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Learning & Enrichment Activities are Fun
On Friday, November 21st, the sixth grade boys participated in their first ever LEAF day. LEAF stands for Learning & Enrichment Activities are Fun. The day was filled with many exciting, educational and fun events. Students rotated through six sessions in the morning and 4 sessions in the afternoon. A variety of community members volunteered to include coaches, a weight trainer, a zumba instructor, police officers, an engineer, an army officer, and many more.  Dreamland Alpacas brought two alpacas for the boys to see and touch as they talked about the collection of their wool and its many uses.

Annual STEM Conference for 6th Grade Girls
The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center hosted the annual STEM conference on Friday, November 21st. The purpose of the conference was to introduce sixth grade girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on workshops led by female chemists, engineers, doctors, programmers, and other professionals. The keynote speaker for this year's event was meteorologist Mark Reynolds from WJHL-News Channel 11.  Mark Reynolds and Janice Huff from the Today Show, via skype, answered many questions about weather, television and being a meteorologist. Again this year, students met TechTron, the VA Tech robot mascot.

Students Attend TSA Leadership Academy
November 14-15 saw 136 Virginia TSA members and advisors gathered at the annual Leadership Academy.  The goal of the leadership event was to encourage and develop leadership amount Virginia TSA members to use at the local, state and national levels. E. B. Stanley Middle School TSA officers Victoria C., John F., Jasper L., Gavin L., Nathan L., and Toby C. participated in the academy. Mrs. Charlene Gross is the sponsor of the TSA at E. B. Stanley Middle School.

Students Participate in Adaptive Bowling Event
On November 21st, EBSMS students participated in the annual Adaptive Bowling Competition organized by Tennessee High School at Belmont Lanes in Bristol, TN.  Schools from Southwest Virginia and Tennessee participated in the event.  Student athletes from Mrs. Kiser's, Mrs. Stiltner's and Mrs. Mitchell's classes attended, accompanied by members of the EBSMS Fellowship of Christian Athletes club who came to support and cheer on the athletes. Students bowled two games each and everyone received a medal.

GATE Students Visit the Biltmore Estate
Sixth grade GATE students traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to experience and learn about the history of the Biltmore Estate, and its many treasures.  Students toured the conservatory of various greenhouse plants, toured the estate, dined at Deer Park and participated in afternoon activities. The tour focused on the architecture and what family life was like in the 1920's. The trip served to enhance the sixth grade history SOLs  and gave students the opportunity to learn and experience it all first hand!

PTA Reflections Winners
Congratulations to the EBSMS students who placed at the school level competition for the PTA Reflections contest.  The theme for the 2014 - 2015 school year was, "The would would be a better place if..."  In the category of Literature, Olivia B. placed first, Savannah M. placed second, and Jasmine M. placed third.  In the category of Visual Arts, Delaney L. placed first.

Box Out Hunger Success
A bit of friendly competition made for a very successful food drive for the Box Out Hunger club.  The club asked students from each homeroom to bring in food items.  Congratulations to Mr. Abel's homeroom for collecting 751 food items.  Mrs. Sarver's homeroom was not far behind with 557 items followed by 499 items collected by Mrs. Crawford's homeroom.  Overall the club collected 3,590 food items in just five weeks. Way to go EBSMS!

FFA Competes at Local Event
On November 13th, FFA members Hunter A., Madison M., and Savannah M. competed in the Washington County Federation Middle School Plant Science Career Development Event at Holston High School. Hunter placed sixth high individual and the team placed second overall. Congratulations E. B. Stanley Middle School FFA members!

VFW Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to sixth grade teacher Mrs. Sabrina Garrett for being chosen as this year's Teacher of the Year for the local VFW Post.  The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students.  Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics can be nominated.  Mrs. Garrett will be honored at a banquet on December 6th and will receive an award of $500.00. Awesome job, Mrs. Garrett!

Veterans Day Brunch & Program
On Monday, November 10th, in recognition of Veterans Day, the SCA organized and provided brunch and a program to honor veterans. Principal Scott Allen welcomed a standing room only gymnasium full of teachers, students, and guests.  Both the eighth grade band and the all-county choir provided patriotic music. Mr. Randy Smith, a former Washington County teacher, shared his personal story of the relationship he had with his father who served in the armed forces.  Through the collaborative efforts of many, the program provided a thank you to those who gave and continue to give us freedom!

EBSMS School Ambassadors
School ambassadors are students who exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate high character.  These students are selected by their core one teachers and meet monthly with the administration to discuss various school related topics.  Local leaders within our community are regularly invited to meet with these students to discuss careers and leadership styles. Superintendent Dr. Brian Ratliff and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Noe visited with students on Wednesday, November 12th to discuss leadership and the characteristics of good leaders.   During their presentation, students asked lots of questions and gained great practical advice. 

How Difficult Is It To Solve a Rubik's Cube?
The Rubik's Cube can be very frustrating and may seem next to impossible to restore to its original configuration. However, "Once you know a few algorithms, it is very easy to solve," according to sixth grader Carter H.  Carter first noticed a Rubik's Cube as it was sitting on his grandfathers fireplace mantle.  It happened to be one of the original puzzles and was proudly solved by his grandfather.  Eventually Carter's grandfather allowed him to give it a go, and Carter solved the puzzle in a day!   Carter now has several Rubik's Cubes of different sizes, shapes and colors. He continues to master each new cube and performs with astonishing speed!

"Food City School Bucks" Awarded to EBSMS
A representative from Food City presented Principal Scott Allen with a check in the amount of $425.82 for participating in the 2013 - 2014 School Bucks program.  The intent of the program is to provide participating schools additional funding to purchase vital educational equipment and tools.  The amount represents a percentage of the cost of total purchases made by customers registered to E. B. Stanley Middle School.  This year's program began on August 24, 2014 and will end on Saturday, May 2, 2015. So don't forget to register your Food City Value card!!!

VA Circuit Court Judge Speaks to Civics Classes
The Honorable Sage B. Johnson visited E. B. Stanley Middle School on Thursday, October 23rd, as a guest speaker for seventh grade civics classes.  The Virginia General Assembly elected Johnson to the court in May 2012 to a term that expires in 2020.  Johnson shared information with students regarding the constitution, the amendments, and the role he plays as a Circuit Court Judge.  Johnson ended his speech with a question and answer session as well as a photo session for a few lucky students. What a great learning experience!

Awesome Season for Cross Country Teams
The EBSMS cross country teams ended their season with two first place wins at the Blacksburg Invitational on Saturday, October 18th. Team members Kimberly L, Cassie F., Hunter Y., Sydney A., Anissa W., Ella C., Kate M., and Caroline M. all earned medals in the girls' middle school race.  Team members Spencer M., Noah W., River C., Andrew A., Joshua H., Jackson B., and Shay L. all earned medals in the boys' middle school race.  Both teams had an impressive season! Congratulations to all members of the EBSMS cross country teams!

Lady Falcon Volleyball Finishes Season on Top
The girl's volleyball team completed the season with a 17-3 record, not including tournament wins.  They participated in and won the "Volley for a Cure" match at Abingdon High School on October 21st. The EBSMS team defeated Virginia Middle School. The girls also played in and won the Southwest District Middle School tournament at Lebanon High School.  The team has received high praises this year for their energy, skill, sportsmanship, and support of their fellow teammates.

Students Win "Week in Rap" Shout-Out Contest!
What is figurative language? Just ask students from Ms. Bowman's language arts class. Her stellar students (alliteration) recently submitted a video entry to a contest sponsored by Channel One News. Their video rose to the top(hyperbole) and won the "Week in Rap Shout-Out contest! Ms. Bowman was blown away (hyperbole) to learn that her students' winning the figurative language video would be shouted out nationwide. This is just another example of how learning can be easy as pie (simile) especially when students are engaged and having fun. Congratulations Sea Otters!

Racing to the Future at Bristol Motor Speedway
On Tuesday, October 7th, science teachers Mrs. Stephenie Sarver, Mrs. Joy Dixon and Mrs Debbie Ratliff traveled to Bristol, Tennessee to attend the "Science of Racing" event sponsored by Virginia Tech.  Mr. Kevin Triplett, Vice President of Public Affairs for BMS, shared with the teachers the history of the Bristol Motor Speedway and how science and technology has played a huge role in the growth of NASCAR.  Additionally, teachers got to tour the facility and received an inside view of what the future holds for the Bristol Motor Speedway and stock car racing.

Overcoming Obstacles Presented to Students
Heath Calhoun spoke to the seventh and eighth grade class on Friday, October 3rd in the standing room only theater at E. B. Stanley Middle School.  Calhoun lost both his legs while he was deployed as a squad leader for the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in 2003. Calhoun talked about how he has overcome obstacles throughout his life and his message to students was to never give up and always push forward.  Following his presentation, Calhoun took time to answer questions from students and then signed autographs. Calhoun's sister, Tiffany Williamson teaches Spanish at Holston High School and E. B. Stanley Middle School. Check out his website at http://heathcalhoun.com.

Students Attend FFA Leadership Conference
FFA members attended the Appalachian Area Leadership Conference at the Russell County Government Center on Friday, October 3rd. The leadership conference was held in conjunction with the Agriculture Career Fair. FFA students who attended were: Kayla A., Hunter A., Ella C., Taylor D., Scott H., Canan L., Hunter M., Madison M., Katlyn T. Agriscience teacher Ms.  Rachel Smith is the FFA advisor at E. B. Stanley Middle School

Farm Field Day for Sixth Grade Students
The sixth grade class traveled to Highlands Dairy Farm in Glade Spring, VA on Friday, October 3rd, to participate in their annual farm field day. The Holston River Soil & Water Conservation District hosted the trip, which provided a meaningful watershed field experience for all Washington County sixth grade students. While at the farm, students rotated through multiple learning stations in a hands-on real world environment. The experience correlated to the sixth grade standards of learning pertaining to watersheds and conservation. Despite the rain, the trip was a meaningful learning experience and an enjoyable day at the farm.

Spirit Week Opens with Marvel Monday
Marvel Monday marked the beginning of Spirit Week for the faculty and students at E. B. Stanley Middle School. It was a day of superhero sightings, as students dressed as their favorite superhero or Marvel comic character.

To show support for the Abingdon High School homecoming football game to be held on Friday, students will play dress-up throughout the week. A pep rally to recognize EBSMS athletes will be held on Thursday afternoon. Go Falcons!

Constitution Day!
The faculty, staff, and students observed Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Constitution Day, the birthday of our United States of America government, commemorates the formation and signing of the U. S. Constitution that took place on September 17, 1787. 

Students from the seventh grade civics classes baked special treats to include red, white and blue cakes and cupcakes to share with their fellow classmates. They also created patriotic posters and essays about the Constitution.  Teachers encouraged students to wear red, white, and blue to observe this important day in our nation's history!

2014 - 2015 FFA Officers Selected
The following students have been selected to serve as officers for the Future Farmers of America during the 2014 - 2015 school year: President: Chase H., Vice President: Hayden O., Secretary: Ella C., Treasurer: Scott H., Reporter: Hunter A., Sentinel: Savannah M., Historian: Madison M.  Students will be attending the Area Leadership Conference in October at the Russell County Government Center. 

Hands-On Science
Students in sixth grade science classes have been busy studying different ways that thermal energy is transferred by creating their own whirligigs and roasting marshmallows.  In order to demonstrate convection currents, students made and decorated whirligigs out of aluminum pie pans.  Students then hung their whirligigs from the ceiling in their classroom and held a lit candle under the whirligig to observe what would happen when the hot air rose. Additionally, students were given a marshmallow and a wooden skewer and told to roast their marshmallow over a flame without touching the marshmallow to the flame. This was a very tasty way to learn about the thermal energy called radiation.

Have You Heard?
Congratulations to E. B. Stanley Middle School for being named middle school Grand Champion in the Washington County Fair Herd Contest!!! The technique of papier mache was used on the E. B. cow representing the faces of E. B. Stanley Middle School's faculty, staff and students.  A special thank you goes to art teacher Mrs. Ellis for all the hard work and preparation along with Abingdon High School Student Carrie Webb who also assisted with the creation of the cow. Awesome job!

SOAKED....EBSMS Principals Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
After a student challenged Principal Scott Allen to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he decided to involve the entire student body at E. B. Stanley Middle School. During the past week, students brought in over $500.00 to meet the challenge. Faculty, staff, and students gathered at the school playground at the end of the day on Friday to watch their principals get soaked!  They plan to challenge other Washington County Administrators to do the same or make a donation to the ALS Association. Way to go EBSMS!

A Walk in the Woods
Students from Mrs. Mitchell's class visit the newly formed Panicello Memorial Trail located just behind
E. B. Stanley Middle School.  The trail follows a route that winds from the Coomes Recreation Center through the woods behind EBSMS, and across Town Creek to Walden Road, where it connects to a sidewalk. The name of the trail honors Peter Johnston, whose home was called Panicello. Johnston, the first judge to serve in Abingdon, is buried in a small cemetery near the trail. The Panicello Memorial Trail is a wonderful addition to the Washington County Public School system as well as the Abingdon, VA community.


We at E. B. Stanley Middle School believe that a successful school is an inviting, supportive, and safe place that promotes in-depth learning and enhances students' physical and emotional well-being. We strive to be a community of learners where each student, staff member and support person is guided by a shared vision and takes pride in belonging. We believe that a successful learning environment is one where both students and teachers are engaged in active learning.

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To emphasize the importance of reading, E. B. Stanley Middle School students may earn an academic letter by participating in the Varsity Reading Program.  The award, a script letter, will be distributed at the end of the academic school year. 

Criteria for earning a letter:

  • Read 10 books & complete 10 projects
  • Create a detailed poster encouraging others to read
  • Obtain a Public Library Card.
  • Present a book talk
  • Promote a book to be displayed in the school's library.

PowerSchool Parent Portal will allow you to view your child's grades, attendance, teacher comments, and calendars in real-time on our website. Each parent/legal guardian will need to pick up the unique login and password for their student. The login and password may be picked up anytime from the main office.