Panther Pride

District Newsletter 5/30/2021

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Panther Families,


Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you and your families have been enjoying a wonderful weekend together. As we celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow, we remember and honor those who served our Nation and gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.


Today, I had the pleasure of attending a poignant Memorial Day ceremony at the American Legion Post 751 in Enola. Our NJROTC students participated in the ceremony, and Sgt Rainis was honored for serving as the founding instructor of our NJROTC program. The Riders of Post 751, led by President Ryan Fiscus, awarded Sgt Rainis with a very special motorcycle. In addition, East Pennsboro alumnus Logan Benoist performed Taps on trumpet. We are proud of our NJROTC students, and thank Gunnery Sergeant Robert Rainis for his leadership.


This past week, we honored our seniors at an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 26th. Members of the Class of 2021 received awards, honors, and scholarships. On Tuesday, May 25th, Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School students were honored with their awards ceremony. We are proud of our four students who received scholarships at this event.


We are looking forward to continuing to celebrate the 2020-2021 school year as we enter this final week of school. We are excited for our Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 4th, and cannot wait to honor our incredible seniors.


This will be our last weekly newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year. We will communicate over the summer with periodic updates regarding the return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. We are so very proud of all of our students and the hard work and dedication they have put forth this year. We are so thankful for our amazing and dedicated teachers, support staff, and administrators who have worked to help our students succeed and do well despite the pandemic and its challenges. We hope all of our students, staff, and families have a safe and fantastic summer!


Warmest Wishes,

Donna

Pictures from today's Memorial Day Service at American Legion Post 751

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Senior Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 26th, the East Pennsboro Class of 2021 were honored at our Senior Awards Ceremony. Students received awards for academic achievement, athletic achievement and sportsmanship, military commitment, performing arts achievement, and strength of character.


Thank you to all of the foundations and service organizations who have generously provided these awards and scholarships. Thank you to the High School staff and teachers who organized this event. We are immensely proud of our students and their hard work, dedication, and passion demonstrated at East Pennsboro, and we are excited as they embark on the next chapter of their lives!

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Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Awards Night

On Tuesday, May 25th, Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School held an Awards Night at Chapman Stadium at Cumberland Valley High School. Four East Pennsboro students were honored with awards:


  • Ryan Kreiser, Outstanding Diesel Student, Cumberland Truck Equipment
  • Derek Sipe, Welding, Ryan M. Bennett Memorial Fund
  • Charlie Dolan, Diesel, Pennsy Supply Inc. Scholarship
  • Jacob Comeaux, Auto Tech, Blue Moon Cruisers Scholarship


Congratulations to our award winners, and all of our East Pennsboro CPAVTS graduates!

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High School Photo Exhibit

Students in Ms. Wingert's Photography 2 class hosted an artist talk and gallery opening on Wednesday, May 26th. The final photo series from her students this year was displayed. It was wonderful to see all of the fantastic talent our students have, and we are so thankful for Ms. Wingert putting this display and event together for all of our students and staff to enjoy. Wonderful work!
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West Creek Hills Mural

The beautiful entryway mural at West Creek Hills has been completed! This mural is a tribute to honor the memory of student Brianna Dein, who sadly passed away last May.


When students arrived back in school this year, they wanted to do something to remember Bree and her incredible outlook on life. Members of the fourth grade class (Bree's class), along with Mrs. Ash and Mrs. Matthews, decided to design a mural. They came up with a design that incorporated her sunny outlook on life. The sun has the words "Live like Bree" and messages of how to do so are sprinkled throughout the mural.


Over the summer, a bench with a plaque will be arriving and will be added to the entryway of West Creek Hills.


Thank you to Mrs. Ash, Mrs. Matthews, and all of the incredible fourth grade students who participated in this wonderful tribute!

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West Creek Hills Field Day

West Creek Hills Elementary School held its annual Field Day on Thursday, May 27th. Students had a blast participating in outdoor activities while enjoying a beautiful day. We are so thankful to the teachers and staff at West Creek Hills for making this day an incredible experience for our students!

East Pennsboro Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

On Wednesday, May 26th, East Pennsboro Elementary School held their 5th Grade Celebration for students moving to the Middle School next year. The students had so much fun playing games outside, and enjoyed sweet treats from Kona Ice. Thank you to the PTO for planning and assisting with this event!
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District Transportation Employee Spotlight

This week's featured District Transportation Employee Spotlight is

Rachel Nauss


How long have you driven for East Pennsboro Area School District?

5 Years


What is your favorite memory at East Pennsboro Area School District?

My very first trip to drive was a Friday night football game with a bunch of other drivers! It was a great night supporting our students!


What are your interests/hobbies?

Soccer, skating, and hanging out with my kids.


Married?

Yes


Children?

Two boys -- 13 and 5!


Pets?

We have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 rabbit.


What is something no one knows about you?

I have spent my life around cars and have always loved to drive! I grew up driving my four wheeler and helping my dad work on cars, race cars, and 4 wheelers!


What is your favorite quote or piece of advice?

When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles!

Future School Board Meetings

Please note that future school board meetings and school board committee meetings will be held in East Pennsboro Elementary School's gymnasium.

Upcoming Dates

District - Wide

  • 5/31: Memorial Day, All schools and offices closed
  • 6/3: School Board Meeting, EPE Gym
  • 6/4: Last Day of School for Students


Please note that the Administration Staff has been relocated to the Middle School while renovations take place.


High School

  • 5/31: Memorial Day, All schools and offices closed
  • 6/1-6/3: Finals
  • 6/2: Graduation Practice #1, 12:05pm
  • 6/2: Talent Show, 12:55pm
  • 6/3: Graduation Practice #2, 9:15am
  • 6/3: Early Dismissal at 11:00am (HS ONLY)
  • 6/4: Graduation Practice #3, Seniors report to the HS by 7:30am
  • 6/4: Regular Friday schedule, grades 9-11
  • 6/4: Graduation at 5:00pm
  • 6/5: Graduation Rain Date at 10:00am


Middle School

  • 5/31: Memorial Day, All schools and offices closed
  • 6/3: 8th Grade Picnic


EPE

  • 5/31: Memorial Day, All schools and offices closed
  • 6/2: Kindergarten Celebration


WCH

  • 5/31: Memorial Day, All schools and offices closed
  • 6/2: Kindergarten Celebration
  • 6/3: 5th Grade Celebration

High School Basketball Open Gyms

Any 8th-11th grade student, interested in playing high school basketball next year, should consider attending our upcoming open gyms:

Boys - Mondays, 5:30-7:00; Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30; starting Tuesday, May 18th. Contact Coach Rowe for additional details (uncfsu1@aol.com).

Girls - Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30; underway. Contact Coach Atkinson for additional details (katkinson@epasd.org).

High School Golf

Current 8th-11th grade students, interested in playing golf next year, should contact Coach Barlup (jbarlup@epasd.org) for details.

My School Bucks

A reminder to all Senior parents to turn off auto payments in My School Bucks no later than June 4th, 2021. Refunds of $2.00 or more will be issued by July 30th, 2021. If you would like any remaining balances transferred to a younger siblings account, please email your request to aumholtz@epasd.org.

Kindergarten Registration, 2021-2022 School Year

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Technology Resources

Helpdesk Email for Parents & Students

Parents please note that if you are experiencing any difficulties with technology, please contact the technology hotline at technologyhelp@epasd.org.

EPASD Technology Website

Please visit https://sites.google.com/a/epasd.org/epasd-tech-support/home for information and helpful links.

Free Meals for All Students Have Been Extended Through the 2021-2022 School Year

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Important Annoucement from MySchoolBucks

ATTENTION ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS


Parents of students in Kindergarten - 5th grade: Have you paid your student’s device insurance fee and signed an electronic device agreement yet?

If you have not already done so, please access MySchoolBucks.com to pay any outstanding device insurance fee and/or sign the device agreement.



Did you know MySchoolBucks has a mobile app? Just like the MySchoolBucks website, you can browse our online School Store and pay some student fees right from your phone.


Check it out!! MySchoolBucks has two uses:

  1. Meal Accounts: add money to a student’s cafeteria account

  2. School Store: pay some school obligations---device fees, Senior obligations, AP exams (and more to come)


Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! Click the link below to visit the website or download the mobile app.

<a href="https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home&utm_source=mc_resource&utm_medium=button_store&utm_campaign=july_2020&utm_content=visit_website"><img src="https://f.hubspotusercontent10.net/hubfs/434266/LP_Images/MSB/Marketing%20Central/MySchoolBucks/Store/MSB_Button-Visit_Website.png" alt="Visit MySchoolBucks.com" border="0"></a>

Another way to access My School Bucks

  1. Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app

  2. Create your free account and add your students using their school name / student ID

  3. Pay invoices or add funds using your credit / debit card or electronic check

Important Information from our Nursing Staff

As we head into cold and flu season, here are two helpful resources for determining if you or your child has symptoms related to COVID-19, cold, flu, or seasonal allergies:
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Like & Follow on Facebook!

Our new Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) program now has it's own Facebook page. Like & Follow the page for updates, information, and celebration of this wonderful new program at EPASD!

@EPASDNJROTC

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