East's Weekly Newsletter for Students, Families, and Staff
Friday, December 18th, 2020
Wishing you a restful, healthy Winter Break!
East students send warm wishes
to you this Winter Break
East staff get "Turnt Up" before Winter Break
East staff wear festive attire to celebrate the last day of school before Winter Break.
Winter Arts Blizzard: Virtual Learning Edition
In recent years, the Arts Ed department has hosted the Winter Arts Blizzard as a celebration to send us off into the break. Due to our virtual state, we decided to take the Blizzard online. Check out this video (using a MMSD account) of performing and visual art from East over the past few years (both in person and virtual).
Semester 1 Bridge Week Schedule and Grading Shift
The unique circumstances presented by the COVID Pandemic has given us the opportunity to re-think some of our traditional structures such as Final Exam Week. As a result we are implementing a shift to our finals week to allow for greater flexibility for teachers and staff to address the individual needs of students in ways a traditional finals week does not.

Bridge Week Schedule - January 18-22, 2021 
Formerly "Final Exams" week, the last week of the semester will be a “Bridge” week between the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. No exams will be given. During this week students should focus on finishing the semester strong and teachers will prioritize meeting with students who are failing or near failure. All students should check email communication from teachers on or before January 18th to determine if they are expected to meet with a teacher(s) during Bridge Week. 

  • Monday, January 18th, 2021
  • NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
  • Normal Tuesday schedule with live Zoom classes for identified students
  • Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
  • Normal asynchronous Wednesday, no live Zoom classes
  • Thursday, January 21st, 2021
  • Normal Thursday schedule with live Zoom classes for identified students
  • Friday, January 22nd, 2021
  • NO SCHOOL - Staff only grading day
  • Monday, January 25th, 2021
  • Semester 2 Begins - Normal Monday schedule with live Zoom classes for all students

District Semester Grading Shift
The district is making some shifts to the semester grading due to these unforeseen times and an F will not be an option for this school year. Instead, any student who has not successfully completed a course will receive a No Pass (NP). The NP will not be factored into a student’s GPA but the student will not earn the credit.

Technology and Chromebook Updates
On December 28th, ClassLink will update its site. This will happen automatically behind the scenes. The changes for students and staff are described here. To ensure Chromebooks are updated and working to return to school on Monday, January 4th Students should follow these steps: Plug it your Chromebook in overnight on January 3rd. Restarting will update, clear the browser cache, and have you ready for your first class. If it won’t start on Jan. 4, try these steps.
Honor '21 Graduates with a Yearbook Senior Tribute
Extended Deadline - January 4th, 2021!
Purchasing a Senior Tribute is a great way to honor a graduate, or group of graduates (such as soccer team, group of best friends etc.), with photos and a special message that will last a lifetime. Three sizes are available and our Yearbook staff will work with you to come up with the appropriate layout for your tribute.

To purchase a tribute:
  1. Print and complete this order form and mail it to East High School along with photos and payment -OR-
  2. Copy and paste the completed order form into an email and submit it along with photos to Ms. van Buren at atalvanburen@madison.k12.wi.us and mail payment to East High School. 
Student Congress Solicits Recipes For Cookbook
Student Congress wishes you the best of times during this Winter Break. We know that everyone may have different celebrations going on this season; however, we are hopeful you may want to share some of your best recipes for our East High Community! We created a google form where you can fill out your favorite recipe to share. Once we feel like we have a collection we will send out the result so that we can all benefit from the yummy food!
Recycling Survey
Our EHS Student Leadership Council is working diligently on a recycle project and how to keep East High School cleaner. We're hoping to get information on habits and opinions of the East community when it comes to keeping East clean & green. This Recycle Project Survey will only take a few minutes and we would appreciate you taking the time to fill it out. Taking this survey will enter you in a raffle to win a FREE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER! Please reach out to our student and head Recycle Project Coordinator, Clio Maya-Johnson with any questions, concerns or ideas!
Advanced Placement Survey
East is committed to helping students succeed through college, career, and community readiness. One way to build this is by taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We are asking that students complete the quick survey below to help teachers determine what is most important to students in choosing courses and how they might receive this information.

Students in an AP class should fill out this survey.

9th and 10th grade students who are not in an AP class should fill out this survey.
New Virtual Clubs At East
March For Our Lives
One of many student chapters of the WI branch which is part of the national movement started after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018.
Meets Thursdays at lunch
Advisor: Ms. Garvoille

Astronomy Club
Here we will talk and learn about space, planets and everything related. No knowledge needed, it's all for fun! Anyone can join.
Meets Fridays after school
Advisor: Mr. Vonck and Ms. Ohlinger

For any student interested in theater/improv or learning more about it.
Meets Thursdays during lunch
Advisor: Ms. Welzein
Student Accomplishments - Math & Theatre
The Madison Area Math League (MAML) has continued to host math meets this year but in a virtual setting. Last week at the "Memorial" math meet, East's very own Victoria Lenius scored high enough to take home a 6th place ribbon. Congratulations Victoria!

East High Theatre students participated in the State level of The Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival last weekend. Students were able to participate in workshops, see other productions from across the state, and meet with representatives from college theatre programs. In addition to this programming, the show was also adjudicated by three professional theatre artists. As well as receiving the All-State Award for making it to the final round of the festival, the cast/crew were also given the following awards from the judges: Outstanding Ensemble, Excellence in Technical Theatre, and Excellence in Direction. Congratulations Theatre Students!
Submit Work To East's Literary & Arts Magazine
The Expressions: Literary & Arts Magazine committee is hard at work editing and laying out the Winter Edition. The magazine is still accepting East student work (in the form of essays, poetry, song lyrics, photography, illustrations, graphic art, etc). The theme this semester is: Quarantine: A Spectrum of Voices. The magazine is especially looking for student work in Spanish & Hmong. Students may submit work via THIS FORM.
United Gymnastics Fundraiser
The United (East and La Follette) Gymnastics team is participating in a fundraiser with Great American. Items like magazines, digital subscriptions, tumblers, gift wrap, snacks, candles, home products and more are available for purchase online and will be shipped directly to the customer. Proceeds will help our gymnasts purchase new uniforms. Visit gaschoolstore.com and enter the code 5712666.
Food Distribution Over Winter Break
MMSD's Virtual Learning Food Distribution continues through Winter Break with an adjusted schedule. Curbside pick-up will be available each Tuesday during Winter Break. East's Thursday Mobile Food Pantry will NOT take place over Winter Break.
Quick Links & Helpful Resources