The Ephrata Recreation Center is starting the Power Packs Project for the 2019-2020 school year the week of October 14th. The Power Packs Project is designed to help families stretch their grocery money, prepare low-cost meals for their families over the weekend, and have their children well fed and ready to learn when they go to school.
Each Thursday, participating families will receive a recipe and the ingredients to make the meal. The Power Packs Project will also distribute other food, including cereal, peanut butter, soups, fresh fruits and vegetables. Helpful tips on subjects such as “Smart Shopping Tips,” “Clever Ways to Use Leftovers,” and “Food to Always Have On Hand” will also be included in the weekly packs.
The Power Packs Project has a limited amount of space (100 families) AND acceptance into this program will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you are one of the first 100 respondents, you will be contacted by a representative from the Ephrata Recreation Center Power Packs Project.
If you think your family would benefit from this program, please CLICK HERE to review the income eligibility information to ensure your family is eligible.
There is no cost to participating families but there are expectations. Program participants are expected to pick up their food every Thursday at the Rec Center between 5:00-6:00 PM and will be dropped from the program if they fail to do this. If you are income-eligible and pledge to regularly pick up the Power Packs, please complete the information in THIS LINK by October 11th and someone will be in contact with you:
If you have any questions regarding Power Packs, please contact Stephanie Weber at 717-725-1262, firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at 717-721-1485.
Teri A. Gamez, SNS
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Co-Chair District Wellness Committee
Ephrata Area School District
“Achieving Success One Student at a Time.”
Ephrata Area School District Named Outstanding Visual Arts Community in Pennsylvania
Ephrata Area School District was named a 2019 Outstanding Visual Arts Community by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) for their ongoing commitment to visual arts and a well-rounded educational experience. Ephrata Area School District was among 57 districts across Pennsylvania and five districts in Lancaster County to receive this distinction.
According to PAEA, districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:
- Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
- Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all studentsat every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
- Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.
Ephrata Area School District values the importance of a well-rounded education with opportunities for students to engage in arts education in all grade levels. “Our community has a strong history of valuing the all of the arts. I am so proud that the students and staff of our district can contribute to it in authentic projects like the murals downtown,” said Dr. Brian Troop, District Superintendent.
“We commend Ephrata Area School District for their active role in providing arts education opportunities for students and receiving the endorsement of Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2019,” said Dr. Stacy Potter, PAEA Advocacy and Policy Chair.
We look forward to celebrating Patriot Day with students on Wednesday, September 11!
Activities and learning opportunities inspired by Patriot Day and the heroes of 9/11 will be incorporated Districtwide on Wednesday. District administrators and teachers have developed age-appropriate content to help students learn more about Patriot Day and the many heroes who took part in the national response to the tragic event and continue to keep us all safe today.
The scope of this content will look very different at each age level. While High School activities may include watching news coverage from the morning of September 11, 2001 and discussing how the effects of that day impacted the world, students in elementary schools will have a much broader experience recognizing heroes who go above and beyond in times of need, including our military, emergency responders, and more.
Patriot Day also provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of living a life with Resiliency and Grit – a key component of our Districtwide Life Ready Graduate profile.
If you have any concerns about your child’s involvement in any Patriot Day activities, please contact your building principal.
Dr. Brian Troop, Superintendent
Dr. Jacy Clugston Hess, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
Dr. Rick Hornberger, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education
Did you know Ephrata High School offers a preschool program for children ages 3 through 5?
There are still a few spots available in the fall session, which runs from Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, December 19. Classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays form 8:45 AM – 10:20 AM.
Children must be between the ages of 3 and 5 (have not not attended kindergarten) and live in the Ephrata Area School District.
Please contact Mrs. Vicki Socie at email@example.com for more information or to register.
Students across all Ephrata Area School District elementary schools recently embarked on a collective reading adventure, One Book, One District.
Funded by an Ephrata Area Education Foundation Venture Grant, every student in Kindergarten through grade 4 was provided a book – either Glamourpuss or Cheese – by Sarah Weeks. Students were encouraged to read their book independently and at home with family members, in addition to reading it with classmates and teachers while in school. The experience created a common bond among students, staff, and families. Additionally, it inspired schoolwide comradery and shared conversations through a common book.
The culmination of One Book, One District was Ms. Weeks’ visit to all four District elementary schools during the week of May 9. Students took pride in decorating their schools with themes connected to the author’s books and enjoyed interactive assemblies during her visit. Akron Elementary School Principal Sheri Horner noted students’ excitement to meet Ms. Weeks. “Students were very eager to learn directly from an author,” she said.
Sarah Weeks is the author of 59 published books. Visit sarahweeks.com for more information.
Approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 participated in the fourth annual Ephrata Area School District Coding Contest this year. Students worked after school in small groups to create projects that demonstrated the use of code, which were reviewed by a panel of District administrators, teachers, School Board members, and community leaders.
Kindergarten – Grade 2
- 1st place (TIE)
- Lucynda Berkey, Rylan Lapp, and Cole McAnany (Highland)
- Jubilee Mertz and Daisy Musser (Highland)
- 2nd place: Zachary Stonebraker and Brylee McGarvey (Highland)
- 3rd place: Kingston Fischbach and Bryce Thomas (Fulton)
- 1st place: Zion Kapp and Maliha Martin (Clay)
- 2nd place: Cooper Simes and Reece Wilson (Highland)
- 3rd place: Ian Goehrig, Christopher Kohler, and Brendan Morrell (Akron and Clay)
- 1st place: Anastasia Lehman and Sarah Taylor (Grade 6)
- 2nd place: Ethan Garman, Landry Weidner, and Todd Weist (Grade 5)
- 3rd place: Joshua Muhr and Wesley Jones (Grade 6)
- 1st place: Nathan Brubaker, Moses Kapp, and Theodore Smith (Grade 7)
- 2nd place: Clay Sholes, Micah Neff, and Collin Jones (Grade 8)
- 3rd place: Lillian Sharpe and Kyle Swenson (Grade 8)
A signature project supported by the Ephrata Area Education Foundation, the Coding Contest was introduced to District students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in 2016. It received very positive feedback, which created the desire to grow the event in 2017. The District has provided students coding education, including participation in the global Hour of Code since 2013. Coding activities include creating computer games, programming applications, building robots, and much more.
Why encourage children to code? Predictions are that computer science jobs already significantly surpass the number of individuals qualified for these positions. “Almost every machine we interact with now is built
with code. Our children need to learn how machines work to be best prepared for the future. Plus, computer science is a top-paying college degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average,” stated Dan Mahlandt, District Coordinator of Virtual Education.
EASD is celebrating National Physical Activity Week from May 6-10! The goal is for every student in the district to participate in a physical activity outside of normal activity for approximately 15 minutes during the school day. Each building is coordinating their own activities. Check out what Akron Elementary School did!