Welcome Eastern students, families, and community!
I am very excited for another amazing year at Eastern Middle/High School! This year will be my fourteenth year in education and my fourth year as an administrator at Eastern.
The 2018-2019 school year saw many successes and outstanding student achievements. In the middle school, the sixth grade quiz bowl team won the Pike County championship and 4 Eastern students placed in the top 9 spellers at the county spelling bee, including the county champion and runner-up. The middle school also brought home the 6th, 7th, 8th, and overall championships at the county Math 24 competition. In the fine arts, 10 Eastern middle and high school band members were awarded seats in the district honor band. In athletics, Eastern High School won three conference championships in boys golf, boys basketball, and girls track, as well as the Pike County tournament championship in boys basketball. Last year was also the inaugural year of the Eastern archery program. Finally, the middle and high schools made huge gains in state testing in the 2018-2019 school year. In fourteen tested areas, 12 areas showed much improvement and 5 areas were above the state average. In Pike County, the middle and high schools finished first in five of those areas and second in six areas, and had the highest average score across all fourteen tested areas in the county! While there is still much room to continue to grow, we are very proud of the hard work of our students and staff and the growth they demonstrated on last year’s tests!
This school year will continue to see new and exciting additions to our curriculum. As we continue to expand our technology curriculum, coding, Google and Microsoft applications, and keyboarding will all be added to the middle school technology curriculum. Additionally, Eastern Middle/High School will have a 1:1 ratio of students and devices (computers and Chromebooks) for the first time. The WINGS and SOAR programs will continue to provide incentives for good grades, behavior and attendance. The middle and high school health curriculum will continue to address important issues impacting our students by partnering with Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Clinic to educate students on topics such as healthy relationships, the opioid epidemic, the risks of tobacco and vape, and other topics as well. The high school will continue to offer multiple Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and College Credit Plus opportunities,and will also be taking part in two new programs, called GRIT and LEAN, to help students develop important and necessary skills to succeed in high school, college, and the workforce.
Another very exciting addition to Eastern Middle/High School will be the Eagle Market, a fully stocked food pantry for our students and their families provided by the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati!
Finally, the safety and security of our students is always of the utmost importance. The district will continue to partner with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department to employ a full-time deputy/school resource officer, the Core Source will continue to provide a full-time mental health counselor providing important mental health services for our students, and our partnership with Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Clinic will provide prevention services and other important wrap-around services for our students and families.
A few things to keep in mind as the school year begins:
- Please take time to carefully read and review the Eastern Middle/High School Student Handbook with your child; specifically, the student code of conduct and the attendance policy.
- Middle/High School student drop-off and pickup is on the right side of the building in the visitor parking lot. All students being dropped off must enter the front of the building.
- Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. must report to the cafeteria for supervision.
Thank you for entrusting the Eastern Local School District with the safety and education of your child. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year and please know that my door is always open and I look forward to meeting and hearing from you soon.
Eastern Middle/High School Principal
(740) 226-1544 ext. 11016