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October 2016

EPSD Full-Day Kindergarten Survey Planned for November

Currently the East Penn School District has a half-day kindergarten program where children attend school on weekdays for two hours and 30 minutes per day (either in the morning or in the afternoon).

A proposal is being considered to change the half-day kindergarten program to a full-day program where children would attend a full six-hour school day similar to the length of the day for grades 1 through 5.

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SADD/Kid to Kid Attends Lehigh County Kickoff

Student officers of the SADD/ Kid to Kid club participated in the Lehigh County’s Kickoff meeting on October 20, 2016 at The Lehigh County Government Center. Club members had the opportunity to take part in sessions centered around the Teen Impact Safe Driving program, Peer Resistance Skills training, Underage Drinking, and Teens Against Tobacco Use program. Students look forward to incorporating this training and strategies within our East Penn schools this year.

EPSD Education Foundation Awards 2016/2017 Innovator Mini-Grants

The East Penn School District Education Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the Innovator STEAM grants for the 2016 – 2017 School Year. It was a highly competitive inaugural year of the Teacher Mini-Grant program. We received over 40 proposals that received a reading by a committee of educators and STEAM professionals that evaluated the grant on innovation, STEAM mission, impact, and sustainability.
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EPSD Connects: A 1-1 Vision for Connected Learners

A technology plan authored by the district Technology Committee entitled, “EPSD Connects: A 1-to-1 Vision for Connected Learners”, was presented to the Board of Directors and the public on October 10, 2016. We will now move forward with the 2016-2017 goals of crafting a lease agreement for teacher laptops and securing a proposal for a district-wide technology audit from an outside consultant.  Both of these will be subject to Board approval and availability of funds.
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EHS Football Team Scores Big With Lunch Buddies Program

There’s no denying that Harold Fairclough’s 2016 EHS Football Team is a special group of boys.  They have been winning this season both on the field and off.  Fairclough expects his team to perform in school, on the field, and in their community. This expectation of doing more for the school community has been something he has been instilling in the boys all season. Last month Fairclough and his staff ran a skills and drills clinic and flag football game for Special Olympians. The team enjoyed the experience immensely, so Fairclough asked himself, “What more can we do? Football players are held to such a high standard. How can they do something positive with this?”
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Brighton Beach Memoirs Reservations

The EHS Drama Dept. presents Brighton Beach Memoirs- November 3,4,& 5 at 7:00 PM in the EHS auditorium. 

Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene trilogy.Set in the Brighton Beach section of  Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who searches for his identity while dealing with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate’s sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father’s death.

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Food Truck Friday Comes to EPSD

The food-truck phenomenon has exploded in cities across the nation. This new trend has a “cool” factor that is captivating the hearts of hungry foodies everywhere. There seems to be something almost magical about the novelty of these restaurants on wheels. This food-truck frenzy is making its way to the East Penn School District. Nutrition Inc. is starting a Food-Truck Friday event in our district this school year. Friday, September 30th, was the food-truck’s first stop at Willow Lane Elementary School. 
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Willow Lane Contest Winner Creates Heartwarming "Senior Moment"

Poppy Daws, Willow Lane Elementary 4th Grade student, won the 2016 BIC Fight for Your Write Principal for a Day Contest. Poppy’s story about what she would do if she was principal for a day won her a $10,000 scholarship and created a special day between her 4th grade Willow Lane classmates and a group of seniors from the Village of Willow Lane.
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2016 Annual Eyer Chili Cook-Off

The Eyer Chili Cook-Off, Bake-Off, and Arts and Crafts Fair will be here soon!  Please mark your calendar for November 12th from 11am-3pm and plan on stopping by Eyer’s cafeteria for lots of yummy things to eat.  This year we will offer much more than chili and cupcakes.  Hot dogs, Philly soft pretzels, and other baked goods will be sold as well as food from the Stuffed to the Grills food truck! Plan on coming with an appetite and bring your family. This event is organized by Kid Citizens and benefits Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.  Other Eyer organizations will also be taking part in making this a great day such as Student Council selling water and sodas, German Club selling hot dogs and Baking Club selling sweet treats.

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Wescosville Elementary Holds PTO Boosterthon Fun Run

The Wescosville Elementary School Boosterthon Fun Run is a fund-raising program centered on character, leadership, and fitness.  Wescosville’s original Boosterthon goal was to raise $10,000 for the WES PTO.  The Boosterthon kicked-off on Monday, September 12, 2016 with two pep rallies.  After the pep rallies, students received their pledge books and began getting pledges from family, friends, and businesses throughout the US and around the world for the OWL Fun Run to be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.


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EHS World Language Department Hosts Trip to Merida, Mexico in June 2017

The EHS Spanish department will be taking students to Merida, Mexico June 24 through July 1, 2017. In addition to learning about archeology and enjoying some relaxation time, students will volunteer at a local orphanage and help Mayan villagers with their crafts as part of a service project. Students must have completed Spanish 2 by the end of this school year in order to go on this trip. The cost is $2166 per student. Please email Claudia Murray before October 25 if you are interested in more information.

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