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East High School - Sioux City, Iowa

MARCH 2021

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The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress will be given in April for all students in grades 9-11. We are hoping students will be taking each portion of the test in their core classes, i.e. the reading portion will be taken in language arts classes; the math portion will be taken in math classes; the science portion will be taken in 10th grade science classes.

These scores are reported to the state government, the federal government, and the news media as one of the assessments comparing East High School to other high schools across the district, state and country. We use this assessment to see if our students are performing at grade level. Students must be proficient on all portions (math, science and reading) of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress to be eligible to take dual-credit or post-secondary classes. This includes Western Civilization I, US History to 1877, Calculus, Composition I, online college classes, and PSEO courses at the colleges. Students who are not proficient on the reading portion will need to take Language Arts Support as an elective.

Earning college credit while in high school can mean a savings of thousands of dollars for you! Please encourage your children to do their best so they can take advantage of college credit classes and show the community how well our students are doing at East High!

Richard O. Todd

East High School Principal



A Note From Mr. Dreessen ~ 10th -12th Grade Principal ~

Hello everyone,

I hope that everyone is doing the best they can. Definitely crazy times this year. I hope that everything will settle down soon.

Just a couple of things that I hope you are all keeping an eye on.

1) Silver Cord Hours-

Please make sure that Mrs. Benson, in the main office, is getting your silver cord hour sheets. Anything you would like to know about silver cord, hours, what is allowed etc, contact one of us and we will help.

2) Grades- please keep an eye on your grades and do what you can to get them above a 60%. It’s way easier to stay on top of that, then to put it off and wait till the end, trust me on that.

3) Credits - you need to stay “on Track”, so you will graduate on time. Again, need any help, let Mrs. Benson or myself know and we will assist.

PBIS is going GREAT, and make sure that those BE GREAT cards are being utilized!!!! Have a GREAT day every buddy!

Stay safe

David G. Dreessen

712-274-4000 ext 3103


EHS Staff Member of the Month

Ms. Zyzda started the year off teaching a new subject. She started with some challenges. She knew there needed to be a change but was not sure what she could do. Instead of staying with what was comfortable, she decided to challenge herself. She listened and learned. She tried something new using technology. She brought in others to observe and give her feedback. She wants to be the best teacher she can be for her students. Ms. Zyzda keeps her students growth in mind all the time. Congratulations to EHS Staff Member of the Month for February 2021 is Ms. Jamie Zyzda!

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Jadyn Roder - Finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program

Jadyn has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2021 by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishments.

FCS Educator Appreciation Day!

Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation recognized Ms. Kenyon on FCS Educator Appreciation Day. They said the ProStart Program would be nothing without our passionate and dedicated educators! Check out this success story from three-year ProStart Educator, Ms. Carli Kenyon from Sioux City East High School!

"One of my first students just started an internship at the Warrior Hotel in Sioux City with a Chef from St. Louis! He works in the banquet hall, restaurant, and catering services. ProStart has opened doors for amazing opportunities for my students!"

Thank you Ms. Kenyon on your dedication to the students in the Sioux City School District!

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East High Food Service Staff

Today we would like to give a shout out to our food service workers! They are the ones behind the scenes who have ensured that our students received breakfast and lunch meals during the Covid shutdown and during the summer months. Now they are providing meals to our students for both hybrid and regular school days. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to East High.

Kat Stone, Jessica Newman, Amy Steele, Meagan Larson, Joni Wilde, Margarita Andrade, Maria Lounsbery, Carol Vortherms, and Mindy Karges.

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EHS Behind The Scenes Consulting Staff

Here at East we are lucky to have Ms. Heck, Mr. Wall, Ms. May and Ms. Nash as our great Consulting Teachers staff. This group works with classroom teachers to support student learning and teacher practice. Consulting Teachers develop individual and group professional learning that will expand and refine the understanding and use the proven instructional methods for teachers. They also provide personalized support based on the goals and identified needs of individual teachers.


9th Grade Virtual Honor Roll Awards Assembly

Students who achieved a 3.0 GPA and higher were recognized during a virtual Homeroom Honors Assembly. Congratulations!

4.0 + = Highest Honor

3.5 - 3.99 = Distinguished Honor

3.0 - 3.49 = Honor

2021 District Jazz Festival

One of the East jazz combos performed at the 2021 District Jazz Festival. Due to COVID, this was a non-competitive, clinic only performance and our students received GREAT feedback from all judges. They were very excited to see the changes we had made during this school year to keep jazz going and have our students playing.

Pictured below are the students during their clinic with the three judges.

Students include: Matthew Christian, vibes, Hank Dibble, bass, Sean Middleton, drum set, Joseph Hansen, guitar, Michael Widjaja, trumpet, Juan Fuentes, trumpet, Isabelle Ford, alto saxophone, McKennzie Carey, trombone, Ryan Crawford, trombone, Isaac Holzerland, trombone. The Combo was led by Mr. Drew Paulsen.

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~ Science ~

Ms. N. Morgan's Foundations students took advantage of the cold weather and worked on building a frozen student. They got the clothes wet and staff members in their classroom took the clothes outside to set the clothes up while the class watched. It was a fun science experiment for the students.

East High Choirs Performed At Their Vocal Pops Choir Concert

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Principles of Management & Principles of Marketing Class

East High students Kilie Junck and Mimi Nguyen participated in the Northwestern College's INNOVATE Virtual Competition. The students worked virtually with professors from NWC and Civco in Orange City. They met with the Civco's leadership and strategized about employee engagement in a virtual workforce. They then created a proposal for the company and presented it to the leadership team.

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources - CASE Class.

Estefania Villegas and Maria Alcaraz are learning about the FFA values and traditions in their Introduction to Agriculture class which is part of the Agriculture Pathway classes down at the Sioux City Career Academy


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EHS Speech and Debate Team - National Qualifiers!

Members of the Speech and Debate team competed at National Qualifiers this. They had to be in the top 3 among the best in West Iowa order to qualify (along with having a merit degree in the NSDA to even be eligible to compete) to Nationals this summer! After an evening of back to back rounds, please help me in congratulating the following students:

  • Carter Vanderloo and Max Braunstein qualified in Duo!
  • Jacob Mace qualified in Dramatic Interpretation!


  • Caleb Baker is an alternate (2nd) in Program of Oral Interpretation!
  • Aubrey Hanks is an alternate (2nd) in Original Oratory!
  • Laney Nathaniel and Ella Berkenpas are alternates (2nd) in Duo!

As a team, they also received 3rd place Speech Sweepstakes!

Congratulations To Our IHSSA All State Nominees

See the three groups below that have received nominations for IHSSA All State.


Congratulations to the Girls Basketball team for securing the MRAC Conference title.

Wrestling Congratulations!

The wrestling team finished 5th at the District Tournament held at Fort Dodge. A HUGE Congratulations to Victor Bird on qualifying to the State Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa!

You must place in the top 2 to qualify for the State Tournament.

106 - Jadyn Friedrichs - 3rd

113 - Nick Fehl - 4th

120 - Luke Brockelsby - 5th

126 - Jesus Sanchez - 6th

132 - Vinney Pomerson - 3rd

138 - Darel Torres - 3rd

145 - Jose Sanchez - DNP

152 - Trevor Hill - DNP

160 - Tamen Brand - 3rd

182 - Kayden Garges - 5th

195 - Victor Bird - 2nd

220 - Nick Wells - 5th

285 - Dezmond Groetken - 4th

Congratulations to all of these young athletes on a great wrestling season!

Sioux City Metro Hockey Team


MHSHL First Team All-Stars Midwest High School Hockey League: Ethan Burge and Kolton Kane.

MHSHL All-League Team: Ethan Burge.

East senior players: Kai Barner, Ethan Burge, Cade Hesse, and Kolton Kane. Juniors: Drake Anderson, Collin Andres, Chase Mann and Sophomore Landon Topf.

Sioux City Metros Swimming

Congratulations to our East High Spartan swimmers who have qualified at the district meet and will be swimming at state.

The team finished 10th in State and broke school records in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle Relay.

Sioux City Journal's Metro Athlete of the Week 2/9

Congratulations to Owen Hoak on being named the Sioux City Journal's Metro Athlete of the Week for his passion in swimming!

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East High Dance

Congratulations to Haley Connot for earning 1st place at the Marching Auxiliaries (MA) Dance Competition. MA holds regional competitions all over the US and this year it was hosted by North High School. Haley squeezed this competition performance in between the EHS Dance Clinic and their Winter Show that were all held on the same day. Congratulations again, for representing East High.

Congratulations Spartans On 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 Regarding 11th Grade Students

Parents of 11th grade students:

There are new requirements for your student’s immunization status at school, please read the following so you know what you will need to obtain for your child so you can fill the needed requirements before the start of the 2021/2022 school year.

Effective January 11, 2017, the change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. There is no grace period for this and it needs to be done prior to the school year.

Meningococcal disease caused by any serogroup is very serious. Approximately 10 to 15% of people with meningococcal disease die even with appropriate treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20% suffer from serious after-effects, such as permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. Meningococcal vaccines are very safe and effective at preventing meningococcal disease. The meningococcal vaccine is 85 – 100% effective at preventing infection from the subtypes of meningococcus found in the vaccine. The National Immunization Survey (NIS) Teen, 2015 results indicate 75% of Iowa adolescents 13-17 years of age have received one dose the Meningococcal (A, C, W, and Y) vaccine. The national average for one dose of meningococcal vaccine is 81.3%. The meningococcal secondary school vaccine requirement will help Iowa achieve and maintain high adolescent vaccine coverage levels, protecting the health of adolescents, friends, families, and communities.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office and make an appointment for the meningitis vaccine. Most students do not have this requirement met as it is new. You will need to check your home records with the dates above, or call your physician’s office to see what your status is. If you have no insurance, you may call the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119 to schedule an appointment. Some of you may have received this vaccine but not given a copy to East High as it was not required, so if you have received it within the dates above please send a copy to school. Any records can also be faxed to East High at 712- 274-4670 with attention to the school nurse. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Nancy Treft

School Nurse, East High School

~ After School Study Session ~

Below is a calendar of the EHS Staff that will be assisting in After School Study Session for the month of February.

Study Sessions run Tuesday - Thursday from 3:05 to 6:05 and there is a bus that will run at 5:00 for those who need transportation.

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SCCSD Return-To-Learn and School Quality Survey

The Sioux City Community Schools are committed to providing students safe learning environments, high-quality educational programs, and the skills they need to achieve lifelong success on whatever paths they choose. To meet that commitment, we must listen to you about how we can best support your child. This year, your feedback is even more critical as we navigate the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19. Share your feedback on the Return-to-Learn Plan, school quality, and student support. The survey is open from March 1 – March 22. Check your email for a link to access the survey. If you do not see an email or if would prefer to complete a paper survey, please call 712-224-7471. Thank you.

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The Sioux City Community School District launched a new website that provides timely information for parents. Everything you need to know is at your fingertips. Access tools, resources, and tips, all specifically designed to support you and your child.

From the Homepage You can Access:

· School Menus

· Infinite Campus

· Canvas

· Let’s Talk

· News

· Events

· Our Photo Gallery

· Students Spotlights

Dig a Little Further to Fin New Features Including:

· Parent Guide to Student Success

· Tools to Stay Connected

· Online High School Course Guide

· And so much more!

Explore the District Website on Desktop or Mobile[MA1]

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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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Excel Achieve Succeed Tradition
In Excellence
East High School exists to empower our students to EXCEL in activities, ACHIEVE in academics
and SUCCEED in reaching their full potential through long standing TRADITION.