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, weberstejewe@aol.com 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

t_gamez@easdpa.org

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

Shadow A Student Challenge

Ephrata Area School District Leaders Shadow Students

How does it feel to be a student for a day?  After participating in the nationwide School Retool Shadow A Student Challenge for the fourth year in a row, Ephrata Area School District administrators are able to speak from their own experiences to answer this question.  District and building leaders will shadow students in secondary schools on Tuesday, February 19 and elementary schools on Wednesday, February 20 to experience a school day as a student first-hand and gain a new perspective on learning.

District administrators are encouraged to participate with empathy and an open mind to feel what it is like to truly adopt a student’s point of view.  “As part of the District theme to embody a growth mindset and a desire for continued improvement, administrators are trying to fully immerse themselves in student life for a day with the goal to better understand the students we serve,” said District Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop.

Administrators have been asked to keep a variety of questions in mind while shadowing students, including:

  • How does it feel to be a student for a day?
  • What is your student’s favorite moment of the day, and what makes it special?
  • What do you notice makes your student feel uncomfortable, anxious, or bored? Why?
  • When is your student engaged in learning?
  • As you go through your day, what opportunities do you notice for use of critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and effective communication skills?

Following the events, administrators will reflect on their insights to compare students’ experiences with the learning and skills necessary for success through their academic careers.

EHS Media Center Grand Opening

The recently renovated Ephrata High School media center is now open and inspiring 21st century learning.  A full renovation of the media center and surrounding areas of the school began as part of an interactive student design challenge in 2017.  Students collaborated in small groups to create plans for a renovation and worked alongside District administrators and architects to bring their ideas to life.  The finished project includes more areas to facilitate small-group and project-based learning, technology, collaboration, communication, and more components of 21st century learning. 

“We are excited about this design process, which included our students every step along the way, as well as the final product,” said District Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop.

A grand opening was held on October 3 for District families, staff, and community members to tour the space.  Approximately 25 High School students served as informative tour guides, greeters, and musicians.  Students highlighted different areas of the media center, including the interactive green room, café, Mounts Tech Support, learning stairs, vertical garden, flexible furniture, and much more.  Attendees were encouraged to “leave their mark” on the writable surfaces – walls, tables, or windows – with one word to describe the new areas. 

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera also attended the event and spent time talking with students and administrators while touring and learning more about the space. 

“The new Library Media Center is able to promote collaboration, creativity, and independence while reflecting the wants and needs of our high school students. The variety of flexible seating, private and group spaces, learning stairs, and coffee shop are sure to make this the centerpiece of our high school,” concluded Dr. Troop.