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Welcome 2021!

It is a new year and I hope you were able to be with your loved ones during the winter break. Please take care of yourselves, physically and emotionally during these trying times. Remember we do have community resources available for students and families; contact your child’s counselor for more information.

Currently, schools will be in the Hybrid Model until Friday, January 15 and return to a regular schedule Monday, January 18 (A Day). The end of the semester is Tuesday, January 19 (B Day) and no school for students Wednesday, January 20. Second semester starts Thursday, January 21 (A Day).

Western Iowa Tech second semester online classes start Monday, January 11 and the face-to-face on campus classes start Thursday, January 14. Students enrolled in Western Iowa Tech classes are expected to start on WIT’s timetable. If you have questions, please contact Danelle Frank at 712-274-4009.

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year has started. It is very important to choose elective classes that interest you and allow you to explore different options. There are also many AP and college classes available for students to take, as long as they are proficient on the Iowa Assessment of Student Progress, formally known as Iowa Assessments. Counselors will be registering Virtual students starting in late January, through TEAMS meetings, during students first block period.

I hope we will make the best of whatever 2021 has to throw at us and keep moving forward.

Richard O. Todd

East High School Principal

Spring WIT Classes Begin Next Week!


Online Classes start Monday, January 11th

On-Campus Classes begin January 14th.

Do you have your completed application turned in and approved?

Make sure you start attending on these dates so you are not dropped from the class for non attendance.


A Note from Ms. Padomek ~ 9th Grade Associate Principal

East High Freshmen - remember the end of first semester January 19, 2021 is quickly approaching. At that time, your grades will be final and placed on your high school transcript. You must pass your core classes (English, Algebra, Biology) and earn at least a total of five credits first semester to stay on track for graduation and promotion to 10th grade.

Now is the time to advocate for yourself – check your grades, talk to your teachers, and take advantage of your Study Hall, 9th grade Study Session and Homeroom to ensure that you are getting the help you need and your work done. East High also offers After School Study Sessions that run Tuesday – Thursday. This is the perfect opportunity to attend and receive assistance from EHS staff members. See below for more detailed information.

After School Study Sessions ~ January 4 -15th 2021

During our time in the Hybrid Schedule, After School Study Session will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s, no Wednesday session. Students (regardless if it was your scheduled day) are able to go the AEC room in the Freshman hallway anytime between 3:05-6:05 pm. We have many resources available to help; you just need to show up.

Remember the end of the semester has been moved to January 19th. This gives you more time to advocate for yourself and receive the help needed to pass your classes.


There are always teachers there for assistance. If you are looking for assistance from a specific teacher or type of class, check out the calendar below. There is a 5:00 pm bus available to take students who require transportation. Any questions can be directed to Ms. McCaslen-Hibbs

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~ EHS Sophomore House Team Meeting ~

Meet our Sophomore House teachers who come together weekly to discuss and create plans to assist students for success.

From Left to right around the table: Mr. Wiersma, Ms. Glass, Ms. Keefer, Ms. Higgins, Ms. Schmidt, Mr. Dreessen, Mr. Hamman, Ms. Shultz, Ms. Elder, Mr. Cale, Mr. Borrall, and Mr. Monckton.

Meet the Voices Of The Attendance Office

Lets put a face to the voice you get when you call the school. Meet Ms. Burns (Attendance Secretary) and Ms. Meza (Attendance Office Assistant). These two ladies are the frontline desk when it comes to East High. They not only answer the calls to East High and update student attendance, they also greet and assist visitors, students, and answer busing questions. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

Your East High Media Center Staff

Greetings from our EHS Media Center staff. Mr. Colon (Instructional Assistant/Coach), Ms. Kenyon (Media Assistant/Student Tech Support) and Ms. Fischer (Teacher/Librarian). These three are always ready to assist students, staff and parents with anything library or laptop related.

Stop in and say Hi!


Mayor Youth Council - 2021 Mayor

Congratulations to Estella Ruhrer-Johnson for being sworn in as the 2021 Mayor of Mayors Youth Council.

Northwest Iowa Honor Band

Congratulations to Michael Widjaja (trumpet) and Lauren Geerlings (oboe) on your selection to this year's Northwest Iowa Honor Band Festival.

Way to go Dominic!

Dominic Eastman and the March for Our Lives group have a great article in the Sioux City Journal. If you would like to view it, please check out this link.

EHS Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Amber Franco for being selected as the December Staff Member of the Month.

Is an all around top notch employee! Is on top of everything, willing to help out whenever/wherever needed, and always carries a positive attitude. Has a positive relationship with the students and puts everyone else's needs first.

Is always an excellent resource for any assistance that is needed. Quite often is the one that can help you, but if not, gets you going in the right direction in an extremely timely manner.

Will help out when needed, and doesn’t always need to be asked to do so!


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SCCSD AFJROTC Misty Cadet Corps Brighten Lives At Nursing Homes!

SCCSD AFJROTC Misty Cadet Corps conducted one of their most memorable community service events during their tenure. On, Friday, 18 December cadets visited three nursing homes: Heritage @ North Hills, Sunrise and Touchstone.

They delivered baked goodies, provided by cadet families and friends and others in the SCCSD, and sang Christmas carols. Not only were residents and staff members overwhelmed by the kindness demonstrated by Misty Cadets as they scooted against cracked windows to hear the music, but cadets were moved to tears as residents danced and waved during the show.

Cadets vowed that this will now be a yearly event, but next year it is promised to be bigger and better.

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Mentors in Violence Prevention

Junior and Senior students participated in MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) virtual training. MVP is a peer-mentoring program that gives young people the chance to explore and challenge the attitudes, beliefs and cultural norms that underpin gender-based violence, bullying and other forms of violence. These MVP students will soon be mentoring our freshman during homeroom.

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Our Math Department knows how to celebrate and have school spirit on Ugly Sweater Day.

Mathies from L-R: Ms. Price, Ms. Mounts, Ms. Andersen, Ms. Burns, Ms. Mulvihill with Mr. Wiersma in the front.


Sioux City Journal Female Cross Country Runner of the Year!

Congratulations to Kaia Downs for being selected as the Journal's Cross Country Runner of the Year! Keep up the hard work.

Bowling Team Congratulations.

A huge congratulations goes out to Natalie Cloud as the girl's city champ from the City Bowling meet. She had both the highest score (193) and two game series (305) for the girls.

~ Speech and Debate Team ~

December 11th and 12th students on the Speech and Debate team competed at the (Virtual) Dowling Paradigm Tournament. This tournament boasted over 140 schools, and competitors from over 25 different states. Sioux City East had a great time at this amazing tournament, please help us in congratulating these awesome students on a job well done:

In Duo Interpretation, Max Braunstein and Carter Vanderloo placed 1st! Max Braunstein and Carter Vanderloo also received a NIETOC (National Individual Event Tournament of Champions) bid to compete in May in Houston (or virtual)! In Poetry, Caleb Baker placed 1st! In Prose, Ruby Dominick placed 3rd!

Congratulations also goes to Annabelle Helms, Ella Berkenpas, Jacob Mace, Lidya Tadesse, Chloe Evans, Nizsha Flory, and Maddie Barnes for doing a fantastic job representing East High in their speech categories with great rankings in their rounds and the upmost professionalism during competition!

EHS Football Academic All-State

Congratulations to Ethan Breyfogle and Ryan Crawford, 2020 Football Academic All-State.

Congratulations to the Dance Teams!

It has been a whirlwind of a year, with obstacles thrown at them left and right. Through it all, some State Competition hardware has made it’s way to East High!

All-Male: 1st Place [First ever in this category for EHS!]

Class VII Hip-Hop: 3rd Place [First Top 3 Placing in this category in 7 years!]

Class III Lyrical: 5th Place

All of our Soloists received a Division I Rating in Class IX. A special congratulations to Haley Connot for placing 10th!

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Student Council Goes Shopping

The EHS Student Council did their annual shopping for 6 children that they "adopted" for Christmas. The students bought, wrapped, and delivered the gifts before the holiday.

Have A Great Season!

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Missouri River Conference Activity Calendar

To view all activities going on at East High, Please press the Button.

A Note from our Nurse -

Frostbite—A Winter Weather Hazard

Frostbite is a condition in which skin or part of the body becomes partially frozen due to exposure to cold. Body parts most likely to be frostbitten are the fingers, toes, ears, nose and cheeks. In the beginning stages of frostbite, the skin will become very red and then pale.


· Do bring the child indoors.

· Do warm the area in a pan of lukewarm water.

· If hands or feet are affected, elevate them above the heart level.

· Keep exposed areas dry to help prevent more frostbite.


· Do not rub or massage the area.

· Do not warm with a heating pad.

· Do not break blisters that have formed.


· The skin blisters.

· The area feels numb after 15 minutes of warming.

· The skin is cold, white, hard and waxy feeling. This usually means the frostbite is severe.


· Protect children from cold, wind and moisture.

· Dress them in proper clothing:

Ø Dress your child in several layers of light, loose clothing rather than one heavy garment.

Ø Protect the child’s head and neck with a hat and scarf and his/her face with a mask.

Ø For outdoor play, boots high enough to cover the ankles, two pairs of socks and mittens or gloves should be worn.

Ø Try to make arrangements for your child’s transportation to and from school, instead of walking, on extremely cold days.

View Current District COVID-19 Updates

Because information and guidelines are constantly being updated, please use this link to see the latest information available on our SCCSD COVID-19 and Illness Protocols and Practices webpage.


East High has school supplies and backpacks in a variety of colors available for students. If your student is in need of one or both items, please have the student stop by and see Ms. Heath in Office 107. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Heath at 712.274.4000 ext 3110 she will be happy to assist you and get one to your student.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, JR ~ January 18, 2021

Lessons to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Annually, Sioux City Community Schools are in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to facilitate specialized instruction that honors the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Working in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the District plans age-appropriate lessons for every grade. Because of COVID-19 and the District’s safety practices, we will not be inviting parents or community guests to visit classrooms during instruction on January 18. Please ask your child what they learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when they come home from school on January 18.

Community Resources

The District is committed to connecting our students and families to important community resources. View a comprehensive list of local services including information about food access, housing assistance, and mental and physical health resources. Learn more:

SCCSD Virtual Backpack

From camps to sports leagues to family services, the SCCSD Virtual Backpack serves as a link between non-profit community partners and our students and families.

Would you like to get weekly updates about events? Sign Up for the Virtual Backpack email list here.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment. Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.

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