Dear Eastern Elementary Families:
Welcome back to another exciting school year at Eastern Elementary!
I am excited to serve as the new Elementary principal for Eastern Local Schools. For the past six years, I have served as the Middle & High School Principal for Eastern Local Schools. Prior to that, I spent five years as a classroom teacher in grades 4, 6, and 8.
Educationally, Eastern has added three new teaching positions in grades 3-5. This will allow for smaller class sizes and a greater focus on each content area. Student to teacher ratios should be around 16:1 for students in these classrooms. I believe this will allow for more individual attention, differentiation of instruction, greater time on task, and an increase in overall student achievement. In grades K-2 we will be working to promote literacy/reading. I believe, and research has shown, that students need a balanced approach for reading instruction that includes phonics instruction, guided leveled reading, sight word memorization, writing, and independent reading. As a parent, we can give no better gift of time than working with our children on reading. Reading books that interest your child and memorizing the grade appropriate sight words are two things you can do to help.
Safety is a priority at Eastern. Last school year, we implemented new drop-off and pick-up procedures that ensure the safety of each and every child. In addition, we updated our School Emergency Operation Plan and installed a new camera system throughout the building. Along with our ongoing close relationship with the Pike County Sheriff's Department, families can be assured their child is safe when in our school building.
Lastly, a personal goal of mine is to help instill Eastern Eagle Spirit, intrinsic motivation, and help each student know that they are responsible for their learning. Each and every day we will recite our motto for Eastern Elementary students over the public address system:
At Eastern Elementary, we do our “BEST,”
Be caring toward others,
Excel in all school activities,
Show respect toward others, even if they are not like myself,
Take responsibility for my own learning.
By doing these things I will fulfill my potential and help Eastern Elementary soar to new heights!
Matthew E. Hines
Eastern Elementary Principal
(740) 226-6402 ext.11005