Updates from Mr. Dettwiller

June 29, 2022

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We hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer and enjoying some time with family and friends. We wanted to send out some early updates for next year as well as show off some of the great things our students and staff completed at the end of the year. If you have any questions or just want to reach out please do so.

Nick Dettwiller


Eastern Local School District



Stronger Together

Some Changes to Watch for in the 22-23 School Year

School Lunch Changes

The Free Lunch program has run out so school lunches will not be free this year at school. Prices will be 2.80 per lunch.

Breakfast will still be free though for all students.

One big key for us as a district is everyone filling out the free and reduced lunch forms. These are critical for our funding mechanisms through the state. Even if you don't think you will qualify it is critical we get one these filled out for every student. Having these forms can have a huge impact on our State funding.

Charges for Chromebooks

We will also have district wide fees for damaged or lost Chromebooks and chargers. These are a valuable tool for students and prices for repairs and replacements continue to go up.

School Calendar

Students first day of school is the 25th of August. The Open House will be August 23rd from 5:00-7:00. The calendar is below if you have any questions.

New Faces Join the Eastern Family and Some Familiar Faces Try New Positions

At the Elementary we have a new 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Mr. Justin Morgenstern. Mrs. Krista Johnson is heading back to the science lab and will be teaching 5th and 6th grade science this year and Angie Rigsby who was our 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher will be moving to 2nd grade. Our teaching fellow from last year Ms. Jenna Stolzfus will be taking over for Mrs. Rigsby in 7th and 8th Language Arts.

At the High School, we have a new Math teacher, Ms. Christine Painter. A new Music Teacher and Band Director, Mr. Hayden Fry. We have a new Vo Ag teacher, Ms. Kendra Risner. Mr. Bill Salyer is also moving into one of our High School Social Studies roles coming over from 7th and 8th grade.

We also have an alum coming back on the team, Mr. Garret Hall who is the new Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.

We are so excited to welcome these new team members to our family and even more excited to see the impact they will have on our students.

New Career Coach Hope Kiger is also our New Varsity Volleyball Coach

We will have a new position next year in a Career Coach at the high school. Hope Kiger will be helping our students from the 7th and 8th grade level up to our seniors explore different career options, she will help them with internships, career fairs, and helping Mr. Bush and Mrs. Roush engage with our students to help them plan for the steps they need to take to be successful after high school. She will be on campus most days and working to build relationships with local businesses.

We are also excited to have her as our new volleyball coach.

Here is a message from Mrs. Kiger:

My name is Hope Kiger. My family and I just moved to the Gallipolis area. Earlier this year my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. I have 3 children and recently became a grandma this past December. My family and I love to go camping and kayaking. My biggest love other than family is and has always been volleyball. I played beginning in Jr. High through high school and moved on to play at Penn State University. I was lucky to continue with my passion for volleyball by coaching the Jr. Varsity girls volleyball at Utica High school and at Ohio Christian University. I have also been lucky to have coached soccer, softball and cheerleading. I have a big love for sports, but volleyball has always been my passion.

Any girls interested in playing volleyball this year, should be on the lookout for an all call in the next week or two about open gyms and workouts this summer.

Elementary Start Time

The Elementary will move up their tardy bell this year to align with the rest of the district. All students must be in the building by 7:45. There will be plenty of grace given those first few weeks as everyone adjusts, but we wanted to give everyone time to prepare.

7th and 8th Grade Staying Put

After a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of moving the 7th and 8th grade students to the High School we have decided to leave them for this year. We will continue to look at the possibility of them moving sometime in the future, as we continue to add more career tech classes at the High School and 7th and 8th grade level, but we will continue to evaluate and see what works best for our students and staff.

New Career Tech Classes Coming

We have a new Vo Ag program starting at the High School that will be a possible graduation path for our students, as well as offering an intro to Ag Science at the 7th and 8th grade level. Our 7th and 8th grade students will also be taking Engineering and Graphic Design career tech classes to help them explore different career options.
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The Eastern High School Class of 2022 had an outstanding graduation led by principal Shawn Bush and a host of staff members who worked so hard to make it a successful event. There were a pair of valedictorians, in Emma Doczi and Brielle Newland, while Megan Maxon was the salutatorian.

Also in the top 10 of the class were Emma Davis, Jayden Evans, Olivia Harris, Colin Parsons, Elizabeth Schuler, Ethan Short, and Jaylin Stevens.

Receiving honors diplomas were: Abigail Bauerback, Hayes Causey, Emma Davis, Emma Doczi, Emma Epling, Jayden Evans, Olivia Harris, Kendyl Householder, Cami Jones, Megan Maxon, Brielle Newland, Colin Parsons, Isaiah Reed, Elizabeth Schuler, Ethan Short, Jaylin Stevens, and Savannah Stover.

The following are now graduates of Eastern High School: Jason Tucker Ash, Alexus Lynn Ault, Austin Bradley Bable, Benjamin Andrew Bailey, Bradley Shane Bailey, Abigail Grace Bauerbach, Arielle Eileen Beeler, Isabella Camille Blair, Wyatt Alexander Boggs, Hayes Lee Causey, Harley Kay Champion, Tessa Nicole Coates, Colton Allen Combs, Dustin Allen Davis, Emma Grace Davis,

Isaiah Edward Devlin, Emma Jean Doczi, Emma Grace Eplin, Jayden Mikal Evans, Cydnie Anne Gillilan, Malorie Jeanann Glaze, Leeann Skylar Haddock, Baylee Jaylena Haggy, Olivia Michelle Harris, Jenna Sue Hensley, Natalie Nicole Hoffman, Kendyll Leigh Housholder, Zillah Rose Isaacson, Emily Cheyanne Jeffers, Cami Renaye Jones, Ella Kay Loise Kline, Lecia Dawn Leasure,

Megan Louise Maxon, Colton James McDaniel, Lacey Nicole Morris, Breanna Marie Nelson, Dominic Lee Nelson, Mackenzie Erin Newell, Brielle Grace Newland, Bryce Creston Newland, Colin Reid Parsons, Riley Irwin Pierce, Evan James Randolph, Anthony Steven Reed, Isaiah Kipling Reed, Wyatt Logan Reed, Johnathan Edward Riley, Ryan Edward Ross, Elizabeth Marie Jean Schuler,

Taylor Dawn Shaffer, Ethan Daniel Short, Brady Marshal Smith, Brayden Coi Smith, Makayla Maxine Smith, Sean Richard Sobieski, Braxtynn Joseph Spencer, Jaylin Claire Stevens, Sean Alan Stobaugh, Adam Michael-Schley Stoops, Savannah Rose Stover, Ciera Dawn Thorla, and Cheyana Danae Umbel.


These Eastern Students were honored at the county academic banquet hosted by the Athens Meigs ESC. It was a great program and meal.
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The end of the year was bitter sweet for Eastern students and staff. They celebrated accomplishments and new beginnings with awards ceremonies and performances, as well as parties and cookouts. A huge thank you to the teachers who work so hard to make the end of the year special, and to all the students and parents who put in the work to make it a special year. I hope everyone has a great summer and gets ready to make next year that much better.


Eastern Students of the Quarter were honored with a banquet sponsored by Ohio Valley Bank and catered by chef, Austin Cole:

Pictured are Mr. Staley representing Ohio Valley Bank, Isaiah Reed, Riley Pierce, & Mrs. Storms

Missing: Emma Epling & Savannah Stover

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Congratulations to the Track Team on a awesome season! Erica Durst finished the year with the school record in 800 and placed 5th in the state in the 800. Emma Hayes threw some big PR’s this season and reached the state meet. Connor Nolan placed 6th in the 3200 at Regionals and Brayden O'Brien placed 7th in the 3200.

Eastern Baseball and Softball Players Represented Well in Postseason Awards

Eastern led the local teams with a total of nine honorees, five of which come from the softball team.

The Lady Eagles were represented by Juli Durst, Megan Maxon, Ella Carleton, Emma Putman and Sydney Reynolds.

In baseball, the Green and Gold also led the way in honorees, with four athletes named.

Jace Bullington, Ryan Ross, Sean Stobaugh and Brayden Smith were named to the all-divison team for the Eagles.


Get your teams together and come support the Eastern Football program!
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It was a great day for fun in the sun to host the Mini-Relay for Life at Eastern! The junior high and high school Student Council sponsored the event and did an excellent job providing fun activities for students in grades K-12. The students participated in dress-up days, face painting and played games outside while raising $1,425.02 for the American Cancer Society! The Student Council would like to send a HUGE thank you to Farmers Bank for spending their day providing cold water to all participating students as well as another HUGE thank you to Reggie Robinson aka Rockin’ Reggie for volunteering his time and resources to play great music at our event!


Mrs. Martin's 6th Grade ELA Class worked hard on a service learning project at the end of the school year. For this project, the students came up with a plan to make improvements to the gazebo out on the playground in order to leave the playground "better than they found it." This is a space many students go to read, draw, and socialize during recess. For their project, the students reached out to their community for donations with big plans of planting flowers around the gazebo, creating a stepping stone path to the gazebo for easy access, even on rainy days, and to build a little library that could safely house books outside on the playground year round. Yesterday, the final touches were added to the little library! The class successfully met each of these goals and intends to help keep up with it as they move through their time at Eastern.

We would like to say a big thank you to Baum's Lumber, Darrell Norris Greenhouses, The Barnett Family, Bill Salyer, Connie Osbourne, Judy Lee, and Bill Johnson for their donations of materials, time, and wisdom! We could not have done it without all of your help!

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Eastern has had the opportunity to partner with COMCORPS next year to provide more services for our students related to health and wellness. If you have any interest in applying for this position that will work at Eastern please see the attached flyer.
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Pictures from the presentation about the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Co. K. A Meigs county unit. The 4th graders just finished the civil war in social studies.


Recently our Eastern DARE students took a trip to do some fishing and learning the joys of getting outside and engaging with nature. Lucky to have such great community partners.


The 6th grade class took their end of the year field trip to Marietta where they rode on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler, took a tour of the historic W.P. Snyder Jr., and explored the Ohio River Museum. It was a field trip full of fun and learning about the Ohio River. Thank you to the Valley Gem Sternwheeler and The Ohio River Museum for having us!


Some rainy weather couldn’t damper the excitement of the Eastern and Hopewell staff that celebrated the vision, work, and dedication that made this clinic a reality for students, staff and the community. Several local and state officials, and members of the community stopped in to congratulate the team, and explore the facility. It was a great event and Eastern is proud of their partnership with Hopewell.

The Eastern Care Clinic will remain open all summer, so stop in if you need care or want to get that sports physical taken care of.

Don't forget the Eastern Care Clinic is open all summer, and is able to help with sports physicals


I have seen many students attend these and gain incredible experiences and become better people. If you have any interest please check out the link below.

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The Eastern 8th grade class recently returned from their trip where they visited Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Monticello, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown. Big thank you to Mrs. Atha who organized the trip and the many chaperones and volunteers who made the fundraising and trip possible.
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On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Eastern Local Schools held its annual Reading Fair with the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Starting in February, students were asked to choose and read a novel. Each student then prepared an exhibit with many of the language arts conventions that they learned during the school year. The exhibits were placed in the school gymnasium where students had the opportunity to speak with judges about their novels. Students were judged on their presentation and ability to answer questions with regard to their individual novel. After the competition, the exhibits were left in the gym to be viewed during Family Night. It was a terrific experience for the students to discuss their novels with the judges, and the exhibits showed that the students learned a great deal this year!


Eastern’s parent engagement night, with Reading fair, ODNR doing projects, Smokey the Bear, free hot dogs cooked by teachers, free s’mores provided by the Hopewell team, math fair, and reading fair project displayed as well as Art fair projects displayed. It was an outstanding event put on by the staff and community.


Our teachers and students have teamed up to make some amazing opportunities for our students and staff or healthy lifestyles. Coach Katie Williams has gone above and beyond to get our greenhouses up and running and partnered with Mrs. Wamsley and her class for salads that were made with the greens from the greenhouse. This gives her class the opportunity to offer a healthy option of salads in the café that her students run. We are so proud of these students and teachers.


Students worked on hydroponic gardening again this year, but we also worked on using recycled material (paper towel rolls & k-cups) for our planters.


Eastern’s 2022 prom was a huge success! Thanks to all of the hard work of the volunteers and students who put in a ton of hours to make it happen. Seniors Bryce Newland and Megan Maxon were crowned king and queen.
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Eastern leadership was recently a part of a group community effort at the Blakeslee Center in Middleport for the Meigs County community roundtable on March 21, the second in a series of such conversations the Coalition will conduct across the region. The Coalition was pleased to welcome over 25 key stakeholders to engage in a conversation around the challenges, successes, and needs for youth and those supporting them in the area of behavioral and mental health care. Randy Leite, executive director, facilitated the conversation and highlighted how ACC plans to work with supporting agencies and partners with increased workforce development, school-based health programs, crisis care, and other vital areas.

On March 30, the Appalachian Children Coalition hosted its Appalachian Child Investment Brunch at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. With support from Sunday Creek Horizons, 80 state representatives, state senators, legislative staff, and regional stakeholders were able to learn about shovel-ready projects primed for investment. The coalition has recommended an investment of $30 million of American Rescue Plan funds with partnerships and detailed project plans already in place.

The event included a briefing session featuring regional leaders who explained the unique disparities they see daily in their professional roles that threaten the wellbeing of the Appalachian child. The panel included Tina Husted, Robin Burrow, Tom Davis, Steve Evans, Stephanie Starcher, Misty Cromwell, Jenny Stotts, Lisa Ward, Sam Schaffer, and Marsha Lewis. Panelists spoke on personal and professional experiences in areas addressing school based health services, crisis stabilization in the region, the growing need for workforce development, and current efforts to provide more comprehensive research and data to support state decision making. These individuals represented the issues that impact all of Appalachian Ohio’s schools, foster care services, CASA/GAL programs, and regional behavioral health offerings.

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Eastern Middle School team took second place in their division while the Eastern High School team took third place in their division. We are proud of these teams and all they have accomplished.
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