Welcome Eastern students, families, and community!
We are very excited to start a new school year at Eastern Middle/High School! The staff and administration are committed to serving your students and providing an educational experience that maximizes student potential and promotes high levels of student learning and achievement. As principal, I am extremely proud of our students and staff for their continued growth and achievement over the past five years. Not only has the building continued to increase state test scores across that time period, but we have also achieved the highest average test scores in Pike County for the fifth year in row. In 2022-2023, Eastern ranked 1st or 2nd in the county in 10 of the 13 tested areas in grades 6-12. Additionally, 5 tested areas were at or above the state average while 3 more tested areas were within five percent of the state average.
In addition to test scores, our building achieved many other important accomplishments last year. In June, 17 students completed the summer extended learning program, working to recover credits to meet graduation requirements. Those 17 students recovered credits in 36 courses. In the middle school, the reading recovery program helped many students work toward reading on grade level while a new format for the LEAD program was implemented in order to serve all students identified as gifted in any content area. The middle school also won championships in multiple academic competitions last year, bringing home championships in the 7th/8th grade quiz bowl tournament, the Math 24 tournament, and the Pike County Spelling Bee! Finally, the high school continued to expand College Credit Plus and virtual learning options and course offerings.
This year, we are very excited about several new initiatives and programs. Last year, PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) team members were trained to expand the PBIS program. The PBIS WINGS program has been very successful in recent years, providing incentives for grades, attendance, and discipline. However, the PBIS program will now provide a more robust program for students who require more intensive social and behavioral interventions. The building will also continue to teach an SEL curriculum during our advisor period to support continued social, mental, and emotional supports for our students. Finally, the new LEAD program will be expanded into the high school, providing gifted services for 9th and 10th grade students.
As we begin the new year, please be advised of the following:
Final Forms must be reviewed and submitted each year. If you did not receive an email to update your forms, please click HERE.
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, which is available by clicking HERE.
Middle/High School student drop-off and pick-up will continue to take place in the visitor parking lot. Students will enter/exit the front of the building using door 6. For safety, please do not drop off or pick up students in the upper parking lot which is designated for student drivers.
Student drivers and drop-offs will not be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:50 a.m. Students are also required to leave the building at dismissal unless the student is under the supervision of an approved supervisor or staff member.
Thank you for entrusting the Eastern Local School District with the safety and education of your child.
Eastern Middle/High School Principal