East Central

eNewsletter December 2021

Notes from the Principal

This holiday season continues to bring opportunities and successes that were so limited and challenging a year ago. Considering the fact that at this time last year we had just completed a week and a half of remote learning and were now in a hybrid model where only half of our students were able to attend in person. From the holiday concerts to in-person sporting events without seating restrictions, to the many philanthropic efforts going on right now, we're living school life to the fullest right now. We continue to remind ourselves to stay thankful and not take for granted all we are able to accomplish again.

In Academics, our 2nd quarter is coming to an end next Thursday, December 16th, and 1st semester finals begin Friday, December 17th. Finals will continue through Tuesday, December 21st making up 15% of all final semester grades. Please make sure your child/student is getting the encouragement and rest they need so that they can be as successful as possible. EC students continue to excel despite last year's lost instructional time due to COVID.

In Athletics, winter sports are in full swing. Girls basketball and wrestling retaining State rankings and both boys and girls swimming and boys basketball despite some significant losses to graduation are off to great starts. We are looking forward to continued EC dominance in athletics through the winter months. A big thank you to Don Stonefield, Athletic Director, and all of our winter coaches. We are...EC!

In the arts, A Christmas Carol, was a great success, and auditions for Legally Blonde, our spring show begin this month. Both, band and choir holiday concerts were wonderfully performed before in-person crowds...something I was certainly thankful for. Not that Trojan Media doesn't do an amazing job bringing the action home to us, but I know every parent, grandparent, etc. appreciates being in the "room" supporting their family members on the stage.

EC and our surrounding communities remain steadfast in our support of Cpl Kelsee Lainhart, a 2019 graduate and one of the service members severely injured in the blast at Kabul airport this fall. She continues her journey toward recovery in Chicago. Please continue your support with wishes and positive thoughts and prayers. Again, thank you to Kelsee for her service and sacrifice.


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


Tom Black

Students of the Month

Gilberto Trejo

Gilberto Trejo exhibits the qualities of a hard working East Central High School Student of the Month by being a Twenty First Century Scholar and by learning a trade or two spending his junior year at Southeastern Career Center learning auto service and welding technology as a senior.

Gilberto exhibits a love for work while taking care of a wide variety of plants at the greenhouse where he is employed. He enjoys making use of his auto service skills working on his truck. He also puts his barbering skills to work while cutting men’s hair. He helps out his grandpa and does some volunteer work in the Sunman community.

His goal is to become a Spanish Teacher, attending Ivy Tech for two years and then transferring to a school yet to be determined to earn his degree. He credits and thanks his English Language Learner Instructional Assistant, Diane Quiroz with his desire to help others learn a second language. Gilberto says, “Mrs. Quiroz has helped me so much with learning English and how to keep up with all my classes. I would like to thank her with all my heart. I don’t know how I could have done it without her help.”

Mrs. Quiroz reflects about Gilberto this way. “Gilberto is a student who always works with a positive attitude and determination. He faces challenges with optimism and makes people smile with his cheerful personality. His ambition and willingness to work hard will surely lead him to success in anything he chooses to do. I am very proud of him!”

East Central High School Guidance Director, Rhonda Murdock comments about Gilberto. “Gilberto Trejo is a student who has inspired many of our students to achieve their personal goals. As a bilingual student he has risen to achieve the honor roll while also learning English as a second language. He has been a tremendous support to students struggling to learn English. His personal experience and love for education have encouraged his interest in becoming a Foreign Language Teacher. Gilberto will be an asset in whatever career path he ultimately chooses.”

When speaking to his peers Gilberto advises, “Always reach for your dreams, nothing is impossible. You can achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Allie Andres

Allie Andres certainly fits the profile of Student of the Month and East Central High School is pleased to introduce her and showcase her talents. School activities for Allie include Drama Club, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, National Honors Society, Concert and Show Choir as well as the after school choir, Tonal Eclipse. Allie is also Choreographer for the Show Choir.

She has a great love for musical theatre having performed with the ECHS Drama Department since 2011 when she was 8 years old. She worked with the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's STAR NKU performance of The Spongebob Musical where she spent the month of July singing, dancing and tapping. Her musical talents also include playing piano, guitar and ukulele. She plans to attend college to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre.

Allie receives praise from Choir Director Donna Tanner who states, “Allie is a talented, dedicated, motivated and all together outstanding student. In class, she is a shining example of hard work, attentiveness and leadership. On stage she dominates whatever role she plays, fearless in her character and always professional. I know her future is bright and she will accomplish everything she desires.”

In her free time Allie is a Taylor Swift fan, watches musicals and Tim Burton movies, paints and enjoys all things art and has a love for cats. Allie is involved in Young Life and is part of the youth group at St. Peter’s volunteering any place she is needed.

If she could thank those who have helped make her who she is today she says, “I will forever send a thanks to my mom, dad and sisters, Drama and Choir Teachers, Kari Zengerling and Donna Tanner, my voice coach Heidi Miller and my late aunt Sheryl. They all play such a huge role in my life and are my main support system.”

“If I could give other students advice, I would say experience life, take the risk, love hard, be kind, stay humble and don’t hold back. Be who you want to be and make your own goals, don’t do what everyone else is doing (that’s boring!). I make sure to really work towards what betters me everyday!”.

Congratulations and Welcome Officer Dennis Palmer!

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School Breakfast and Lunch Update from Sunman Dearborn School Corporation

Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools is pleased to announce that the USDA has extended the nationwide waiver due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic allowing ALL students regardless of
socioeconomic status, to receive FREE meals at school. According to the USDA, this program will continue through the 2021-22 school year.
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Toys For Tots

StuCo's Toys for Tots drive was such a big hit, B105 wanted to get involved. Execs Janie Robbins, Ray Krider, and Hannah Doan helped with this great leadership opportunity by delivering the toys. StuCo moderator, Mrs. Bettina Rose-Ronnebaum, and Yearbook Advisor, Mrs. Kati Stanley, took care of advertising and making the connection with B105 to pay it forward to those in need this holiday season.

Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum

Grade Reports

Semester grades will be finalized after the Holiday Break, January 7. Please take time to check your child’s grades in your Parent Portal account.

Semester grades are calculated by:

Q1 = 42.5%

Q2 = 42.5%

Final Exam = 15%

Semester Final Exams - Attendance is mandatory as final exams are not given early.

12/17, 12/20 & 12/21

Khan Academy & Schoolhouse.world
The Indiana Department of Education announced a new partnership with Schoolhouse.world to support students in grades 8-12 with free tutoring for SAT preparation, math courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
In addition to resources through Schoolhouse.world, Khan Academy and College Board offer free SAT practice resources. This free resource comes as all Indiana high school juniors prepare to take the SAT this spring. Students can visit Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy – a personalized online program that helps students practice for the SAT with thousands of sample questions, instant feedback, video lessons and full-length practice tests. Nationwide, more than 10 million students have signed up for free SAT practice through Khan Academy. To learn more about these learning resources, and to sign up for a tutoring session, visit www.schoolhouse.world or www.khanacademy.org.

National Honor Society Tutoring

Every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4pm in Room #114 (Mrs. Ketcham’s Room).

Extended School Day Program

Students are invited to participate in a free, extended school day program at East Central High School. This extended day opportunity has been created in order to address any learning loss that may have occurred due to the pandemic. The program will run from October through May of the current school year, two days per week, for one hour beyond the regular school hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in having your student attend, please contact Mrs. Rosfeld.

SAT & ACT Information
ACT Local Test Dates

SAT Local Test Dates

Don't forget to check out the Admissions webpage of any college you are interested in attending. You can find a "Freshman Profile" that will give you more information about the GPA, academic rigor, community service, and test scores required for admission.

You can click on the following links to learn more about taking the ACT/SAT:
ACT Information

When should I take the SAT?

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.

Trojan Food Pantry

Did you know that ECHS has a Food Pantry? It is available to all families that are in need of food as long as they have a student in Sunman Dearborn Schools. There are no additional requirements. Please contact Mrs. Osman, 812-576-4811 ext. 11302, for additional information.


Mrs. Rosfeld


Notes from Guidance

Scheduling process for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in December.

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

  • The target date to release 2022-23 schedules to students is in April. Last day to change schedules for 2022-23 will be May 26th.

Key items per grade:

Seniors: 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.

Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Feb. 8th from 6-7pm for current seniors and parents who may want individual assistance with completing and filing the FAFSA.

Seniors are allowed two college visit days to explore or finalize colleges of choice. Deadlines are quickly approaching for college applications and guidance counselors are always available to assist as needed. December 1st was another deadline for many college applications.

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.

Juniors: The ASVAB test was offered on Sept. 22nd during the school day. Students have been given their results during the interpretation session. Another ASVAB will be offered for students who may need it on April 6th.

SAT School Day: New required test for all juniors in the state of Indiana beginning with the class of 2023 is the SAT that will be given during the school day on March 2, 2022. 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: Students interested in the Southeastern Career Center need to complete the enrollment form found HERE. This form has been posted in the English Google Classroom as well as emailed to students. View this Presentation to see what SCC has to offer especially for those who need an alternative option for Graduation Pathways. This Info Sheet has valuable information on SCC as well.

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 three eight-week sessions left throughout the year. These are online, virtual, in-person, or blended classes; students choose whatever works best. As an East Central High School student, there is a full scholarship for these courses, and books are free through the spring sessions.

Here are the upcoming sessions:

January 19-March 15

March 23-May 17

June 6-July 30 (Yes, you can still earn your ICC with summer courses)!

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


Students in Roy Johnson’s Agricultural Structures, Fabrication & Design class gain valuable experience in building a variety of agricultural projects for members of the community. The class offers the students a chance to work on larger, more complicated projects that range from carpentry to metalwork, and the repair and maintenance of equipment. You are welcome to contact Roy Johnson, Agriculture Instructor at rjohnson@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Pictured L to R with a miter saw stand: Bradley Kolb and Brady Hornberger

Pictured L to Right with a work bench: Bradley Bolger and Chase Fultz


On Tuesday November 30, eleven East Central High School Landscape Management students completed the Bobcat Skid Steer Certification Program at Bobcat Enterprises in Cincinnati, Ohio. Students spent the morning in the training room where they received classroom instruction on safe operation of the skid steer and completed a test. Ind the afternoon, they spent 2 hours operating the skid steer, working the bucket, loading and unloading material and performing correct start up and shut-down procedures.

Pictured L to R: Kyle Lay, Caleb Harper and John Kathman

Pictured L to R: Clayton Bowling, Evan Kuhn, Evan Laudick, Sophie Merk, James Bulach, Bryson Dossenback and Carson Sheehan


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

Have you thought about adding Introduction to Accounting to your schedule next year?

If you enjoy your other business courses or are interested in taking your first business course, consider the Introduction to Accounting course. This introductory course is available as a dual-credit course, so you will receive college credit! It will save you time and money in college to have the course already completed.

Throughout this semester, students have been able to learn and understand the basics of accounting through virtual escape rooms, Accounting Monopoly, QR code scavenger hunts, viewing company’s financial statements and other various activities. Whether you want to become an accountant or own your own business one day, the Introduction to Accounting class will help you learn vital business skills that will be beneficial in your future career!


Mr. Kennedy displaying the many class offering and opportunities at the most recent 8th Grade Parent Night. From Introductory classes to Principals of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Systems in Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, Engineering Development and Design, etc. there's something for everyone on in our Engineering and Technology Department.


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

Juniors in Mrs. Rose-Ronnebaum’s English classes celebrated the time period of 1800-1900 with a poetry project focusing on American gothic, transcendental, and realism pieces from the period. Students had to create a slideshow covering the biography of the author, the symbolic meaning to the poem, and the song lyric that best connects to the poem in some way. MLA citations and the use of TurnItIn were also required. After students created the project, they had to present it to the class. Students worked on the project for a week and did a wonderful job!

One aspect of the presentation that students were asked to focus on was the ability, through language, to elicit “music” while reading their poem using their voice. The students then voted on “Poetry Elocution Winners” every day with a tallied award at the end of the project. The following pictures highlight the podium winners to Mrs. R’s First Annual Poetry Elocution Contest. First place received a bag of poetry goodies and both second and third place winners earned some tasty treats. Congratulations to all!

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Brenda Osman bosman@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Introduction to Fashion and Textiles

The Introduction to Fashion and Textiles students are currently studying the elements and principles of design. They will practice their design skills by sketching an original clothing design using a croquis. They will then share which elements and principles of design are used in their design as well as what inspired their design.

Advanced Child Development

During this quarter, students have had the opportunity to care for a Real Care infant simulator for 14-36 hours. Students had to determine the care the infant simulator needed based upon a real live infant’s schedule under 3 weeks old. The “infant” may need to be rocked, fed, burped or diaper changed. Many students have commented on how needy an infant can be and how much they can wake you up in the middle of the night. In addition, students have completed making their quilts and have done an outstanding job with this project also.

Education Professions

Cadet teachers are currently learning about classroom management. They are problem solving on how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and what will possibly work best for them as a teacher. They are spending time observing their supervising teachers and determining which methods will work best for them in their future classroom.



Members of the East Central FCCLA had another busy month! We received the results of the Fall National Conference Demonstration Contests and our students did very well! We also planned and hosted our annual Middle School Girls’ Night on December 2nd, which focused on building confidence and relationships. We had over 60 Middle School Girls attend with 45 High School FCCLA Members. It was a wonderful experience with Mrs. Linda Hutchinson, from Rock Solid Families serving as our keynote speaker on “Building Your Self-Esteem”. Other speakers were Katelynn Osman, 2020 Indiana FCCLA State President, who shared “How to build your Leadership Skills” and Safe Passage led a session on “Relationships 101.” A special thank you to Jocelyn Inderhees and Alexandra Seubert for organizing/leading the event.

The East Central FCCLA Members also decorated the Christmas Tree at the North Dearborn Village on December 7th. While there, we decorated cookies with the elderly residents and served them homemade chicken noodle soup. Both young and old had a memorable time doing these favorite holiday activities! We really enjoy making a difference in the lives of our elderly friends!

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Fine Arts

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

Ceramic students explored how to throw on a potter’s wheel! They learned the fundamentals of throwing, including wedging the clay, centering, opening, pulling the walls, and shaping a cylinder, bowl, and cup. In addition, they learned how to use hand tools to trim and texture their pieces. Glaze applications were added as the final component. Below are students Olivia Arnold and Brody Dossenback.

In addition to throwing on the wheel, ceramic students just finished a unit on ceramic sculpture where they explored how to build clay in negative and positive space from all viewpoints in a three dimensional work. Ceramic students assembled the sculpture using additive and subtractive hand building techniques. Below is Emma Williams with her dragon sculpture.

Painting I students just finished a unit on the famous artist, Kehinde Wiley. Kehinde Wiley is a contemporary African-American artist that empowered men and women with a classical portrait pose with a densely patterned background. Painting students emulated their self portraits or of someone they knew characterizing this. Below are students Abby Bowling, Jayme Pennington, Ray Krider, and Kaitlyn Dehne.

Foreign Language

Matt Lyon - mslyon@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

¡Feliz Navidad!

Navidad is a major holiday in Spanish speaking countries and because of that the Spanish classes have been excited about learning about the traditions and celebrations of those countries. Because each country has its own unique traditions from Las Posadas to Misa de Gallo, there is a lot going on during the month of December in the Spanish speaking world. Spanish IV students are researching each country's traditions to share with the class. Spanish II will read about the story of the poinsettias, the Christmas flower, and then they will follow instructions in Spanish to make a poinsettia.


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

This month the math department would like to recognize one of our students, Jill Wilhelm. Jill has desires to be a math teacher. She is enrolled in Education Professions which is a dual credit college course through Ivy Tech that prepares students who are looking to pursue a career in education. Jill has chosen to be placed in Algebra I and II with Mr. Bentley. This makes Jill the first Education Professions student to work in a high school setting. She spends three periods each day cadet teaching in these classes.

Since being placed with Mr. Bentley, Jill has been able to relearn algebra and assist other algebra students with grasping the concepts taught in class. While spending time in a real class setting, Jill has learned tasks as small as making copies for Mr. Bentley as well as tutoring students who need extra help with assignments. She has also been able to help with grading, work with students individually, as well as build relationships with teachers in the math department and her peers. Within the last couple of months, Jill has been able to teach point-slope form in Algebra I and the quadratic formula in Algebra II. Jill was very nervous teaching, but did a great job!

Jill was just informed that she has been selected to participate in the Indiana Department of Education’s 2022 Go Teach Mentorship Program. The program will be kicking off the weekend of January 8th which is the College Football Playoff Championship weekend. Through this mentorship, Jill will attend meetings and gain knowledge and get advice from teacher mentors. Jill is very excited to continue learning about the field of education and we are proud of her and the progress she has made!

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

Choir News

The choir department presented their holiday concert on Sunday, December 5th. The students did an outstanding job. We are so thankful to be able to perform together in our amazing facility.

Band News

East Central Marching Trojans performed their concert on Friday, December 10th. The students sounded amazing. Pictures from both performances are below.


Mark Foster mfoster@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us'

East Central Athletic Trainer Sammy Hendricks was invited into Mr. Walter’s health classes to teach the students CPR and rescue breathing.

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

In Mrs. Gilmour's Honors Biology class, students learned how to determine the probability of passing on certain traits to their offspring by creating their own "Babies." Students had to utilize new vocabulary and flip a coin to select the traits each of their "babies" would inherit. They then had to draw their babies with the traits that were determined.

Students in Mrs. Hoffman's Chemistry I finished unit 2 over compounds and forces. In the past few weeks, students worked on identifying mixtures versus pure substances. Students had the opportunity to make and separate a mixture learning about the different techniques that can be used based on physical properties of substances. As we finish the semester and get ready for finals, we have introduced balancing equations which we will continue in the new year.

In Mr. Maluvac's Biolgy 2 class the students completed a chapter on physiology that included dissecting a fetal pig. In Anatomy, the students learned the bones and many bone markings of the human skeleton with an assist from an actual human skeleton.

Social Studies

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

In Mr. Owen's US History classes, students are finishing up their study of the American Civil War. Student teams are also completing semester Final Projects, which include the analysis and comparison of primary source documents to demonstrate the concept of change over time.

In European History, students are also completing semester projects, and are engaged with their study of the French Revolution.

Finals and projects are here and students are starting to really focus on the tasks at hand. Hopefully we finish on a strong note!

Mr. Josh Goodall is in his final weeks at EC and we thank him and wish him the best in his future!


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

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