East Central

eNewsletter December 2022

Notes from the Principal

What an amazing November!

In academics, the 1st semester is coming to a close in the next few days with Finals on 12/16, 12/19, and 12/20 followed by Christmas Break. A complete Finals schedule is included below. Additionally, we received incredible news this past week regarding Lilly finalists in both Ripley and Dearborn counties. Mason Schutte and Elizabeth Kirchgassner, two of ECs finest are both Lilly Scholarship winners!

In the arts, Winter Guard and Percussion has started coming off of last year's IPA and WGI championships, and we're excited for another stellar season. Try-outs for the spring musical will take place this month, and we're looking forward to another great show in March.

In athletics, football just completed an historic season capped by an amazing OT victory over Roncalli in the semi-state and a dominating win over New Prairie at Lucas Oil Stadium bringing home the program's 3rd state title in school history. Additionally, Christian Garrison was named the 4A Mental Attitude Award winner for his character as well as his athletic, academic, and philanthropic achievements...an amazing recognition, the third for East Central student-athletes in 2022.

Finally, in the midst of this holiday season, our students and student-organizations continue combined efforts with local pantries, Toys for Tots, and clothing drives always seeking ways to give back to this community. In the end, it is in these efforts we should take the most pride.


Finals - December 16, 19, 20

Christmas Break - December 21-January 3


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


Tom Black

2022 Dearborn County and Ripley County Lilly Winners

Elizabeth Kirchgassner and Mason Schutte

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IHSAA 4A State Champions

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Mental Attitude Winner - Christian Garrison

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Students of the Month

Luke Jackson

East Central High School is excited to announce Luke Jackson as Student of the Month. Luke is a senior at ECHS and is the son of Andrew & Renee Jackson. He carries a very impressive 4.293GPA and is one of two Ripley County Lilly Scholarship finalists for ECHS! He serves on both student council and student ambassadors and participates in Spanish Club. Luke also sings in the musical group Tonal Eclipse along with being host of AV club. He is a 2-time state swimmer and sectional finalist.

Donna Tanner, ECHS Music Department Chair says, “Luke is a member of the concert choir and drama club. He is a dedicated, talented and fun-loving student who really shines on stage. Luke always brings 100% to everything he does and is a wonderful example to his peers of hard work and excellence.”

He volunteers at church picnics and vacation bible school. Luke enjoys listening to music, playing video games, taking naps and hanging out with his friends. He is still deciding if he plans to attend college at Indiana University, Georgetown or Alabama where he will study international studies minoring in Spanish and French. Luke advises his classmates, “ Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, everyone does.” And he comments, “What really matters is how you respond and bounce back from your mistakes, that is a show of character.”

Mason Schutte

It is with great pride that East Central announces Mason Schutte as Student of the Month. Mason is a senior and the son of Scott and Jenny Schutte. He carries a 4.1 GPA and is one of two Ripley County Lilly Scholarship finalists for ECHS! Mason is Senior Class Vice President, Business Professionals of America Vice President, a member of the Student Council as well as a member of the Track & Field team.

If Mason’s name sounds familiar it may be because he is the 2022-23 CEO of the Trojan Exchange, the student-run school merchandise store where all profits go to scholarships for seniors. Mason’s instructor, Mr. Miller has shared that “Mason is an outstanding leader. He really cares about the people he is leading and does way more than he is asked. He is leading the Trojan Exchange to its best year ever." Mason plans to attend Indiana University next fall where he would like to major in marketing and business analytics.

Mason participates in 4-H and enjoys nature and animals as well as hanging out with his friends. He is an active volunteer at church picnics and attends mission trips. He thanks his parents and grandparents for being supportive of everything he does along with teaching him to be the best he can be. His advice to classmates is to “enjoy every moment of high school and make the most out of everything”.

Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum

Grade Reports

Please take time to check your child’s final first quarter grades in your Parent Portal account as ECHS does not print and mail home report cards. Semester grades are calculated by:

Q1 = 42.5%

Q2 = 42.5%

Final Exam = 15%

*Final Exams will be held December 16, 19 & 20

Student Fees & Registration

Parents, please check PowerSchool for fees updates. All outstanding fees for East Central High School have been entered into PowerSchool to include the 2022-2023 Technology Fee and Chromebook Protection Plan. The Sunman-Dearborn Foundation Endowment Gift keeps book bills to $25 for the Technology Fee or $50 if you elected to purchase the Chromebook Protection Plan. Now also posted to PowerSchool are any outstanding fees for 2021-2022 including Missing Textbooks and Chromebook Damage. If you paid the 2022-2023 fees your PowerSchool account should have a zero balance. If your account shows a balance due there may be an outstanding amount from the 2021-2022 school year. If you have an outstanding balance you should have received an email with the amount due. If you have not registered your child yet, please do so as soon as possible https://powerschool.sunmandearborn.k12.in.us/public/home.html If you should have any questions, please contact Mr. Swinney, Assistant Principal.

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 (formerly known as the STGEC) 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!

Indiana CTE Career Guide Now Available Online

The Indiana Office of Career Technical Education (CTE) and the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet are excited to announce that the Indiana CTE Career Guide is now available online. The Career Guide provides valuable information about Indiana CTE including sections on the benefits of CTE, Work-Based Learning, Graduation Pathways, Next Level Programs of Study, and Career Clusters.

About Next Level Jobs

Next Level Jobs provides free training for Hoosiers and reimbursements for Indiana employers for training employees in high-demand fields. Next Level Jobs is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda to continue the positive momentum of our state. Under his leadership, with support from the General Assembly, Indiana is taking the state’s workforce to the next level with a focus on the high-priority industries and in-demand, high-paying jobs driving Indiana’s 21st Century economy forward.

To apply for the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, individuals can go to www.NextLevelJobs.org and complete a quick survey that gathers information about their needs and interests. Once submitted, individuals are contacted by an education or training provider within their desired program. This direct and individualized outreach ensures that people are connected to the best programs and resources to suit their unique needs.


Mrs. Rosfeld


Notes from Guidance

Mr. Brad Wynn: A-G

Mrs. Lisa Tupper: H-O

Mrs. Murdock: P-Z

Scheduling process for the 2023-24 school year will begin in December.

  • Class meetings with current 8th-11th graders will be held December 8th to review the registration process for next year’s classes.

  • During the month of January guidance counselors will begin meeting with students individually to discuss registration, diploma types, ICC and pathway requirements.

  • 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:


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.

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.


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. More information will be provided as the March date approaches.

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

Bobcat Skid Steer Certification

Ten East Central High School Landscape Management students completed

Bobcat Skid Steer Certification at Bobcat Enterprises, 9605 Princeton-Glendale

Road in Hamilton, Ohio on Friday December 2. Students received classroom

safety training and had the opportunity to operate the skid steers through an

obstacle course and in a material handling area.

Ag Power Students Work in Plumbing

Students in Agricultural Power, Structure and Technology 1 are currently

working the plumbing unit. One activity students complete is soldering copper

pipe. Each student is responsible for attaching fittings to sections of copper pipe

and their items are checked for leaks once completed.

Ag Fabrication Students Complete Advanced Projects

Students in Agricultural Structures, Fabrication and Design are currently

building projects for their own home, farm or to sell to the public. Pictured, are

recent projects completed by students.

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

Students in the Business of America program competed in Regional events on December 3rd. Congratulations to Mary Blankman for placing 1st in Advanced Accounting and 2nd in Payroll Accounting and our Small Business Management Team with Troy Davis, Nolan Fritz, and Mason Schutte that placed first!


Have you thought about taking a course with the Business Academy before? If not, this is your year to try a Business class out. As a department we currently offer 17 different courses in 5 concentration areas. 10 of those courses are Dual Credit courses through Ivy Tech. We specialize in hands-on learning that is fun. Activities/Lessons will leave you industry-ready to help you transition into your next step of either college or a job.

If you’ve never taken a Business Class before the perfect place to start would be in a principles course leading you into 1 of 5 pathways.

  • Principles of Business Management

  • Principles of Computing(Computer Science 1)

  • Principles of Broadcasting

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My Engineering Essentials class has been learning how to program with Robot C, as well as

building with VEX materials. The latest projects that they have been working on is to create and

program a drag car that can get the fastest time over a 24 feet distance and stop within 6 feet

after crossing the line. The second project that they have been working on is to design, build,

and program a car that can carry out a road trip. I gave the students multiple directions that

they had to follow to get from “their house” to the “movie theater” down the hall. The students

have been doing a great job with these cars and having a lot of fun as well.

My Introduction to Engineering and Design classes have been working on a Reverse

Engineering Project, where the students are asked to carry out a visual, functional, and

structural analysis of an item. Then they have to take the item apart, get accurate

measurements using dial calipers, and then create 3D models of the parts on Autodesk


My Civil Engineering class has spent the majority of the last few weeks working on designing

and creating a Habitat for Humanity House on Revit. My students learned how to create scaled

house blueprints using architectural rulers as well as using the correct symbols. They also had

to follow many accessibility guidelines and codes when designing their houses. After planning

out the houses they started creating 3D models of their houses on Revit. So far the houses are

looking great!

My Computer-aided-Design class has been working on multiple parts and projects on Autodesk

Inventor. One of the projects is to create an East Central Football State Champions related

ornament. I challenged the students to come up with creative designs that represented our

Football team winning state this year and they did a great job with that. After creating the

designs, they also learned how to use the laser engraver and got the opportunity to engrave

their design.


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

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s always so great to see what our students know after their first semester of English class. In English 9, students created presentations about Elizabethan times after having read Romeo & Juliet. English 10 students practiced their debating skills, using the rhetoric and research they learned all semester. Juniors are creating projects connecting standards learned through reading novels and short stories as well as vocabulary words learned from Membean. Students in English 111 honed their skills while writing a textual analysis paper using either The Things They Carried or Into the Wild. Finally, English 12 students wrote research papers, created artistic representations of characters, and/or created videos after reading Macbeth. Finally, AP Literature students created Bento Boxes that represent their independent reading novel. Overall, it was a great end to 2022, and we are looking forward to an equally amazing 2023!


Brenda Osman bosman@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Introduction to Fashion and Textiles-The Introduction to Fashion and Textiles students have finished making their child’s pair of PJ Pants. Some of the children’s PJ pants will be donated to Safe Passage and homeless shelters, while others will be sold. The students should complete sewing their pajama pants by winter break. They will be able to relax in their new pants over break.

Advanced Child Development-The students in Advanced Child Development are finishing their quilts and they will be able to show them off over the holidays. All of the students also learned how to do hand embroidery. The students did such a great job on the quilts. Please watch the @ec_fccla twitter page and the East Central High School FCCLA Facebook page.

Advanced Fashion and Textiles-The Advanced Fashion and Textiles Classes took a field trip to University of Cincinnati DAAP Program to explore the future careers in Design and Fashion. The students also created items for the North Dearborn Craft Show.

The Human and Social Services-Community Health Students are wrapping up their first semester internships at a local dentist office, All Saints Parish Office, and St. Elizabeth-Dearborn Hospital. They have learned a lot through the experiences.


FCCLA-The East Central FCCLA Chapter has been busy this month by attending and competing at the National FCCLA Fall Conference in Columbus, Ohio. In November, they also prepared a Trojan Lasagna dinner for people in need at the High Hope Cafe in Lawrenceburg. In preparation for Spring competition at the Indiana FCCLA State Conference March 5-7th in Muncie Indiana, we held a pizza and planning process night to help students get started with their FCCLA STAR Event.

This week, we participated in Santa’s Workshop at Sunman Elementary and made ornaments with the children. We also put up the Christmas Tree at the North Dearborn Village and decorated cookies with the residents. We have had a very philanthropic holiday season.

Fine Arts

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

Fine Arts- mgulasy@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Time is flying and it is hard to believe that we are winding down with the first semester!

AP Drawing students have been working diligently to accomplish half of their portfolio as we come into the winter break. AP Drawing students have adjusted to the rigor and pace to meet their goal at this time of 12 out 20 artworks for their submission of their portfolios.

ECHS drawing students just completed a design contest for artwork potentially becoming part of the expansion of the Dearborn County Courthouse. Lynn Deddens, the prosecuting attorney, sponsored this event for all high school art students from Lawrenceburg High School, East Central High School and South Dearborn High School. The theme for this design contest had to feature some aspect of Dearborn County: historic, current, or patriotic. The theme of the drawing could be any historic building or location in Dearborn County. Up to 12 students with winning submissions will win $50.00 cash and the winning artwork will then be framed and hung in the “Student Art Gallery” at the Dearborn County Courthouse. Stay tuned for announcements of the winning submissions! Below are some of the students with their projects.

Foreign Language


Fall 2022 has been a wonderful time of showing off French skills to others! French 3 students spent the weeks after fall break planning, writing, and finalizing Halloween stories in French. On Wednesday, November 2nd, French 3 students traveled to North Dearborn Elementary, Sunman Elementary, and Bright Elementary schools with the intention to read their stories to the elementary students. They enjoyed reading their stories aloud in French and discussing the meanings in English! It was a great way to introduce a new language to the next generation of learners and all students involved had a fantastic time. They would like to thank each of the elementary schools, their teachers, and their students for allowing the French 3 classes to share their stories with you!


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

Our Calculus students finished up learning all of the derivative rules before Thanksgiving and are currently working on applying them to real life situations. We have been working on problems that include finding the rate at which water is rising or leaking in a container, how fast an angle of elevation is changing as well as finding the total distance a particle has traveled. Calculus 2 completed advanced integration problems, which include integrating by parts, trig substitution and partial fractions, before Thanksgiving. Now they are working on applying Euler's Method, and separation of variables to complete real life problems. They have been working hard to master these concepts and many more.


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

Drama Department

Auditions for the spring musical, Footloose December 12th, 13th, and 15th

Choir News

The choir department performed at the Lawrenceburg Holiday Expo on Friday, Nov. 18th. The students had a great time performing and spreading the Christmas spirit.

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Rhonda Beck - rbeck@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Happy Holidays from the PE/Health Department!

Colder weather has the PE classes moving inside, but not before they completed the track unit. Most students improved their mile times from Q1. Summer Boyd, Ava Rosemeyer, Lila Lengerich, and Emma Hornbach were among some of the top performers.

Mrs. Andres’ classes enjoyed a day of playing “Duck, Duck, Goose” before paddling their way into table tennis. They will be learning some dance moves this week to prepare for the upcoming Snowball Dance.

Mrs. Hendricks spent some time in Mr. Walter’s class educating the students on CPR and AEDs. In her athletic training classes, students are learning about facial injuries and the care for each.

Mr. Sipe’s students have increased speed and strength throughout the last 16 weeks. So as the semester closes out, they will be timing their 40’s and maxing out. Look for pictures of their lifts in the next newsletter.

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

As the semester winds down, the science department continues to provide high-quality instruction for all students. Here is just a brief glimpse as to the fun experiments occurring in the science department.

Chemistry I students have added information to simple compound formulas and names by describing percent composition, calculating empirical formulas and molecular formulas. As they prepare for their Unit 2 test, students are finishing their measurements for the “bring me a mole” activity and some have completed several enrichment labs to support their understanding of Unit 2 material.

Biology I students are synthesizing protein from strands of DNA by using a codon chart.

AP Biology students are working on understanding cell-to-cell communication by observing the diffusion of a dye through dialysis tubing.

Biomedical Science students are modeling joint articulation of the body and observing how the digestive system breaks down different medications

Chemistry II students are finishing up work on predicting products of chemical reactions. Students simulated particle-level diagrams through the use of M&M's

AP Chemistry students determined the rate law of the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide through measuring the amount of gas produced through a catalyzed reaction with potassium iodide.

Earth Science students are acting as paleontologists discovering fossils and trying to identify and assemble an unknown animal skeleton. Through discussion and collaboration, students are able to reach consensus about what these fossilized remains might have been.

Physics students are continuing to practice problems related to work, power and energy.

Integrated Chemistry/Physics students are learning about electricity and magnetism in self-contained modules for additional practice.

Anatomy students were working on learning all of the different types of bones in the body. They will have a lab practical over identifying bones based on their structure on Monday.

Social Studies

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

Mr. Owen's American History classes are currently studying the American Civil War (completel with an examination of the era's military tactics and strategies) and finishing up the Semester Projects (a discussion of Change Over Time through the analysis of primary source documents).

Ask your student if this man (James K. Polk) was a "good" or "bad" president:

In AP European History, we have just finished our discussion of the French Revolution and are beginning to examine the Commercial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment. Ask your student how this man (Josiah Wedgwood) changed the entire world simply through his desire to sell more pottery.

In economics, students are currently working on Google Tour presentations. Each student is responsible for researching current economic measures of modern economies throughout the world and creating a tour of the country using the Google Earth website. Next week, we will study the various monetary and fiscal policies used by our government and Federal Reserve System before we start to focus our attention on the semester exam.

In Intro to American Politics, students have started their Political Party Project in which they create their own political parties. Tasks include a poster, campaign commercial, and a speech.


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

Hall of Fame:

We held the 9th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, December 9th. Six past athletes or contributors were celebrated: Jacob Fleckenstein, Tim Hornberger, Eric Ketcham, Alizabeth (Moorman) Moorland, Adam Weber, LeVon Winters. Their plaques showing their accomplishments will be located in the athletic hallways. Special thanks to Sandy Mahoney for the picture!


Wrestling is off to a good start to their season. Come see one of their matches here at school. Varsity Super 8 will be Saturday, December 17th at 9:00 a.m. and JV Round Robin will be Wednesday, December 21st at 9:00 a.m.

Swimming & Diving:

Everyone is loving the completed Natatorium. Swimming just held their annuals swim relays where schools come from all over to compete. Both the boys and girls team won the event. This year they held a synchronized diving event as well!

Girls Basketball:

On Thursday, December 29th, we will travel to the famous New Castle Chrysler Arena to participate in the annual Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic. This is a very significant event and a true honor to be part of. We'd love to have a great showing from the community at the event. It's the first time in school history that we have been selected to participate in this event. We play the defending 4A state champion (Noblesville) at 11:30am and then play the winner/loser or Bedford North Lawrence - Mishawaka Marian that evening.

IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING, PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET(S) THROUGH THE EAST CENTRAL ATHL. DEPARTMENT! We had to purchase tickets in advance and only get reimbursed for the tickets we sell in advance. You can purchase them the day of the event at the door but East Central will not get credit for the ticket sale(s). You can purchase tickets through the EC Ath. Dept. at any home girls or boys game (or during the school day) leading up to the event.

Boys Basketball:

Boys basketball is off to a good start and has some great competitors this season. Come watch a game and cheer the team on. Upcoming games are: Tuesday, December 13th, Saturday, December 17th, and Tuesday, December 20th.

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


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