Fall is upon us, and winter weather will soon be here. It seems like just yesterday when the 2015-16 school year began, and now we are quickly approaching the holiday season.
At their October 20th meeting, the Board of School Trustees approved EACS’ eLearning plan for this school year. This plan was developed by a committee of teachers and administrators who relied heavily on last year’s experiences with eLearning, as well as the valuable input received from the eLearning survey of EACS students, parents, and teachers.
Please note: The first missed day of school due to inclement weather will not be an eLearning day. This missed day will be made up on our designated make up day - President’s Day (February 15th) – if it occurs prior to February 15th. Students will report to school that day. (This is a change from last year.) Our teachers recommended this change due to the desire to have face-to-face interaction with students prior to the start of ISTEP+ assessment. Parents and students will see an improvement of eLearning instructional practices as we continue to enhance the electronic delivery of instruction. For more information on eLearning, please click on the eLearning button at the bottom of this page.
On September 18th we submitted our first enrollment count to the Indiana Department of Education and I am happy to report that our enrollment is up. We have nearly 400 more students enrolled at EACS this year when compared to just one year ago. When parents come to our schools to enroll their children, some of the reasons they give for seeking out EACS include the fact that we are an “A” district, we have an excellent teaching staff, and we have a first-rate curriculum written by our own teachers. We have very talented, dedicated, and hardworking staff members and we are excited that the word is getting out about the excellent education and support available to students and their families in East Allen County Schools.
The Board of School Trustees is still working to formulate a building plan that will be on the May 2016 primary election ballot as a referendum. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend any of the five community meetings which were held to solicit input from community members. We appreciate the comments and suggestions shared at these meetings. For more information on the community meetings, please click on the link on this page under this message.
Finally, with the approach of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11th, let us all take time to reflect and remember all the sacrifices made by our military and those who have served and continue to serve so that all of us can enjoy the liberties that we do. Several of our schools are holding special Veteran’s Day programs that week which you are welcome to attend.
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks, Superintendent