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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.

Cyclone Checkpoints Sep. 27 - Oct. 11

Cyclone Checkpoints will take place Sep. 27 - Oct. 11 with makeup testing on Oct. 12-13.  These formative assessments will cover English, Math, Science, and US History. This year, the tests will be completed using the ChromeBooks in the classroom.  This will prepare teachers and students for TNReady (EOC) Assessments, which will be online this year. 


ECS seeks input on communication with public survey Communication Survey

“Tell us what matters most to you…” These and other questions comprise Elizabethton City Schools’ 2017 Communication Survey, which seeks input on the most effective means of communication and the most important topics. The survey will be open online from Monday, Sep. 25 to Monday, Oct. 9, and ECS parents, students, staff and Elizabethton community members invited to participate.

Betsy Band meets Pride of the Southland on Saturday Pride of the Southland

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton's High School's Betsy Band has had a lot of memorable accomplishments. Last fall the band won its fourth state championship in the past seven years.

Elizabethton City Schools' TVAAS score indicates highest level of growth

The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) score for Elizabethton City Schools indicates schools and teachers are having the highest impact on students’ academic progress. The system-wide composite score is a level five, the highest a school or system can earn. 

Elizabethton City Schools ranked 3rd in state for graduation rate 2017 Graduates

Elizabethton City Schools is proud to announce it is ranked third in the state for its graduation rate of 99.5 percent. Elizabethton High School’s 2017 graduating class ranked the school in the top seven percent of high schools in Tennessee

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.

Director of Schools receives excellent evaluation from Board Dr. Corey Gardenhour

Dr. Corey Gardenhour, after his second year serving as Director of Elizabethton City Schools, received a 97 percent approval rating from the Board of Education. This year the Board also unanimously approved a contract extension to last through August 14, 2021, which was previously set to end May 21, 2019.

Twelve to be inducted into EHS Sports Hall of Fame Logo

The public is invited to the Elizabethton High School Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Sep. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the EHS Gym. At this free event, the EHS Athletic Department will recognize 12 inductees for their athletic accomplishments at EHS.

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:

Residents treated with updates, progress from Bartleby Program Viewing Party

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.

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.

Discounted UT Football tickets available for Betsy Band Day Sep. 23 Betsy Band 2017

All parents, family, and friends of the Betsy Band are invited to attend the 2017 UT Band Day on September 23rd for the Tennessee vs UMASS football game. In support of Band Day, the University will have exclusive discounted ticket options available for this event:

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.

Roaten to serve as 2nd Student Liaison to Elizabethton Board Hannah Roaten

Senior Hannah Roaten will serve as the new Student Liaison to the Board of Education. She was elected by the student body and will serve as a bridge between the Board and the student body for the 2017-2018 school year. Roaten is the president of Elizabethton High School Key Club, and a member of Newspaper staff and SGA.

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.

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.

BOE approves contract extension with director Board of Education

Having stability in the leadership of the district was the driving factor behind a recent decision made by the Elizabethton City Schools Board.

Student liaison election this week Student cast votes

The student election for the Student Liaison to the Board of Education will be open till Friday, Aug. 18. The elected student will serve through June 2018 and will represent the entire student body to the Board, and the Board to the student body.

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.

All Aboard to Neyland: Betsy Band wows crowd with performance, news Betsy Band

An orange and black train is ready to rumble through Elizabethton.

The defending Division II state champion Betsy Band had the opportunity to give the community a glimpse into what this year during a special performance held in John Treadway Gymnasium at Elizabethton High School Friday night.

Local high school team wins $200k, will be featured on nationally televised special Ty Lawson

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – A local high school is getting national recognition and will be on national television this fall.

Elizabethton High School students entered a competition to “rethink high school,” it’s called “XQ: The Super School Project.”

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.

Bartleby teachers collaborate with other Super Schools at MIT Cambell, MC Hammer, Hensley

Last week, two Elizabethton High School teachers met and collaborated with the other award winners of the XQ America Super School Project for the first time. The meeting was held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and included the 10 Super Schools and the three additional awardees (including EHS).

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!

Elizabethton schools proactive about safety with detection canines ECS and Interquest Staff

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Elizabethton City Schools will implement a new drug and firearm detection program in partnership with Interquest Detection Canines. The non-aggressive canines will conduct random, unannounced inspections of Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Junior High School. The canines are professionally trained and certified annually to detect the presence of illicit drugs, prescription pills, alcohol and firearms.

New! Pay Tuition Online & Monthly Pay Tuition Online

Parents of tuition students in Elizabethton City Schools may pay tuition online beginning in July 2017, and they now have access to a monthly payment option. This is offered as a convenience to parents to help make payment easier throughout the school year.

ECS welcomes administrator Travis Thompson Travis Thompson

Elizabethton City Schools welcomes Travis Thompson to the Cyclone family. Thompson will serve as Director of the Wandell Early Learning Center, Testing 6-12, Curriculum 6-12, Attendance & Related Services, and Student Data Services.

City Back-2-School Bash exceeds goal for backpacks Backpacks given to students

Don’t expect a sophomore slump at Citizens Bank Stadium next month.

Planners of the second annual Back-2-School Bash, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., recently received positive news that their target goal of raising funds for 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies had been surpassed due to the outpouring of support from the community.

Football Season Tickets Available at EHS Athletics Office Friday Football

Current season ticket holders may now pickup their tickets in the EHS Athletic Director's Office. If you would like to purchase season tickets, you may sign up on the waiting list. Tickets are $55, and parking passes are $50 for the year. Office hours are 8-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m.

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.

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.

Students in ACT 30+ Club recognized on billboard ACT 30+ Club

For the first time in school history, students who scored above a 30 on the ACT are being recognized on a billboard. This is part of a regional effort to improve and recognize student achievement on the ACT in order to increase post-secondary opportunities. The billboard space, located at the intersection of highways 321 and 19E, was provided by Life Care Center of Elizabethton.

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

Faith>Fear: Hundreds attend Wandell Early Learning Center Dedication Wandell

Ovations. Laughter. Tears. Memories.

Hundreds of emotions floated throughout East Side Elementary Friday morning as Elizabethton City Schools System hosted Dr. Josh Wandell, his family and community members for the official dedication of the Wandell Early Learning Center located at the school.

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.

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.

Educators Hall of Fame inducts Nell Curtis, Martha Laws Educators Hall of Fame inducts Nell Curtis, Martha Laws

It was an honor to recognize Martha Laws and the late Nell Curtis at the Carter County Imagination Library's Educators Hall of Fame Saturday night. Out of more than 20 nominees, they were selected with Sherry Miller and the late John Fine to join the Hall of Fame. These teachers represent more than 159 years of experience in education.

ECS parents should register with Skyward to complete 2017-18 student forms

At the start of the 2017-18 school year, Elizabethton City Schools will not be sending home student data forms on paper. Parents will be able to complete these online using Skyward Family Access beginning on July 27. These forms include emergency contacts, medical information, photo/video waiver, and more. For this reason, it is important that parents make sure they have an active account with Skyward.

ECS accepting tuition and out-of-zone applications beginning April 20 ECS accepting tuition and out-of-zone applications beginning April 20

Those interested in applying for out-of-zone or tuition status in Elizabethton City Schools for the 2017-18 school year may do so beginning on April 20 using the new online application, the Cyclone Connection. This replaces the lottery process used in previous years. New and updated facilities have made space for 75 new tuition students at Elizabethton High School and 40 new tuition students at T. A. Dugger Junior High School.

ECS staff and police respond appropriately in safety training drill

On April 3, 2017 security procedures and protocols were tested throughout Elizabethton City Schools with the use of undercover police officers.  Operations were planned by members of administration with Elizabethton City Schools and the Elizabethton Police Department. 

Pre-K Registration April 13

Registration for students at the Early Learning Center will be Thursday, April 13th, from 8:30am - 2:00 pm at East Side Elementary School. Placement in the ELC is based on income eligibility, and priority is also given to students with special needs and students of faculty and staff. For more information contact the ELC at 423-547-8035. 

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.

Elizabethton City Schools proudly presents new district logo

After nearly a year of research, numerous focus groups, and input from more than 200 staff members, Elizabethton City Schools is proud to release its bold new district logo. Over the last decade, enrollment has grown by 25 percent, and ECS has met this growth with system-wide upgrades. “Updating our identity helps us ensure our brand accurately represents our new programs, equipment, facilities and dedicated staff,” said Public Relations Coordinator Bekah Price.

New in 2017-18: returning ECS students to update student information online

Updating returning students’ information will be easier for parents at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Beginning on July 27, parents will be able to update returning Elizabethton City School students’ information online with their Skyward Family Access accounts.

ECS promotes academic success with recognition, targeted preparation

ACT test scores and students’ grades can make or break access to postsecondary education opportunities. To support students, Elizabethton City Schools staff are finding new ways to celebrate academic success and to provide students with individualized ACT data so they can improve their scores. In addition, district and school staff are working with the First District ACT Collaborative to take a comprehensive regional approach to ACT success. 

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our Building Level and System Level Teachers of the Year! All could not be present to be recognized at the February Board meeting, but they are listed below. We recognize them for their hard work, dedication and creativity in the classroom. Thanks for helping our students experience excellent education.

EHS adjusts traffic pattern, introduces crossing guards

To ensure the safety of buses crossing traffic on Bemberg Road and Jason Witten Way, Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) staff have implemented a new traffic pattern and the use of crossing guards at Elizabethton High School (EHS).

The school began a transition on Feb. 6 to a one-way traffic flow through the high school parking lot, with the entrance at Bemberg Road and the exit at Jason Witten Way. Two crossing guards, Mr. Proffitt and Mr. Hooks, are stopping traffic at both intersections to allow buses to safely enter and exit the school at dismissal.

Harold McCormick gains two acres thanks to generous alumnus

Thanks to a thoughtful Elizabethton City Schools alumnus, ECS was able to purchase two acres behind Harold McCormick Elementary School for half the listed price at a total cost of $85,000.

Sponsors, volunteers needed for ECS Back-2-School Bash 2017

Last year, nearly 3,000 people celebrated the return to school at Elizabethton City Schools’ inaugural Back-2-School Bash. Hundreds of volunteers and supporters made it possible by sponsoring 800 backpacks full of school supplies, donating bicycles, inflatables, lunch and entertainment. This year, the district plans to raise $20,000 to provide 1,000 backpacks to Elizabethton students in grades K-12 at the second annual Back-2-School Bash. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Citizens Bank Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon and all are invited.

ECS eyes expansion at T.A. Dugger

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Renovations at T.A. Dugger could soon be on the horizon following a request made by the Elizabethton City School System Thursday evening at the Elizabethton City Council meeting.