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Elizabethton City Schools

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Family Engagement

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Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) encourages parents to have an active role in their children's education. We believe all stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, business, and community leaders) should work together to create a culture and climate that fosters academic success by:

  • setting appropriate goals at the school and system level that are attainable, rigorous, and content-driven.
  • developing school and system plans that are living documents that drive the educational process.
  • reviewing and updating these plans to reflect data and outcomes associated with testing and weekly formative assessments.
  • working with parents, community partners, and other stakeholders to help our children thrive during their time with us and prepare them to be successful in the future. 

Family Engagement Plans 

District Family Engagement Plan

East Side Elementary Family Engagement Plan

Harold McCormick Elementary Family Engagement Plan

West Side Elementary Family Engagement Plan

T A Dugger Family Engagement Plan  

Elizabethton High School Family Engagement Plan

ECS School-Parent Compact


Family Resources


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Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Resources

Families can use simple strategies to help children start school strong. This resource provides Pre-K and kindergarten families with easy tips, helpful links, fun games, and valuable information that support children’s early learning.

Each resource helps your family:

S – Focus on hearing and playing with sounds. 

I – Stay informed on ways to support your child. 

MModel when playing and talking with your child. 

PPlay games with sounds and words at home. 

L – Spend time listening and learning with your child. 

E Engage in literacy activities that help prepare your child for school. 

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Sounds First Videos for Families

Did you know that playing with sounds is one of the best ways to help your child become a strong reader? You can play with sounds with your child anywhere and anytime!

Playing with sounds is a great way to help your child notice that words are made up of sounds, like the sound /m/ at the beginning of the word ‘mom.’ Research shows that children who can identify the individual sounds that make up words have more success at reading. You can help build these sound skills by playing with your child for a few minutes each day.

These videos model games and activities to play with your child to build sound awareness.


Tennessee Legislation Third-grade Retention Law

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Tennessee Legislation requires third-grade students to demonstrate proficiency on the TCAP in English Language Arts. This webpage contains detailed information regarding the new law, resources for parents, and our plans to provide ECS third-grade students with support in their progress toward proficiency throughout the school year.

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Summary of the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act


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Best for All Central: Tennessee's Hub for Learning and Teaching Offers Easily Searchable Free Resources for Families and Educators


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The Tennessee Department of Education in collaboration with Tennessee PBS, launched “Starting with Sounds” to highlight the importance of early literacy and how families and students can practice reading by watching and listening to national and local musicians, athletes, and champions of student success read their favorite books and sing songs to help build these critical skills. Starting with Sounds is a component of Reading 360, a comprehensive statewide literacy initiative to provide optional grants and resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. Components of the Reading 360 initiative are funded with federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding.


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Reading 360 provides resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. If you want to stay involved, follow along on social media using the hashtag #Reading360.


Social Worker

Chelsie Issacs is the new ECS social worker. Chelsie is located at central office and serves all five schools. She is here to offer support to our students and offer resources to families. If you need to contact Chelsie, please call 423-707-8290 or email


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Frontier Health is the region’s leading provider of behavioral health services, offering treatment for mental health, co-occurring, and substance abuse problems, recovery and vocational rehabilitation, and developmental and intellectual disabilities services. Frontier Health's School Mental Health programs serve all 8 counties in Northeast Tennessee and 14 school systems total. They provide therapy and case management services to youth and school staff. Schools that choose to collaborate with community partners such as Frontier Health have found that they can enhance the academic success of individual students as well as improve their overall mental health.

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School-Based Services & Referral Form


Behavioral Health Safety Net

Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) for Children: The Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN)  for Children from Frontier Health provides essential outpatient mental health services to Tennesseans ages 3 to 17 who don't have insurance coverage or have full behavioral health eligibility.  Contact 423-547-5950 for eligibility screening and intake. Click  HERE  for more information. 

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Elizabethton Senior Center - last Tuesday of each month @ 10:00 am


Coffe for Grandfamilies

Group meets 2nd Monday monthly in Johnson City at 10 am
HERE  for more information.



     Order Free Decodable Books HERE         

Resource Links for Families:

CDC- Centers for Disease Control And Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics

Northeast TN Feeding Site Map

Carter County Health Department

Child Care Provider Map

Carter County Drug Prevention- Youth

Frontier Health

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Contact 211

Elizabethton Carter County Public Library

Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. Book Download System

Tennessee Electronic Library

Child Mind Institute

ARM Pantry- food, clothing, and hygiene supplies

United Way of East Tennessee Highlands

Northeast Community Credit Union Resources



ECS Educators present information on essential educational topics for parents and guardians. These short videos highlight our curriculum, programs, and resources. They also offer helpful advice parents can implement at home to help their children succeed in school.

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Tuffy PEP Talk and Resources for TN Third-Grade Retention Law

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