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East Central Schools
61085 State Hwy 23
Finlayson, MN  55735
Fax: 320.245.5453


East Central Schools ISD #2580

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Students Selected to Attend Boys & Girls State

The American Legion Post 151 of Sandstone, the American Legion Post 563 of Bruno, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 151 of Sandstone have announced the junior students to represent this area at the annual American Legion “Legion Boys State” and “Legion Girls State”.  

Nicholas Ecklund and Wyatt Walz were selected to represent East Central at Boys State.  Nicholas is the son of Doug and Wendy Ecklund of Bruno.  He will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 563 of Bruno.  Wyatt is the son of Brian and Kristy Walz of Hinckley.  He will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 151 of Sandstone.

Anika Eaves was selected to represent East Central at Girls State.  Anika is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Eaves of Hinckley.  Molly Nygren was selected as first alternate; she is the daughter of Barbra Nygren of Sandstone. 

Boys State will be held on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and Girls State will be held on the campus of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota both from June 11-17, 2016.  

Scholars for Boys State and Girls State must be juniors in high school.  They are singly honored in view of the outstanding qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them.  They are named through cooperation of the Post, High School Faculty and leading citizens in the community.

Minnesota American Legion Boys State and Girls State is a week-long experience of learning about Minnesota government at the local, county and state levels by "doing". It is a week of intensive study and involvement. The participants will actually organize and participate in the various levels and branches of government. Every boy and girl will participate in the process of city, county and state government.   Highlights of the week include political speakers, mock trials, campaigning, and elections. Unlike a summer or recreational camp, Minnesota Boys State and Girls State is a week of studying and learning by involvement. However, they do have fun times, too. 

2017 Girls State- from left to right- Pat Makela, Anika Eaves, Beverly Voigt, Doris Helm, and Molly Nygren.
2017 Boys State Sandstone- from left to right- Bill Voigt, Dave Will, Wyatt Walz, Dwight Hahn, and Bill Morgan.
2017 Boys State Bruno- from left to right Bob Olson, Ron Darcy, Nicholas Ecklund, and Mary Lehinger.
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Dollars for Scholars Application Now Available

The East Central Dollars for Scholars Chapter scholarships will become available March 1, 2017.   Deadline for the application is March 31, 2017.  These scholarships are made possible by the generous financial contributions of community members, business owners, educators, students, alumni, and the work of dedicated East Central Dollars for Scholars volunteers. Since the class of 1994, more than $600,000 has helped over 500 students to continue their education.  Each year, East Central Dollars for Scholars awards $40,000-$50,000 in scholarships to graduates and post-graduates to help pay for their higher education.  

The East Central Dollars for Scholars scholarship application is available online at  Scholarships are available to East Central High School seniors who have taken the ACT test, and East Central graduates currently in college carrying a minimum of 12 semester credits.  College graduate students are not eligible for the scholarship program.

Pictured:  Craig Feist, Matthew Klocke and Anika Eaves received $25.00 for volunteering their time at the East Central Dollars for Scholars Chapter Phone-a-thon in December.  All volunteers were entered into a drawing for each hour they worked.  The money earned at this event will go towards scholarships.  This year, from the Phone-a-thon, around $16,000 was donated towards scholarships.

Upcoming Events

Test Dates for 2016-17

End of 3rd Quarter - March 31
MCA Math & Reading (Grades 3-6) - April 10 - 28
No School - April 14
School Board Meeting - April 17
MCA Reading Test (Grade 7) - April 18
MCA Reading Test (Grade 8) - April 19
ACT Test (Grade 11) - April 19
MCA Reading Test (Grade 10) - April 20
Chain Gang Lock-in - April 21
MCA Math Test (Grade 7) - April 25
MCA Math Test (Grade 8) - April 26
MCA Math Test (Grade 11) - April 27
MCA Science Test (Grade 5) - May 1 - 5
MCA Science Test (Grade 8) - May 2
MCA Science Test (Grade 10) - May 3
Elementary FAST Testing- May 8 - 26
HS MAP Reading Test - May 8 - 10
Elementary GOM Testing - May 9 & 10
Band & Choir Concert - May 10
School Board Meeting - May 15
HS MAP Reading Test - May 16 - 19
Elementary Eagle Extravaganza - May 26
Memorial Day (No School) - May 29
Graduation - June 2
Last Day of School - June 6
Teacher Workshop - June 7
School Board Meeting - June 19
Marching Band to Chicago - June 30 - July 3
School Board Meeting - July 17
Fall Sports Practice Starts - August 14
School Board Meeting - August 21