Yearbook Orders

Yearbook Orders Yearbook Orders! Mr. Royal will be on the front patio on Tuesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon each day, to take orders and payments for the 2020 ECHS Swamp Life Yearbook. The books are $50 each. Bring exact cash or a check made out to East Columbus High School. Checks may also be mailed to East Columbus High School, 32 Gator Lane, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. 28450. Mr. Royal will also take up money for Senior Ads in the yearbook: $150 for a full page, $80 for a half page. All can be paid with one check if needed. Yearbooks ordered after May 14 will be $60. Yearbooks can be ordered anytime later, online, for $60.


Special Web Page/Gallery Created for ECHS Seniors

Gator Media has added a special page to the Gators East website just for the East Columbus High School Class of 2020. Seniors who have accepted the invitation to be a part of the Google Classroom Senior Class of 2020 received an assignment with information, questions and photo requests. All senior information is due by April 17. The page can be accessed by the button at the right of the menu at the top of the Gators East home page. It is labelled “Class of 2020.”


Bus Forms Available for 2020-21 School Year

At the top of this website, ECHS parents can find an updated Bus Transportation Request Form for the 2020-21 school year. These will be used to help project and plan bus routes for next year. With the number of changes we will be experiencing in the county, early bus assignments will make the first day of school go a little smoother. Click on the link in the menu bar above for your copy.


WiFi Available at ECHS

East Columbus High School is one of five sites in Columbus County where ATMC has set up a free WiFi location. From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., students can park in the student parking lot at the front of the campus. The signal is greater closer to the building.


Columbus County Schools Add Digital Learning Help Website

The Columbus County Schools IT Department has developed a digital learning help desk to assist students, teachers, and guardians with using the county’s digital digital learning platform. It plans to add content to this site as it learns the areas were users are experiencing issues. Click below to access Columbus County Schools new Digital Learning Site


State OKs major changes to grading, graduation requirements due to coronavirus



Yearbook is a GO! at ECHS

To all ECHS students, especially our seniors. WE WILL HAVE A YEARBOOK. Most of it is laid out with much of it complete. Because we are using TreeRIng, we have total flexibility over how big it will be and when it will be finished. The pages that were designated for now-cancelled spring events, and for club photos, etc. are being reassigned to the senior section. We are tripling the size of the section dedicated to this year’s seniors. Mr. Royal needs for all Class of 2020 seniors (and parents) to go to Google Classroom and join the Senior Class of 2020 Classroom. Use the code blik3h2. You will soon receive information and an extensive questionnaire relating to your high school experience, and a request for current and previous year photos you have. We will resend information about purchasing your yearbook and purchasing senior ads.


N.C. Superintendent: ‘We are not coming back to school April 1st’

N.C. Superintendent: ‘We are not coming back to school April 1st’ CLICK THIS LINK for the WTVD Channel 11 Interview–6XzA4awQ-NaEhm65q8Qsx0BpZs_llvzaL8gL0


A Moving Facebook Post from an ECHS Senior’s Parent

If there’s a high school senior in your life, give them a hug and pray for them. To them, the cancellation of school is not a vacation. It’s wasted time they don’t get to spend with their friends the last few months before they graduate. They’re anxious, realizing they may never be able to walk the halls for the last time, do their senior walk or attend their last prom. They’re sad hearing their senior prom they’ve been waiting on all year has a chance of being canceled. They’re nervous that they may not be able to walk the stage and get the diploma they have been working hard on for 12 years. Show them support and love them during these hard times. #classof2020 If you are the parent of a 2020 grad, copy and post on your wall with their pic!…… I love you ❤ Luke Watts ❤️  


Message from ECHS Principal

Last week, we educators shared some funny memes about the week having a time change, full moon, and Friday the 13th. Then Saturday the 14th happened and the world of education was flipped on it’s head and we began sailing into uncharted waters and constructing a plane as we flew it. Monday rolled around and teachers were filled with anxiety and tons of questions. However, as we progressed through the day, ECHS teachers developed ways to ensure learning continued for our students. That being said, I just wanted to say that I work with an awesome group of faculty and staff members at East Columbus High School. I, too, approached Monday with anxiousness and a lot of questions myself. But the folks at ECHS rallied together, developed plans, lessons, and Google Classrooms. They moved outside of their comfort zones and did an awesome job! Teacher leaders stepped up and trained those that have never created a Google Classroom before. There was so much collaboration taking place, that Social Distancing norms were being tested. But the teachers coming together calmed my nerves and eased my anxiousness. Seeing the excitement in the teachers about this new approach to teaching and learning has been refreshing. Like a teacher said earlier, I am proud to be an Ed-u-GATOR! Finally, I have to thank my boss, Dr. Deanne Meadows, and the leadership team of Columbus County Schools. Dr. Meadows has kept us in the loop and informed on what is going on and what is next. She has preached flexibility and patience and I am thankful to work for a progressive leader and county. We do not know what the future holds for our students, but I know that my teachers are ready to serve my students and learning will continue. And for that I say THANK YOU. Y’ALL ARE THE BEST!


ECHS Ready for Online Teaching

After three days of training and collaboration with each other, the staff and faculty of East Columbus High School are prepared to bring Gator Education into the homes of its 400 students. Using Google Classroom, Google Meeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom and a dozen other programs, ECHS’s teachers have already built their online classrooms and populated them with students. While no one is sure how long students will have to remain home, ECHS has made itself ready to teach online for however much time it needs to.