East Central

eNewsletter March 2023

Notes from the Principal

We're off to a great start in 2023!

In academics, all juniors took the SAT as a part of Indiana's accountability model adopted summer of 2021. Students showed up and focused as we hoped and we look forward to respectable scores and remaining ranked near the top of all SE Indiana schools this spring. As with all things we do at EC, we're striving for the best.

In the arts, ISSMA competitors are in the midst of State competitions with choral students bringing home 19 golds and 1 silver two weekends ago and band 3 golds and 2 silvers this past weekend. Winter percussion took first this past weekend as well at Decatur Central's competition. Finally, in EC drama, Footloose is just around the corner with performances scheduled for March 10th, 11th, and 12th.

In athletics, 4 of 5 winter sports are EIAC champions. Wrestling won both sectional and regional crowns, and both boys and girls swimming finished their competitive seasons in Indianapolis on Saturday of the state championships. EC Dance is off to a great start in their competitive season as well.

Finally, Student Council continues their philanthropic efforts with an on-going "For The Kids" drive including a recent winter spirit week culminating in another $600 effort which brings their total to over $3,500 on their way to their goal of $10,000 this spring for the kids of St. Jude's. The giving spirit from students and staff alike continues to be something in which we can all take great pride.


March 10 - Hoxworth Blood Drive

March 13-24 - Spring Break

April 18 - College/Career Fair

May 5 - Pre-Prom Mock Crash for prom attendees

May 6 - Prom @ Lawrenceburg Event Center

May 6 - After-Prom @ ECHS


“No leader is worth his salt who won’t set up the chairs.” Peter Drucker


Tom Black

Students of the Month

Josie Hartman

East Central High School is proud to announce Josephine Hartman as “Student of the Month”. Josephine “Josie” is the daughter of Philip and Kathy Hartman. She is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in FFA as the chapter president. In FFA she has won awards such as Star Green Hand and the Outstanding Junior Award. Roy Johnson, Teacher and FFA Advisor says, “Josie Hartman is a hard-working, goal oriented young lady who exemplifies the term servant leadership. She is dependable, and can always be counted on to get a job done. She is thought well of by her peers, and does an outstanding job of leading the East Central FFA as the 2022-2023 chapter president. A worthy student for a worthy honor.”

Josie’s teacher, Mrs. Huber stated, “Josie tackles issues and challenges with a positive, “I got this” attitude. It’s clear that she takes pride in her academics and has built positive relationships with her teachers and peers. Her sensitivity to the thoughts and feelings of others makes her an asset in any classroom. Josie’s hard work ethic motivates those around her to achieve their own goals”.

In 2022 she was named the Aurora Farmers Fair Queen. She is also a member of 4-H and through that organization she has been involved in activities at a nursing home to serve the community. Working at the YMCA she is also exposed to serving many individuals in the area community. Playing the guitar is one of her hobbies. In her spare time Josie likes working out, running and learning about health. Upon graduation she plans to attend college for nursing. She also cooks and bakes. She is a mentor to younger individuals including her cousins and family friends.

She states she has had many inspiring people in her life that have raised her to be the young woman she is today. Her advice to other students, “Don’t take for granted the opportunities that are right in front of you!”

Kya Miller

East Central High School is proud to announce Kya Miller as “Student of the Month”. She is the daughter of Monte and Hayley Miller. When Kya finishes high school she plans to take art classes and get a job working with children. Kya’s teacher Mrs. Ernst says, “Kya is one of the nicest students I have ever taught and a role model for the rest of the student body. She is always willing to help her classmates without being asked. She enjoys working with children and plans to work in a preschool or daycare in the future. Kya is a talented artist who enjoys drawing and crafting. We will miss her after she graduates but we are excited to see all she will accomplish in the future.”

At school Kya has been involved with the Trojan Cafe coffee cart taking orders and delivering sweet treats and drinks to ECHS staff each week. Assistant Principal, Mrs. Rosfeld said she looks forward to Kya’s delivery, “she simply is always happy and has the brightest and kindest smile!” Kya was named Queen of the Snowflake Dance in 2022 and can always be seen with that same smile that Mrs. Rosfeld spoke of. She has also participated in the Art Club.

Kya is in bible study and is also active in her christian youth group. In her spare time she enjoys agility training with her dog Cowboy and singing. She is interested in creating crafts and likes to draw. She has a website at kyamillerart.com and shares her talent for artistic creations on the greeting cards she has for sale there.

Kya would like to thank her teachers for everything they have taught her and also thanks her parents, “because they’ve always supported me”. The advice she gives other students about school is to work hard and have fun because it goes by quickly.

Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum

Ivy Tech Graduation for High School Students

Ivy Tech College Connection Coach, Mrs. Karle has emailed junior and senior students who have earned the Indiana College Core their invitation to attend Ivy Tech's Graduation. ICC students should check their email for the details.

Quarter 3

Please take time to check your child’s quarter grades in your Parent Portal account.

3rd Quarter Ends - March 10

Selective Service

U.S. federal law requires all men to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of turning 18. To learn more about this requirement, click here.

Dual Credit Information for Parents and Students

Did you know ECHS has over 50 courses that students can earn college credit in. Last year East Central High School students earned over $1,000,000 in college credit from Ivy Tech and Indiana University. Students and families can save the cost of an entire year of college by completing this Indiana College Core checklist right here at ECHS. For fast facts of the Indiana College Core click here or contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Indiana College Core

Check out this NEW short informational video that explains the Indiana College Core and the benefits of it! We are proud to announce that we offer the complete College Core curriculum at East Central! Also, be sure not to miss testimonials from an ECHS parent and student in the Learn More Guide!


Mrs. Rosfeld


Notes from Guidance

Mr. Brad Wynn: A-G

Mrs. Lisa Tupper: H-O

Mrs. Murdock: P-Z

May 9th: Target date to release 2022-23 schedules to students. Last day to change schedules for 2022-23 will be May 25th.

Key items per grade:

Seniors: Remember, the FAFSA is now open until the April 15th deadline for Indiana. Students should follow up with counselors with admission issues or concerns and they will assist with contacting colleges with questions particular to the students’ needs.

Students should be receiving information from colleges on admission decisions. If a student is Waitlisted/Deferred please have the student follow up with their counselor. We can assist them with the required process. Counselors do not have access to admissions decisions and have to rely on information from the students. Students should also follow all deadlines for housing and accepting admission with the college of their choice.

Scholarship applications are continuously sent to students in their school email. Please encourage them to read through all information as some applications are only for EC students. The students that are selected for scholarships are invited to attend the Senior Scholarship Awards program on May 10th at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center. Again they will receive an invitation at the beginning of May up until the date of the event if they are selected as a winner for a scholarship from a local sponsor.

National Honor Society will hold the recognition night for the Seniors and Juniors on April 12th at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Students will receive an invitation if they are expected to attend from the NHS sponsor: Mrs. Ketcham.

Seniors who are undecided about what to study after high school are encouraged to connect with Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). This program helps high school graduates earn an Associate’s Degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their Bachelor's Degree.

Juniors: SAT School Day: New required test for all juniors in the state of Indiana is the SAT that will be given during the school day on March 1, 2023. This test is free and used by the state for school accountability. The benefit of the test is that students will be able to use this score report for college applications. Students will receive testing tickets for room assignments prior to 3/1.

National Honor Society will hold the recognition night for the Seniors and Juniors on April 12th at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Students will receive an invitation if they are expected to attend from the NHS sponsor: Mrs. Ketcham.

Sophomores and Freshman: Scheduling will be completed by the end of January for the following year with changes accepted until the end of the year. Students should be focusing on grades and career/college exploration. Once sophomore PSAT scores are received, results will be reviewed in the classroom along with additional supports for SAT/ACT test prep.

As always we are available to meet with students individually to support academic and emotional needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Rhonda Murdock

Director of Guidance


Ivy Tech College Connection Coach

For students working on achieving the Indiana College Core and needing to pick up courses, Ivy Tech has multiple eight-week sessions throughout the school year. These are online, virtual, in-person, or blended classes; students choose whatever works best. As an East Central High School student, there is potentially a full scholarship for these courses, and books are potentially free.

Contact Wendi Karle for more information. wkarle@sunmandearborn.k12.in.is.

Save Time, Save Money, Get a Degree

The Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) is an 11-month program, which is student focused and designed to support, encourage, and mentor students throughout their first year of college. This program is great for students who prefer smaller class sizes and who prefer to be on a first name basis with their professors. ASAP works with students to build confidence before transferring to a 4-year university to get their bachelor’s degree or going into the workforce. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort. If you are interested in applying to ASAP, joining one of our information sessions, or would like a tour of Ivy Tech’s campus, email Heather Gard at hgard3@ivytech.edu.


**National Honor Society Tutoring in Room#114

Every Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-4pm.

**Do you have a study hall? Talk to your counselor about peer-to-peer tutoring during study hall.

**Talk to your teachers. Teachers arrive daily at 7:30am and could possibly help you before or after school.

**KhanAcademy.org Completely free online educational videos in all core classes.

**AskRose.org / (877) ASK-ROSE 24/7 homework help (Ran by the students of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN).


Roy Johnson - rjohnson@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

On March 4th, twenty-seven members from the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the District 12 FFA Leadership Contests. Contests varied from several categories of demonstrations, multiple public speaking events, and quiz bowl. Members were evaluated and scored by several judges while they competed in their event. The EC FFA proudly brought home four 1st place winners, six 2nd place winners, and three 3rd place winners. Members who placed first will advance onto the state competition in June at Purdue University during the Indiana FFA State Convention. Good job EC FFA!





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Krista Hutzel - khutzel@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Computer Science 2-Professionalism in Coding through the lens of Gaming!

Mrs. Hutzel’s Computer Science 2-students have worked hard this year to get to an exciting unit in their learning… Professionalism in Coding through the lens of Gaming. Currently, students are learning about the SDLC(Software Development Life Cycle) and what professionals in industry go through to create and deliver the apps and games that they interact with every day. To practice their skills all Computer Science 2 students are researching, designing, developing, testing, and deploying their own versions of ‘The World’s Hardest Game’ and having so much fun while doing it!

Pictured: Ben Peterson, Logan Hicks, Bri Kirk, Emily Dehne

Trojan Exchange-The Trojan Exchange students have been busy working on our upcoming Spring Sale (February 26 - March 11) and planning for our Trojan Toss Corn Hole Tournament that will be held on April 23.

For the Spring Sale, we have focused on marketing to elementary schools in the district to sell spirit gear to them. We have been busy making videos, emails, flyers, and signs for the Spring Sale. This sale is our last big sale of the year!

For the Corn Hole Tournament we have been working on planning for the event. We are working on working with sponsors for the event, thinking of other competitions within the event, and much more! Registration for the tournament has just been opened and costs $24 for a team of two. The grand prize for the first place team is $300 and second place prize is $200. The Corn Hole Tournament will bring the Trojan community together for fun, food, and community!

To check out our spirit gear on the Spring Sale visit trojanexchange.com and click the link on our homepage. For more information on our Corn Hole Tournament visit the Upcoming Events page on trojanexchange.com

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The students in Engineering Essentials and Introduction to Engineering and Design have been

working on a Puzzle Cube Project for a few weeks now. Throughout this project, they have

made isometric sketches of puzzle cube ideas, then brainstormed ideas for how the cubes

would fit together. After they found different combinations they had to model their puzzle cubes on Inventor and then learn how to assemble the parts together. This project also focuses on product quality, the students had to measure each of their 27 cubes and perform a statistical analysis on Microsoft Excel to ensure that the blocks that they chose would work before gluing the cubes together. Once they get their cubes together and colored they will design a container for the puzzle cubes to go into. This project has hit many of the skills that we practiced earlier in the year and so far the students are doing a great job.

The Civil Engineering class has spent the majority of the last couple weeks working on a group project in designing and modeling an abandoned factory remodel. The challenge for the students is to take an over 9,000 square feet abandoned factory and turn it into something that will benefit the community. So far the students have been coming up with some great ideas and have been working on creating floor plans, learning about commercial wall and roof types then implementing them into their projects, and modeling their ideas on Revit. I cannot wait to see how this project turns out.

The Computer-aided-Design classes just finished up a CAD Housing Design Challenge that

they have been working on for the majority of February. In this challenge, the students had to

choose a house that they liked from floorplans.com and try to replicate it on Revit. The students goal was to create the 3D model of their house as close as possible to the real house. This challenge is not easy because every student picked a house that they liked and they may not have ever used some of the tools needed on Revit to create them, so it was definitely a great learning experience. Overall, the students did a great job and I could not believe how close some of the students got on both the exterior and interior of these houses. A few examples are posted below. Along with modeling the house the students also created a digital portfolio with a lot of documentation items including renderings of the exterior and interior of the house, floor plans, elevation views, and room/window/door schedules.


Susan Ketcham - sketcham@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Here are some of the things that are happening in Quarter 3. English 9 classes are finishing up the holiday research projects, having learned how to properly imbed quotes, summarize and paraphrase information, and then blend it all into a well-written essay with an MLA works cited. These are skills they will continue to use throughout their high school careers. In Mrs. Tucker’s English 9 class, Gabe Lacey won the Membean #ContextCluesChallenge, using the vocabulary word impact. His context clue hashtags were: #ThenItHitMe, #CrashCourse, #PotentialEnergy, #BigInfluence. Congratulations to Gabe! In English 10 classes, students are studying the Holocaust while reading Elie Wiesel’s Night. In addition to preparing for the SAT on March 1 with weekly vocabulary practice, English 11 is learning about the disillusionment of the American Dream during their study of The Great Gatsby. Finally, English 12 is in the midst of the Victorian era and studying the methods of deduction and inference while enjoying some stories about Sherlock Holmes. Soon, they will be solving mysteries of their own. Finally, congratulations are in order for English teacher Mr. Meiners and Mrs. Tucker for winning Winter Homecoming Faculty Royalty. Overall, February was a great month, and we are looking forward to a well-deserved Spring Break.

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Brenda Osman bosman@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Introduction to Fashion and Textiles-The students are currently studying Textiles. They are learning about Natural vs. Synthetic fibers. They are exploring where the fiber originates from and how they perform, especially in clothing. Our next unit is on how fibers are made into fabrics and specific fabrics that are made out of different types of fibers.

Adv. Child Development-The Advanced Child Development students have been studying infant brain development and sculpted brains out of playdough to reinforce what each part of the brain controls in our body. We are currently studying the social and emotional development of an infant and looking at the various stages each month. We will begin planning our playschool that will occur during the month of April. Stay tuned for the announcement.

Adv. Fashions Class-The students in Adv. Fashions Class have been performing basic alterations for their Alterations Shop. They are also increasing their sewing constructions skills by making a basic denim skirt.

Intro to Culinary Arts & Hospitality 2-Students in Intro to Culinary Arts 2 are exploring yeast breads, especially focusing on the different methods of mixing. Students had the opportunity to practice the traditional mixing method by making soft pretzels and are preparing to demonstrate the quick mix method by making pizza dough. As always, during labs we are demonstrating proper measuring skills and kitchen safety.

Advanced Nutrition and Wellness 2-Advanced Nutrition and Wellness 2 students are exploring the nutrient content of various fruits and comparing nutrition information to make healthier choices. This includes practicing reading nutrition facts labels and finding reliable sources for nutrition information on foods without packaging. Students had the opportunity to combine a variety of fruits into a delicious dessert during the Fruit Trifle Lab. Students were encouraged to make their trifles beautiful by taking their time and were even shown some simple garnishes. As always during labs we practice kitchen basics like reading recipes, measuring, and food safety.


FCCLA News-It has been a very busy month! FCCLA hosted their Annual FCCLA Snowflake Dance and we had a great turnout. Congratulations to Nora Donahue and Nathan Venaman being crowned the Princess and Prince of the Snowflake Dance!

FCCLA held their first coffee social before school on Friday, February 10th! We had an outstanding turnout!

We celebrated FCCLA Week-Feb. 12-16th by wearing FCCLA Shirts, telling facts about FCCLA, visiting the statehouse, preparing dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and we ended our week by serving our members a Baked Potato Bar!

East Central HS FCCLA has 62 students competing at the Indiana FCCLA Conference March 5-7th! Juniors, Mak Kelly, Alexandra Seubert and Jocelyn Inderhees are Indiana FCCLA State Officers and will be leading the conference! We are so proud to have them represent East Central HS on the Indiana FCCLA State Executive Council! Our chapter would like to thank all East Central Middle School, Bright Elementary, North Dearborn Elementary and Sunman Elementary for all our members to present their specific projects to classes in their schools. Good Luck to all of our members representing our school at the Indiana FCCLA State Conference!
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Fine Arts

Melissa Gulasy - mgulasy@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Ceramic students got to look at teapots through time and critiqued modern teapot examples and compare them to more traditional designs. The students implemented the appropriate hand building techniques to design a lid, handle, spout, and overall design to function as a teapot with a more contemporary design. The students used sculptural methods and glazing techniques to finish out their teapots. Below are some of the finished examples.

In Painting class, students created a Batik painting, which is a "resist" process for making designs on fabric. The students used wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas in the dyed fabric. The process, wax resist then dye, was repeated over and over to create complex multicolored designs.

Students also made their batik paintings especially unique due to how certain wax blends will "crackle" during handling, allowing lines of color to come through on resisted areas. Painting students used cotton fabric and the students could either take their finished fabric paintings and stitch them into a pillow or frame up their Batik painting. See below some examples.

Foreign Language


More than a “Day of Love” in spanish world

February 14, is “El Dia Del Amor” and is celebrated in Hispanic countries in a similar way as to the rest of the world, flowers, chocolate, cards. However in Spanish countries we celebrate friendship as well as romance on “ El Dia de la Amistad”, where a greater emphasis is put on celebrating friendship. Therefore, Hispanics send cards, flowers, balloons and candy to their friends as well.

Spanish students had so much fun, writing stories using heart candies, doing crossword puzzles to learn the vocabulary of love, and making cards for friends and loved ones.

The Spanish club also celebrated el Dia del amor y la Amistad and they decorated rocks for their friends with Spanish messages.

¡ Feliz Dia del amor y de la Amistad !


Ann Bovard - aebovard@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

In Mr. Moorman’s Precalculus Honors classes, students have been working on analytic trigonometry. In the current unit, students have learned to build upon skills used in Algebra and Geometry. This involves verifying trigonomic functions, and using formulas such as sum and difference, power reducing, and product-to-sum. Students have also been learning specific properties and functions of the unit circle to solve trigonomic based functions. Using these properties students have learned how to solve a multitude of problems in preparation for calculus in the upcoming year.


Donna Tanner - dtanner@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Drama Department

Spring musical, Footloose March 10, 11, and 12
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Rhonda Beck - rbeck@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

First semester flew by! Kudos to Mrs. Andres’ first class that had 100% participation for dressing out. Her classes spent a little time learning some dances in preparation for the Snowball. Check out the “Griddy”! In Mrs. Beck’s classes, students have been busy creating and leading other students in workouts. The ingenious performances include a variety of exercises that have students engaged and laughing.

Mr. Sipe’s classes maxed out in December. The students saw big improvements in many areas of strength, as well as, speed. They are working hard to reach new goals this semester. Mrs. Hendricks’ Athletic Training classes welcomed in Mike Slemons from Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to lecture and demonstrate proper stretching techniques.

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Tim Maluvac - tmaluvac@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Here are just a few activities completed this past month from the science department.

Physics students are calculating the density of clay objects by taking the mass of those objects and finding the volume through measurement.

Chem II students calculated the molar mass of an unknown gas through using the ideal gas law and collecting the gas over water. They also practiced making solutions and dilutions in the lab.

AP Biology students are completing a gel electrophoresis experiment by cutting fragments of DNA using restriction enzymes and running the resulting solution in a gel to separate the fragments.

Biomed students are learning about the function of the kidney through labeling and drawing individual kidney and nephron structures.

Social Studies

Steve Lewis - slewis@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

In Mr. Lewis' ACP Intro to American Politics class, we just completed a chapter on civil liberties and understanding how those liberties define who we are as citizens. The students are also continuing to work on their Options Project. In World History class, we are now in the time period of the Renaissance and Age of Exploration. Students will complete a project in this unit by picking an explorer and researching their background and discoveries.

Special Services


"The 9th Annual Disability Awareness Softball Tournament at River City West Softball Complex" took place on the first weekend of March. Each year this tournament raises money for several local schools and provides scholarship money for a TAP student at the University of Cincinnati. Several East Central students represented our school by playing in the student game. Allie Albanese, Ryan Dragan, and Mia Jackson were awarded t-shirts and tournament rings for playing. We are already looking forward to participating in this tournament next year."


Don Stonefield - dstonefield@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Become an Official

The IHSAA is continually looking to for licensed officials. If you or someone you know is interested

please visit: https://www.ihsaa.org/become-official


Tryouts will begin Monday, March 13th and will go through Wednesday, March 15th. Current sophomores through seniors will be 3:00 – 5:30 and freshman will be from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. Make sure you come with all your equipment.

First games will be:

Freshman – 3/31/23 @ Harrison 5:30 p.m.

JV – 3/29/2023 @ EC vs. Harrison 5:00 p.m.

Varsity – 3/25/2023 @ EC vs. Brownstown Central 12:30 p.m.


EC Softball is currently holding tryouts this week and will begin their season with a JV game on Friday, March 31, 2023 against Columbus North and a Varsity scrimmage against Greenfield Central on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

Softball Fundraiser – Bowling Night


Track is off to a good start this winter with their indoor track season being kicked off on Saturday, March 4 th at EC with their annual indoor track meet. 10 schools from around the area all came to compete. We have several new meet records set: Freshman Callie Bentley won the 800m with a time of 2:28.66, the former record was set in 2008 by Kathy Klump with a time of 2:30.8. A women’s 4x800 team that consists of Callie Bentley, Ashtyn Gindling, Addie Brewer and Rachel Campbell shattered the former meet record with a time of 10:22.78, the former record was set in 2009 with a time of 10:28.79. The 4x400 team of Jorjia Ferguson, Callie Bentley, Erika Wells and Rachel Campbell won with a time of 4:18.9, the former record was set in 2018 with a 4:25.78.

Joe and Chery Lieland were recognized at our indoor meet for their 30 years of service to the track program. You may catch them running one of the throwing events at our home track meets.

Varsity Track will compete at UIndy Friday, March 10 th to compete for entries into the indoor state track meet on

Saturday, March 25 th .

If you don’t follow Coach Ashley Andres on Twitter you should! She posts a lot of updates including some on former EC athletes who compete at the collegiate level. Follow her here:


Girls Tennis

Tennis Tryouts will being Monday, March 13 th and will go until Wednesday, March 15 th from 3:00 – 5:30 on the tennis courts

EC Volleyball Crush ‘Em Classic Tournament

For all sports related news, schedules, updates, etc. click on the following link or contact EC Athletics at 812-576-4811 ext 11932


For student athletes interested in eligibility-forms, physicals, transfers, etc. click on the following link or contact EC Athletics at 812-576-4811 ext 11932