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East Side Elementary comes out to serve former principal April Pearson and Students

BY AMBER WADOVICK, Elizabethton Star

As spring/summer is in full force in Carter County, many residents are prepping to renovate their flower and/or vegetable gardens for the season.

Elizabethton, Carter County students travel to Johnson City for Special Olympics Wheelchair Race

BY AMBER WADOVICK, Elizabethton Star

This was a different kind of field trip. Instead of going to the zoo and looking at animals or checking out a government building, students across Elizabethton and Carter County got out of school to do sports they often have no access to, and for many, it was a trip they had heavily anticipated for a long time.

Pirate Press: April 2019 Student producers

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Several Guests visit East Side Bob Lewis

Last week, ESE Kindergarten classes studied all about Community Helpers.

East Side’s Singleton earns All-American honors East Side Elementary fourth grader, Don Singleton, took sixth place at the AAU Spring Youth Nationals in the 105 pound divions.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Ask any high school coach, and they will tell that their athletic program can only be as good as its feeder programs.

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.

Pirate Press: March 2019

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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.

Read Across America Day / Dr. Seuss' Birthday East Side Students

Many of our students celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday by dressing like their favorite book characters and reading together.

Pirate Press: February 2019

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Elizabethton students, teachers appreciative of Education Commissioner visit Read aloud

In her first weeks on the job, Tennessee’s new Education Commissioner, Dr. Penny Schwinn, has already visited dozens of classrooms across the state. She is listening to students and teachers to better understand what’s working. On Friday, she visited East Side Elementary in Elizabethton, Tenn. among four schools in northeast Tennessee.

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 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

BY CURTIS CARDEN, WJHL

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

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! 

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.

Pirate Press: January 2019

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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

BY KASEY MARLER, WJHL

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

Pirate Press: November 2018

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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

BY JACKIE DEFUSCO, WJHL

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.

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.

New! Pirate Press produced by ESE students Student Authors

Pirate Press is a student produced newsletter that began in October 2018. With questions, contact school librarian TJ Brown. Enjoy!

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.

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. 

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.