As a follow-up to the message sent earlier today, the investigation of the recent encounter with two students has concluded. For more details and the updated police report visit: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/ephratapd/10338/cases/investigation-possible-luring-completed
Please contact your child’s building principal with any questions.
We were informed on the morning of Thursday, September 19 of an encounter between two school-age students and an individual who attempted to lure the students to his vehicle on Wednesday, September 18.
More information is provided from the Ephrata Police Department that can be accessed at: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/ephratapd/10338/cases/police-seek-information-suspicious-driver
During school today, classroom teachers reviewed safety protocols with students on what to do if a stranger is encountered when traveling to and/or from school.
Additionally, extra police presence has been requested at each of the District elementary schools and the Intermediate School during dismissal and arrival for as long as needed.
Please contact your child’s building principal with any questions or concerns.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ephrata Area School District Leaders Shadow Students
How does it feel to be a student for a day? After participating in the nationwide School Retool Shadow A Student Challenge for the fourth year in a row, Ephrata Area School District administrators are able to speak from their own experiences to answer this question. District and building leaders will shadow students in secondary schools on Tuesday, February 19 and elementary schools on Wednesday, February 20 to experience a school day as a student first-hand and gain a new perspective on learning.
District administrators are encouraged to participate with empathy and an open mind to feel what it is like to truly adopt a student’s point of view. “As part of the District theme to embody a growth mindset and a desire for continued improvement, administrators are trying to fully immerse themselves in student life for a day with the goal to better understand the students we serve,” said District Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop.
Administrators have been asked to keep a variety of questions in mind while shadowing students, including:
- How does it feel to be a student for a day?
- What is your student’s favorite moment of the day, and what makes it special?
- What do you notice makes your student feel uncomfortable, anxious, or bored? Why?
- When is your student engaged in learning?
- As you go through your day, what opportunities do you notice for use of critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and effective communication skills?
Following the events, administrators will reflect on their insights to compare students’ experiences with the learning and skills necessary for success through their academic careers.