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East High School - Sioux City, Iowa

January 2020 - Happy New Year!

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A Message from your Principal ~

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break and are ready for the new decade. You control your attitude and how you react to what life throws at you. Stay positive and optimistic. It is going to be a great new year!

We have begun planning for the 2020-2021 school year. We will have a Registration Night for parents and current 9th – 11th grade students will be on Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Incoming freshmen (current eighth graders) will meet in the auditorium at the same time for Transition Night. The counselors will have a short presentation and will be available for questions about courses for next year. The Career Academy teachers will also be here to talk about Career Pathways. This is a great chance to learn about courses offered and opportunities available to students.

Counselors will start the registration process January 21st with juniors, sophomores will be the week of January 28th, and then they will move on to freshmen on February 4th. Students should also look through the 2020-2021 HS Course Guide for descriptions of all courses. This can be found on the District’s Website under Parents, and then Handbooks & Guides.

The window in Infinite Campus will be open for students to select their classes between January 21st and February 14th. Course Verification Sheets will be available for parents and students to sign during Parent/Teacher Conferences February 26th and 27th. It is important to remember this process determines the number of sections/courses we are able to offer.

Seniors, what are your plans after high school? A four-year college? A two-year degree? The military? Starting your career? By now you should have your choices narrowed down to one or two. Remember a two-year degree from a community college can be as powerful as a four-year degree. Be sure to finish strong because many scholarships, financial aid packages, and college acceptances are dependent on your final transcript.

With so many opportunities for our students, good planning will maximize their educational experience. Try different classes at the Career Academy; even if you find the course is not for you, high school is a perfect time to explore different options. Take advantage of the many dual credit and challenging AP courses high school has to offer!

Have a great 2020, and remember, every day is a GREAT day to be a Raider!

Richard O. Todd
East High School Principal

Seniors: Important Information

Seniors: Yearbook pictures are due before February 1st, please email your picture to

Silver Cord Hours: If you have hours to turn in towards your 120 volunteer hours for your silver cord at graduation, please make sure your forms have been filled out and turned in to Mrs. Benson in the Main Office. The forms can be located on Mrs. Benson's desk.

Questions, please contact her at

Graduation Intentions for Seniors

Seniors - Click this tab and complete your Graduation Intentions as needed by the State of Iowa. Question, please contact Ms. Ericson at (712)274-4000 ext 3116 or by email

Counseling Information & Important Dates

Click here for the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program

Iowa College Aid has started the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program - Counseling Via Text Message to Promote College Access and Success for Iowa Students Students can opt in to receive reminders and advice to ease their transition into college life.

Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Senior Students - Check your Homeroom Course in Canvas in order to access your scholarships. Please look under Modules to see the Assignments listed under "Scholarship Database 2019-2020"

(Click Canvas>Homeroom Course (District HS Advisory Course)>Modules>Scholarship Database - You can click on the month of each assignment. All links are live and accessible.)

If you have any questions, please visit with Ms. Ericson via email at, by phone (712) 274-4000 ext. 3116, or your Counselor in the Main Counseling Office.

Other Scholarship Opportunity Websites:

Siouxland Community Foundation - Scholarship Information

Kind World Foundation Scholarship

Information you need to provide by the Deadline: February 1, 2020.

  • 5 paragraph essay
  • Three (3) character count recommendations
  • Completed online application
  • First two pages of your parents’/guardians’ (or your) most current U.S. Income Tax Return (Form 1040)
  • Official high school transcript
  • One (1) wallet-size photo

Questions, please contact the Siouxland Community Foundation at 712-293-3303 or visit their website:

Scholarship Database 2019-2020 - Click Here

Parents, if you are unable to access your Parent Portal for your students Canvas, please contact Angie Osborn in the Media Center to have your password set up. She can be reached by email, or phone #274-4000.

Setting up An Activity Resume for Scholarships

Seniors - The Activity Resume template can be downloaded below. It is helpful to have this when applying for scholarships. Along with your References, certain scholarships may require that this be submitted along with the application. It also gives your References an idea of what you have been doing over the past 4 years. Questions, please see us in the Main Office/Counseling Area.

College/ University/ Military Represtative Visits

01/14/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

01/23/2020 during Lunches - US Army/Army Reserve

01/28/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

02/13/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

02/26/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

03/11/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

03/24/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

04/02/2020 @ 1:00pm - Western Iowa Tech Community College

Military Recruiters - If your student is interested in visiting with Recruiters from any of our United States Military branches, please have them give their information to Ms. Ericson. She will contact the Recruiters to have them visit with your student at East High.

-Contact Ms. Ericson in the Counseling Department with questions or to register for a college visit. During College Visits, Attendance will be taken by the College Rep; you will sign in during your visit.

ACT Information

Next Test Date & Registration Deadline

Test Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020

*Registration Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020

Test Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020

Test Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020

Test Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020 (Juniors - If you are needing Fee Waivers, check with Mrs. Ericson before the last day of school.)

WITCC Online Course Information

Students wishing to take online courses during 2nd semester need to visit with your counselor before Friday, January 10th.

- Monday 01/13/2020 * - First day of Spring Online Classes (16 week course)

- Thursday 01/16/2020 – First day of Spring Face-to-Face Classes (16 week course)

*Finals week of the SCCSD 1st semester begins Monday, January 13th, 2020.

Important "DROP" Dates:

1/27/2020 – Last day to drop – Spring Online Class (16 Week course)

1/29/2020 – Last Day for Face-to-Face (16 week courses)

Need Transcripts? Click Here

Includes Parchment Account for Transcripts, FAFSA, loans, Scholarships, college savings accounts, work-study opportunities, & grants, please click the Transcript Button.

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Missouri River Conference Activity Calendar

To view all activities going on at East High, Please press the Button.

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Attendance Request

Please communicate with us if your child will be absent. Contact us at (712)274-4001.

Students needing to be dismissed early per parent/guardian request, will need to call the school in advance. We will have the student waiting in the office. All students will sign out in the Main Office at the Attendance Desk.

Please use this link as reference regarding the District Attendance Policy

Sioux City Community District, School Board Policy 501.11
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Lessons to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Annually, Sioux City Community Schools are in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to facilitate specialized instruction that honors the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Working in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the District plans age-appropriate lessons for every grade. Parents/guardians are welcome to visit our classrooms on January 20 as we learn more about the significant contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You can contact your child’s teacher or call the main office at your child’s school to inquire about lesson times. All visitors are asked to check into the building office and receive a visitor pass before joining the classroom.

Maintaining A Safe and Healthy Environment

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to providing an environment where students and staff members are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that we are not unique, in that we experience the challenges of school and community-based bullying, yet we want to be unique in serving as a District that works to make a significant and positive difference in this arena. Please, join us in the effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. Visit our website,, to learn more about our anti-bullying policy, view resources to help us combat bullying, or report concerns. We also welcome your feedback. Consider sharing your ideas or concerns using the Let’s Talk tool on our website.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.

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Excel Achieve Succeed Tradition
In Excellence
East High School exists to empower our students to EXCEL in activities, ACHIEVE in academics
and SUCCEED in reaching their full potential through long standing TRADITION.