Superintendent's Welcome Back Letter

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. We look forward to greeting our students on Monday, August 27th.  Whether this is your first ETHS student here or whether you have a long-standing relationship with ETHS, you will appreciate this extraordinary school and the unparalleled educational opportunities for our students. ETHS is ranked as one of the premier, top-performing high schools in the nation. We value equity and have high expectations and abundant support for all our students. We are dedicated to making sure your student and your family have a positive Wildkit experience. Here’s how the school year will get started:


Monday, August 27 – First Day of School

9th Grade

        8:00               All freshmen need to be seated in the auditorium.

                              Arrive early because there is a lot of traffic on the first day of school.

        8:00-8:25       Welcoming assembly for freshmen in the auditorium.

        8:30-11:15      Freshmen follow an abbreviated schedule and attend all classes.

        11:15              Dismissal for freshmen.

        11:20-12:00    Picnic by the Lake Street tennis courts for ETHS freshmen.

The picnic is optional but highly encouraged. It’s fun and relaxed.


10th, 11th and 12th Grades

        11:40             10th, 11th and 12th grade students invited to enter the building.

        12:00             School begins with 1st period (no lunch served on this day).

        12:00-3:35      Students follow an abbreviated schedule and attend all classes.

        3:35               Dismissal for 10th, 11th and 12th graders.


On Tuesday, August 28, school starts at 8:00 a.m. and 1st period begins at 8:32 a.m. School begins daily at 8:00 a.m. so students can take full advantage of AM Support, our libraries, and our Student Success Center (The Hub), a vibrant one-stop center providing academic study centers that open daily at 8:00 a.m. with licensed teachers providing academic assistance, an after-school homework center, tutoring, and offices for Community Service, College and Career Counseling, Student Activities, and the Youth Job Center. A healthy breakfast is also available each morning for students.


Soon our hallways, classrooms, labs, gyms, theaters, art studios, technology centers and music rooms will be filled with students. The Class of 2019, our seniors, will lead the way. The freshmen in the Class of 2022 will begin their high school journey in this welcoming community of learners. As the new school year approaches, I encourage you to have conversations with your students about the importance of critical thinking and learning for life, the importance of taking challenging classes, and the importance of achieving a meaningful education here that will be so important their entire lives.


Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.