District News

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.