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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. 

New club launches rockets hundreds of feet above school Launch

West Side students in grades 3-5 now have an opportunity to learn about rockets, build models, and fly them after school. Principal and club sponsor John Wright hopes this will inspire an interest in space exploration as well as technology and engineer careers of the future.

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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.

WSE Celebrates Kindness Week: Always Choose Kindness kindness

Kindness Week at West Side!  This is a week where we can all focus on how we and our students treat each other and show kindness that fosters a positive culture! BE KIND!


West Side Wildcats Would Like to Thank Ms. Reasor! Counselor

School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 48, 2019

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.

Mrs. Ensor's 2nd Grade Rolling Right Along 2nd math

Mrs. Ensor's 2nd grade students are enjoying a roll and comparison learning activity for math class.

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.

Snow Ball Dance Invitation dance
Ms. Pless' 2nd Graders are Completing Word Contraction Surgery surgery

Ms. Pless' 2nd Graders have been completing word contraction surgery.

Ms. Blevins' 4th Grade Learning Fractions Baking Pies pie4th

Ms. Blevins' 4th graders are completing fraction activities in class.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

Mrs. Snodgrass's 5th Grade Students Are Learning About Galaxies galaxy
Congratulations WSE Teachers of the Year Congratulations


West Side Elementary
Kim Pless
Lisa Adams

2019-2020 ECS System Level Teachers of the Year

Kim Pless


Please Support Our Awesome Cyclone Baseball Team by Attending the Baseball Silent & Live Auction on Feb. 2 baseballauction

Baseball Silent & Live Auction set for Feb. 2

The annual Elizabethton Cyclone Dugout Club silent and live auction will feature 50-80 silent auction baskets or items, as well as several live auction items. Goodwin & Street’s Auction will be conducting the auction. Proceeds benefit the Elizabethton High School Baseball Team.


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.

Mrs. Blevins' 4th Grade Math Class Declares War.... 4thmathwar

Mrs. Blevins' 4th Grade Math Classes Declares War

Strong Schools = Strong Communities...Thank Your School Board! BOE2019

West Side Elementary would like to acknowledge January as School Board Recognition Month by honoring the Elizabethton City District School Board members: Rita Booher, Phil Isaacs, Grover May, Danny O'Quinn, and Eddie Pless.

News From Mrs. VanHuss Important Dates Dates

2019 Important Dates for West Side from

Mrs. VanHuss

Parents - 5th Grade May Day ALERT!! BabyPic

Parents, Ms. VanHuss needs the following items for this year's May Day: Please send a baby/toddler picture of your child to school. It needs to be 8 by 10 and portrait style (as shown in the pictures above).

May Day Performance Schedule MayDay

Parents, check the attached May Day schedule for your child's performance. This is an exciting performance by all our students collaborated by Mrs. VanHuss and Mrs. Keen.

Show Your Christmas Spirit on Dress Up Days Christmas

Show your Christmas spirit by dressing up for Christmas Monday and Tuesday.

Merry Christmas!

West Side’s Nave captures All-American status Arvella Nave

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Westside Elementary third-grader Arvella Nave hasn’t been doing cross country long.

Come Discover an Enchanting Assortment of New Books at Our Enchanted Forest Book Fair. Enchanted

Come discover an enchanting assortment of new books at our Enchanted Forest Book Fair. Book Fair runs December 3rd-7th! #mybookfair

Book Fairs Make Reading Fun!!!! Bookfair

Thanks for supporting our West Side Wildcat Media Center by shopping for books at the Scholastic Book Fair.

Support Your Classroom Teacher by Purchasing Books for the Classroom Libraries from the Scholastic Book Fair Wish List

Support our classroom teachers by purchasing books from the Scholastic Book Fair. Teachers are providing Classroom Wish Lists for books to be purchased for the classroom libraries. You can shop online now or shop at the Scholastic Book Fair starting Monday, December 3.

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.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming...... books

Support the Wildcat Media Center by shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair coming Monday, December 3- Friday, December 7.


Shop Online starting today!

Teachers are also posting Classroom Wish Lists. Purchase or order books for Christmas gifts for your teacher.


Dare to Join Us for NIGHT AT THE SCHOOL? sleepover

Night at the School

WHERE:  West Side School Gymnasium


WHEN:  Friday, November 16th, 2018 from 7:30pm to 8:00am

          Saturday, November 17th, 2018


WHO:  West Side Students, Parents, and Faculty. 


West Side Gears Up for Family Festivus uglysweater

Family Festivus

Where: West Side Elementary

When: December 3 from 6:00-7:00

Elizabethton teaching assistant saves first grader from choking Hero


A staff member at West Side Elementary in Elizabethton is being called a hero after saving a first grader's life at lunchtime.

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.

Wildcats Caught Reading..... Caught Reading

We love to see when students are unexpectedly caught reading.


Kindergarten Enjoy Harvest Day Harvest reading

Kindergarten students at West Side Enjoy a Day of Harvest Reading and Storytelling. 

West Side 1st Graders Enjoy a Funfilled Day of Activities Halloween 1st grade

West Side 1st graders enjoy a funfilled day of activities.

Thanks to Our Community for the Amazing Support Mcteacher

West Side Would Like to Thank the community for the Amazing Support for our schools. 

McTeacher Night a Huge Success Mcteachernight

McDonald's of Elizabethton hosts McTeacher Night for West Side Elementary

Thanks to McDonald's of Elizabethton for Hosting McTeacher Night Mcteach

McTeacher Night Great Success

For West Side Elementary 

Picture Re-Makes Picture Day

Picture Re-Makes Tuesday, October 30. There will be NO charge for students to have their picture taken tomorrow morning if they were absent for the first picture day. All other students will need to pay a $2 charge for re-makes.

No Time to Cook Supper? Come Out and Support the Wildcat Family at McTeacher Night mcteacher

McTeacher Night

West Side Would Like to Thank Our Elizabethton Board of Education and Elizabethton City Schools Administrators Applause

West Side would like to thank our Elizabethton Board of Education and Elizabethton City Schools administrators for their work in creating a position to enable West Side to regain our lost Math Interventionist position. 

New Shade Addition to Playground at West Side Shade

The students, faculty, and staff are enjoying the new addition of shade to the playground. Appreciation goes to the PTO and parent volunteers.

West Side Students, Faculty, and Staff Would Like to Thank PTO Chromebooks

The students, faulty, and staff would like to thank PTO and all volunteers for the awesome fundraising events and donations this school year. The West Side PTO helped West Side be technology ready by purchasing 100 Chromebooks and 23 batteries for our existing laptops.

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.

Nine Weeks Update from Mr. Wright

2018 HAS BEEN PACKED FULL!  We have had the back to school dance, parent night, homecoming activities, our fall carnival and our 9 weeks AR and Wildcat Way reward celebration.

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.

West Side Students Participate In National Walk-to-School Day walk


National Walk to School Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in October. This is a day to get out and get some exercise while enjoying the weather.



Students Earn Reward Day for Exemplifying the West Side Way reward

West Side students worked toward earning a Reward Day by exemplifying the true meaning of West Side Way.

A Great Day at West Side....... Spaghetti

A Great Day at West Side for students working so hard to meet their AR goals  four the 1st Nine weeks.  


2018 Elizabethton Cyclones Homecoming Week Homecoming


West Side Wildcats enjoying 2018 Cyclone Homecoming activities and learning along the way. HC 33


West Side Walk to School Day Oct. 10 Walk to School Day Logo

All West Side students and their families are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 10th, International Walk to School Day.

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.

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. 

WSE Students Caught Reading Reading

As students are working diligently toward their AR goals, we caught a few reading this week.

Homecoming Week Celebration Go Cyclones! Helmet

“West Side Homecoming Week”

October 1 – 5, 2018


Show your “CYCLONE and WILDCAT SPIRIT” and participate in the “Dress-Up Days” for Homecoming week!

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.

Congratulations Mrs. Blevins' 4th Grade Students Math4th

Congratulations! The 4th grade multiplication "touchdowners".  These students have memorized their multiplication facts 0-12.

West Side Community Fall Festival and Silent Auction festival

Join us Sunday, September 30th 2:00-6:00 P.M.. for a fundraising event to raise money for new playground equipment for grades K-2., classroom library books, and school wide technology.

Learning is Exciting at West Side Elementary School monarch

The tradition that Ms. Vera started many years ago still lives on. Many great learning opportunities are happening at West Side Elementary School.

Mrs. Deloach and her 4th Grade Students 4thexplorers

Mrs. Deloach's 4th grade students have just completed a unit of study of the early explorers in their Social Studies class.

West Side Wildcats Honoring Lives Lost 9/11 Flag

Please wear your red, white, and blue on Tuesday, September 11th in honor of lives lost on 9/11.

Crystal VanHuss is WJHL's Educator of the Week


Congratulations Crystal VanHuss, WJHL's Educator of the Week!

New traffic pattern at West Side to begin Wed., Sep. 5 Map

In order to expedite the arrival/departure process for West Side car riders, we will be changing the drop off/pick up procedures effective Wednesday, Sep. 5.

News From Mrs. VanHuss Important Dates Activities

See important school dates regarding homecoming week, May Day performances, field days, and etc.

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.

Open House Tuesday Aug. 14 @ 6p

Come “GET THE SCOOP” on everything that’s going on this 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.

WSE Kindergarten Phase-In Days

Parents of kindergarten students will need to come by the school on Thursday, Aug. 9, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to register their student for a phase-in day. Phase-in days will take place at all elementary schools between Monday, Aug. 13 and Wed., Aug. 15.

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.

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.

West Side Elementary School Supply Lists Back to School

West Side School Supply List 2018-2019

Welcome back to West Side Elementary School!




Wildcat Running Club is back!

West Side Wildcat Running Club

Kindergarten Phase-In

West Side’s Kindergarten students will come on the half day, Aug. 9 to register for a phase in day. 

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.

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.

WSE Kindergarten donates to Bonnie Kate, DT Lighting Fund, Walk of Honor, Imagination Libary Students at library

Each year, kindergarten students and teachers at West Side sell baked goods in their cookie, cupcake and donut shops to raise money for important local causes. On Wednesday, they donated that money to the Bonnie Kate Theater Restoration Project, the Downtown Lighting Fund, Imagination Libary and to the Veterans Walk of Honor. 

Happy National Library Week to Librarian Judy Fletcher Judy Fletcher

Judy Fletcher has been a media specialist since 1989 and came to Elizabethton City Schools in 2000. She enbjoys story time with students and always tries to incorporate Maker Spaces with STEM activities during each class. The STEM Maker Spaces always correlate with a book.

Seniors share memories, dreams at Senior Tea HME seniors at Tree house

Every year, graduating seniors return to their elementary school to visit with former teachers and current students for Senior Tea. The goal is to celebrate seniors' successes and to help rising 6th grade students see what they too will be able to accomplish in the next few years.

Dr. Wandell inspires students to go the distance on TNReady tests Wandell speaks to students

Persist Until Success Happens (P.U.S.H.) – that was world record holder and retired principal Dr. Josh Wandell's message for West Side Elementary students as they approach TNReady testing this month. Wandell compared academic achievements to winning a race and shared his personal strategies for success.

Live Boston Marathon

The West Side Wildcat family is supporting our principal, Mr. Wright on April 16th. Mr. Wright has been training to complete the Boston Marathon and we want to show him our support. Watch the live feed in the gym on this day to support his valiant efforts. GO Mr. Wright!

Dr. Wandell P.U.S.H. for TCAPs TCaps

The Amazing Race to P.U.S.H. through TCAPs!  West Side will be having a motovational pep rally to gear up for the upcoming TCAPs. Dr. Josh Wandell will be our special guest speaker to motivate the students to do their best on the test!  We will also have a short motovational video from Ann Graves who will be running the Boston Marathon in two weeks!

West Side students rock and we are going to do an awesome job!


April 2nd at 2:00

Grade Cards Grade Cards

Instructions for viewing student garde cards:

1)  Parent should log onto his/her SKYWARD account

2)  Click Portfolio tab on the left

3)  Click on the current report card

4)  Report Card is then downloaded to parent's computer


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.

March 20 WSE Parent Involvement Night - Reading Fair WSE logo

To celebrate West Side’s commitment to reading, students will participate in our school wide reading fair. This is an opportunity for students to practice reading at their individual reading level and demonstrate their presentation skills while incorporating creativity through the design and creation of a Book Poster. Book Posters will be displayed on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00-7:00 for parents and families to view. We hope this project will motivate your child to read and comprehend a good book, and encourage more reading as students and families get interested in other books they see displayed at the Reading Fair.

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.

K-Kids Collecting for the Ronald McDonald House K Kids

K-kids will be collecting the metal pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald house.  There will be a bucket for each grade level.  Our goal is to fill every bucket.   Please encourage your children to bring these in.  I will collect the buckets on March 14th.   If your bucket fills up before the 14th, let me know and I will empty it.


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.

Dress-up Days for Dr. Seuss Week! Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd Seuss

Dress-up Days for Dr. Seuss Week!

Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd



Monday – CAT IN THE HAT: Wear any hat!

Tuesday – FOX IN SOCKS: Show off your crazy socks!

Wednesday – WACKY WEDNESDAY: Mismatched clothes, backwards, or inside-out!

Thursday – GREEN EGGS AND HAM: Wear Green!

Friday – Today is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Let’s celebrate by dressing like your favorite Dr. Seuss character!

BETSY BOOK BUS On the Road SUMMER 2018 Bookbus

On the Road SUMMER 2018


The Betsy Book Bus is a mobile library that will deliver books to children and youth in neighborhoods and summer programs in Elizabethton. Children age birth through 18 may select a book from the bus to keep and add to their home libraries.

West Side Elementary Parent Involvement Activity - Reading Fair Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:00-7:00 paretnnight

West Side Elementary

Parent Involvement Activity - Reading Fair

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


To celebrate West Side’s commitment to reading, students will participate in our school wide reading fair. This is an opportunity for students to practice reading at their individual reading level and demonstrate their presentation skills while incorporating creativity through the design and creation of a Book Poster. Book Posters will be displayed on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00-7:00 for parents and families to view. We hope this project will motivate your child to read and comprehend a good book, and encourage more reading as students and families get interested in other books they see displayed at the Reading Fair.

Snow Ball Dance snowflake

        SNOW BALL


Mr. Wright cordially invites you to attend West Side’s Snow Ball / Dance :


WHEN:   FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2018 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM




COST:  $5.00 for dance (at the door)/additional costs for food & activities

             $5.00 for unlimited obstacle course or $1.00 each time through


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.

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.

West Side Elementary School Students Celebrate a Reward School Day Reward

As a school-wide reward for being a top Tennessee school, West Side Elementary students were rewarded by taking a school trip to Quantum Leap in Johnson City December 13, 2017.



SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Online ordering now available for teacher wish lists! Wishlist

Our WSE book fair is coming up December 4th – 8th! You may now purchase books via the Scholastic web site as gifts for a specific classroom. Online sales are open now!! If your child’s teacher(s) created a wish list, it will appear on the Scholastic web site. Please note: any item you purchase for a classroom will be sent to the teacher’s attention labeled as a gift from you. A gift message can be added during checkout.

Be a Volunteer at the Scholastic Book Fair bookfairvol

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The Scholastic Book Fair Is Coming...... bookfair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.
Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair!

West Side Elementary School Reward School Reward

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.

As a reward for being a top Tennessee school, West Side Elementary will be rewarded by taking a school trip to Quantum Leap in Johnson City December 13, 2017.

Night at the School Sleepover



WHERE:  West Side School Gymnasium


WHEN:  Friday, November 17th, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:00am

          Saturday, November 18th, 2017


WHO:  West Side Students, Parents, and Faculty. 



COST:  $25.00 per each West Side Student


Bingo for Books Books

BINGO for Books!

K, 1st, 2nd grades

Come out Tuesday, November 14 from 6:00-7:00 for a fun evening FULL of GREAT BOOKS and reading strategies!

Students will play BINGO & win new books! Every child who attends this event will go home with at least one brand new book-hopefully two!

Parents will learn easy strategies to help support their child as they practice their reading at home!

6:00 Meet in classroom – Play BINGO – win books – learn reading strategies

6:45 Stop by the cafeteria for a bedtime snack J

Check out the GRAND OPENING of West Side’s new Book Exchange – Children can cash in Book Bucks for a “fresh” AR book. The Book Exchange is West Side’s new book swap program to help our readers always have good books to read!

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.

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.

Linked grocery cards yield payoff for schools Mr. Wampler receives check from Food City

This week, Elizabethton elementary schools received a total of $1,753 from Food City as a result of parents linking their grocery cards to their school of choice. These funds are used for technology, furniture or whatever the needs may be from year to year at each school.

West Side Fall Carnival to include inflatables, games, silent auction Pumpkin Painting

This Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2 – 6 p.m., West Side Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will host its annual Fall Carnival, rain or shine. It will include inflatables, dunk tank, Silent Auction with auctioneer for a few live auctions, DJ, 18 game booths hosted by classes, face painting, glitter tattoos, concessions, EHS cheerleaders performance, and sports lounge. This event is open to the public.

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.

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Last Minute Carnival Reminders & Updates…….


Please send in all canned cokes, sprites, and candy to your classrooms by Friday, Oct. 6th.

Please bring baked goods and cupcakes (individually wrapped if possible) to school on Friday, Oct. 6th (NO SOONER, PLEASE).

Please send in your class auction basket items this week.  Baskets are due by end of the school day, Thursday, Oct. 5th.

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.

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. 


Students win bags promoting healthy choices Photos of 3 winners and Fuel Up to Play logo

Three students won bags in a drawing that was part of Elizabethton City Schools’ participation in Fuel Up to Play 60. The program awarded $10,000 in grant funding to the elementary schools for nutrition and physical education supplies and provided give away items to help encourage young students to make healthy choices.

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 High School Bartleby Project Collaboration with West Side Elementary 5th Grade Students Bartleby

Leaving no stone unturned, Elizabethton High School students are ready to make their presence felt.
A brainchild of 23 students, community members gathered Monday to learn more about what the Bartleby Program has to offer during a ceremony held inside T.A.Dugger Junior High’s auditorium. The Bartleby Program was one of the 18 XQ Super School Projects to receive funding from XQ America to implement new ways on how to “rethink” the way of high school.

5th Grade Partners With Blackbird Bakery Doughnuts

The fifth grade students were given an opportunity to raise money toward the cost of their Camp Explore trip partnering with Blackbird Bakery in Bristol.

Pictured is Brennan Crandell, Blackbird Bakery manager, and Milagra McKesson, top 5th grade seller.

Students cut ribbon for new All Abilities Playground at West Side Students cut ribbon

Students, parents, teachers and civic leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate the installation of the new All Abilities Playground at West Side Elementary School. The project cost about $85,000 and took nearly three years to reach completion. Principal John Wright felt it appropriate for students with disabilities, who had very limited access to the previous play structure, to cut the ribbon.

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:

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  “Homecoming Week”

September 11th – 15th, 2017


Show your “CYCLONE SPIRIT” and participate in the “Dress-Up Days” for Homecoming week! Monday the 11th through Wednesday the 13th students, faculty, & staff will participate in Color Wars!

Monday: K-2 > Wear Green!

                3-5 > Wear Blue!

Tuesday: K-2 > Wear Yellow!

                 3-5 > Wear Purple!

Wednesday: K-2 > Wear Red!

                      3-5 > Wear White!

Thursday: Extreme Orange & Black Day! Show your Cyclone Spirit & come to school ready to have fun at our annual “Pep Rally!” The EHS cheerleaders, football players, & pep band will get you fired up & ready for their big game on Friday night!

West Side Elementary to host playground ribbon cutting Playground Panorama

Hundreds of people worked together to raise more than $80,000 for the new West Side Elementary All Abilities Playground. Now, the Parent Teacher Organization and WSE faculty invite the community to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the success of this project. The ribbon cutting will take place at the school on Thursday, Sep. 14 at noon.

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.

Elizabethton Board tabling elementary reorganization research ECS Logo

Elizabethton City Schools administration plans to table research related to the reorganization of elementary schools. Following discussions between Federal Programs Directors at ECS and Tennessee Department of Education, ECS administrators feel confident West Side Elementary School will be approved for a waiver to continue its schoolwide federal funding program.

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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.

Open House / Parent Night Tuesday Open House

Please join us for an open house and parent night on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. You will be able to meet your child's teacher and to learn about opportunities and programs available to your child at West Side. We look forward to seeing you all!

Blevins Family builds frame for new Wildcat Butterfly House Butterfly House

The frame is complete on the new Wildcat Butterfly House at West Side Elementary, which will allow more students to witness the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. West Side’s Blevins family generously built the frame, which will now need to be screened screened to house the monarch butterflies that students raise annually.

Kindergarten schedule to extend to full day Kindergarten Full Day

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, kindergartners in Elizabethton City Schools will no longer let out early. This is part of a strategy to increase instruction time and to improve early literacy.  The school day for kindergartners will be the same as grades 1-5, from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Kindergarten Phase-in West Side Phase In

On Thursday, August 10 from 8 – 10 a.m., you will have the oppportunity to sign up for a day to bring your child to school on phase-in days. Our first week of Kindergarten will be a phase-in week for three days on Monday, Aug. 14 – Wednesday Aug. 16.

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!

Teacher assignments announced at school Aug. 10 WSE logo

West Side parents, you will not receive a letter in the mail with your child's teacher assignment this year. Instead, your child should report to the gym on the morning of Aug. 10 (the first half day), at which time he or she will receive teacher assignments. Thank you, and enjoy the last weeks of summer!

School Supply Lists are Posted! School Supply Lists

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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.

Camp Read-A-Lot Teachers recognized at June Board meeting Camp Read-A-Lot Teachers

Camp Read-A-Lot made it possible for 30 students to take home 22 books each and to explore literacy in different environments around the world. It would not have been possible without the teachers who applied for the grant and planned the program. For this reason, the Board of Education recognized their efforts and creativity and commended them on putting together such a successful first-year program.

Phase I of new playground under way Playground demolition

Phase I -- the removal of old playground equipment -- has begun at West Side! We hope to have the new equipment installed before the start of the new school year.

Elizabethton Board of Education researches reorganization of elementary schools ECS Logo

Anticipated and historic federal funding cuts and changing laws have caused concern among Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) administrators and members of the Board of Education. Following other efforts to mitigate the effects of these changes, the Board is researching options for rezoning elementary schools into Pre-K – 1, 2 – 3, and 4 – 5 schools.

What's Working: Camp Read-A-Lot Camp Read-A-Lot Director and first grade teacher Julie Hartsook reads with a student.

Students in the three Elizabethton City Schools will take a love for reading into the summer thanks to “Camp Read-A-Lot”.

Elizabethton City Schools launches new websites New website homepage

Elizabethton City Schools is launching new websites for the district and each school on Thursday, May 25, which could take up to 48 hours to publish. This is part of a district-wide effort to better inform parents and community members about events and achievements of students, faculty and staff at ECS. The new websites will be accessible at the same web addresses as current sites, with the district site accessible at www.ecschools.net.

West Side students step back in time for 'Day at the Museum' Students dressed as historical figures

It isn’t often you get the chance to see Elvis Presley, David Crockett, Genghis Khan and George Lucas under the same roof.

Kindergarten schedule to extend to full day 2017-18 ECS Logo Orange Black Facebook size

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, kindergartners in Elizabethton City Schools will no longer let out early. This is part of a strategy to increase instruction time and to improve early literacy.  The school day for kindergartners will be the same as grades 1-5, from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Elizabethton schools ready to help sick and injured children EHS Nurse Wendy Wright and student Cameron Coleman communicate with Cindy Nave, an FNP with First Assist Urgent Care.

For the parents of children enrolled in the Elizabethton City School System, the answer is the same as it is for a growing number of other school systems in the region: the Niswonger Virtual Health Clinic.

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.