Trailblazer Times

By: STLP Student, Brooke

Welcome to Trailblazer Times!

Welcome to this month's edition of Trailblazer Times! Camp Ernst was full of activities this month, and we invite you to read about a few below! We included some videos from BBN too! Make sure you check out important January dates - we don't want you to miss any of the exciting events coming up!

Getting into the holiday spirit!

The holiday spirit was in full swing this year at CEMS! First, students kicked off the holidays with PTSO and showed off some ugly holiday sweaters at their dance on December 9th. Then Blazer classes competed in a door decorating contest. The hallways and doorways were transformed into a festive and fun holiday wonderland. Students also showed off their Christmas PJs, funny antler and santa hats, and green Grinch attire. And not to mention that PTSO gave out candy canes to all students! It was a lot of fun.
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Twelve Days of Christmas Video

Watch this video to see how we spread the holiday cheer at CEMS

Gatlinburg Relief Effort

We teamed up with Premier Athletics to collect toiletries, non-perishable food items, clothes, bottled water and Gatorade, hygiene products, toys, baby food, blankets,pet supplies, jackets, hats, gloves and first aid items.


The Gatlinburg relief results are in. CEMS collected a total of 270 items!


The third place 1st core is--- Mrs.Ashley

The second place 1st core is--- Mrs.Yelton

The winning 1st core is--- Mr.Hastings


The second place student who brought in items is--- Ashley Bessong

The winning students who brought in 175 items is--- Mattie Tripp


Thank you all for donating items to the Gatlinburg relief! Way to go Blazers!

Camp Ernst Middle School Youth Service Center

Camp Ernst Middle School has a variety of teachers and staff members that make it their goal to see that families feel welcome, ensure their children are receiving the best education possible in a safe and friendly environment, and help the students learn to the best of their abilities. The Youth Service Center is an excellent contributor to these goals. Youth Services Centers serve students and families in middle and high school, and the primary goal of the Youth Service Center at Camp Ernst Middle School is to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. The center’s mission statement is to:

“Enhance students’ ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote: Early learning and successful transition to school, academic achievement and well-being, and graduation and transition into adult life.”

Mrs. Angela Werwick is the Youth Service Center’s coordinator here at Camp Ernst. Her job is to help academically at-risk students succeed in school by helping to minimize or eliminate non-cognitive barriers to learning. Youth Service centers are strengthened by community partnerships in their ability to provide vital programs, services, and referrals to students and their families. These partnerships are critical in order to ensure the student is receiving the best academic experience possible. Stop by the Youth Service Center for brochures and more information on resources or referrals!


Here are some holiday tips to help keep stress at a minimum and to keep the season cheerful:

  • Remember it’s not the holidays that make things stressful, it’s about you and how you choose to handle things.
  • Get creative with your gifts for fun and remember it’s not how expensive something is, it’s about the thought and effort put into it.
  • Make alone time to spend with family, your children, or even just yourself.
  • Play games to clear your head and have fun!
  • Post pone family feuds until after the holidays wind down.
  • Be kind and have compassion for yourself and especially others!

6th grade students raise money for Lucky Tails non-profit animal rescue

The 6th grade classes of Ms. Vickers and Ms. Ashley organized a holiday picture event on December 20th. Students paid one dollar to sit with a rescue animal and had their picture taken by a photographer. Students enjoyed spending time with these precious animals while supporting a good cause.
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ONE AWARDS Video

Watch our video that celebrates students who were recognized with the ONE Award.

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Tasters 2017

What Is Tasters?

Tasters is an incredible evening where adults come together to enjoy food, drinks, laughs, music, silent auction and prizes! This year, our theme is “Exploring Our Town”. Bring your friends, neighbors, anyone from the community to enjoy our tasty celebration with local cuisine from 4 US Cities! Students are welcome to volunteer at the event. Watch for this opportunity in the CEMS Enews in the next few weeks. We will need students to help set up, clean up and bus tables.

How Does Tasters Work?

Taster’s guests begin with soft drinks, mocktails and mingling in the cafeteria, where they have opportunities to bid on wonderful silent auction items. From there, guests will move to the beautifully transformed gym, where they will be served delectable meals with 4 different city themes: Cincinnati, San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans!

Who Benefits From Tasters?

The students! Tasters is sponsored by the PTSO, and all proceeds go back to CEMS to fund important initiatives like teacher requests, items needed for service learning projects & incentives for the students.

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

To purchase tickets, see the order form on the CEMS Website, check your child’s backpack or watch for in the weekly Enews.


You can also help by donating items for your student’s homeroom silent auction basket. The PTSO is also looking for individuals or companies that are willing to donate other items separate from the silent auction baskets. For more information on Tasters, contact: Becky Quigley, Tasters Chairperson; blortz@will-son.com

New Teacher Spotlight Video: Mrs. Smith

Meet math teacher, Mrs. Smith, on the Pioneer Team

Mark Your Calendar!

Menchie's Night

Wednesday, Jan. 4th 2017 at 12-9pm

8544 U.S. 42

Florence, KY

Cane's Family Night

Thursday, Jan. 12th 2017 at 5pm

8020 Burlington Pike

Florence, KY

Wendy's Night

Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017 at 5-8pm

1739 Patrick Drive

Burlington, KY

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Boys Basketball Schedule

Click here to view the 2016-2017 boys basketball schedule

Girls Basketball Schedule

Click here to view the 2016-2017 girls basketball schedule

Camp Ernst Trailblazers

Camp Ernst Middle School

Our vision is to empower students with skills and opportunities to explore a path that leads to college, career and life readiness.