Superintendent's Welcome Back Letter

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to greeting students on Wednesday, August 21st. This is an extraordinary and welcoming school with unparalleled educational opportunities for our students. We value equity and have high expectations for every student, providing abundant support for all students. Here’s how school year will get started: 


Wednesday, August 21 – 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 Thursday, August 22, 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 make sure your student is here by that time to take full advantage of:

  • AM Support where every teacher is available in their classroom every morning by 8:00 a.m. to help your student. If your child is having any difficulty connecting with a teacher during AM support, please notify the principal’s office for assistance;
  • our two libraries that are open early each morning;
  • our Hub Student Success Center offering tutoring and offices for Community Service, College and Career Counseling, Student Activities, Y.O.U. and the Youth Job Center with job placement;
  • our academic study centers that open daily from 8:00-4:00 with licensed teachers providing academic assistance; an after-school homework center; and an Academic Intervention Team.
  • A healthy breakfast is also available each morning for all students as well as a meal after school.

Soon our hallways, classrooms, labs, gyms, theaters, art studios and music rooms will be filled with students. The Class of 2020, our seniors, will lead the way. The freshmen in the Class of 2023 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 learning and achieving a meaningful high school education necessary for the rest of their lives.


Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.