From Mr. Cassidy, Principal
Middle School classes will switch to their 2nd semester schedules on Tuesday, January 17th. This will impact students with Art, PE, and some students with intervention classes. A new Physical Education class has been added 1st hour and will be an option for students who were not able to participate in PE due to scheduling conflicts. All grades for 1st semester will be entered by Wednesday as it was pushed back a day due to the ice day. If you have any questions about schedules, please feel free to contact the front office or email Mr. Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East is a Title 1 Distinguished School Finalist - Congratulations to all of the teachers and staff at East for being named a Title 1 Distinguished School Finalist for 2016-2017. Only a few schools in the state were named finalists. This is a huge accomplishment and a sign of the hard work and dedication our teachers put forth every day!
Video Contest - East 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students have an opportunity to make a short video (1 minute or less) about what makes East great. Students are recommended to be part of teams of 2-4. A panel of teachers and staff members at East will choose the top few to place on the school’s Facebook page. The team’s video which receives the most “likes” will receive $100 in Gift Cards.
East’s Reading Incentive Program is now in its 2nd month. Please encourage your child to continue reading and to take the Reading Counts quizzes online. Each month prizes will be given to students who reach their goals. Ridgepoint Church has chosen East to be part of its Reach and Restore campaign. They are a huge part of our new reading incentive program and will be working with East to provide many more opportunities for students and staff. Stay tuned for more details.
Box Tops - Please send collect and send in Box Tops for Education. This is an Easy way to raise money for our school. Ask friends and relatives to collect them as well. There is a friendly competition between classes on who can raise the most.
Volunteering - Please be sure to turn in your volunteer form as soon as possible and check with your child’s teacher about ways that you can get involved and help. This is especially important with some of the different activities coming up in the classroom.
Shout Outs - Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at email@example.com.
Holland East 6th graders Nicole Vega, Alasha Greer and Esperanza Cruz recently raised over $400 for Jake Gainey, a student who attends the SXI program at Holland East. Jake has cerebral palsy and an eye disease. The girls asked fellow students to contribute silver coins to their fund. The funds were donated to Jake's family . . .