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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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Fall Musical Cast List

ALL SHOOK UP has been selected for East Central School and surrounding communities' fall musical production.  Inspired by and featuring more than 20 hits of Elvis Presley, it's 1955!  Into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who "shakes up" everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have audiences "jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes" with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," "One Night with You," "Hound Dog," "Teddy Bear," "Love Me Tender," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Devil in Disguise," "Burning Love," etc.

ALL SHOOK UP is a toe-tapping musical filled with laughter, excitement, and dancing.  The directors are pleased to announce that once again we are fortunate that professional choreographer Gary Sassenberg will choreograph the production.  Look forward to creative and amazing dancing.

ALL SHOOK UP is directed by Kathy Ebnet, with vocal direction by Jamie Stone and instrumental direction by Dan Kolker.  For more information contact Kathy Ebnet at 320-630-3657 or Jamie Stone at 651-295-4594.  Spread the word!  Come join the fun!  "C'mon Everybody" don't miss out on being a part of this rockin' entertainment.
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Giving Kids a Jump Start
Preschool Expansion

Our school district now qualifies for Voluntary Preschool (VPK) funding from the state of Minnesota. This is exciting news for East Central students and families! We have decided to expand the services we provide our youngest learners by now offering four full days of preschool to each four year old child. The program will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with transportation provided. There is no cost to families for preschool at East Central Schools.

We expanded preschool to be two full days per week just three year ago. We have seen increases in kindergarten readiness skills due to the increase in preschool time. We have tracked student achievement data for our students participating in expanded preschool and the results show increasing preschool time has boosted achievement levels. Students going into second grade this year were the first class to have two full days of preschool. This past spring 84% of this class is on track to be proficient in math and 72% are on track to be proficient in reading. The incoming 1st graders had 96% of students on track to be proficient in math and 80% are on track to be proficient readers. These scores show our preschool program is working to prepare students for success in school. With these results in mind, we are hopeful for even more increases in student achievement by offering four full days of preschool.

There is a significant research base that clearly shows students who are proficient readers by third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education/training. By giving our students a jump start with early learning opportunities, we feel students will be set up for success as they enter school.

The preschool program at East Central offers a balance of play and learning experiences focused on getting students accustomed to the school routine. Activities such as library time, physical education, music, recess, free play, and of course rest (nap) time are all part of the preschool experience.

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting - September 18
Elementary Picture Day - September 25
Homecoming Week - September 25-28
 - Monday: Hippie Day
 - Tuesday: Space Day
 - Wednesday: Generation's Day
 - Thursday: School Spirit Day
Homecoming Coronation - September 25
Teacher Workshop (No School) - September 29
School Board Meeting - October 16
Education MN Conference (No School) - October 19 & 20
End of 1st Quarter - November 3
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 6
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 9
No School - November 10
School Board Meeting - November 13
Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 23 & 24
Band & Choir Concert - December 7
School Board Meeting - December 18
Winter Break (No School) - December 22 - January 1