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School City of East Chicago (SCEC) November Issue 2022


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Important Dates for November

6 Daylight Savings Time ends (clocks 1 hour back)

7 School Board Meeting @ 6 pm

8 E-Learning Day (LIVE Instruction morning)

10 Progress Reports

11 Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

28 NWEA Testing begins

21-25 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

25 Happy Thanksgiving

Welcome to School City of East Chicago

We would like to welcome the following administrators to School City of East Chicago.

Dr. Marlon Mitchell - Human Resource Director (Welcome Back)

Michelle Ondas - Secondary Education Director

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Finalist for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

EC Central High School- Cardinal on the Move...Congratulations to Arely Aguilar- Prieto from East Chicago Central High School. She is one of 17 lake County finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship!!

Arely is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government, and JROTC Color Guard. As a student-athlete participating in both Swimming and Cross-Country, Arely is no stranger to hard work and dedication. Her plan is to study Political Science and Philanthropy when she attends college.

EC Central "Spanish Club"

The Spanish Club at EC Central hosted a Dia de Los Muertos Dance on Friday, November 4, 2022. Their sponsor Sasha Tinajero and students decorated the Commons Area and had a blast. Music by DJ Serna and she had staff who volunteered and helped out.

Superintendent's Forum

On October 12, 2022 the new Superintendent, Dr. Javier M. Abrego, had a community forum inviting parents, community member, and stakeholders. There were two (2) sessions one in the morning at the Main Library from 9 am to 11 am and an evening session from 6 to 8 pm at EC Central High School. We had many stakeholders attend and discussion on what SCEC needs to improve. It was a very positive work session. There are two (2) more sessions planned for February and June will be a celebration. Don't miss out! Come join us!!!
SCEC Superintendent Community Forum- October 12, 2022 Revised

City of East Chicago 5k Walk

The Mayor and the Parks and Recreation Department of East Chicago had a 5k Walk at the Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center. Many people/organizations attended and several SCEC employees participated as well. Dr. Javier M Abrego, Superintendent of SCEC, came in first place. Congratualtions Dr. Abrego and all SCEC Cardinal Family that came out to support this great event. #WeREC
East Chicago 5k Walk

City of East Chicago "Trunk or Treat"

The Mayor and the Parks and Recreation Department held their annual Trunk or Treat. It was a beautiful day compared to last year's rain out but we all stuck it out. SCEC gave out treats and packages of Lysol /Wipes. Thank you to Lela Simmons, Cindy Castro, Luz Perez and Cresencia Alvarez for helping me out. Over 1200 bags of candy were given out.
East Chicago Trunk or Treat

City Cross Country Meet (Elementary)

Washington Elementary School - SUPERHERO UNIVERSE

Article by: Mrs. LIsa D. Gary-Jones, BA, MSW, LSW, ACSW, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

It brings me great pleasure to discuss and highligh Washington Elementary a the "Superhero Universe" that it is !!!! I am the Team Lead for the Social Emotional Learning & Character Plus Core Team at Washington Elementary. I am very intentional about recognizing the great efforts being made by our students, staff, and their parents in making sure our scholars are spending time growing their social, emotional, and behavioral minds in great ways!! To me, it is imperative that we acknowledge them as “Superheroes”!!!!!!!!!

Students are recognized on a weekly basis by teacher nomination. Teachers complete a Superhero Nomination Card, and turn it in to me on Thursday’s. I collect all of the student nominations, and create certificates for each nominated student. Their names and why they have been nominated is announced, by me, over the Public Address system every Friday!! The students are called down to the office to get their certificate and pick a prize!! At the end of each month, all the students nominated, within that month, receive a “Token of Appreciation” and a “Dress Down Coupon” for their great work!!!

Staff is also recognized, by random pull, to ensure that every staff member is recognized as a “Superhero” by the end of the school year!! Staff is also given a certificate, and can pick a prize from the staff rainbow cart inside of my office. Their names are also called over the Public Address system on Friday mornings!! Staff should be publicly recognized for the work they do in shaping the minds of the future. Staff feeling & knowing they are “seen” and “valued” goes a long way in motivating them to continue the great work they do!!

Parents are also recognized, as they are the support and motivators at home working to make sure our students are at school daily & on time!! In addition to instilling great values within our scholars to be those awesome “Superheroes”!!!!! They also get a certificate, that goes home with our student’s certificate packet!!

I have also added a “Superhero Shout Out” category for staff who just want to acknowledge someone for doing something kind, caring, and/or extra!! What I have come to understand in my 29-year career in Social Work is that people don’t have to be kind, but a little kindness goes a long way!! It doesn’t hurt to recognize people for the wonderful things they do, even if it’s not always seen on a large scale, it still matters!!! So… Up, Up & Away!!! Have you acknowledged your “Superheroes” today???

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Memorial to Anya Mair Noormohammad

On Friday, October 28, 2022 a memorial garden was dedicated to "Anya Marie Noormohammad" at McKinley Elementary School. Anya was a student at McKinley who passed awary from PKAN on January 8, 2022. A committee was set up and a muriel was painted on her behalf from a local artist.
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McKinley Halloween Dance

Block Middle School - Perfect Attendance - Staff

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 students will have an ELearning Day. LIVE INSTRUCTION is from : Elementary 8:30 am to 11 am, Block Middle School and EC Central HS go from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. They will both report to lunch from 11 am to 12;00 pm. All students Attendance will be taken .
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PLEASE NOTE!!! Areas with icon of turkey are distributing turkeys.

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