ATS the Bridge visited E.K. Baker on Tuesday for an engaging, interactive presentation for 5th-8th Grade! Mr. Jared taught students the realities of vaping and drugs, and he did an incredible job of doing so. ATS the Bridge also joined EKB for an informational parent meeting that same night! Thank you to ATS for caring for our students; we are eager for you all to join us again next semester!
In celebration of World Kindness Day, our 3rd-5th grade students read "A Flicker of Hope" and discussed ways to be a Hop Builder in others' lives. K-2nd learned about emotions and made their own "little spots" of feelings. These guidance lessons were a joy to be a part of!
E.K. Baker students (and teachers!) had a blast celebrating spirit week last week! Each day not only provided us with the opportunity to dress up, but to show our school spirit and to participate alongside others.
ATS the Bridge is only one week away! Please join us next Tuesday for a free meal and presentation. We hope to see you there!
Our K-2nd graders with perfect attendance for the first nine weeks celebrated with a special ice cream party today! Thank you to Clearwater Baptist Church for providing the ice cream and always making our kids feel special!
Congratulations to Mrs. Malone's 4th grade class and Mr. Hughes' homeroom class for having the best attendance rates for October! Both classes celebrated with donuts and a special certificate. Mr. Hughes' class has won this award TWICE in a row for this school year!
Come join us on November 14th for a free meal and a presentation by ATS the Bridge! We look forward to seeing you there!
E.K. Baker students celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week! All K-8 students received high-impact lessons on drug prevention/awareness. K-2 students learned about making good choices and the importance of knowing their safe adults. 3rd-5th grade students learned to "just say no" to any unsafe choices. Middle school students (not pictured) heard from Natural High (a drug prevention/awareness organization for youth) and made drug awareness posters. We are also looking forward to hearing from ATS the Bridge in a few weeks! "Be Kind to Your Mind: Live Drug Free!"
Congratulations to our November students, teacher, and staff member of the month! A student from each homeroom was chosen for being creative. Then two students were randomly drawn to represent PreK-3rd grade and 4th-8th grade as the overall students of the month. Our teacher and staff member of the month were nominated by their colleagues for simply being outstanding and going above and beyond for our school. ***Not in the Picture: Ava Rodriguez and Fairlyn McCulley***
Congratulations to Kaylen Leekley and Luke Hughes for being selected as the 2023-2024 Youth Appreciation Award winners! These students are hardworking and diligent in all they do, and we are proud to have them represent E.K. Baker. The Optimist Club has invited both students to celebrate their achievements at Tennessee Wesleyan this month. We are so proud of you, Kaylen and Luke!
Today we celebrated our first Perfect Attendance lunch of the year at Clearwater Baptist Church! Students who are present each day of the 9-week period are invited to a fun afternoon of lunch, games, and prizes. Thank you to Clearwater for your generosity to E.K. Baker students!
E.K. Baker students (both present and former!) had a great time at Tennessee Wesleyan University for Youth Leadership Day. Students learned what campus life was like as they visited lectures, heard from college students, and ate a fantastic lunch in the dining hall! We are very proud of our students who represented our school and district today.
E.K. Baker would like to give a shout out to the McMinn County Education Foundation for funding our school's Compassion Closet. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and kindness towards the students in our community! The Compassion Closet is used to help with clothing emergencies/insecurities at our school. MCEF, thank you for your long-lasting contribution to our students and our school. We appreciate you!
Welcome back from Fall Break! We hope everyone had a restful week. Here are some updates from the counseling program! Also, please remember to wear red on Monday as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week, which highlights the importance of living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle!
Congratulations to our October students, teacher, and staff member of the month! A student from each homeroom was chosen for displaying a positive attitude. Then two students were randomly drawn to represent PreK-3rd grade and 4th-8th grade as the overall students of the month. Our teacher and staff member of the month were nominated by their colleagues for simply being outstanding and going above and beyond for our school. ***Not in the Picture: Madisyn King***
Sometimes the best way to encourage someone is by reminding them of simple truths. EKB's "Take What You Need" board is one way our students not only find encouragement but also learn to pass on the positivity to others. Students, you are loved!
We rounded out College/Career Week last Friday with Pajama Day! Last week, students at EKB were able to "celebrate the future" as they connected their talents, abilities, and hobbies with career exploration. Our school definitely felt a sense of community as we all took part in dreaming and planning for the future. We at EKB are proud of our students and truly believe they have the potential to reach their goals through hard work, determination, and dedication!
We celebrated Day 4 of College and Career Week with our favorite college gear! Middle school students competed in a College/Career Jeopardy Game, and Upper Elementary students read "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" and completed a worksheet that helped them create and explore ideas for the future.
Professional Dress Wednesday and 8th Grade Career Day were HUGE successes! We want to give a very special thank you to those who volunteered their time to our 8th graders at the National Guard Armory; we appreciate the effort and encouragement you brought to our students!
On Tuesday, we celebrated students' futures "being so bright!" and had a blast wearing neon clothing/sunglasses.