EASTERN Update 04-23-2020

Posted April 23, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,

I hope you are all doing well through these difficult times.  Tuesday, April 28th is an in-service day for EASTERN.  Our teachers will be using that time to continue planning quality online instruction which will continue through the end of the school year.  Students will not receive assignments from their EASTERN teachers but are encouraged to use the time to catch up on any assignments they may not have already completed.

Here are some other relevant updates:

Awards Night:  This is an important night for our students, especially our seniors.  Our Education Foundation sponsors this event and approximately $40,000 worth of awards and scholarships are presented to students.  Our Awards Committee is working on a slide presentation to honor our awards recipients.  As the plans become more concrete, more information will follow.

Student Lockers/Spirit Wear:  We understand that students will need to pick up their personal belongings and any Spirit Wear they may have ordered.  Governor Wolf has announced a plan to reopen Pennsylvania.  What we know so far is that the plan will include three stages identified by color: red, which we are in now, yellow, and green.  When we reach the yellow phase and the Stay at Home order is lifted, we will communicate a plan that follows the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.  We will communicate more information as it becomes available.

Student Certificates:  Our Student Certificate Committee is still working on what certificates will look like this year.  Students will still receive an EASTERN certificate, but our team will have to redefine the language and criteria due to the cancellation of the NOCTI assessment.

School to Career Transition:  Our teachers will be including the Annual Senior Survey to their online activities.  This data will help us to identify students who may need assistance transitioning from high school to post-high school plans.  As noted before, the statewide articulation agreements will not be honored this year, but most schools will evaluate student transcripts and competency list to award credit.  Our School-to-Career Coordinator, Ms. Granacher, will reach out to students to assist them.  We continue to seek out creative ways to help students with the school to career transition.    Montgomery County Community College will be holding a virtual Open House this Saturday.  Check out this link for more information:  https://www.mc3.edu/admissions/visit-us/open-house

Cosmetology Hours:  All parents of cosmetology students have received an e-message from me which communicated our plan to help our students earn their hours.  An additional 80 hours beyond the hours a student would normally earn are being offered online through July 3rd.  We will continue to look at options to offer in-person hours later in the summer.

Thank you again for your patience and support.  This is a difficult time for our school community and we really appreciate the support our community has given our school, staff, teachers, and students.

Sincerely,

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