Dear Parents, Students and Community members:
I hope that this letter finds you well and enjoying the start of the fall season. As fall begins, the late summer anxieties and adjustments that often accompany the start of any school year appear to be a distant memory.
Each day as I visit our schools, it is apparent to me that the students are happy, learning and actively participating in their educational experiences. Our fall sports season is well underway and our athletic and academic teams are doing great in competitions.
As you may know, Cedarville Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School. It was one of nine Indiana schools to achieve the designation and the only one in the Fort Wayne/Allen County area. Of the two categories for the Blue Ribbon nomination, Cedarville won in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. Last year, New Haven Intermediate School also received this prestigious award. EACS is very proud to have a National Blue Ribbon School two years in a row.
In the near future, the Indiana Department of Education will announce the grade for our district. The grade is derived from the Indiana A-F Accountability model. This model holds schools and corporations to higher standards and provides a more accurate picture of their performance by incorporating student academic growth and graduation rates as well as college and career readiness as measures of success. We are anxiously awaiting the release of the grade by the State Board of Education on Wednesday, October 15. Stay tuned!
During the month of September, I committed to taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge not one, not two, but three times! The challenges were all done during halftime at a high school football game. Our students, staff, and community members were excited to have a chance at drenching me with ice water for a worthy cause. In total we raised $619.09. A check in this amount will be donated to the ALS Foundation to go towards research for a cure.
Finally, because fall is here, this means the cold and flu season is upon us. As a district we continually make information available for our students and staff since it is a shared responsibility in taking preventative measures to control the spread of the virus. Please continue to practice the 3 C’s:
- Cover your cough and sneeze with the inside of your elbow and not your hands
- Cleanse your hands frequently
- Contain your germs by staying home when you are sick. (Fever >100, coughing, sore throat, body aches, etc.)
Thank you for partnering with us to help our students succeed in education.
East Allen County Schools - Dream It. Do It.
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks