August 15, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. The first day for students is Monday, August 28.
Below are some upcoming changes and enhancements that have taken place in the areas of curriculum, technology, and facilities, implemented to keep the district current, relevant, and progressive.
Curriculum and Instruction
- District grade scale changed to: 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69 = D; below 60 = F
- Implementation of new high school courses: Digital Electronics, Environmental Sustainability, Civil Engineering and Architecture, AP Computer Science Principles
- Implementation of Communities in Schools program at EHS
- Implementation of Units of Study in writing, grades K-8
- Pilot of literature circles in the high school English/Language Arts department
- Curricular revision in secondary social studies and math
- Curricular revision in middle level computers and engineering/technology
- Curricular revision of K-5 library program
- Formation of elementary math committee to investigate purchase of K-5 published program and resources
- Formation of elementary report card committee to revise reporting system
- Full implementation of FastBridge universal screening tool in elementary grades
- Pilot of FOSS (Full Option Science System) materials in grades K-5
- Full Day Kindergarten Committee continues research and planning
- Internet capacity increased from 1 gig to 10 gig
- Start of comprehensive district-wide infrastructure overhaul
- Upgrade of internet filtering software
- Creation of a student tech support program to assist with technology support
- Modification of tech ed and instructional planning rooms at LMMS
- Resurfaced tennis courts
- Installation of additional lighting near EHS student crosswalk
- Flooring replaced at EHS, Macungie, and Wescosville
- Roof replaced at Wescosville
- Interior painting at Macungie and Shoemaker
- LED lighting installed in science wing of EHS
Also, please join me in welcoming three new administrators to the district: Emmaus High School Principal Dr. Kate Kieres, Shoemaker Elementary Principal Jackie Vogel, and Special Education Supervisor Michael Ubbens.
This year, the district’s focus for continued improvement will be in two areas:
- Integration of technology: In light of moving forward with an aggressive technology plan, including a complete infrastructure overhaul and the start of a 1:1 initiative with student Chromebooks, we are training teachers how to effectively and efficiently embed technology into the daily curriculum.
- Grading: We are examining how to grade students in a manner that reflects current, state-of-the-art thinking and best instructional practices. Our grading system must clearly communicate progress to parents and motivate students to perform to the best of their abilities.
East Penn School District is a district that strives for excellence and does not rest on its laurels. The entire staff prides itself on keeping programs relevant and the curriculum current. We are honored to educate your children and look forward to another exciting and productive school year.