Eagan High School Newsletter
Newsletter #22 - February 19, 2021
February is Black History Month
Black History Month continues at EHS
Read with us during Black History Month and beyond!
You’ll find readers of these non-fiction books in our staff, students, and community. There is also an extensive list of articles, podcasts, videos, movies, and books on the anti-racism page of the Eagan High School website.
We are currently reading as a staff: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Most Wednesdays start with small group discussions of one or more chapters of Oluo’s book centered around common questions like do we need affirmative action and what is the school to prison pipeline?
Some freshman students are reading: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
A Black man is wrongfully imprisoned and faces trial. His lawyer must face multiple prejudices in the search for justice.
Several staff have read or are reading: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Wilkerson’s eloquent storytelling and intense research combine to explain how the eight pillars of social hierarchy sow the seeds of injustice across cultures.
Just published this month: Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Ninety Black American writers created a total of eighty chapters encompassing four hundred years of Black American history.
Spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are full of history and offer countless benefits for students, the communities they serve, and even the economy. There are now 101 accredited HBCUs located in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. Read more about HBCUs in this CollegeXpress Article HERE.
4 Outstanding HBCUs to Consider:
Black College Expo- Virtual College Fair Events
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Black College Expo will be hosted LIVE virtually until we can continue back to physical events. The Black College Expo events are ONLINE Experiences for students to get access to colleges, highlighting HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities, and other educational programs.
Students can get ACCEPTED on the SPOT! College Application FEES Waived, and get SCHOLARSHIPS on the spot! It was developed due to the impact COVID-19 pandemic that has affected students and families, especially when it comes to college access. This event will help high school seniors looking for a college home and college transfer students looking to transfer to a four year college.
Friday, February 19, 2021 3:00-7:00 PST
Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:00-3:00 PST
Friday, March 5, 2021 3:00-7:00 EST
Friday, March 19, 2021 3:00-7:00 EST
Registration and more information HERE.
We are Excited to Welcome Eagan High School Students Back to In-Person Hybrid Learning! Digital Academy will continue to meet online through Zoom!
Hybrid/Digital Academy Plan begins Monday, Feb. 22nd!
Students currently in Digital Academy who want to come in for Hybrid, in-person for Trimester 3 will be able to sign up for that option starting Feb. 22. Watch for the form in a School Messenger email on Feb. 22. Those changes will be made for Monday, March 15- the beginning of Trimester 3.
Wednesdays - Student Support and Help Offered at EHS
Buses will travel the usual routes but two hours later in the morning pickup.
As we near the end of the trimester, please do come to EHS to catch up, make up missing work and get more support.
Emergency Nutritional Benefits
Families in our district who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are now eligible for additional emergency nutritional benefits offered from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
If you have already qualified for free or reduced-price meals earlier this school year, you don’t need to do anything because your family will automatically receive these new benefits.
However, if your family income has been affected by the pandemic and you have not completed an Application for Education Benefits (free or reduced-price meal application) for this school year, please complete and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2021.
These benefits are provided by Federal “Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer” funds (P-EBT) and will be provided to any family who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals this school year. These additional benefits will be retroactive to September 2020. We urge families to apply right away.
Families who qualify will receive separate electronic grocery cards for each student in the family. The cards may include funds (approximately $6.82/day) for each day your student was in distance learning during the school year. Cards will be mailed from the State of Minnesota in late March 2021.
Seven-day meal kits available for pickup on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 22
Beginning February 22, seven-day meal kits for distance learners will only be available on Wednesdays at all District 196 middle schools and high schools, and can be picked up from 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Secondary students will receive meals while in school, with additional take-home meal support for distance learning days and weekends. Please complete the MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL HYBRID LEARNING TAKE-HOME MEAL form if you would like your student to have access to the additional meal supports.
Meals at school and take-home meals are free through special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Did Your Student Miss School Photos in August?
8th annual Interact Club Jeans/Pants/Laundry Detergent Drive February 22-26
Let’s kickoff our new Hybrid Learning week with an effort to help others. Do you have any jeans/pants/sweatpants that you can donate to our drive? All pants will be donated to the Mission Outpost in Burnsville. All sizes/styles of pants are appreciated. We will also be collecting Laundry Detergent that will be donated to The Open Door. Both organizations have an increased need for these items. The Open Door has asked for laundry detergent bottles smaller than 96 ounces (in an effort to support more families). Donated items can be placed in Interact Club tubs at both EHS Entrances (or, students can bring donations up to Room 236 – Mr. Wirsbinski’s classroom).
“Be the change you want to see”… in our community.
Spring Trimester 2021 Student Parking Information
Online application and payment for the Spring Trimester 2021 Parking Permit begins on Monday February 22, 2021 at 5 PM for Seniors only. Application and payment for Juniors begins on Monday March 1, 2021 at 5 PM. Parents and guardians can pay the Parking Tag fee ($32) from the convenience of your computer, via MyPaymentsPlus. Please follow this link: https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome
Parking permits for Trimester 3 Spring Trimester will be distributed on Monday, March 15 thru Friday March 19 from 7:30 – 8:30 AM in the lower east entrance of EHS and during all lunch periods in the student commons. Please remember that we only have 450 parking permits available for students during the Spring Trimester. When completing the application please indicate which cohort (A or B) you will be attending this spring. Those students in cohort C do not need to purchase a parking permit. Parking permits are awarded on a first come first serve basis. Sophomores are not eligible for parking permits.
Please know that Fall Trimester permits received partial refunds to the card used to purchase once we went to Distance Learning in November and are not valid as we go into Spring Trimester.