Nov
17
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 17-11-2017

a9f0ed9fcdfae06a4c103e73c5329353One of the endeavors we have been undertaking this year is an exploration in how we can improve and enhance our school to work connections.  I became interested in this topic a couple years ago for numerous reasons:

  • A lingering resentment against the one-test fits all accountability for schools.  The NCLB era had set a high standard however put to much focus on one test.
  • Concerns that our society had put to much emphasis on every student attending a four-year college, not taking any regard for their readiness.
  • The increasing cost of higher education and how an extra year or two there can cost families $20-40,000.
  • Student disconnect as to why they were engaged in this process of K-12 education.  Students were losing focus as to why they were in our classrooms and what it meant for them and their future.
  • A belief that all kids have talents and we must do better in refining them and putting a kids feed on a path to use them in their future career.

In 2015 I began working with a group, at the national level, focusing on re-framing school accountability from a test driven system to something more broad and encompassing.  That work was part of the AASA Redefining Ready project.  You can find out more about Redefining Ready at www.redefiningready.org   During this process I became excited about the work in several schools around the nation that we renewing the focus on school to work connections.  What I mean by that is not pigeon holing students to a career early.  Contrary we need to create processes in our schools to help families and students better understand the many career options they have before them;  Create processes in our schools to assist student in determining their strengths;  Provide information to parents and students on course options both in our school and outside of the walls of EHS; And ensure we have critical conversations with students so they better understand how coursework here, connects to post-secondary options, which drive college/work decisions, and ultimately result in a career.

One would think this is a pretty easy process.  It is not, and the parents at our public meetings echoed that fact.  The path from school to work is filled with pit falls.

So Ellendale School began working with our parents and business leaders to begin a process of improving our school to work programs.  At this point it is still early, we have much to do.  However, we have started to align our academic programs to the new ND Choice Ready Framework.  We are working with our business partners to create a resource document for our families and students to help them navigate course and career options.

In the future it is my desire to see each and every HS course to have a community business partner.  This partnership would enable our students to get first hand information from business leaders, even their future employers, about the skills they need to compete.  We also need to work with our teachers and career counselors to ensure our career counseling activities are robust and aligned.

Making your way from 7th grade, to graduation, to post-secondary, to work is not easy.  But, I do believe with cooperation from our families, students, and business partners we can make it a smoother transition that may allow a student to see their future more clearly than they can now.

Nov
03
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 03-11-2017

2015april-needyousamYou know the old slogan, “We Need You”.  It was true during the war and it is true again.  Parents, community, volunteers… WE NEED YOU!

On an average day it takes about 60 people to operate your school.  This includes everything from administrators, teachers, office staff, custodians, to bus drivers between the hours of 7:30 to 3:30.

Now add in the number of substitutes we need every day to address teachers being out of the classroom for professional duties to sick leave.  A rough average need for substitutes (for all positions) is about 3-5 employees a day are absent for any given reason.  So the number now grows to 65.  After 3:30 when the final bell rings it is not uncommon to have one or two extra bus drivers to cover a route vacated by a driver who is now taking a team out of town.  That  now means we need 67.  During that same after school time we will have 5 to 8 coaching positions being filled by both on-staff and off-staff coaches.  Now we pass 70 ending up around 75.  Finally, have a game in town and we swell that number by 4 to 10 more when we include concession stand managers, officials, clock operators and ticket takers.  So on any given day we can run from 60 to 85 different people needed to keep our little world spinning without interruption.

This is why we need you.  This year we have had multiple instances where we have had to move teachers out of their normal courses to cover other classrooms.  Many times this is due to the comfort level of our substitute teachers.  So you end up moving 2 or 3 people to accommodate the willingness of a sub to cover a certain subject.  In fact this week, we just hired sub D, to cover for Sub C, who was replacing Sub B, who was covering a classroom during an extended leave.  Yes, four different people to accommodate one long term leave.  This does not include the time during the day when present faculty are also helping within that classroom during that very same absence.  WE NEED SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS.

We also need coaches.  I am sure you see the want ads in the paper and probably think “I am to busy” or “This won’t work for me”.  The need for coaches at the varsity and sub-varsity level is not as imperative at this time as it is in our JH and Elem programs.  At this present time we need 1 more JH BBB coach and 2 elementary wrestling coaches.  Without coaches to fill some of these positions the only recourse is to cancel the seasons.  We can’t have a team without a coach.  WE NEED COACHES.

Busing is almost a constitutional right, or it feels like it.  You have heard me preach this before that our shortage of bus drivers is critical.  It is!  Without substitute bus drivers, just this year, we have had to alter or combine routes several evenings.  On at least one night this year we were close to shutting down bus service to an elementary GBB game, because we needed the driver for a varsity event.  WE NEED BUS DRIVERS.

Fans coming to games we hope don’t see all that goes on to make those events such a success.  But, games don’t get played without officials.  This does not matter if it is football, volleyball, or basketball.  Fans may not always like them, but they are a necessary component to sports.  Many schools, including Ellendale, are finding it very difficult to find officials for all levels of participation.  The NDHSAA has shared concerns about the number of officials for all varsity sports and created new enrollment guidelines for new officials to help add more to the ranks.  However, even at our elementary and JH events we are very short of just people with a basic knowledge of a sport willing to grab a whistle.  WE NEED OFFICIALS.

Your school does not operate without help and many times these are the small jobs.  We need coaches, substitutes, bus drivers, and officials.  WE NEED YOU.

 

 

Oct
23
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 23-10-2017

community-meetings-graphicWith the completion of now two parent meetings and one business leaders meeting, all concerning the educational direction of the district, a few themes have come forth.  Before I share these “take-aways” I want to thank each and every person that attended one or more of these gatherings.  Your insights and wisdom are very much appreciated and will be fundamental in setting our pathways for the future.

When asked “What skills will our students need to meet the demands of our changing society”, each group was almost identical in their responses.
CommunicationCollaborationCreativityCritical ThinkingCitizenshipCooperation – and a strong Work Ethic.   It did not matter if they were parents, teachers, or owned a business in town each of these skills was held in high regard as needed by our kids to succeed.  It is not that reading and math were not important it was that these skills were equally important.  In my view these skills have always been part of our educational process.  However, during the 14 years of NCLB much of it was overshadowed by the driving force of accountability in reading and math alone.  Schools around North Dakota and around the country were forced to put valuable and almost immeasurable resources to ensuring kids could read and compute, just to make the grade.  The responses from those attending the meeting reinforce in my mind that we need to continue to stress strong academics but these skills are needed to ensure the academics can be used properly in the work force.  The 6Cs need to be part of our plan.

The business leaders and the second group of parents honed in on the transition from school to work.  Many of you will remember, I do, a time when more resources were directed to helping students find a career path and plan to achieve that career.  In the past 20 years with the ever increasing and changing job markets, along with a significant push to get all students to post-secondary, I believe we lost our way.  It is true that the need for post-secondary education is greater than it was in 1980, true.  However, in the face of soaring student loan debt and a job market craving more laborers for skilled technical jobs I think we need to take a step back.   We need to enhance our school to work programs providing more opportunities for our students to explore career options.  This allows them to make better choices as to where they wish to continue their education.  This also allows students the benefit of being more laser focused as they progress through high school and onto a 2 or 4 year college.  Parents in both sessions agreed they hoped their children would be better prepared to choose a college wisely to reduce the chance of drop out and significant student debt.  So we need to enhance our work – school connections, partner more with businesses, and enhance our career exploration programs.

One final take-away was the need to help parents guide their children in their academic planning.  Several parents shared frustrations with not being knowledgeable about courses, online coursework, dual credit, and other academic options for their children.  Along with enhancing our career exploration programs this is another area we can improve to assist families as they plan for their future.

Again, I wish to thank all those that participated in the meetings.  Your input was greatly appreciated.

Oct
10
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 10-10-2017

schoollunchtray_406x250At the start of the school year, with good intentions, the kitchen staff and I discussed ways we can ensure efficient, affordable, and appealing meals.  At that time I stressed the need to bring our meal planning in better alignment with student enrollment and consumption.  At the end of last year the cost per plate, including all expenses, was $2.84 and the hot lunch account had to deficit spend over $10,000 as compared to revenue.  This is unsustainable and would eventually result in either cutting labor costs or increasing lunch charges.  Both were not appealing options.

In addition to being efficient we had plans to do menu planning in more classrooms to build interest in the options we serve, as well as educate them on nutrition planning.  We also had good intentions to survey kids and ask them what changes they would like to see so we could cater more to their desires.

Good intentions sometimes go astray.  In our efforts to get our production numbers closer to actual consumption we have had a few instances this year where we have run out of, or run low, of our main entree.  This is our mistake and we take full responsibility for it.  When this happens it then compounds the troubles of trying to plan for future days consumption because our number are not accurate.  This has caused us to then trip again.  We rely on knowing how many kids actual eat a given entree so we can plan according the next time we serve that entree.  During a given month we can fluctuate from 250 to 320 meals served in a single noon meal.  So preparing every meal to feed 330 kids is terribly inefficient.  However, running out of food is worse.  I do wish to extend our apologies to any and all students and families affected thus far.  We are sorry and are working to correct it.

So what are we going to do about it….

  • Starting today, I have directed the kitchen staff to over-produce.  Yes, it is inefficient but we need to feed our kids and allow them ample opportunities to fill up with seconds or thirds if they desire.   While we do this we are going to do a better job of keeping accurate records of actual consumption.  In the future when we feel we have a better understanding of entree consumption patterns we will try to build back in efficiency in meal preparation.
  • We are surveying our 9-12th graders this week to obtain their opinion on the quality of our meals but also get their feedback on what they would like to see served.
  • Our food vendor will be providing us some new sample entrees which we will provide to student groups later this fall.  These samples will be an opportunity for our students to give us their opinion on what they would like to see served.
Oct
03
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 03-10-2017

As adults many of us remember learning to read.  It was accomplished starting in kindergarten and took place with many of us reading chorally (all together) from a Dick & Jane type text.  We probably also remember classes where the teacher would randomly call on us to read out loud to the class.  This practice could quickly and easily separate the good readers from the poor ones and often set our hearts into shutdown mode.  Anyone else remember it this way?  I am sure most of us 35 and older do.

Things have changed I am happy to say!  I want to share with you a sample of a text as it may look completely foreign to most of you.  It is a sample book that is part of the Reading Mastery system that is used at Ellendale Elementary.  This system has been in place a couple years and is designed to improve success for those that may be challenged learning to read.   It is not the main line curriculum used for our students in the classrooms but part of an intervention program.  Regardless, I want to share it with you today because I believe it will cause you to pause….. I also hope it allows you to appreciate how education has changed since the days you may have been in school, and changed for the better.

Before you begin reading from this selection think about the following:
1. What is different than the Dick & Jane type books you may have used to learn to read?
2. Be watchful of different fonts and symbols and why they may be being used?
3. Would this have helped you or your child to learn to read?

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Teaching today, in your school and many around the country, is different than 20 years ago.  Reading Mastery is a scientifically proven system that has been very successful in re-mediating reading challenges for our students.  It is different than Dick & Jane, yes, but it works!  I am sure many of you looked at this with initial confusion.  Let me help you just a bit.

Why the different font?  Notice the word NEAR on the 6th line.  Did you notice the little “a” in that word.  It is little because the letter is silent.  You can see other examples of this in the words “side, goes, and game”.

Different font for “B” and “D” – These two letter have caused significant confusion for early readers for decades.  The subtle difference in the font allows students to better visual perceive the difference and speak the sounds correctly.

Why are the letters “Ch” in cheering combined?  Letter blends create different sounds.  By tying them together it is a visual cue to the new reader to create this different sound.

Why are there no capitals?  The visuals cues within the font of the text are the key.  The capitals change those font cues and would create a second set of cues the developing reader would have to master.  By removing them they can more easily master the structure of the word and speak it correctly.  The rules of capitalization can be addressed later or within a separate portion of the day.  This program is designed strategically to address the skills of decoding and comprehension.

Please know that this program is again designed to address specific difficulties for those learning to read.  Students in the primary classrooms continue to learn to read with a strong phonemic program in texts that are more similarly comparable to “Dick & Jane”.   But, even those are not the same.  If you have had a child or grandchild progress through elementary education, in any school, you will have noticed an increased level or vocabulary as compared to when we went to school.  Kids are learning to read at a younger age and many things are contributing to this outside of formal schooling.  My desire to show this to you today is because I know many of you would find it interesting.  Schools are changing.  We are doing things differently.  We are purposefully more driven by data and addressing learning issues in scientifically proven ways.

Have a great day.

 

Sep
19
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 19-09-2017
Social Business Meeting

Social Business Meeting

The first public input meeting was held last night at the EHS Library.  I would like to thank the small crowd that gave up a couple hours of their valuable time to share their insights as to where education in our community should be headed.  I also want to thank those that have sent me letters and emails sharing their thoughts on these same questions.  THANK YOU!

We began the evening with our first question – What are the two or three biggest changes in our society over the past 20 years?  Responses ranged from technology, how we communicate, family changes, pace of learning/relearning, and belief that our kids are under more stresses than we were 20 years ago.   So what do we need to do in our schools to prepare them for these changes.  The insights on this matter were exceptional and followed much of what your teachers echo inside the school.  It is always vital that our kids have the basic skills of reading/math, however in today’s world they need more.  The group ended up adding these words to their list:  Communication,  Collaboration,  Creative Thinking,  Cooperation, Creativity, Citizenship & Work Ethic.  How will these ideas prepare our kids for the future?  How can we as a community and school work to build these skills in our kids?  On these two questions we had great discussion but I would attest that more work needs to be done in this area to refine our thinking and planning.

We discussed the needs of our young people as they enter the work force next.  The above mentioned skills were important but one great comment pointed to basic “common sense”.  The parent/business owner shared how a new hire did not even know how to mop the floor.  Others in the room echoed similar frustrations with young people that lack basic work or labor skills.  Where should these be taught then?  Are these types of skills something that needs to be done at home, at church, in a youth group, or at school?  I would like you to think about that before the second public input meeting as I feel it is a valuable question as it refines the actions of your school.  Where will we invest our valuable time?  There are so many things to learn today.  Can we get all the information and skills into an adolescent mind in 2,275 days.  That is the number of days of school from K to 12.  If we put that into hours (350 min/day) of actual class time it is 795,250 hours not including any absences for any reason, and we know that is not reality.  Let us then propose that we have 750,000 hrs in a K-12 journey, which equates to missing 10 days of classes a year.  What do we spend this precious time teaching?   We can’t teach it all.  What role do others take in our kids learning journey?

The last questions of the night dealt with “Where and when should students learn?”.  It is obvious that our children learn from the moment they are born.  However, kids today have a greater ability to learn than we ever had 20 years ago.  Look at a child today, they have an ipad or smartphone at their disposal almost at birth.  That device is our old encyclopedia only on steroids.  It is not just text which limited us at an early age because we could not read.  But it has pictures, text, simulations, videos, a highly immersive means of engaging the user.  So I ask you, “where and when should students be able to learn during their school aged years”?   Think about that and I will hopefully see you on Monday, October 9th at 5pm for our second public input meeting.

 

 

Sep
12
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 12-09-2017

Each year it is the charge of the Ellendale School Board to provide a venue for patrons to share concerns about taxation and fiscal status of the district.  This year was no exception and that meeting was held last night at the EPS Library.  Aside from school board members, we had no additional attendance.  This low turnout does not take away the need for us to be very open and transparent about the fiscal status of your school.  So here is a condensed version of what I shared last night.

Tax Rates:  These are the requested dollars and projected mills on your property for the 2018 tax season.
General Fund $1,180,000 – 70 mills
Building Fund $50,600 – 3 mills
Miscellaneous $50,080 – 2.97 mills
Interest & Sinking $360,000 – 21.36 (increase of 2.37 mills).

The district’s general fund is by the largest and along with state funding provides for the majority of funding for educational programming.  This fund is expected to be hit by a reduction in state funding of approximately $281,648.00.  This is due in large part on two factors.  These are a declining enrollment during the 2016-17 school year of approximately 30 weighted student units.  Secondly, the state funding formula includes a local contribution (equaling 60 mills) deduct which increased by $37,569.00 this year.  This deduct in 2017 is expected to be near $1,011,279.00.  That deduct grows each year as long as taxable valuations also grow in the district.  A state and local revenue comparison was shared at the meeting and can be viewed here.

captureIn order to address these significant reductions to general fund revenue you will recall last year that the district proposed many cost reduction options to cut expenditures.  At this time the 2017-2018 budget is now $359,402 less than the budget for the previous year.  This reduction equates to a -7.7%.

If you would like to know more about “Where the Money Goes” please go to http://www.ellendale.k12.nd.us/wherethemoneygoes.html

Sep
06
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 06-09-2017

visiononmountainEllendale School is seeking your help.  If you are a parent, community member, retired, business leader, or simply someone that cares about education, we need you.  We need your counsel and guidance.

Over the past 18 months several things have taken place in education that are allowing us to rethink how we do education.  These new flexibilities come from the dismantling of the old “No Child Left Behind”, the passage of the ND Innovative Education bill (NDCC 15.1-06-08.2), and a renewed emphasis on schools ensuring students are “Choice Ready”.  Each of these can breathe a breath of fresh air into our school and fundamentally change how we provide education to our children.  Each of these are driving our faculty and leaders to focus on a creating a new vision or path for our school.  These changes also drive home the stark reality that we need your voices to set this new path.

Starting in August the faculty and staff began a year-long process of setting a new course for the district.  Part of this process will begin with development of a new vision which will be the underlying principle for all we do.  We are working to refine our beliefs on education and how they could be in need of change.  Later this year we will be working on other topics including vocational readiness, star qualities, and systems to ensure our kids are “Choice Ready”.

We need you to solidify our work.  We need your input on these and other ideas that are fundamental to setting a new course for education in our community.  We understand that we honestly only see education from our perspective and that you (parents, business leaders, community members, etc) may see it from a different and valuable perspective.  To help gather your input we are scheduling several community forums in which we would love you to attend.  The first is set for Monday, September 18th at 6:30pm in the EPS Library.  A second meeting is set for Monday, October 9th at 5pm.  You are welcome to attend one or both.  Additional forums may be planned based on the results of these two gatherings.

To prepare for these forums consider these questions:

  • What are the two or three biggest changes in our society over the past 20 years?  What 2-3 skills do our students need to address these changes?
  • What skills are needed for our students to be successful in the working world?  Businesses what skills to our students need?
  • How and when should a student be able to learn?
  • What do we do to ensure each child is ready for college, career, or military?
  • What role does early childhood education play in the entire educational process?  How do we support that?

That is just a start and hopefully entices your to participate.  We hope to see you on Monday, September 18th!

 

Aug
29
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 29-08-2017

emperorsneI am not referring to my new clothes.  I am referring to the changes made last year as we dealt with looming fiscal concerns at the district and state level.  The difficult decisions that were made have resulted in obvious changes to the high school schedule, course options, personnel resources, and the fiscal standing of the district.

This year the district’s FTE count is down by 2 full time positions.  These were in the high school and resulted from not hiring to fill the vacancies left by Mr. Ulmer and Mr. Sykora.  Their courses have now been given to other teachers or in some instance the course is no longer available.  Options for students within the science department are experiencing the least flexibility as now Miss Moe teaches all courses in science (Physcial Science, Adv Bio, Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry).  This leaves little room for additional sections or flexibility in students schedules.  Decisions like this have a ripple effect on all departments as you can predict.  Once a grade has to be in a required course in period 3 all other courses have to fit around that for them.  Mr. Herman has done an exceptional job at constructing a new schedule to accommodate the graduation requirements while still providing as many elective courses as we can.

Our teachers participated in a back to school training in cooperation with Edgeley and LaMoure schools entitled Top20 for Teachers.  You will surely see more about this wonderful experience in the school newsletter and in my blog as the topic was inspirational and moving.  Top20 focused on the top twenty skills needed for effective teachers.  But, along the way the training hit upon some key points that I believe EPS has been zeroing in on for some time.  The first, was the fundamental belief that one cannot teach to the brain until they have someone’s heart.  Since the inception of our Kiononia time in the fall of 2014 EPS has been striving to improve relationships between students and between student and teachers.  Top20 reinforced that and the need for us to continue to take opportunities to grow positive healthy relationships with our students.

captureTop20 also addressed long standing concerns about learning that I believe EPS started to address in earnest last year with the addition of ICU.  This concern is probably very common to us that are over 30 years old.  How many of us left school thinking, in some way, we were “stupid”?  This label was thrust upon us on many occasions.  It could be how we dressed, that we failed an assignment, or unfortunately even when others put the label directly upon us.  Top20 shown a light on how we all learn and how we commonly, but mistakenly, brand ourselves with “stupid” when in fact we are just learning.  Top20 demonstrated this as the mountain of learning.  In the picture shown, how many have seen the look of confusion on a baby as they learn to roll-over.  Yes, all of us.  But do we immediately label them as stupid because they could not do it the first time? Of course not!  Then why, in many ways within our society, do we put the stupid label on others as they are learning.  Somewhere after birth if we don’t understand something right away, or make a mistake, we are “stupid”.  We have to rip this word out of our vocabulary!  We must not let students think they are ——-.   We must reinforce that learning is a process.  When learning everyone is on a different timeline, and that if additional time or resources are needed we need to find ways to provide them.  This is why ICU is right for us.  We will not let a student simply fail, move on, and label themselves as ——–.  We must intervene.

Lastly, I want to share that our student count is up for the fall.  At this time we are up about 16 at Ellendale Public School and up 7 at the Maple River Colony.  This is good news.   Have a great week everyone.

Jul
25
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Jeff Fastnacht on 25-07-2017

The summer months, despite school not being in session, can be filled with many changes.  It is the time of year that custodians hustle and bustle to hit every corner of the school in preparation for the upcoming year.  Summer is the time supplies are ordered and received and when teachers are busy training on various educational items.  Education is still taking place as well as we complete drivers education along with some specialized summer courses.  Summer is such a unique season for those of us still in the building.

This summer we have been planning for several changes for the upcoming school year.   These are:

  • New HS Schedule – with the reduction in 7-12th grade teaching faculty changes were made to the 7-12 class schedule.  Student’s should have a copy as they were provided to them last spring however, if you need a copy one will be on the EPS website in the first week of August.  The retirement of Mr. Ulmer is shifting some of the social studies courses to Mrs. Klipfel.  She came to EHS with a strong background in the social sciences.  In the science department with the departure of Mr. Sykora you will see that all science courses 8th-12th will now be taught by Miss Moe.  This will force some students to move their course selections as there will be few double sections in this department.  The 7th grade science classes will be taught by Mrs. R. Middlestead in the HS wing to accommodate the kids moving around the building.
  • STEM Training – Over the past year EPS in cooperation with VCSU has been training several teachers on how to incorporate STEM activities into their courses.  This summer we took the opportunity, during a second round of this training program, to additionally train Mrs. Land, Mrs. Smith, and Miss Powell.  They will be concluding their training shortly and you should look forward to see not only activities in your child’s classroom but also at a public event.
  • Redmond Home – About a year ago the Redmond family graciously donated the home to the east of the gym to the school.  At the time they donated it they cautioned us about concerns with the building including significant deterioration in the basement along with a sewer problem.  Over the past year the school board looked at several options for the property including parking, instructional area, storage options, and leaving the house untouched.  It was their eventual decision to demolish the home to reduce both liability and maintenance while they further discuss options for the property.
  • Roy Lynde Improvements – Much of these have already been in the Dickey Co. Leader but to recap a new scoreboard was installed in the spring.  The Ellendale Park Board in partnership with EPS is just this week installing a new sprinkler system to the entire baseball/football field.  The present sprinkler was thirty years old this baseball season and needed significant repair.  Finally, hopefully completed by early September, will be a new press box near the center field fence.  The press box is a school project and will benefit us in providing broadcasting options for all Thunder games at the facility.
  • ICU Database – I spoke about ICU in a previous post so if you want to know more just read my post from May of 2017.  This fall will mark the first full year of implementation of our new ICU database and parent notification system.  Parents of students in grades 7-12 will now be able to receive almost instant updates when their child is unsuccessful at an academic task.  The HS staff and leadership believe this new system, which will text and email you, will promote communication and a joint partnership between parents and teachers in the education of their children.
  • CREAM – This fall will also mark the roll-out of courses designed for Jrs. and Srs. that may be unprepared to fully enroll for college coursework.  Unfortunately each year we have students that enroll for college coursework to only be turned away from traditional freshmen enrollments due to a poor ACT score.  These students are then required to take remedial coursework, at college, which costs them money, time, and they earn no credit.  This year EHS will be working to “leverage the senior year” to provide these students additional opportunities to meet the academic enrollment options before they even step on a campus.

Well summer is nearly over.  Welcome back to school letters have already went out to teachers and staff so we are nearly ready to get started.  Registration for students runs Wed., August 9th through Tuesday, August 15th.  The office will be open and principals here to assist you.  Classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug 23rd.  See you all then!