East China School District News

Every Child.Every Day

Week of December 13, 2021

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Upcoming Important Dates

December 20-31 Christmas Break

January 3 Classes resume

January 12 Early Release PLC Day

January 17 Professional Development Day - No School

January 19 Half Day for HS/MS Students

January 20 Half Day for HS/MS Students

January 21 Half Day All Students

January 21 End of 2nd Marking Period

January 24 Board of Education meeting

Peace and Patience

The start of 2021-2022 school year has been a challenging and exciting time. As the district begins the winter break, I want to thank the East China students, parents, employees, and community members for the dedication and hard work that make our successes possible. The East China team continues to meet each challenge with a deep sense of responsibility and caring for our students. I am thankful to be a part of a school community that displays such a caring and giving atmosphere.

I am optimistic that as we work together with peace and patience to support and help each other, the New Year will be filled with many great new experiences and memories for our students. I hope everyone takes the time to relax and celebrate with friends and family and enjoy this very special time of year.

Happy New Year to you and your family,

Suzanne Cybulla


Marine City High School Marching Band Visits Palms

The MCHS Marching Band visited Palms. They played the Mariner Fight Song, the songs that they perform at halftime football games with the theme of "Road Trip", and Halloween songs. Palms students and staff were entertained and enjoyed the concert!

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Welcome Mrs. Schindler!

We would like to welcome Megan Shindler to Palms Elementary! The following is what Megan shares about herself.

My name is Megan Schindler, and the 2021-2022 school year marks my 9th year teaching. Previously, I taught kindergarten at Eastover Elementary School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Being closer to family brought me to East China this year, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Palms family! In 2011, I graduated from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with my degree in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Development. In 2019, I received my Masters in Instruction and Curriculum from Spring Arbor University.

My husband, Matt, and I have a 2 1/2-year-old son named Reid, an 11-month-old daughter named Brielle, and a 4-year-old German shorthair named Reggie! I love visiting my parents Up North in Petoskey and spending time with my in-laws in Marine City. My favorite activities are reading while snuggling with my babes, floating on a boat, and getting ice cream at the Sweet Tooth or Kilwins!

I love my job as a kindergarten teacher, it truly is a dream come true. I want every child in my class to feel important, safe, loved and capable. As a mother, my love for teaching has grown even more profound (if that is even possible!). I know you are trusting me with the most important thing in the world to you; your babies! I cherish each of them as they are my own, and take such pride in watching their growth socially, and academically.

The staff, students and families have welcomed me into Palms with open arms, and it truly feels like home. I couldn't be happier to begin this new chapter here as a Palms Polar Bear!

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Lunch Recess Is Always a Great Time!

Lunch recess is always a great time at Palms! Students love all the activities that are offered by the noon aides. They create new games and let the students use their imaginations to try new activities each and everyday.

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Dana Wilson, Art teacher, is having classes work on holiday projects. Mrs. Wilson says, "We are wrapping up our holiday projects in the art room! Students are as busy as Santa’s elves creating beautiful works of art, from poinsettias to “glowing’ string lights, all the while learning important techniques and elements of art. They are proud of their creations and excited to share them with you."

Bond 2020 Update

We are excited to share with you a Bond 2020 Technology Update! Thank you to our community! This would not be possible without your support of the 2020 bond!

Network Infrastructure Complete! The technology department is happy to announce we have completed the installation of our new network switches and wireless network in all schools!

Network switches are the foundation for any technology and it is what we had to install first. They are the ‘behind the scenes’ equipment that every technology device in the district connects too. Devices and services include desktop computers and Chromebooks, cloud computing including Google services, phones, network file systems, copiers, wireless access, internet, interactive classroom TV’s, safety and security systems, and more. By replacing our 11 year old switches, we have increased our overall network capacity tenfold.

Every classroom also has a new wireless access points installed. All buildings have complete wireless coverage. The new wireless network doubles our wireless capacity and increases our bandwidth for networking and wireless devices.

With all of this being complete, it will now allow us to move towards 1:1 devices for our teachers and students as well as begin to evaluate and install new classroom and building technology.

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Students from 6 different programs at St. Clair County Technical Education Center (TEC) competed on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the annual local SkillsUSA competition. More than 80 students from St. Clair County TEC competed. Students from the Automotive, Collision Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Metal Machining, and Welding programs competed Saturday. Students in the Cosmetology and Digital Media Technology programs participated in their competition on an earlier date.

Students who placed in the top 3 received medals and will move onto the regional contest, which will be held throughout the month of February. In addition, depending on the contest, more than 3 students can move onto regionals and will compete there.

Congratulations to all the students who competed, and good luck to the students moving onto the next level of competition. Local medalists are:

Collision Repair Technology (Instructor Mike Parks)

● 1st Place: Savannah Swafford, Yale High School, 11th grade

2nd Place: Lucas Recor, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

● 3rd Place: William Howard, Port Huron High School, 12th grade

Cosmetology: Esthetics (Instructors Beth Kioski and Alecia Klein)

1st Place: Sienna Guerrero-Brown, Marine City High School, 12th grade (Model Lily Ingles, Marysville High School, 12th grade)

● 2nd Place: Emma O’Connell, Yale High School, 12th grade (Model Skylar Soulliere, Port Huron Northern High School, 12th grade)

● 3rd Place: Annicka Moran, Virtual Learning Academy, 12th grade (Model Camryn Soulliere, Port Huron Northern High School, 12th grade)

● 4th Place: Brianna Thorsby, Algonac High School, 12th grade (Model Izzy Aldrich, Virtual Learning Academy, 12th grade)

Culinary Arts: Commercial Baking (Instructor Katlin Pfropper)

1st Place: Morgan Bremerkamp, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

2nd Place: Kaci Ripley, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

● 3rd Place: Samantha Crandall, Marysville High School, 12th grade

Digital Media Technology: Photography (Instructors Chad Kubik and Ann Frederick)

● 1st Place: Mazy Perritt, Port Huron Northern High School, 12th grade

2nd Place: Lily Teed, Marine City High School, 12th grade

3rd Place: Michael Brown, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

Digital Media Technology: Pin Design (Instructors Chad Kubik and Ann Frederick)

1st Place: Danielle Liebetreu, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

Welding Overall (Instructor Becca Robertson)

● 1st place: Jason Sanday, Yale High School, 12th grade

2nd Place: Connor Lobeck, St. Clair High School, 12th grade

East China Educational Foundation

The ECEF is once again sponsoring the Chili-Heart 5K Run/2 Mile Walk on February 12, 2022. Please consider supporting this very worthwhile event. You can support ECSD in the run/walk or lend your support virtually.

The East China Educational Foundation exists for the purpose of providing an endowment

fund through the St. Clair County Community Foundation, which will provide enrichment activities for the students of the East China School District. The to provide your support is below.

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We are hiring for several positions throughout the District.

For further information regarding these positions and links to apply please click on the Employment tab on our website at www.eastchinaschools.org.

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Contact Information

Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla can be reached at scybulla@ecsd.us or by calling the East China School District at 810.676.1018.