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Dr. Rebecca Austin
Assistant Principal
      EBSMS NEWS          

Students and Staff Honor Local Veterans
Students and staff at EBSMS welcomed those who have served in the military to the Veterans Day Program.  The celebration included special music from the band and chorus, as well as guest speakers.  Judge Sage Johnson and his father former Virginia Delegate and Korean War veteran Joe Johnson each spoke about the importance of honoring those who serve in the military. A special presentation by the VFW Post 1994 presented Mrs.  Sabrina Garrett with a sculpture of an eagle in appreciation for untiring support of local veterans. Also, Delegate Todd Pillion presented EBSMS with a flag that had flown over the Capital in Richmond, VA.

GATE Students Take a Haunting Walk Through Abingdon
Students walked the streets of Abingdon listening to Donnamarie Emmert tell stories and share the history of Abingdon in a very tantalizing manner.  Starting on the grounds of the Martha Washington Inn and ending at the Barter Theatre, Emmert talked about The Tavern and the Washington County Courthouse and a ghostly horse that might be seen running through the streets.  Students then toured the Martha Washington Inn to learn about the story of the allegedly haunted hotel "and the ghost soldiers" that may remain from the former Martha Washington College's time as a temporary Civil War hospital during the 1860's.

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
On Wednesday, September 30th, students from Mitchell, Stiltner and Kiser's classes visited the Williams Orchard Pumpkin Patch.  Students especially liked riding in a wagon to tour the property as Farmer Bob showed them the different parts of the farm.  Students picked apples from the orchard,  chose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and picked an ear of Indian corn.  They selected two pumpkins to bring back to school to decorate and place in their classrooms.  The day ended with a sampling of homemade apple cider and cookies.

GATE Students Visit Hands On! Regional Museum and ETSU
On Wednesday, September 30th, E. B. Stanley Middle School eighth grade GATE students experienced a lesson in anatomy and physiology by attending the "Our Bodies: The Universe Within" exhibit at the Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City, Tennessee.  The exhibit gave students an educational insight into the mystery of the human body and its inner workings.

After leaving the museum, students visited the campus of East Tennessee State University. They experienced college life by dining at ETSU's Culp Center for lunch.  Students then met with an admissions counselor and asked questions regarding college life. 

Sixth Graders Skype with Senate Appropriations Committee Member
Utilizing www.dreamwakers.org, sixth grade students in Ms. Wohlford's second core mathematics class Skyped with Molly O'Rourke McCarthy, Senate Appropriations Committee member in the U. S. Congress.  Mrs. McCarthy manages the Federal Government's spending for the Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and the International Trade Commission.  She talked with students regarding practical math in the Senate, offered career advice and completed the flash chat by answering questions posed by students. 

Sixth Graders Attend "Solarize Abingdon" Celebration
Students from EBSMS attended the launch of "Solarize Abingdon" at the Abingdon Farmers Market Pavilion on Monday, September 14th.  "Solarize Abingdon" is an innovative renewable energy initiative making solar energy easier and more affordable for Abingdon and Washington County residents.  Sixth grader Kendal B., Celden R., Katie H., Peyton M., Ethan D. and Ashley S attended the event along with their science teacher Mrs. Jennifer Shortt.

FFA Competes in Livestock Competition
The E. B. Stanley Middle School FFA Chapter competed in the Livestock Judging at the Washington County Fair.  The team placed first in the junior category and third place overall.  Team members included: Alysta M., Madison T., Zac B., and Justin B.  Ms. Rachel Smith is the FFA adviser at EBSMS.  Congratulations to these students!

Club Day Success
School Beautification, Paws for a Cause, Box Out Hunger, the Geek Squad and many other clubs met on Thursday, September 10 for the first club day of the school year.  Students gathered in their designated areas at the end of the school day to spend time doing something fun with their friends! The "Green Mean Fighting Machine" 4-H Club elected officers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Laken M. was elected President, Katie H. was elected Vice-President, Maddie D. was elected Secretary and Ella C. will serve as Reporter. Calliope K. and Sara Kate T. will serve as Song Leaders for the group. Clubs meet on the second Thursday of each month.

Students Visit Wolf Creek Indian Village
Students from Mrs. Kiser's and Mrs. Stiltner's classes traveled to Bland, VA to visit the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum.  After touring the reconstructed Native American village, students visited the museum to view artifacts relative to the history of the mountains and the state of Virginia at Wolf Creek.  They explored how Native Americans used resources in their environment to include how to make arrowheads and how to make fire.  Before leaving, students posed in front of the unique Native American LOVE sign.

2015 - 2016 FFA Officers Selected
The following students have been selected to serve as officers for the Future Farmers of America during the 2015 - 2016 school year: President: Hunter A., Vice-President: Afton J., Sentinel: Zac B., Secretary: Justin B., Reporter: Tori S., Treasurer: Abigail D. Congratulations to these students. They will be attending the Area Leadership Conference in October at the Russell County Government Center.
Things are Looking Up!
Things are looking up in Mrs. Gross' science classes.  University of Virginia student, Bowen Sun, demonstrated how to fly a small unmanned aircraft system known as a drone near the school's parking lot. Mr. Sun built his drone especially for the purpose of photography and video.  Students got a "birds eye view" of their school as the drone sent video from over 300 feet above.  Back in the classroom, students discussed the positive and negative aspects of this new drone technology.

New to EBSMS!
E. B. Stanley Middle School welcomes new faculty members for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Garrett Amburgey and Amanda Patterson will serve EBSMS in the guidance department while Amy Laws will be the new exploratory World Languages teacher. Lisa Mercer will be teaching sixth grade math while Jennifer Crumpton is the new English teacher in eighth grade. Former EBSMS Algebra Readiness tutor Courtney Turman will be teaching seventh grade Language Arts. Welcome to E. B. Stanley Middle School!

TSA Students Attend National Conference
The E. B. Stanley Middle School TSA chapter attended the 2015 National Conference in Dallas, Texas, from June 28th - July 2nd. The team placed 9th in Website Design, 4th in Geospatial Technology and Parliamentary Procedure. They placed 2nd in the competition of Structural Model. Three students finalized in individual parliamentary procedure testing: Jasper L. placed 2nd, Nathan L. placed 5th and Victoria C. placed 10th. "Designing Your Dreams" was the theme for the 2015 event.

Special Olympics Swim Meet
The second annual Washington County Special Olympic Swim Meet was held at the Coomes Recreation Center on May 1st.   Current and former students from EBSMS and AHS participated.  The opening ceremony began with Kristina M. singing the National Anthem.  The athletes competed both individually and as a team swimming in a variety of events. An awards ceremony was held at the conclusion of the meet with Mr. Kevin Worley of the Coomes Rec Center announcing the winners and handing out medals and t-shirts.  Thanks to everyone involved for making this day special!


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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Register your Food City Value Card for EBSMS at the check-out counter.  The EBSMS identification number is 40899


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Earn a Varsity Letter
in Reading

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.