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08, Dec 2013

Our Schools

The East China School District is proud to provide our students and community with state-of-the-art facilities and technology equipment. In addition to the latest technology tools, all of our buildings have undergone renovations to improve the learning environment for students. The following list represents a sample of what you will find on your visit to our school district:


  • Smartboards, document camera, sound fields, and internet in every classroom
  • Wireless internet available throughout every building
  • Multiple up-to-date computer labs, iPad carts, and laptops
  • A computer to student ratio of 1 to 3.5
  • Flipped and blended classrooms

ECSD is very proud that four of our schools have been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education as Reward Schools:

Gearing Elementary
Palms Elementary
Marine City High School
St. Clair High School

Reward Schools are those which have achieved AYP and were also identified in one of the following ways: 1) Top 5% of schools in the State of Michigan on the Top-to-Bottom list 2) Top 5% of schools in the State of Michigan making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric) or 3) "Beating the Odds." Beating the Odds schools are those that are overcoming traditional barriers to student achievement and are outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographic makeup.

Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for working together and achieving this honor!

Palms Elementary is now running a new academic program called “Reading Rocks!” This after school intervention, which is run by Ms. Patti Adams and Ms. Robin Lyszczyk, is geared towards helping students with reading strategies that include word accuracy, decoding, short vowels, long vowels, word chunks, sight words, vocabulary, language skills, comprehension, and critical thinking. All students get one-on-one instruction from their lead teacher, as well as support from other teacher volunteers within this program. In addition, many lessons are supported by using online tools, iPads, smart boards, and many other resources to engage the students. There has been a positive response from the students who participate in the program as this proves to be another exciting example of how Palms Elementary, and the East China School District, are committed to the continual improvements and successes of all of our students.

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students recently participated in the National Geographic Bee in their Social Studies classes. The top two students from each class competed against each other in the SCMS Media Center. Oral questions from the National Geographic Society booklet were asked to each student. After many questions on a variety of topics such as U.S. Geography, U.S. Cities, U.S. History to information on the 7 continents, only the following 8 students remained for the final round:

Sarah Sepke (6th), Luke Jolly (7th), Billy Schunk (6th), Jimmy DeVolder (6th), Devon Peters (8th), Dylan Rock (7th), Cody Rusnell (8th), & Brennen Buckley (8th)

Only Cody Rusnell and Jimmy DeVolder remained for the Championship round which consisted of the following 3 questions:

1. The city of Portland is the eastern terminus for an oil pipeline that connects with Montreal, Canada. Portland is located on Casco Bay in which New England State?

2. The Potomac River rises in the Allegheny Plateau and empties into what large bay?

3. The Taklimakan (TAH-kluh-muh-KAHN) Desert, home to the Uyghur (WEE-ghur) people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?

(answers: Maine, Chesapeake Bay, China)

8th grader Cody Rusnell won the competition after answering 2 of 3 questions correctly. Cody will now take a written exam to try and qualify for the State competition on April 4th. Good luck Cody!

If you want to brush up on your Geography skills questions can found at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/

Also, you can download the GeoBee Challenge App on your mobile device!!

Mrs. Gunderson's 1st graders read the story "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. The class cut out their own mittens, punched holes, and sewed them together. Using the mittens the class then practiced retelling the folktale just like the storytellers of old!

Retelling requires students to activate their knowledge of how stories work and apply it to the new reading. As part of retelling, students engage in ordering and summarizing information and in making inferences. The teacher can use retelling as a way to assess how well students comprehend a story, then use this information to help students develop a deeper understanding of what they have read.

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St. Clair High School's Students and Staff raised $900 dollars in this year's March of Dimes "Blue Jeans for Babies" fundraiser. St. Clair High School has been honored, for the 15TH Year in a Row, as the #1 Fundraising School in the State of Michigan during the 2013 "Blue Jeans for Babies" campaign. WAY TO GO SAINTS!

A big shout out to the St. Clair Tim Hortons for their generous support in our fundraising efforts!

29, Dec 2013

Magnificent Math

Mrs. Linda Rowse and Mrs. Kelly Woodhouse are running an after school academic math program, at Palms Elementary, for students called Magnificent Math. Students are getting great one-on-one instruction and support in number sense, math talk, operations, and algebraic thinking. Students are also working with computers programs and many iPad apps during this program. There has been a very positive response, and many students are asking on how they can join the program in the future.

Second Trimester students in Monte Iafrate's Biology class collaborated with Visual Arts teacher Jason Stier in exploring our local ecosystem while finding connections between Art and Science. With the help of guest speaker Kathy Johnson from Gregory AD (specialist in diving, underwater art, and videography), students gained a deeper understanding of our local waters while creating a beautiful three-dimensional model of the Lake Huron Food Web.

This collaboration was a prime example of Project-Based learning at Riverview East High School. The project allowed for student-centered learning, collaboration, in-depth inquiry, and real-world applications of what is taught at REHS.

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