Posted Aug 3, 2020
Dear EASTERN Families,
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology is developing a Health and Safety plan for reopening in the fall which will be presented to our Joint Operating Committee (School Board) for approval on August 12th. Click here (or on the link above) to review the plan. Our draft plan presents three possible scenarios, all of which may occur throughout the school year: (1) in-person instruction where students attend every day during their scheduled session, (2) a blend of in-person and virtual learning with students attending EASTERN during their scheduled session either Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays, and (3) all virtual education.
EASTERN serves nine participating school districts and functions as an extension of the districts’ academic offerings. As a result, our plan needs to complement and be compatible with the plans being implemented by our districts. EASTERN’s draft plan has been posted on the website.
New students and returning Cosmetology students should have received or will be receiving a “Welcome Back” letter from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology which is used to communicate expectations for purchasing uniforms, personal protective equipment, and other necessary items. Since we will not know until August 12th what the reopening plan will be to start the school year, I am recommending that you use the information presented in the letter for your own budgeting purposes, and you may want to refrain from making the purchase until our plan is approved and we engage in “in-person” instruction. Some of the items, like textbooks and cosmetology kits, are items that can and will be used by students even during virtual learning.
We look forward to meeting the challenges this upcoming school year presents and our staff is committed to providing each of our students with meaningful learning in their chosen career field.
Cathleen E. Plesnarski, Ed.D.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
EASTERN CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The August 12, 2020 Joint Operating Committee Agenda Session will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting of the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s Joint Operating Committee meeting will be held at 8:00p.m. No public will be admitted to EASTERN due to Governor Wolf’s recent directives. For your safety and convenience, the meeting will instead be live streamed, and members of the public are invited to attend the meeting virtually and participate in public comment sections of the meeting via Zoom. The meeting agenda can be reviewed here after 8:00 p.m. on August 8, 2020.
Use this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
If a member of the public wishes to make a comment during the meeting, please use the “Raise Hand” option at the appropriate time, and you will be called on and allowed to make a comment to the Joint Operating Committee.
For individuals who are not able to utilize Zoom, public comment may be emailed to Linda McAlpine, JOC Recording Secretary, at email@example.com up until 12:00 p.m. on June 17, 2020 regarding any agenda or non-agenda item. Such comment will be read publicly at the appropriate time during the meeting. Please note that your name and school district of residence is required in order for your comment to be read publicly during the meeting. Thank you for your cooperation during this time. Please direct any questions regarding this matter to Linda McAlpine, Recording Secretary.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Hatboro-Horsham High School junior, Emma Massinger, created the winning design for a an EASTERN Cares logo to be displayed as a sign of hope and compassion as we enter the 2020 – 2021 school year this fall. In June, EASTERN’s Commercial Art students were invited by their instructor to submit their logo sketches, and a school-wide staff and faculty poll was conducted. Her design will be displayed on all of EASTERN’s back to school signage throughout the building.
Emma chose Commercial Art at EASTERN because she had always had a passion for art. After visiting EASTERN during her sophomore year of high school, and meeting Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor, she knew that the Commercial Art program would give her the knowledge necessary to make a career out of what she enjoys. Learning from home for the last three months of school was difficult, but Emma made the best of the situation and remained an active and successful student.
Continue Reading Student Spotlight: Emma Massinger wins EASTERN Cares Logo Contest
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, EASTERN held its annual Awards Night, virtually on their website at 7p.m. This year, 140 students were recognized with more than $40,000 awarded for academic and technical achievement. EASTERN is grateful to the EASTERN Foundation for their fundraising efforts, and to all award sponsors, contributors, advisory committee members, and local businesses for helping EASTERN honor its outstanding students during this unprecedented time.
“We know that the virtual presentation can’t replace the joy of being recognized publicly and in person for student achievements,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “We wanted our students to feel appreciated and know just how outstanding they are. They did well while in the classrooms at EASTERN and pushed through to make the best of an unusual and sometimes scary situation while learning from home. They kept up with their assignments and finished strong. Thank you to all EASTERN students for your determination.”
Student awards are provided by the EASTERN Foundation, and supported by businesses, various community organizations, and individual donors. The purpose of EASTERN’s Foundation is to recognize EASTERN student achievement and success by assisting both students whose goal is post-secondary education and students who intend to start a rewarding career. Our business and industry partners inspired this effort and continue to support it extensively.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the EASTERN Foundation to support student awards, checks can be made payable to the “EASTERN Foundation” and mailed to EASTERN at 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. The EASTERN Foundation now has an online contribution link https://www.eastech.org/foundation/donate.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art student, Brianna Eisenmann, graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School last week. She has been awarded the Trustee’s Award for Excellence in Art to University of the Arts. She contributes this award to her outstanding review at National Portfolio Day. She plans to major in Photography.
Brianna had an early interest in photography, and she visited EASTERN’s Open House while she was a sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham High School. Once enrolled in the Commercial Art program, her favorite aspects were photography and illustration. She became active in EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA, and was selected as class representative for this school year. She was also selected by her instructor as the student representative for the Commercial Art Occupational Advisory Committee, where her thoughts and opinions on instruction, software, and tools were taken into consideration. Last summer, she was selected to assist in teaching the middle school students during EASTERN’s Summer Fun Computer Art and Digital Photography class.
“I enjoyed the fact that Mrs. Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor, and Mrs. Simmler-Totaro, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructional Aide, put a lot of thought into the activities to make it fun for us,” said Brianna. “Commercial Art touched on all aspects of the field including photography, illustration, and graphic design. The instructors prepared me for portfolio review, resume writing, and actually helped me to become more vocal and interactive with others in this field. They helped me to challenge myself and my abilities.”
Continue Reading Student Spotlight: Brianna Eisenmann, Commercial Art
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science student, Karis Hudson, graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School last week. Although an excellent student in the Veterinary Science program, Karis unexpectedly found another career path in which she is choosing to follow. In the fall, she plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a degree in welding.
Karis initially chose Veterinary Science because of her passion for animals. She quickly found that she excelled in the hands-on portion of the class. She also had a passion for cars and building, and during her senior year, she began to explore more of those options.
On May 15, Karis represented EASTERN at the Teen Town Hall with Congresswoman Dean and state legislators via Zoom regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on education. She shared her thoughts on budget cuts and how they could affect Career and Technical Centers such as EASTERN. She noted that EASTERN maintains training equipment used in industry that can be very expensive, and she feared that this may be impacted by budget cuts.
Continue Reading Student Spotlight: Karis Hudson, Veterinary Science
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was awarded a Manufacturing PA – Training to Career Grant of $200,000 to assist with planning and implementing the new Robotics and Automated Technology Program. The grant will assist with equipment expenses, teacher salary, marketing, and curriculum development.
The application for this grant was strengthened by the financial commitment of EASTERN’s Joint Operating Committee which approved the renovations and new equipment necessary to implement this program. EASTERN also had support from regional employers, such as Demco Automation, M&S Centerless Grinding, and Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center. In addition, Senator Maria Collett and Representative Tom Murt wrote letters of support.
In the Robotics and Automated Technology program, students will learn to design and build robotic devices and diagnose and repair state-of-the-art automated equipment. Students will perform activities and obtain knowledge in areas such as electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers, and control systems. Building renovations to accommodate the program are now underway.
“We are so pleased to be chosen for this grant,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “Our new Robotics and Automated Technology program will offer training in amazing hightech career fields for our students. It is important for us to offer our students a wide range of career and technical programs, and we were looking for something in engineering that included both electrical and mechanical systems. This is the ideal fit.”
Manufacturing PA is part of Governor Wolf’s Jobs that Pay initiative, which supports Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community by offering targeted programs and services through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and its strategic partners. Training-to-Career Grants are be offered to support the implementation of new and innovative training programs (including curriculum development, skill certification, and/or course completion) to increase the skill level of entry-level applicants to better meet the needs and fill the open positions of manufacturing companies.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art students enlisted their family members on their latest distance learning project. The assignment was for students to take a family portrait that included everyone staying in their households during the pandemic. Important elements to this assignment included location, lighting, outfits, and most importantly, posing.
Students were required to document the steps that led up to a well-planned portrait, such as coordinating schedules, investigating a possible location in or around the home, and coordinating the style or props they used. The Commercial Art Instructor, Nicole Mohrey, encouraged students and their families to do the best that they can considering the unusual circumstances.
“I am so pleased with the amazing response from our Commercial Art families,” said Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN Commercial Art Instructor. “This project definitely seems to have brought some joy and fun into their homes, and the results of the project have been amazing. There are so many outstanding portraits that these families will have to remember this usual time in history.”
EASTERN’s Commercial Art program covers everything from conceptual drawing and design to a professional portfolio. Students learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration and how to use industry-standard software on the Macintosh platform. Core software includes Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Upon completion of the program, students will have a portfolio consisting of items for entry into their postsecondary school of choice as well as National Portfolio Day.