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March 2017

Upcoming District Climate Survey

Dear East Penn Parent/Guardian,

As input to our continuous planning and focus on improvement, I invite each of you to complete the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey. Different versions of the survey will be given to students and staff, which will allow us to hear from every single member of our school community. The survey is designed to assess perceptions of school climate, including feelings about safety, relationships, learning, the environment, and communication within the school. 

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Snow Make-up Days

As of March 16, 2017, we have used four (4) snow days this year. As listed on the school calendar, there are two (2) built-in snow days and the next two designated make-up days are specified as Thursday, April 13 and Monday April 17. Therefore, school will now be in session on those two days for all K-12 students and staff.

Ramella Named 2017 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Dennis Ramella, Director of Athletics for the East Penn School District, has been selected to receive the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Distinguished Service Award.

After a successful collegiate career at DeSales University where he became the first 1000 pt scorer, Mr. Ramella entered the educational field at Allentown Central Catholic High School teaching United States History, American Government, and Principles of Economics for 26 years. During that time, Dennis coached baseball, golf, and boys’ basketball, helping the Vikings win the 1984 and 1986 PIAA Boys 3A State Basketball championships.

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Willow Lane Students Make Dinner with Dustin

Willow Lane Gifted and Talented students have been growing plants and learning about aeroponic gardening through their Tower Garden project. As a continuum of this Tower Garden project, Mrs. Dweck’s Willow Lane students prepared a meal with Chef Dustin Selvaggio from Fusionchef by Julabo. Students used some of their food grown in this garden to prepare a very special meal for a local family in need. Students washed, prepped, and cooked their meal all while learning the science behind a new cooking process called sous vide cooking. The Tower Garden project has taught these students many new things. One of their most important lessons has been learning about kindness. What a great job by our little “Tower Guardians!”
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EHS Mud Club Presents: 2017 Empty Bowls Event on March 25

“There is a story about a man who left this earth and was taken on a tour of the inner realms. He was shown a room where he saw a large group of people trying to eat dinner, but because the spoons that they were trying to eat with were longer than their arms, they remained frustrated. ‘This,’ his guide told him, ‘is hell.’ ‘That’s terrible!’ exclaimed the man; ‘Please show me heaven!’ ‘Very well,’ agreed the guide, and on they went. When they opened Heaven’s door, the man was perplexed to see what looked very much like the same scene; there was a group of people with spoons longer than their arms. As he looked more closely, however, he saw happy faces and full tummies, for there was one important difference: the people in Heaven had learned to feed each other. Believe that we here on earth can learn to feed one another as well.”
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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 Leads Lehigh Valley in Computer Science

Emmaus High School held its 2nd Annual Invitational Computer Competition on Friday, February 24, 2017.  Delaware Valley, Easton, Conrad Weiser, Whitehall-Coplay, Panther Valley, and Saucon Valley high schools participated in this event. This was a student-run competition where EHS students wrote and tested each of the programming problems, served as judges during the competition, and provided hospitality in greeting and feeding participants.  Nathan Walls and Ben Luo served as the co-leaders and Jie Luo wrote more than half of the problems himself.
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Macungie Elementary Students are Caught Being Kind

Macungie Elementary School has been asking its staff and students if they’ve been “caught in the act,” the act of being kind, that is. The Caught Being Kind project coordinated the word of the month, kindness, with the observance of National School Counseling Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week. The staff and students were on the lookout for acts of kindness, which they recorded on fish. The fish were then displayed on a bulletin board, which was front and center in the school. Judging by the sea of fish, there is no lack of kindness at Macungie Elementary!

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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Career Day at Lincoln Elementary

Second grade students at Lincoln Elementary School spent the morning of February 22, 2017 participating in Career Day. Twenty-five parents and relatives shared information with students about their occupations. Students are currently exploring various careers as part of a research unit. A special thanks to the many volunteers who participated in Career Day!
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Emmaus High School Students Compete at Regional History Day

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, twenty-seven Emmaus High School students participated in the region #6 History Day Contest.  Twenty students from Emmaus High School qualified for the Pennsylvania State History Day Competition which will be held at Carlisle High School on May 12th and May 13th this year.  The following students participated in the regional contest; the bolded names have advanced to the state contest:
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LV Phantoms Score with Macungie Elementary Readers

The Read Across America Committee at Macungie Elementary School  (Dr. Deegan, Ms. Hinkle, Mrs. Saylor, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Yoder and Ms. Wirtz) had a very special surprise awaiting Macungie students on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The students were visited by a few players of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team, Cole Bardreau, Corban Knight, Alex Lyon, and Travis Sanheim. Dr. Deegan led the players to various classrooms where they read students some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. After reading, the players took time to extend their visit to answer questions from students. The players were personal, outgoing, funny and entertaining. We appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedules to not only read to the kids but also stress the importance of reading and working hard to receive a good education!
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LMMS Student Named Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

Lower Macungie Middle School 6th grader, Thomas Flexer, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at State Museum in Harrisburg on Friday, March 31, 2017.
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EHS Students Compete in Regional Scholastic Art Awards

The Emmaus High School Art Department would like to announce the success of their art students. EHS student artists entered 76 pieces into the Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition. This is a highly competitive show; numerous young artists from many regional high schools enter this competition. Of the 76 pieces our students entered, 53 received awards. Twenty six pieces of art received Honorable Mention, 15 received Silver Key Awards, 11 received Gold Key Awards and 1 received a nomination for the American Visions Award! The Awards Ceremony, where the students will be recognized, begins at 12:30 PM on April 23, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the arts in Bethlehem. This event is open to the public. Gold Key Award winners will be moving on to the National Competition. Stay tuned for the results. Congratulations, everyone!
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EHS Students Visit the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley

On Friday, February 24, 2017, more than 34 juniors from Emmaus High School visited the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley, located in Whitehall, PA.  Accompanied by four teacher chaperones, students were invited to meet their Muslim neighbors, observe Friday services (jumu’ah), partake in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine, and discuss pressing issues with a panel of local Muslim residents.

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2017 EPSD International Fair was a Huge Success!

Thank you to all those who helped make the EPSD International Fair on Saturday, February 25 the great success that it was!  Students and parents traveled to nearly 40 countries and cultures represented at tables spread throughout the EHS cafeteria. Everyone had the chance to try many ethnic foods, learn new words in other languages, and participate in hands on learning activities and crafts. Attendees were also fortunate to be able to watch wonderful live performances by EHS students and the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.

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