National Fountainhead Essay Contest Finalists

Ephrata High School students – Khalid Brelvi (grade 12) and Ezekiel Jones (grade 11) – are finalists in the Fountainhead essay contest, which is sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the source for information on the life, writings and work of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.  After submitting an essay in their Advanced Placement Language and Composition class last year, Khalid and Ezekiel recently received word they were named finalists.


According to the Ayn Rand Organization’s website, essays were judged on whether the student was able to argue for and justify his or her view. Judges looked for writing that was clear, articulate, and logically organized. Winning essays demonstrated an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead.

All finalists received a $50 cash prize.


November 15 & 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

EHS Theatre is proud to present our fall show: Peter and the Starcatcher! Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker.



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 expectationsProgram 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, or myself at 717-721-1485.

Thank you.

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.”

EASD: Outstanding Visual Arts Community

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.

Patriot Day – September 11

District Families:

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.

Thank you!

Dr. Brian Troop, Superintendent

Dr. Jacy Clugston Hess, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education

Dr. Rick Hornberger, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

EHS Student Named to All-National Orchestra

Jamie Chon, an Ephrata High School senior, has been selected as a member of the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the AN

HE program is a comprehensive and educational experience.

The 2019 NAfME Ensembles will practice and perform at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida November 6-10 under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.

Appointment to the orchestra was gained through a rigorous audition process, which included placement in the 2019 All-State Orchestra, where Jamie was named a first chair violinist.

Jamie’s national achievement runs in her family, as both of her older sisters were also selected for All-National Orchestra Ensembles; Grace was a cellist in 2013 and Cristin was a violist in 2016.

Jungle Juniors Preschool

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 for more information or to register.