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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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Hustling for Hunger

On September 29th, racers flocked to the East Central track to participate in the 2nd annual Homecoming 2 mile Hustle.  Participants ran or walked through the beautiful fall fields and  grounds of East Central, to raise funds for the East Central Backpack Food Program.  This program provides a supply of nutritious food to children in need during weekends and holidays, when school lunch and breakfast is not available.

Winners of the event include:  Student Female- 1st Place Cassidee Thorvig, 2nd Place Emma Priske; Student Male- 1st Place Simon Ecklund, 2nd Place Payton Marshall.  Adult Female- 1st Place Lydia Kingsley, 2nd Place Lorelei Finley; Adult Male- 1st Place John Gaede, 2nd Place Mark Diggan. 

Students in 4th grade and younger also got to test their running legs in the Halftime 400m Dash.  15 kids participated in racing around the track as homecoming football fans cheered them on.

This event is organized by the National Honor Society and sponsored by:  East Central Community Education, Quarry County Store, Chris' Food Center, East Central Energy, Kettle River Pizza, Northern Pine Chiropractic, Methven Funeral Home, Sandstone Dental Office, Essentia Health, and Partridge Creek Ranch. 
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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

HS Testing Dates

College Knowledge Month - October
School Board Meeting - October 16
Education MN Conference (No School) - October 19 & 20
College Shirt Day - October 24
College Application Day - October 24
Unity Day - October 25
Picture Retakes - October 26
Financial Aid (Srs & Parents) - October 26
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
All Shook Up (Fall Musical) - November 16 (7:30 PM)
All Shook Up (Fall Musical) - November 17 (7:30 PM)
All Shook Up (Fall Musical) - November 18 (7:30 PM)
All Shook Up (Fall Musical) - November 19 (2:00 PM)
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