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Attendance Banner Winner Attendance Banner Winner Picture

Estill Springs wins attendance banner for the 6th month!! Pictured are students with perfect attendance. These students have not missed one minute of instructional time so far this year. Great Job!!

President's Day - No School

In observance of Presidents Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.  However, we will have a staff work day.

All employees shall report to the high school auditorium by 8:30am.


The Estill County School District - Continuous Improvement Quarterly Newsletter

The Estill County School District was spotlighted in the Continuous Improvement Quarterly.  (Page 2)

Whooping Cough - Update

February 13, 2017

Dear Parents or Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to monitor and handle the current whooping cough situation.  Our goal is to keep you informed as much as possible, so we can manage this to the best of our abilities.  We have had sporadic cases still identified so please continue to observe your student and follow preventative measures listed below.

Grandparents as Parents Conference

Becoming the primary provider for a grandchild can be difficult and you are not alone.

The 15th annual Grandparents As Parents (GAP) conference is Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, KY. Grandparents, caregivers, relatives, and professionals are invited to attend. The Estill County Grandparents United local support program for grandparents raising grandchildren meets every third Thursday at 11:30am in the  basement of Wisemantown Methodist. Please join us.

Yearbook sales video

Academic team wins Regional tournament future problems solvers

Coach Hibbard, Coach Tipton and the Academic team continue their winning ways.

Academic Team academic team 2/17

ECMS students competed in the District Governor's Cup Competition. The Quick Recall team placed second in the District. The FPS team also placed 2nd in the District.


Middle School Yearbooks

Today is ECMS's last day to order yearbooks with special features.  If you have not ordered, go online to www.jostens.com!  Make sure you select Estill County Middle School, Irvine, KY.  Plain yearbooks will be sold in lunch on Monday and Tuesday of next week for $30.  Don't delay!

Whooping Cough - Update

The following letter is being sent home today, with all students in regards to Whooping Cough in the district.

Cell Phone Surplus - Seal Bid Auction Closed - Results

The Estill County School District has several surplus cell phones that are up for sealed bidding.  Bidding forms are available at the Estill County Board of Education front desk and can be picked/submitted between the hours of 8:00AM-3:00PM, January 27, 2017 – February 3, 2017. 

Whooping Cough Information

Dear Parents or Guardians:

West Irvine Elementary has had two confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough reported. Pertussis is a respiratory infection that is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Its severe cough can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Issue Resolved

Issue with parent portal app has been resolved.

To fix:

  1. Open parent portal app.
  2. Click Log out.  You must log out before going to step 3.
  3. Delete the app.
  4. Reinstall the app.
  5. Log back in.
  6. URL Code for re-registration is:  HQSMVY

That should work in most cases.

GED Testing Dates GED Testing Dates
2017-2018 - District Calendar....We want your input!
Here is a survey concerning next year’s school calendar.  Please take the time to give us your opinion so we can get a final draft ready for our board at the February meeting.
Estill County Colorguard Informational Meeting & Practice

Estill County Colorguard Informational Meeting and First Practice.


The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have adopted a new schedule for the awards. The new timetable will provide the Teacher of the Year more flexibility in taking a sabbatical and preparing for the national Teacher of the Year awards.

Patty Hood & Robbie Starling Patty Hood & Robbie Starling

Estill County Board of Education

Patty Hood and Robbie Starling have devoted their time and wisdom for a combined total 26 years of school board experience and it officially ended December 31st, 2016. Each had their own motivation and circumstances for getting started.

56th district champs!

8th grade boys bb champs

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Web Address Change

Infinite Campus has been moved by the KDE to the cloud. As a result, the web address link has changed.  Please note the new URL for accessing the Infinite Campus Parent Portal:



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Merry Christmas
District Administrators and Teachers planning for school improvements

District Administrators and Teachers planning for school improvements.  Look for each school’s Comprehensive School Improvement plan after January 6, 2017 at your schools individual website.  Just scroll down and look for improvement plan on the left hand menu.


The Estill County Middle School Cheerleaders won their Region Competition on November 20, 2016 in Breathitt County.  They compete in the Middle School State Competition on December 17, 2016 at the All-Tech Arena in Lexington, KY.  The start time of the competition is 9:00.  ECMS competes until 11:25.  Please come out and support these girls.  They have worked so hard on their routine.  Thanks. 

GED Testing GED Testing Flyer

The Estill County School District has officially become an official testing center for GED testing. The test center is located at West Irvine Intermediate.

8th Grade trip deadline extended


We will be having the final parent meeting on Monday, December 12th at 6 PM in the library to give parents the important information about the trip. 

White Out basketball game

white out night



Casual attendance observations:

The 3rd, 6th, K, 4th, 1st, 5th, and 11th grades (in rank order) had great months…Wins

The 2nd, 9th, 10th, 7th, 8th, and 12th had a tough month for whatever reasons…losses

District Strategic Plan

The Estill County Board of Education has published the districts Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. To view the plan, click on District Strategic Plan in the menu to the left.  If you have comments of suggestions, please feel free to contact Mr. Saylor, Superintendent, at any time. Thanks for everyone's support and Go Engineers!

Veteran's Day Happy Veteran's Day Picture

On this Veterans Day, the Estill County School District would like to thank the men and women of this great nation who have served in the military.  Also, Estill County has a proud tradition of men and women who have served in the armed forces defending our country.  Today we honor their service as well as all veterans across this great nation.

ECHS JRTOC Raider Team now 17th in Nation! 2016 JROTC Nationals Team Picture

The ECHS JROTC Raider Team competed at the National Competition on November 5th and 6th. The Raiders competed in events such as: 5k run, Physical Team Test, Gauntlet, Cross Country Rescue, and Rope Bridge.

No School - Monday & Tuesday

This is a reminder that there will be no school for students, in Estill County on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th.  Monday is a teacher Equivalency Day.  All staff should report to their work locations.  Tuesday is Election Day, so please go out and exercise your right to vote.

Read a book month poster contest
  • In recognition of this month, the Estill County Middle School Youth Services Center sponsored a poster contest at ECMS.  All students were encourage to participate in the contest.  Pictured above is ECMS student and poster contest winner, Mia Hale.
Bully Busters Blast Off

At the first organizational meeting there were 12 people signed up. Now we have over 260 students that have joined our newest organization.

Football Game Spectacular!

If you can't think of anything to do Friday night, we've got you covered! Come out to the Estill County High School Football game on Friday night to root for your ECHS "District Champ" Engineers take on Jackson County. Also cheer with the 14th Region Champ Cheerleaders to root our players on! Then watch the ECHS Engineer Marching band put on an unbelievable show that won them the CLASS 2A KENTUCKY STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIP! You will NOT want to miss all the excitement!

Free Paraeducator Course & Certification

Free Paraeducator Class and Certification.  The Estill County Adult Learning Center will offer paraeducator classes/certification beginning November 15, 2016.  This certificate will allow you to work in any school system across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Attendance Banner Winner

South Irvine wins the Attendance Banner in a David vs Goliath type upset. This is the first time in recent memory that South has taken the banner, so congratulations all around! Pictured are all the preschool and kindergarten students who had perfect attendance for the third month. Preschoolers, Kalyssa Bussell and Ella Kirby,  are holding the banner.

Red Ribbon Week

This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 24 – October 28, 2016.


Be the HERO; STOP the Bullying!

Take the pledge by clicking here:



West Irvine Intermediate's New Principal

The Estill County School District and West Irvine Intermediate would like to welcome our new principal, chosen by the SBDM Council - Ms. Charlotte Arvin.  Congratulations and Welcome, Ms. Arvin!

Trick-R-Treat Trot

In order to create another successful community event, the ECHS Future Business Leaders of America would like to partner with local churches, business and civic organizations to create another great night of Community Trick ~R~ Treating that is safe for all children. We invite you to set up booths, or chairs and hand out Halloween candy or prizes to kids.

One Call & Website Information

Please read if you need to make sure a work number is not called via the district One Call Now Automated System.

Pennies for Patients

SBDM/Board Summit

On November 15th, 6pm at the Estill County High School, there will be a special called board meeting for the SBDM/Board Summit.   The theme will be “Every Student Succeeds: Novice Reduction for Gap Closure”.

Golf team wins tournament

2017 golf

The ECMS golf team has had a very successful season.

Career Poster contest

careers poster

High Attendance Day

Tuesday, 09/20/2016, is high attendance day across the state of Kentucky. Each of our schools will be competing against other schools in a regional and overall state competition. Last year, Estill County High School won region within their division, and West Irvine, barely missed in their category. Lets put Estill County on the map tomorrow and sweep this competition at the elementary, intermediate, middle and high school levels. In order to win, we need every student, parent, and guardian to make the commitment to be at school tomorrow, on time, and ready to learn. Go Engineers!

Tailgate Party planned for Thursday, September 22

After school tailgate party planned to support fall sports teams.

tailgate party

ETS newsletter

ETS sept.

Click on image to download newsletter

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement




Students, their parents, employees, and potential employees of the Estill County Schools are hereby notified that the Estill County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment, vocational programs, or activities set forth in compliance with the Title II, Title IV, Title VI, Title IX and/or Section 504.

First trimester grades go home

Grades were sent home Monday, August 29

West Irvine wins the attendance banner for the first month of school!

West Irvine wins the attendance banner for the first month of school. Pictured are Mrs. Brittany Wynn's class who had 15 days perfect attendance during the first month. Congrats to West Irvine!

Childhood obesity contest winner

The winner of the contest was eighth grade student, Jayleigh Burkewill, pictured above with her winning poster.

KY Commissioner of Ed mentions Estill Teacher in Kentucky Teacher article.

Estill County's own Lynette Ballard, personally mentioned in an article by KY Commissioner of Education!


Upcoming School Board Elections Information for Staff

List of acceptable and unacceptable practices of district employees for the upcoming school board elections.

Incident at Estill County High School - 8/17/2016

Press Release: August 17, 2016

RE: Incident at Estill County High School

Chris Winkler, Principal of Estill County High School, notified the district office of a situation that came to his attention this morning, Tuesday, August 17.

Needed ASAP - Traffic Control Director

Needed ASAP

Traffice Control Director

2 Hours daily


See Dickie Arthur



Latest Results from Testing at the Blue Ridge Landfill

Over the past 6 months, CHFS, EEC, and others have collected and analyzed a great deal of data, and have jointly concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that waste containing TENORM disposed at the Blue Ridge Landfill has impacted any areas outside the landfill.

ECMS Students Maintaining 99.5% Attendance Rate!

This is a picture of every ECMS student with exemplary attendance along with Mrs. Williams and Mrs Rawlins. Shaelyn Parsons is the student who came up with the idea of making a banner for each school to honor students who maintained a 99.5% attendance rate for the 2015-2016 school year. The banner will be displayed in the hallway at ECMS during the upcoming year.

6th grade picture

Here is the new 6th grade picture that will be used create a banner for our school.

United States Service Academics now taking applications

This is a new opportunity made available to middle school students in the Congressional Sixth District. Only high school students do the application process; however, middle school students may attend this informational event.

Estill Co. Workforce Center for Training and Education Grant Opportunity

Below is a support letter for a grant opportunity to build a new career and technical center in Estill County, through the joint efforts of Judge Taylor and the Fiscal Court, local businesses, and our community.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting our Superintendent.

Community Partners - Thank You

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Estill County High School, our staff participated in an “All Aboard” – Opening Day Celebration.  We were humbled by the number of community partners and vendors who participated and made the event a success.

Transportation Department Meeting

All transportation personnel should be aware that an 8-Hour Update training will be held this Thursday, July 28th.  Drivers will be involved from 8:00–5:00.

The training will be held in the High School auditorium, with donuts and coffee being served beginning at 7:30.  The training will begin promptly at 8:00.  Lunch will be provided.

Bus Assistants should report at 1:00.

Estill County Back to School Nights

Estill County Back to School Nights

Spring Results for Radioactive Material Testing

This article contains the latest sprint testing results for radioactive material for Estill County High School, Estill County Middle School, and the Blue Ridge Landfill.

ECMS Boys Soccer

Please read this for information for any boys that are interested in playing boys soccer for ECMS.

Student Handbook 16-17

Open house

Connecting your personal device to wireless network

Due to an upgrade and change within our system, we had to delete ALL accounts from our wireless network for personally connected devices (this means your personal cell phone, your personal computers, personal tablets, etc.)

Estill County Middle School students have been named 2016 Rogers Explorers

Estill County Middle School students Miriam Richardson, Erika Rifenbark, and Elizabeth Tipton have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program...

Teacher appreciation week

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

As we mark the beginning of Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, I want to publicly say thank you for everything you do...

K-Prep Testing Window Information


KPREP Spring Testing Window- May 9th-13th

Board Meeting Venue Change

The Estill County School Board Meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday, 04/21/2016, at 6:00PM. The location has changed from it's normal location of the board office...it will be held at the West Irvine Intermediate Library.

Estill County Public Schools Strategic Plan and Community Partnership Forum

Link to the public forum PowerPoint:  Click Here

A community forum on the topics of District Strategic Planning and Community Partnerships will be held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, at 6 PM in the Estill County Cooperative Extension Building. The forum is sponsored by the Estill County School District and is designed to strengthen processes and procedures...

Career Day

Our 7th grade recently held "Career Day". Presenters from local businesses and professions came to ECMS to talk to our students about their jobs. We want to think all our presenters for a making a difference inthe lives of Estill county students!

Spring Break

Spring Break April 4-8

Spirit Award

Congratulations to Ms. Murray’s 4th period class for winning the ECMS Student Council Spirit Day!!  Ms. Murray’s 4th period was our most spirited class.  Thanks to everyone who participated it was a close race.

Attendance Banner Winner - Estill Springs

Estill Springs Elementary finally wrestles attendance banner away from West Irvine Elementary. In a very close and hard fought battle, ESE was able to come away with a last moment, come from behind victory!  ESE was...

Lainhart wins FRSCY essay contest

Estill County Middle School student, Donovan Lainhart, recently entered an essay contest sponsored by the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers of Kentucky Coalition.  This essay contest invited students from across the Commonwealth to write essays about why their Family Resource and Youth Services Centers were so very important in their communities.  Students submitted essays and they were judged at the state lever where four (4) essays were selected as the 1st place winners and those students received a $100.00 cash prize from the FRYSCKY Collation.  Below is the essay that Donovan wrote about his experiences in dealing with various FRC and YSC programs throughout his educational experience.

student Council tours Frankfort

The Estill County Middle School student council recently went to our State Capital to observe our legislators in action. 

Air Quality Sample Test Results

This article is in regards to the Ameriphysics’ report regarding the Airborne Radiological Sampling conducted on Sunday, February 29, 2016.  As you will see in the report, the samples collected contain naturally occurring radionuclides at levels below allowable airborne concentrations.

Early Dismissal

All schools in the Estill County School District will dismiss school early at 2:00PM, on Wednesday, 03/02/2016, due to transportation issues of shortage of bus drivers, shortage of available buses, and the Regional Basketball Tournament start time of the Estill County/Perry County Central game at 6:00PM.

Press Release

Current Information and Public Safety

Blue Ridge Landfill Radioactive Waste

Estill County Schools

8th grade video

Here is the video that was showing during the 8th grade graduation.

2016 Graduating Class Elementary Walkthrough

Click to watch the graduation procession of the 2016 ECHS Graduating Class as they march through Estill Springs Elementary.  Great way to show the graduating where they came from...and to show the elementary students what they are shooting for!



Safety is our first priority. In an effort to use every able resource to STOP bullying and other risky behaviors in our schools, the Estill County School District proudly announces the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline.

Dates for the Remainder of the Year
I promised I would let everyone know what our plans were in regards to spring break today. Based on the fact that we have not missed any further snow days and the forecast for next week looks very favorable as well, we will not be using any spring break days for make-up.
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Estill County Middle School
51 Patriot Drive
Irvine, KY 40336
Fax: 606-723-2041