Welcome Eastern students, families, and community!
We are very excited to start a new school year at Eastern Middle/High School! After two extremely difficult school years, we are looking forward to starting the year under normal conditions for the first time in three years.
Despite the challenges of the last three years, we have continued to see much success and significant growth as a building and district. Eastern Middle/High School has continued to increase test scores while also achieving the highest average test scores in Pike County for the fourth year in row. In 2021-2022, Eastern ranked 1st in the county in 10 of the 13 tested areas in grades 6-12. Additionally, 8 of the 13 tested areas were at or above the state average (this is a number that has increased each of the last four years) while 2 more tested areas were within five percent of the state average.
In addition to test scores, our building saw many other important accomplishments last year. In June, 29 students completed the summer extended learning program. 17 of those students were high school students who recovered credits for graduation in over 40 courses. In the middle school, the new reading recovery program helped many students work toward reading on grade level while significantly improving their reading skills and confidence. The middle school also swept the county’s academic competitions last year, bringing home championships in the 6th and 7th/8th grade quiz bowl tournaments, the Math 24 tournament, and the Pike County Spelling Bee! In the high school, we continued to add to our curriculum with expanded CCP options, virtual learning courses, credit recovery courses, and the new Conservation Science course.
This year, we are very excited about several new initiatives and programs. Over the summer, graphing calculators were purchased for each student in the high school. We also purchased a new curriculum for social and emotional learning. This curriculum will be taught during advisor periods in both the middle and high school. We will also continue to offer the after school program to provide remediation and credit recovery opportunities for students. Finally, the district has been cooperating with the county ESC to reevaluate our LEAD program and will be implementing changes to allow us to better serve both our LEAD students and those students who are gifted in one or more content areas, but were not being served as a LEAD student.
As we begin the new year, please be advised of the following:
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.
The district will be transitioning to a new paperless system for completing student forms called Final Forms. Parents will complete all back-to-school forms using this new platform.
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.
Thank you for your continued support and investment in our students, school, and community, and have a great school year.
Eastern Middle/High School Principal