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From the Principal's Desk...

Good Afternoon, East High Street Families!

We are so happy to welcome our leaders to a new school year! Below is some important information about some upcoming events in order to prepare your child for the new school year. Another communication will be sent to families on Sunday, 8/15 detailing the East High Street 2021-2022 school year procedures.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Kari Bittinger, East High Street Principal


717-361-0099 Ext. 50599

Class Placement Information for Students in Grades K-2

Class placement letters at the elementary level (grades K-5) were mailed home during the week of August 2-6.

Starting Monday, August 9, parents/guardians can also access their child's class placement on the Community Portal.

Parents/Guardians will receive their child's bus schedule the week of August 16-20.

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Presenting the 2021-2022 East High Professional Staff...


Mrs. Amanda Capriotti

Mrs. Candice Comp

First Grade

Miss Tiffany Doughty

Mrs. Emily Huesken

Mrs. Sherry Massaro

Mrs. Chrissy Pastor - Change from Kindergarten to First Grade!

Mrs. Amy Wallander

Second Grade

Mrs. Melissa Elliott

Miss Lauren Evans

Mrs. Jenny Gerber

Mrs. Carolyn Lehman

Mrs. Lauren Maiorino

Special Area Teachers

Mrs. Diane Burbaker - Art

Mrs. Lori DiRisio - PE

Mrs. Crystal Hirst - STEAM

Mrs. Deb Painter - Technology

Mrs. Missy Tyson - CUBS

Mrs. Nichole Witman - Music

Special Education Teachers

Mrs. Kelly Bucy - Itinerant Learning Support

Mrs. Meghan McElroy - Supplemental Learning Support

Mrs. Erin Raymond - Speech/Language

Mrs. Melissa Robinson - Full Time Learning Support

Ms. Amy Faulk - E-town Cyber Special Education


Mrs. Michelle Campbell - Instructional Support

Mrs. Meredith Engebretson - School Counselor

Mrs. Nancy Grundhoffer - ESL

Mrs. Lois Kosmela - School Nurse

Mrs. Brianna Shoenfelt - Reading Specialist

Mrs. Sara Torchia - Gifted Support

Kindergarten Parent Night - Tuesday, August 17th from 6:30-7:30 at East High Street Elementary

Please join us on Tuesday, August 17th for Kindergarten Parent Night. This adult only event will allow families a chance to meet their child's kindergarten teacher as well as find out all of the information you need to know about kindergarten.

We hope to see you there!

Kindergarten Conferences - August 23-27, 2021

Students who are entering kindergarten will attend school with an adult on their scheduled day/time of the kindergarten conference.

  • Adults attending the kindergarten conference must have an ID ready. We will be utilizing the Guardian Gate system and an ID is required.
  • Please have only your child and up to 2 adults attend the conference.
  • This is a 15 minute student centered conference where your child will be working with his/her teacher.
  • While the child is meeting with the teacher, the families will be asked to fill out information about their child.

The Child/Parent Conferences will be held during the afternoons of August 23rd and 26th and in the mornings on August 24th, 25th, and 27th, and will last approximately 20 minutes.

Families may register and/or edit an existing conference date from Wednesday, August 11, 2021, through Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Once the scheduling window has closed, please contact the East High Street office directly to schedule or edit a conference.

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL for kindergarten students on the conference days.

Click here to learn how to sign up for your conference!

Parents may register and/or edit an existing conference date from Wednesday, August 11, 2021, through Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Open House for Grades K-2

East High Street will host an Open House on Thursday, August 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the Open House, you and your child will have opportunity to meet the teachers, as well as tour the school. The program is for all students and families in grades K-2 and is designed to help students become acclimated with their classroom and school building.

We can't to see all of our leaders and their families!

Car Rider Tag Information

Parents or guardians who pick their child(ren) up at dismissal time (or mid-day for AM Kindergarten pickup) will be required to display a school-issued student identification car rider tag. The card will list the child(ren) the adult picks up regularly, as well as their grade levels and will be slipped over the passenger side visor to be flipped down during pick up time. Families can request up to two (2) tags per household for use by parents and guardians or another designated driver.

A new car rider tag for the 2021-2022 school year needs to be issued by the office. You will need to pre-register for a car rider tag by filling out the Google Form that is located below.

The school office will disperse car rider tags during the week of August 16-20, 2021 from 8:00-4:00 PM. Families also have the option to pick-up car rider tags in their child’s classroom during our Open House on August 19th as long as the registration is received by Wednesday, August 18th.

Please bring a Photo ID when picking up the tags in the office. Kindergarten Families can also pick up car rider tags during their child’s scheduled kindergarten conferences on August 23-27, 2021.

2021-2022 School Year Theme

This school year East High Street's building wide theme will be the ocean! Last school we held a contest with our kindergarten and first grade students to create our leadership shirt and folder design. We narrowed it down and the students and staff voted on the top designs.

We are happy to announce the winners!

First Grader Isabella Boutorabi's design will be featured on this years leadership shirt!

On this year's leadership folder the designs of Leannah Clohessy (1st grade), Lucas Martin (1st grade) and Marley Leggett (2nd grade) will be featured.

Congratulations to all of our winning designers! You will be receiving a special surprise during our Leadership Assembly occurring later in September.

All designs that were submitted last year for the contest were turned into posters that will be featured all around East High Street! If you submitted a design, look around the school to find your poster!

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Special Notes for the First Week Only

Schedule for Week of August 23rd-August 27th

Students in grades 1 and 2

  • Students in grades 1 and 2 will start school utilizing an early dismissal schedule for the ENTIRE week due to the fair.
  • 8:50 AM to 12:30 PM (students will have an earlier lunch at school)

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served during our early dismissal days. You may want to consider a smaller lunch since the students will be eating at an earlier time.

Dismissal for the Week of August 23rd

Dismissal will be starting at 12:25pm during the first week of school. Below are the approximate times of dismissal. These times are subject to change throughout the week until we figure out what will work best for our students, staff and families. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we work through our dismissal process.

Early Dismissal Schedule

  • Order of dismissal:

    • 12:30 - Mini Buses (Round 1), Group A car rider

    • 12:35 - Gears

    • 12:40 - 1st and 2nd grade walkers

    • 12:45 - Mini Buses (round 2)

    • Car riders and Buses will be dismissed throughout the times above based on the arrival of transportation.

Attendance for Fair Week

The 2021/2022 school year begins for all Elizabethtown Area School District students in grades 1-12, on August 23, 2021. This week will consist of half-days, ending at 12:35pm for students in grades 1-5, and 11:23am for students in grades 6-12.

If your student is actively participating in a fair-related event (ie showing and/or caring for animals) which will require an excusal from school, please complete an Individual Learning Experience form, to ensure that your student’s attendance adequately reflects the absence reason. CLICK HERE for a link to East High's Educational trip form for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please note that this is only for students actively participating in fair events, not for students who attend the fair for leisure during the day or evening hours.

If you have questions, please reach out to the building principal of your child’s school, or contact Jennifer Fields/EASD Home & School Visitor, at jennifer_fields@etownschools.org.

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2021-2022 School District Calendar

Click the PDF below to download a calendar for this school year!
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