East Central

eNewsletter September 2022

Notes from the Principal

It's been a fantastic start in so many ways. The normalcy of classes, sports, arts, clubs, etc. has definitely made for a great August. There seems to be an appreciation for normal. Instruction is no longer one of the things teachers have to prioritize along with restrictions and absenteeism. It is again THE PRIORITY. With the renovations in 20+ classrooms complete from the new culinary arts lab to the new business suite, our teachers are appreciating the normalcy as well.

In the arts, we're excited about the upcoming play, Peter Pan as well as our string of fall concerts from choir and band. Additionally, fall marching season brings with it some exciting competitions coming off of last year's state qualifying show.

In athletics, teams are off to great starts with both boys and girls soccer having phenomenal seasons. Tennis is battling near the top of the conference. Football remains ranked in the top 5, and both boys and girls cross country have been fantastic with the girls winning three straight invitational tournaments up to last Saturday. Lastly, girls golf has had a great year, especially Rowan Pies who has been right at scratch golf much of the season. They start their IHSAA tournament run on Saturday, September 17th. We're looking forward to continuing success as each of these groups begins their post-season run. School spirit is high as well. I'm including a link to our recent Hype Session Video from August as well. https://youtu.be/XzL3zoFIm90

Finally, I continue to be so proud of the students and staff here for their efforts beyond the classrooms, fields, and auditoriums. Their willingness to support those in need as well as those in our EC family will always be what sets us apart as a school and community. The support shown for Kelsee Lainhart, EC graduate and US Marine injured in Kabul a little over a year ago, as she continues her battle to recovery competing in the Chicago Marathon activities and the paratriathlon on Saturday, August reminds me again how special this place is!


ASVAB - September 21

SAT at ECHS - October 1

Deadline to sign up for Spring AP Exams - October 4

Picture Retakes - October 5

Fall Break - October 10-14

Jostens - October 20

PSAT - October 25


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


Tom Black

Students of the Month

Hannah Laymon

East Central High School is proud to announce Ms. Hannah Laymon as “Student of the Month”. Hannah is a senior at ECHS and has an impressive 4.305 GPA. She is the daughter of Bill and Jodi Laymon. She is an active member & VP of Competitive Events for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Captain of the ECHS Dance Team, National Honor Society Treasurer, Student Ambassadors and Senior Scholarship Committee.

Mrs. Osman, Hannah’s FCCLA advisor and teacher is extremely proud of her dedication and

commitment to learning. Mrs. Osman states, “Hannah is an outstanding member and leader in FCCLA. She holds the office of Vice President of Competitive Events. She has worked very

hard on her STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event Sustainability Challenge

where she received 1st in the Nation in the Level 3 (Grades 11-12) category, this past July at

the National FCCLA Leadership Conference. Hannah plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering so by competing in this event, this is furthering her research and

knowledge for her future career”.

When Hannah has free time she can be found painting, hiking, biking, or at a concert. She has a passion for everything sustainable, this being the reason she wants to pursue Environmental Engineering at either UC or the University of Tennessee. Hannah thanks her parents for their support and encouragement and ECHS science teacher Mr. Lamb for helping her to find her love for all things science and pushing her to do her very best.

JT Roden

East Central High School is proud to announce senior student JT Roden as a “Student of the

Month”. JT is the son of Justin and Jennifer Roden. He is a member of the ECHS Men’s Soccer team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Young Life.

JT has earned a name for himself in the soccer world. He has earned 2nd team All-State, EIAC offensive player of the year, Dearborn County player of the year, 3 time EIAC All-Conference, and holds the ECHS Men’s Soccer assist record. He has been named 3 time All-Dearborn County and has been team Captain the last two years. While his high school success is quite impressive, we look forward to watching him play Division 1 Soccer at Northern Kentucky University where he has been awarded an athletic scholarship.

ECHS Varsity Head Coach, Mr. BJ Black states “JT is not only a phenomenal athlete on the soccer field but he takes academics very seriously as well. He is a model student-athlete, and I look forward to seeing him continue his academic and athletic career”.

When JT is not playing or volunteering on a soccer field, he can be found fishing, watching

football, hunting, watching movies, or playing golf with friends. JT thanks his parents for being his number one supporter through his ups and downs and for always making it to his games. JT’s advice for underclassmen is “Enjoy your time in high school while it lasts. Four years will go quicker than you think. Make as many memories as you can with your friends''.

Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum


Freshmen Class = 329 students

Sophomore Class = 311 students

Junior Class = 330 students

Senior Class = 330 students

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.

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!

Dual Credit vs Dual Enrollment
Ivy Tech dual credit is college credit that students earn from credentialed high school teachers at ECHS at no cost to our families. Students do not need to leave ECHS in order to earn dual credit. Alternatively, dual enrollment is college credit that students earn from Ivy Tech faculty at the Ivy Tech Campus. ECHS has a flexible accommodating schedule for students who are eager to get on the Ivy Tech campus to earn additional college credits. Our Ivy Tech College Connection Coach, Mrs. Wendy Karle has office hours at ECHS each week. Students are encouraged to utilize her services or speak to their Guidance Counselor.

Welcome Back!


Mrs. Rosfeld


Notes from Guidance

The start of the school year has been a whirlwind of activity for the Guidance Department. We have been working diligently with each grade level and new enrollments to ensure that students are set up for a successful academic year. The ECHS Guidance Department is staffed by three counselors who cover students assigned by the following alphabet:

Mr. Brad Wynn: A-G

Mrs. Lisa Tupper: H-O

Mrs. Murdock: P-Z

Key items per grade:

The school year is quickly progressing and classes are continuing to work on specific items of completion. Listed below is an overview of tasks that each grade should be focused on completing.

Seniors: ECHS will be holding our Financial Aid Night on October 19th from 6:30- 8:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. We will have our representative from INvested who will do an overview on how to complete the parent and student sections of the FAFSA for the class of 2023. We highly encourage all parents and seniors to attend. If you can not attend the presentation, it will be live streamed on trojanmediaproductions.com and available to view at a later date if needed.

Seniors are also allowed to have two college visit days to explore or finalize colleges of choice. Fall break also serves as a great opportunity to visit colleges that are still in session without missing classes at ECHS. Several college representatives have met with seniors who have voiced interest and more are scheduled to arrive.

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 degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor's degree. Contact Wendi Karle at wkarle@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us for more information.


The PSAT (10/25) and ASVAB (9/21) tests will be available to the Juniors during the school day. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship. The ASVAB test option is a qualifier for students who need to meet the Graduation Pathway option for graduation. Counselors will discuss these options with the 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. More information will be provided as the March date approaches.

Sophomore and Freshman: These students should focus on their grades to build a strong transcript which will enable the most opportunities to them. Sophomores will take the PSAT on October 25th during the school year.

November 22nd the Southeastern Career Center will hold a presentation for all sophomores to review programs available to them for their junior and senior years. The website to review prior to this presentation is https://www.sccusa.org/. Sophomores will also be invited to attend a field trip to the Career Center on December 8th.

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


Ten East Central FFA members competed in the Area 1 Livestock Skillathon

CDE on Wednesday September 7 at South Ripley High School. Members

completed skill assessment in several areas including; breed, feed, livestock

equipment, and retail meat cut identification. They also completed a general

knowledge exam as well as a quality assurance assessment.

The top team for East Central placed 8 th . This team consisted of Bradley

Kolb, Kody Schilling and Lydia Kidd. The team of Zoey Eicher, Izzy Robben and

Julie Rider placed 16 th . The junior high team of Gus Loschiavo, Noah Lewis,

Cambryn Botts and Ella Lostutter placed 3 rd in the junior division.

Agricultural Structures, Fabrication and Design Students Build Workbenches

Students in Mr. Johnson’s Agricultural Structures, Fabrication and Design

students are building 20, 8 foot long workbenches to sell to the general public.

Students are gaining valuable experience in mass producing a quality built

product on a large scale. Profits made from the project will be used to purchase

additional materials for student projects and to buy some additional new tools for

the program.

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

Updates from The DropZone

It has been a great start to the 2022-2023 school year for DropZone. Through the school construction project, DropZone has an all new working area that is approximately 3 times the size of our previous work space. We are so thankful to the school corporation for investing in our learning. Our window now faces into the main Business hallway for EC making access to the DropZone services much easier. Each period you will find at least one and up to four student technicians working to help keep your student up and running with their technology needs. The work of these students is so important as they help keep ALL other students up and running when it comes to technology in the school.

Pictured: Calypso Stephens-Schneider

Trojan Exchange

Sales, Updates, and more!

The Trojan Exchange is now having their (Click Here!) September Sale. You can find all new items for sale along with existing items at sale prices.

ALL NEW ITEM: Bucket Hats


The Trojan Exchange is excited to announce that we are hosting a Spike-ball Tournament! The tournament will be held on September 25 on the ECHS football field from 12-4. Registration is $24 and is due by September 16! More information can be found here.


Did you know, the profits of the Trojan Exchange goes towards scholarships for Seniors in the Business Management classes at ECHS? This year, the Trojan Exchange wants to give away $20,000 in scholarships to our seniors! Every purchase you make or every event you support goes towards helping us reach that goal! Thank you to our customers for your continued support!

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Throughout the past month in engineering classes, the students have been carrying out a

number of different types of projects. Introduction to Engineering and Design, has been

learning about the Design Process along with Isometric and Multiview Drawings. They also

have carried out a couple of daily class challenges: The first was to create a device/cable car

system to carry a golf ball as far as possible across the room using a list of very limited

materials. One of the groups was able to get theirs to travel over 36 feet. The second one was

to create the tallest “Water Tower” possible using only cardstock and masking tape. The

towers had to hold a can of food for at least a minute to count. It was pretty impressive to see what my students were able to come up with in only one class period. Below are a few

examples of the towers.

Civil Engineering class has spent the majority of the last few weeks working on 3D models

of a house style that they researched. The process included first creating detailed

plans/sketches and then creating the models out of foam board. I have pictures of some of the houses that were created below. I think they did a great job on this project.

Computer-aided-Design class has been working to learn how to use the software called

AutoCAD, where they have been creating part drawings along with Multiview drawings of

different parts. Most of the parts are things like braces, connectors, and different types of

brackets that you would find in industry. Below is one example of many different CAD parts the students have been working on. Learning how to use AutoCAD is a difficult process but they are starting to get used to it and many of my students are starting to really take off.

Tech Club

Along with the many changes going on at the EC campus, a new club was formed. I am proud to introduce you to EC's Engineering & Technology club. This club is open to any high school student that wants to explore deeper into Engineering and Technology. These interests can be anything from Woodworking to Robotics all are welcome. Throughout the year we will hold various in house competitions between the two groups. Are you a Tinker or a Techie, come find out and see what it is all about. For questions See Mr. Kennedy, Rm 134. Meetings are held on every Wednesdays right after school until about 4:30.

Introduction to Construction Class they are learning to use a builders level and take accurate elevations. During this project they learn how to make conversions from decimals to fractions, taking elevations, setting grade, laying out perfectly straight lines, and how to layout a building site.

Engineering and Technology Education classes it requires students to work together on various projects. Working on developing these skills early in the year is essential for success. Here we have the Principles of Engineering Class working together to strengthen their critical thinking and team building skills.

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

It’s September, and our students already have a full month of school under their belts. Check out what’s happening in their English classes.

Dr. Rose-Ronnebaum

(Honors English 11 & English 11)

In English 11, students are researching areas associated with Arthur Miller's broadway play The Crucible. Areas of research included finding a famous quote pertaining to the play and reliving the history of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, Puritan foods, religions, entertainment, and much more. Students had to research, cite, prepare a slide show, and present their findings. After the end of the presentations and classes vote, the Best of Team Names and the Best of Presentations will be awarded. The Puritans and Indigenous Americans kicked off our literature adventure, and now juniors are 25% closer to being seniors!

Mrs. Trossman

(Adv. Speech, Adv. English 111, & Honors English 10)

ACP Speech students are preparing to deliver their sympathetic speeches, in which they are challenged to discuss a current controversy in a balanced and fair way. English 111 students are working on the Ad Analysis essay, uncovering how ads work to sell products and reflect our modern culture. Honors English 10 is completing Shakespearean background and preparing to read the comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Mrs. Stanley

(English 9, English 11, & Yearbook)

Mrs. Stanley's English 9 classes are finishing up their Short Stories Unit and learning about the three types of Irony. They will be moving on to the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck next week.

Mrs. Tucker

(Honors English 9 & English 9)

Mote is a voice messaging service that allows the English teachers to give verbal messages to students. It saves time and allows for more personal feedback. Mote increases student engagement by using the power of a teacher’s voice. On the left is Avi. She had eye surgery and was not able to use her Chromebook. On the left is Avi. She had eye surgery and was not able to use her Chromebook. Using Mote, I was able to send her voice messages so she could keep up with our class. On the right is Tatum. She took a hard header during a soccer game and suffered a concussion. She had to drastically limit her screen time. Using MOTE, I was able to send her voice messages so she could keep up with our class.

Mrs. Cecil

(English 9 & SpEd)

My 9th grade students are learning about multiple perspectives and injustice while reading To Kill A Mockingbird.

Mr. Meiners

(English 10 & Film Lit)

My classes just finished studying Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men. We discussed how it can be challenging to stand up for our beliefs. We are preparing for our Julius Caesar unit. We will be analyzing effective arguments and persuasion techniques. Students always enjoy the Julius Caesar Song Activity assignment in this unit where students have to write a song using Shakespearean language.

Mrs. Goodpaster

(English 10 & English 12)

My English 10 kiddos are continuing the year strong. We are wrapping up our study of 12 Angry Men by looking at the arguments for guilty and not guilty before moving on to Julius Caesar. My English 12 students are applying the hero’s journey to Beowulf and will soon apply the journey to the Canterbury Tales.

Mrs. Jackson

(Adv. English 111 & Honors English 10)

In English 111, we are creating timelines of natural and manmade disasters by analyzing the relationship between cause & effect. English 10 Honors is finishing up the Mythology Unit and preparing for the big test next week.

Map of the Underworld assignment for Mythology Unit

Emily Newkirk (left), Kaitlyn Stanley (middle), Ava Arnult (right)

Mrs. Ketcham

(AP Lit & Honors English 12)

In Honors English 12, we are in the midst of an epic battle between good & evil: Beowulf. After reading “The Battle with Grendel,” students wrote and performed “after-the-big-game” interviews. Pictured are Emily Hafertepen and Lori Masterson as they recap the battle highlights. Earlier this week, AP Lit students took a virtual field trip to Afghanistan as they prepared to read Khaled Hossein’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. After reading Part 1, they are excited to discuss their analysis in our first Socratic Seminar of the year.

Pictured are Lori Masterson and Emily Hafertepen as they recap the battle highlights.

Ms. Huber

(English 9 & SpEd)

My English 9 class will be starting Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck next week. I'm looking forward to reading this book with my students and exploring the many themes and ideas expressed in the novel through fresh and bright young eyes. I loved Of Mice and Men when I first read the story in high school, and I hope my students will come to cherish the story as much as I do.

Mrs. Pieczonka

(English 12)

English 12 students are currently reading Beowulf. They were using collaborative learning to locate textual evidence to support answers to their questions!


Brenda Osman bosman@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Introduction to Fashion and Textiles- The Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Students are currently working on threading the sewing machine and bobbin. They are also practicing sewing a ⅝” seam straight, while making hiar scrunchies. They will soon be working on learning how to sew curved seams while making fabric pumpkins for fall.

Advanced Child Development-The Advanced Child Development students are currently studying prenatal development. Students have also researched both genetic and environmental factors that affect an unborn baby.

Advanced Fashion & Textiles-The Advanced Fashion and Textiles Students have learned how to embroider a stamped design. They are now learning how to use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler while cutting 4” squares to make a lap quilt out of cotton scraps. These lap quilts will be donated to local elderly.

The Education Profession 1-These students are enjoying getting to know the students in the class they assist. They are also working on writing their “philosophy of education.”

ProStart 1: Culinary Arts & Hospitality

ProStart 1 students have been very busy learning about the Hospitality and Foodservice Industry. The focus of our lessons has been on foodservice areas within the Hospitality Industry, specifically commercial food service such as restaurants, catering, retail establishments, stadiums, cruise ships, airlines, & recreation. Students enrolled in this class can earn dual credit with Ivy Tech in “HOSP114: Intro to Hospitality'' as well as “HOSP101: Sanitation & Safety”. During the past month, students participated in many culinary labs including Iced Oatmeal Cookies, various Peach recipes from peaches donated by Beiersdorfer’s Orchard, Cream Cheese Breakfast Danishes, Baked Brie Canapes, student designed Capapes, and Small Bite Appetizers. Coming up next, students will make “Cruise Ship Recipes” as well as various dishes for their “Time Period” labs as we continue to learn about the Hospitality and Foodservice Industry.

ProStart 2: Advanced Culinary Arts

Students in ProStart 2 have been learning about Stocks, Sauces, & Soups. They learned all about Cooking Stocks and the 4 components of a quality stock: Mirepoix, Liquid, Nourishing Element, and Aromatics. Students also learned the steps on how to properly cool stock. The students made a chicken stock in the culinary lab and used the stock to make Chicken Noodle Soup & Chicken Saute. As the students made these recipes they demonstrated how to properly use “mise en place” in the culinary lab in order to work more efficiently. Next we moved onto learning all about the 5 Mother Sauces: Bechamel, Veloute, Espagnole, Tomato, & Hollandaise. Students will make each of these sauces and create a derivative sauce from each one. So far we have made a Bechamel Sauce and used it to create a Mac and Cheese, as well as a Espagnole sauce used to make a Mushroom Sauce.

These students also made beautiful Peach Pies which we donated to FCCLA for their Car Wash/Bake Sale fundraiser.


The FCCLA and FFA held their annual tailgate party before the EC vs. Franklin County Football game. The members from both groups enjoyed grilled hamburgers and hotdogs along with fresh baked cookies. The East Central FCCLA helped on Saturday with the FCN Bank of Sunman’s Shredding event to help combat identity theft. Also FCCLA will be holding their annual Eat Dinner with your Family Night on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the ECHS Cafeteria.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has almost 200,000 members and more than 4,700 chapters from 47 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

Fine Arts

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

Mark your calendar! BLINK is back in Cincinnati on October 13-16, 2022. This 4 day, 30 city blocks, outdoor art experience is sure to be unforgettable, uniting street art, projection mapping, and light based installations. Local artists as well as many international artists have been brought in to create large murals over entire buildings. A new feature added to BLINK is 300 drones being used to create a very surreal light show from above. Students have been studying about the artists behind this exhibition and what it takes to create an outdoor art exhibit to this size. Students are very excited about attending this event!! If you want more information, go this website https://www.blinkcincinnati.com/

In other classroom highlights, Drawing students have been learning about foreshortening and how to create a drawing that shows objects appearing shorter when viewed from a sharp angle. When the foreshortened object is close to us, the part appears large, while the part that moves away spatially appears smaller. Additional requirements are the principles of shading and characteristics of the Surrealism Movement being portrayed in the background of the drawing.

In digital photography class, students experimented with “weave photography”. The students edited the same photo differently to two photographs with different Photoshop settings. The students printed out the photos and woven them together to make one surreal photograph.

Foreign Language


From Shun Kurumado (art/Japanese teacher), many years ago, one student asked me if I could be a sponsor of the Japanese club. Since then, the club has offered many opportunities for the members to learn its cultures and traditions. This year, we had a great start with around 30 members. The new Japanese club officers for this year are Emily Dehne, AJ Rumpke, Avery Meyer, Andrew Weiss, Emmanuel Brayton, Skye Gilbertson, Evan Rumpke and Kaiden Clark. They decide the topics and the activities for every meeting. This student-centered club holds meetings every other Monday from 3:10 until 4:30 in room 109. Everyone is welcome to join!


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

The students in Mrs. Reinshagen’s Algebra 2 honors class just completed working on laws of exponents, radical and exponential forms, and simplifying radicals. They have been currently working hard on factoring polynomials. Students work in small groups in order to collaborate and learn from each other. Once they are completed with factoring they will move on to learning about Pascal’s triangle and use it for binomial expansion.


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

Drama News

The drama department will be presenting Peter Pan.

Performance dates will be Friday. Nov 4th at 7:00p, Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00p and Sunday, Nov. 6th at 3:00p.

Choir news

The Choir Department is excited for this upcoming year. Students are working hard toward the fall concert which will be presented on Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00p.

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

Quarter One is zipping by! The Freshen classes have been busy learning new skills for flag football and tennis. Mrs. Andres’ classes are working on throwing the perfect spiral and correct footwork, both key components when executing plays. Mrs. Beck’s classes have been hitting the courts to sharpen their scoring knowledge and improve on their serves/strokes. An intense double elimination tournament ended with some partners coming out on top.

Tennis Champions: Emma Hornbach and Madison Noel, Liz Hudnell and Josie Daugherty, Rowan Pies and Cece Koehler (pictured with runner-ups , Bella Bonel and Taylor Bear), Paige Hotze, Taylor Ensinger and Madelyn Morris (pictured below), and Onika Herbert and Madison Goodwin. Congratulations Everyone!

In the Strength and Conditioning classes students continue to pump iron and see results. They are working hard to show improvement in all areas. Wednesdays focus on speed and agility. Mr. Walter’s Health classes are currently studying mental health. Safe Passage will be starting back soon. The Intro to AT classes continue to learn the day-to-day skills needed to be a successful trainer. Keep up the great work!


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

As we continue to progress through the first quarter, the science department continues to push student thinking and engagement with high quality instructional activities to pique curiosity and interest in the world of scientific thought. Here's a brief rundown of some activities taking place!

Earth Science students are currently learning about the different types of rocks, their formation, and differentiation between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.

Integrated Chemistry/Physics students are learning and applying Newton's Laws of Motion to various situations to understand how fundamental forces work in the universe.

Physics students are exploring the five fundamental and universal equations of acceleration and motion. Students showed great mastery on a group problem solving activity with them ranking 5th out of the last 20 years of physics students.

Chemistry II students are using principles of periodic trends to predict the density of Germanium, which was an unknown element when the original periodic table was created in 1869.

AP Chemistry students are building complex organic molecules using molecular models. Students are then evaluating the molecule and predicting the geometry, polarity, and bond hybridization

Biology students are building complex macromolecules through paper modeling and demonstrating an understanding of how individual repeating monomers chemically bond to form large biological macromolecules.

Biomedical Science students are creating models of the brain using swim caps to understand the different areas of the brain and their primary function.

Chemistry I students are learning about the correct number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom or isotope of a substance. They have also done research into atomic history and the behavior of electrons during a flame testing lab.

AP Biology students are working on developing models to explore the different transport mechanisms across cell membranes.

In Anatomy and Physiology, the students are in the middle of discussing cytology (the study of cells). They are highlighting and breaking down the structures and functions of the organelles found in animal, plant, fungi, and protist cells.

In Biology II, the students are identifying the stages of the cell cycle with emphasis on mitosis and meiosis, along with the related organelles of the cell that carry out these processes.

Social Studies

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

Mr. Owen's American History classes are currently studying the move to Independence and the Revolutionary War. They are also working on semester projects that require an analysis of change over time as demonstrated through the comparison of primary source documents.

Europen HIstory students are currently studying the Reformation era in Northern Europe. This class is also working on semester projects that require a comparison of events surrounding specific years in post-medieval society.

In Mr. Lewis' Intro to American Politics classes, we are currently discussing civil liberties and freedoms by breaking down constitutional cases. Students have been asking great questions and proposing interesting hypotheticals in which we then explore our rights as citizens.


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

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


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