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April 2017

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Macungie Elementary School Participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon

During the months of January and February, the second, third, and fourth grade students at Macungie Elementary participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon. The students solved math problems and then asked family members, neighbors, etc. for donations for completing the problems. At the Tiger Time meeting on April 11, 2017, the students that raised the most money announced the total amount of money that the second, third, and fourth graders raised for St. Jude’s Hospital. This year, those students raised $6,002.00. Over the past ten years, the students have raised $25,874.00! Everyone at Macungie Elementary is so proud of the students for their fundraising efforts!  Way-to-go, Tigers!

Lincoln Students Build PEEP Catapults

On April 13, 2017, the students in Mrs. Carrie Nawarynski’s third grade class practiced their measuring skills by catapulting blue PEEPs through the classroom and halls of Lincoln Elementary School. The students worked in pairs to carefully construct a catapult out of pencils, rubber bands, and a plastic spoon (the lever arm). Adjustments were made as needed so that the bowls of the spoons cleared the top of the crossbars. The last rubber band was added to provide the tension needed to move the lever arm. Then the birds began to fly! After each launch, the students measured and recorded the length of the flights. Finally, the students enjoyed eating a fresh blue peep as the class debriefed with Mrs. Nawarynski. Great job, students!
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Record Number of EHS Students Win 2017 Keystone Press Awards

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association announced the winners of the annual Keystone Press Awards for outstanding high school journalism across the state. EHS student writers for The Stinger captured 11 awards, the most received by any public or private school in the state. This year the staff increased its website presence to incorporate long-form journalism and more student voice. Their first long-form journalism piece, a collaborative project featuring teachers and students who give back to the community, was only published online at and won first place for public service. Congratulations to the following students:
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Emmaus High School FBLA Attends State Competition

On April 3-5, 2017, 22 members of the Emmaus High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA.  The students competed against over 4,000 students from schools across the state in a variety of business tasks including objective testing and presentation events.  Our students once again represented Emmaus in a positive and professional manner and as a group came home with 4 top ten finishers.  Pictured below are this year’s state winners:
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The East Penn School District Education Foundation is excited to launch their 2017 “Senior Sign” project for our Emmaus High School graduating class. Surprise and honor your graduate with a sign that celebrates this important accomplishment. These plastic signs are great for front yards, windows, walls or wherever you can think to display one. Each sign is $25: All sign orders are due by May 23, 2017.

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EHS German Students Earn First Place at State German Competition

Emmaus High School German students have once again come in first place at the state competition for German at Penn State University. They competed against students from 19 other schools across the state in 6 categories: spelling, poetry recitation , poster design, movie making, trivia, and t-shirt slogan and design.  This is their 5th win in six years.
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EHS Jazz Band Participates in Jazz Festival Competition

The Emmaus High School Jazz Band recently traveled to Easton Area High School to participate in its annual Jazz Festival Competition.  They were one of ten high schools competing.  Each high school was required to play 3 pieces in this competition. The Jazz Band received an overall rating of Superior and took home the trophy for the Best Trumpet Section. Congratulations to everyone!
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Assistant Superintendent Presents at National School Boards Association Conference

Dr. Denise Torma, EPSD Assistant Superintendent, presented at this year’s National School Boards Association Conference that was held from March 24 to 27, 2017 in Denver, CO. Dr. Torma, along with Kurt Springs, Vice President of Regional Sales, PowerSchool, presented Redefining District ROI: Return on Value as the New Benchmark. The focus of this presentation was on the features of the East Penn School District Dashboard, namely Student Achievement, Budget and Finance, and Personnel and how data in these areas is transparent and available to the East Penn community and beyond.
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LCTI Students Compete in PA State Leadership Conference

Congratulations to three FCCLA students from Emmaus High School who attend LCTI. They competed in the PA State Leadership Conference and placed in the following events:

  • Matthew Kirby, Knife Skills, silver medal
  • Michaela Breslin, Culinary Arts, silver medal
  • Luis Hesmhant, Food and Beverage Service, silver medal

EPSD Elementary Schools Compete in CLIU 24 Math Challenge

On March 31, 2017, East Penn Elementary gifted students participated in the 24 Math Challenge at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit. The Math 24 Game is an intellectually challenging game, leading to improved skill with problem solving, calculations, and mental arithmetic.  After rising to the challenge, all students were recognized with certificates of excellence for their strong critical thinking skills and ability to think clearly under pressure. 
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New Immunization Regulations for 2017/2018 School Year

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has made changes to school immunization requirements. These new requirements become effective in August 2017. These changes are to help make sure that children attending school are protected against diseases that can be prevented when a child is completely immunized.

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LMMS Pennies for Patients Campaign was a Huge Success

The last coin has been counted and the results are in!  Since everyone worked together, the LMMS Pennies for Patients campaign was a huge success! They raised over $3,500, which exceeded their $2K goal, towards helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society meet its goal of eliminating blood cancers forever. The LMMS Success Team members would like to thank everyone for helping and encouraging the students to participate in the Pennies for Patients campaign. These students really made a difference for the thousands of children and adults battling blood cancers!


EHS SADD/ Kid to Kid visit LMMS 6th Grade

On Friday, March 31, 2017, Lower Macungie Middle School 6th graders heard about the importance of good choices from Emmaus High School SADD/ Kid to Kid club members. The SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, club presents to the 6th grade each year. Through a peer mentoring model, the message tries to demonstrate good decision making skills and awareness of decisions that could be destructive to themselves or others around them. This time together also allows opportunity for the middle school students to ask questions about student life at the high school. EHS SADD/ Kid to Kid will be presenting to Eyer students on May 5th as well.
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LMMS Reading Olympics Team Competes in Spring Reading Competition

Congratulations to the Lower Macungie Middle School Reading Olympics team, Pastel Pages, for earning second place in the Spring Reading Competition at Easton Area High School on March 28, 2017. Lower Macungie’s other team also scored in the top 10 out of 39 other teams in our area.  In this competition, teams were responsible for reading approximately 45 books off of a predetermined list before the competition.  They then participated in three questioning rounds where they were asked questions about the books from the list.  Each student from the winning teams won a trophy and a signed copy of the book, a Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen.  Congratulations to everyone!
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Alburtis Reading Challenge Winners Enjoy a Special Ride

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Alburtis Fire Chief, Mr. Donnie Smith and his crew, rewarded the top readers for the annual Alburtis Reading Challenge with a ride to school on the fire truck! The students were also treated to a pizza lunch AND the fire crew took them home at the close of the school day on the fire trucks. The chief drove the students throughout their development to share how proud Alburtis Elementary is of these readers and their accomplishments!
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Alburtis Elementary School Holds Blood Drive

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Alburtis Elementary held their 1st Annual Blood Drive. With the help of our generous parents, teachers, and staff, they donated 26 pints of blood which equates to 52 units of blood to those in need of transfusions! What a great way to teach students about the value of donating. Not all donations need to monetary in nature!
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EHS Student Earns 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing National Award

We are pleased to announce that Emmaus High School art student Rachel Jibilian’s Silenced earned a Gold Medal and the Gedenk Award in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.
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Alburtis Elementary Principal 100 Winners Enjoy Beauty and the Beast

Alburtis Elementary School would like to congratulate their very 1st group of Principal 100 winners as well as Mrs. Confer, our faculty Principal 100 club winner! Alburtis Elementary students continue to practice:

S- Striving for excellence

O-Owning their behavior

A-Acting responsibly

R-Respecting others

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Teacher Laptop Rollout a Huge Success

On our March 10th teacher in-service day, over 550 Mac Airs were distributed to our EPSD teachers. Our EPSD Connects team, along with administration and Apple representatives, started the day off with a presentation to all teachers in the high school auditorium. The EPSD Connects team then held informational sessions where they instructed teachers on familiarizing themselves with the Mac operating system and personalizing their devices. Teachers then moved to break-out sessions where they were offered differentiated instruction based on their proficiency. A special thank you goes out to the EPSD tech team that was on site all day to trouble shoot any problems that might have arisen. Congratulations to the EPSD Connects team. The day was a huge success! 

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