In this edition ...
Dr. Miller's latest blog entitled, "Promise and Commitment"
First day of school ... in photos!
Introduction to our "E's" and our 'E' Fair
New to 2021-22,
The Honor Commitment
Important dates and events
... and more!
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The first days of school have come and gone. With them bring excitement, nervousness, hope, and optimism that a new year will yield new opportunity. Commitments have been made in all directions in order to make this school year fantastic and to make sure the learners in all of our programs are prepared for their 'E' at the end of their journey. Take a look at how the 2021-22 school year has begun.
... and we're off at Eastland-Fairfield!
by Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller
As we prepare to begin another school year amidst the continued presence of COVID and the growing divisiveness about how students and staff should return (masks or not, distance, etc.), it would be understandable if we put all of our focus on the logistics and politics of returning to school. But that would be short-sighted - something that our students cannot afford for us to be.
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We recently held our new staff welcome and onboarding session; a committee of educators, administrators, and business partners spent time on the development of our strategic plan; and our building administrators worked with the district leadership team fine-tuning the processes and programming that we will implement this school year. At each of those gatherings, I am proud to say that the focus was on students and what we want to accomplish for them and with them. There were declarations of concern for students after a disruptive year in 2020-21. There were expressions of anticipation and excitement for new students and the new programs that they will experience. There were plans for helping our students become a community of learners. Put simply ... there were promises and commitments made that this year will be a great one for our students.
Promise and commitment. Is there a difference?
According to Google, a promise is a declaration that one will take an action or do a particular thing. A commitment is the dedication to actually doing that particular thing. I think that it takes both for us to realize our goals for our students. After all, we have all had promises broken or even broken a few ourselves. That is likely because a declaration was made but the dedication to follow through just wasn’t there. We promise that we will get up early and exercise, but in the morning it is really easy to hit the snooze button. Promise, but no commitment.
As we embark on a new school year, it may be more important than ever to be committed to the promises we make to our students. There is so much uncertainty in our world today: COVID, climate change, social divisiveness, and exponential rates of change in so many arenas. Because of the current environment, our students need our clear promises that we will do all we can to equip them for life AND they need our commitment to take action each day even when it is difficult.
I am proud of the team of professionals who make up our Eastland-Fairfield family. From staff to students, parents/guardians to business partners, and our partner school districts, we will keep our students at the center of our decisions and we will make those promises actionable each day, in each class, and in each decision.
That is our promise and our commitment!
Our students are back in the classroom and everyone is thrilled about that!
Tap the photos to see photos from both campuses, adult workforce, and a few of our satellite locations on their first days of school.
At Eastland-Fairfield, we know that each learner's journey toward success will be unique. We encourage you to embrace it. Explore and engage the opportunities available to you in order to find your destination and how to get there.
Will it be:
Or a combination of Es?
Our 4 'E's and the 'E' Fair
your journey is unique.
EFCTS hosts 'E' Fair to open the 2021-22 school year
On Tuesday, August 18, students at Eastland and Fairfield Career Centers participated in our inaugural 'E' Fair, where they were introduced to the idea of our four E's and challenged to set a goal to find theirs. Area colleges and post-secondary schools, recruiters from branches of the military, business partners, and local companies and alumni that have successfully launched their own businesses assembled at both campuses to give students examples of what may wait for them after they complete their program.
What are the 4 'E's?
Begin your career and go into the workforce immediately after you complete your program, or use Work-Based Learning opportunities to get your foot in the door.
Commit to serve in a branch of the Armed Forces, and use your career-technical skills while doing so.
This can include enrollment in a 2- or 4-year college or university, post-secondary enrollment, working to obtain additional credentials or training, enrolling into an EFCTS Adult Workforce Development program or an Ohio Technical Center (OTC).
Launch your own business to serve others through the skills and credentials obtained through your experiences at Eastland-Fairfield.
You do not have to select only one 'E'. Some of these may cross over into another!
Respect self, others, and property
Listen attentively to others with an open
Show pride in self and work
Be honest and trustworthy
Use kind and respectful language
Demonstrate a Passion for Learning
Commit to program completion
Give your best effort
Ask questions and seek answers
Arrive on time
Make responsible decisions
Give and receive positive feedback and
The Honor Commitment
Your Commitment to Us and Each Other
The Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School District is a unique, diverse learning community made up of students from 16 different districts, each with their own unique culture. You have chosen to attend school here because you want an exceptional career and technical school experience.
Our core values are behaviors that help us, together, create a place where people like to be and everyone can succeed in their pursuit of their Es (additional education, enlistment, employment, entrepreneurship).
To embrace our diversity and help you prepare for your “E”, we celebrate the unique qualities of each individual, and focus on our commonalities. In order to create a learning environment that celebrates our diversity, by being a student in our schools, you commit to upholding our values to best of your ability each day:
Our Commitment to Students:
In order to create a learning environment that celebrates our diversity, the staff and faculty of Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools commit to upholding our values and the following:
We commit to helping students have a sense of belonging through positive relationships, mutual respect, and open communication.
We commit to support each student in their educational journey by establishing and maintaining high expectations because we believe students will reach them.
We commit to learning to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures, ethnicities, learning styles, personalities, and to integrate culturally diverse curriculum and resources.
To positively lead Eastland-Fairfield into a new year, we asked our students and staff to subscribe to a set of ideals that we call "The Honor Commitment".
On the first day of school, our students signed a banner that we will proudly hang in our halls to remind us of the commitments that we made to one another and ourselves.
to each other,
Over the last month, Eastland-Fairfield had conducted a survey of parents, students and partners to evaluate the desire to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this fall. With the results of the survey and to ensure students that would benefit from having an opportunity such as this, it is our plan to host a vaccine clinic for students, staff and their families with our local partners sometime in September at Fairfield Career Center. Once details are finalized, we will communication those to you.
Thank you to those who participated in the survey.
If you are a fan of the television show "Out 'N About Columbus" that airs on the CW and ABC6, you may see a familiar face and place on August 21 and 22.
Eastland-Fairfield will be one of three schools of choice to be featured on Out 'N About Columbus on Saturday and Sunday morning. Show host Mike Kilburn came to visit the new Engineering Technologies Center and had a conversation with Superintendent / CEO Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller about the new facility, new opportunities, and the students that make EFCTS so special.
Watch our segment on the program this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on the CW or on Sunday at 10 a.m. on ABC6 following This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Eastland-Fairfield Career Centers
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends universal masking for all staff and students in K-12 schools. The Ohio Department of Health recommends masks for those who are not fully vaccinated. Because all EFCTS staff and students are eligible (by age) to receive the COVID vaccine, masks or face coverings are optional for students, staff, and visitors at our Eastland and Fairfield campuses.
While COVID-19 vaccines are not required in Ohio public schools, vaccines are recommended for all individuals ages 12 and up by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the Ohio Department of Health. Masks are strongly recommended for those students, staff, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated.
This applies to high school and Adult Workforce Development (AWD) students taking courses at the AWD Center.
Mask guidelines are at the discretion of each school district and may vary. Please contact your satellite program’s host school district to learn more about its mask and face covering policies.
Click here for more detailed information on Eastland-Fairfield's COVID-19/mask guidance.
* all information is based on current guidance and recommendations from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health.
If guidance changes, we will update you with any impact on our operations.
lunch payment update
catch EFCTS on "out 'n about columbus"
It has come to our attention that there is some questions regarding cash being accepted to pay for school meals. Cash IS being accepted; however, in response to COVID-19 physical change will not be given back to students. Any change will automatically be placed on the student's meal account. We apologize for any confusion. Note: each student has their own meal account already created.
vaccine clinic update
Eastland-Fairfield Adult Workforce Development is ready to meet the needs of those looks for a first opportunity or a career change. Fall programming will soon begin, but it is not too late to enroll in programs with openings remaining!
Click or tap on a program below to explore the opportunities waiting for you!
Dental Assisting (deadline 8/27)
Medical Assisting (deadline 8/27)
Learn more about our ASPIRE program for those seeking HSE completion or those interested in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!
For more information about Eastland-Fairfield
Adult Workforce Development programs, available financial aid, or customized training, click here or visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/AWD
to enroll into an
Adult Work Development program this fall!
Aug. 25: First Day - Aspire HSE
Aug. 27: Deadline for AWD Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting application
Sept. 1-2: ESOL Orientation
Sept. 14: First Day - Aspire ESOL
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