East End Prep Newsletter

December 2019

Whole School Announcements

It's hard to believe we are in the final stretch of the first semester! We are so proud of all of our scholars' hard work and are excited to see their growth on all of the end-of-semester assessments. With interim assessments, MAP assessments, and the STEP assessments happening throughout K-8, please ensure your scholar is at school on time and well rested. Thank you for all you do for your scholar and we wish you the happiest of holidays to you and yours! Our last day of school for this semester is December 19.

2020-2021 Applications for New Students

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! Tell your friends and family members to apply on our website or come to the front office to fill out an application. To be eligible for Kindergarten, students must turn five before August 15.

Holiday Lunch for 4th - 8th Grade

The cafeteria staff will be preparing a delicious holiday meal on Thursday, December 12 for 4th - 8th grade scholars and families. We invite you to come eat lunch with your scholar during their scheduled lunch time. The meal costs $4.75. Please see the flyer to know your scholar's exact lunch time.

Please check out our website for helpful resources and don't hesitate to reach out to your scholar's teacher or the front office if you have questions. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates as well.

Dates for the Radar

Dec. 4: Class Picture Day

Dec. 5: 3rd - 5th STEM Night and Progress Report Pick Up 5:00 - 6:30pm

Dec. 5: 3rd - 8th Progress Reports

Dec. 6: K-2 Community Celebration

Dec. 6: 8th grade MLK High School Tour

Dec. 9-13: K-8 Interim Assessments

Dec. 12: 4th - 8th Holiday Lunch in the Cafeteria during your scholar’s lunch time

Dec. 19: Report Cards go home and last day of Quarter 2

Dec. 19: 2nd & 3rd Grade Puppet Show

Dec. 19: K-2 End of Semester 1 Celebration (see times below)

Dec. 20 - Jan. 6: Winter Break (students do not report)

Jan. 7 - First day of Quarter 3

Updates from the PTO

  • Please join us for the Titans game fundraiser December 15th! $10 of every $40 ticket goes to EEP! A flyer with more info is being sent home as well. To buy tickets click this link and use our promo code: EAST

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K-2nd Grade Announcements

Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our first Coffee with the Principals. It was great to engage with our families to share data and problem-solve some of your parent concerns. We look forward to your continued partnership and will be finalizing the date for our next event so stayed tuned! Below are updates from our grade level teams and we wish you a wonderful holiday break in advance!

Kindergarten: We will begin STEP testing scholars this week ( Dec. 2-6,2019). Next week, we will take our Quarter 2 interim assessment. We are excited to celebrate our scholars many successes and growth. Our sight word test will take place the week of December 16th-19th. Also, remember to send scholars to school with a jacket or coat each day. We have recess outside most days and the weather is getting cooler. Please label your scholar’s outerwear as well. We have scholars that are missing outerwear with no names. Thank you as always for your support this year and we appreciate your partnership! We are finalizing our End of Quarter Celebration and will send out the time once we have confirmation. These will take place in our classrooms.

1st Grade: We have had an amazing 2nd quarter! We have already begun our STEP reading assessment this week! Next week we'll take our 2nd quarter math interim. Please make sure your scholar is on time to school and has a good night's sleep! Please be on the lookout for information regarding end of semester celebrations! Our End of Quarter Celebration will take place on December 19th from 12:10-12:40 in your scholar’s homeroom classroom.

2nd Grade: Quarter 2 has come and gone in a flash! We are ecstatic to see scholars growing and going above and beyond on a daily basis. Interim assessments start on Monday, December 9th! Please make sure students are well-rested and on time to school as we will start first thing in the morning. Our End of Quarter Celebration will take place on December 19th from 10:00-10:45 in your scholar’s homeroom classroom.

3rd - 5th Grade Announcements

On Thursday, December 5th we will host our 3-5 STEM night from 5pm - 6:30pm. You will also be able to pick up your scholar’s Progress Report during that time.

Our Quarter II interim assessments will begin Friday, December 6th through Thursday, December 12th. It is vital that scholars have 100% on-time attendance each day.

You can assist your scholar with preparing for testing by doing the following:

  • Make sure your scholar gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of the test.

  • Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.

  • Make sure your scholar has taken any needed medication.

  • Ensure that your scholar is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).

  • Get your scholar to school on time the day of the test.

  • Wish your scholar good luck each morning of the test.

  • Remind your scholar the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.

  • If your scholar is too ill to attend, please call the school office.

  • Explain to your scholar the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess and move on.

  • Tell your scholar to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.

  • Encourage your scholar to stay focused on the test, even if other scholars finish early.

  • If your scholar is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.

4th grade announcements: 4th graders will be traveling to BizTown for a field trip in March! The field trip will cost about $22 (including the bus fee). We will not begin collecting money until the new year, but we wanted to put it on your radar so that you may begin making arrangements for your payment!

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Middle School Announcements

The end of semester 1 is quickly approaching and we are excited to celebrate our scholars and our staff for their hard work they put into growing their brains so far! In true EEP form all of our stakeholders have been practicing our GREAT values and it is showing up in our academic and social emotional data for scholars! Thank you for your continued support and feedback as we work to make EEP the place that prepares all of our scholars for college and the world beyond!

Below are important announcements for grades 6-8:

Interim Assessment Testing - Interim Assessment testing will be split up across 2 weeks this go round, in response to feedback from our scholars and staff. The first week of interim assessment will occur on Monday, December 9th (ELA) and Tuesday, December 10th (Math). In the second week of testing scholars will test on Monday, December 16 (Social Studies) and Tuesday, December 17 (Science). During both weeks scholars will attend their normal academic classes in the late morning and afternoon following the testing window. Therefore, scholars should bring their instructional materials with them to school every day of testing.

Interim assessments are used as pulse checks on our road to mastery on TNReady. Teachers use student work from the testing in order to inform their teaching and curriculum choices moving forward. Therefore, it is imperative that all scholars have on-time and complete attendance on testing days to ensure we have the most valid data.

During Interim assessments scholars who display their scholarly habits and skills learned throughout quarters 1 and 2, will have the opportunity to earn spirit week days!

MAP Testing - On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 we will MAP test for both Reading and Math, respectively. Scholars will spend the morning in a testing environment and will rotate to their normal academic classes in the late morning and afternoon. MAP testing is a measure that we use to determine scholar’s growth from Fall to Winter, and essential in our instructional and curriculum planning. Therefore, it is imperative that all scholars have on-time and complete attendance on testing days to ensure we have the most valid data.

8th Grade MLK Visit - As a part of our high school transition program we will visit Martin Luther King Jr. High school on Friday, December 6th. We are continuing to invest scholars in finding the right high school for them. This will be a great opportunity for scholars to ask questions and gain information about the following areas at MLK: Academics, School Culture, Extra-Curricular activities, Sports, Transportation, ACT Prep, etc. The tour will also be paired with an interactive STEM based field trip to Laser Quest!

East End Prep Athletics

Check out our basketball schedule on our website. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students, and kids under 5 will get in free.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Athletics.

Coach Jones


Emily Fields

Assistant Athletic Director


Kiandra Young

JV Sports