Ephrata AM 5-10-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Tuesday May 10, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Artists who exhibited in the District Art Show can now pick up their work from Mrs. Yeo and Mr. Hershey.
Did you just hear that? District Art Show works to be picked up! The show was a tremendous success and now we need to return this outstanding artwork to the artists.
So get on down to Yeo’s and Hershey’s rooms to gather your stuff.
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Class of 2022 – This message is just for you!
June 7th At the grassy area of the War, will be the Senior Food Truck Picnic. Immediately after you inspire the elementary students with your grad walk you are invited to fun, games, and food!
Tickets are on sale now in the MAIN OFFICE. For just 5$…….that’s right 5 smackaroos you will be able to indulge in Chicken, Tacos, Ice Cream, Coffee and more!
Tickets on sale today thru May 26th.
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Now over to __________ with the news
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A chipped marble statue bought for $35 from a thrift store has turned out to be a priceless 2,000 year-old Roman bust.
When Austin, Texas-based art collector Laura Young purchased the marble bust at a local Goodwill store in 2018, she didn’t know that she had accidentally stumbled upon a centuries-old sculpture
At the time, the find was hilariously pictured buckled into the seat of Laura’s car—complete with price sticker on its cheek.
in other news its national shrimp day
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now back to the main desk
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Attention prom goers! If you plan on getting pictures done at the cloister please be aware there is an event there, at the Saal meetinghouse, till 3:30 the day of prom. Please try to come to take photos no earlier than 4 pm!
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The Aevidum club is selling tootsie pops at lunch. They are 25 cents each. They will be sold May 16th-20th (keystone week). Each pop will come with a label to write an encouraging message to a friend. Aevidum, we’ve got your back!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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 Yesterday, softball lost 3-0 at LS and volleyball lost 3-0 at Lancaster Mennonite. Baseball lost 5-2 against LS
Last night, our boys and girls track and field teams both battled for the Section II Title against Manheim Central. The final scores were:
Our girls team gave a tremendous effort but fell short  71-79 versus a more experienced Manheim Central team finishing the season at 5-2 and finishing 3rd in Section II. Our boys team won 93 – 57 clinching the Section II Championship and completing a PERFECT 7-0 season in Section II, the first perfect season since at least 1989.
Event winners on the girls side were:
The 4×800 team of Kauri Parsons, Lexi Roe, Hannah Miller and Kayla Reidenbaugh
Jianna Long in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash
Madison Kimmel in the 1600 and 800 meter run
Lexi Roe in the 3200 meter run
Lily Shuke in the high jump
Olivia Good in the discus
Event winners on the boys side were:
The 4×800 team of Tyler Fegley, Noah Wingenroth, Luke Wingenroth, and Quincy Myer
Enrico Faccio in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles
Parker Loose in the 1600 meter run
The 4×100 meter relay of Enrico Faccio, Nick Keller, Kyle Emrey and Jeremiah Knowles
Nick Keller in the 400 meter dash
Miles Campbell in the 800 meter run
Jeremiah Knowles in the 200 meter dash
Tristan Hart in the 3200 meter run
The 4×400 meter relay of Kyle Emrey, Noah Wingenroth, Luke Wingenroth and Miles Campbell
Sam McCracken in the javelin
Weston Nolt in the shot put
The track and field team will begin the post-season traveling to Hempfield High School on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship.
Today, unified track is at McCaskey, and softball is home vs Cocalico
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Vote for the Homecoming theme for next year on Schoology right now!
There is a link.
Follow it.
Vote.
Would you rather a Masquerade Ball or a 50’s Sock Hop?
You choose
Like the Highlander, There can be only one
Voting closes today at 3pm
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 5-6-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Friday May 6, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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On Monday May 9th, the Counseling Office will be hosting our third Military Monday information session.  A representative from the Marines will be in to discuss career opportunities, background about their branch of service, as well as pros and cons of military life.  If you are interested in learning more, be sure to sign up using the link found in recent Schoology posts and report directly to the EHS Counseling Office on Monday 5/9 at 2:30 (during homeroom/ACT).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by and see your counselor.

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It’s that time of year again! Time for Bio bootcamp!
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BOOTCAMP VIDEO

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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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now back to the main desk
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Attention seniors please now go back on Schoology and vote for ONE gentleman for prom KING and one lady for prom QUEEN by TODAY May 6th!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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Yesterday, volleyball lost 3-0 at Manheim Central, and girls lacrosse won 9-8 at E town.
 Attention all athletes, Fall 2022 sports sign ups are under way on Schoology.  Sign up is located on your class Schoology page.  If you have any questions stop by the athletic office in between classes or before or after school.   The following sports are available for current 9th – 11th graders.  Boys & girls Cross Country, girls field hockey, boys & girls golf, football, boys & Girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.
Today, baseball is home vs LS, and softball is at LS. Tomorrow, baseball is home vs Twin Valley.
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.

(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)

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Do you still need a Mother’s day gift? Looking to start a vegetable garden? Want to add to your succulent plant collection? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then stop by the EHS greenhouse this weekend. We will be selling plants TODAY after school from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9 to noon. The greenhouse is located by the War Memorial Field and Marching Band Trailer. You can purchase flowers, vegetables, herbs, and succulents that were grown by EHS students as part of the Plant Science and Landscaping class. Prices vary and everything is first come, first served. Please send a Schoology message to Mrs. Stauffer with specific questions or for additional details.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 5-5-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Thursday May 5, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Attention Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors- TODAY is the day to vote for your class Treasurer.  Election links are available on your Schoology class page.  Take out your phone or laptop NOW and vote for your future class Treasurer.  Elections are open until 3PM!
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A DEADLINE LOOMS!!!!       …… Sophomore T-Shirt Orders are due in Home Room TODAY!……That’s right this…TODAY if you were sleeping. ….Get your money and order forms in by this TODAY!
Remember this is the “Official CLASS T-SHIRT” so get yours now. See Mr. Hershey  or your class officers if you have any questions or need an order form..
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It’s that time of year again! Time for Bio bootcamp!
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BOOTCAMP VIDEO
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in North America, a quarter of our native bee species are at risk of extinction. That’s not good for the bees, and it isn’t good for us. Bees pollinate 35 percent of our global food supply, and many of the wild plants our ecosystems depend on. Simply put, a world without bees would be a shadow of its former ecological self.
Enter No Mow May, a movement that began in the United Kingdom and is now rapidly spreading throughout the United States. No Mow May’s popularity lies in its simplicity: Just give bees a leg up during the crucial springtime by crossing a chore off your list and letting your lawn grow for the month of May. This lets “lawn flowers,” such as dandelions, clover, and violets, bloom at a time when bee food is scarce.
happy cinco de mayo
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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Attention seniors please now go back on Schoology and vote for ONE gentleman for prom KING and one lady for prom QUEEN by May 6th!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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Yesterday, baseball won 10-0 vs CV, girls lacrosse lost 19-11 vs Penn Manor
 Attention all athletes, Fall 2022 sports sign ups are under way on Schoology.  Sign up is located on your class Schoology page.  If you have any questions stop by the athletic office in between classes or before or after school.   The following sports are available for current 9th – 11th graders.  Boys & girls Cross Country, girls field hockey, boys & girls golf, football, boys & Girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.
Today, volleyball is at Manheim Central, and girls lacrosse is at E town, and softball is at CV
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.
(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)
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Do you still need a Mother’s day gift? Looking to start a vegetable garden? Want to add to your succulent plant collection? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then stop by the EHS greenhouse this weekend. We will be selling plants on Friday after school from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9 to noon. The greenhouse is located by the War Memorial Field and Marching Band Trailer. You can purchase flowers, vegetables, herbs, and succulents that were grown by EHS students as part of the Plant Science and Landscaping class. Prices vary and everything is first come, first served. Please send a Schoology message to Mrs. Stauffer with specific questions or for additional details.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 5-3-22

https://youtu.be/Wwk2lK2fA-E

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Tuesday May 3, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Attention Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors- TODAY is the day to vote for your class vice president.  Election links are available on your Schoology class page.  Take out your phone or laptop NOW and vote for your future class vice president.  Elections are open until 3PM!
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It’s that time of year again! Time for Bio bootcamp!
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BOOTCAMP VIDEO
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Now over to __________ with the news
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Attention seniors please now go back on Schoology and vote for ONE gentleman for prom KING and one lady for prom QUEEN by May 6th!
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Pasta Bowl (cheese lasagna
 w/ meatballs or
 Chicken alfredo)
 w/WG Garlic Breadstick
•BBQ Bacon Chicken
 Sandwich
•Papa John’s Pizza
•Crispy Chicken Wrap
•Fruit & Yogurt Parfait w/ Muffin
•Buffalo Chicken Salad
+Roasted Cauliflower
+Grape Tomatoes/Dip
◊Assorted Fresh Fruit or
 Slushie
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Yesterday, baseball won 13-3 at Lebanon. Brody Martin took the win pitching into the 6th and striking out 8. Boys lacrosse ?? at E town, boys track won 92-57 and the girls won 102-48 vs Lebanon, and softball won 11-1 vs Lebanon behind pitcher Ellie Meier who struck out 13 on the night.

Last week the Unified Track Team took on Hempfield at their only home meet of the season.  The Mounts came out of the starting blocks ready to win with 20 1st place finishes, 13 2nd place finishes, and 5 3rd place finishes.

Athletes earning a 1st place finish included:

Taylor Artus
Angelica Gonzalez Garcia
Vaughan Lewis
James Pagan Santiago
Koralis Renta Colon
Alyssa Wingenroth
Isabella Shue
Mackenzie Flora
Angel Ortiz
Landen Pitts
Maxwell Reiff
Devon Valenti
Sammi Burkholder
Sierra Hoover
Chris Rohrbaugh
and Jordan Leonard

2nd Place finishes included:
Natasha Ehly
and Katelynn Leid
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our team!

Attention all athletes, Fall 2022 sports sign ups are under way on Schoology.  Sign up is located on your class Schoology page.  If you have any questions stop by the athletic office in between classes or before or after school.   The following sports are available for current 9th – 11th graders.  Boys & girls Cross Country, girls field hockey, boys & girls golf, football, boys & Girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.
Today, boys lacrosse is home vs Lampeter Strasburg, and volleyball is at Lebanon.
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.
(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)
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Do you still need a Mother’s day gift? Looking to start a vegetable garden? Want to add to your succulent plant collection? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then stop by the EHS greenhouse this weekend. We will be selling plants on Friday after school from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9 to noon. The greenhouse is located by the War Memorial Field and Marching Band Trailer. You can purchase flowers, vegetables, herbs, and succulents that were grown by EHS students as part of the Plant Science and Landscaping class. Prices vary and everything is first come, first served. Please send a Schoology message to Mrs. Stauffer with specific questions or for additional details.
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The Wellness Center will be closed during ACT today.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 5-2-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Monday May 2, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Attention Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors- TODAY is the day to vote for your class president.  Election links are available on your Schoology class page.  Take out your phone or laptop NOW and vote for your future class president.  Elections are open until 3PM!
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It’s that time of year again! Time for Bio bootcamp!
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BOOTCAMP VIDEO

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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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This afternoon, the Counseling Office will be hosting our second Military Monday information session.  A representative from the PA Nation Guard will be in to discuss career opportunities, background about their branch of service, as well as pros and cons of military life.  If you are interested in learning more, be sure to sign up using the link found in recent Schoology posts and report directly to the EHS Counseling Office this afternoon after 7th period.
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Attention seniors please now go back on Schoology and vote for ONE gentleman for prom KING and one lady for prom QUEEN by May 6th!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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———————Friday, baseball won 11-3 vs Solanco with Brody Martin taking the win pitching into the 5th. Softball lost at Solanco7-1.

Saturday baseball lost 9-8 vs Red Lion. Girls lacrosse lost 4-17 at Wyomissing, and softball lost vs Octorara

Today, baseball is at Lebanon, boys lacrosse is at E town, track is at Lebanon, and softball is home vs Lebanon.
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Now back to the main desk
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.

(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)

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Do you still need a Mother’s day gift? Looking to start a vegetable garden? Want to add to your succulent plant collection? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then stop by the EHS greenhouse this weekend. We will be selling plants on Friday after school from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9 to noon. The greenhouse is located by the War Memorial Field and Marching Band Trailer. You can purchase flowers, vegetables, herbs, and succulents that were grown by EHS students as part of the Plant Science and Landscaping class. Prices vary and everything is first come, first served. Please send a Schoology message to Mrs. Stauffer with specific questions or for additional details.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 4-28-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Thursday April 28, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES!!       (hold up the graphic)      Get your official, yes this is your “OFFICIAL” class t-shirt, by ordering in your home room. Class officers will be around to collect orders this week so get your money and forms in soon. You can pick from 6 t-shirt colors and get short or long sleeve. Don’t delay!
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Now over to __________ with the news
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NEWS INTRO
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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On Monday, May 2nd the Counseling Office will be hosting our second Military Monday information session.  A representative from the National Guard will be in to discuss career opportunities, background about their branch of service, as well as pros and cons of military life.  If you are interested in learning more, be sure to sign up using the link found in recent Schoology posts and report directly to the EHS Counseling Office on Monday 5/2 at 2:30 (during homeroom/ACT).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by and see your counselor.

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Attention seniors! Prom court voting is happening now on Schoology. Please pick your top 6 ladies and top 6 gentlemen through Schoology to be part of the prom court!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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yesterday, baseball was down 1-5 in the 2nd inning and 3-6 in the 3rd inning and exploded for 12 runs in the top of the 4th to eventually win at E town 23-8.  softball lost vs E town, and boys lacrosse lost 19-5 at Cocalico.

today, tennis is at the LL tournament, and girls lacrosse is at Warwick.

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Now back to the main desk
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.

(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)

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The wellness center will be closed during ACT.
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 4-27-22

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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Wednesday April 27, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES!!       (hold up the graphic)      Get your official, yes this is your “OFFICIAL” class t-shirt, by ordering in your home room. Class officers will be around to collect orders this week so get your money and forms in soon. You can pick from 6 t-shirt colors and get short or long sleeve. Don’t delay!
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The Cloister FFA is proud to announce the results of spring regional CDEs. Our chapter was very well represented on Monday, competing against students from other chapters in Schuylkill, Lebanon, Berks, Chester, and Cumberland counties in a variety of agricultural topics. Many have been studying since the fall in preparation for this event. Some of the things they had to do were identify different wild bird, plant, and mammal tracks, demonstrate how to restrain a small ruminant, muzzle a dog, calculate the appropriate amount of medication to give to a specific animal, and make a flower arrangement. Without further ado, here are their results:

Floriculture
    16th in the county, senior Mary Ribbeck
Vet Science
    14th in the county, sophomore Rebecca Abraham
    7th in the county, freshman Renata Rave Jimenez
    6th in the county, freshman Sarah Taylor
    5th in the county and 19th overall out of 81 contestants, sophomore Lauren Rissler
Wildlife
    8th in the county, sophomore Marie Frey
    7th in the county, junior Mathias Sweigart
    2nd in the county and 10th overall, Brendon Martin
    1st in the county and 3rd overall out of 104 contestants, sophomore Caden Beyer
If you see any individuals in the hallway, give them a fist bump to help celebrate their accomplishments!
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On Monday, May 2nd the Counseling Office will be hosting our second Military Monday information session.  A representative from the National Guard will be in to discuss career opportunities, background about their branch of service, as well as pros and cons of military life.  If you are interested in learning more, be sure to sign up using the link found in recent Schoology posts and report directly to the EHS Counseling Office on Monday 5/2 at 2:30 (during homeroom/ACT).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by and see your counselor.

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Attention seniors! Prom court voting is happening now on Schoology. Please pick your top 6 ladies and top 6 gentlemen through Schoology to be part of the prom court!
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LUNCH VIDEO
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yesterday, baseball lost at Warwick, softball lost vs Warwick and volleyball lost vs Garden Spot

 

today, Unified track is home vs Hempfield, baseball is at E town, softball is home vs E town, and boys lacrosse is at Cocalico.

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Now back to the main desk
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.

(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)

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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Dashboard & More

2021-2022 COVID+ Dashboard

2021-2022 FAQs

CDC Updated Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine – December 27, 2021

Pennsylvania Department of Health – December 30, 2021 Update

2021-2022 Health & Safety Plan

2021-2022 Updates

Confronting COVID-Related Harassment – US Dept. of Education

Ephrata Virtual Academy (EVA-Flex & EVA-Live)


Message to Families – January 3

Over the holiday break on December 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance on how to respond to situations when an individual tests positive for COVID, as well as for those who have been identified as a close contact. On December 30, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued similar new guidance. Our School Board-approved Health and Safety Plan directs us to consider updated guidance from the DOH and the CDC and to implement it when practicable.

Effective immediately, the Ephrata Area School District will be handling COVID positive cases and close contacts as follows, consistent with the updated DOH and CDC guidance:

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days, and then follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when indoors around others if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours). The option of isolating for the full 10 days remains available for those interested.
  • Individuals identified as close contacts who are unvaccinated or who are eligible (i.e., more than 6 months after primary vaccine series) but have not yet received a booster vaccine should quarantine at home for 5 days, and then wear a mask around others for 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible for an individual, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a mask when around others for 10 days after exposure to the COVID positive individual.

While not a requirement, both the DOH and CDC additionally recommend that close contacts get tested on day 5 after exposure.

As a district, we will continue to update the COVID Dashboard and FAQs page with up-to-date information regarding these adjustments and anything else relating to COVID-19 mitigation.

Please submit questions using the FAQ link and report COVID cases using the COVIDReport email link.

Thank you for the ongoing flexibility and support!

 

Message to Families – December 23

As we look ahead to the holiday break, we wanted to share some updates regarding COVID cases from this week and how we plan to handle reporting positive cases and close contacts that we are notified of over the next ten days.

  • Over the course of the past week, we had 5 new COVID-19 cases in the District – 1 at Fulton and 2 each at Clay and the Middle School. Additionally, we were made aware of several cases that occurred prior to this week – 1 each at Clay, Highland, and the Middle School and 2 each at the Intermediate School and High School. All active cases are included on the COVID-19 Dashboard on the District website. The individuals who were impacted directly have been notified and given information specific to them.
  • On Monday, December 27, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated, contact tracing will occur, and email notifications will be sent for any positive cases we are made aware of between December 24-26. On Thursday, December 30, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated, contact tracing will occur, and email notifications will be sent for any positive cases we are made aware of between December 27-29. Cases reported after December 29 will be addressed when schools reopen on Monday, January 3. COVID+ cases within District extracurriculars will be handled individually based on the details of the cases reported and the schedule of events over the break.

As always, please continue to treat all potential COVID symptoms seriously and employ recommended mitigation strategies whenever practicable. Our District email address for reporting cases (COVIDReport@easdpa.org) will remain in use over the break for families to inform the District of any situation where a student tests positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, flexibility, and support during the first few months of the school year. We look forward to continuing our work together in 2022!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

Message to Families – December 10

Late this afternoon the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated the mask mandate for K-12 schools and childcare facilities. We are still gathering details about this latest development and the status of the Order.

If there are no significant changes to the current status over the next 48 hours, effective on Monday, December 13 masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors.

 

Message to Families – December 2

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that the original Department of Health mask Order from the Department of Health remains in place. The Supreme Court shared that they would provide a ruling in this case, but until that time, the Order is still in effect and enforceable. As a result of this latest development, as well as direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and consultation with the EASD School Board, we will be following the Order.

Effective Monday, December 6, EASD students, staff, and visitors are expected to wear face coverings unless they had previously received an exception. All confirmed exceptions will remain in place.

Based on legal guidance concerning the case, we believe the PA Supreme Court ruling will be the last status change to the existing Order prior to the January 17 expiration date set by Governor Wolf. As has been reported in the media, the Supreme Court intends to hear initial arguments on December 8th with no confirmed timeline thereafter on a decision.

We recognize the frustration for many that a reinstatement of our compliance with the Order represents. As has been shown within our Board-approved Health and Safety Plan, when not legally compelled to require masks for all, the decision to wear a mask is left to the individual student and family.

Even though this is not the situation we had hoped for as we begin this holiday season, it is our current reality. We have every intention to continue our focus on student learning as our number one priority over these remaining few weeks of the Order.

We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation, adaptability, and support.

 

Message to Families – November 23

On behalf of the entire Ephrata Area School District, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We are hopeful you have an opportunity to share some time over the break with your friends and family appreciating what we can be thankful for this season. In the face of a variety of challenges this fall, I am thankful for the resilient spirit, adaptability, and love of learning on display in classrooms throughout the District. While our mission statement calls on us to “inspire all students…,” it is they who have been my inspiration these last few months!

As we head into Thanksgiving break, we would like to share our plan for reporting positive cases  and close contacts. Please continue to use the COVIDReport@easdpa.org email account to inform the District of any situation where a student tests positive for COVID-19. While the District COVID Dashboard will not be updated over the Thanksgiving break, contact tracing and notifications will occur on Wednesday (11/24), Friday (11/26), and Sunday (11/28). The COVID Dashboard will be updated on Tuesday morning to reflect any activity over the break.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, flexibility, and support. We look forward to seeing students back in session on Tuesday, November 30.

 

Message to Families – November 10

Today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voided the Department of Health Face Covering Mandate for all Pennsylvania schools.

Our District Health and Safety Plan states, “The Ephrata Area School District will adhere to any existing, valid, and binding orders from the PA. Dept. of Health.”  In alignment with this statement and today’s removal of the mandate, face coverings will now be optional for all EASD students and staff, effective immediately.  All additional health, safety, and cleaning protocols will remain in place.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We will continue to share any updates, as they become available.

 

Message to Families – October 1

As we head into this first weekend of October, I wanted to reach out today with the following information about events taking place next week:

  1. School-Wide COVID+ Emails

We are making a slight change to our practice of sending building-wide emails each time there is a COVID case in our schools. Instead, we will now send a weekly email with any general updates that includes a link to the COVID-19 Dashboard.  The dashboard is always available on the District website and is updated twice daily when school is in session.

  1. School Board Committee of the Whole Meeting

The October School Board Committee of the Whole meeting is this Monday at 7:00 PM at the Ephrata Middle School and online via Zoom. Committee of the Whole meetings are held for the School Board to hear presentations, review policies, evaluate data, and hold discussions. They are not voting sessions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Mask Order requires all students, staff, and visitors attending activities inside District buildings to wear a mask.  Therefore, masks will be required for those attending in-person on Monday night. To accommodate those who wish to attend without wearing a mask, the meeting will also be offered via livestream.  CLICK HERE to view the livestream Monday night. There may be a short period for public comment after the Committee of the Whole agenda is reviewed, time permitting. If there is time for public comment, those attending online and in-person will have equal opportunity to address the Board.

  1. Half Day – Wednesday, October 6

Our first half-day of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6.  Lunch will be served.  Dismissal times are listed below:

  • Elementary Schools: 12:40 PM (AM K: 10:25 AM & PM K: 12:40 PM)
  • Intermediate School: 12:45 PM
  • Middle School: 11:55 AM
  • High School: 12:00 PM
  1. Pupils Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) Survey

During October, students will be asked to participate in the PASS Survey (Pupils Attitudes to Self and School).  Administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, this screener assesses how students feel about school and themselves as a learner, including connectedness, and motivation.  The information obtained is confidential and is only communicated to specific school staff when there may be a need for additional support.  The survey is short, taking only 15-30 minutes to complete, and will take place during regularly scheduled classes.  Please contact your school principal with any questions.

 

Message to Families – September 24

Friday night football, the Ephrata Fair, and chilly mornings – I hope you are enjoying the arrival of fall and these longstanding traditions!

As we all head into the weekend, we have few items to share related to the Mask Order and COVID-19:

  • Those families who are currently in the exception consideration process with the District will be receiving direct communication early next week concerning the status of their request.
  • We continue to receive questions and provide answers related to the Mask Order or COVID-19 through our FAQ page. Please continue to submit questions to the District there.
  • In case you have questions about the Mask Order related to decisions made at the state level, please see the following contact information:
    • Governor Tom Wolf — Contact Form or by phone at 717-787-2500
    • Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) – Contact via email. DOH issued the Mask Order to schools on August 31, 2021.
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) — Contact Form. PDE provides districts with clarification on how to implement directives, like the DOH Mask Order.
  • Continue to use the COVIDReport@easdpa.org email address to report a test or result to the District.

We realize this is not the return to school any of us had hoped for back in June and July.  That is certainly true for the teachers, staff, administration, and the Board here at the District as well. We are, however, doing our collective best to minimize distractions and maximize the school experience for our students.

 

Message to Families – September 16

The updated EASD Medical Exception Form is now available on the our COVID-19 webpage. The form should be completed and submitted to your building principal by the end of the school day on Monday, September 20. If you have already submitted a doctor’s note along with the original form, there is no need to complete the new one. Our hope is that we can have all students who have medical or mental health concerns related to masks submit a completed EASD Medical Exception Form and begin that interactive process.

Please see the steps and information below regarding the exception consideration process and the three check-box options in the middle of the form:

Step 1 – Complete and submit the form, including any information you may have from your licensed medical or mental healthcare provider.

Step 2 – Check one of the three boxes in the middle of the form that best describes your situation.

  • If the first box is checked, the process will begin immediately through an initial conversation with the school team and the parent/guardian.
  • If the second box is checked, parents/guardians will be contacted to confirm the appointment and schedule the initial conversation.
  • If the third box is checked, parents/guardians will be contacted to gather additional information regarding the concern and to potentially offer resources and information on licensed medical or mental healthcare providers.

Notes:

  • Submitting a completed form will initiate an interactive process and involve ongoing dialogue with parents and the school team. If it is decided that further information is needed to fully consider the exception request from the licensed medical or mental healthcare provider, it will be requested during these conversations.
  • During the process to identify possible exceptions or accommodations, the student will be temporarily exempt from wearing a face covering until the process is complete.
  • If you have any questions throughout the process, please reach out to your building principal.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

 

 

Message to Families – September 14

In response to concerns associated with the Department of Health Mask Order medical exception process, we are in the process of updating our EASD Mask Exception Form so that it does not include a medical records request, among other changes.

If you have already completed the existing form, there is nothing more for you to do, unless you want to update your information on the new form, which will be available later this week. If you believe your child will qualify for an exception to the Order because a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability, please complete the updated form.

As a result of this update, the deadline to have these forms submitted to your child’s building office has been moved to Monday, September 20 instead of tomorrow, September 15 as previously shared. A date for when doctor’s notes are due will be established once the updated form is available.

Thank you again for your patience as we sort through our district’s responsibilities in response to the Department of Health Mask Order and the related information issued by the Department of Education.

 

Message to Families – September 13

This is just a quick update to remind families of our next steps toward compliance with the statewide Mask Order.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

  • Tuesday, September 14 – All EASD MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORMS should be completed for any student seeking an exception and submitted to the office at your child’s school.
  • Wednesday, September 15 – All students are expected to wear a face covering, unless the completed EASD Medical Exemption Form has been obtained by the District.
  • Friday, September 17 – This is the last date for the District to receive information from a medical care provider – who has seen and treated the individual – related to why the mask is not medically appropriate for that individual.
  • Monday, September 20 – Only students who have submitted both the EASD Medical Exemption form and verification from their medical care provider will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering.

Lastly, listed and linked below are two additional pieces of information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) we received late last week.

  • PDE Acting Deputy Secretary: “This Order is not a mask optional policy. Any school entity simply permitting a parent’s sign-off without evidence that the student has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering is not in compliance with the Order. Under the Order, and as set forth in PDE’s Answers to FAQs, school entities must require all individuals, two years of age and older, to wear face coverings unless the individual has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering. In accordance with Section 3 of the Order, before an individual is excepted from the Order, all alternatives to a face covering, including a face shield, are to be exhausted. It is recommended that any exception be in accordance with eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA for such medical or mental health condition or disability. School entities should follow their established processes for determining student eligibility under those laws, including any medical documentation that they would normally require. There are exceptions to the Order; however, a parent’s opposition to the Order is not one of them.”

Thank you for your support, cooperation, and understanding.

Message to Families – September 9, 2021

Thank you all for the understanding and support we have been observing this week. While we know sending students to school with masks on is not what many imagined we would be doing this year, it is our reality.  It is also, however, better than the possible alternative of not being able to hold in-person instruction at all.  Over the first three days, we had about 90 percent of our students wearing face coverings, and we have already started the conversation with some on the medical exception process.

As we continue to work through questions and individual situations with all families, we want to remind everyone of the District FAQ PAGE and to use the link on that page to submit a question. To that end, we have some additional information relating specifically to the medical exception process.

  • During these first few days of the Order, we allowed students who believe they will qualify for the medical exception to attend school without wearing a mask. We did this to allow time for families to access and complete the EASD MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM and to secure a note from their medical provider. We initially shared that this grace period was for the first four days of the order, but after having heard from several parents that the process is taking longer than expected, we are extending the grace period through next Tuesday, September 14.  Unfortunately, we have received many generic forms that do not meet the requirements.  Forms from “Heritage Family Health” or simple notes, without details surrounding an individual’s medical or mental health condition, do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Effective Wednesday, September 15, only those students who have a fully completed EASD Medical Exemption form on file will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering (mask or approved shield).
  • As we have shared, information from the DOH and the PDE make it clear that to complete the process that would exempt an individual from the DOH Mask Order, the District must receive information from a medical care provider – who has seen and treated the individual – related to why the mask is not medically appropriate for that individual. This information is due to the District by the end of the day on Friday, September 17. 
  • Effective Monday, September 20, only students who have submitted both the EASD Medical Exemption form and verification from their medical care provider will be permitted to attend in-person school without wearing a face covering (mask or approved shield).
  • District staff will be in contact with individuals as soon as they initiate this process in order to expedite the process and provide the appropriate accommodation to the mask requirement.

As always, if you have any questions about this process or extenuating circumstances with your medical care provider that makes this adjusted timeline unmanageable, please reach out to your building principal to discuss the specifics.

 

 

Message to Families – September 6, 2021

I hope you are all taking advantage of this long weekend and enjoying time with family and friends!

The purpose of this email is to communicate some information about the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) Mask Order and how we will be handling tomorrow, the first day of school under the Order. As always, please continue to check our EASD FAQ page to stay up to date with the latest answers to questions, as this situation continues to change.

Please see the following updates and reminders:

  • The District will be working toward compliance with the DOH Order starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7.
  • Tomorrow, any student not wearing a mask will be reminded of the state-wide expectation to wear a mask and offered one to use. Parents will be informed of the student’s decision to not wear a mask.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided new direction on Friday afternoon on the process for handling mask exemption requests. As a result, the same process that we had used last year will be in place for the 2021-22 school year. Due to the timing of this Order and clarification on the exemption request process, we understand that it may be difficult to obtain a signature from the student’s medical provider in such a short period of time. Consequently, we will accept the parent/guardian-signed notes to start the first week of implementation of the Order, recognizing that additional information will be needed from the student’s medical provider.
  • The use of a face-shield instead of a mask is suggested as the first strategy to use when a medical condition prevents an individual from wearing a mask. In the past, the use of a shield instead of a mask has been seen as a reasonable accommodation in these situations. If you are in the process already or are planning to complete the medical exception process and want your student(s) to try the use of a face-shield starting Tuesday, that is appreciated.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education continues to update and clarify their recommendations on how to implement the DOH Mask Order on their website.

Finally, it has been made clear that this issue of masks has been very divisive to some in our community, mirroring what is happening across the state and throughout our country.  As a school district, we are no different. There are certainly some who advocate the use of masks in schools and those who oppose it. If we, as a country, state, community, or school district, focus too much on how the current – and everchanging – reality is out of alignment with our personal beliefs, it will distract us from our District mission and divert our energy away from serving our students.

Best wishes for a successful and respectful return to school tomorrow at each of our buildings!

 

Message to Families – September 3, 2021

Good morning, EASD families!

We wanted to make you aware that more answers have been posted on the FAQ WEBPAGE since yesterday.  Please take a moment to review, and continue to submit any further questions HERE.

Thank you!

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

As we continue to gain clarity on the implementation of the PA Department of Health Mask Order, we now are able to answer the following questions to keep you informed.  Please see the information below:

  1. Can face shields be used instead of masks?  At the end of last year, face shields were to be used only in situation when a mask is not possible due to medical conditions. At this point, we do not have clarity on the process for when face shields may be used. For next week, until we have further clarification, face shields will be permitted in place of masks.
  2. Can a parent/guardian note work as a medical exemption for Tuesday due to the timing of the Order?  Yes, in order to allow for a reasonable amount of time to complete the medical exemption process, a parent note for the first week (9/7-9/10) of this Order will be accepted.
  3. What are the consequences for not wearing a mask?  This will be handled in a similar fashion to any other school rule and be handled differently according to the age of the student. As with any school rule that is not followed, our staff will react with reminders about the expectation, especially over the first weeks. If over time the adherence to a school rule does not improve, there may be consequences that fall in line with the building-level code of conduct.
  4. Will students have mask breaks throughout the day?  Yes.  Just like last year, there will be mask breaks administered for students.  Additionally, this year, masks are not required for recess, gym class or related activities, and any other outside time.

As a reminder, please submit your questions HERE for timely answers and to help other families get the information they need.

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

As a Board, we want to communicate our top priority. It is the Mission of the Ephrata Area School District to provide all students a secure learning environment and exemplary academic programs that inspire all students to reach their full potential.

As a Board we care deeply about the safety of our students, and our focus remains on their opportunity to learn. We are aware that a safe learning environment for students means different things to different families. As a Board, we believe in the individual’s right to mask, and we set a Health and Safety Plan accordingly. We were highly disappointed by the latest decision of the PA DOH that took away local authority and its ability to make decisions that best represent a majority of its constituents.

We recognize that many families have made plans for the school year in response to our Health and Safety Plan and that the timing of this Order is extremely frustrating. Many of you have expressed your displeasure with a mask mandate. We heard you. As a Board, we are investigating our legal options in response to this Order. But we also recognize that due to the timing of the Order, it must be enforced starting next Tuesday.

After consulting with legal advice, we now know that an injunction could take weeks to take effect, so we are left with working within the mandatory mask policy. If you would like to submit a medical exemption from the mask mandate to be considered for your student, we encourage you to follow the process that Dr. Troop outlined in his communication to District families. While there are no quick options, we will be connecting regularly as a Board to determine our best course of action.

While all of us have to work within the scope of multiple regulations and guidance, we will continue to work to create an environment in which our students find their greatest opportunities to learn and prepare themselves for their future.

 

Message to Families – September 2, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Wolf announced an indoor mask mandate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for schools that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7. The Order does not apply to athletics inside or outside, outdoor recess, or physical activities indoors or outside. Additional details regarding the Governor’s announcement can be found HERE.  It is important to note; the Order is not a recommendation, but a requirement. It applies to all schools, public and private, throughout the Commonwealth. We have consulted our legal team, who have shared the following details:

  • The Order is a “control measure” issued pursuant to authority granted to the Department of Health under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. 35 P.S. Section 521.5.
  • The Order requires all teachers, students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering indoors at school, unless an exception applies, and further requires schools to enforce the Order’s requirements.
  • Violations of the Disease Prevention and Control Law are subject to potential penalty through a criminal summary offense, with the potential of fines and/or jail time. 35 P.S. Section 521.20.

Therefore, in compliance with this Order and in accordance with our Health and Safety Plan, masks will be required for all students who plan to attend in-person instruction within any of our buildings starting Tuesday, September 7. We are hopeful that this is not a permanent situation but rather one that can be pulled back in the coming weeks. We will continue to monitor updates and further clarification from the DOH.

We recognize this change is unwanted by many families. As is demonstrated by our Board-approved Health and Safety Plan, we did not intend to be issuing a mask mandate. The reality right now is that there has been one issued that we must implement, whether we like it or not. Additionally, we have heard from a few parents with intentions to not comply and demand that their children be admitted to school without a mask, in order to “take a stand” or “make a statement” about how parents/guardians oppose the Order. We collectively as a district, ask that these types of actions be avoided as they will only serve to escalate the issue and potentially damage relationships between students and staff.

As this is a change from what our students have become accustomed to this week, we are asking staff to be flexible in our reminders to students in those first few days. Ultimately, however, continued and intentional failure to wear a mask as required under this Order will result in disciplinary measures, just as was the case last year. This again is something that the Order requires, and each of our staff members could be held personally liable if he/she does not enforce the Order.

We also understand that the timing of this Order is less than ideal as our school year has just gotten underway. The order includes the date of October 1 as a check-point when further direction will be provided based on how well COVID is being managed across the state. Our School Board, who also did not advocate for this Order, will be communicating from their perspective to families later today.

We are hopeful that this Order does not cause anyone to reconsider their instructional mode, but if that is not the case, and you find yourself looking at potential virtual options for the first marking period, please CLICK HERE to learn about the District EVA-Flex and EVA-Live options or CLICK HERE to request to have someone contact you to discuss options. As was the case last year, if you feel that your child has an existing medical condition that would qualify him or her for a mask exemption, please complete the exemption form HERE and submit it to the school office for consideration.

A positive aspect of having all students wear masks is that the contact tracing distance changes from 6 feet to 3 feet, thus reducing the number of students recommended for quarantine when a positive case occurs. This will undoubtedly reduce the number of quarantined individuals as we start the year.

Throughout the last few months, we have maintained a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for your reference. Included on this page is a link to ask a new question that has not already been considered. CLICK HERE to access already asked questions or to submit a new question about the contents of this message.

Finally, we know this issue of masks has become more than a mitigation strategy for many, and the negative aspects of this Order may make it hard to focus on the positives. As we saw, heard, and felt in these first few days of the school year, our students and staff are excited about having in-person instruction with their classmates back in school!  We can continue to keep our schools open and our students engaged as we power through this latest obstacle in our path, together.

 

 

Message to Families – August 31, 2021

Please see the following updates on two time-sensitive items:

  1. We are monitoring the impact of Hurricane Ida in our local area and paying special attention to possible flooding and related transportation challenges.  At this time, we plan to have a regular school schedule tomorrow.  However, please continue to monitor our normal means for communicating weather-related items, including our social media pages. (Twitter, Instagram & Facebook)
  2. Earlier this afternoon, Governor Wolf announced a mask mandate issued by the PA Department of Health that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7.  Additional details regarding the Governor’s announcement can be found HERE.  We will follow-up with further District communication to families on this within the next 24 hours.

 

Message to Families – August 20, 2021

Over the past week, we have been receiving new information regarding how we respond to COVID cases this year. This new information has been updated on the District COVID-19 webpage.

In short, if we become aware of a COVID-19 case within one of our schools, vehicles, or activities, we will complete initial contact tracing as directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the District, and their names will be submitted to the Department of Health.

A close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of a COVID+ individual for 15 or more minutes, consecutively. There is an exception to this definition this year in cases where both the COVID+ individual and contact were masked AND the contact was not within 3 feet of the COVID+ individual.

If the Department of Health places an individual in isolation due to testing positive for COVID or in quarantine due to being identified as a close contact, he or she will not be permitted to attend school until the isolation or quarantine period has ended. More details on this process, including a flow chart that provides information on the duration of isolation and quarantine period based on the individual situation, can be found HERE on our website. (Note: Individuals identified as close contacts do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic and are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the last three months.)

At the building level, we have been given new guidance on how we should respond to outbreaks within classrooms, extra-curricular groupings, and whole school events. We are required to consult with the Department of Health to consider additional mitigation measures, including closure, when we experience an outbreak at the classroom or group level, as well as at the building level. Details on outbreak containment can be found HERE.

As we did last year, we will be closely monitoring the number of cases within each building and displaying that information on our COVID-19 tracker, which will display the number of cases, by building, that were present in the preceding 14 days. For this year, the number that will cause a building to be considered for a temporary closure is 5 percent of the number of individuals (students and staff) who attend that school each day. CLICK HERE to see the building-specific numbers. As an example, our high school will be considered for a closure of up to 14 days if it reaches approximately 70 cases in any 14-day period, while the number for an elementary will be approximately 25. We generally had less than five cases in the 14-day window in any of our buildings last year.

While we continue to support the mask optional policy that is included in our current Health and Safety Plan, we will be using a temporary (2-3 week) mask requirement for buildings that reach 3 percent of the number of individuals (students and staff) who attend that school each day. We know a mask requirement, even for a short period of time, is not preferred or ideal for many parents and students. We believe it is a reasonable response to an outbreak situation that could potentially help a school facing closure. This would essentially serve as an early warning system for a building closure.

We are committed to having our schools open for in-person instruction and believe that is the best way to provide students with an educational program that is engaging and supportive. Being in a situation where we need to close a school for multiple days or weeks, due to a COVID outbreak, is something we want to take every measure to avoid. We believe this “3 percent” strategy could help us provide a safety net and help us avoid a large outbreak and school closure.

Throughout this school year, we will be continually monitoring the COVID-related information and adapting our response to the dynamic situation in each of our buildings.

Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience, and support!

 

Message to Families – August 3, 2021

This winter, the CDC issued an order that requires masks to be worn on all conveyances carrying passengers, including school buses. This CDC Order was only effective in states that did not have their own mask orders; now that Pennsylvania’s mask order has expired, the CDC Order is in effect. We had hoped that the CDC would revisit its mask order before the start of the school year, but that has not happened. The Pennsylvania Department of Education notified school districts that the CDC Order applies to school bus passengers. Therefore, we wanted to let you know how we will be handling masks on school buses in the District.

This communication serves to inform all parents/guardians of the CDC order and the expectation that students are to wear masks while passengers on school buses. The District is encouraging voluntary compliance with the CDC Order, but it will not deny school transportation services or impose disciplinary measures upon students for non-compliance with the CDC mask order. Disposable masks will be made available to students on all school buses, if desired.

Please contact our transportation office if you have any questions regarding this CDC Order or how the District will be implementing it on our vehicles.

 

Message to Families – July 26, 2021

We have been made aware of some confusion in the wording for the survey issued last week that could impact the accuracy of the results. We apologize for this confusion and have worked to simplify the questions to more clearly gather feedback from parents/guardians.

An updated survey replaces the survey shared with District families last week. Please CLICK HERE to complete the revised survey by the end of the day this Thursday even if you also completed a survey last week.

Again, we apologize for the confusion and are anxious to collect more accurate parental feedback. Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

 

Message to Families – July 19, 2021

Like many of you, we are looking forward to the start to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited that it is looking more and more like a typical, pre-COVID-era return. As part of this process, we are required to have an updated Health and Safety Plan on our website so that anyone can see how we are providing a learning and work environment that prioritizes health, safety, choice, and learner engagement.

While we had updated our plan in June, there has been some additional information shared from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE). The most important part of this new information, in our view, is the commitment by the DOH and PDE to let local school districts make decisions that make sense for their community and the students they serve. We are excited to not be in a “one-size-fits-all” situation when it comes to decisions impacting how we at the Ephrata Area School District serve our students and community. Information on how to access this draft plan, provide feedback, and other related links is below.

Additionally, below is information about the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief of 2021 (ARP ESSER), which also includes a link to a separate survey.

  1. A draft of the updated Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 school year is based upon current information and is intended to guide the opening of the 2021-2022 school year.
    • CLICK HERE to view a draft of the plan.
    • CLICK HERE to complete a brief survey to share your feedback by Wednesday, July 28.

Additionally, to help answer questions and clarify how the District would respond if and when the state would issue further guidance, direction, or mandates, we have prepared FAQs, which are available HERE on the District website. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to submit a question related to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. The Ephrata Area School District is slated to receive approximately $5 million in funding from ARP ESSER. Of that amount, twenty percent ($1 million) must be used for learning loss activities.

District Administration is currently in the planning phases of how this money will be utilized over the next three years. The District administration has identified possible priorities. If you would like to provide feedback on the District plans for the use of ARP ESSER funds, please CLICK HERE to complete a survey by Wednesday, July 28.

Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

 

Message to Families – June 21, 2021

We remain committed to maintaining clear and transparent communication leading up to the 2021-2022 school year and have compiled important documents and resources, including an updated FAQ webpage. It is important to note that all of these documents were developed with the understanding that the state mask mandate will be lifted on June 28th or sooner. If that changes or another mandate is issued, both the Summer 2021 Health and Safety Plan and the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan will be revisited. Please click on the links below for more information.

  • School Board Statement – Board President Mr. Rick Gehman publicly read this statement on Tuesday, June 8 to express the Board’s thinking associated with the upcoming school year.
  • Summer 2021 Health & Safety Plan – This plan was developed to help guide activities throughout the summer and was approved by the School Board on Monday, June 14.
  • 2021-2022 Health & Safety Plan – This required plan is based upon current information and is intended to guide the opening of the 2021-2022 school year. This plan will go into effect on Friday, July 30.

Additionally, to help answer questions and clarify how the District would respond if and when the state would issue further guidance, direction, or mandates, we have prepared FAQs, which are available HERE on the District website. 

If you have additional questions related to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, please submit them for consideration and inclusion on the FAQs page. Thank you for your support as we plan for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year!

2020-2021 School Year Communication

 

 

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Playing location-based games, such as the popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO, may alleviate non-clinical forms of mild depression, a new study has found.
In the new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has, the researchers examined the effect of location-based mobile gaming on local depression trends.
Location-based games are those that revolve and progress around a player’s physical location. This is often monitored using GPS technology.
Today is National Earth Day
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SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES, SOPHMORES!!       (hold up the graphic)      Get your official, yes this is your “OFFICIAL” class t-shirt, by ordering in your home room. Class officers will be around to collect orders next week so get your money and forms in soon. You can pick from 6 t-shirt colors and get short or long sleeve. Don’t delay!
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Attention Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors!  If you are interested in running for class officer for your class petitions are now available.  They are due back TODAY 4/22.  Juniors see Mr. Geyer in Room 129,   Sophomores see Mrs. Petri in Room 215(E-lab) and Freshmen see Mr. Shortuse in Room 109.
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LUNCH VIDEO
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SPORTS INTRO
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yesterday volleyball lost 3-0 vs E town, and girls lacrosse pulled out a 12-10 win vs Cedar Crest after trailing by 3 goals at the half. Top scorers were Alyssa Brown and Grace Willetts with 3 goals each.
today, baseball is home vs Hempfield, girls lacrosse is home vs Hempfield, and softball is away at Hempfield.
tomorrow, baseball is home vs Southwestern, boys lacrosse is at Conrad Weiser, girls lacrosse is home vs Conrad Weiser.
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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.
(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)
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Have a great day Ephrata!
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Ephrata AM 4-21-22

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TEXT BUMPER
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Good Morning Ephrata NAMES today is Thursday April 21, 2022. Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
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SILENCE/FLAG VIDEO
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Juniors and seniors, the time is coming up to purchase your prom tickets! Tickets are $65 each. Prom ticket sales will take place in room 116 next to the guidance office after school TODAY, April 21st. This is the final chance to purchase your prom tickets! Please make sure that all obligations are taken care of and paid. Make sure to come with an ID, correct forms if you are bringing a guest, check, or cash, and with your whole party or group you plan on sitting with. There are 8 people at a table. You can pick up the forms and information sheet outside the Elab.
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NEWS INTRO
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NEWS FOR TODAY
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On Monday, April 25th the Counseling Office will be hosting our first Military Monday information session.  A representative from the ARMY will be in to discuss career opportunities, background about their branch of service, as well as pros and cons of military life.  If you are interested in learning more, be sure to sign up using the link found in recent Schoology posts and report directly to the EHS Counseling Office on Monday 4/25 at 2:30 (during homeroom/ACT).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop by and see your counselor.

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Attention Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors!  If you are interested in running for class officer for your class petitions are now available.  They are due back TOMORROW 4/22.  Juniors see Mr. Geyer in Room 129,   Sophomores see Mrs. Petri in Room 215(E-lab) and Freshmen see Mr. Shortuse in Room 109.
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LUNCH VIDEO
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yesterday tennis lost 0-5 against Hempfield, baseball won 9-0 vs Penn Manor. Brody Martin took the win, pitching into the 7th inning and striking out 4. Softball ????? Penn Manor.
today, boys lacrosse is home vs Garden Spot, volleyball is home vs E town, and girls lacrosse is at Cedar Crest, 

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Attention all students. For limited time, support the freshman class by pre-ordering limited addition purple and gold Pura Vida bracelets.  You can stop by room 233 Mrs. Ludwig’s room to pre order them for only $8 a bracelet. You will need to have money to order the bracelet. There are only 100 available so get them while supplies last.

(Please show the attached picture of the bracelet)

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Have a great day Ephrata!
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