Dear Eastern Elementary Families:
Welcome back to another school year at Eastern Elementary!
am excited to continue serving as the elementary principal for Eastern Local Schools.
Last school year was a great year for our school! I would like to thank our
excellent staff, dedicated volunteers, and driven students for all of the
successes we enjoyed last school year. Last school year, Eastern Elementary had students excel in many areas. Eastern Intermediate Coding Club, which had students in grades 3-5, had 2 teams place in the top 10 of national competition! Our grade 4 and 5 Math 24 teams had the overall champions in the county for their respective grades. On the spring state assessments, Eastern Elementary showed growth in 6 out of 7 areas over last school year. Eastern Elementary 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 150 students make the Eastern Elementary Accelerated Reader “Wall of Fame” last school year. Our student run credit union was extremely active ranking 7th out of 35 for total amount of transactions and participation. We also kicked off our PBIS “Eagle Pride” program that allows students to earn “ECASH” for positive choices that they can cash out each 9 weeks. I would like to thank our staff and students for their hard work on these successes last school year.
Eastern Local School values the opportunity to educate your children. School safety has been a concern on everyone’s mind in recent years. We are taking many steps this year to improve and be proactive on school safety. First, we will have a deputy/school resource officer in-house every day. We are also finishing up the final details on the ability to offer an in-house mental health counselor for our student population. Our school has installed floor locking dead bolts in the interior of every classroom this year.
Looking ahead to this school year, we are excited about many great things. We are continuing the Eagle Pride program. We have added more technology to our grade 3-5 math classes with Chromebook carts. We are continuing to expand our usage of Google Classroom in grades 3-5 English Language arts. We are also adding more technology for kindergarten and 1st grade to assist with reading instruction. And, our PTO is already setting dates and planning many great educational activities for 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!
Please remember, "Today is a great day to be an Eagle!"
Matthew E. Hines
Eastern Elementary Principal
(740) 226-6402 ext.11005