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School City of East Chicago - December 2021

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Important Dates Coming Up in December & January

December Dates

4 EC Park and Recreation Department Toy Drive (Pre-registered)

6 School Board Meeting at 6:00 pm

7 School Board Public Session

10 Iready Testing last day (K thru 8th)

12 Holiday Meal Drive Thru @ EC Central HS 12-2 pm

20 School Board Meeting at 6:00 pm

20 Vaccination Clinic 5 to 11 yr old @ Harrison (Districtwide)

22-31 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

25 Merry Christmas

January Dates

1 Happy New Year "2022"

3 No School - Last day of Winter Break

4 Students Return (ELEARNING)

4 Records Day/Last Day of Semester

4 Quarter 2 Grading Period


25 100 Days In School

EC Central High School

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalist

Congratulations to Grecia Alcantar, a senior from East Chicago Central High School. She is one of 18 Lake County Finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Grecia is captain of her soccer team, a member of the unified track and field team, participates in Spanish club and part of the National Technical Honors Society.

Grecia plans to major in Sociology and possibly minor in ethnic or women's studies.

To date, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship has provided nearly 5000 scholarships to Indiana high school seniors to attend any public or private university in the state. Legacy Foundation is proud to work with ICI to be the provider in Lake County.

Harrison Elementary School

Enchanted Backpack Donation

On Tuesday, November 22, 2021 Harrison received a donation of items valued at over $40,000 from an organization called enchanted backpack! This donation is full of surprises that include school supplies, recess equipment, coats, hats, 1500-1800 brand new books, surprises for staff and MORE!

Harrison has been blessed to receive this donation as only 50 schools are selected each year! They went thru an application process, interview process and Harrison was selected..... Congratulations!!!!!

The students of Harrison Elementary welcomed the delivery with thank you signs as they were delivering their items.

Congratulations Linda Padilla, principal of Harrison Elementary School and Mr. Rios who is the teacher who made it possible and shared the information.

Items that Harrison received:

Clothing & Hygiene: 80 winter coats (various sizes) 48 Travel Toothpaste 48 Toothbrush 48 Dove Deodorant Spray 36 Sparkle Canvas Shoes (girls) Various Sizes 48 Winter Hats 60 Winter Gloves 18 White Gym Shoes Various Sizes 12 Red/ Blue Gym Shoes Various Sizes 12 Black Gym Shoes Various Sizes 6 Girls Socks 12 Unisex socks 4 Girls underwear 5 Boys Boxer Briefs 78 Girls Tights 24 navy sweat pants size small 6 long sleeve navy tshirt size youth L 43 long sleeve navy tshirt size youth M 30 long sleeve navy tshirt size youth XS 21 long sleeve navy tshirt size youth S

Games: 12 Chineese Checker Set 12 Checkers Games 12 Uno Card Set 8 Words with Friends game 4 Moving Building Blocks 24 puzzles 6 tumble towe

Student incentives: 48 dinosaur figurines 24 play money set 24 fashion jewlery toy set 36 mini billiards games 24 ping pong set 36 race car set 48 animal figurine 36 glow in the dark stars 36 toy pom pom 24 super spinner tops 11 Squiggle drawing books 36 toy makeup kits 3 moose and friend temporary tattoo 24 36 jumbo jacks

Recess/Sports Equipment: 12 basketballs 12 adidas soccer balls 20 jump ropes 8 footballs

Books: 162 books in Spanish 534 books in English 48 SEL books in Spanish

Arts & Crafts: Many, many arts and crafts items

School Supplies:10 cases of copy paper 6 classroom rugs 216 black pens 600 orange highlighter 144 clear tape 288 jumbo glue sticks 48 phillips ear buds 88 earbuds 100 student scissors 5in 60 large erasers 48 dry erase magnetic eraser 240 scissors 8in 48 post it notes 24 288 colored pencils 8 500 count pencils 42 expo dry erase markers 228 wide ruled paper 40 staplers 288 markers 10 480 crayons 24 1080 2 pocket folders 145 construction paper 480 index cards 30 electric pencil sharpeners 80 composition notebooks 384 1 subject notebook (70 sheets)

Decorating Supplies for Teachers:10 colorful frog bulletin board accents 126 bookmarks 30 12 school tool colorful cutouts 12 bug name tags 40 halloween name tags 40 elephant name tags 48 heart name tags 54 classroom coordinates calypso cutouts 55 precut letters 90 or 152 36 frames (assorted) 2 sea life cut outs 27 Cutouts for bulletin boards 18 bucket cut outs for bulletin boards 12 funky frog banners

McKinley Elementary School

McKinley is excited to announce that thanks to parents, students and staff, the McKinley Gents Thanksgiving Food Drive collected over 500 canned and dry goods!!! All items were boxed and delivered to the Salvation Army Food Bank last Friday, received by Captain Jessica Martinez. Everyone at the Salvation Army was so appreciative...


100 Book Challenge

100 Book Challenge - Learn How It Works


WIN stands for What I Need. This is a time built into our daily schedules for small group interventions to help students who need additional support but also enrich our students who are at or above grade level. We are asking parents/caregivers when you see WIN please help your child where help is needed. WIN!!! WIN!! WIN!!!

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Students in Kinder thru 8th grade will be taking the second round of IREADY . Each student will take the test in Reading and Math. It is IMPORTANT that attendance and student participation is very important. Testing begins on November 30th until December 10th.

The data will help to get to know the student better and ensure they are given what they need.

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American Education Week Pictures

SCEC schools celebrated by having guest speakers to read-a-loud to their classrooms and/or had activities during the week. Here's a few pictures on how some of our schools celebrated.
Parental Involvement
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From Our Home To Yours

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