eNewsletter September 2021
Notes from the Principal
It's been a great start through the first midterm. From the building project to limited protocols and what remain terrific numbers relating to COVID or lack thereof. School this year continues to feel normal in so many ways. That remains our mission this year...to keep things as normal as possible.
In Academics, the return to normal classroom settings and collaborative activities have positively influenced teaching and learning through these first five week. Whatever learning losses may have occurred during the spring of 2020 and through last year are quickly being addressed by teachers and students who are again fully engaged in the instructional process.
In Athletics, Fall Sports are off to some great starts on the soccer fields, on the courts. Both boys and girls soccer are having tremendous seasons, cross country has some of the top runners in the area, tennis has been tearing it up on the courts, and football started their season 3-1 with a tough loss to Moeller but three very convincing wins over some quality opponents. Thanks to Don Stonefield, Athletic Director, and all of our fall coaches for a successful return to normal...crowds and competition. It's been a fun fall sports season so far!
A few weeks ago, we were all struck by the tragedy at Kabul airport. It certainly hit EC and our community hard as one of our own, Cpl Kelsee Lainhart, was one of the service members severely injured in the blast. Thankfully, she was successfully transported to Germany and then back to the States where she is being cared for at Walter Reed Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814. We have been working diligently to fill her room with well wishes and positives thoughts and prayers. Please join us in supporting Kelsee and her family in this difficult time and encourage her on her road to recovery. One way to do so would be through our Student Council tee-shirt sale found here https://www.athfundraising.com/kelsee. All proceeds go to supporting Kelsee and the Lainharts. Also attached below, Dearborn County's signed proclamation on Tuesday September 7th, thanking Kelsee for her service and sacrifice.
We are so proud of Kelsee and stand with her on her journey to recovery. This is why Sunman Dearborn and our surrounding communities are so special. When it's about one of us, it's about all of us!
“No leader is worth his salt who won’t set up the chairs.” Peter Drucker
Dearborn County Proclamation 9-7-2021
Kelsee Lainhart Tee-shirt Fundraiser Flyer
School Breakfast and Lunch Update from Sunman Dearborn School Corporation
socioeconomic status, to receive FREE meals at school. According to the USDA, this program will continue through the 2021-22 school year.
2022 National Merit Semi-Finalists
Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum
Student Fees & Registration
Parents, please check PowerSchool for fees updates. All outstanding fees for East Central High School have been entered into PowerSchool to include the 2021-2022 Technology Fee and Chromebook Protection Plan. The Sunman-Dearborn Foundation Endowment Gift keeps book bills to $25 for the Technology Fee or $50 if you elected to purchase the Chromebook Protection Plan. Now also posted to PowerSchool are any outstanding fees for 2020-2021 including Missing Textbooks and Chromebook Damage. If you paid the 2021-2022 fees your PowerSchool account should have a zero balance. If your account shows a balance due there may be an outstanding amount from the 2020-2021 school year. If you have an outstanding balance you will be receiving an email soon with the amount due. If you have not registered your child yet, please do so as soon as possible https://powerschool.sunmandearborn.k12.in.us/public/home.html If you should have any questions, please contact Mr. Swinney, Assistant Principal.
SAT & ACT Information
If you are planning to attend a four-year college, you should plan on registering for the ACT and SAT soon. To prepare well for these tests, we recommend taking rigorous classes, doing well in your academic coursework, and taking advantage of free SAT/ACT prep materials (online and in the Guidance Office).
Don't forget to check out the Admissions webpage of any college you are interested in attending. You can find a "Freshman Profile" that will give you more information about the GPA, academic rigor, community service, and test scores required for admission.
You can click on the following links to learn more about taking the ACT/SAT:
Dual Credit Information for Parents and Students
Did you know ECHS has over 50 courses that students can earn college credit in. Last year East Central High School students earned over $1,000,000 in college credit from Ivy Tech and Indiana University. Students and families can save the cost of an entire year of college by completing this Indiana College Core (formerly known as the STGEC) checklist right here at ECHS. For fast facts of the Indiana College Core click here or contact your child’s guidance counselor.
Dual Credit Registration and Knowledge Assessment Qualification
All students taking a dual credit course this year must complete the Knowledge Assessment test in their MyIvy account. Students must score a 70 or better to qualify (earn) for the dual college credit. The deadline for students to register for their dual credit course in DualEnroll has been extended until September 27. Please ensure your student has completed the necessary steps.
Resources for Dual Credit Students
DualEnroll Student Guide: Application – https://youtu.be/u2HNoiL2TaY
DualEnroll Student Guide: Registration – https://youtu.be/ydDLGRhoHd4
MyIvy Student Guide: MyIvy account setup using DualEnroll.com – https://youtu.be/Ol6KLek3aSI
MyIvy Student Guide: Accessing Knowledge Assessment – https://youtu.be/lD-Xzw3zmOk
DualEnroll Student Guide: Dropping a class – https://youtu.be/9sEIe87NIro
Advanced Placement Exam Registration
Students are in the process of registering for their AP exams in their classes. The state will cover the costs for Math, Science, Computer Science and ELA exams. All other exams are $96 and due by November 15, 2021 (Checks payable to East Central High School). Please give to Mrs. Colegate in the front office.
Class of 2023 & Beyond - Graduation Pathways
For the first time in years, students will not have to “pass a test” to earn their high school diploma! Students will now complete what is known as “Graduation Pathways” to graduate high school in the state of Indiana. We are very fortunate at ECHS to be able to offer over 20 pathways for students to choose from. For More information click Indiana Graduation Pathways and the SAT test.
Trojan Food Pantry
Did you know that ECHS has a Food Pantry? It is available to all families that are in need of food as long as they have a student in Sunman Dearborn Schools. There are no additional requirements. Please contact Mrs. Osman, 812-576-4811 ext. 11302, for additional information.
Notes from Guidance
The school year is quickly progressing, and classes are continuing to work on specific items of completion. Listed below is an overview of tasks that each grade should be focused on completing.
Key items per grade:
ECHS will be holding our Financial Aid Night on October 6th from 6:30- 8:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. We will have our representative from INvested who will do an overview on how to complete the parent and student sections of the FAFSA for the class of 2022. We highly encourage all parents and seniors to attend. If you can not attend the presentation it will be live streamed on trojanmediaproductions.com and available to view at a later date if needed.
Seniors are also allowed to have two college visit days to explore or finalize colleges of choice. Fall break also serves as a great opportunity to visit colleges that are still in session without missing classes at ECHS. Several college representatives have met with seniors who have voiced interest and more are scheduled to arrive.
Seniors who are undecided about what to study after high school are encouraged to connect with Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). This program helps high school graduates earn an associate degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor's degree. Contact Wendi Karle at email@example.com for more information.
The ASVAB tests will be offered on Sept. 22nd during the school day. Students who need a pathway for graduation will be given the option to take the ASVAB which will qualify them to graduate with the graduation pathways option.
PSAT will be offered on Oct. 26th. Juniors were offered the option to sign up for the test through guidance. This is not a required test but for any Junior that wants more practice for the SAT this is a great opportunity.
SAT School Day: New required test for all juniors in the state of Indiana beginning with the class of 2023 is the SAT that will be given during the school day on March 2, 2022. This test is free and used by the state for school accountability. The benefit of the test is that students will be able to use this score report for college applications. More information will be provided as the March date approaches.
Sophomores and Freshmen:
These students should focus on their grades to build a strong transcript which will enable the most opportunities to them. Sophomores will take the PSAT on October 26h during the school year.
As always we are available to meet with students individually to support academic and emotional needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Director of Guidance
IVY TECH NEWS
Ivy Tech College Connection Coach
To support high school students and help them explore future career and college opportunities, Ivy Tech is providing a College Connection Coach dedicated to East Central students. Wendi Karle started working with students in late February and will be on site each Wednesday in the Guidance Suite as the College Connection Coach. As a graduate of East Central, and with a background in secondary education, as well as college and career development, she is invested in helping students achieve success. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Save Time, Save Money, Get a Degree
The Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) is an 11-month program which is student focused and designed to support, encourage, and mentor students throughout their first year of college. This program is great for students who prefer smaller class sizes and who prefer to be on a first name basis with their professors. ASAP works with students to build confidence before transferring to a 4-year university to get their bachelor’s degree or going into the workforce. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort. If you are interested in applying to ASAP, joining one of our information sessions, or would like a tour of Ivy Tech’s campus, email Heather Gard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEED HOMEWORK HELP?
**National Honor Society Tutoring in the Library
Every Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-4pm.
**Do you have a study hall? Talk to your counselor about peer-to-peer tutoring during study hall.
**Talk to your teachers. Teachers arrive daily at 7:30am and could possibly help you before or after school.
**KhanAcademy.org Completely free online educational videos in all core classes.
**AskRose.org / (877) ASK-ROSE 24/7 homework help (Ran by the students of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN).
East Central FFA Members Compete in Livestock Skillathon CDE
Sixteen East Central FFA members competed in the Area One Livestock
Skillathon Career Development on Wednesday September 8. The event was held
at South Ripley High School. In this event, an FFA member tests their knowledge
on beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat-type goats. Events include breed, retail
meat cut, feed ingredient, and livestock equipment identification. They also
complete an industry quiz and complete a quality assurance exam. The top team
for East Central placed 6 th out of 13 teams and consisted of Bradley Kolb, Riley
Shumate, Jacob Kuhn and Josie Hartman. Bradley Kolb was the top individual for
EC, placing 9 th out of 51 contestants.
Pictured L to R: Joseph Miller, Bradley Kolb, Josie Hartman, Abby Vendler, Julie
Rider, Reese Hayes, Adrien King, James Bulach, Ana Eckstein, Evan Kuhn, Sophie
Hirt, Jacob Kuhn, Thomas Eckstein, Kody Schilling, Evan Kramer and Riley Shumate
East Central FFA Receives Ripley Co. Foundation Grant
The East Central FFA Chapter applied for and received a Ripley County
Community Foundation Grant to replace 20 Ash trees lost to the Emerald Ash
Borer at Sunman Elementary School. Students will plant a variety of native tree
species including; Tulip Tree, Serviceberry, Basswood, Redbud, Sweetgum and
several others. FFA members plan to complete the project in October. This
endeavor is another opportunity for the EC RE-LEAF program which is a special
project of the East Central FFA Chapter.
Updates from The DropZone…
It has been a great start to the 2021-2022 school year for DropZone. Grades 10 through 12 all have new devices and charges so it has been a bit of a learning curve with incorporating a new device into maintenance rotation. We have 15 new students who have joined our tech support team and 5 returning students helping keep all of the chromebooks in good working order. The returning students to DropZone prove year after year to be a great asset as they bring quite a bit of knowledge and experience from the previous year allowing for a smooth transition at the start of the new school year. The veteran techs step up in leadership roles, mentoring new students, fearlessly taking them under their wings and showing them the ropes.
New to Computer Science 3
Computer Science 3 - Software Development has taken on a different look this year with the development of mobile applications. Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important to our consumption of media, news, social interaction, and learning. In this course, students learn how to create mobile apps using React Native. Students are learning to build applications to run on their own smartphones and create apps to solve specific problems. Popular programs that you might be familiar with that were built using React Native are Facebook, Instagram, Uber Eats, Airbnb, Discord, and Pinterest.
Students in Mr. Boyd’s Ivy Tech dual credit Civil Engineering and Architecture course are learning to use the Autodesk Revit Architecture software program to design residential buildings.
Students in the Computers in Design course are mastering the basics of 2d computer-aided drafting with the Autodesk Autocad software program.
Students in the Ivy Tech dual credit Introduction to Engineering Design course are learning the basics of the Autodesk Inventor 3d modeling software program to solve real-life design problems to create products to be printed with a 3d printer or laser cutter/engraver.
English 9-Honors classes are learning how to annotate a PDF. They practiced using a tool called PDFCandy. The word candy in the title reflects the SWEET nature of this tool. Annotation is a skill all students should have. These classes are annotating the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. They are working with a partner to find, highlight, and label various literary devices in the story.
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Intro to Fashion and Textiles
The students in the Intro to Fashion and Textiles classes are currently learning how to sew. They have learned about the sewing equipment, the parts of the sewing machine, how to thread the sewing machine and wind a bobbin. Then we moved onto sewing a seam, where students made hair scrunchies and pin cushions. We are currently learning how to make drawstring bags. We are very proud of our students’ progress. They are doing a great job! Our next project will be making PJ pants with pockets.
Macy working on her pin cushion.
The Child Development Students have been studying the stages of prenatal development. They are currently researching genetic and environmental factors that contribute to changes to the embryo or fetus during development and how that affects the baby’s growth and development. The students will be creating google slides presentations about different types of birth defects.
The Cadet Teachers are currently working on writing their Philosophy of Education papers in class. They will begin by thinking about characteristics that they appreciate in their role models as teachers and their own beliefs about teaching and learning.
Intro to Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Students in Intro to Culinary Arts began the school year by learning about Food Safety & Sanitation. They learned about the most common causes & symptoms of foodborne illness and how they could prevent them by applying their knowledge of the 4 C’s (Clean, Combat Cross Contamination, Cook, & Chill) of Food Safety. Students got to experience a “Food Science” experiment, testing bacteria growth at room temperature versus refrigerated temperature. Students learned bacteria grow fastest at room temperature aka- “Temperature Danger Zone!” Students demonstrated their knowledge of food safety through a lab experience of making “Chicken Stir Fry”. In september, students will begin learning about Kitchen Safety & Preventing Accidents in the Kitchens then Proper Measuring Techniques!
ProStart 1: Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Students in ProStart 1 began the year learning about the Hospitality Industry. Students have had the opportunity to evaluate the various parts of the foodservice industry including the commercial versus noncommercial segments. Students first explored the commercial restaurant and foodservice segment including: Restaurants, Catering & Banquets, Retail, and Stadiums. Then they learned about the smaller noncommercial foodservice segment including: Schools & Universities, Health-care facilities, Business & Industry, Club & Government facilities. They’ve also learned about the various segments of the hospitality industry including travel, tourism, foodservice, lodging & event management. Students learned the travel & tourism industry is a huge part of Culinary/Hospitality! Students demonstrated their knowledge of the Hospitality Industry through a laboratory experience of making “Small Bite” Appetizers that you would see at a catered event or banquet center. Next month students will learn about early contributors to the hospitality industry and their impact on management philosophy and leadership.
ProStart 2: Advanced Culinary Arts
ProStart 1 & 2: Advanced Culinary courses earn dual credit with Ivy Tech!!
Students in the ProStart 1 & 2 advanced culinary courses now have the opportunity to earn dual credit with Ivy Tech Community College! If students complete the requirements they could earn credit in the following Ivy Tech courses:
Hops 114: Intro to Hospitality
Hosp 101: Sanitation & First Aid
Hosp 102: Basic Food Theory & Skills
Hosp 104: Nutrition
Hosp 105: Intro to Baking
Adv Nutrition and Wellness
Students in Advanced Nutrition and Wellness are examining the importance of kitchen safety and collaboration during labs. They have learned about a variety of ways to stay safe in the kitchen including personal hygiene, kitchen cleanliness, and equipment safety. Students practice these skills during all of our labs. We recently made fruit pizza as a way to practice using kitchen equipment safely, but this lab also gave students the opportunity to show off their creative sides.
Preparing for College and Careers
Students in Preparing for College and Careers are using their identified values, skills, and personalities to explore potential careers. Students identified some of the 16 Career Clusters that match personal interests and skills so they could examine those more closely. We identified a variety of different career options based on the 16 clusters and students learned about reliable sources for career research.
The East Central FCCLA is off to a great start this year. FCCLA held a successful bake sale/car wash fundraiser at Alig’s Shell in August. The money raised was used to pay for the membership dues of all of the students who participate in FCCLA. On September 10th, in all ECHS FACS Classes we integrated a 9/11 Day of Service as part of a YSA and FCCLA project. We talked about how 9/11 has changed our lives and how we can change the lives of others by showing gratitude by writing a card to our veterans, military and first responders. Many wrote cards to our Kelsey Lainhart, Marine and ECHS Alumni. We are so proud of our students’ kindness.We will be holding our annual Eat Dinner with Your Family Night for members and their families on September 16th. Please have your student RSVP on the google form in their google classroom. FCCLA will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, September 21st from 3-4 p.m. in the Sewing lab. We will also kick off our walking club that is part of FCCLA. All FCCLA members may sign up to participate in Fall Demonstration & Skill Events. This gives students an opportunity to put their Family and Consumer Sciences Skills into action. Please see an adviser if you are interested in participating! All students at East Central High School are welcome to join FCCLA! Dues are FREE this year. Please pick up a membership form from Mrs. Osman, Ms. McConnell or Mrs. Bonilla.
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We are already off to an exciting start to the year in the art department. Students are finding their rhythm and getting into the swing of things!
Drawing students have been learning about drawing that shows foreshortening. Students created a drawing that shows how objects appear shorter when viewed from a sharp angle. When the foreshortened object is close to us, the part appears large, while the part that moves away spatially appears smaller. Additional requirements are the principles of shading and characteristics of the Surrealism Movement.
Painting students have started off the school year with learning about color theory and creating a color scheme that is more expressive and impactful. Students learned how we perceive color; and the visual effects of how colors mix, match or contrast with each other.
Matt Lyon - email@example.com
Have you ever thought about moving to another country? Have you ever dreamed of living in a foreign country? The Japanese club may be the first step to making your dream come true. The club offers many opportunities for the members to learn the cultures and traditions of Japan. This year, we had a great start with 40+ members! The new Japanese club officers are Jayme Pennington, Sydney Leech, Emma Hartley, Noah Morgan, Shelby Shaeff, Jack Pennington, Jackie Schneider, AJ Rumpke and Jeff Rowlwtt. The club meetings are held every other Wednesday from 3:10 until 4:30 in room 109.
Everyone is welcome to join. If you are interested in it, stop by!
The East Central math department would like to welcome Andrea Brown to the high school. Andrea has been teaching at the middle school for 4 years and has transferred to the high school this year. She is teaching Algebra 2 and Geometry for us. Andrea has been in education for 16 years starting her teaching career at Greensburg, then South Dearborn and finally to her home in the Sunman-Dearborn School District. Andrea also has been teaching with Ivy Tech for 12 years. She has dedicated her life to education but her family is the most important thing to Andrea.
Andrea is married to Pete Brown, who also is new to EC as a science teacher. Pete is from Holland Michigan and is a die hard Ohio State fan. If he is not coaching Noah in football he is watching an Ohio State sporting event. Andrea and Pete have 3 children, Noah, Emma and Ellise. Noah is in 7th grade at EC middle school and loves sports. His passion is football. Andrea and Pete are busy watching Noah play football for the middle school and Team Indiana, a select football team, and they are loving every minute of it. Emma is in 2nd grade at North Dearborn Elementary and loves to play soccer and softball. Emma is busy being a girl scout, and she loves going to her brother's many sports activities. Ellise was a beautiful 4.5 month old that got called to heaven 8 years ago and just celebrated her 9th birthday with Jesus. The Brown family misses Ellise tremendously and is very passionate about her foundation, The Ellise Brown Foundation. The foundation provides financial support for funerals of other infants taken too soon along with educating families on safe sleep practices.
We are so happy to have her join our team, making our team stronger.
The drama department will begin auditions for their play, A Christmas Carol, beginning Tuesday, Sept 14th and will run through Thursday Sept. 16th. Auditions will be held in the chorus room. Any student who has questions can email Mrs. Tanner at
The production will be November 19th, 20th and 21st. firstname.lastname@example.org
The choir department is in full swing and excited to be performing again. The students are working to prepare for their fall concert on Sunday, Oct.24th, at 3:00p
The show choir will be performing at the Aurora Farmer’s Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 7:00p.
We would love to see you there.
As Quarter 1 Mid-Term comes and goes, students continue to participate in a variety of physical activities.The weight training classes have been filling out their strength cards to ensure they reach their semester goals. Freshmen PE classes have been busy enjoying and improving their softball, flag football, and tennis skills. The Health classes are currently working through stress management, and they will be welcoming Safe Passage in the upcoming weeks.
Congratulations to the tennis tournament champions: Meredith Sizemore, Arika Kashner and Brooke Lay, Leighna Prater and Kara Rowland, Ava Arnult and Sarah Albrink, Alyssa Riehle and Riley Perkins, and Meredith Williams and Soraya Leurck.
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In Mr. Maluvac's Bio II and Anatomy courses the students have been studying organic chemistry and the structure and functions of Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins in organisms.
In Mrs. Gilmour's and Mr. Brown's classes they are wrapping up discussion of the structures of organic compounds.
Mrs. Carleton classes are discussing geological structures and composition of rocks and minerals.
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Do you support East Central High School and need spirit gear? The Trojan Exchange can meet all your spirit gear needs!
The Trojan Exchange is a student run business at East Central High School lead by students in Mr. Miller’s business classes. We sell a variety of EC spirit gear from hoodies, shirts, sweatpants, hats, crewnecks, tumblers, and so much more that you can buy to support East Central.
The Trojan Exchange strives to be more than just a spirit gear seller. We recently raised over $1,700 in T-shirt sales for the family of Lawrenceburg High School student, Brady Gabbard. Students can find the Trojan Exchange by the cafeteria on Tuesdays - Fridays during lunch. Other East Central supporters can find the Trojan Exchange on the official website trojanexchange.com. You can also find us at sporting events such as football, soccer, and volleyball games. The dates of those events are on our website under the “Upcoming Events & Forms” tab.
Make sure you follow our social media accounts on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @trojanexchange to keep updated on all the latest events. The Trojan Exchange is your number one way to get East Central spirit gear to support the high school and its students, so check us out today!
Trojan Media Productions
Trojan Media Productions
students in the Radio/TV classes last year during the height of the Covid pandemic. With
crowd sizes being limited at all activities, the administration posed the question of the
possibility of streaming sporting events so that parents and the community could still be a part
of the Trojans athletic endeavors. With that, Trojan Media Productions was born and grew
quickly throughout the year. Streaming events from the Performing Arts Center as well as all
home football games, all winter sports, and attempting to stream spring sports live on
This year, with renewed energy, a new crop of students and new equipment, they
hope to continue the course they started last year, and hopefully raise the bar with new
production elements for fans to see while watching. While crowds are not limited at this time
this year, not everyone can attend events all the time. Some live out of the area, some are too
ill to attend, or have other reasons for not being able to be at the event in person. Trojan Media
Productions offers them the best means to enjoy sporting events, concerts, and awards
programs. This year Trojan Media Productions has also partnered with the IHSAA as an
affiliate. This allows all sporting content to be streamed on IHSAAtv.org as well as Trojan
Media Productions’ YouTube Channel. This also allows Trojan Media Productions access to
any post-season tournaments at home. Trojan Media Productions’ website,
www.TrojanMediaProductions.com, lists which events will be streamed at any given time, as
well as the links to the streamed events for YouTube.
For all sports related news, schedules, updates, etc. click on the following link or contact EC Athletics at 812-576-4811 ext 11932
For student athletes interested in eligibility-forms, physicals, transfers, etc. click on the following link or contact EC Athletics at 812-576-4811 ext 11932