AFTERNOON MESSAGE:

As a follow-up to the message sent earlier today, the investigation of the recent encounter with two students has concluded.  For more details and the updated police report visit:  https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/ephratapd/10338/cases/investigation-possible-luring-completed

Please contact your child’s building principal with any questions.

 

MORNING MESSAGE:

We were informed on the morning of Thursday, September 19 of an encounter between two school-age students and an individual who attempted to lure the students to his vehicle on Wednesday, September 18.

More information is provided from the Ephrata Police Department that can be accessed at: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/ephratapd/10338/cases/police-seek-information-suspicious-driver

During school today, classroom teachers reviewed safety protocols with students on what to do if a stranger is encountered when traveling to and/or from school.

Additionally, extra police presence has been requested at each of the District elementary schools and the Intermediate School during dismissal and arrival for as long as needed.

Please contact your child’s building principal with any questions or concerns.

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 v_socie@easdpa.org for more information or to register.

2019 Coding Contest Results

Approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 participated in the fourth annual Ephrata Area School District Coding Contest this year. Students worked after school in small groups to create projects that demonstrated the use of code, which were reviewed by a panel of District administrators, teachers, School Board members, and community leaders.

Kindergarten – Grade 2

  • 1st place (TIE)
    • Lucynda Berkey, Rylan Lapp, and Cole McAnany (Highland)
    • Jubilee Mertz and Daisy Musser (Highland)
  • 2nd place: Zachary Stonebraker and Brylee McGarvey (Highland)
  • 3rd place: Kingston Fischbach and Bryce Thomas (Fulton)

Grades 3-4

  • 1st place: Zion Kapp and Maliha Martin (Clay)
  • 2nd place: Cooper Simes and Reece Wilson (Highland)
  • 3rd place: Ian Goehrig, Christopher Kohler, and Brendan Morrell (Akron and Clay)

Grades 5-6

  • 1st place: Anastasia Lehman and Sarah Taylor (Grade 6)
  • 2nd place: Ethan Garman, Landry Weidner, and Todd Weist (Grade 5)
  • 3rd place: Joshua Muhr and Wesley Jones (Grade 6)

Grades 7-8

  • 1st place: Nathan Brubaker, Moses Kapp, and Theodore Smith (Grade 7)
  • 2nd place: Clay Sholes, Micah Neff, and Collin Jones (Grade 8)
  • 3rd place: Lillian Sharpe and Kyle Swenson (Grade 8)

A signature project supported by the Ephrata Area Education Foundation, the Coding Contest was introduced to District students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in 2016. It received very positive feedback, which created the desire to grow the event in 2017. The District has provided students coding education, including participation in the global Hour of Code since 2013. Coding activities include creating computer games, programming applications, building robots, and much more.

Why encourage children to code? Predictions are that computer science jobs already significantly surpass the number of individuals qualified for these positions.  “Almost every machine we interact with now is built

with code. Our children need to learn how machines work to be best prepared for the future. Plus, computer science is a top-paying college degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average,” stated Dan Mahlandt, District Coordinator of Virtual Education.

EMS LRG Disposition Days

Students at Ephrata Middle School are learning what it means to be successful in life by embodying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the District Life Ready Graduate profile during monthly schoolwide activities.

On a designated morning each month, students spend time self-reflecting on their growth in the various Life Ready Graduate dispositions, including integrity, resilience, and more and record their thoughts, feelings, and stories in an online personal portfolio.  The morning wraps up with collaborative activities, which could include a giant game of trivia, a school-wide scavenger hunt, or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) competitions.

“Overall, these days are a huge success!  They help to promote a positive school-wide culture for both students and staff and create meaningful peer-to-peer and student-to-teacher relationships,” said Mr. Pete Kishpaugh, Ephrata Middle School Principal.

To learn more about the Ephrata Area School District Life Ready Graduate profile that aims to prepare students to have a positive impact on an ever-changing world and enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions beyond traditional content mastery and standardized assessments, visit www.easdpa.org.

State Geography Bee

Jacob Huntington will compete at the National Geographic State Bee on Friday, March 29 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.  As the top finisher of the Ephrata Middle School Geography Bee in February, he qualified to take a written exam and scored high enough to earn the opportunity to compete in the state competition.  The winner of the state competition will receive a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Championship.  Jacob will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting with a School Board Resolution acknowledging this achievement and his years of dedication, practice, and hard work.