North Carolina Honor School of Excellence

Celebrating over 12 Consecutive Years of Growth!

Mission Statement:
Etowah Elementary School will provide students the opportunity to become life-long learners. We will respect the whole child and nurture his/her potential in a safe environment.

We have eight teachers with master’s degrees, one teacher with an advanced degree, and are proud to announce we have eight teachers who are National Board Certified Teachers. All of these take a great deal of work. We are proud of you!

2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Amy Cleveland

Amy Cleveland is the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for our school. Mrs. Cleveland is starting her 23rd year of teaching and her third year at Etowah, teaching second grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and is certified in Elementary Education. Mrs. Cleveland and her husband of 20 years, David, moved to Etowah from Florida three years ago. They have two children; Jacob is a freshman at West Henderson High School, and Delaney is a fifth grader here at Etowah. Mrs. Cleveland’s love for her students and her profession is evident in her smile and enthusiasm. Congratulations, Mrs. Cleveland!

Thank you to WGLA Engineering, LLC!

WGLA Engineering, LLC, is the Lead Sponsor for 2016 for Etowah Elementary School. Thank you to WGLA Engineering, LLC for all you are doing to sponsor our school! Thank you to Mr. G. Thomas Jones, III, and the other staff for your support!

PTO Meeting- November 1st!

Our next PTO Meeting is NOVEMBER 1ST AT 6:00 PM. We hope to see you there!

Open House-Thursday, Oct. 20

We hope you will make plans to attend our Open House! It’s Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will start with a celebration in the gym for our Summer Reading Challenge win of “Best in the State”.

After the celebration, Lori Davis will give a brief talk about Power School and then students and parents will be dismissed to the classrooms.

Many teachers will have sign up sheets available so that families may sign up for conferences.

We hope to see you then!

Fire Prevention Week at Etowah Elementary School

October 17 through October 21 is Fire Prevention Week at Etowah Elementary School! We want to thank our WONDERFUL firefighters with the Etowah-Horse Shoe Volunteer Fire Department for all they do to make this week a success! We enjoy having each class learn about fire safety, see the equipment that you wear, and tour your fire trucks and the Tornado House. We can’t wait for the demonstration on Friday! Thank you to the fire department members for all you do!

Click here to read the article about our wonderful fire department posted on the HCPS website!

Best In State with the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!







Etowah Elementary School has reason to celebrate this back to school season because its students read more than 1,391,800 minutes this summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for North Carolina in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The school will be featured in Best & Buzzworthy 2017: World Records, Trending Topics, and Viral Moments and will receive a special celebration, banner, and personalized plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements. This summer, children from across all 50 states and 25 countries read 204,594,918 million minutes in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.


The complete list of “Best in State” schools is available at


Now in its tenth year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global reading program aimed at keeping kids reading all summer long. This year’s theme, “Be A Reading Superhero,” encouraged kids to be the best independent readers they can be and achieve the “summer leap” — a gain in reading skills that helps students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year. Schools and families enrolled children for free and throughout the 18 weeks of summer kids logged their summer reading minutes to unlock stories from some of their favorite authors including Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine and Angela Cervantes.


Mrs. Broadhurst, “Last year our students read and logged minutes into the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for the first time.  We placed 20th in the world, in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, and we were very excited about that accomplishment!  However, when we decided to enter the competition again, for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, we wanted and believed we could, place even higher.  

At Etowah we encourage our students to not only read, but to grow as readers, by engaging in a mixture of reading and motivational programs.  Over the summer we provided our students with a tremendous amount of both printed and digital books.  We spearheaded the participation in a digital reading program offered by State Superintendent June Atkinson, and NCDPI. Due to the reading programs, motivation within our school community, and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge,  our students were motivated to reach this phenomenal reading achievement of BEST IN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, and we are very excited about reading even more and soaring even higher next year!”


“This summer, educators and families worked together to help all children take the summer leap into great books to avoid the effects of the summer slide,” said, Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education, “The 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was a great success as children around the world read more than 200 million minutes and most importantly, experienced the joy of reading. We congratulate all the students who discovered their inner ‘reading superhero’ this summer, and we are excited to see that passion continue throughout the school year.”


Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Stats:

  • The 2016 top five states with most minutes read are: Texas (43,054,527 reading minutes), Florida (18,414,561 reading minutes), Louisiana (11,130,883 reading minutes), Pennsylvania (10,850,122 reading minutes) and Georgia (10,147,966 reading minutes).
  • 3 U.S. Governors, 39 Gubernatorial Spouses and 1 Lieutenant Governor made the commitment to getting kids reading this summer by signing on as  “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to help support literacy in their states and encourage children and families to read throughout the summer months. Scholastic donated 500 books to the school of each Reading Ambassador’s choice (for a total of 21,500 books), and many of the Ambassadors hosted reading events in their respective states.  
  • 29 schools read more than one million minutes and 379 schools each read at least 100,000 minutes.

For more information about Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit

Pumpkin Characters from Kindergarten!

The Kindergarten Team, comprised of Ms. McKelvin, Mrs. Morgan, and Mrs. Rhodes, had their students to turn pumpkins into storybook characters. Students and parents worked to decorate their pumpkins into characters and brought them in to school this week. They did an awesome job!

Kids Vote 2016

Kids Vote! Link for grades 3-5 to vote electronically is here.