The Natives' News

April 15-19

Morning arrival - Please Read!

Parents, we have students arriving on campus too early in the mornings. If a student has been assigned AM detention, he/she should report to the High School front office at 7:00 and/or may enter through the High School front doors if an appointment/tutoring session has been scheduled beforehand with a teacher. Otherwise, school personnel aren't required to be on campus until 7:30. MOST of the time, doors to the school, gym doors, and lunchroom doors aren't unlocked until this time. If a bus arrives before 7:30, students remain on the bus with the driver until then. For the safety of students, we ask that students not be dropped off before 7:30. Thank you!


Slow down on campus! After school, do not exit South from the new gym! If you do not have a parking decal, please purchase one immediately. We are checking these.

Parents, All lunchroom debts MUST be paid by April 30th! No charges to accounts will be made after this date!

Student/Parent Announcements:


  • Lunch accounts MUST be updated! If you owe money, please take care of this ASAP! This is a GREAT time to set up a Paypams account! If you would like to apply for free or reduced priced lunches, please see the Cafeteria Manager or go online to and click lunch application.
  • April 19 - Kona Ice
  • April 22 - Sprinkle Your Friends with Confetti Fundraiser / Sweet Temptations
  • April 23 - East Parent Night - 6pm
  • April 24 - ACT with Writing Paper Test (11th grade)
  • April 29 - May 3 - Guard Tryouts - 3:30-5:30
  • May 7 - ACT with Writing Makeup
  • May 10 - 8th and 9th grade Spring Formal
  • May 13 - Creekside 5th Grade Tour
  • May 14 - Board Meeting at East Limestone
  • May 21 - Senior Awards Night - 6pm

Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, if you are interested in being on the 2019-2020 yearbook staff, please see Mrs. Russell for an application.

If you took Spanish 1 and 2 and want to attend the 2020 Spanish club trip to Puerto Rico, stop by Mrs. Dawson's room and get an information packet.

JV and Varsity Boys Basketball Tryouts will begin on April 22nd. Need to tell Coach Steger or Coach Laxson if you are interested. You will need a physical and $8.

Volleyball Tryouts (6th-11th Grade) are May 6-7. If you are interested in trying out pick up the tryout packet outside Mrs. Eslick's door. Need physical, $8.00 fee, and other forms in order to tryout.

Girls' Basketball Tryouts (6th-11th Grade) are May 13-14. If you are interested in trying out pick up the tryout packet outside Mrs. Eslick's door. Need physical, $8.00 fee, and other forms in order to tryout.

Kona Ice will be on campus Friday, April 19th!!!

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Sweet Temptations on April 22

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Pre-registration for the 2019-2020 Juniors and Seniors is underway. Mrs. Sutton will meet with the parents of these this summer, however, attending the East Parent Night will be very informative. Please make sure you are signed up for Mrs. Sutton's remind group so that you will get the notifications on the summer meeting dates for each grade level.
Class of 2020: text @2020srs to 81010.
Class of 2021: text @2021srs to 81010.

Girls Basketball and Volleyball Tryout Dates - See Mrs. Eslick

VB & JVB Basketball Tryouts

April 22 - May 3 -- New Gym

Volleyball Tryouts

May 6 - May 9 -- New Gym

MSB Basketball Tryouts

May 6 - May 9 -- Old Gym

MSG Basketball Tryouts

May 13 - May 17 -- Old Gym

VG & JVG Basketball Tryouts

May 13 - May 17 -- New Gym

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Sprinkle your friends with confetti! Confetti eggs will be sold April 22, 2019 on the practice field. $2 to go outside. Eggs are $1 each. 5th period for 8th grade. 6th period for 6th grade. 7th period for 7th grade. It will be a cracking good time!

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Seniors of Sr. Beta Club- purchase Sr. Stole from Mrs. Priest $25

TEENS FOR JEANS - Extended until April 30th!

We will be collecting jeans for homeless and foster teenagers in North Alabama during the month of March.

We have planned a contest between all of the 1st period teachers. The 1st period class who brings in the most jeans will receive biscuits from Tabs.

(Jeans can come in the form of Khaki's and shorts and range in all sizes.)

Thank you in you advance for your participation.

Spring Testing Dates (with the exception of Scantron Performance Series for 10th and 11th Grade)


April 24 - All 11th Grade

AP Testing:

May 6-AP Gov

May 7-AP Physics

May 7-ACT makeup

May 8- AP Lit

May 9- AP Chem

May 10-AP US Hist

May 10-AP CSP

May 13-AP Bio

May 14-AP Cal

May 15-AP Lang

3rd Nine Weeks Successes! Keep up the hard work!!!

160 = Students with all As

275 = Students with all As and Bs

139 = Students with Perfect Attendance

Girl Talk meets every Friday morning at 7:30 in Mrs. Priest's room!

AP Spring Study Session Dates:

4/27/19: APUSH and AP GOPO2 (Cavnar will attend, Nave will attend unless softball conflicts.)

5/4/19: AP Chemistry (2nd opportunity for those who cannot attend on 4/6-- no conflict with Calculus) and AP Calculus (Jacques will attend. Haggenmaker will attend.)

First Priority

First Priority meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 in Mrs. Haggenmaker's room (high school room 10). Everyone is welcome!

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Freshman Class sign up on REMIND for updates using @indian2022

Sophomore Class (Class of 2021) Information:

Join the Class of 2021 Google classroom and Remind page:

Google Classroom: f5hnyf

Remind code: dg3h96 or Text the code message to 81010.

Junior and Senior Information:

11th and 12th graders: If you get free/reduced lunch, you can see Mrs. Sutton for two ACT fee waivers.

Mrs. Sutton's REMIND groups:

Class of 2019: Text 81010 @19srs

Class of 2020: Text 81010 @2020srs

District allows only two days per year for official college visits. These visits can occur during Junior and Senior years.

Upcoming Senior Dates/Events:

1st Annual Senior Walk / Friday, May 3rd at 9:00

Creekside Primary/Elementary would like to celebrate our Seniors with a Senior Walk. Seniors will wear caps and gowns and walk the hallways at Creekside while students and teachers cheer them on into their next journey in life.

Seniors ONLY!!! Credit Recovery Information:

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This form will be given to Seniors needing Credit Recovery by the teacher.

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Seniors, Have you applied???

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Dear Students,

At Duke Summer Session for High School Students , we believe that intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly. Each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with an academic topic than ever before. Whether you are interested in becoming a Global Executive, Entrepreneur or Researcher, combating cyber-attacks, defending human rights, or predicting the future through mathematical modeling, our three-week Summer Academy courses are the opportunity of a lifetime!

Our one-week Accelerated STEM Academy will provide you a “behind-the-scenes” look at the research happening at Duke, give you a chance to do your own laboratory activities, and learn from renowned faculty from Duke’s School of Medicine!

Courses fill quickly, so apply online today and take a powerful step towards pursuing your intellectual passion and honing your global citizenship skills, while living and learning with students from around the world!

Yours in global academic pursuits (OR Yours in intellectual curiosity),
Nicki Charles, Ed.D

2018-2019 PTO:

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What Makes ELHS The BEST of the BEST....

Keep your eyes open!!! Past and present East Limestone students are exemplifying how hard work and determination are leading to SUCCESS!!! We are so PROUD of you!!!

Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology and East Limestone Science Students making discoveries together!

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Congratuations to the Varsity Baseball team for winning the Area Championship! We will be hosting a 1st round playoff game on April 19th! Good Luck, Gentlemen!

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Survival of the fittest... Finches Feeding Frenzy Challenge

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AP English Language Debates

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Congratulations on a GREAT season, JV Girls Soccer!!!

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Congratulations on being chosen for UNA's Honor Band!!!

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The Tribe Cafe had a successful 1st run! Thank you Ani for baking and donating cookies! Thank you teachers and staff for supporting! The next scheduled Tribe Cafe day will be May 3rd.

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Picts. from East Limestone High School division on Wheeler. Delano Green and Cody were 15th and the team finished 2nd! Awesome job!

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Just dissecting a sheep's heart....

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"I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do GREAT things." - Mother Teresa

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Congratulations to the following for being selected for Boys and Girls State!!!

Zach Tribble

Reis Browning

Andrey Ashmore

Emily Edelman

Community Support

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Alpha-Hudson Institute for Biotechnology

Thank you for partnering with East Limestone's Science Department and providing our students AMAZING opportunities!!!

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Thank you for your donation of a conference table, chairs, and receptionist's desk for our Data Room and Middle School front office!!!

Alfa Insurance

Thank you, Kim Cinard-Mitchell, with Alpha Insurance for donating chairs for our Data Room!!!
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Thank you, Scott Franklin, manager at Lowes in Athens, for your donation of 15 gallons of paint. This will be a great start to updating some of our Middle School rooms!!!

Joe's Pharmacy

Thank you, Joe's Pharmacy, for being one of our Winter Festival sponsors! Thank you for taking such good care of Nurse Missy and our kids! Your donations are GREATLY appreciated!

Hobbs Jewelers

Thank you, Hobbs Jewelers, for being one of our Winter Festival sponsors! Your donation is GREATLY appreciated!

Publix Partners

You can help us earn money for our school by signing up with Publix Partners. To do, you will need to sign up for Publix Partners, select our school, then enter your phone number at checkout to help earn money for our school. More information can be found at:
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2019 East Limestone Track Schedule

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2019 East Limestone Softball Schedule:

Apr. 15th @ Lauderdale CO. (V) 4:30

Apr. 16th @ Elkmont (V) 2:00

Apr. 19-20 Varsity County Tourn. @ Elkmont TBA

Apr. 22nd @ EAST vs ABS (V) 4:30

Apr. 23rd @ Brewer (V) 4:30

Apr. 25th @ Athens (V) 4:30


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2019 East Limestone Baseball Schedule:

Message from Coach Craig:

Thank you to everyone for another wonderful season with East Limestone Baseball!

Thank you to all the JV and Middle School players, parents, and coaches for a great year.

The Varsity Baseball team finished 1st in the Area, 16 Standings, and are the Area Champs for 2019. This means we will host Arab on Friday night for 2 games at 5 pm and 7pm, with the possibility of a game 3 on Saturday at 1pm in the 2019 playoffs. This is all weather permitting.

Please come out and support our Varsity Players as begin the 2019 Playoffs.

Admission for Friday's doubleheader is $8 a person and for Saturday's one game, it is a $6 admission. Only AHSAA Coaching Cards are accepted, no other passes allowed for free admission.

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Band Apparel now on sale! Go band! Stronger Together!

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Happy Birthday to YOU!!!


10th Jean Laxson

25th Ingrid Dawson

29th Janie Smith

30th Jill Covin


11th B. Jacques

13th Karen Hammon

23rd Xan Kucejko


Apr. 17 - Fourth Mid Term Ends

Apr. 23 - East Parent Night

Apr. 24 - ACT with Writing Paper Test (11th Grade)

May 1 - Principals Meeting

May 3 - Tribe Cafe - Send in your orders!

May 7 - ACT with Writing Makeup

May 8 - Assistant Principals Meeting

May 9-10 - Senior Semester Exams

May 14 - Board Meeting at East Limestone

May 21-23 - Semester Exams

May 23 - 1/2 Day Students / Teacher PD

May 24 - Teacher Workday

May 24 - East Limestone Graduation

June 4 - Leadership Academy @ Owens (Principals and Assistant Principals Only)

June 5 - Leadership Academy @ Owens (Principals, APs, Counselors, ITF, 2 Teachers TBD)

July 22-25 - New Teacher Academy

July 25 - Principals Back to School Meeting

July 29 - Principals Institute @ Calhoun

July 30 - Professional Development - ELHS 6th Grade Orientation

July 31 - Professional Development

August 1 - Institute/Mandatory Training - ELHS Open House for Grades 7-12

August 2 - Teacher Workday & Classified PD

August 5 - Students Return


May 3


Apr. 24

May 15

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2018-2019 CALENDAR

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2019 Graduation Schedule

Thursday, May 23, 2019

4:00 p.m. -West Limestone High School

6:00 p.m. - Clements High School

8:00 p.m. - Tanner High School

Friday, May 24, 2019

4:00 p.m. - East Limestone High School

6:00 p.m. -Ardmore High School

8:00 p.m. - Elkmont High School

Public Service Announcements:

Please remember: Faxes or emails are not allowed for students to check out. A signed, written note must be turned into the front office in the morning and/or a parent/guardian must check the student out in person.

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Summer Driver Education Class

Athens Bible School has been offering Driver Education each summer for over 20 years. It is open to all students: Home School students, other private school students and to public school students that can't work the course into their schedule at their own school.

Our instructor is state certified to give the driver test at the conclusion of the course. We are currently taking reservations for two different sessions. If you have someone interested, please pass the attached information along to them and encourage them to sign up ASAP.

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Aviation Summer Camp- June 3-7, ages 13-18. Pryor Field Airport, Tanner, Alabama 256-777-8625, 256-777-0544

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This is a reminder that you should monitor your students’ devices, know their logins and passwords, and restrict use only to family gathering areas. These are some apps that you should look for and take measures to monitor or remove your students’ access.

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Did you know... Snapchat is one of the top causes of drama in school-aged individuals?

Teen Snapchat statistics:

  • People under the age of 25 use Snapchat for 40 minutes on average every day, more than Instagram’s latest stat for the same demographic
  • Snapchat ranks as the most popular social media site among teenagers
  • Users 25 and younger visit Snapchat over 20 times per day

Teen social media statistics:
  • 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking
  • Social media use is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep
  • Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

Snapchat can be addictive for teens:
  • Snapchat has mechanisms in place to incentivize teens to become daily users with a phenomenon called the Streak
  • Experts say Streaks can create a concerning hierarchy of friendship that can leave some teens afraid to disappoint others if they drop a Streak
  • “The more you cannot leave one day without being on social media, the more your identity gets wrapped up in it [and] the more likely it’s going to have negative effects,” an expert warned
  • Snapchat Streaks have become the most important metric in social media for teens
  • Because teens invest so much time in their Streaks, it’s common to ask friends to “Streak” for you if you’re unable to log on — for example, if you got your phone taken away
  • “A big part of [Snapchat Streaks] is social acceptance,” a 15-year-old student admitted. “Having more streaks makes you feel more popular”
  • It is not uncommon to hear a tween bragging about the number of streaks they have going as well as about the length of each of these streaks. The longer the streak, the higher it’s perceived value
  • It is not uncommon to find a 12-year-old user who set up a Snapchat account (without their parents knowing). Streaks may really matter to your tween. Suddenly asking your tween to stop keeping up their Streaks could really stress them out

“Snap Map” lets people locate your teen:

  • This feature lets teens “pinch to zoom” on their story page and view the map where their friends are posting from
  • Predators and scammers use geolocation to know where your kids are at (and when you’re not home, for a possible robbery)

Teens share their Snapchat usernames with strangers:

  • Many teens add their Snapchat username into their Instagram bio which can be very dangerous
  • Even if an Instagram profile is private, anyone can see what is in the bio. This makes it easy for strangers to follow along on someone’s Snapchat profile

Teens share their Snapchat passwords with friends:

  • In order to maintain a Streak, teens and tweens will share their Snapchat login credentials with friends
  • Friends with your password can make inappropriate posts on your account that can negatively affect your future in a big way

Potential negative effects of Snapchat & social media:

Anxiety & depression: Research suggests that young people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health, including psychological distress (symptoms of anxiety and depression).

Sleep: Numerous studies have shown that increased social media use has a significant association with poor sleep quality in young people. Using phones, laptops, and tablets at night before bed is also linked with poor quality sleep.

Body image: Body image is an issue for many young people, both male and female. Studies have shown that when women in their teens and early twenties view Facebook for only a short period of time, body image concerns are higher compared to non-users.

Cyberbullying: Bullying during childhood is a major risk factor for a number of issues including mental health, education and social relationships, with long-lasting effects often carried right through to adulthood.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): FOMO has been robustly linked to higher levels of social media engagement, meaning that the more an individual uses social media, the more likely they are to experience FOMO.

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Vaping is exploding in popularity around the world and in our schools! We need your help!

What can parents do?

1. Know the facts about vaping.

2. Talk to your student about the dangers.

3. Randomly check your student's pockets, bags, and backpacks. Vapes are very small and easy to hide. The most popular ones look like a small flash drive.

4. Know that if you walk into your student's room and smell a sweet fruity smell, he/she may have been vaping in there.

5. Know that while it is illegal to sell these items to individuals under 18, they ARE being sold to them and they CAN be ordered online. Report any business that you know has sold to a minor.

Important information:

E-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, pod systems, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes can resemble common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

Here are facts and tips to help parents and caregivers address this growing issue:

Are They Safe?

  • The solution in e-cigarette devices and vapor contains harmful chemicals like antifreeze (made from one of two chemicals: propylene glycol or ethylene glycol), diethylene glycol, and carcinogens like nitrosamines which can cause cancer.

  • The nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and can harm brain development.

  • E-cigarettes are not recommended as a way to quit smoking.

  • In some cases, e-cigarette devices have exploded, causing burns or fires.

  • Secondhand smoke/vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful to growing lungs.

  • Long-term health effects on users and bystanders are still unknown.

  • E-cigarettes can be used to smoke or "vape" marijuana, herbs, waxes, and oils.

  • E-cigarettes are not yet regulated nor approved for smoking cessation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the long-term health effects to users and bystanders are still unknown. Due to the lack of regulation, the chemical compounds in an e-cigarette device can vary between brands.

  • The best way to protect your children is to never smoke or vape near them. Talk with your doctor about quitting all tobacco. Never smoke indoors, in your car, or in places that children spend time.

Dangers to Youth:

  • E-cigarettes are the most commonly-used tobacco product among teens. In 2018, over 20% of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.

  • E-cigarettes contain a liquid solution that is usually flavored. Flavors, which are appealing to children, often are things like peach schnapps, java jolt, piña colada, peppermint, bubble gum, or chocolate.

  • Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future.

  • Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online.

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What You Can and Can't Control

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Ways to stay In-The-Know:

Don't be shy! If you have questions about what is going on at ELHS, ask! You are more than welcome to:

-Talk to your student! Chances are, they know more than they are sharing.

-Email your student's teachers and/or administrators

-Call your student's teachers, administrators, and/or our WONDERFUL office staff

(Make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date so we can give you a call back!)

-Request a conference. Sometimes face-to-face is the best way to have a conversation.

-If your student's teachers offer REMIND - sign up! (CHECK OUT THE PTO's REMIND INFO BELOW!)

-Check out our school's website -

(We are working to update all information.)

-Follow East Limestone on Twitter - @limestone_east

-School-wide All Calls

-Get an Inow/Chalkable account set up

-Ask your student if his/her teachers are using Moodle or Google Classroom, have them SHOW you.

-Check out the East Limestone Community Information Page and the NEW East Limestone PTO page on Facebook. Please remember that we are a FAMILY. Keep it positive. We are working hard to create, not only, a safe, loving, learning environment for our students, but also, a working environment where our teachers and staff are as supported as our students. Again, if you have a question, just ask.


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