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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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Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

East Central School is pleased to announce its annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 21th.  This is the opportunity for people to nominate former graduates of our school and our school’s heritage schools.  This list would include Bruno, Askov, Sandstone, and East Central.  We are seeking nominations of individuals who have contributed to our world in a significant way.

The Mission Statement reads:
It is our goal to recognize Sandstone, Askov, East Central students that have distinguished themselves by their contributions in their field of work/study, to their individual communities, and to society as a whole.  By providing these positive role models to our current students, they will understand the positive impact ECHS has made on individuals from our community in the past.  This inspiration will provide hope and relevance to our current students in their area of studies as well as extra-curricular opportunities.

The Hall Of Fame program is under the direction of the National Honor Society at East Central.  The NHS recognizes students of excellence, academically and philanthropically.  The Hall of Fame serves to recognize these strengths and accomplishments in past graduates.

A committee of area volunteers and EC personnel will review all nominations and then select submissions for the Hall of Fame Induction.  We are seeking nominations for individuals who have excelled in their professional life.  We also are seeking those individuals who have been generous in their giving and volunteering.  There are many who have served their country in the military achieving great recognition as well. These individuals may be awarded this honor post-humously as well.  The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees included:  Fred Konrath (Sandstone, 1961) and Frank Loken (Sandstone, 1959). 

We encourage all to consider submitting a nomination for someone you know who has been a good example in life.  They must be a graduate of East Central or its predecessing  schools.  Nomination forms and mission statements are available at the East Central High School Office or downloaded at  Nomination forms may be turned in to the East Central High School Office or mailed to East Central Schools-Hall of Fame, 61085 State Hwy 23,  Finlayson, MN   55735.   Nominations must be received by February 24, 2017.  
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2016 TIES Exceptional Teachers

Wendy Ecklund and Jeff Tuckner of East Central Schools ISD #2580 were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers for 2016. They were among 77 teachers from 48 districts being honored at the TIES 2016 Education Technology Conference on December 13 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.
These individuals were chosen by their Superintendent Andrew Almos for the TIES Exceptional Teacher award, which recognizes teachers who use technology to positively impact student learning and model best practices in their classroom.
Wendy Ecklund is a special education teacher at East Central Elementary. She advocates for her students and strives to provide a comprehensive program for each student. She works to challenge herself and learn best practices. She collaborates with other teachers and has a true love for children and learning. Wendy strives to add technology into her daily practice and learn techniques and programs to help her students within their daily instruction.
Jeff Tuckner has been integrating technology into his classroom for several years. As an industrial technology teacher at East Central High School, he has his students learn autoCAD and other CAD programs. He has added Wacom tablets, 3D printers and digital photography into his curriculum. He is always looking for new and interesting ways for his students to get involved in something they can turn into a career.

Upcoming Events

Test Dates for 2016-17

Elementary FAST Testing - January 9 - 27
Martin Luther King Jr Day (No School) - January 16
Teacher Workshop - January 16
School Board Meeting - January 17
End of 2nd Quarter - January 20
Spelling Bee - January 26
Geography Bee - January 31
Snow Week - February 6-10
    Monday - PJ Day
    Tuesday - Color/Neon Day
    Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
    Thursday - Career Day
    Friday - Spirit Day
Teacher Workshop (No School) - February 17
President's Day (No School) - February 20
Elementary (K-4) Spring Concert (9 AM & 2 PM) - March 9
Parent Teacher Conferences - March 14
Parent Teacher Conferences - March 16
Spring Break (No School) - March 20 - 24
End of 3rd Quarter - March 31
MCA Math & Reading (Grades 3-6) - April 10 - 28
No School - April 14
MCA Reading Test (Grade 7) - April 18
MCA Reading Test (Grade 8) - 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
ACT Test (Grade 11) - April 28
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
HS MAP Reading Test - May 16 - 19
Elementary Eagle Extravaganza - May 26
Graduation - June 2