Dear Eastern Elementary Families:
Welcome back to another school year at Eastern Elementary!
I am once again excited to serve as the elementary principal for Easten Local Schools. I can honestly say that last school year was the most enjoyable of my 12 years in education. I would like to share with you some of the success from last year and plans for this year that will lead to even greater success.
Last school year, Eastern Elementary had students excel in many academic areas. Eastern Intermediate Coding Club, which had students in grades 3-5, placed in the top 10 of a national competition earning a 4th place finish. Our grades 4 and 5 Math 24 teams had the overall champions in the county for their respective grades. On the spring state assessments, our 4th grade social studies scored well above the state average with 78% of students passing the test. We also had all students who were required to meet the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee pass the required test. Our 3rd grade reading scores on the state assessment were above the state average and the highest score in Pike County. Eastern Elementary also had over 140 students make the Eastern Elementary Accelerated Reader "Wall of Fame" last school year. I would like to thank our staff and students for their hard work on these successes last school year.
Looking ahead to this school year, I would like to mention a few new initiatives that we are putting in place to increase student achievement. In grades 3-5 English Language Arts and Reading, students will now have one-to-one laptops/Chromebooks for their daily use. This will help students prepare for the rigor and formatting of the state assessments. Eastern Elementary staff and I have worked to develop the "Easten Eagle Pride" program. This program will encourage and reward positive behavior and choices that students make. Students will earn "E-Cash" for positive choices and they will have a time to cash it out each nine weeks. I have been in contact with our PTO and with their support of this program we will have some great opportunities for students this school year.
Students, please remember our motto as we will once again be reciting this each and every day:
At Eastern Elementary, we our "BEST" to
Be caring toward others,
Excell in all school activities
Show respect toward others, even if they are not like myself, and
Take responsibility for my own learning.
By doing these things I will fulfill my potential and help Eastern Elementary soar to new heights!
Matthew E. Hines
Eastern Elementary Principal
(740) 226-6402 ext.11005