After a long year of remote and hybrid school, Easthampton kids are itching for a fun and enriching summer away from the stress of the classroom. At the same time, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it harder for families, parents, and caregivers to provide those activities. Our area has some great camp options, but the high cost makes them inaccessible for many children in our district.
TheEasthampton Learning Foundation(ELF) is asking YOU to partner with us to fund camperships for Easthampton Public Schools (EPS) students. Our goal is to match ELF’s $5,000 gift with an equal amount from our community. Together, we can help provide some great summer experiences for our city’s children.
What are camperships?
A grant given to a family to cover the cost of attending a summer camp.
How will campers be identified?
EPS already supports some students to allow them to attend summer camp, but the number of children who can benefit is limited by the funding available. EPS uses a fair and equitable process to determine which students can most benefit from a campership and works with their caregivers to match them to available camp opportunities.
What is the cost of camps?
Local camps cost between $250-300 weekly.
Thank you so much for considering supporting these efforts!
The Easthampton Public Schools are welcoming students back full time over the coming month. A layered approach to mitigation, including protocols such as masks, hand washing, and physical distancing are in place and have been proving effective in minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission among students and staff. To enhance these essential mitigation strategies, Easthampton Public Schools will be providing voluntary pool testing to students and staff. Pool testing allows school districts to quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. By participating in pool testing EPS will have another tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our buildings and throughout the community. Having a high number of participants in pool testing will provide a better understanding of the presence of COVID-19 and maximize our ability to remain open and to bring more students into the building.
Easthampton Public Schools has elected to participate in the six-week Pooled Testing Program offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Pool testing is PCR testing by mixing several test samples together in a “batch” or “pool” and then testing the sample for SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Registrations are accepted at any time during the 6 week program; registration for the week of pooled testing closes on prior Friday at noon.
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It is with great excitement that I announce the winners of this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards to you.
Easthampton is proud to have two winners this year:
Jill Collins, Grade 4 Teacher at Center Pepin Elementary
and Margaret Betts, Grade 4 Teacher at Maple Elementary School
Congratulations to both exceptional teachers, who managed to shift their classrooms to remote learning in monumental ways – really engaging with every student and building a strong classroom community. Beyond that, each educator was also praised by colleagues for their impact beyond the classroom. Jill Collins collaborated to start a Social Justice PLC (Professional Learning Community) and has been instrumental in securing resources and tools for all grades in this important work. Margaret Betts has worked tirelessly to support educators this year pivot to online tools specifically around mathematics.
Both educators will be recognized by the Grinspoon Foundation in a virtual celebration this spring.
Please join me in congratulating these exceptional Easthampton educators!
One final thought: I would be remiss not to mention all the amazing educators in Easthampton who have taken on the challenge of remote learning this year and soared. Their support of colleagues, relationships with families, problem-solving attitudes and complete dedication make them all winners!