Back To School Info

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IS MONDAY, AUGUST 27.

Please check the online District calendar for all important school events, closings, athletic events, and more.

WEBSITE – www.EASDPA.org

The District launched a new website in July.  While the web address remains the same – www.easdpa.org – the new-and-improved site has been redesigned to better organize the information commonly used by students, parents, staff, and community members.  The site is also more image-driven which will provide a nice platform to highlight students’ accomplishments and classroom activities.

DISTRICT SIGNAGE

New electronic signs were installed at each District building.  The digital display provides a more eye-catching and efficient way to communicate timely information, upcoming events, and student achievements.

NEW PRINCIPALS

Mrs. Amanda Calhoun – Ephrata High School Assistant Principal 

Mrs. Calhoun most recently served as the Lancaster Catholic High School Instructional Support Coordinator for students in grades 9-12.  She has a Principal Certification and a Masters of Education Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Millersville University.

Mr. Nathan Upham  – Ephrata High School Assistant Principal 

Mr. Upham was the Reading Intermediate High School Dean of Students and previously worked at Garden Spot High School in a variety of positions, including Dean of Students, Physics and Chemistry Teacher, Department Manager, and Summer School Coordinator.  He obtained a Principal Certification and a Masters of Education Degree in Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Millersville University.  He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Adult/Young Adult Education with an emphasis in Physics from Cedarville University in Ohio.

Dr. Crystal Loose – Ephrata Intermediate School Assistant Principal

Dr. Loose was appointed the Ephrata Intermediate School Assistant Principal.  Dr. Loose previously served as the Ephrata Area School District Coordinator of Learning Development from 2011 to 2013 before transitioning to Cocalico School District where she was an Assistant Principal, Title I Reading Coordinator, and most recently their Director of Reading.  Her education includes a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University; Doctoral of Education Degree, Principal Certificate, and Masters of Education Degree from Pennsylvania State University; Elementary Education Certification from Millersville University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetorical Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

The District will now be using SchoolMessenger as their rapid communication system, which has replaced Blackboard Connect 5.  District staff will use the system to continue to communicate information pertaining to student attendance, weather-related schedule changes, school events, and more.  Additionally, parents and guardians will be given the opportunity to opt-in for text message alerts and reminders. 

EPHRATA HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER

A full renovation of the Ephrata High School Media Center is nearly complete.  The finished project will include more areas to facilitate small-group and project-based learning, technology, collaboration, communication, and more components of 21st century learning.  The renovation incorporated elements from students who were part of the 2017 Media Center Design Challenge.  Students shared many ideas to improve the old media center and worked alongside District administrators and RLPS Architects to incorporate many of their concepts.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The District will be expanding its social media presence beyond Twitter to include Facebook and Instagram.  Follow the District on Facebook and Instagram @EphrataAreaSD and Twitter @GoMounts.

LINK CREW

Link Crew is a program focused on supporting freshmen students socially, emotionally, and academically as they transition to high school.  Large and small group activities are designed to address students’ needs and concerns in a fun and enjoyable way. 

Important dates are below.

Freshmen Orientation – Friday, August 24, 8:00 AM – Noon, EHS Gymnasium

Students will learn more about Link Crew, meet Junior and Senior mentors, and participate in small-group meet-and-greet, team-building activities.

CRUISE THE HALLS

Parents, guardians, and students are invited to attend the following events to walk the student’s first semester schedule:

EIS – Thursday, August 16, 6:30 PM, Please enter via the Ephrata Middle School main entrance.

EHS – Friday, August 24 Noon – 2:30 PM, immediately following the Link Crew Orientation

Please check the online District calendar for additional opportunities to Cruise the Halls at EHS. 

OPEN HOUSE DATES

All begin at 6:30 PM.

Grade 5 – Wednesday, August 22

Ephrata High School – Tuesday, September 4

Fulton Elementary School – Thursday, September 6

Grades 6 and 8 – Tuesday, September 11

Clay Elementary School – Thursday, September 13

Highland Elementary School – Monday, September 17

Akron Elementary School – Tuesday, September 18

Grade 7 – Thursday, September 20

Please check the online District calendar for all important school events, closings, athletic events, and more.

LIFE READY GRADUATE

Current Ephrata High School students will be among the first to have the opportunity to earn a Life Ready Graduate certificate upon graduation.  The Ephrata Area School District Life Ready Graduate program aims to enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions beyond traditional content mastery and standardized assessments, including civics, financial literacy, collaboration, integrity and much more.  To learn more about the Life Ready Graduate program, visit www.easdpa.org.  Additionally, if you are part of a business that recognizes preparing students to have a positive impact on an ever-changing world requires knowledge, skills, and dispositions that extend beyond standardized assessments, please e-mail LifeReadyGrad@easdpa.org to join area businesses – including Astro Machine Works, Ephrata National Bank, and WellSpan – as a public endorser of the program.

CODE CARTS

Two Code Carts are now in each District elementary school to enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) for students in grades 1-4.  “The Code Cart is a mobile learning tool that is highly engaging for students,” described Mr. Nick Crowther, District Computer Science Supervisor.  The cart includes various materials, including robotic devices, coding technology, Legos, and additional STEAM elements.  Teachers may sign out the carts to use as part of classroom lessons and projects.  Additionally, Districtwide Instructional Coaches use the carts for grade-level learning challenges. 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AT THE FIGHTIN PHILS

Saturday, August 25, 6:45 PM

Enjoy a night of baseball and fireworks!  Gather your fellow Mountaineers, wear purple and gold, and watch the Phils take on the Portland Sea Dogs.  Tickets are $9 and available on the District website.

EPHRATA AREA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

PURPLE & GOLD COLOR RUN

Saturday, September 22,

7:00 AM Registration, 8:00 AM Start

Participate in the annual Foundation 5K and support Ephrata Area School District students.  Learn more at www.ephrataeducationfoundation.org.