell homecoming queen at Kermit-Tipton Stadium, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones took full advantage of its own opportunity and turned an ugly first-half of action into a thing of beauty rallying from a 14-0 first-half deficit to a 28-14 victory.

TAD walkway safety project complete Walkway

A recent project to make foot traffic safer at T. A. Dugger Jr. High School is now complete. A walkway that connects the classrooms behind the school to the main building is now paved and fenced in, creating a barrier between vehicle and foot traffic.  

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. 

Homecoming Dress Up Days! homecoming

The Homecoming dress up days have been announced for next week!

FBLA at TAD fbla

TAD students are starting a Future Business Leaders of America club with Mrs. McKamey this year.

Letters from Home: students support deployed soldiers with personal letters Class Photo

Students in an enrichment class at T. A. Dugger Jr. High School are putting their writing skills to work to show deployed American soldiers that they are appreciated. Their contribution is part of the Letters from Home letter drive with WCQR and Marsh Regional Blood Center.  Letters will be mailed to the organization A Million Thanks, and will then be mailed all over the world to men and women committed to defending this country.

Jr. Cyclones bloody nose of Greeneville, 28-14 photo by ivan sanders. pictured cade russell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

There are three things certain in life—birth, death, and smash-mouth football when any team from Greeneville tangles with a team from Elizabethton.

TAD Times -- September 2018 snip

Mrs. McKamey's Bartleby group put together their first edition of the TAD Times for September 2018.

New anti-drug billboards use high school athletes to reach kids


CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. — Carter County is taking a unique approach to keeping kids away from drugs. New billboards went up this week with the message “No matter who you play for, sober always wins.”

T. A. Dugger storms past Sevier Student Athletes

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

KINGSPORT—The T.A. Dugger Junior Cyclones were firing on all cylinders Thursday as they visited conference foe John Sevier to open the season

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.

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.

Jr. Cyclones boast big numbers for 2018 Team Photo

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

According to head coach Travis Smithdeal, the Jr. Cyclones have numbers on their side this season as they field 30 players on the varsity team with all but one of those being eighth graders.

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

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

If you missed TAD's orientation... TAD Orientation

If you did not get to attend orientation today, here are pieces of information vital to the upcoming year.

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.

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.

TAD Orientation Schedule orientation

Come to TAD for orientation to find out your schedules and meet your teachers!

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.”

Girl's Basketball Open Gym Schedule 2018 Girls Basketball

TAD girl's basketball open gym this summer varies in time and dates--check the calendar now!

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. 

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.

Three Bartleby seniors organize club fair for junior high students Three students

Three students put in hours of organization and coordination to make sure the next generation of high school students can make the most of their experience. Emily Richardson, Abigail Richardson, and Megan Young were enrolled in Bartleby Community Improvement in the Fall when they came up with the idea to host a high school club fair for rising 8th and 9th grade students.

Media Immunization for 6th Grade Parents nurse shot

Reminder for parents/guardians of T A Dugger sixth grade students:

Permanent Part-Time Employees invited to Retirement Informational Meeting
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.

TAD Talent Show Info talent show

TAD will be hosting it's annual talent show May 11 during school. Students are encouraged to sign up for auditions!

Happy National Library Week to Librarian Susan Carter Susan Carter

Happy National Library Week to Mrs. Susan Carter! She is an awesome librarian and works hard to make the library a warm and inviting escape for students from the turbulance of teenage life.

TAD Girl's Vball Open Gym Handout July 2018

Open Gym for TAD Girl's VBall will start on July 9th from 5-7pm. YOU MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL SUBMITTED ONLINE BEFORE COMING TO OPEN GYM. **This article will be updated throughout the summer because all of these dates are tentative**

2019 TAD trip to Boston / New York City New York City

In June 2019, TA Dugger will be traveling to New York and Boston. This trip will be 5 days with an extremely reputable travel company, Education First. There will be an informational meeting held on April 11th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the TA Dugger Jr. High Auditorium. All students and parents who will be a part of the TA Dugger family during the 2018-2019 school year are invited to attend. Students and parents who register for the trip at the end of the meeting will receive a discount on the trip’s overall price! Hope to see you there!

Attendance Incentives We need you to be at school!

TAD is offering perfect attendance incentives and rewards for students from now until May 16th...you could be entered to win a Nintendo Switch!!

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.

TAD Open House March 19 TAD Main Office

TAD will be hosting an open house from 5-7 pm on Monday, March 19.

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.

The Band J4, Jeremy Ray Taylor visit TAD students promoting kindness The Band J4

With a message of kindness and positivity, The Band J4 along with Jeremey Ray Taylor visited students at T. A. Dugger Junior High on Friday. Their performance and dialogue with students focused on the personal impact that kindness and empathy can have on another’s life. At the end of their performance, the band and Taylor held a question and answer session with students and gave each student a free download of one of their songs.  

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.

8th Grade Parent Night set for March 1 8th Grade Parent Night text

Current 8th grade students and their parents are invited to Elizabethton High School on March 1 at 6 p.m. to learn about opportunities at the high school including scheduling, programs of study, Career and Technical Education and other important information. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend, even if students cannot make it. 

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.

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).

Track Parent Meeting TAD Track

TAD JR High will be having a parent meeting Thursday night, February 15th, at 5 PM in the auditorium.

TAD Valentine's Day Dance Valentine's Day

Student Council will be hosting a TAD Valentine's Day Dance February 13th.

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 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.

Elizabethton Knights of Columbus help students with disabilities gain independent living skills Knights of Columbus present check to TAD SPED teacher

For more than 20 years, Elizabethton Knights of Columbus have supported local students with disabilities in Elizabethton City Schools. This year, the club made a donation of $1,299 following its MR Foundation of Tennessee Drive.

TAD Year Book Info--ORDERING ONLINE! Online Yearbook

Information about ordering the TAD yearbook -- even order online!

TA Dugger Student Council Food Drive Student Council

TAD competes school-wide to see which students can raise the most canned food items.

TAD 21 Day Challenge Aesop Kindness

TAD participates in a school-wide kindness challenge

Bartleby Weekly: Student book clubs form foundation for leadership, love of literacy Students in Book Club

While the state and other organizations focus heavily on early literacy skills, three students in Elizabethton High School’s Bartleby Program are working to turn those skills into passion for 5th – 8th grade students with book clubs. On top of serving as reading role models for younger students, they are applying their own understanding of state academic standards in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

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.

Varsity, JV play undefeated season Athlete running Football

The T. A. Dugger Junior High School Football Varsity and Junior Varsity teams had undefeated seasons for the first time in more than 20 years. No other teams in the conference were undefeated this year.

Overmountain Victory Trail Hike OVT Hike

TAD 8th graders will get to experience the OVT Hike on Friday, October 13th.

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.

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.

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:

Homecoming Dress Up Days Cyclone Cheer

Help spread Cyclone Spirit by participating in our dress up days!

Fall Picture Orders Fall

Fall Pictures order forms due on September 13th, 2017.

Food City School Bucks Food City

Help us help this school by supporting Food City School Bucks Educational Program!

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.

$10,000 grant to provide new physical education equipment, curriculum Students flexing

The physical education and health programs at T. A. Dugger Junior High School will soon be transformed with hundreds of pieces of new equipment and curriculum since Health teacher Kathy Berry acquired a $10,000 grant. The Shape the State grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation will provide new equipment, SPARK curriculum, teacher training and a $1,000 wellness stipend.

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.

Fresh new options in EHS, TAD cafeterias Sandwiches

Students at Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Junior High School are enjoying more options in the cafeteria this year thanks to expanded menus and the addition of a “saladeli” serving line at EHS. At both schools, students can eat homemade pizza daily, and at EHS, students can access a build-your-own sandwich line or a salad bar. In addition, students can choose from the grab and go station daily which has pre-built salads and sandwiches.

Costa Rica Information Meeting Fiesta!

The meeting will take place on August 24, 2017 at 6:30pm in the TAD Media Center.

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.

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.

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.


We are excited to have our home meet on Tuesday, April 18th, at the new high school track!  Come and support our team!  $4 for adults, $2 for students.  Field events start at 4:30 pm.

April 6th meet at DB cancelled! Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately, our meet at DB on April 6th has been cancelled due to weather.  Our next meet is scheduled for April 11th at Liberty Bell.

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.

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.

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!

Demolition of grandstands underway at T.A. Dugger Junior High TAD Demolition

Demolition crews with D.H. Griffin Companies, based out of Bristol, Va., are currently on site at T.A. Dugger Junior High to begin the deconstruction of home grandstands located at Brown-Childress Stadium.

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.

Orientation dates

August 9, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 6th grade orientation

9:15 a.m. - 7th grade orientation

10:15 a.m. - 8th grade orientation

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.

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.