Dear Eastern Elementary Familes:
Welcome back to another school year at Eastern Elementary!
I am excited to continue serving in my 10th year as a building 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 a team 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 5 out of 7 areas and scored above the state average in 4 areas. Eastern Elementary also had all students who were required to meet the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee pass the required test. Eastern Elementary should receive a check mark on our upcoming school report card for grade 3 English Language Arts. Eastern Elementary also had over 160 students make the Eastern Elementary Accelerated Reader “Wall of Fame” last school year. Our student run credit union was extremely active with many new accounts opened. I would like to thank our staff and students for their hard work on these successes last school year.
We are continuing with our “Eagle Pride” program that allows students to earn “ECASH” for positive choices that they can cash out each 9 weeks. In addition, we are adding a tier 2 program called “Coping Cats” to help students learn the value of making positive choices at school. This has been a great program for our school!
Eastern Local Schools values the opportunity to educate your children. School safety and the wellness of every child has been a concern on everyone’s mind in recent years. We will continue having an armed school resource officer in the building. Once again, The Counseling Source will be available to all students this year for long term counseling needs. We are extremely excited about the partnership formed with SOMC. This fall SOMC will be opening a health clinic in our school to serve our students who may have a variety of medical needs (vaccinations, illnesses, and primary care physician). More information will be given to families at open house and the start of the school year about this great program.
Looking ahead to this school year, a few changes are going to be made to the traffic flow around the school. All elementary kids grades prek-5 will now be dropped off at the elementary gym entrance. If you need to stop in the building, the side lot will still be available for you to park and enter the building. We are asking families to use the new school entrance on Beaver Pike for the drop off and pick up of their child. Signs will be posted directing the traffic flow. The entrance by the elementary playground will be permanently gated off throughout the school year.
Students please remember our motto as we will once again be reciting this each and every day.
At Eastern Elementary, we do our “BEST,”
Be caring toward others,
Excel in all school activities,
Show respect toward others, even if they are not like myself,
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 Eastern Eagle!"
Matthew E. Hines
Eastern Elementary Principal
(740) 226-6402 ext. 11005