EPHS Essentials

East Pennsboro Area High School Newsletter

East Pennsboro School District: Where Relevance and Passion Inspire SUCCESS!

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Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are eagerly preparing to welcome our high school students back for five days a week in-person instruction! The building has been very busy this summer with learning opportunities, cleaning, renovations, and staff development! Please read this newsletter carefully for some important dates regarding the upcoming school year and opening procedures.

We CANNOT wait to see you for the first day of school on Monday, August 23rd!

Important Reminders! Main entrance doors open at 7 AM every day for students. Students must enter through the main entrance at the beginning of the school day and proceed into the cafeteria and/or auxiliary gym. All students must be seated when in the cafeteria/auxiliary gym unless purchasing food or throwing it away. Students will be dismissed to their first-period classrooms at 7:20 AM.

*Students MUST be in their first period at 7:30 AM. If students are not in their first period by the time the 7:30 AM bell rings, students will be given an unexcused tardy and will need to sign in at the main office. If students accumulate enough unexcused tardies, disciplinary procedures will be enforced.

Schedule Changes for 2021-22

The schedule change period for students for the 2021-22 school year will take place beginning on Wednesday, August 4th and close on Thursday, August 12th.

Students may walk-in (no appointments necessary) between the hours of 8 AM - 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM on the following dates ONLY...

  • Wednesday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 5
  • Wednesday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 12

Please note that NO SCHEDULE CHANGES will be permitted after 2:30 pm on Thursday, August 12th.

Student schedules will be released on Friday, August 13th with teacher names and room numbers.

School Counselor Updates

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Melina Mousoupetros to our EPHS counseling team! She will be joining Mrs. Zeller and Mrs. Miller as move into the schedule change period for the 2021-22 school year.

*Please note that the school counselors and their caseloads have changed for the 2021-22 school year. Your counselor may have changed:

Last Names A-F (all grades) & Vo-Tech students: Mrs. Miller

Last Names G-O (all grades): Mrs. Zeller

Last Names P-Z (all grades): Ms. Mousoupetros

Character Strong at EPHS

Character Strong is our adopted program delivered once a week to our students by our faculty to increase connection to the school and one another. Character Strong is an engaging social-emotional curriculum designed to build community within our school and allow for authentic connections between teachers and students.

Students will be expanding on the lessons they began last year with their Advisory teachers and creating deeper bonds with the students and teachers they were working with last year. At East Pennsboro School District, we truly value educating the whole child and putting our students' social and emotional health on just as high a priority as their academic growth. We will be altering our Thursday academic schedule weekly to implement more focused time for this important curriculum. This will provide dedicated time for our teachers to deliver these critical lessons to their students without interruption. Students will also not miss their traditional Advisory period where they can receive remediation, enrichment, and music opportunities.

Thank you for your continued support as we educate the whole child. As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child's mental health, please reach out to your student's school counselor.

Student Drop Off and Parking - Reminders

Parents/Guardians - If you are planning on dropping your student off at school, please take note of the map below so you are aware of the drop-off zone at the high school to ensure we are not blocking our bus lane. Cars are NOT permitted to enter the bus lane. Staff will be out in the parking lot to help direct cars both before and after school to ensure safe and efficient parking lot operations.

Students who drive! - Please park in the appropriate Junior or Senior lot as marked on the map. Parking passes will be on sale in the Athletic Office during the first week of school. You must have a parking pass in order to avoid being ticketed. More details to be discussed during the first week of school.

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  • Schedule Changes - Walk in August 4 until August 12

  • Last day to make schedule changes for 2021/22 School Year - August 12

  • Fall Sports Begin - August 16

  • Teachers return for Inservice - August 17

  • New Student Orientation - HS 4:00 PM - August 18

  • First Day of School for Students - August 23

  • Fall Sports Kick-Off Parade and Bonfire - August 26 @ 7:00 PM

  • Back to School Night - HS 5:30 PM - August 30

  • Schools and Offices Closed - Labor Day September 3 & 6

  • Early Dismissal - 12:20 PM - September 17

  • Senior Portrait Make-up - September 17

  • Picture Day - September 22

  • Post-secondary Planning Event - 6 PM - September 22

  • Homecoming - October 1


Parents/Guardians - Please remember you have the option to submit absence notes, doctor, tardy, early dismissal, and educational trip forms to our high school attendance mailbox at ephsattendance@epasd.org

EPHS Welcomes Mrs. Hawk as School Nurse!

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Notes from our Nurse:

Hello East Pennsboro High School. My name is Ms. Barbara A. Hawk. I will be the your nurse this year. I have been with the district for 22 years as the nurse at West Creek Hills Elementary School. I am very excited to be at the High School!

Some important news:

For Attendance in 12th Grade: 1 dose of MCV (Meningococcal) on the first day of 12th grade. If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the twelfth grade dose. The student will be excluded on August 30th without evidence of the vaccination.

Letters have been sent out if your student is missing their twelfth grade dose. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 717-287-8764, or bhawk@epasd.org.

Illnesses: If you are sick, stay home. If you show signs of a sore throat, headache, stomachache or cough, you may be sent home.

Medication Policy: If you need medications during the day you will need to provide a doctor’s note stating that you need the medication during school hours. The medications should be brought In by an adult/guardian in the pharmacy labeled container. Empty containers may be sent home with the students but the refills will need to be brought in by the parent/guardian.

Athletics Highlights

East Pennsboro Spirit Store is OPEN!

Open 24 hours for all of your EP Spirit needs!
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Resources for Parents and Students

Free Access to OTIS

Great news, East Pennsboro Area School District is happy to announce that parents/guardians have access to an online program that offers a variety of videos and tutorials pertaining to numerous topics. The online platform is called Otis. https://otis.teq.com/

Currently, employees of East Pennsboro Area School District utilize Otis as a professional development tool.

Parents may access the platform to find information about troubleshooting and using iPads for learning, troubleshooting, and using Chromebooks as learning tools, how to use and understand Google Classroom, how to help your student(s) with remote learning, how to apply for college loans, and much more.

We encourage parents and guardians of students in East Pennsboro Area School District to take advantage of this free and helpful online learning tool.

Please use the attached information to create a free account.

Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

Click the link for a parent-friendly guide to navigating your student's Google Classroom.


Tutoring Resources

The Cumberland County Library System is offering virtual tutoring sessions. Click the link for more information.


EPASD Tech Support/Resources

The EPASD Technology Department has created a link for parents and students to reference for technical issues.


Alumni Spotlight - Michael Morales

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2021 EPHS Graduate, Michael Morales, Joins the MLB!

Michael Morales, Class of 2021, began his MLB career by signing with the Seattle Mariners! Michael was the 83rd pick in the 3rd round of the 2021 MLB Draft. He was also ranked as the #109 prospect on MLB.com.

Michael has been a member of the EPHS Baseball team and a role model for our younger community teams for many years. We are so excited to watch him pursue his dreams and use his talents to inspire generations to come. East Pennsboro is SO PROUD OF YOU!

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