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East Pennsboro Area High School Newsletter

East Pennsboro School District: Where Relevance and Passion Inspire SUCCESS!

EPAHS Awarded Pennsylvania State School of Character

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We are Panther Proud to announce that East Pennsboro Area High School has been named a 2023 State School of Character! Schools around the country went through a rigorous application process for this prestigious honor, and only 73 schools nationwide were named. In fact, our high school is the only school in the entire state of PA to be chosen.

The selection criteria were based on “…creating a caring school community where everyone feels they belong, providing students with opportunities to practice and reflect on their character strengths, and engaging families and communities as partners in the school’s character initiative.” It was noted in the award letter that our Character Education Committee has “…worked very hard and extensively…to lead and inspire all levels and stakeholders within the high school.”

We are thankful for the leadership of Mr. Dan Peck and Mr. Brian Moore, along with our Character Education Committee members Kelly Burkhart, Dave Blom, Margeaux Cronce, Leanne Sanders, Melina Mousoupetros, Betsy Standland, Ann Wotring, Stephen Rutt, Kirah Hoachlander, Christina Zeller, and Hillary Miller in securing this honor. We are Panther Proud!

Camp Hill vs. East Penn Staff - Fighting Childhood Cancer Together

East Pennsboro and Camp Hill teamed up to raise money for childhood cancer in a faculty basketball game!

The event was put together through the efforts of seniors from both high schools. Everly Foster, a senior at Camp Hill High School, and Nicole Purnell, a senior at East Pennsboro, led the fun-filled event!

The event raised over $4,000!

News Article and Video Interview: https://local21news.com/news/local/rival-high-schools-come-together-in-faculty-mini-thon-basketball-game?fbclid=IwAR2p6gCjFDp8Sm2oQMbJuTevRRM2YxHnBbc8hWUNLP6qySBsoYrOOEJ2HpY

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Student Spotlight

Essay Contest Winners with Rotary

Congratulations to Alex Mariani, Brogan Barlup, and Olivia DeYoung for the exceptional essays they submitted for the 4 Way Truth Essay Contest!

Thank you, EPAHS English teacher Mr. Wolaver and the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North, for supporting our students in many ways!

Rotary Students of the Month - February 2023

Congratulations to our Mechanicsburg North Rotary Students of the Month Makaylee Gossard and Elana Kanelos!

Cumberland Perry Area CTC Students of the Quarter

Congratulations to our Students of the Quarter at Cumberland Perry Area CTC:

Isander Gonzalez Gonzalez, East Pennsboro SD, Civics

Austin Holley, East Pennsboro SD, Computer Networking 3

Alexa Johnson, East Pennsboro SD, Criminal Justice 3

Justice Knaub, East Pennsboro SD, Civics

Tia Laman, East Pennsboro SD, Healthcare Pathways/Intro to Lab Procedures

Alexandria Metallo, East Pennsboro, Horticulture & Landscaping 2

Reileigh Sinsabaugh, East Pennsboro SD, Cosmetology 2

Logan Smith, East Pennsboro SD, World Studies

Ryleigh Wasser, East Pennsboro SD, Healthcare Pathways/Nurse

Logan Wright, East Pennsboro SD, Computer Networking 2

Student Entrepreneur

Meet EP Sophomore Carter Minsker, the owner-operator of Top Tec Sales LLC in Enola.

The school had a drone that was damaged during flight and sat on a shelf damaged for a few years.

Carter donated his time and the needed parts to repair the drone!

Thank you, Carter and www.toptecsales.com !

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Breckin Swope place 3rd at the PTFCA Indoor Track and Field State Championships at Penn State University with a jump of 15-0.

College Announcement & Signing Day

On February 1st, four of our senior student-athletes participated in our College Announcement & Signing day.

Congratulations to Mckenzie Tallman, who will be playing field hockey at Mercyhurst, Jackie Capers, who will be playing softball at Penn State Brandywine, Lovell Tatum, who will be playing football at Wilkes; and Andrew Swenson, who will be playing baseball at Bucknell! We are Panther Proud of your accomplishments and dedication as student-athletes!

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Tyya Peiffer Competes at Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

Senior Tyya Peiffer competed in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition against eight other area high schools.

Tyya was chosen to represent East Pennsboro in this competition after winning the school competition in December.

During the regional competition, Tyya recited three poems with confidence and drama and did a fabulous job representing East Pennsboro!

Music Is In Air

Four East Pennsboro students went to Mr. Mansilla’s alma mater to participate in Lebanon Valley College’s Honors Choir along with other high-schoolers from around the mid-state. Congratulations!

Curriculum Corner

EPAHS students gained business world mentoring through our partnership with Central Penn College and Big Brother Big Sisters!

LMLC Reading Initiative For EPAHS Students

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Athletic & Activity Highlights

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Our East Pennsboro Area High School students will be performing the musical Seussical on March 3rd and 4th at 7 PM and March 5th at 2 PM in the High School Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students when purchased in advance, and tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets are reserved seating only.

Buy Tickets Here: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/71513?fbclid=IwAR2IaXd9rwz1BDZAcM1M8DqGucea9EmoNa7RwNJgpFacdxClIk1yKg3j878

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Alumni Spotlight

On a trip from Northern PA to Enola, our HS Principal just wanted some Chick-fil-A for lunch.

Thanks to Google, a location was found in Bloomsburg, Pa. Upon arrival, he realized he was on the campus of Bloomsburg University.

To his surprise, within minutes, two EP Alumni greeted their former principal with a smile and heartfelt welcome to Bloomsburg!

It was great seeing Leah Samuel and Brianna Kirk both from our Class of 2020!

Alum Jaron Campbell - THON

EP Proud of Alum Jaron Campbell for his tireless work as the DJ Coordinator of Penn State's THON.

Jaron started participating in Mini-THON during middle school and continued through his years at the high school, which culminated in being an Overall Chair his senior year. His passion for THON has continued during his time at PSU, and he has spent the last three years as part of the entertainment committee. Last year, he was one of seven DJs, and this year, he is one of two DJ coordinators.


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Fund Raisers

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We Need Your Help In Our Cafeteria - Please Consider Applying!

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Parking and Drop-off Reminders

Parents/Guardians - If you drop your student off at school, please take note of the map below so you are aware of the drop-off zone at the high school to ensure we are not blocking our bus lane. Cars are NOT permitted to enter the bus lane. Staff will be out in the parking lot to help direct cars both before and after school to ensure safe and efficient parking lot operations.

Please only utilize the designated Drop Off Lane and move Forward as far as possible to help keep traffic flowing and students on time for school.

Students who drive! - Please park in the appropriate Junior or Senior lot as marked on the map. Parking passes will be on sale in the Athletic Office during the first week of school. You must have a parking pass in order to avoid being ticketed.


  • 2/27: HS Spring Sports Enrollment Deadline
  • 3/1: STEM Summit - All 9th Grade Students

  • 3/2: Musical Preview Day

  • 3/3 to 3/5 HS Musical: Seussical

  • 3/29: 8th Grade Visit

  • 4/5: Snow Makeup Day

  • 4/6 to 4/10 Spring Break

  • 5/1 to 5/19 - AP Exams Testing Window

  • 5/15 to 5/26 - Keystone Testing Window

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East Pennsboro Spirit Wear - As low as $7

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Parents/Guardians - Please remember you have the option to submit absence notes, doctor, tardy, early dismissal, and educational trip forms to our high school attendance mailbox at ephsattendance@epasd.org

Notes from our Nurse:

For Attendance in 12th Grade: 1 dose of MCV (Meningococcal) on the first day of 12th grade. If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the twelfth-grade dose. The student will be excluded on August 29th without evidence of the vaccination.

Letters have been sent out if your student is missing their twelfth-grade dose. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 717-287-8764 or bhawk@epasd.org.

Illnesses: If you are sick, stay home. If you show signs of a sore throat, headache, stomachache, or cough, you may be sent home.

Medication Policy: If you need medications during the day, you will need to provide a doctor’s note stating that you need the medication during school hours. The medications should be brought In by an adult/guardian in the pharmacy labeled container. Empty containers may be sent home with the students, but the refills will need to be brought in by the parent/guardian.

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EPASD Tech Support/Resources

The EPASD Technology Department has created a link for parents and students to reference for technical issues.


Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

Click the link for a parent-friendly guide to navigating your student's Google Classroom.


Tutoring Resources

The Cumberland County Library System is offering virtual tutoring sessions. Click the link for more information.