East China School District News

Promises Made , Promises Kept!

January 9, 2023

Important Dates to Remember

January 16 No School - Professional Development for Staff

January 18-19 Half Day for MS/HS Students

January 20 Half Day All Students

January 23 Board of Education Meeting 6 pm

February 1 PLC Early Release

February 10 Coffee with Superintendent 10 am

February 16 Half Day All Students

February 17-20 Mid-Winter Break - No School

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Message from Superintendent Cybulla

Dear East China Schools Community,

January is board member recognition month. School boards make a powerful difference in our communities and for our students. Please join us in thanking our ECSD board members for their service to our students, staff and community!

Jeanne Frank, President

Pat Biebuyck, Vice President

Todd Distelrath, Secretary

Karen Cedar, Treasurer

Michael Westrick, Trustee

Jessica Becker, Trustee

Ronald Miller, Trustee

Suzanne Cybulla

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Chili-Heart 5K Run/Walk

It's that time of the year!

Registration is ready for the Chili-Heart 5K event happening on February 11, 2023 (supporting the East China Educational Foundation). Check this out and register today! T-shirts, medals, and homemade chili for all who register! Sign up today and support this great cause with all proceeds going back to the classrooms of the East China School District!


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Interested in sponsoring this event?

If you or someone you know would like to be a Chili-Heart 5K Sponsor please reach out to Dawn Cronce at dcronce@ecsd.us or by calling 810-676-1018.

There are 4 sponsorship levels:

Platinum Level - $500

Gold Level - $250

Silver Level - $100

Bronze Level - $50

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MC Campus News

Señora Humble's Spanish III

Señora Humble's Spanish III class went to Mrs. Headlee's 4th grade class at Belle Elementary school this week to read some holiday books that they wrote in Spanish. The high school students enjoyed reading the books with the kids and helping them understand Spanish by looking at pictures and listening for words that sound similar in both languages. It was so fun for the younger kids to be in small groups with their high school leaders and get to practice hearing Spanish. At the end of the hour the high schoolers also taught the kids how to sing Frosty the Snowman in Spanish and we rocked out with our maracas and castañuelas. It was a really great experience for both classes and we hope to continue the tradition next year.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

Night of Improv

On Wednesday, December 14, Mariner Drama presented A Night of Improv by our NEW 2022-2023 MC Improv Team. Our audience laughed as our eighteen students performed and competed in over fifteen improv games. Audience members even got involved in the action, providing many of the ideas for what our actors had to do on stage. Even our judges got into the action as Mr. Frendt and Mr. Headlee provided one of the evening's most hilarious and also "romantic" moments of the evening. If you missed this ENTERTAINING evening of fun and theatrical mischief, do not fret. MORE improv nights are being planned in 2023. Keep tuned to www.themarinerdrama.com for more information.

Special thanks to Mr. Frendt, Mr. Headlee, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Simpson for being our "judges" for the event. Also thank you to Anna Winne, Anna Fox, K.J. Kowalski, Emily McGlynn and Andrew Pressman for their help with house management, box office help, and for being our "holiday deejay" (Andrew!!)

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Design and Modeling

Marine City Middle School's 7th grade Design and Modeling students from Mrs. McLeod’s class collected data for their puzzle cube project from 6th graders.

Volcanic Eruption

Marine City Middle School's 6th grade students in Mrs. Smith’s Science classes simulated a volcanic eruption.

Riverview East High School Holiday Celebrations!

Riverview East had spirit days leading up to their Holiday Luncheon on December 21st. Where they had a day filled with Holiday festivities and then a luncheon where the students were able to invite family members to join them!

The Woman’s Life Chapter #861 donated crafts, snacks, and gift bags for each of the students. A huge thank you to everyone who helped put this fun filled event together!

Reason To Be Grateful

On Tuesday, November 22, Mariner Drama hosted an event, A Reason To Be Grateful, which focused on starting a conversation about mental health for the entire MCHS and Riverview East schools. Christy Kreidler shared her story of losing her son, Caleb, to suicide a few days of Christmas of 2016. His death not only shattered his family's world, but it had a huge impact on many within our Bluewater area community. Six times throughout the day, students listened to Christy's powerful and emotional story. Christy challenged students to consider the "power of a positive word", celebrated and encouraged them for continuing to LIVE through such difficult years with the pandemic and much turmoil in their world, and challenged students to be aware of how they are feeling and aware of the mental health around them.

In addition to Christy sharing, several MCHS students shared about losing relatives to suicide, poor body image, comparing themselves to others on social media, and the after-effects of being bullied.

At the end of each hour, students were asked to write down something positive that they reflected on or took away from the presentation. The anonymous cards were then posted in our media center windows as a reminder and a beginning to focusing more on improving our collective mental health.

The responses on both the cards but in conversations afterwards showed that this was a highly impactful and important event. We hope to have more speakers and events in to motivate, inspire and challenge our students in areas of mental health, goal-setting, and battling depression. Thank you to Christy Kreidler and the brave students that shared. Your stories made an impact on our school.

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Business Fair

Marine City High School Business and Financial Management classes attended the Detroit Lions Student Business Fair. They learned about the business operations for the Lions and Ford Field. Ms. Gardner was so happy to bring this experience back to the students and would like to thank the parent and teacher chaperones.


Members of Marine City Middle MJHS joined up with the Washington Life Center and “Elfed” senior citizens in the community. They handed out presents, sang Christmas carols, and spread some holiday cheer.

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Early Learning Center News

Mrs. Renshaw's 3 year old class studied tubes and tunnels. They had a great time!
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Contact Information

Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla can be reached at scybulla@ecsd.us or by calling the East China School District at 810.676.1018.