EEA Student & Parent News

April, 2021

A message from your Principal

Hello EEA Families!

Based on the weather the last week, I think I can welcome you to spring/summer! I cannot believe how fast this school year has gone by and that our graduation ceremony is in just 6 weeks! Please remind your child that if they are current in all their credits by that time, their summer break starts early. If they are not current in credits by the end of the school year, they will be required to attend summer school.

There is a lot of important information in this newsletter pertaining to the last weeks of the school year. As always, reach out if you have any questions about any of it.

Leader In Me:

I'm not sure if your child(ren) have been talking with you at all about the 7 Habits we are studying, but I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to ask them about what they are learning. We cover these on Thursday mornings and your children are VERY insightful! The current habit we are on is Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This is such a powerful reminder for all of us to listen better, ask better and more questions instead of thinking about our replies, and to be present while talking with someone else. I have found myself trying to really focus on this when working with our students, and it truly makes conversations more meaningful.

Covid-19 Vaccines:

Because things have changed so quickly in regard to the vaccine, we want to make sure you have up-to-date information. At this point, all individuals in the state of WI age 16 and older are eligible. Signing up is pretty easy to do and here is a link to a page with information: If you need any assistance in doing so, we would be happy to help guide you through the process for you or your child who is 16 or older.

Happy Spring!

Dr. Young

Important Upcoming Dates

April 13th - April 14th - Forward & ACT Aspire testing (grades 6-10)

April 23rd - Senior Prom

May 20th - EEA Graduation 7PM

May 20th - Last day of class for students on track in credits

May 28th & 31st - No school (Professional Learning & Memorial Day)

June 3rd - Last day of 4th quarter

June 8th - Summer school begins for all students who are behind in credits

Reminder - ALL EEA students have classes from 9:00 to noon each Friday. These classes are for core academic credits and are required for attendance.

Greater Wausau Youth Hiring Portal

The Greater Wausau Youth Hiring Portal is a new online tool that is for students in grades 9-12 in Marathon County. The purpose of it is to help students find employment opportunities and post secondary options.

ACT Aspire & Forward Testing

The Forward and ACT Aspire test dates have been coordinated to as few days as possible, without over testing the students on any one day. Therefore, EEA’s test dates are Tuesday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 14th. All students and students in grades 6 through 10 will be testing on these days.

Please make sure that your child is at school by 8:30 on these dates. The classes not testing (grades 11 & 12) will be working virtually so that we have adequate space to follow all Covid protocols, including distancing of at least 6 feet.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has determined that in-person assessment is the only viable method for state assessments. The company that produces the test has no remote testing option available. On-site testing ensures standardized administration that includes equitable access to technology and optimal testing environments, test security, and validity.

While the state of Wisconsin expects all students to complete the assessments during the testing date or window, we recognize there may be situations where parents or guardians want to excuse their child from testing. If you’d like to excuse your child from Forward or ACT Aspire Exam testing, please call the school office to request more information regarding this option. School personnel do not have the authority to excuse a child from testing without written parental approval.

Student Services Information

The pupil service members at EEA are available to offer further assistance and services to your student. Our school counselor, school social worker, and school psychologist can assist students who may need additional academic, emotional, social, behavioral, and/or attendance support. If you would like to speak with someone able to help, please contact one of the following pupil service professionals:

Pupil Services staff:

School Counselor - Heather Rasmussen, 715-261-0626 ext. 23626,

School Social Worker - Lisa Hunt, District cell phone: (715) 581-6445, Office phone: (715) 261-0627 (or ext 23627),

School Psychologist - Matthew Mitchell, 715-261-0959,

School Nurse - Julie Welch, 715-261-0713,

We are also excited to offer the opportunity for students to receive services from community counselors who partner with the EEA, and provide professional counseling to students onsite. Currently, our partner at the EEA is Ryan Jacobson from Bridge Community Health Clinic please use this Mental Health Service form to notify us if you would like to refer your child, or feel free to give a pupil services staff member a call to get more information.

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In Person Materials Needed Daily

- Students need to bring their own clear water bottles daily to drink from.

- Headphones, preferably with a microphone

- Pens/Pencils

- Mask

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MRA Assessment

May 3-14, all students, staff, and families will be invited to participate in a Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) in order to help us discover specific needs and opportunities we can address and improve through next year's Leader in Me curriculum with our students. When you receive the link for the survey, please answer all questions as honestly as you can so that we can best suit our lessons to the students' needs.