Principal Letter

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 School Year! 

Welcome to the 50th year of East High School!  50 years ago this fall, we welcomed the first students to come and learn at what was then East Junior/Senior High School.  Much has changed for us since that time, mostly with our physical facility. We have had 3 periods of construction; closed outdoor spaces to create classrooms, been as small as 1200 and as large as 2000 students, gained natural light in almost all of our classrooms and got rid of the hard wooden chairs in the auditorium.  Much has stayed the same for East!!  A tradition of academic excellence, student leadership in various organizations at a local, state and national level, teachers innovation and creativity, a variety of course offerings to meet the needs of students and their learning goals.  We are proud of our tradition and equally excited as we continue to become better at serving students, celebrating student success and welcoming all who enter our doors. 

We are excited to welcome more than 2000 students to the 2017-2018 school year!  We welcome over 20 new staff members to East serving in various roles.  We also welcome Chromebooks this year as part of the CLASS plan for the district.  Chromebooks will be issued to students during Readiness Days (August 2nd and 3rd).  Details about Chromebooks can be found in your summer mailing and also on the East High website.  

 With new faces and so many students here are a few updates: 

  1. School opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.  We ask that no student be dropped off before 7:00 a.m. and that all who aren’t working with a teacher, practicing with a sport or working with a club, be off school grounds by 4:00 p.m.
  2. There is no perfect traffic pattern at East, no matter what we do.  So I ask for your patience at our busiest times of the day (7:25-7:55 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.).  Your student can stay in the building until 4:00 p.m. and can be picked up either close to or away from the building.
    1. The West cut-out will be used as the drop off and pick up for buses taking students to and from The Career Academy.  The first pick up will be 8:00 a.m. and the final drop off will be at 2:55 p.m.  If you are making arrangements to pick-up your student, please keep in mind the buses might be there.  If you wish to use the North lot to pick up your student at the end of the day, please do so.  The access road between the Teton Street entrance and the North parking area is ONE WAY heading NORTH.
  3. Synergy and LMS pages are the best way to find out what is happening in your students classes.  
  4. Bookmark both the East High website, Counseling Center Page and Our School for information about activities, daily announcements, college visits, etc.  
  5. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to staff with questions, comments and concerns about things that are happening here at East.  We welcome the partnership with families, as it is essential for student success!

On behalf of our staff, I want to thank you for your commitment to student success and look forward to seeing you at many East High events throughout the 2017-2018 school year!  

Go Spartans!

Susan Cassata

Principal