Inside ECS: Sharon Stout, Food Services ‘Expect nothing less than the best’ is the mantra of ECS’ Sharon Stout, the assistant to the director of food services for elementary schools. It’s with this mentality that Sharon ensures elementary lunches are the best they can be, but it’s also a guiding tenet with her own [...]
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Secondary: Parental Involvement Beyond Elementary For many parents, the transition from elementary to middle school can be tense as they leave the comfort of their small school and PTO for a larger building with more students and seemingly less opportunities to be involved. While it may seem as if there are less opportunities, in [...]
PTO: The Power of PTOs Earlier this month, Mary Feeser PTO president Julie Tyrakowski had an idea. Every December, at Mary Feeser, and at many schools throughout the district, students collect items like non-perishable food and toiletries to help other ECS schools in need. “The student council at Mary Feeser usually coordinates a food [...]
Perspective: Alex Ploner Why America? “America is well-known as one of the greatest countries in the world. Where I’m from, we watch American movies, we see American high schools, we hear about the American dream.” For Elkhart Memorial senior Alex Ploner, coming to America from Italy was an easy choice. “I speak five languages [...]
Returning to Elkhart Central Why Elkhart? “It was the only place that was really prepared to take me.” Toni (Yewen) Sharp came to Elkhart from Taupo, New Zealand in July 1986 as an exchange student at Elkhart Central High School. Among the many remarkable things about Sharp, one of the most notable is that [...]
Inside ECS: Monique Harris, Riverview How did you become involved in volunteering? When Haiti had an earthquake in 2010, my church - Trinity Methodist - went to help. They noticed there was a need for shoes. I asked students at Riverview to help donate, and between our students and the church, we collected 600 [...]
Inside ECS: Hiromi Hollett, ECHS/EMHS What language do you teach and what inspired you to become a foreign language teacher? I teach Japanese 1 through 4 and Japanese AP. I moved to America about 28 years ago and wanted to serve as a go-between for the U.S. and my native country, Japan. Initially, I [...]
Students explore the country through summer programs Every summer, high school students at Elkhart Community Schools have a unique opportunity to study through breathtaking travel opportunities with courses in Earth Science (Colorado), Marine Biology (East Coast), and U.S. History (Washington, DC). Each of the summer field experience courses begins with classroom instruction and local [...]
Students go global through international travel program For Elkhart Central High School students Will Nolan and Amy Wyse, the opportunity to travel extended beyond the borders of the United States and into Spain and Chile. Both students traveled through the IUHPFL (Indiana University Honors Program for Foreign Languages) program. Nolan, a current junior at [...]
Performing in the most magical places on Earth For students who participate in an ECS music program, the opportunity to travel, explore, and sometimes play in an extraordinary location comes with the musical territory. “I think it’s important for kids to have the opportunity to see and experience places outside of their own community,” [...]