East China School District News

Every Child.Every Day

Week of November 1, 2021

Upcoming Important Dates

November 4 End of 1st marking period

November 5 Half Day of School for Elementary Students

November 10 Early Release Day

November 22 & 23 Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Recess

Message from Superintendent Cybulla

During the month of October during the ECSD board meetings we reviewed the Strategic Planning Goals that were developed as result of the year long Strategic Planning Process that was completed at the end of the year in 2017.

At the October 25th board meeting many positive messages were delivered about the good things happening at ECSD. The East China Education Foundation presented 15 grants to our teachers. Kristi Muscat and Laci Fisher, the elementary academic interventionists, presented on their work with our teachers and students. Shawn Jasionowski, ECEA president, shared great things that are happening in the classrooms and Michael Walling, ECSD Curriculum Coordinator, presented to the board members the elementary STEAM class, the Accelerate on line platform and middle school PLTW classes of Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics. The ECSD staff is working hard to meet the needs of all our students.

Thank you to our community for your continued support of our great schools and staff.

Suzanne Cybulla

ECEF Fall Grant Awards

The East China Educational Foundation awarded 15 grants at the October 25th Board of Education meeting. The grant awards allow our educators to purchase items that provide enrichment activities for the students of the East China School District. Congratulations to Marney Williams, Lisa Higgins, Steve Fox, Jeani Van Hecke, Megan Hargrave, Jodie Guzowski, Kelly Woodhouse, Amy Lawson, Allison Sump, Meagan Jex, Chris Blackstock, Jessica Jones, Kelly Robbins, Kika Milligan, and Stacy Schweihofer.
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News from the MC Campus

Business Essentials II

Students in Ms. Gardner’s and Mrs. Vojnovski’s Business Essentials II classes created pumpkins to deliver to businesses around Marine City. The businesses thanked the students for being an asset to our community. The students did a fantastic job on this project. Look for the pumpkins around MC!

Marine City High School Mariner Marching Band

The Marine City High School Mariner Marching Band performed at Belle River and Palms Elementary Schools, and for the Marine City Middle School Band students on October 27th. They performed music from their 2021 marching field show entitled, "Road Trip," as well as several Halloween selections.

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Welcome Mrs. Bracken!

Introducing Kelli Bracken, Special Education Teacher

How long have you worked in education and have you had any previous assignments?

I have been working in education since 2008. My first teaching job was at a college in Wuhan, China where I taught English as a second language. After that, I knew that teaching was it for me! Once I returned from China, I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education at Eastern Michigan University. From there, I was hired at Advanced Technology Academy in East Dearborn, spent a few years at Fitzgerald High School in South Warren, and then moved on to Royal Oak High School where I taught for four years.

What do you enjoy most about your position?

The people at Marine City High School and Middle School are the BEST! My students are bright, creative, and have such great personalities! I just love working with them. The entire staff at the Marine City Campus is just awesome! They have been so supportive and welcoming to me!

Any personal information you would like to share about yourself? (

I’ve been married since 2016 and have three dogs and a cat at home. I love stand-up paddle boarding, rollerblading, travelling, dining out and spending time with my husband.

We are so happy you joined the ECSD team!

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Marine City Choirs

Marine City Choirs announce their 2021 Fall Concert to be held on Monday November 8, at the East China Performing Arts Center! Concert time is 7 pm. Please join us to celebrate our students’ efforts with repertoire that is uplifting, empowering, and fun.

Congratulations to Julia Pressman, Cameron Fennell, and Grace Marrs who successfully earned a spot in the 10-12th grade MSVMA Regional Honors Choir! That performance will be December 4 at Monroe High School and during the day they will audition for the State Honors Choir. Wishing you a successful audition and performance - have a great day representing Marine City Choirs!

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Congratulations to Milo Smith-Hall and Chloe Siepierski who successfully auditioned for the 9th grade State Honors Choir. Best wishes for your upcoming rehearsals and January performance at the Michigan Music Conference!
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Congratulations Marine City HS!

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ECSD Welcomes new Programs!

The East China School District is excited to announce new program offerings to our students!


New for the 2021-22 school year is the elementary (Y5-5th grade) STEAM itinerant class. STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics and works to integrate these topics together in a very hands-on and engaging manner. Our STEAM teaching staff have worked diligently to help to develop this exciting opportunity for our students. Students are exposed to a variety of topics that align with the State of Michigan Content Standards for Science, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.


For the 2021-22 school year and beyond, the East China School District is excited to be adding two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses to both middle schools. Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics are currently being taught by Annemarie McLeod (MCMS) and Kate Volpe (SCMS). Both of these outstanding educators attended two full weeks of training this past summer to prepare for teaching these courses to our students.

In the Design & Modeling course students work on discovering the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. The culminating project in the course is to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

In the Automation & Robotics course students learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Throughout the course they use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

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Please Welcome our Academic Interventionists!

Academic Interventionists are in full swing supporting our staff and students! Laci Fisher and Kristi Muscat are supporting our K-5 educators with the 2021-22 school year focus of: Data Analysis, Student Growth Reports, Small Group, Targeted Instruction based on identified instruction. We are so fortunate to have them as part of our ECSD team!
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East China School District is Hiring!

East China School District is hiring for several positions: Please visit www.eastchinaschools.org click on the "Employment Tab" and select "ECSD Positions" for more information.

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Contact Information

Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla can be reached at scybulla@ecsd.us or by calling the East China School District at 810.676.1018.