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School City of East Chicago - March Issue 2023



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01 St. Casimir Pulaski Day

01 SAT Primary Testing for 11th grade at 7:30 am

02 SAT Primary Testing for 11th grade at 7:30 am

06 IREAD-3

06 Lincoln Elementary School Title 1 Annual Meeting @ 4pm

06 SCEC School Board Meeting @ 6 pm

07 Block Middle School Title 1 Annual Meeting @ 4 pm

07 EC Central HS Title 1 Annual Meeting @ 5 pm

09 Washington Elementary School Title 1 Annual Meeting @ 4 pm

10 End of 3rd Quarter

12 Daylight Savings Time (Turn your clocks forward)

14 National PI Day


17 Happy St. Pastrick's Day

20 SCEC School Board Meeting @ 6 pm

21 Harrison Elementary School Title 1 Annual Meeting @ 4 pm

27-31 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

31 Cesar Chavez Day

Superintendent's 2nd Community Forum

The Superintendent's 2nd Community Forum was held on February 15, 2023. Two (2) sessions were held to give the parents, community and stake holders an opportunity to attend. The morning session was held at Washington Elementary School from 9 am to 11 am and the evening session was held at EC Central HS from 6 pm to 8 pm. Dr. Javier Abrego, Superintendent of SCEC, gave important data from the District and each school. Also, he gave information for consideration of Block MIddle School going to EC Central HS. Parents and community members gave their opinions and questions were asked. Both sessions were very informative and a survey was taken. Be on the look out for upcoming community meetings.
SCEC Superintendent Community Forum #2 February 15, 2023

Consolidation Informative Meeting at EC Central HS

Dr. Javier Abrego held the first "Consolidation Informative Meeting at EC Central HS on February 27, 2023. Parents, community and stakeholders were invited to hear more detailed information. A tour was given to the parents as to the layout. Superintendent Dr. Javier Abrego will be conducting parent meetings at each elementary school for 6th grade parents and at Block Middle School for the 7th grade. The goal is to get conversations started to get our parents involved in the best interest of our students.
SCEC Consolidation Informative Meeting at EC Central HS February 27, 2023
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Consolidation Informative Meeting 7th grade Parents

Due to the weather forecasted on Friday, March 3, 2023 meeting has been cancelled. Students being dismissed early so students and staff can get home safely.
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Donuts for Dad (McKinley Elementary School)

  1. On February 14, 2023 McKinley Elementary School hosted a Donuts for Dad. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!! 175 Dads showed up for the event. The school cafeteria and gym were used to host the event. At the same time, volunteer applications were taken to have our "Dads" volunteer in the building. GREAT JOB MCKINLEY!!!!

STEM On the Road at Block Middle School

Block MIddle School had a visi from STEM on the Road from Purdue University Northwest. How awesome is this! Thank you Mr. Kemp, a teacher, for bring STEM on the Road to Block Middle School. Students and staff enjoyed this very much!!!!
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IREAD3 Videos in English/Spanish

IREAD 3 Short
IREAD-3 Information

SCEC Celebrating Black History Month

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EC Central HS Band

EC Central HS and Block Middle School Band is under the direction of Mr. Dee Murphy.
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SCEC Social Workers

Tony Gonzalez, MSW, LSW

Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center Social Worker

Suzanne Chick, MSW, LSW

Harrison Elementary School Social Worker

Kerry Williams, MSW, LCSW

Lincoln elementary School Social Worker

SCEC School Social Worker Vacancy

McKinley Elementary School

Lisa D. Gary Jones, BA, MSW, LSW, ACSW

Washington elementary School

Rosa Askew, MSW, LSW

Block Middle School Social Worker

Andre Clay, LSW

EC Central High School Social Worker

Rita Daniels, MSW, BSW, BS, BA, BS, ASW

EC Central High School Social Worker

Why is Parent Involvement so important?

Parental involvement not only enhances academic performance, but it also has a positive influence on student attitude and behavior. A parent's interest and encouragement in a child's education can affect the child's attitude toward school, classroom conduct, self-esteem, absenteeism, and motivation.


Type 1: Parenting

  • Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families.

    Type 2: Communicating

    Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications.

    Type 3: Volunteering

    Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs.

    Type 4: Learning at Home

    Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions.

    Type 5: Decision Making

    Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, communities, and other parent organizations.

Transformative Family Engagement

Parents know that they play an important role in their child’s success. But traditional family engagement practices don’t always meet the needs of each and every family, nor treat them as equal partners in ensuring their child’s success. Family-School partnerships often focus primarily on academic success, but whole child development is also an essential part of the conversation. The solution? Transformative Family Engagement.

Transformative family engagement is a shared effort of families, schools and community leaders to advance programs, practices and policies that empower every parent to make their child’s potential a reality.

The Four 'I's of transformative family engagement outline how your PTA can become more inclusive, individualized, integrated and impactful in its approach to family engagement.

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Parent Cafe Partners at Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center

The Parent Cafe is located at the Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center at 4001 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago, IN. The Parent Cafe Partners services and resources are available to all East Chicago School District students, families and staff. Partners include:

HealthLinc, Top 20, North Township, Ready to Soar/Mental Health America, Indiana Parenting Institute, Regional Mental Health/Gemiinus Corporation, Purdue Extension, The Arc, United Way, Regional Mental Health, Ivy Tech Community College, Communities in Schools, Moms Taking Charge, JAG Programs, EC Urban Enterprise. If you are in need of some service please do not hestitate to contact our Parent Cafe Partners.

EC Central HS - Spansh Club

The Spanish Club under their sponsor Sasha Tinajero had an event for "El Dia del Amor y Amistad". Staff, students the Spanish Club members joined an evening of food, laughter and fun.
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USHLI National Conference

A group of students went to the USHLI National Conference in Chicago, Illinois in February. They were chaperoned by Michelle Ondas, Director of Secondary Education, Sasha Tinajero, Teacher and Sponsor Spanish Club, Arnoldo Carrillo, Workbase Coordinator and Erica Baisley, Bilingual Family Outreach Coordinator. There were opportunities to connect through live college and career fairs, chats during each of the panel discussions, and Q&A during workshop sessions. The mission of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education and leadership development, empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups through civic engagement and research, and by maximizing participation in the electoral process.
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CTE Fair at EC Central HS

EC Central HS CTE held a fair on February 28,2023. The middle and high school parents and students were invited to come learn more about the Career and Technical Education Pathways offered at Central HS. If you have questions, please contact Maren Lee, Director of CTE Program at
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March 12th Daylight Savings Time

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SCEC Shamrock Day March 17, 2023

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David Lane "Arbor Master"

Congratulations to Mr. David Lane, Teacher at East Chicago Central High School. He has been recognized by the Mayor and City of East Chicago Parks & Recreation Department for the National Arbor Day Celebration. Celebration will take place at Smith Park on April 28, 2023 at 10 am. Congratulations Mr. Lane!!! #WeREC
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