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!

2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Allison Keever

Allison Keever is the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. She is a fourth grade teacher at Etowah Elementary School. She is in her seventeenth year of teaching, and her sixth year here at Etowah Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. Mrs. Keever received her National Board Certification in 2000 and renewed it in 2010. She also has earned an Academically and Intellectually Gifted license for grades K-12. She is a life-long learner, and she hopes to pass this on to her students as well as her firm belief to never give up. Mrs. Keever has two sons. Will is an freshman at West Henderson High School and Alex is a fifth grader here at Etowah. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, serving at her church, and watching N.C.State basketball and Seattle Seahawks football games. Congratulations to Mrs. Keever!

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!

2015 Autographed Carolina Basketball Raffle Tickets for Sale!

carolinabasketballEtowah School is selling raffle tickets for a chance at a 2015 autographed basketball from Carolina’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams (UNC-Chapel Hill). Tickets go on sale Monday, April 17. They are $1 each and may be purchased from Mrs. Wesson in Room 113. Please make checks out to Etowah School. This is our only Relay for Life fundraiser which raises money for cancer research with the American Cancer Society. The drawing will be Friday, April 29, during morning announcements. Thank you!

Blood Drive-May 20

We will host another blood drive here at the school on Friday, May 20 from 12:00 Noon until 4:30 pm. Please call the school at 828-891-6560 to sign up or click here to sign up online. Our code is Etowah ES. Students will receive a prize for having adults donate in their honor. Give the gift of life! Donate!


Zack Green, WLOS Meteorologist, Visits Second Grade

Etowah Elementary students learned Wednesday that the fun cloud forms they described as “animal clouds” actually indicated “happy” weather, and they could look forward to playing outside at recess.

During a special visit to Etowah’s 2nd grade classes, WLOS News 13 Meteorologist Zack Green explained the clumpy clouds were called “stratocumulus” and indicated an area of high pressure without much chance of heavy precipitation.

“That’s what’s outside right now; that’s what makes the animal shapes,” Green said.

“When high pressure comes,” he said, drawing a capital “H” on the whiteboard, “think of ‘happy.’ The wind moves clockwise and we have descending air that isn’t as active.”

IMG_7748Drawing a capital “L” on the board, Green said the “L” in “low pressure” could also stand for “lame.” He explained that wind travels counterclockwise in a low pressure system, and the low pressure makes cool air rise, causing water vapor to form water droplets.

“That’s when we start to see weather happening,” Green said.

While students (and teachers) had been enjoying the warmer weather, Green said the day’s temperatures were actually higher than normal and displayed a local temperature map to illustrate his point.

As Green pointed to the orange and brick red splotches covering an outline of Western North Carolina, 2nd-grader Eli T. asked, “Do you use patterns?”

Green said patterns – weather that’s historically happened in the past – help meteorologists determine the area’s climate.

“The climate is what you can expect,” he said. “But what happens is, weather changes all the time.”

For instance, Green said, “High pressure has been controlling our region for the past few days. So what we see here is we’re going to be 8 to 10 degrees warmer than where we should be.”

Olivia M. asked, “Can you know what’s going on in another country?”

With a few clicks of his computer’s mouse, Green pulled up a temperature map of Europe.

“We can forecast all over the globe because there’s such a weather community and big nerds like me who want to know what’s going on,” he said.

IMG_9963EDITPointing at another map of the United States, Green asked students to name the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico before explaining how hurricanes form.

“Hurricanes happen in the ocean,” he said, congratulating students who knew that about 70 percent of Earth is covered by ocean.

“Water is (a hurricane’s) fuel,” said Green.

In an area of low pressure over the ocean, he said, the wind becomes more intense whipping around the air column at upwards of 200 mph, and everything has to go up, with more clouds forming around the area of low pressure – creating the eye of the storm.

He said the low pressure wants to become high pressure and to do so, clouds must release all the condensed water vapor they’ve been hanging onto when the hurricane hits land.

“Our land can’t contain all that water, and that’s when we get flooding,” Green said.

The students pelted Green with so many more questions, like, “What happens if a hurricane runs into another hurricane?” or “Can a tornado fall into a hole?” that he was almost late for his noon weather forecast back at the station.

Thank you, Mr. Green, for satisfying young, inquiring minds and visiting Etowah Elementary!

– By Molly McGowan Gorsuch
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