eNewsletter November 2019
Notes from the Principal
As December begins, we continue to have much to be thankful for here at EC.
In athletics, winter sports are in full swing with the girls basketball off to an exciting start. Boys basketball swimming, and wrestling have also started their competitive seasons. We're looking forward to some strong performances from our winter sports teams. Please keep a few dates on your calendars, namely, 12/14 for the EC Swimming Relays, 12/21 for the EC Super-8 in wrestling during the day and our girls/boys double header in basketball versus Batesville that night.
Our winter musical will be December 6, 7 and 8 in the PC with students performing Elf.
EC Student Council's For The Kids (FTK) events for Cincinnati Children's Hospital began in November with dodgeball and will follow with volleyball and 3 on 3 basketball tournamnets in January and March. Again, all proceeds benefit the kids of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Lastly, as the year continues we will keep striving...
- to make connections,
- to provide the best opportunities for our students,
- and perhaps most importantly, to offer a safe and secure school environment where your child/student can grow and thrive as an academic and as a person.
We wish you an exciting December and with it a happy holiday season!
“No leader is worth his salt who won’t set up the chairs.” Peter Drucker
Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum and Testing
Final Exams will be administered on the following dates:
December 18 - Periods 3 & 6
December 19 - Periods 2 & 5
December 20 - Periods 1, 4, & 7
*Final exams are not administered early for any reason. Please make every effort possible to be in attendance for your semester exams.
Quarter 1 = 42.5% of Semester grade
Quarter 2 = 42.5% of Semester grade
Final Exam = 15% of Semester grade
*Semester grades will be finalized after the Winter Break. Semester report cards will be printed and sent home with students late January. Parents may check their Parent Portal at any time to view student progress.
Important Test Dates
ISTEP+ Winter Retest is well underway. The Math retest was last week to juniors and seniors that have not yet passed their GQE. The English test is this week December 2-3. ISTEP+ Bootcamp was held every Tuesday and Thursday (3:00-4:00 pm) this fall to students who wanted to remediate prior to retesting.
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. The pantry will be open December 2nd and 9th (4:00 PM until 5:30 PM). Please enter through Door #8, located in between the middle and high school.
The pantry is also open by appointment by calling 812-576-4811 ext. 11302, Ask for Brenda Osman.
SAT & ACT Information
If you are planning to attend a four-year college, you should plan on registering for the ACT and SAT soon. To prepare well for these tests, we recommend taking rigorous classes, doing well in your academic coursework, and taking advantage of free SAT/ACT prep materials (online and in the Guidance Office).
Don't forget to check out the Admissions webpage of colleges 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:
Dual Credit Information for Parents and Students
Did you know ECHS has 45 courses that students can earn college credit in. Last year East Central High School students earned over $900,000 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 STGEC checklist right here at ECHS. For fast facts of the STGEC click here or contact your child’s guidance counselor.
Class of 2023 & Graduation Pathways
For the first time in years, the class of 2023 will not have to “pass a test” to earn their high school diploma! Freshmen must complete what is known as “Graduation Pathways” to graduate high school in the state of Indiana. We are very fortunate at ECHS to be able to offer over 20 pathways for students to choose from. For questions, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
Notes from Guidance
Scheduling process for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in December.
Class meetings with current 9th-11th graders were held pm December 3rd during school to review the registration process for next year’s classes.
Class registrations for current 9th-11th grade will be open for students to register at home until the winter break on Dec. 20th.
A class meeting with this year’s 8th graders will be on January 7th. Counselors will host a meeting on January 8th in the PAC starting at 6:30pm for 8th grade parents to review the transition to high school and class registration process.
During January and February guidance counselors will begin meeting with students individually to discuss registration, diploma types and pathway requirements.
April: Students will receive schedules for 2020-2021.
May 28th: Last day of school and last day to change schedules for 2020-2021.
A copy of the 2020-21 Curriculum Guide is linked here for reference of course descriptions as well as posted on the school website under Quick Links. Students will receive additional forms that are also available on the school website if additional copies are needed.
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.
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.
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. Contact Heather Gard at email@example.com for more information.
Juniors: SAT and ACT testing dates are linked below for reference. Juniors need to make sure that SAT and/or ACT testing is completed this year so they can apply to colleges upon the start of their senior year. Certain schools (UC, IU, Purdue, Miami Oxford, NCAA) require that test scores be sent directly from the testing center to be official.
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, MSW, L.S.W
812-576-4811 ext. 11912
NEED HOMEWORK HELP?
**National Honor Society Tutoring in the Library
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).
WORKFORCE READY GRANT
TRADITIONAL 4-YEAR COLLEGE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!
Over 2 million Hoosier adults need additional skills to compete in the 21st Century Workforce. To help more Hoosiers gain these skills, Indiana has created a new financial aid opportunity for working-age adults: the Workforce Ready Grant.
The Workforce Ready Grant pays the tuition and mandatory fees for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University or other approved providers. The grant is available for two (2) years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. The grant does not cover courses that do not directly apply to the student’s certificate program. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered.
The qualifying high-value certificate programs were selected based on employer demand, wages, job placements and program completion rate. These programs are aligned with Indiana’s highest demand sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Building & Construction
- Health Sciences
- IT & Business Services
- Transportation & Logistics
To qualify for the grant, students must:
- Be age 18 years or older
- Be an Indiana resident and U.S. citizen or (eligible non-citizen)
- Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less then a college degree
- Enroll in a qualifying program at an eligible training provider
- File the FAFSA**
- Enroll full-time (typically four courses) if you are a Dependent Student**
- Enroll at least half-time (typically two courses) if you are an Independent Student**
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress**
- Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission
**Credit-Bearing programs only
HOW TO APPLY
The state winning EC FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE (Career Development Event) team competed in the 2019 National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 30- November 1. The event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The team consisted of Amelia Hartman, Rachel Kraus, Alex Dudley, and Alex Newport. The Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders and equipment. Forty-three states were represented in this event and East Central’s placed in the silver emblem category. This is East Central’s fifth time competing in this national event. Congratulations to these members for a job well done representing the state of Indiana and the East Central FFA Chapter.
On November 14th, 13 members from the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the Area 1
Forestry Career Development Event at South Ripley High School. Contestants had to use their skills in forestry to complete an exam and identify different species of trees by their leaves, seeds, and wood samples. East Central’s top ranking team placed 2nd. That team consisted of Madison Shumate, Madison McAdams, Alex Dudley, and Heath Doll. This team has the opportunity to compete at the state contest on December 14th . Other members that competed include Adrien King, Bradley Kolb, Elizabeth Stout, Lewis Darringer, Kylee Starost, and Evan Kuhn. We also had 3 middle school members compete including Danny Callahan, Lloyd Darringer, and Issac Hartman. Our top placing individual was Madison Shumate placing 5th overall. Congrats to all members that participated!
Team photo 1st below: L to R: Mr. Roy Johnson (Coach and FFA Advisor), Alex Newport, Alex Dudley, Rachel Kraus, and Amelia Hartman
Team photo 2nd below: Back row (Left to Right): Lloyd Darringer, Lewis Darringer, Evan Kuhn, Heath Doll, Bradley Kolb, Elizabeth Stout, and Alex Dudley
Front Row (Left to Right): Danny Callahan, Isaac Hartman, Kylee Starost, Madison McAdams, Madison Shumate, and Adrien King
22 Students Microsoft Word Certified
Did you know that East Central is also a site for a Microsoft IT Academy? That means East Central is authorized to offer Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exams for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students were tested early in November and we are happy to announce that 22 passed and earned their MOS Word Certification!
A New Twist on Breakfast
The Graphic Design and Promotions class was tasked with creating their own cereal brand and box as their latest project. They used a combination of Publisher and Photoshop, to create them. Their designs turned out fantastic! We have very creative, hard working students at East Central. Below are a few samples. In order: Jacob Hutson, Anna Francis, Annabelle Bridgewaters, Valerie Good, Skyler Cavins, Kelsey Rothweiler, Alyssa Thomas, and Heidi Kane.
Let’s Talk Personal Finance
Business students had an opportunity to listen to guest speaker, Mr. Steve Coffman, on Veteran’s day about personal finance. They learned a lot, not just finance, but about life and were entertained while doing so. Thank you, Mr. Coffman for your time!
Civil Engineering and Architecture (Ivy Tech Design 105)
CEA students were assigned to create a model to depict a distinct architectural style. Once completed, students competed with each other to win the highly coveted distinction of “Architect of the Week”. Sophomore, and 3rd year ECHS engineering student Nate Buesing, correctly identified 19 of the 21 different architectural styles.
The English Department is pleased to offer three elective courses for the 2020/2021 school year. These semester course offerings are a great way for students who love the English Language Arts to explore topics of interest or to improve their performance on high stakes tests.
Two courses open to next year’s juniors and seniors are Film Literature and Short Stories.
Film Literature is a study of how literature is adapted for film or media and includes role playing as film directors for selected screen scenes. Students read about the history of film, the reflection or influence of film on the culture, and issues of interpretation, production and adaptation.
Short Stories is a study of the distinct features of the short story, such as being tightly focused narrative fiction. Students examine short stories with modernist and contemporary themes by a variety of authors from the perspective of audience, purpose, and historical development.
An elective offering for grades 10-12 is Grammar.
Grammar is a study of the English language system. Students examine and apply the conventions of oral and written expression that include syntax, usage, punctuation, and spelling. Students learn grammatical terminology, study grammar in the context of reading and writing, and apply grammatical concepts in writing and speaking.
Regarding our ELA department in general, December means final exams, and, in the English Department, finals exams mean projects and presentations.
The freshmen end their semester with a Shakespearean & Elizabethan era team speech final. Students are partnered up and assigned a topic to research from Shakespearean times and the Elizabethan era. They have to find the six most interesting facts on their assigned topic. Then they have to create a dynamic and visually interesting slide presentation citing their six most interesting facts as well as delivering a 3-5 minute speech to their classmates about what they discovered.
The sophomores have been working all quarter to research a topic, develop a strong position, and write a convincing argumentative essay that is supported by a variety of credible sources. They will now use what they have learned to formally debate their chosen topic with a classmate in front of their class for their final. Topics chosen range anywhere from beauty contests should be illegal for children to zoos are not good for the conservation of a species and assault weapons should be banned for the average US citizen. The debates encourage students to support positions with valid reasoning and present opinions in a reasoned, confident tone. Public speaking skills are important in a debate and, while students are often hesitant when the idea is first presented, many end the year citing the debates as their favorite part of the class.
The juniors will be completing an I-search project for their final. The I-search requires students to think beyond the idea of REsearching what has been searched already in books or on the internet and, instead, discover the excitement of initiating their own original search of a topic; one which truly interests them. It challenges them to rely on people (primary sources) rather than books or the internet (secondary sources). Any topic is suitable as long as the student is sincerely curious about it. After conducting interviews with experts on their chosen topic, students are responsible for writing a personal narrative where they recount their I-search experience from start to finish sharing each interview as it happened and revealing their thoughts and feelings. This project is a great chance for students to interact with adults in a professional manner while exploring things they are passionate about, but it is also fun for the teachers who get to learn more about each student by discovering their unknown interests.
Mrs. Ketcham’s Honors English 12 students are doing some real world writing. She decided to tie the book All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven into the Lilly Foundation Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant she was awarded this past year. For the project, the seniors are expected to write a grant proposal for $12,000 to travel anywhere based on a particular interest or hobby. They must include a summary, a rationale, goals, and a detailed timeline. The students must then research each place to find expenses that will occur, create a budget using Google Sheets, create a Google Map of each stop, and finally present findings using Google Slides. This is a great new project and a chance for students to use their researching and writing skills in a real-world scenario.
All in all, final exam time is a very exciting time in the English department where students get to show off the skills they have learned throughout the semester in fun, creative ways.
Brenda Osman firstname.lastname@example.org
Nutrition and Wellness
Students in Nutrition and Wellness have been analyzing their own personal diets. Students were also able to collaborate in kitchen groups to create a few different healthy snacks including stovetop popcorn and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.Their objectives were to demonstrate a simple method of preparing healthy food, explore whole grain foods, and to practice planning and working with other students in a lab setting. Students were surprised at how delicious the pumpkin cookies were and even more so about all of the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin. Students were also able to explore the connection between poor dietary choices and different medical conditions. Students are creating presentations about different medical conditions that can be caused by poor dietary choices.
Preparing for College and Careers
Students in Preparing for College and Careers are preparing for job interviews and exploring financial literacy. Students were able to earn the EVERFI Financial Literacy Certification and even ask questions about Roth IRAs during a guest speaker. Students are practicing interview questions, writing resumes, and comparing sample portfolios.
Intro to Fashion and Textiles:
The Intro to Fashion and Textiles Students held the second annual Drowsy Driving Fashion Show on November 20, 2019 to share their first sewing construction project of pajama pants and to bring awareness to the problem of drowsy driving. The students shared many facts at the fashion show involving drowsy driving. For example, according to the National Sleep Foundation, there are at least 71,000 injuries each year from drowsy driving. The students also encouraged everyone to buckle up when in a motor vehicle.
The Intro to Fashion and Textiles Students are currently learning how to keep their apparel looking its best by laundering, removing stains and drying correctly. They had the opportunity to learn to remove stains of chocolate, ink, cosmetics, lipstick, dirt, and ketchup.
The Child Development students are currently sewing their Child Development quilts together. They have also practiced the skill of hand embroidery while designing their quilt. The students should finish their quilts next week.
Several of the Education Professions Students attended the “Be A Teacher” Day, on November 8th that was held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. At this event students were inspired to continue to pursue their degree in Education. Dr. Jeff Spanke, assistant professor of English at Ball State University delivered an inspirational keynote speech to over 400 attendees at the workshop. Participants also had the opportunity to speak to over 50 college representatives about their Education Programs.
East Central/Sunman Dearborn Middle School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) participated in a leadership conference November 14-17th held in Dallas, Texas. While in Texas, the East Central FCCLA Members also had an opportunity to visit Fort Worth Texas and see the famous longhorn steers. The group also visited the popular destination of Magnolia Farms in Waco, Texas where Chip and Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper” share their wares.
Attendees participated in a weekend of trainings and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 2500 other members and chapter advisers, East Central's FCCLA chapter advisers, Brenda Osman and Josie Bonilla attended. The students that attended the conference were Katelynn Osman, Hayley Lewis, Madison Miller, Lydia Trabel, Maria Deddens, Josie Volpenhein, Natalie Klei, Lacey Kelly, Becca Tupper, Belle Karle.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Your Story, Our Story” and attendees were challenged to share their story while participating in workshops, competitive events, and meeting new friends. These youth leaders also networked through meeting with other leaders and developed their leadership skills. In addition, chapter members learned more about future career and college options and they found ways to inspire others.
The keynote speaker was Juan Bendana who creates an environment that makes both students and staff feel valued, influential and engaged. Juan helps students realize they can make an impact so that they can make a difference in school and life. He is the founder of the Good Effect--a training and curriculum program that helps students make better decisions while making an impact so that they can make a difference in school and life.
The closing session speaker was Ketric Newell. He has been bursting with energy and drive to help others. For years he positively impacted his peers until that energy became his life’s passion. Through these speakers, students and advisers were empowered to come back to their local communities and to share the concept of “Your Story” by helping others and making a difference.
Skill demonstration events were also held at the conference, featuring students participating in a wide variety of competitive activities. Events included several oratory and FCCLA-specific knowledge competitions, demonstrations of college and career-ready skills in Family and Consumer Sciences, and exhibitions of culinary skills. Congratulations to the following East Central FCCLA members who competed at the National Fall Meeting. Receiving 3rd Place in the Speak Out for FCCLA was Bella Karle and Becca Tupper received 2nd Place in the same event. In the Technology in Teaching Event, Josie Volpenhein received 2nd place and Maria Deddens received 1st place in the Nation! Congratulations to all of FCCLA members who participated!
EastCentral FCCLA made dog treats on November 19th during a chapter meeting. The dog treats will be donated to Dearborn County PAWS. This is an ongoing project for our local animal shelters.
The East Central FCCLA also hosted the District 12 FCCLA Meeting on November 20th. There were 4 schools in attendance including South Decatur High School, Sunman Dearborn Middle School, and Franklin County High School with over 60 students participating. Maria Deddens, District 12 FCCLA President and Josie Volpenhein, District 12 FCCLA Vice President conducted the meeting. The Drowsy Driving Fashion Show was the program for the evening as well as three youth sessions conducted by our State Officers, Katelynn Osman, Natalie Douthit and Hayley Lewis about programs in FCCLA. The meeting also promoted the Fuel up to Play 60 Blender Bike, where all participants taste tested a fruit smoothie made by pedaling the bike!
Melissa Gulasy - email@example.com
Digital Design: Photoshop Mr. Shun Kurumado
What is the difference between Fine Art and Graphic Design? In order to answer this question, it would be helpful for students to experience both the fine art classes (such as Introduction to 2D & 3D Art, Sculpture and Drawing) and the digital art classes (such as Photoshop and Digital Photography). As the fine art department, we recommend all the students take the Introduction to 2D & 3D courses, which help students learn the basics of art, and it will be easier for them to work on more challenging projects in the advanced art courses. Recently the students in the Photoshop course completed a project that started with traditional fine art materials (paper and a pencil) and converted it into a digital file (Photoshop). Here are some of their artwork from the project.
IFLTA Conference 2019
My name is Lauren White, and I was a grant winner which allowed me attend this year’s Indiana Foreign Language Teacher Association conference. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my conference experience. I arrived Friday morning, November 1, to hear Tina Hargaden give the keynote speech. Her speech was motivational, giving me the encouragement to go into class Monday ready to take my students on the adventure through the “proficien-sea”! I was able to attend several sessions that have given me a myriad of ideas to practice in the classroom. My favorite was Jill Woerner’s presentation on Circumlocution – describing what one is trying to say when a word has been forgotten (maximizing target language use in the classroom). I am excited to practice the ideas she presented and so glad I was able to attend her session! The conference has given me a renewed vigor to complete the school year with new ideas and a continued love for my students. I hope to attend (and possibly present at) next year’s conference!
We only have 3 weeks left of the first semester! Time sure flies when you’re having fun!
The Math Department would like to wish everyone in the EC Family and Community a very Happy Holiday season!
I would like to introduce our next instructional aide - Jamaine Smith.
Mrs. Smith was born in San Antonio, Tx and raised near Houston, Tx. She has one sister, 2 dogs, and a cat. Mrs. Smith graduated from high school in 1988 where she participated in cheerleading, track, cross country, dance, and softball.
Mrs. Smith married her high school sweetheart then transferred with their company to Chicago. They lived there for 12 yrs before moving here to Lawrencwburg. During that time she went to college in hopes of becoming an English teacher, but decided to go into Logistics where she worked for 23 yrs.
Fortunately for the EC students Mrs. Smith decided she needed a change and applied here 3 yrs ago and has been an aide in Biology, English and Math. We are lucky to have her.
Some of you may know that she has a daughter who will be here next year as a freshman.
If you see Mrs. Smith in the hallway, be sure to say “Hi!” and “Thank you!” for all that she does to support students here at E. C.!
Congratulations to our wonderful choral students who participated in the Northern Kentucky University Honor Choir. The students performed with choir students in the tri-state area with Katie Barton, the director of Choral Studies at NKU. The students had a great experience and represented our school at such a professional level.
Students listed left to right:
Alyssa Thomas, Kayden Linneman, Brody Taylor, Guy James, Erin McKinney,
Kaitlyn Miller, Emily King, Kyndel Clark, Dustin Miller, Jacob Eberhart, Noah Blankman
Sarah Dezarn, Aaliyah Sansone, Violet Rebich, Amy Ahrens, and Korinna Franklin
Guest speakers from Safe Passage came to Mr. Walter’s and Mr. Behlmer’s health classes on six separate occasions throughout the month of November. They discussed with the classes the topic of relationship abuse and violence. Students were informed of the different forms of abuse that can occur in relationships and how to become a positive bystander if they witness any of these types of abuse.
Tim Maluvac - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Oehlman's Physics I students are using sonic motion detectors to determine and validate the projectile motion of a golf ball.
In AP Biology class, students use a classic model organism, the fruit fly, to investigate genetic patterns of inheritance.
Students in Economics recently took part in a statewide Infographic competition by applying what they have learned in the Stock Market Program. Students created illustrations that demonstrate their understanding of topics related to the experience of managing a stock portfolio. Students were able to integrate skills using digital tools, art, and graphic design along with analytical and writing skills. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning teams in the high school, middle school, and elementary school divisions throughout the state of Indiana.
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