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‘The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done’ Current school board members reflect on their journeys to inspire others Rita Booher and SXSWEdu Participant

BY THE XQ TEAM, Medium

Serving on a school board can be exhausting. It can be frustrating. It can mean late nights and tough decisions.

But Rita Booher has not regretted a moment of it.

Elizabethton alum, trauma medical director with Pulse Nightclub victims says growing up in small town enhanced his opportunities (Left to right) Students Liza Raketska and Levi Shingleton have interviewed Dr. Joey Ibrahim over the last few weeks and plan to submit his story in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Thursday was their first meeting in person.

Growing up in a small town can make opportunities seem limited. But EHS alumnus Dr. Joseph Ibrahim visited history and health science students Thursday with a different message.

EHS students reach out to community to update Douglas School mural Will Carter Caleb Metro

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School senior Will Bowers has a vision.

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

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

EHS student project yields new soccer locker room Community Improvement students (left to right) Maggie Johnson, Jaxton Holly, Nico Ashley, Evan Carter, and Kaylen Shell cut the ribbon on the new soccer locker room.

Elizabethton High School soccer players were elated Tuesday to tour their new locker room, which was the result of a student-led Community Improvement Class project. After several months of planning, fundraising, and working in the building, they cut the ribbon and opened the new facility.

FBLA Students bring home awards from State Leadership Conference EHS Students

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

Elizabethton City Schools offers community Water Aerobics classes weekly

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

ETSBOA Solo & Ensemble students excel Trombone students

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

New business partnership Career POP to help Elizabethton students identify, prepare for their dream jobs Photo of business professionals

It’s not uncommon for students to graduate college, begin a job in their chosen field, and realize it’s not at all what they expected. To help students get familiar with real job opportunities and what a day of work will be like in various fields, Elizabethton High School has launched a new partnership with local businesses called Career POP (Possibility – Opportunity – Partnership).

Elizabethton High School celebrates high-achieving seniors with billboard display ACT 30+ students

BY ANDREW WADOVIC, Elizabethton Star

Taking a national exam without passing out is often an accomplishment in itself. Scoring significantly above the state average is another, but being able to broadcast your accomplishments to the entire city on a massive sign is a feat on its own level.

Students place highly in Career Quest Shark Tank Students at event

Congratulations to EHS students who placed highly in a regional business contest!

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

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

Elizabethton students, teachers appreciative of Education Commissioner visit Read aloud

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

ECS tuition application: online for grades K-8, in person for grades 9-12

Parents interested in their children attending Elizabethton City Schools as new tuition students should apply online in the Cyclone Connection for grades K-8 or in person for grades 9-12. 

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.

Knights of Columbus provide seed money for special education program’s market garden From back left: Mike Hupko, George Bratton, Bob Peoples, Richard Barker, Dave Olson, Lucas Andrews, Richard VanHuss, Grand Knight Bob Gamache, and Tom Manning

Students in the special education program at Elizabethton High School will begin cultivating plants for their new market garden, thanks to a donation by the Knights of Columbus Council 10743. Their instructor, Lucas Andrews, said they are hoping to partner with restaurants who will be able to use the microgreens and figs they grow.

Elizabethton Pre-K announces online application, lottery drawing

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the Wandell Early Learning Center can now begin the process online. The online application is available on the WELC web page and on Elizabethton City Schools social media. Parents applying online will be contacted by the WELC Office regarding required documentation.

Elizabethton students' artwork breathes life into downtown Breezeway

BY CURTIS CARDEN, WJHL

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

Meet the students behind downtown Elizabethton's newest art/storytelling display Saturday, Feb. 9 Barn Quilt

Recent visitors to downtown Elizabethton will notice colorful barn quilts and corresponding personal stories on display in the breezeway. These are the culmination of a student-organized K-12 storytelling and art contest in Elizabethton City Schools called East TN Tuff Tales.

Back-2-School Bash organizers invite sponsors, partners Student wearing backpack

Planning is underway for the 4th annual Elizabethton Back-2-School Bash, and organizers are calling on the community to get involved as sponsors, partners in the resource fair, and volunteers.

Seniors improve scores, access additional college funding with free ACT retake

Elizabethton High School seniors again participated in the state’s free ACT Retake, with 40 percent of participants improving their scores. More than a quarter of the current senior class will graduate with a higher score as a result of this opportunity, which was provided at no cost by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

Elizabethton High School building archives for student research Joe Penza and Dustin Hensley, photo by John Thompson

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Part of nearly every high school student’s educational experience is the writing of research papers. While this is important experience for future college courses and future jobs after college, there may not be enough primary sources to meet the needs of all these students.

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.

New Community Partners Coordinator to expand partnership network, communication at EHS Maggie Donnellan

Welcome Maggie Donnellan, Bartleby Community Partners Coordinator for Elizabethton High School. Donnellan graduated from Furman University in May 2018 (Roll Dins!) and is so pleased to be starting her next chapter here in Elizabethton.

East Side's Rachel Darnell speaks on state Read to be Ready panel Darnell speaking at conference

Last month, East Side's own Rachel Darnell was invited to speak on a panel at a Read to be Ready celebration in Knoxville with Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. The panel consisted of one teacher, one reading coach, and one reading coach consultant from east Tennessee.

Sara Dunford is WJHL Educator of the Week

BY KASEY MARLER, WJHL

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

East Tennessee State University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Left to Right: Terry Smith, Dr. Bert Bach, Dr. Corey Gardenhour

New opportunities are available to our students working toward a Bartleby diploma seal upon graduation from Elizabethton High School as officials at East Tennessee State University signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing admission for Bartleby program participants. 

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students? XQ Symposium 2018 San Francisco

BY SHERI NELSON, EHS Vice Principal & Testing Coordinator

“Pick a number one to ten,” said my principal. I chose seven. I had the closest number, and that is how I became the testing coordinator at Elizabethton High School

Inside look into Computer Science Computer Science students in class

EHS students, are you interested in Computer Science, but not really sure what you need to know to get started? Jason Clevinger, who teaches the course at EHS, gives some insight into what this class is like, how it opens doors to high paying careers, and the fact that you don’t need prior experience to develop these important skills.

Storybook Trail has successful debut despite snow Students doing yoga on the trail

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Despite the snow flurries and chilly winds, a group of students from Harold McCormick Elementary School enjoyed being a among the very first to enjoy the Storybook Trail on Wednesday morning.

Rita Booher elected to another term as chair of Elizabethton School Board Rita Booher

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Rita Booher was unanimously elected to serve another term as chairwoman of the Elizabethton Board of Education. Phil Isaacs was unanimously elected to serve as vice chairman of the board.

TAD Times: December 2018 TAD Times Logo

The December edition of the TAD Times - news, events, features, interviews, trends, and more! To view previous months' editions, please visit the TAD Times web page. 

CSI Team places 2nd in regional competition Team Photo

Congratulations to the EHS Crime Scene Investigation Team! Last week, ten upper east Tennessee schools competed in the 7th Annual CSI Competition, and our team placed 2nd.

Tusculum University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Signing photo

Students participating in a program at Elizabethton High School that focuses on experiential, project-based learning will have an opportunity for guaranteed admission to Tusculum University through an agreement reached between the academic institutions.

Teacher of the Year Grades 5-8: Travis Smithdeal Travis Smithdeal

Teachers of the Year are selected based on recommendation at the school level and approval by a committee. The award highlights teachers who have an outstanding professional record of academic excellence, dedication, and leadership in education. Nominees are then reviewed by a committee of administrators and a former teacher of the year to select system-wide winners.

Student-produced PSAs: Tuberculosis & Influenza

Students in Coach Ryan White's Intro to Business and Marketing and Ms. Katie Dugger's Health Science class worked together to create two important public service announcements. These cover important signs and symptoms of two preventable diseases: influenza and tuberculosis. 

Four perform in All-East Honors Choir Four students

Congratulations to the following students who performed this weekend in the 2018 All-East Honors Choirs!

Students weigh in on Main Street Program  Students taking survey

On Thursday, Elizabethton City Planner Jon Hartman shared exciting plans for a downtown revitalization project with high school students from accounting, business, and history courses. The Main Street Program, in which Elizabethton may participate, would unlock grants and resources that would allow the city to strategically design the downtown area and recruit businesses, while preserving its historic integrity.

Nine winners announced in East TN Tuff Tales contest Winners

Nine students were selected as winners in the recent East TN Tuff Tales competition led by Mrs. Sarah Morris' T. A. Dugger Jr. High enrichment students. The students wrote about their struggles and trials and how they have triumphed over them to help them become better and stronger people. They each created a barn quilt piece that will be painted and displayed downtown in December. 

Elizabethton school officials: Drivers are endangering students at bus stops Bus camera

BY JACKIE DEFUSCO, WJHL

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Following a series of student deaths at bus stops, one local school system is taking action to prevent one of their students from being next.

School Board approves cooperative agreement with Bristol Schools

BY ELIZABETHTON STAR

During Tuesday night’s Elizabethton City School Board Meeting, the board worked through various items on their agenda.

3 students place highly in Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival Students that placed in competition

Twenty-one EHS students participated in the 2018 Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival.  This year 633 students from 14 schools submitted a total of 395 plays.  Students could work independently or collaborate in groups of up to three. 

New Coding program prepares students for fastest growing industry in country Students with Salyer

Job growth in software development is projected to increase by 24 percent from 2016 to 2026 – faster than in any other occupation. For that reason, and as a result of increasing student interest, Elizabethton High School launched a new Coding Program of Study this year. The Program includes three classes: Computer Science Foundations, Web Design, and a new Level III course, Computer Programming I.

Revenge factor… Elizabethton ready to dish out payback for playoff defeat in 2017 File Photo/Ivan Sanders Cyclone head coach Shawn Witten talks with his players during a timeout against Tennessee High earlier in the season.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones have been waking up and going to bed for the last 364 days thinking about what could have been, what should have been, and what happened at this same stage in the 2017 season on the road at Anderson County High School in the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

Elizabethton teaching assistant saves first grader from choking Hero

BY JACKIE DEFUSCO, WJHL

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

TAD Times: November 2018 Logo TAD Times

The November edition of the TAD Times - news, events, features, interviews, trends, and more!

New CNA program ‘life changing’ for Elizabethton High School students Four students

Four students are volunteering at Ivy Hall Nursing home this semester earning clinical hours towards their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a national industry certification. Seth Buckles, Jada Olds, Keaton Shingleton, and Alyson Roberts are in the new Nursing Education course at Elizabethton High School.

EHS Junior continues law career journey as 1 of 40 to meet Justice Ginsberg Davis at School of Law

Last week, an Elizabethton High School junior traveled to Washington, D.C., for an exclusive audience with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Deamion Davis was one of 40 students from across the country selected in an essay contest to attend the ninth annual Supreme Court Law Day.

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing.

6th grade students design assistive devices for people with disabilities Student presents his design to Dr. Wandell

In Marissa Henry’s 6th grade English class at T. A. Dugger Jr. High School, students are learning more than sentence structure, comprehension, and grammar. They are learning real-world problem solving and empathy.

Betsy Band finishes second in state championship The 2018 Elizabethton High School Betsy Band at the state championship on Saturday.

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton High School Betsy Band completed another very successful year of band competition on Saturday with a second-place finish in the Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna.

Elizabethton ranks 12th in state for ACT score during record high year

Elizabethton High School students have broken the school’s ACT record with an average composite score of 21.9. This ranks Elizabethton City Schools 12th in state in a year when the state record has been broken with an average of 20.2.

Veterans invited to submit photos for Veterans Wall in Elizabethton HS Commons Area

Elizabethton High School alumni that have served in the United States military are invited to submit photos to be included in the Veterans Wall at the school. This is part of a project to update the commons area, which will continue to be a space where the school highlights student and alumni success.

Betsy Band to compete in state championship Saturday, return Sunday Band

This Saturday, the Elizabethton High School Betsy Band will compete at the 38th Annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna, Tenn. The band is expected to return home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Builders Club installed at T.A. Dugger Jr. High School Kiwanis Club Adivisor Mitch Broyles presented the T.A. Dugger Builders Club Charter to the club’s first president, Izzy McQueen.

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Earlier this month, the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club held an installation ceremony for a new Builders Club at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

EHS graduate earns private pilot certificate, works toward commercial license Joseph Collins and Dan Mills

When he began high school, Joseph Collins had planned on a career in the medical field. However, in his first aviation course as a freshman, he discovered a new passion.

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.

City Schools approve $2.3 million grant contract with XQ Institute Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton students Kayla Vandeventer and Summer Johnson address the Elizabethton City School Board during Tuesday's meeting.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School will be an XQ Super School.

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit AP Logo

"Several districts also had encouraging results. In Oak Ridge, Elizabethton City, Maryville City, Collierville City, and Kingsport City Schools, more than 70 percent of AP exams taken by students earned a score of 3 or higher."

Haslam announces changes to TNReady assessment delivery

FROM THE STATE

Governor, commissioner of education respond to TNReady listening tour report by implementing changes for current school year and future years

Students encouraged to share triumph over struggle in storytelling, barn quilt design contest Students presenting to student body

In a new project-based learning course at T. A. Dugger Junior High School, students have launched a system-wide storytelling contest that encourages students in all grade levels to express triumph over personal struggles in writing, and as a design for a barn quilt.

ESE Triad-A-Thon raises $14,000 for technology, school improvement projects Students hugging

On Friday, September 28, East Side Elementary celebrated their Triad-a-thon!  Students were challenged to raise money through donations to support the PTAC organization. 

City schools approve motions to continue upgrades to high school commons area

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton City School Board made moves to continue upgrades to the high school’s commons area during Thursday’s special called meeting.

College professors participate in mock scholarship audition with Beginning Drama students Professor gives feedback from panel

Earning a college scholarship in theatre usually depends on a student’s ability to perform two contrasting monologues before a panel of professors. This shows directors that students can play a variety of characters – even ones that are unexpected. Most high school students don’t get to experience the expectations of these auditions prior to the real thing.

ECS shows improvements in 2018 ELPA results

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Efforts from Elizabethton City Schools were recognized on a statewide level this month.

Save Our Stories project brings American history close to home in new Bartleby courses Veteran talking to students

On Tuesday, Elizabethton High School students got to interview local veterans, and they’re going to write a profile for each as part of their Save Our Stories project. These students are in a new Bartleby course offering – integrated English III and US History.

BOE eyes construction of new soccer practice field Old Hospital Property

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Representatives of Elizabethton City Schools will meet this week to address a few items, including one that could benefit soccer for all age groups across the area.

Milligan – Bartleby Partnership creates innovative postsecondary pathways Dr. Bill Greer and Rita Booher

On Friday, Oct. 5, Elizabethton High School and Milligan College announced an important partnership that creates new postsecondary pathways for EHS Bartleby students.

Elizabethton High School Student takes his first solo flight

BY CHANTEL BATISTA, WJHL

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - An Elizabethton High School Junior, Karson Dillard, was the tenth student in program history to take a solo flight at Moody Aviation.

TAD students hope to give back to peers with project Star Photo/Curtis Carden T.A. Dugger Junior High students Caitlin Taylor (left) and Nolan Chambers are hoping to expand the idea of a clothing/supply closet to help the student population at the school.

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Seeing the impact made by Jackie Hitechew and her daughter, Tyanna, a pair of eighth-grade students from T.A. Dugger Junior High are leading the charge to help their fellow classmates.

Bartleby success earns Elizabethton High School largest funding award in history Martinez visit

Because of its success in its first year and growth this year, Bartleby at Elizabethton High School was awarded the largest grant in school history. It is now on track to serve every student in the school. The XQ Institute awarded the school $2.3 million, putting EHS on par with the 17 other XQ Super Schools in the country, and enabling the program to serve all students with high quality resources, training, technology, and infrastructure.

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

BY KASEY MARLER, WJHL

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

BY CALEB PERHNE, WCYB

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.

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.