Dear Parents, Staff and Community Partners:
Spring Break has come and gone and the end of the 2014-15 school year will soon be upon us! We have enjoyed a fast-paced school year and soon we will be celebrating the graduating class of 2015. The last official day of school for this year is Friday, May 22nd. Graduation ceremonies will be held on June 5th & 6th. The winter weather was rough on us again this year and we have missed nine school days already. Hopefully, we will not miss anymore before the end of the year!
As you are well aware, EACS participated in eLearning this year. We were one of just 65 school districts in Indiana that applied for and met the criteria to be approved for this opportunity. I know a lot of people are excited about not adding extra days on to the end of the school year, but ending school on time (May 22nd) was not the motivating factor to participate in eLearning. The motivation for applying for eLearning approval was to capture instructional time prior to the state assessments that are administered in the springtime. Teachers were specifically instructed to focus on previously taught standards in preparation of the state assessments. When we make up instructional days at the end of the year, that instructional time occurs after the state assessment window has ended, and therefore we lose an opportunity to provide additional instruction prior to testing.
Because it is important for the EACS administration to know the opinions of teachers, students, and parents regarding eLearning, a survey will be conducted the week of April 20th to solicit input from everyone so we can plan for next year. Students and teachers will be provided a link to participate in the survey. Parents will receive a phone call via school messenger to provide their input. If you do not receive a call, and would like to participate in the survey, you can click on the button on this page to go to the eLearning survey. It is critical that we have as much participation as possible in order for us to make an informed decision regarding eLearning for the 2015-16 school year.
I’d also like to invite you to a few upcoming district events:
- Autism Information & Resource Fair ~ Saturday, April 18.
- EACS Educational Foundation Breakfast~ Wednesday, May 27 (call 260-446-0100 ext. 3161 for ticket information)
As we continue to inspire in all students a passion for learning, I want to thank you for your hard work, dedication and support as we prepare our students to become responsible contributors to the local and global society. I appreciate your commitment and I am honored to be on the EACS team!
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks
Superintendent of Schools