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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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College Knowledge Month

East Central is pleased to announce its participation in the statewide College Knowledge Month which will be held during the month of October.  The goal of College Knowledge Month is to provide an opportunity for all Minnesota high school seniors to complete and file college applications.  While the focus is on helping all students, special attention should be given to first-generation, low-income, and other students who might face barriers in applying to college.

This is the 4th year EC has participated in this state initiative and each year it continues to get better and better!  Last year, Mrs Gaede participated in leading other schools plan and organize their college knowledge month so she is filled with new ideas and excitement (as well as open to suggestions)!  

Here is a great video that explains the benefits of a non-four year programs.  Success in the New Economy by Kevin Fleming

EC will be hosting many activities throughout the month ranging from lunch time Career Activities, Financial Aid Informational Meetings, Career Inventories, which all lead up to our final full-day activity - Senior College Application Day.  This day is geared towards all seniors applying for college.  It is an exciting and successful day.  Last year over 100 colleges were applied to by our students.  There are many volunteer opportunities that day both big and small, but all greatly needed to help our students connect to resources and support them as they take a big step toward going to college.  Senior College Application Day will be Tuesday, October 27.
Homecoming Spirit Point Totals

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Total
9th 266 333 639 366 1,009 2,613
10th 285 432 389 322 870 2,298
11th 288 442 524 399 967 2,620
12th 559 458 421 478 892 2,808

Congratulations to the Seniors on winning the Spirit Seat!  The Freshman made a big charge in the last few days and finish 7 points out of 2nd place.  Great job to all students on dressing up during the week and in all the competitions.
Upcoming Events

College Knowledge Month - October
9th Grade Career Folder - October 5
Picture Day - October 6
Junior College Prep Night - October 7
Early Childhood Screening - October 13
PSAT Test for Juniors - October 14
Education MN Conference (No School) - October 15 & 16
7th & 8th Grade College Presso - October 19
School Board Meeting - October 19
10th & 11th Grade Career Folder - October 21
College Savings Plan - October 22
6th Grade Career Presso - October 23
College Application Day - October 27
End of First Quarter - November 6
School Board Meeting - November 9
Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 10
ASVAB Test for Juniors - November 11
Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 12
No School - November 13
The Music Man - November 19-22
Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 26 & 27
Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook - December 1
School Board Meeting - December 21
Winter Break (No School) - December 24 - January 1
School Board Meeting - January 4
Trap Shooting Donation

The East Central Community Education sponsored an event this past weekend and the Jim Jordan Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association donated funds to East Central schools.  This donation will be used to help start up a Trap Shooting team for the school.  Trap Shooting is the newest sport sanctioned by the MSHSL.  Below you see Scott Peterson and Superintendent Andy Almos.
For more pictures from the event, please view this gallery.