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Welcome Back Information

EASTERN Cares Logo ColorDear EASTERN Families,

We look forward to welcoming our students to our school on Thursday, September 9th and assisting them as they explore, clarify, and prepare for their future careers.  To prepare, we would like to remind everyone of the safety protocols we have in place and provide some important updates.

Safety Protocols

  • Staff and students are required to wear a mask while in the building
  • Social distancing of 3 feet between students, and 6 feet between staff and students
  • Stay home if you are experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Students who are close contacts to a person who tested positive for COVID must quarantine unless vaccinated.  Vaccinated students who are not symptomatic do not have to quarantine but should be tested within 3-5 days of exposure.   Pending approval from our Joint Operating Committee, we will be able to assist with this testing with parent permission.

Reporting Absences

Calendar

  • Follow your district calendar.  If your district is scheduled to be closed, then students are not expected to report to EASTERN unless the district is providing transportation to EASTERN.

Transportation

  • Bus transportation is provided by the high schools.  EASTERN does not receive or maintain transportation information.  Please contact your high school or district transportation department for questions about bus transportation.

Summer Renovations

  • Our summer renovations included renovating Automotive Technology, our main office, nursing suite, and a Practical Nursing classroom.  Our instructional areas are almost complete, and we can’t wait for our Automotive students to see their improved space!  Our main office is still under renovation, so much of the staff has moved to our Seminar Room and other locations throughout the building.  Our nursing suite is located between Protective Services and Automotive Technology which is the same location it was temporarily placed last year.

New Students

  • New to EASTERN and unsure where to go?  Our staff will be placed at the entrances of our building to assist new students in finding their program areas.

Student Drivers

  • Only students who have received temporary parking permits via email may park at EASTERN.
  • Drivers should be prepared to provide a copy of their temporary parking permit email and ID upon arrival.

Student Drop Off

  • Follow sign to entrance/exit ramp
  • Students should not be dropped off until the school doors open
  • Doors open:
    • Morning Session 7:30
    • Afternoon Session 11:45

Student Pick Up

  • Follow signs to ramp
  • We will begin the year with a staggered dismissal, so students will be dismissed by district
  • Scheduled dismissal times:
    • Morning Session 10:15 – 10:30
    • Afternoon Session 2:30 – 2:45

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Administrative Contacts:

Mr. Gerry Rooney, Career and Technical Education Supervisor, grooney@eastech.org

  • Registration, class changes, attendance, parking, special education

Mr. Joe Greb, Assistant Director, jgreb@eastech.org

  • Uniform and supplies, industry certifications, program curriculum and instruction

Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, Executive Director, cplesnarski@eastech.org

  • General feedback or suggestions, pandemic-related safety

Check out my Director’s Update so you can read about the great things happening at EASTERN!  V10 Director Update.pdf

Looking forward to a great year,

Cathleen Plesnarski, Ed.D.
Executive Director

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Student Participates in National Geographic Student Expedition

Zoe Oliveras holds tree saplingEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Upper Dublin High School senior, Zoe Oliveras, has big future plans, which include becoming part of a research team that studies and protects sharks. Zoe’s grandmother supported her desire to be part of the ecosystem solution and surprised her with a National Geographic Student Expedition to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador for her 16th birthday. The trip took place June 19 – July 3, 2021. She studied native wildlife, worked with community conservationists, marine biologists, and took part in a climate action and ecosystem restoration service project.

This trip helped Zoe narrow down her post-secondary major to Marine Science. While in the Galapagos Islands, she studied giant tortoises, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies (a close relative of the Pelican). She also learned a great deal about the fragile ecosystem in the Galapagos Islands. These experiences, coupled with her Veterinary Science education at EASTERN, several years of volunteering as a Teen Conservation Ambassador for the Philadelphia Zoo, and her part-time job at North Penn Animal Hospital as a Kennel Assistant, contributed to her love of all animals, and her desire to be part of a solution for the ecosystem.

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Student Spotlight: Emily Nunez, Allied Health

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is excited to celebrate National Emily Nunez, Allied Health student and Abington Senior High School seniorHispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American students who have inspired others and achieved great success in their programs. We are pleased to feature Allied Health and Abington Senior High School senior, Emily Nunez.

To Emily, celebrating her heritage means overcoming obstacles in order to succeed. Emily believes that having the strength and courage to pack up and leave what you know for the betterment of your family is a trait that she admires in her family members. Emily was born in Costa Rica. When her father, who had been working in the United States, was able to gain citizenship, her family moved. Emily and her twin sister, Melany, were six years old when they moved to Ambler, Pennsylvania.

As Emily and her sister were learning English, they struggled to communicate with their new classmates. Emily’s parents supported her and her sister at home by doing English flash cards at night, and by enrolling them in after-school programs in reading and math. All of these efforts helped Emily and her sister overcome the language barrier. Today, one of Emily’s greatest points of pride is being bilingual. She works part time at a Mexican restaurant and loves being able to communicate with the customers in both English and Spanish.

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Student Spotlight: Zoe Oliveras, Veterinary Science

Zoe Oliveras, Veterinary Science StudentEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American students who have inspired others and achieved great success in their programs. We are pleased to feature Veterinary Science and Upper Dublin High School senior, Zoe Oliveras. At EASTERN’s June 2021 Awards Night, Zoe was honored with the Straight A Award. Zoe is not only a straight-A student in her Veterinary Science program, but she is also a leader in her class.

Zoe is pleased to be part of our National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and is proud to be part of the EASTERN Veterinary Science program. To Zoe, her heritage is simply who she is, every day. She has a unique background of Eastern European and Puerto Rican. Zoe’s great grandparents moved to the Bronx, New York, from Puerto Rico when her grandmother was a child. Many of her cousins still live in Puerto Rico. She feels close to her family in Puerto Rico when she spends time with her grandmother, who Zoe describes as a shining example of Hispanic pride. Her grandmother is a nurse, so they also share a desire to care for others.

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Student Spotlight: Reyna Rodriguez, Culinary Arts

Reyna Rodriguez, Culinary Arts StudentEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American students who have inspired others and achieved great success in their programs. This week, we are pleased to feature Culinary Arts and Abington Senior High School senior, Reyna Rodriguez.

Reyna is happy to be part of our National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and is proud to be part of the EASTERN Culinary Arts program. To Reyna, celebration of her heritage means culture, family, respect and responsibility. She feels as though her background has made her work hard to achieve her goals because she had such strong role models, especially her mother, whom she credits with teaching her independence, humility, and the importance of reaching your potential.

Reyna has a lineage of Haitian and Puerto Rican. Because of her mother’s Haitian background, Reyna understands some of the French Creole language. Her father’s side of the family resides in Brooklyn, where she visits family several times per year.

Reyna’s cooking style is influenced by both sides of her family. Her love of cooking began at a young age, as she would often be in the kitchen with her grandmother. Reyna started off baking brownies, cupcakes and cornbread, but then ventured into cooking meals for herself. Once her family understood her natural culinary ability, they were placing their orders with Reyna. This summer Reyna spent a lot of time at the grill cooking various meats for her family dinners.

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EASTERN and Pittsburgh Technical College Form Partnership, Benefits 9 Programs

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Business and Technology Professional, Commercial Art, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Networking and Cybersecurity, HVAC, Protective Services, Robotics and Automated Technology, and Welding Technology students can benefit from a new partnership with Pittsburgh Technical College. Students have the potential to earn up to 16 advance credits for the work they completed while at EASTERN if they have successfully completed all admission criteria.

Pittsburgh Technical College utilizes a per-credit and fee structure to determine total cost. The per-credit charge will vary based on program. The tuition and fees charged will be based on the credit load carried per term. The per-credit charges by program are listed on their website – https://ptcollege.edu/financial-aid/tuition/. The articulation agreement spans from a saving of $260 – $370 per credit depending on the program of study.

“We truly appreciate that Pittsburgh Technical College recognizes many of our programs as college-level,” said Hayley Granacher, EASTERN’s School-to-Career Coordinator. “This is the first time we have had nine programs included in an articulation agreement with a postsecondary school. Pittsburgh Technical College’s mission aligns closely with EASTERN, as they strive to transform students into professionals with strong academics with an emphasis on immersive internship experiences for students. We are happy that our students can take advantage of this great offer to save time and money in college.”

With more than 30 programs, Pittsburgh Technical College prepares students for career success. Degree-seeking students experience internships, clinical rotations, or employer partnerships in capstone projects before they graduate. For more information, please visit https://ptcollege.edu.

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Student Spotlight: Marcos Garcia, Automotive Technology

Marcos Garcia, Automotive Technology StudentEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American students who have inspired others and achieved great success in their programs. We are pleased to begin by featuring Automotive Technology and Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Marcos Garcia. At EASTERN’s June 2021 Awards Night, Marcos was honored with the Director’s Award, a prestigious award given to a junior who has displayed exemplary leadership skills and professionalism.

Marcos is pleased to be part of our National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and is proud to be part of the EASTERN Automotive Technology program. To Marcos, celebration of his heritage means honoring the sacrifices of his ancestors, especially his grandparents who immigrated here from Mexico to provide a better life for his family. It means honoring the sacrifices of his mother, who worked two jobs while he was growing up, providing him with a good life. And it means honoring the Hispanic children that work hard to accomplish their goals. …continue reading the story called Student Spotlight: Marcos Garcia, Automotive Technology

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Parent Portal Information

Greetings,

You received an email from eschool@eastech.org earlier today. The email will include your login credential for the EASETERN Parent Portal and a link to the Information Verification page. It is EXTEMELY IMPORTANT that you use the credentials to log into your account and complete the verification before the first day of school.

Students will not be permitted to participate in hands on or technical training until the information is verified.

Please forward any questions or concerns to: eschool@eastech.org

Wishes for a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Gerry Rooney
Supervisor of Career & Technical Education
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
215.784.4800 ext. 217
215.784.4801 (fax)

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