Morning Announcements – Tuesday, October 8- Today is day 5

  • 5 2 8 Theatre will hold an Information Meeting for any student in Grades 5 through 8 who may be interested in auditioning for this  year’s Spring Musical. This meeting will be held this Thursday, October 10 from 3:15 till 4:00 in the EMS Auditorium.  All are welcome.  Bring your questions. Please make sure that you have a ride home at 4:00. You do not have to attend in order to audition in November. See you at the meeting!
  • This is a reminder to all student council homeroom reps and officers,  we have our first meeting today in the cafeteria from 2:15 to 2:45pm.  If you were selected to be a part of our special events committee, you should not attend monthly meetings.  7th and 8th grade students should pack up and bring their belongings to the meeting.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 
  • All Pro Dads Breakfast is here! It is tomorrow, October 9th from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM. Bring a family member along and come and join us for a free breakfast, conversations, and smiles. We hope to see you there!
  • TODAY – we will have Girls Basketball Workouts for 5th & 6th grade girls. Girls should have sneakers and gym clothes, we supply the basketballs. There is NO cost or sign-ups-  just SHOW UP!! Any questions please see Mr. Edwards in Room 109
  • It’s yearbook time again!  It’s time to purchase your yearbook.  Yearbooks are available at for $25 until October 11th. This price won’t last long, so make sure you take advantage of it now. Get free icons on your yearbook until October 11th. Yearbooks are a great way to remember the highlights of the best times of your life. 



















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

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.

New Administrators Appointed

The Ephrata Area School Board of Directors approved appointments to fill two administrative positions at their Monday, June 17, 2019 meeting.  Effective July 2019, Mrs. Jennifer Barnabei will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Ephrata Intermediate School, and Mrs. Laura Jordan will serve as the Assistant Coordinator of Student Support Services.

Mrs. Barnabei most recently served as the Fulton and Highland Elementary School Library Media Specialist.  She has a Principal Certification and a Masters of Education Degree from California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Catawba College.  Previously, Mrs. Barnabei taught grades 4-8 in the Pequea Valley and Moon Area school districts, and she is an Ephrata High School graduate.

“It is an honor to have been selected as the Assistant Principal at Ephrata Intermediate School!  I am excited to be part of the EIS team, and I look forward to getting to know all the students, staff, and families.  Ephrata is a fantastic community, and I’m proud to be part of it,” she said.

“We were so fortunate to have had so many quality candidates express interest in this position. The ability to transfer one of our own into this important position at EIS will certainly help everyone hit the ground running this coming year,” commented Dr. Troop, District Superintendent.

“The committee was particularly impressed with Mrs. Barnabei’s understanding of the importance of relationships, reflection, and feedback as part of the continuous improvement process. We look forward to seeing her make an impact in this role,” he continued.

Mrs. Laura Jordan is new to the Ephrata Area School District having served in a variety of special education roles at Eastern Lancaster County School District, most recently as the Assistant to the Director of Special Education and Gifted Services.  She earned her Supervisory Certification in Special Education and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University, as well as a Masters of Education Degree from Pennsylvania State University.

“Leadership positions in the area of Student Support Services can be some of the most difficult and also the most rewarding. It is wonderful to be able to bring an experienced and successful leader like Mrs. Jordan onto our team in this key role,” Dr. Troop concluded.