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Recap: 5th Grade Night

Parents of rising 6th graders, if you couldn't make it to 5th Grade Night or you wanted to review some of the topics we discussed, please check out the presentation here.

Parents get greater access to school news, events with new Elizabethton City Schools mobile app Icon

News, events, and frequently visited web pages are now just a click away with the new Elizabethton City Schools mobile application.

FBLA Students bring home awards from State Leadership Conference EHS Students

Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Junior High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students attended the State FBLA Leadership Conference this week and brought home several awards. 

Elizabethton City Schools offers community Water Aerobics classes weekly

Tired of not having the energy to function during the day? Need a way to relieve stress? Want to be more fit? Reduce your blood pressure? Increase your muscular strength and endurance? Have a healthier, stronger heart?

5th Grade Parent Night set for April 4 at 6p

Parents and students of rising 6th graders are encouraged to attend 5th Grade Parent Night at T. A. Dugger Junior High School on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. We will provide a lot of information on the about registration, sports, clubs, and general information that parents and students need to be aware of for the upcoming school year.

ETSBOA Solo & Ensemble students excel Trombone students

Several T. A. Dugger Junior High School and Elizabethton High School band students participated in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Festival held at Chuckey Doak High School on March 2. They were all awarded medals for receiving a Superior or Excellent rating. A large number of students prepared solos and small ensemble pieces for the event, and Elizabethton had the most students participate of any other schools in attendance.

2019 Typhoons Swim Club Tryouts typhoons

Details on the Typhoons Swim Club tryouts

8th Grade Parent Night / CTE Open House March 7

We are having an 8th grade parent night for upcoming freshmen to explore the opportunities of CTE and to pick up their 9th grade  registration packet.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.