On the 24th of November, the School Board convened over Zoom to address a number of community concerns as well as an agenda of educational updates throughout the district. These meetings can seem like a lot to process, so we at the Etown Expression are here to compress all that was discussed into a few digestible points.
by Emma Creason, Staff Writer
The EASD school board convened for a meeting open to the public on Zoom on November 10th. While the meeting covered a variety of topics, we at the Etown Expression are bringing you the most important points of the meeting for students and community members.
Point #1: COVID-19 Plans
The district remains alert as we advance into flu season with this global pandemic. As it stands, the EASD administration and staff participates regularly in forums and conferences with state and federal health officials and makes decisions based on expert advice and information.
Point #2: Community Voices
At the meeting on November 10th, only one community member spoke to the board. A. Zahn spoke for over 200 local parents as he proposed the transition of 3rd grade to Bear Creek Intermediate School and the transition of 6th grade to Elizabethtown Middle School be postponed. He spoke of concern for the mental health both students and staff during a transition, stating that the changes are "unnecessary" and could cause undue stress during these already challenging times.
Point #3: Physical vs. Distanced Instruction
The board passed the continuation of current educational setups with grades K-6 in person, 7-12 on a rotating hybrid schedule, and EASD online options for all ages. The board reviewed information from public health officials that if grades 7-12 were to return to an all in person format, there would be an inability to properly distance students in the school buildings.
Among other topics discussed by the board were finances and additions of clubs to the high school. Tune in to the next school board meeting by checking the district website: www.etownschools.org
By: Lara Hummer
This year’s Mini-THON, held at the Elizabethtown
Area High School, was a resounding success.
Attendees enjoyed a variety of fun games and
activities like nine square, basketball, and even a
bouncy house. New this year were a bunny room and
a video game tournament, both of which were
well attended, especially during visiting hours.
By: Beka Lashley and Zoey Noble
In 2019, the Elizabethtown Area School District began a new style of sport for students with an aspiration to play video games: the E-sports team. As the year has progressed, the new team has expanded its participation in tournaments as well as fundraisers like Mini-THON, where the team held a competition. Gamers were able to showcase their talents in popular Nintendo Switch games, with a portion of the funds raised benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund.
By: Sarah Rhine
The Democratic Primary train is rolling into the Nevada and South Carolina stations as candidates vie for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. This primary season began on February 3 and will go into early June; by the end, only one candidate will remain.
By: Brendan Sheehan
This musical season, the EAHS theater department will welcome Shrek: The Musical to the annual spring musical lineup. Shrek: The Musical follows the life of a light-green ogre who is forced into a secluded swamp due to the ridicule he has faced all of his life. Despite his isolated location, Shrek is met with newcomers who happen to be the faces of many fairy-tale characters, all of whom have been kicked out of Lord Farquaad’s kingdom. Annoyed by his new neighbors, Shrek vows to win their homes back in order to return to his peaceful tranquility. The EAHS theater production, running from March 12th-14th, will feature Claire Fritz (12th grade) as Fiona, Jake Sevcik (12th grade) as Shrek, Adam Evans (12th grade) as Donkey, Carter Rutkowski (12th grade) as Farquaad, Mac Smith (12th grade) as Dragon, and Keli Georges (10th grade) as Pinocchio. Tickets are currently available via showtix4u.com and will be sold at the box office.
By: Zoey Noble and Beka Lashley
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By: Brendan Sheehan
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