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EASTERN 2020 Awards

We are pleased to recognize all of these outstanding students and are grateful for the EASTERN Foundation and for all of our award contributors for making this event possible.

Click the image below for EASTERN’s 2020 Awards Presentation:

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Closure & Continuity of Education Notification Updates

Posted May 27, 2020

Good Morning EASTERN Parents, Students, and Community Members,

I hope this email finds you well and persevering through a challenging global situation.  I want to update you on our efforts to close out the school year and plan for 2020-2021.

Awards Night:  Tonight we will publish our first Virtual EASTERN Awards Night.  The slide show will be available at 7:00 tonight here on our website.  The link will be highly visible here on the home page of our website.  Having a set time for publishing this show will allow our EASTERN Community to come together, knowing we are all watching these amazing students get recognized at the same time.  We realize nothing can replace the joy of seeing your child walk onto the stage to receive an award, but our Awards Committee has done an outstanding job of putting together the slide show presentation.  This event recognizes many students and awards given out at this event exceed $40,000, thanks to the generous donations to our EASTERN Education Foundation.  Parents of students being recognized for an award were notified last week.  All are welcome to watch and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.

Lockers and Personal Items:  You should have already received an email notifying you that we will be bagging and tagging locker items for students to pick up June 1, 2, and 3.  A schedule has been sent out so we can stagger arrivals.  Another email will go out this week with more information.  Teachers have also notified students regarding dates and times.  Please touch base with your child(ren) to ensure they are aware of the time and date.

Renovations: We took advantage of the school closure to start our renovations early so there would be no disruption to the challenge of opening in September.  When students return next year, they will arrive in a building with a new roof, new hallway and lobby floors, and a new and state-of-the-art Robotics and Automated Technology program.

For those students graduating, we wish you the best of luck as you continue to pursue your career goals.  We hope you will come back to visit and keep in touch with our staff.

For those students returning next year, we will be using guidelines that will be provided by the Governor’s office and the Center for Disease Control to develop plans to safely re-open our school next year for staff and students.  We currently do not know what that will look like, but we will be working diligently over the summer to develop and implement a plan in coordination with our participating districts.  We will keep you posted as the plan develops.

Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Cathleen E. Plesnarski, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology

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Commercial Art Program’s Family Portrait Project

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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.

Cervone Family

 

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.McGrath Family

“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.

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COA Student Receives PA College of Art and Design Scholarship

Jenna Cervone portraitEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to announce that Commercial Art/Calvary Christian High School senior, Jenna Cervone, has received a partial scholarship to Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCAD) in Lancaster, PA. After she completes the foundation year at PCAD, which gives her the opportunity to sharpen her skills and confirm her major choice, Jenna plans to major in Graphic
Design.

Jenna was first introduced to EASTERN through her older sister, Julia, who graduated from Cosmetology in 2016. Julia always spoke to Jenna about how much fun she had and how much she learned at EASTERN. Jenna decided to take a tour of EASTERN when she was in ninth grade and chose the Commercial Art program for her 11th and 12th grade years.

Jenna recalls loving to take photos and videos of her family from a very young age. A lot of the photo albums in her home are filled with pictures taken by Jenna. Her parents purchased her a camera of her own when she was 12 years old, and she has not stopped since.

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EASTERN Student accepted Colorado State U Leadership Program

Isabella Fenerty portraitEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to announce that Veterinary Science/Upper Moreland High School senior, Isabella Fenerty, has been accepted into Colorado State University’s President’s Leadership Program. She has chosen Colorado State University and will major in Animal Science Biology following their Pre-Vet program. She will also pursue a double minor in Business Administration and President’s Leadership Program.

Isabella Fenerty with boxer dog.

 

 

 

The President’s Leadership Program is a fourteen-credit leadership development experience consisting of three independent year-long (two semester) academic and experiential courses designed to explore the personal, organizational, and social dimensions of leadership through coursework, retreats, and service learning. The President’s Leadership Program is considered a minor that provides classes that will train
Isabella to become a better leader on campus and in the world.

From a young age, Isabella had a passion for animals and has always wanted to care for them. When she was a sophomore in high school, she learned more about the new Veterinary Science program available at EASTERN. She visited the program and decided to enroll for her junior and senior years of high school to get a head start on her education in the animal science field.

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Veterinary Science Students Learn White Blood Cell Identification

Heather Judge, EASTERN Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High SchoolEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science students are learning about the immune system and how to identify white blood cells. The white blood cells students are analyzing are on actual blood smears located on a website called Zooniverse.org, which is a collection of active, real research projects that use the help of the general public to search through pictures, documents, and
videos to accumulate scientific or research data to help researchers.

“A couple of weeks ago my students did a project identifying a number of different species in wildlife preserves in African countries,” said Karen McGeehan, EASTERN’s Veterinary Science Instructor.

“The project they are working on this week is looking at health anomalies in monkeys and how it affects their neurological function. The eventual goal of this is to see if these animals may be a good model for studying conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are really great research projects happening on the Zooniverse site from all different science and research fields. I have found it to be a great resource during distance learning.”

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EASTERN’s Newest Program: Robotics and Automated Technology

Christopher Passante, EASTERN’s new Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor.This Fall, the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to offer its newest program, Robotics and Automated Technology. The Robotics and Automated Technology Program is designed for college bound high school students who are interested in pursuing an engineering career following high school. This program will teach introductory skills in order to be successful in the manufacturing industry.

Architectural depiction of the Robotics and Automated Technology Program.Students will perform activities and obtain knowledge in areas such as electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers, and control systems. Currently, there are still spaces available in the program for Eastern Montgomery County high school juniors and seniors.

Students in this new, state-of-the-art program, will prepare for a career in the robotics and automated technology field requiring postsecondary education. With further education and experience, students can find opportunities in occupations such as Mechatronics Technician, Electronics Technician, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Controls Engineer, and Manufacturing Engineer.

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Instructor Spotlight: Christopher Passante, Robotics & Automated Tech.

Christopher Passante, Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor, stands in front of automated mechanical equipment.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Passante as the new Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor. Mr. Passante is a graduate of Pennridge High School/Upper Bucks Vocational Technical High School and received his Vocational II Teaching Certification through Temple University. Mr. Passante comes to EASTERN from Upper Bucks Technical Institute where he served as the Mechatronics Engineering Technology Instructor since 2016. Previous to Upper Bucks, Mr. Passante taught for 10 years at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

With 29 years of trade and teaching experience in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and Automation field, Mr. Passante will build EASTERN’s program and develop local business partnerships that will benefit our students as they prepare for postsecondary and/or a career. Mr Passante has assisted several career and technical high schools develop similar programs in both Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Mr. Passante aided the Urban Institute in Washington DC to develop and vet a Competency Framework entitled “Mechatronics Installer” for a Registered Apprenticeship under ONET Code: 17-2199.05.

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