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East High School - Sioux City, Iowa

APRIL 2021

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The school year is quickly coming to a close with April being the month of assessments: Open Response for Language Arts, the BME for Math, ACT for all juniors, Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (formally known as Iowa Assessments) for all 9th – 11th graders and District Common Assessments.

Tuesday, April 20, all juniors have the opportunity to take the ACT test for free, in the morning. Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will not have school. Juniors, this a great opportunity to see if you are college and career ready. Most colleges require an ACT test score to enroll. The afternoon of April 20 we will be transitioning the eighth grade students to East High School.

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress will start April 26 and will be administered in the 9th – 11th grade students’ English and Math classes, as well as the Science classes for tenth graders. These tests are used to compare schools across Iowa so we really want our students to do their best.

We use data from all these assessment to guide instruction and improve our curriculum. The state of Iowa uses the results to rank schools, improve curriculum, and for funding. The Federal Government uses it to compare states’ educational programing and guide funding.

Seniors, Prom is on Saturday, May 1, at The Arena Sports Academy, be on the lookout for more information in the next couple of weeks. The one requirement for Prom is to be passing all your classes (with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not using the attendance requirement this year). We will require masks and practice social distancing for all the Prom events. Seniors who have a guest from another school will need to have their guest’s school complete the Guest Permission Form. The forms are available from Ms. Benson in the Main Office. The After-Prom Committee has being working very hard planning, fundraising and organizing this years Prom. Please take time to thank them.

Please have a safe Spring Break and enjoy the time with family and friends. Get some rest and be prepared for a month of assessments.

Richard O. Todd

East High School Principal


A Note from Ms. Padomek ~ 9th Grade Principal~

Greetings from the Freshman House Team,

The Freshman House team continues to meet every 2A. We develop plans of success, meet with students, work with students, and acknowledge students. One of our favorite ways to acknowledge students is our Freshman Honors assembly. We did so this year with a Virtual Honors Assembly during Homeroom. Students were recognized and awarded a certificate based on their GPA achieved for their first semester of high school. There are three levels of honors available: Honors (3.0-3.49 GPA), Distinguished Honors (3.5-3.99 GPA), and Highest Honors (4.0+ GPA). Remember that your overall GPA will fluctuate each semester and that you have the opportunity to work hard and improve your grades for second semester and throughout the remainder of your high school career.

The best way to improve your grades is to be present, complete and turn in your assignments, and ask questions – ADVOCATE for yourself. If you need extra assistance, remember that After School Study Session is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday right after school. You need to earn more than 9.1 credits to promote to 10th grade, so please check your grades weekly.

As the school year is winding down, my advice to you is the same I gave my own children – “Finish strong!”

Deb Padomek | Assistant Principal

Sioux City Community School District

East High School

Ph: (712) 274-4000 | Fax: (712) 274-4670


~ First Semester Honor Roll Lists ~

Seniors Mark Your Calendar!

Class of 2021

Senior Student Information

Mark Your Calendar!

January 21 st …. 2nd Semester begins

March 17 th …. Caps & Gowns arrive!

Herff Jones will be set up in The Commons for distribution

May 1st …. Grand March hosted by After Prom | TBD | Sign Up: Online | March: 4pm

May 1st …. Prom | The Arena | 8pm – 11pm

May 1 st .... After Prom | The Arena | 11:30pm - TBD

May 19 th …. Senior Honors Assembly for students with 3.0 GPA or higher | EHS Auditorium | 5 pm

May 21 st …. Seniors’ Last Day

May 21 st …. Senior Grades Due | Canvas will update by 4 pm

May 28 th …. Graduation Rehearsal | Mandatory | Tyson Events Center | 8 am

All seniors must attend practice to participate in the graduation ceremony

May 29 th …. Graduation | Tyson Events Center

Seniors line up for graduation | 5:15 pm

Graduation Ceremony begins | 6 pm


Mrs. Burkhart Burns | Registrar

(712) 274-4002

EHS Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations got to Ms. Schiller this month. She is incredible with her kids. She is dedicated, hard-working, and truly wants them to succeed. She is ensuring that they understand how to correctly write and format papers and that they don’t miss a step. If a student does not understand, she works, hard with him/her to make it happen. She really cares about the kids and their learning!

Has been there to support ANY and ALL students. She created to-do lists, posts videos, is in constant communication with guardians, using her plan time to pull and assist students, sending emails to homeroom teachers with who is on what step of the process. She has gone above and beyond to help make her students successful with a smile on her face!

Rotary Student Of The Month - March

Congratulation to Karlie Stoos on being named Rotary Student of the Month! Karlie is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and has been on the Honor Roll all four years. She is the President of Student Council, servied on the Mayor's Youth Commission Executive Council, and has been active in cross country and track and field. Karlie is the daughter of Renee and Adam Heath and Wade and Char Stoos.
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Shout Out To The EHS Maintenance Team

This month we would like to thank our maintenance Team for their work here at East High. They work behind the scenes keeping the building clean, sanitized and running. They come in early to shovel the sidewalks and entry ways when it snows. They set up and take down the gym for games while still completing their daily classroom cleaning. Please give them a thank you when you see them around the building.

Lindy Pedersen, Sterlyng Carmen, Matt Nelson, Tim Thompson, Nathan Foltz, Tracy Berthusen, and James Marksbury.

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"Masque of the Red Death" - Breakout Room

Mrs. Pick’s English III classes just finished reading Edgar Allan Poe’s short story: “Masque of the Red Death”. To culminate their study of this classic piece of American Literature, which happens to be quite relevant now in this pandemic year, students took part in a 90-minute breakout room. The physical classroom was set up to represent the story. It was dark, there was creepy music playing, the teacher was in a costume, and there were clues hidden around the room and the hallway.

A hybrid mix of virtual and hands-on, the students used the story to delve into characterization, symbolism, and literary devices. Just like in Poe’s story, there were 7 “rooms” they had to break out of, each with a code they solved together for to get to the next. They collaborated to solve cryptograms, decode devices, and analyze theme and then the winning team to break out first won a pack of color-themed cupcakes, which tie into the7 color-themed rooms of the “Masque of the Red Death”. Additionally, they won extra credit, as did all the other teams in cascading order of their completion. According to one student, “This is one of the best activities I’ve ever done. It was easy to stay focused because it’s fun to solve all the puzzles and I like competing against other teams.” Mrs. Pick added, “They’re having so much fun working on these tasks together that I don’t even think they realize they’re learning!”

4A class winners: Jack Rees, Yareli Morales, Taejon Jones, and Brooklyn Woods-Parkhill.

4B class winners: Drew Doty, Kyler Pittman, Myah Higgins, and Stacie Synder.

After School Study Session and Silver Cord Hours

Megan Jacobson is earning her Silver Cord hours and giving back to the school by tutoring in After School Study Session.

After School Study Sessions are available for any EHS students needing some extra assistance with their classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:05 - 6:05 pm.

Pi Day Fun!

Our East High Math teachers know how to represent Pi day and wear their masks!

Mr. Wiersma, Mr. Mounts, Ms. Burns, Ms. Andersen, Ms. Moreland, Ms. Mulvihill, and Ms. Mounts.

Physic Classes

Classroom Shout Out

New EHS staff member Mr. Starr would like to send a shout out to Mya Snowfly and Olivia Stolpe for making his start at East High GREAT. He says "they are always polite and positive in his class."


East High Robotics Team ~ Epsilon League

Click here to check out their League Tournament Match 6 - Ultimate Goal.

First Cleanup of 2021!

We are proud of these Environmental Club students for having pride in their school campus and working to clean up the planet. Look at all the trash! Please put your trash in the trash can, not in the parking lots!

Student Council Receives State Service Award!

The Student Council attended the annual IASC Leadership Conference in Des Moines and at this conference they received the annual Kelly Neiber Service Award for their “Bickford Buddies” project. The East High Student Council was chosen for this award over so many fantastic service projects from across our whole state. We are so proud of these kids and how they have continued to forge ahead through this difficult year ever. They are more determined than ever to affect positive change and culture in our school and our community.

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National Honor Society Creates

NHS student made Easter cards and stuffed Easter eggs for local nursing homes to help them celebrate Easter this weekend.
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The Varsity Show Choir, “The Headliners,” were invited last fall to perform at the 2021 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it was converted to a virtual format. Our students’ performance will still be viewed by thousands of choral directors from around the world. Due to the obvious challenges this year, we could submit performance videos from previous years, so we submitted excerpts from our 2020 production. Three years’ worth of students worked toward this goal, so we are feeling particularly proud this week. If you see members of “The Headliners”, give them a socially-distanced pat on the back.

East High - Iowa Forensic League State Speech Sweepstake Champions!

The East High Speech and Debate team competed at the Iowa Forensic League State Speech and Debate tournament March 4th and 5th (virtually) against teams across the entire state including Ames, Bettendorf, Clark, Davenport, Dowling, Iowa City, John F. Kennedy, Johnston, Muscatine, Okoboji, DSM North, Roosevelt, Waterloo, and Valley (to name a few). Students competed in 3 back-to-back rounds and then a finals round which all students rankings together helped gain us sweepstakes points! Because of their placements and how well they did in all rounds, Sioux City East are the Iowa Forensic League STATE SPEECH SWEEPSTAKES CHAMPIONS!!! #1 in the STATE!!!

Sioux City East in 1st with 87 points, Dowling in 2nd with 72, and Roosevelt in 3rd with 40 points!

Additionally, we have 4 STATE CHAMPIONS in 3 events for the STATE of IOWA!!!

In Poetry, Maddy Barnes placed 6th , Avery Gomez placed 3rd, Ruby Dominick placed 2nd, and Caleb Baker is STATE CHAMPION!!!!

In Prose, Ruby Dominick placed 5th, Chloe Evans placed 4th, Nizsha Flory placed 3rd, Juan Fuentes placed 2nd, and Carter Vanderloo is STATE CHAMPION!!!! (Yes, we swept this category!)

In Duo Interpretation, Laney Nathaniel and Ella Berkenpas placed 6th , and Carter Vanderloo and Max Braunstein are STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!

In Dramatic Interpretation, Jacob Mace placed 5th , and Max Braunstein placed 2nd!!

In Program of Oral Interpretation, Caleb Baker placed 4th!!

This also means that Carter Vanderloo is a DOUBLE State Champion and back-to-back State Champion of Prose, and Max Braunstein is back-to-back State Champion in Duo Interpretation!

Congratulations to EVERYONE who competed at the Iowa Forensic League State Tournament! Students worked so hard and competed against the best in the state! Congratulations to Aubrey Hanks who broke to semi-finals in Original Oratory and to Natalie Stubbe for a great showing in her rounds as well! All of these students represented East high with class and professionalism! We received over 18 pieces of hardware INCLUDING the State Tournament Cup!! Please help us in congratulating these students and their HUGE success at the Iowa Forensic League State tournament!


District Speech Individual Events Results

The district Speech IE contest was held March 3rd. Every student performed tremendously. We had 25 total categories with 17 students participating. Out of the 25 categories, 22 received an overall 1 rating which means they will get to perform for the state contest with an opportunity to be selected to go to all state.

Unlike large group these students are performing on their own independent piece, the pressure is high and it can get very nerve racking being one on one with a judge. If you see any of the following students please congratulate them on their success!

Carter Vanderloo: Prose- 1 Rating, Poetry- 1 Rating

Max Braunstein: Acting- 1 Rating, Musical Theater- 1 Rating

Ty Cullison: Radio Broadcasting- 2 Rating,

Aaron Quillen: Spont Speaking- 1 Rating

Ella Berkenpass: Spont Speaking- 2 Rating, Improv- 1 Rating

Nate Ruiz: Improv: 1 Rating, After Dinner: 1 Rating

Ruby Dominick: Musical Theater: 1 Rating

Devon Lund:Improv: 2 Rating

Taylor King: Acting: 1 Rating

Isabelle Ford: Story Telling: 1 Rating

Halean Streit: Story Telling: 1 Rating

Jacob Mace: Musical Theater: 1 Rating, Radio Broadcasting: 1 Rating

Hannah Cary: Poetry: 1 Rating, Radio Broadcasting: 1 Rating

Juan Fuentes: Prose: 1 Rating, Story Telling: 1 Rating

Chloe Evans: Prose: 1 Rating

Aubrey Hanks: Original Oratory: 1 Rating

Caleb Baker: Poetry: 1 Rating

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Missouri River Conference Activity Calendar

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A Note from our Nurse Regarding 11th Grade Students

Parents of 11th grade students:

There are new requirements for your student’s immunization status at school, please read the following so you know what you will need to obtain for your child so you can fill the needed requirements before the start of the 2021/2022 school year.

Effective January 11, 2017, the change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. There is no grace period for this and it needs to be done prior to the school year.

Meningococcal disease caused by any serogroup is very serious. Approximately 10 to 15% of people with meningococcal disease die even with appropriate treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20% suffer from serious after-effects, such as permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. Meningococcal vaccines are very safe and effective at preventing meningococcal disease. The meningococcal vaccine is 85 – 100% effective at preventing infection from the subtypes of meningococcus found in the vaccine. The National Immunization Survey (NIS) Teen, 2015 results indicate 75% of Iowa adolescents 13-17 years of age have received one dose the Meningococcal (A, C, W, and Y) vaccine. The national average for one dose of meningococcal vaccine is 81.3%. The meningococcal secondary school vaccine requirement will help Iowa achieve and maintain high adolescent vaccine coverage levels, protecting the health of adolescents, friends, families, and communities.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office and make an appointment for the meningitis vaccine. Most students do not have this requirement met as it is new. You will need to check your home records with the dates above, or call your physician’s office to see what your status is. If you have no insurance, you may call the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119 to schedule an appointment. Some of you may have received this vaccine but not given a copy to East High as it was not required, so if you have received it within the dates above please send a copy to school. Any records can also be faxed to East High at 712- 274-4670 with attention to the school nurse. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Nancy Treft

School Nurse, East High School

~ After School Study Session ~

Study Sessions run Tuesday - Thursday from 3:05 to 6:05 and there is a bus that will run at 5:00 for those who need transportation.

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Paying School Fees is Quick and Easy Online

Do you have school fees that need to be paid? Visit and click on the “Parents” tab to pay your fees online. On the drop-down menu of the “Parents” tab, you can select “Pay Curriculum and Meal Fees.” Both links will take you to “My School Bucks” to complete the payment transaction. Payment for curriculum resource fees can be made under the “School Store” by selecting “Categories” and then “Curriculum Fees.”

If you have any questions, please contact our school’s bookkeeper. Thank you.

Immunization & Screening Requirements

Before next fall, make sure your child’s immunizations, dental screenings, and vision screenings are up-to-date. According to law, there are requirements for children entering kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. Visit our website to learn more.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment. Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.

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