East Central

eNewsletter November 2021

Notes from the Principal

October was full of action even with a week off for break. From Red-Robbin Week, to 4 Lilly finalists, one from every surrounding county, to Cancer Awareness dress-up days, we continue to allow as much normalcy as possible for our students. That is, and 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 this first quarter. 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. It has been, and continues to be, our mission to be the BEST school in southeast Indiana. With that, our 1st quarter Honor Roll numbers are in. 56% of our students have all As and Bs, and 24% have straight As. We're very proud of these levels of achievement.

In Athletics, Fall Sports had a great wrap with Rachel Campbell running in the IHSAA State Cross-country meet on 10/30. Football continues their State tournament run winning sectional this past Friday and advancing to regional this weekend. Winter sports are underway with our girls basketball team ranked in the top 10 and off to a great start. Our boys swimmers return a number of state qualifiers from last year's squad as do our wrestlers coming off of a team-duals state championship as well. We are looking forward to continued success in athletics through the winter months. A big thank you to Don Stonefield, Athletic Director, and all of our fall and winter coaches. It's been a fun year so far !

In the arts, mark your calendars for A Christmas Carol, our 2021 fall production! November 19-21 will once again provide outstanding family entertainment.

EC and our surrounding communities remain steadfast in our support of, Cpl Kelsee Lainhart, one of the service members severely injured in the blast at Kabul airport this fall. She continues her journey toward recovery in Chicago. Please continue your support with wishes and positives thoughts and prayers. Again, thank you to 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


Tom Black

Students of the Month

Michelle Batta

East Central High School is proud to announce Michelle Batta as a Student of the Month! Michelle is a senior at ECHS and has an impressive 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Roger and Diane Batta of Sunman. Michelle is quite involved within and outside of school. She is a member of FCCLA, National Honor Society, Safe Passage Youth Council, Business Professionals of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girls Tennis, and Y-Disciple.

Michelle displays her leadership the best in The Trojan Exchange, a student operated spirit store. She takes great pride in helping with the marketing of the store. She has a natural talent and passion for marketing and plans to major in it when she attends college. At this time she is undecided on which college she will be attending. Michelle works for Kroger’s Social Media team. She enjoys going to the gym, running and spending time with her family in her free time. Michelle would like to thank her grandma for guiding her journey through her faith and showing her the importance of her values and morals.

When Michelle was asked what advice she would give to other students she said, “don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone...join a new club and make new friends”.

Katie Engel

Katie Engel certainly deserves to be Student of the Month at East Central High School! Katie is a senior and maintains an excellent 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Jenny and Chris Engel of West Harrison. Katie is a member of the National Honor Society, Exemplary Honor Roll and a recipient of the prestigious ECHS Academic Jacket.

Katie has a love for animals and has since she was a little girl. She volunteers at Bear & Friends Animal Society and many different animal clinics throughout the greater Cincinnati area.

In her free time, you can find Katie reading, playing the piano, or on a hiking trail. Katie plans to attend Purdue University next fall in hopes of fulfilling her dream to become a veterinarian. She would like to thank her mom for always being her biggest supporter and helping her become who she is today.

Katie’s advice for other students is to go to school with a positive attitude. She states, “a positive attitude changes how you think and makes your school days so much better”.

School Breakfast and Lunch Update from Sunman Dearborn School Corporation

Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools is pleased to announce that the USDA has extended the nationwide waiver due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic allowing ALL students regardless of
socioeconomic status, to receive FREE meals at school. According to the USDA, this program will continue through the 2021-22 school year.

Notes from Mrs. Rosfeld; Curriculum

Grade Reports

The mid-term for Quarter Two is this Friday, November 12. Please take time to check your child’s grades in your Parent Portal account.

Semester grades are calculated by:

Q1 = 42.5%

Q2 = 42.5%

Final Exam = 15%

Semester Final Exams - Attendance is mandatory as final exams are not given early.

12/17, 12/20 & 12/20

Khan Academy & Schoolhouse.world
The Indiana Department of Education announced a new partnership with Schoolhouse.world to support students in grades 8-12 with free tutoring for SAT preparation, math courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
In addition to resources through Schoolhouse.world, Khan Academy and College Board offer free SAT practice resources. This free resource comes as all Indiana high school juniors prepare to take the SAT this spring. Students can visit Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy – a personalized online program that helps students practice for the SAT with thousands of sample questions, instant feedback, video lessons and full-length practice tests. Nationwide, more than 10 million students have signed up for free SAT practice through Khan Academy. To learn more about these learning resources, and to sign up for a tutoring session, visit www.schoolhouse.world or www.khanacademy.org.

National Honor Society Tutoring

Every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4pm in Room #114 (Mrs. Ketcham’s Room).

Extended School Day Program

Students are invited to participate in a free, extended school day program at East Central High School. This extended day opportunity has been created in order to address any learning loss that may have occurred due to the pandemic. The program will run from October through May of the current school year, two days per week, for one hour beyond the regular school hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in having your student attend, please contact Mrs. Rosfeld.

Advanced Placement Exam Registration

Students have registered 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 payment to Mrs. Colegate in the front office.

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).

ACT Local Test Dates

SAT Local Test Dates

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:
ACT Information

When should I take the SAT?

Indiana CTE Career Guide Now Available Online

The Indiana Office of Career Technical Education (CTE) and the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet are excited to announce that the Indiana CTE Career Guide is now available online. The Career Guide provides valuable information about Indiana CTE including sections on the benefits of CTE, Work-Based Learning, Graduation Pathways, Next Level Programs of Study, and Career Clusters.

About Next Level Jobs

Next Level Jobs provides free training for Hoosiers and reimbursements for Indiana employers for training employees in high-demand fields. Next Level Jobs is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda to continue the positive momentum of our state. Under his leadership, with support from the General Assembly, Indiana is taking the state’s workforce to the next level with a focus on the high-priority industries and in-demand, high-paying jobs driving Indiana’s 21st Century economy forward.

To apply for the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, individuals can go to www.NextLevelJobs.org and complete a quick survey that gathers information about their needs and interests. Once submitted, individuals are contacted by an education or training provider within their desired program. This direct and individualized outreach ensures that people are connected to the best programs and resources to suit their unique needs.

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.


Mrs. Rosfeld


Notes from Guidance

Scheduling process for the 2021-2022 school year will begin in December.

  • Class meetings with current 8th-11th graders will be held December 1st to review the registration process for next year’s classes.

  • The 8th Grade Parent meeting will be held on December 1st in the Performing Arts Center to review the transition to high school and class registration process.

  • During the month of January guidance counselors will begin meeting with students individually to discuss registration, diploma types, ICC and pathway requirements.

  • May 9th: Target date to release 2022-23 schedules to students. Last day to change schedules for 20222-23 will be May 26th.

Key items per grade:

Seniors: Remember, the FAFSA is now open until the April 15th deadline for Indiana. Students should follow up with counselors with admission issues or concerns and they will assist with contacting colleges with questions particular to the students’ needs.

Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Feb. 8th from 6-7pm for current seniors and parents that may want individual assistance with completing and filing the FAFSA.

Seniors are allowed two college visit days to explore or finalize colleges of choice. Deadlines are quickly approaching for college applications and guidance counselors are always available to assist as needed. December 1st is another deadline for many college applications.

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’s Degree in just 11 months and prepares them to transfer to a four-year college to earn their Bachelor's Degree.

Juniors: The ASVAB test was offered on Sept. 22nd during the school day. Students have been given their results during the interpretation session. Another ASVAB will be offered for students who may need it on April 6th.

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 Freshman: Scheduling will be completed by the end of January for the following year with changes accepted until the end of the year. Students should be focusing on grades and career/college exploration. Once sophomore PSAT scores are received, results will be reviewed in the classroom along with additional supports for SAT/ACT test prep.

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.

Rhonda Murdock

Director of Guidance



Ivy Tech College Connection Coach

For students working on achieving the Indiana College Core and needing to pick up courses, Ivy Tech has three eight-week sessions left throughout the year. These are online, virtual, in-person, or blended classes; students choose whatever works best. As an East Central High School student, there is a full scholarship for these courses, and books are free through the spring sessions.

Here are the upcoming sessions:

January 19-March 15

March 23-May 17

June 6-July 30 (Yes, you can still earn your ICC with summer courses)!

Contact Wendi Karle for more information. wkarle@sunmandearborn.k12.in.is.

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 hgard3@ivytech.edu.


**National Honor Society Tutoring in Room#114

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).


Roy Johnson - rjohnson@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

State Horticulture

Twenty five members of the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the Indiana 4-H/FFA State Horticulture Career Development Event on Saturday October 9 at Purdue University. There were a total of 50 teams from throughout Indiana that participated in the event.

Each FFA member had to complete several components to complete the competition. Members completed a plant identification practicum where they had to identify ornamental trees and shrubs, flowering and indoor plants, fruits, and vegetables. They also had to complete a general knowledge exam and a plant quality grading practicum where they ranked specimens in a class from best to worst.

East Central’s top senior team, the East Central Aloes placed 12th out of 50 teams. The team consisted of Adrien King, Megan Sierra, Hadrian Emley and Emma Gutfreund. The East Central Pansies placed 13th. This team included Jasmyn Callaway, Kylee Starost, Evan Kuhn and Emma Reatherford. The East Central Roses placed 20th overall. This team included Jasmin Keith, Kody Schilling, Mack Ecstein and John Kathman.

Other senior level members competing on the remaining teams included; Wyatt Smith, John Craig, Julie Rider, Sophie Hirt, Ana Eckstein, Thomas Eckstein, Marissa Gabbard, Evan Kramer and Autumn Seibert.

East Central had a junior team of middle school FFA members. The East Central Orchids placed 9th overall out of 15 teams. This team included Brooklyn Botts, Tank Chambers, Noah Lewis and Emma Guck. Brooklyn Botts placed 17th overall out of 48 junior level competitors.

Sunman Elementary Re-Leaf

On Tuesday November 9 and Wednesday November 10, forty East Central High School Landscape Management students planted 20 native deciduous trees on the campus of Sunman Elementary School. The East Central FFA Chapter received a $1500 grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation to complete the project.

The tree planting was part of the on-going EC RE-LEAF program. EC RE-LEAF was developed by the East Central FFA Chapter and it includes all of the students in Landscape Management, Horticultural Science, and Natural Resource Management classes. The goal of EC RE-LEAF is to plant more native tree, shrub, and herbaceous perennial species on the campuses of Sunman-Dearborn Schools, and to promote the planting of native species throughout the Sunman-Dearborn Community.

Sunman Elementary once had over 40 beautiful Ash trees on its campus, and in recent years it has lost most of them due to the effects of an invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer. This initial tree planting will help to replace half of the tree canopy. Species planted include Tuliptree, Eastern Redbud, Scarlet Oak, Princeton Elm, Black Gum and River Birch. Planting a variety of tree species as opposed to one will be better able to withstand pest populations while providing some needed biodiversity to help native wildlife species.

Students provided all of the labor. At each planting location turfgrass was removed, planting holes were dug approximately twice the diameter of the planting container, trees were planted with the root flare of the tree level with the existing grade, existing soil was back-filled around the roots, plants were firmed in, a soil berm was created to catch rain, and trees were mulched with 2” of Cypress mulch.

Landscape Management students will provide continual care to these trees over the years. This is a project that we can all be proud of in the Sunman-Dearborn Community.


Krista Hutzel - khutzel@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

What’s Happening in Prep for College and Careers?

This year in Prep for College and Careers we have 5 different teachers working as a team to collectively prepare the Sophomore class with the ‘must haves’ in preparing students for college, a trade, or whatever path their future may hold. Mr. Mike Miller, Mrs. Jolee Ritzi, Mrs. Krista Hutzel, Mrs. Josie Bonilla, and Ms. Saranda Posey help students explore who they are, what options they have after high school, and start the decision making process for their future. Students learn the essentials of job preparation, including writing resumes, cover letters and practice skills by conducting mock interviews.

Recently, students in Mrs. Hutzel’s PCC class could be found learning how to tie a tie to prepare for an interview.


Jake Hoog donated a load of oak boards that he cut on his sawmill. The students removed the damaged portions, painted the ends, sorted and stacked the boards for future projects. Thank you Mr. Hoog, for thinking of us, they are already being put to use.

Here is a Steam Bent Carryall that the students are currently building and finishing. The students had to use two types of wood joints for the box and had to create a Steam Bent Handle.

In Principles of Engineering class the students have been exploring the basics of Gear Trains and gear ratios. This basic understanding is being used right now in their Winch Project. Their goal is to pull the most weight with a 5 volt power source. In years past winches have pulled as much as 185 pounds.

Students in Civil Engineering and Architecture (Ivy Tech DESN 105) are creating scale models to depict a distinct architectural style. Students can use a variety of materials to create their models but are required to design at least one part using AutoCAD software and the 60 watt laser cutter.


Susan Ketcham - sketcham@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Crisp mornings, falling leaves, and the smell of baking make November my favorite month. It’s also the season of thanks. I love the spin on perspective in the following quote by Alphonse Karr: "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." I am truly thankful for all the wonderful people in my life from my family to my students. We asked some of our students what they were thankful for at East Central High School. What wonderful things they had to say!

  • I am thankful for the amazing staff that tries to encourage every single student to do their best!” --Emma Williams, Junior

  • I'm thankful for all of the teachers who work hard to help us learn, for the people who clean the school, and for all of the sports and athletics they offer us to play. --Makenzie Hutchinson, Sophomore

  • I am thankful for Mr. Medlock for bringing this Biomedical Science class to our school. This is something I was always interested in and the way he teaches produces a fun and interactive environment. --Colin Turner, Junior

  • I am extremely thankful for the welcoming community here at East Central High School. The staff and students do an amazing job of making East Central High School feel like home. --Elizabeth Kirchgassner, Junior

  • I am thankful for all of the different classes and courses our school has to offer. A lot of schools do not have the opportunities that we have, and I am thankful to be an East Central student. --Jake Blake, Senior

  • I’m thankful for being able to hangout with the people at my school without having to wear a mask, and I’m also thankful for being able to work with others in groups again. --Bradley Fite, Sophomore

  • I'm thankful for all the compassionate and kindhearted teachers in East Central High School. I'm also thankful for how great our school is in many aspects including safety, opportunities, size, athletics, and overall academic grades. --Mary Blankman, Sophomore

  • I am thankful for having such a positive office staff with smiles on their faces that just makes your day better. --Emma Bruner, Senior

  • I am grateful for the community within EC and how supportive, kind, and dedicated the faculty are. I am also thankful for the school pride that everyone has. Overall, I think we have a great school system in both community and education. --Lily Crouse, Senior

  • I am new here but so far East Central has been very welcoming. I am thankful for all the new friends I made and all the kind people. I am also thankful for all the wonderful teachers who go out of their way to help you. --Kyrra Judd, Freshman

  • I'm thankful for a lot about EC. The staff, the students, Mr. Black, everybody! I love the people who make EC what it is. I love the colors, the logo, the band, everything. Not even exaggerating at all, I love EC!! No place I'd rather be. --Hayden Trossman, Senior

  • I am thankful for the people that made the first day of school so easy. Coming from a new school wasn't easy, but there were some people that made you feel like you fit right in. I am very thankful for them! --Alyssa Riehle, Freshman


Brenda Osman bosman@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Introduction to Fashion and Textiles

Students in Introduction to Fashion and Textiles are finishing sewing a bucket hat! The bucket hat is a current fashion trend enjoyed by teens, so we decided to make our own. They have done an outstanding job!

Child Development

Child Development students are sewing their quilts where they learned the basics of embroidery and sewing. We will be having a virtual quilt show in the near future. Please stay tuned to see the students' outstanding work!

Education Professions

The cadet teachers at the elementary schools just assisted with the annual Halloween Parties and enjoyed every minute of it! All of the cadet teachers are currently working on Educational Diversity Projects where they each research the educational opportunities in a country of their choice and the culture of that specific country. It is very interesting to see how each country organizes and carries out their educational programming for the children.


FCCLA has been very busy!

The East Central FCCLA Chapter just completed a service project for the North Dearborn Village. FCCLA members carved over 25 pumpkins with the residents there and enjoyed pizza and dessert of homemade brownies or apple crisp with ice cream. Everyone enjoyed being able to be back together to share the fun in this event!

We also held our annual FCCLA/FFA Hayride. We enjoyed a chilly October night with over 80 students riding hay wagons through the Guilford area. All students enjoyed a grill out of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and cookies or brownies. This is a great opportunity for our students to meet new friends or have a fun night with old friends!

East Central FCCLA also participated in the Trick or Trunk at North Dearborn Elementary. Officers Lucy Chenault, Emma Green and Members Lilly Green and Cecillia Hutzel did an outstanding job with the “trunk”.

East Central FCCLA attended the Indiana FCCLA Fall Rally held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on Oct. 27th. The meeting was led by State President, Paige Lyness. Maria Deddens, National FCCLA 1st Vice President presented a youth session on promoting FCCLA. State Officers, Paige Lyness, Lara Moster and Olivia Stenger presented two youth sessions during the Fall Rally. FCCLA members also participated in Knowledge Challenge Tests. The winners are listed below.

On October 28th, several FCCLA members including Culinary Students enjoyed an evening of touring the Ivy Tech Indianapolis Culinary Program and experienced an evening of dining in the Courses Restaurant at Ivy Tech. Everyone appreciated the exquisite meal and service performed by the Ivy Tech Culinary Students.

November 4-7th, 15 members of the East Central FCCLA attended the National Fall Leadership Conference in Washington DC. National FCCLA 1st Vice President, Maria Deddens assisted with leading the conference. Indiana FCCLA State Officers Paige Lyness, Lara Moster and Olivia Stenger led two youth sessions at the National Conference including one session about community and another session about participating in the national outreach program Lead4Change. All of our officers did an outstanding job presenting their sessions. In addition, several of our members participated in the FCCLA Fall Demonstration Events and received recognition. Our members enjoyed sightseeing in Washington DC as well as attending the conference and learning at the general sessions and youth sessions about leadership and FCCLA.

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Fine Arts

Melissa Gulasy - mgulasy@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is over! Art students in Ms. Mueller’s class have been having fun experimenting with different media. Below is Ms. Mueller’s sculpture and 2-D Art Classes.


Recently our sculpture class learned about mask making. Not only the different reasons behind wearing masks such as cultural or for entertainment value, but also about creating the mold. By using their own face as the mold students made a custom fit plaster mask. They were given complete freedom with how to design these and what purpose they would ultimately serve.

Intro to 2D Art

The Intro to 2D classes have spent a significant amount of time learning about the elements of art (color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value) while incorporating them into their projects. Students are currently finishing their Posterized Chalk Portraits. They were given free choice on who to posterize in an online program similar to photoshop. Posterizing slightly abstracted their “headshot” while simplifying it into 3-5 values. They also learned how to use a grid to enlarge their image and help them more accurately place facial features. We looked at examples from Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairey for inspiration, then discussed pop-art and monochromatic colors schemes, as well as warm and cool color combinations.

Foreign Language

Matt Lyon - mslyon@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

In October and early November students learned about the importance of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. This holiday occurs the night of November 1st to November 2nd. The family members of loved ones who passed away go to their loved one’s gravesites and remember their special angels. A good depiction of this holiday is the movie Coco. Students in various Spanish classes created masks, coloring pages and skull magnets to help them remember the importance of this holiday. The skulls and skeletons symbolize Dia de los Muertos.

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Ann Bovard - aebovard@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

The math department would like to share that every math student has signed up for a Khan Academy account. Khan Academy is a free resource that has had a positive impact on many. Our teachers are just starting to use it as a resource to begin preparing our students for the SAT. So far, most of the EC math teachers are completing SAT questions as bell ringers or as a warm up question using Khan Academy. One great thing is that students can use Khan Academy on their own. We encourage all students to begin completing problems for official SAT practice. If your student has taken the PSAT or SAT, then Khan Academy can target their SAT practice to concepts your student needs to work on. It would be a good idea to have your student get in the habit of completing 30 minutes of SAT practice a week or more if possible.

Not only can students use it for preparing for the SAT, they can use Khan Academy to help understand a concept they need help on. If your student needs help with math homework, they can search the topic on Khan Academy to find a video for examples. If your student needs extra practice with a topic, you can find extra problems on Khan Academy. Many students use it as a “private tutor” and like when the answer is shown that work comes with it.


Donna Tanner - dtanner@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

The drama department will present the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:00p, Saturday, Nov. 20th at 7:00p and Sunday, Nov. 21st at 3:00p. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door before the shows.

Choir News

The choir department presented their fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 24th, The students did an outstanding job. We are so thankful to be able to perform together in our amazing facility.

We will present our Christmas concert on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00p.

Band News

East Central Marching Trojans receive Gold Rating at ISSMA Scholastic Prelims on Oct. 9th. and competed in the Scholastic State Finals Oct. 23rd.

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Mark Foster mfoster@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us'

The Physical Education classes have officially transitioned from mostly outdoor units to indoor units. The boy’s classes have been learning the terminology and basic game strategies of Volleyball, while the girl’s classes have been focusing on Basketball. The Advanced Physical Education Weightlifting classes have hit the ground running second quarter with their lifts by trying to improve their max lifts by the end of the semester.

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Tim Maluvac - tmaluvac@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Mr. Medlock’s Science courses.

The students in Human body systems were able to estimate tidal volume and lung capacity of their lungs by using balloons.

The students in Principles of Biomedical Science were able to understand the different types of cancer through using the understanding of the process of Mitosis.

The students in Biology were able to identify the products and reactants of photosynthesis.

The students in Chemistry this week were able to use dimensional analysis to figure out how many steps it would take to walk across the United States.

In Mr. Maluvac’s Anatomy and Physiology classes the students are studying Histology (tissues). Here they are looking at specific tissue slides and they are expected to be able to identify them, indicate where in the human body they exist and what function(s) they perform.

In Mr. Maluvac’s Biology 1 classes the students are investigating the cell cycle and mitosis.

Social Studies

Steve Lewis - slewis@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Indiana US Senator Mike Braun spoke to Mr. Schiering's US Government students on November 3rd through a virtual meet.

Mr. Owen's American History classes have been studying the era of Jacksonian Democracy and the effects of the early Industrial Revolution in the pre- Civil War era. In European History, the class is currently examining the Age of Absolutism, including the causes and effects of the English Civil War. All classes are continuing to work on their Semester Projects. American history is compiling an analysis of primary source documents (selected by the students) and explaining how those documents illustrate the concept of "change over time". European history classes are identifying specific eras and attempting to identify the cultural, economic, and political factors that affected the quality of life during those years.

Mr Stonefield's Economics classes have reached the halfway point in the stock market competition. Currently, we have a number of groups vying for top spots in the state with a chance to win actual prize money from Purdue University. The competition lasts until the first week of December. Keep up the great work econ Trojans!

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Don Stonefield - dstonefield@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

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


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