November 9-11

 

Parent-Teacher conferences for EASD students in kindergarten through grade 8 will be held Wednesday, November 9 – Friday, November 11.  Starting on Monday, October 24, CLICK HERE to access the online conference scheduling program, Pick-a-Time, to schedule a conference for your child(ren).  You will be prompted to enter your child(ren)s first and last name and his/her birthday, before choosing the conference day and time.  Multiple children may be added to the search to find optimal times to meet your needs.  Simply follow the instructions on the website.

Conference appointments may be scheduled from 6:00 PM on Monday, October 24 until 9:00 PM on Monday, October 31.  All conferences will be held in person this year.

Please contact your school administrative assistant with any questions.

Thank you!

 

New 2022-23 Meal Prices

2022-2023 Breakfast & Lunch Prices

  Breakfast Lunch
Elementary $1.50 $2.70
Intermediate/Middle $1.80 $2.90
High School $1.80 $3.25
Reduced Price $0.00 $0.40
Milk $0.60 $0.60

 

CLICK HERE for more information and resources from the EASD Food Service Department.

 

 

 

Districtwide Back To School Info

HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN

Revisions have been made to the District Health & Safety Plan, which includes the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  In alignment with this guidance, the District will no longer be conducting contact tracing; masking will remain optional.  Families are encouraged to contact their school nurse with any specific questions.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

New school meal prices are listed below, as free meals are no longer being provided by the USDA.

  • Elementary:  Breakfast $1.50, Lunch $2.70
  • EIMS:  Breakfast $1.80, Lunch $2.90
  • EHS:  Breakfast $1.80, Lunch $3.25

Additionally, the District will be utilizing a new point-of-sale system, SchoolCafe. Families can deposit money electronically, set up low balance alerts, view transactions, apply for free or reduced meals, and more.  Directions and more information on the new system is available on the District website and have been emailed to families.  Any questions should be directed to Marti Rhoads at m_rhoads@easdpa.org or 717-721-1400 X 11302.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Renovations will soon be completed at Ephrata High School, including the construction of a building addition, new tennis courts, and a full HVAC system replacement.  The improvements include increased space for the music and theatre programs and the relocation of Project Build A Better Future, EVA Studio, and the Student Support Services Department.  Students were engaged in design reviews and provided input regarding many of the final finishes, including keyboard-inspired flooring in the music areas.  Lastly, the new HVAC system will utilize higher efficiency equipment at lower energy costs to improve the indoor air quality through increased ventilation and filtration.

 

EPHRATA VIRTUAL ACADEMY (EVA)

For over 10 years, EVA has offered virtual instruction identical to cyber charter programs, including on-demand (asynchronous) instruction and optional scheduled live teacher support.  New this year, the variety and number of virtual course offerings have increased to four different online learning providers.  Additionally, EVA features regular teacher check-ins, live-help via online tutors available during the school day, and weekly teacher office hours. Plus, EVA students also receive:

  • Computer & software
  • Local Contact Person
  • Ephrata High School Diploma
  • Mounts Tech Support
  • Opportunity to participate in EASD electives on-site, sports, music, art, theater, & more
  • Life Ready Graduate Certification Eligibility 
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Lancaster County CTC
  • Special Education Services

 For more information on EVA, please contact Ronald Wales at Ronald_Wales@easdpa.org or 717-721-1150, extension 19505.

 

ATTENDANCE EMAIL COMMUNIATION

When students are absent, parents/guardians are encouraged to send email excuses to improve the efficiency of this communication.  Attendance emails for each school are listed below.

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT FACILITATORS

The District is implementing two new positions – Student Engagement Facilitators – who will work cooperatively with various stakeholders to develop, promote, execute, and maintain successful programs and environments that promote student voice, engagement, and belonging.  Through student collaboration, program/environment assessment, curriculum implementation, professional learning, and community outreach, the Student Engagement Facilitators will help create and improve the sense of belonging experienced by ALL students by informing decisions at every level – from classroom to District Office – with the student voice and perspective.

 

CORNERSTONES

The District continues to grow collaborative, community projects called Cornerstones across every grade level to create real world connections and enhance students’ Life Ready Graduate skills & dispositions. Every thematic unit is unique to the grade level, including second-graders learning about the community, eighth-graders creating their own start-up businesses, and high school students addressing the questions, “What makes me tick” and “How do I design my future?” Many opportunities are available for community involvement. Please contact Caryn Andes for more information at Caryn_Andes@easdpa.org.

 

INTERNSHIPS & CO-OPS

The EHS Internship & Co-op Program pairs juniors and seniors who wish to participate in a career-related learning experience with area businesses allowing students to learn and apply skills authentically in a real-world setting. For more information or to offer an internship or co-op experience for EHS students, please contact Michele Myers at 717-721-1478, extension 19207 or Michele_Myers@easdpa.org.

 

NOW HIRING

Please visit the easdpa.org/HR to view all current employment vacancies.  Additionally, a variety of substitute opportunities are available.

 

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE RECOGNITION

Ephrata Area School District was recently recognized by The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) as one of 13 national Lighthouse school districts.  Lighthouse districts serve as models of positive change in public education and are engaged in learning, networking, and working together to help drive education policy and ultimately improve student learning.  According to AASA, these districts are “exemplary educational systems that serve as beacons of light in key areas of the holistic redesign of American education.” Learn more at easdpa.org.

 

Parent Portal Resources & Log-In

Already have a Parent Portal account?  LOG IN HERE

Parent Portal Set-Up Instructions

Parent Portal Set-Up Tutorial Video

Parent and Student Technology Support – CLICK HERE!

 


 

EMAIL TO FAMILIES – Monday, August 8, 2022:

District Families:

August is here, and the Ephrata Area School District is enthusiastically preparing for the upcoming school year. We hope you and your family are enjoying the summer break as we put the final touches on projects and plans to welcome students back into our buildings. As part of this planning, we want families to know that schedule and transportation information will be available in the PowerSchool student and parent portals by 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 9 – Schedules for students in grades 5-12
  • Friday, August 12 – Schedules for students in grades K-4 and transportation for students K-12

Please note that transportation information is only able to be posted in the web-based parent portal, not the mobile app. 

Step-by-step directions are listed below on how to access the portal and find a student’s schedule and transportation information. Families without parent portal accounts, including all new students, had set-up instructions mailed to them on Friday, August 5. Please call your student’s school If additional assistance is needed. 

Lastly, please remember to check the portal again a few days before school begins to ensure all information remains the same. 

Student Portal (Grades 5-12) 

  1. Go to easdpa.org
  2. Enter your username (Student 800#) and password.
    1. Passwords for students entering grade 5 will remain the same as last year until the first day of school (two-digit month and two-digit day of their birthday). Homeroom teachers will give incoming 5th grade students a new password.
    2. Passwords for students in grades 6-12 are the same as last year.
  3. Click PowerSchool Student
  4. Based on the dates provided above, click:
    1.  for schedule information
    2. for transportation information

Parent Portal (Grades K-12)

  1. Go to easdpa.org/public
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Based on the dates provided above, click:
    1.  for schedule information
    2.  for transportation information
  4. In the middle of the School Information page, please click the check box and submit the transportation verification.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe final few weeks of summer.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, August 29 for the first day of school.

 

 

 

Overview Webinar – Aug. 10, 9AM

2022-2023  Overview Webinar

Learn more about all that EVA has to offer, including – NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR – four vendor options.

Wednesday, August 10, 9 – 9:30 AM

 

CLICK HERE to join the EVA Webinar.

Meeting ID: 212 801 3317

Passcode: GoMounts

 

CLICK HERE for EVA registration.