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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 he 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.




TSA Attends State Conference
Thirty-seven students from EBSMS competed at the state conference in Richmond, VA on May 2nd - 4th. Seven teams and one individual placed to qualify for the national TSA conference, which will be held in Washington, DC this summer. EBSMS won fifth place in the Arvid W. VanDyke Outstanding Middle School Award, third place in the Community Service Award and second place in the Chapter Excellence award. Evan S. achieved third place in the VA Middle School Student of the Year and Jessica S. won fifth place for Most Competitive Participant.


School Calendar Winners!
Congratulations to Hannah L. for being selected as the middle level runner-up in the 2014-2015 Washington County School Calendar/Handbook Cover Art Contest.  The art of Will A., Sarah B., Abigail H., Tara L., and Nora O. will also be showcased throughout the upcoming 2014-2015 Washington County School Calendar/Handbook, which will be distributed to each student in Washington County during the 2014-2015 registration. Congratulations to these students! Mrs. Lori Ellis is the art instructor at E. B. Stanley Middle School.




A Glimpse at the Future in 3-D
Patrick Henry High School CTE teacher Ms. Sarah helton shared her knowledge and skills of using the up and coming 3-D printer with a group of EBSMS seventh graders.  During the presentation, Ms. Helton and Dr. Keith Perrigan shared some of the items that students from PHHS created with their 3-D printer. A highlight of the presentation was when students watched the printer make replicas of items from the currently popular Mindcraft game.


EBSMS Has Got Talent!
The EBSMS theater was full of talent on Thursday, May 8th, as the SCA sponsored the annual school talent show.  Twelve acts performed before a packed crowd of friends and family.  Eighth graders Casey B. and Maddie W. served as Master's of Ceremony for the event.  Third place was awarded to Anna F. who sang "To Make You Feel My Love." Accompanied by her ukulele, Lily C. took second place honors as she sung "Someone Like You."  The first place winner was Sara D. who mesmerized the crowd with her rendition of "Read All About it" accompanied by the piano played by Mrs. Marva Wheeler.  A special thank you goes out to Mr. Brandon Guffey for manning the sound system. Congratulations to all those students who participated and to Mrs. Mary Parks and Ms. Nikki Combs for putting together a great talent show!




Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
The SCA sponsored a luncheon to acknowledge and honor local law enforcement agencies in recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  Officers in attendance included state, county, and town officers along with a few officials from special units.  Assistant Principal Dr. Rebecca Austin welcomed everyone to this 8th annual appreciation day.  The EBSMS Show Band gave an entertaining musical performance for our guests while Uncle Ottie's BBQ & Catering provided a delicious lunch. SCA sponsor Mrs. Mary Parks coordinated the event.
Students Attend All-VA Middle School Honor Choir
Congratulations to eighth grade chorus students, Claire A. and Clara G., who were selected to attend the All-VA Middle School Honor Choir in Harrisonburg, VA.  Out of nearly 1000 students who auditioned, 200 students from across Virginia were selected to represent their schools at the event on April 24-26, 2014.  After rehearsing on Thursday and Friday, students performed a concert on Saturday afternoon at Turner Ashby High School.  The honor choir was under the direction of David L. Brunner who was also the composer of two of their songs.  Mrs. Ashley McLaughlin is the choral director at E. B. Stanley Middle School. Congratulations to both of these students. 




Seventh Graders Dissect Frogs
Think you know every thing there is to know about frog dissection? Just ask any seventh grader at EBSMS.  During life science classes, students got to explore outside of their textbooks by dissection frogs.  After breaking up into small groups, students got to observe the external anatomy of the frog and then used safety scissors to make an incision in order to observe the internal anatomy.  During the dissection, they identified and located all major organs of the frog. It was a riveting experience!


Students Place in PTA Reflections Contest
Congratulations to Afton J., Ryan G., and Karen H. for participation in the 2013 - 2014 Washington County PTA Reflections contest.  Seventh grader Karen H. received third place in the middle level literature category while seventh grader Ryan G. received an honorable mention.  In the middle level photography category, sixth grader Afton J. won second place. The theme for this year's competition was "Believe...Dream...Inspire..."



National Foreign Language Week
"Don't Let Learning a Language Slip Through Your Fingers" was the theme for National Foreign Language Week, April 7-11. Students shared greetings in different languages during the morning announcements.  Students labeled various places around the building with signs representing each language spoken from students at our school.  Eighth grade Spanish classes provided International snacks to faculty and staff.


Students Attend FFA Spring Rally
On Friday April 4th, FFA members from E. B. Stanley Middle School attended the Appalachian Area Spring Rally at Wytheville Community College with over 500 members in attendance!  The Spring Rally allows Appalachian area FFA members to participate in career development events competing individually or as a team.  Congratulations to FFA advisor Rachel Smith and to all the students who participated.  Grayson S. placed first as an individual in the small animal contest and Austin K., Adam L., and Craig S. competed in the junior livestock competition. 



PAWS Hall Success
The EBSMS Paws for a Cause Club sponsored the PAWS campaign to help support the Washington County Animal Shelter. Students in all exploratory classes competed to have the most paws displayed in the "Paws Hall". Students donated animal and cleaning supplies and/or made $1.00 donations. All exploratory classes did an amazing job raising over $1000.00 for the animal shelter.


Sixth Graders Celebrate Pi Day!
3.14! On March 14th, sixth graders from the Wombat team celebrated Pi Day with a friendly competition.   Students were grouped into five teams, each team was given a Hula Hoop, meter stick, and a piece of yarn.  Their task was to see which team could find the closest approximation of pi by using the knowledge they had learned from class to divide the measured circumference by the measured diameter.  Following the competition, students enjoyed various circular snacks and a related math crossword puzzle. Ms. Katlin Wohlford is the math teacher for the sixth grade Wombat team.





Civics Students Visit US District Court
Seventh grade civics students got a first hand look at how our government works as they visited the Federal Building in Abingdon, Virginia. Students had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of current court sessions as they were happening. From mock trials, to the real thing, students were treated to discussions with a judge, probation officers, United States Marshals, and attorneys all associated with the court. The trips ended in a visit to a local restaurant. This was a great learning experience for the entire seventh grade class!


Read Across America Day
Faculty, staff, and students celebrated Read Across America Day a few days late.  instead of on March 2nd, students and teachers came back to school on March 4th wearing red and white striped hats, scarves, and Seuss t-shirts.  Classes spent the day reading in recognition of the National Education Association's Read Across America Day.  The day calls for students to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. Sixth grade teachers Mr. Burke and Mrs. Dixon read Dr. Seuss books to their students throughout the school day making this year's celebration "Seussational!"





All-District Honors Band Performs
On January 31st and February 1st, eighteen EBSMS band  students from the 7th and 8th grades participated in the All-District Honors Band held at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. After rehearsing on Friday and Saturday, students performed a wonderful concert on Saturday evening.  The Junior Symphonic Band was under the direction of Mr. Larry Neeck of Rochester, New York and the Junior Concert Band was under the direction of Mr. David Semones of Bristol, Tennessee. Congratulations to all students who participated!




All-County Band Members Pose with Guest Clinician/Conductor, Bruce Miller
On January 10th and 11th twenty students from EBSMS participated in the Jr All-County Band Clinic at John S. Battle High School. After rehearsing Friday and Saturday, students performed a concert on Saturday evening. Students were chosen to participate in this honor band through an audition process requiring them to play two scales from memory. In addition to the chromatic scale, students were required to sightread a piece of music. Congratulations to these students!


1st Annual Adaptive Bowling Event
On December 6th, EBSMS students participated in the first annual Adaptive Bowling Competition organized by Tennessee High School at Belmont Lanes in Bristol, TN. Student athletes were accompanied by members of the EBSMS Fellowship of Christian Athletes club.  The athletes bowled two games each with everyone receiving a medal. Seventh grader Seth D. received an overall award for the "most enthusiastic" bowler of the day.





Patriot's Pen Essay Contest Winner
Congratulations to seventh grader Sierra D., winner of the Patriot's Pen Essay contest.  Patriot's Pen is a contest sponsored by the VFW that encourages students to express their views on patriotism.  On December 7, 2013, Sierra attended the VFW Post 1994's banquet where she was given the opportunity to read her essay.  Commander Bill Sexton and the Ladies Auxiliary presented Sierra an award and monetary prizes for her winning essay. She was accompanied by her mother, Heather Deskins and teacher, Sandra Minnick.


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. 

Emme T. from the sixth grade Tiger team posed for a picture with her Hunger Games diorama, complete with working lights!






VA Delegate Speaks to Civics Classes
Virginia Delegate Israel O'Quinn visited EBSMS on Thursday, November 21, as a guest speaker for seventh grade civics classes.  Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011, O'Quinn shared information with students regarding how a bill becomes a law and the role he plays in the House of Delegates. This was a great first- hand learning experience for our seventh grade students!


Girls Attend STEM Conference
Sixth grade girls from EBSMS attended the eighth annual STEM conference on Friday, November 1st hosted by the Southwest VA Higher Education Center. The conference introduces students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on workshops led by female chemists, engineers, doctors, programmers, and other professionals. Keynote speaker, Dr. Cristina Millan, shared her presentation, Antarctica, A "Cool" Place to Be a Geologist, which focused on the challenges of scientific research in Antarctica.



Students Attend Leadership Conference
The FFA officer team from EBSMS attended the Appalachian Area Fall Leadership Conference held at Southwest Virginia Community College.  Students participated in workshops such as forestry, hippology, teamwork and leadership in agriculture.  The FFA officers are: Adam L., Craig S., Sara F., Hayley M., Michkaela K., Chris D., and Scott H. Additionally, a group of FFA members traveled to Virginia Tech on Friday, October 11th where they participated in the Fall Leadership Conference.  The FFA advisor at EBSMS is Rachel Smith.


Famous Author Gives Book Talk
J. R. R. Tolkien, an English writer, best known for classic works such as, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy visited the library to give a book talk to a group of his peers. Sixth grader, John F., posed as J. R. R. Tolkien revealing to his classmates an in depth look into the many characters created by Tolkien. John chose to do this presentation as part of the requirement to earn a varsity letter in reading. Mrs. Haslam is John's language arts teacher.



The Sky is the Limit
Students in Mrs. Sarver's eighth grade science classes study science, outside of the classroom. Students chose the school playground to demonstrate thermal expansion using a fifty-foot long solar bag. They found that the radiation from the sun causes gas particles to move more quickly and expand, causing the bag to expand and float up into the sky.




Designing a Mayan Mask
Students in Ms. Comb's seventh grade Spanish classes show off their Mayan masks. Ancient Mayan masks were made to wear during special ceremonies. 

After learning a few facts about the Mayan culture, students designed their own mask to depict their connection with this period. Many of the masks were designed as animals!



Congressman Griffith Visits EBSMS
Congressman Morgan Griffith visited E. B. Stanley Middle School on Monday, September 23rd as a guest speaker for the seventh grade civics classes. Students participated in a question and answer session with the congressman answering a wide range of questions on everything from whom he considered his hero to the future of electronics in education.  The congressman also responded to an array of insightful questions concerning gun control, natural energy resources, and health care. This was an awesome learning experience!

Congressman Morgan Griffith currently represents the 9th Congressional District of Virginia in the U. S. House of Representatives.



4-H Member Wins Big at VA 4-H Horse Show
The 2013 VA State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show was held September 12-15 at the VA Horse Center in Lexington, VA.  Ryan G., a 7th grader at EBSMS participated in the state show.  Ryan received a first place ribbon in the Cloverleaf Barrel Race, a first place ribbon  in Pole Bending, and a second place ribbon in the Stakes Race.  After the scores from his times and placings were totaled, Ryan was named the Overall VA 4-H GYMKHANA Champion.  Congratulations Ryan!



Students Celebrate Constitution Day
EBSMS observed Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013.  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.  Teachers and students were encouraged to observe this important day in our nation's history by wearing red, white, and blue.  Additionally, students from the 7th grade classes brought in special treats to include red, white, and blue cakes and cupcakes to share with their fellow classmates. 

Tara L. poses with her Washington Monument
cake made out of Rice Krispie treats.




The Atom Building Game
Using nine newly acquired "Atom Building Boards," Mrs. Ratliff's eighth grade science class practiced building the atomic structure of many of the elements.  The students used green marbles for protons, blue marbles for neutrons, and yellow marbles for electrons.  The students learned how to use the period number, group number, atomic mass number, and atomic number to build atoms of particular elements with proper number of orbital and valence electrons.


Science & Whirligigs
Students in Mrs. Dixon's science classes studied different ways that heat is transferred. In order to demonstrate convection current, students made and decorated whirligigs out of aluminum pie plates.  Students then hung the whirligigs from the ceiling in their classroom. This hands-on learning experience was both fun and educational!




College Colors Day
On Friday, August 30, everyone was encouraged to wear his or her favorite college team colors. College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit of what makes the college experience great. EBSMS teachers and students wore colors representing their favorite college teams.


Future Farmers of America Officer Team
Congratulations to the FFA officer team selected for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  The officers are:
  • President: Adam L.
  • Vice-President: Craig S.
  • Secretary: Sara F.
  • Treasurer: Hayley M.
  • Reporter: Michkaela K.
  • Sentinel: Chris D.
  • Historian: Scott H.




3.1 MILES of COLOR MADNESS
Teachers and students from EBSMS pose for a picture after participating in the Virginia Highlands Community College Color X-treme 5K Fun Run. As runners made their way through the cross country course they passed through multiple color stations where volunteers threw colored powder. By the end of the run, participants looked as if a box of neon crayons had exploded on them. Team "Tie-Dye Teachers" included Mrs. Sproles, Mrs. Puckett, Mrs. Kiser, Coach Newton, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Dowell from E. B. Stanley Middle School along with Ms. O'Dell from Wallace Middle School.


Students Attend TSA National Conference
Fifteen students from E. B. Stanley Middle School competed at the Technology Student Association National Conference held in Orlando, Florida this past summer.  The students competed in various competitions.   They did a great job as nine of their projects qualified as finalists.  The students competing in the category of Construction and Parliamentary Procedure came home with a third place trophy and the students competing in the Website Design competition won the national championship. 




Getting to Know You at EBSMS
Students from the 6th grade Tiger Team participated in a "getting to know you" activity shortly after school started.  Students interviewed other students to discover interesting facts about their classmates.  Each student had a card similar to a bingo card with many different categories to have initialed by others who "fit" that particular category.  This was a great opportunity to meet and make new friends. Mrs. MacIlwaine and Mrs. Lampkins are the teachers for the Tiger Team.




  MISSION STATEMENT

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. 

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  • 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.
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