Chartwells Free Meal Pick-up Program (Updated)


Beginning on Friday, March 20, 2020, we will be providing a free bag breakfast and lunch for Easthampton children 0-18 years of age in need.

In an ongoing effort to keep our staff safe, we are announcing a shift in our school meals distribution for families during the school closure.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, we are moving to a three day per week distribution schedule. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we will distribute meals.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive 2 days worth of meals and on Fridays, they will receive meals for Fri., Sat. and Sunday.

Location and methods of meal distribution:

Please pull to the back of the Easthampton High School building and remain in your vehicle.  Someone will deliver your meals to your car.

If you are unable to pick up meals and would like them delivered to your home, please call 413-575-1565.  We will need to know the number of children and your address when you call.

A volunteer will deliver the meals to your front door.  The volunteer will knock or ring your bell and then leave the meals at your door.  Please remain in your home until the volunteer has returned to their vehicle. If you are available to volunteer to bring meals to homes around Easthampton at least one morning per week, please call the number above.

We are grateful to our Food Service Program – Chartwells and all of the volunteers who are supporting us to meet the needs in our community. 


    
			

Resources for Home Learning Engagement Grades 9-12

Key Resources

Literacy/English Language Arts

  • Common Litread grade-level or reading level appropriate texts and answer comprehension and discussion questions 
  • ReadWorks – read articles and stories with reading comprehension questions and vocabulary supports 
  • Read Write Think – Interactive tools, can focus on critical thinking, etc.

World Language 

Science and Technology/Engineering

History and Social Studies

  • Virtual Field Trips – travel to historical sites around the globe
  • iCivics – play games and follow lesson plans to learn about democracy and the United States
  • Seterra – play online quizzes to learn about world geography 
  • Emerging America – Focus on local abolitionist history.
  • Zinn Education Project – History from many perspectives.
  • Teaching Tolerance – Teaching Tolerance.
  • Teaching for Change – Local author and important perspective on European Conquest as we have so many folks with Taino ancestry in our schools and communities!
  • Facing History – Find compelling classroom resources, learn new teaching methods, meet standards, and make a difference in the lives of your students.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science

Mathematics

  • Khan Academy – get a daily schedule with grade-level and specialized mathematics content for your student
  • IXL Math – practice math skills in foundational and advanced mathematics 
  • Xtra Math – practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Arts

Social Emotional Learning

Library Resources

  • Libby, by OverDrive Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. 1. Fish out your library card 2. Open the Libby app 3. Find your local library 4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. Happy reading.
  • Internet Archive- National Emergency Library– a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
  • Unite for Literacy– offers resources in 43 narration languages.
  • PBS Learning Media
  • EHS Library Homepage

Interdisciplinary Resources

Resources for Home Learning Engagement Grades 6-8

Key Resources

Literacy/English Language Arts

  • Common Lit – read grade-level or reading level appropriate texts and answer comprehension and discussion questions
  • ReadWorks – read articles and stories with reading comprehension questions and vocabulary supports
  • Read Write Think – Interactive tools, can focus on critical thinking, etc.

World Language

Science and Tech/Engineering

History and Social Studies

  • Virtual Field Trips – travel to historical sites around the globe
  • iCivics – play games and follow lesson plans to learn about democracy and the United States
  • Seterra – play online quizzes to learn about world geography
  • Emerging America – Focus on local abolitionist history.
  • Zinn Education Project – History from many perspectives.
  • Teaching Tolerance – Teaching Tolerance.
  • Teaching for Change – Local author and important perspective on European Conquest as we have so many folks with Taino ancestry in our schools and communities!
  • Facing History – Find compelling classroom resources, learn new teaching methods, meet standards, and make a difference in the lives of your students.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science

Mathematics

  • Khan Academy – get a daily schedule with grade-level and specialized mathematics content for your student
  • Prodigy Math Game – choose your student’s grade level and they play a game by solving math challenges
  • Xtra Math – practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Arts

Health and Physical Education

Social Emotional Learning

Library Resources

  • Libby, by OverDrive Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. 1. Fish out your library card 2. Open the Libby app 3. Find your local library 4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. Happy reading.
  • Internet Archive- National Emergency Library– a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
  • Unite for Literacy– offers resources in 43 narration languages.

Interdisciplinary Resources

6th-8th Grade Prompts (offline learning)

  • Read
    • *What did you read? What was your favorite part and why?
    • *Rewrite a story you read from a different character’s point of view.
    • *How would you change the ending to a story you have read?
    • *Continue a story you’re reading and write what you think will happen.
    • *What is the theme of a story you read? Think of an event or direct quote that supports the theme.
    • *How has the main character changed throughout the book you’re reading?
    • *Read an article about a topic of your choice, summarize it, and find the main idea.
    • *Take some time to look around your house and see what books are available to you. Find a type of book that perhaps you haven’t had time to read in the past. As you read, create a reading goal for yourself.  What space will you choose? How much will you read in a day? How often will you reflect on what you’ve read? Would you recommend this book?  Who would you recommend it to?
      • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.
  • Math Practice
    • *Make your own addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division flashcards and practice.
    • *Create your own real world word problems (such as calculating tip, total grocery bill, or driving distance) and give them to your family members to solve. Then, have them do the same for you.
    • *Draw a picture using as many shapes as you can. The challenge is to make them 3D shapes and build a structure using them.
    • *Calculate perimeter, area, surface area, and or volume for items in your house.
    • *Help your family cook a meal and write down any fractions you notice. What would the amounts be if you doubled the recipe or even tripled it?
    • *Think of your dream vacation and plan a budget around travel, stay, gas prices, etc. How much money will you need for your trip? Make sure you can prove it.
      • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.
  • Write!
    • *Create a Google Document to record all of your writing!
    • *Write a poem.
    • *Write a fictional story.
    • *Research a topic of interest and write an informational response about the new information you learned.
    • *Write about a place that you’ve visited or a place you’d like to visit.
    • *Write an opinion you feel strongly about such as: Do you think kids your age should have cell phones? How much homework should you have? Should school start earlier? later? Provide reasons to support your claim.
      • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.
  • What’s the weather?
    • *Look outside. What do you notice?  Is it sunny or raining? Cloudy?
    • *How would you describe it?
    • *Do your best to create your own weather report for today.
    • *Research the climate of another city, state, or country. How is it different from our own? How is it the same?
      • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.
  • Interview a family member.
    • *Talk to an adult in your family in your house or over the phone and ask them the following questions.
    • *What was your favorite thing to do when you were my age?
    • *What did you enjoy learning at school?
    • *What did you want to be when you grew up?
    • *Create your own questions based on what you’re curious about learning.
    • *How are your lives different? How are they similar?
      • Write/type, draw, talk about, and or use a digital creation tool such as Google Slides or Google Drawing to answer any or all of the questions.

Do at least one of the following activities:

  • *Exercise! (For example, dance, make up your own circuit training stations, run in place, or with permission from an adult, play outside!)
  • *Sing three of your favorite songs and see if you can make up a new one.
  • *Help cook a healthy meal with your family.
  • *Play a musical instrument and if you don’t have one, get creative! Can you play the spoons? Tap some tupperware? Make an instrument from scratch?
  • *BUILD. Cup tower? Legos? Again, get creative!
  • *Create your own design challenge such as making a game, obstacle course, or marble run. Reflect on how it went.

EHS Cancellations Updates

Good morning,

As you know, news about precautionary responses to COVID-19 has been rapidly evolving. A few items I wanted to share with families this morning:

1.The Cheer Team’s State competition scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled. No word on a reschedule date.

2.The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has postponed the start of the spring sports season to March 30th. Teams are not allowed to hold practices until then. No games can begin until 11 days after practices have begun (including the first day). This means that no games or meets will be held until at least April 10th.

3.The Swim Team banquet scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

4.Open gym for boys’ and girls’ basketball has been cancelled.

5.The Equity Steering Committee meeting and the public tour of the African-American history museum scheduled for Wednesday evening have both been cancelled.

We promise we will keep families informed as quickly as we can as this situation unfolds in the coming hours and days.

Finally, we are aware that this constant bombardment of information can be overwhelming for all of us. Many of our students are feeling the stress of so much change in such a short period of time. Our hope is to provide students with only the facts that we know, to help them understand what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones, and to try to maintain as much normalcy and routine as we can. Thank you for your continued support of this important work we are engaged in together.

Regards,

Bill Evans
EHS Principal


    
			

EPS Cancellation Update

 

Due to an abundance of safety, the Easthampton Public Schools will be postponing kindergarten registration, scheduled for March 12, 2020, and kindergarten tours, scheduled for March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are taking measures to limit the number of people who have access to our buildings to keep our staff and students healthy. At this time, we have 0 cases of COVID-19.

The district will be reviewing these types of decisions within 30 days or as needed.

Thank you for your patience as we address this ever-evolving situation.


    
			

EHS Announcement

Easthampton High School to extend its popular exhibit on African American History by 3 weeks. Originally scheduled to end on March 18th, The Little Black History Museum Exhibit: Celebrating American Legacies and Critical Conversations will now run until April 10th.

“We had no idea that [the exhibition] would be popular, but we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal visitor response to-date,” says, Asher Hamilton, curator, and docent of the Exhibit, which has so far recorded over 250 visitors to the exhibition. “I am delighted that we can extend the run, ensuring that as many people as possible to have the chance to see it before it closes.”
The exhibit is an excellent way to understand the context of how African Americans have been portrayed in the last 400+ years in American History. The museum consists of over 25 storyboards using more than 500 powerfully colorful and brilliant images to tell this story.
While the museum will show reverence to history and culture, it will also show a devotion to understanding where bias originates how it can be diminished within our society.