The beginning of this school year is off to a great start! Labor Day has come and gone and soon we will be feeling the chill of the fall temperatures. You may have heard me say before that I believe the education of your child is a team effort. In East Allen County Schools, we believe that parents and school staff are members of the same team with the common goal of achieving academic success for each and every individual student. Research supports that parent involvement in their child’s education is a critical component to achieving academic success. Communication between the school and the home is a major factor as well.
Speaking of communication between school and home, beginning on Tuesday, September 6th, parents were emailed a weekly progress report for their child. These reports will be e-mailed every following week throughout the school year. Please review these reports with your child each week and contact your child’s teacher when you have questions about your child’s academic progress. The sooner you and the teacher work together as a team to address any problem or concern together, the sooner we can get your child back on the right track to success.
With fall approaching, there is always the possibility that school could be cancelled due to inclement or unsafe weather conditions. We always do our best to keep students and staff safe. EACS was approved again this year by the Indiana Department of Education to offer eLearning. In past years, we did not have an eLearning day on the first missed day of school. President’s Day was always designated to be used for the first missed day of school. The teachers and administrators who serve on the technology committee had respectfully asked that eLearning be used this year beginning with the very first cancelled school day. At the September 6th meeting of the Board of School Trustees for East Allen County Schools, the Board voted 5-2 in favor of using eLearning on the first missed day of school. This means that Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 19th, 2017, will be an observed school holiday with no student or staff attendance. This is a revision to the calendar that you received this year that stated Presidents’ Day will be used as a makeup day. The revised calendar is now available on the EACS website.
I encourage you to support the many fall activities that are already underway at our schools. Many of our students are putting in extra hours after school and on the weekends practicing, rehearsing, performing, and competing in the many extra-curricular and co-curricular activities offered in East Allen County Schools. I encourage you to take advantage of all of the opportunities available to watch our students perform and compete as they represent their school and EACS.
Finally, just a reminder that there is no student attendance on Tuesday, September 13th due to a staff In-Service Day in East Allen County Schools. Fall break is Friday, October 14th and Monday October 17th. There is no school for students or building staff on those two days. By then, we will have already completed the first nine weeks of the 2016-17 school year!
Thank you for partnering with us to help your student(s) “Dream It. Do It.”.
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks, Superintendent, East Allen County Schools