East's Weekly Newsletter for Students, Families, and Staff
Friday, September 11, 2020
Our Full Virtual Learning Schedule Begins Next Week
Next week begins our full regular schedule. 1st, 2nd, and 5th hours meet on Monday and Thursday, and 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th hours meet on Tuesdays and Friday. To ensure optimal learning environments for all students, we made a few adjustments to some students' schedules this week to balance class sections. All students should check IC to ensure they are attending the classes currently on their schedules during the correct hours. If you have any questions about your schedule please contact your counselor. You can also reach out to your teachers and find more information on the Virtual Learning website.
Don't Forget: Attendance Is Taken EVERY DAY
A reminder that attendance is taken EVERY day.

Mondays and Thursdays: 1st, 2nd, and 5th hour
Tuesdays and Fridays: 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th hour
Wednesdays: ALL CLASSES

In order to be marked present for each class on Wednesdays, students need to engage in two way communication with their teacher or complete asynchronous work assigned by the teacher.

To report absences, contact the student's Neighborhood Office.
Class of 2021 Senior Information
East High Counselors have prepared materials to help guide students and families through the college application process. Please bookmark the East College Application Landing Page and also join the Google East Counseling Department Classroom (Class Code: obznqfc). These resources will help Seniors and their families throughout the year.
Did You Miss Any Of The First Day Presentations?
Our staff and students put together slides and videos to help our Purgolders begin the the year successfully. Topics included tech support, how to get help, East High School values, how to get and stay organized, how to get involved, and a message from Principal Kearney with a virtual tour of the school.
Opportunities For Students To Get Involved Virtually
You can find information about how to get involved virtually at east in the presentation from 7th hour on Tuesday. Students who are involved in at least one activity generally graduate on time and with better grades. Explore common interess while connecting with others. East will host a Virtual Club Fair on Tuesday, September 15th at 12:00pm via Zoom for students to learn about all the clubs that are still meeting virtually this Fall.
Upcoming Virtual Meet & Greet Open Houses
  • Olbrich Neighborhood 9th Grade Students & Families
  • Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00pm
  • Zoom Link
  • Yahara Neighborhood 9th Grade Students & Families
  • Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00pm
  • Zoom Link
  • AVID 9th Grade Students & Families
  • Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm
  • Zoom Link
  • AVID 12th Grade Students & Families
  • Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm
  • Zoom Link
Videos of all Open Houses will be archived on our East website within a week.
A Range Of Virtual Academic Supports Are Available
As the school year begins, we want to remind you that we have a variety of Academic Supports available to students during Virtual Learning.

MSCR and Escalera are teaming up to host a virtual Homework Club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm beginning the week of September 28th. Escalera's Tuesday programming from 4:00-6:00pm also begins the week of September 28th. The Google Classroom codes can be found on the Academic Supports list.

AP Workshops will offer Advanced Placement students the opportunity to work within small collaborative groups with other AP students, while having AP staff there to provide content support. The Workshops will run from 4:00-5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning the week of September 28th. Check with your AP teacher for more details.
Student Photo Submission For The Yearbook
Due to online registration and students not being able to get a new Lifetouch portrait in time for publication, the Tower Tales yearbook will be collecting portraits from ALL STUDENTS. Students in all grades should use this "SUBMIT 2021 EAST HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK PORTRAITS" Google Form to submit a photo. 2021 Senior portraits are due November 2, 2020 and should be submitted using the same form. More information about senior tribute price and size options can be found on the yearbook website and students can also send student related snaps, TikTok videos, and school related pics for the 2020-2021 yearbook!
Virtual Learning Meal Distribution
Curbside meal service is being offered at 40 school sites including East High School. Each site has pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a market food box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals.
Zoom Guidelines For Students and Tips For Families
This fall we will be using Zoom as our Virtual Learning platform. Take a look at our instructions on what Zoom is and how to use it as well as helpful tips for families and guidelines for students to ensure everyone has a good Zoom experience. We have also put together some answers to Zoom Student FAQ's.
Materials Have Been Distributed
Students who have classes on this list and still need to pick up materials from East High School should email Janelle Heckendorn with the specific class they need materials for to arrange pick-up at East High. Students in music classes and math classes should contact their teacher for information about musical instruments and calculators. For Chromebook information, contact Jen Milne-Carroll, East High School Library Media Technology Specialist.
Welcome New East High School Staff
Future Ready East:
The 2020 Referenda
Built in 1922, our school is a unique, historic building beloved by our community. As a neighborhood gathering place, East is a source of pride. Our building’s facade and architecture hold beauty, but as a facility meant to engage young minds, spark innovation, and deliver our vision of student-centered instructional design, East needs significant renovations.
Much-needed renovations to East and Madison's other three comprehensive high schools are just one part of "2020 Future Ready Referenda," on the November ballot. When you go to the polls Nov. 3 or cast you absentee ballot, look for two questions about Madison's public schools.

Learn more about how the referenda would impact Madison's growing scholars, citizens, and leaders at mmsd.org/future-ready and tune in to a Facebook Live session next Wednesday, September 16th to learn more about the plan for East.
Virtual Youth Business Mentoring Program
Common Wealth Development's Youth Business Mentoring Program includes personal branding, personality exploration and how that relates to work, career exploration, job applications, financial literacy, and many more topics! Upon program completion, each student will be paired with a mentor who will meet with them to discuss their goals for working and what they’d like to pursue for employment. They provide references and assist students in getting hired at a part-time job, and then work with them to ensure it’s a successful placement.