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Federal Cell Phone Emergency Test Message

posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:48 AM by John Pearson

Attention parents, students. staff, and community: A test "Presidential Alert" will be sent to all cell phones in the nation on Thursday, Sept. 20th, at 1:18 Central time. The alert title is "Presidential Alert." A similar alert will be sent across EAS systems (You may have seen these interrupt programs on broadcast TV before) at 1:20 p.m. that same day. 

We are told that some older cell phones may not receive this message.

Please pass the word along. 

Sept Menus

posted Sep 7, 2018, 10:16 AM by John Pearson

Lunch & Breakfast Menus are posted and can be found by clicking here (Go to Student Documents folder, please)

Press Release - Incident of 8/31/18

posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:37 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 11:44 AM ]

P R E S S   R E L E A S E 

For Immediate Release 

August 31, 2018 

Today at about 10:40 a.m., Principal Leigh Robinson identified a recent, but former EAWR student in the East Building without authorization. 

Mrs. Robinson escorted him out of the building, while questioning him as to his reason for being there. He was compliant with the Principal during this time. After escorting the former student outside, Principal Robinson directed the Asst. Principal to call the Wood River Police Department.   While continuing to question him, the former student suddenly fled on foot to the Memorial Stadium and practice field area of the campus, presumably upon seeing WRPD squad cars approaching. 

Wood River Police officers chased the suspect in the athletic fields, and quickly apprehended him. A police search of the former student yielded no weapons. WRPD investigated and their conclusion was that the former student never intended to do any harm to any students or staff. 

The District would like to offer thanks to the quick response of the Wood River Police Department and to Chief Wells. The District would also like to acknowledge the commendable course of action taken by Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Gockel.


Student Dress Code: 2018-19

posted Jun 25, 2018, 12:47 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

Please see the attached document for the new Student Dress Code, beginning in August 2018.

You may also find it at the following link ... (under "Student Documents")

Graduation DVD's Available!

posted Jun 6, 2018, 2:29 PM by John Pearson

If you're wanting to have a lasting memory of our 2018 EAWR Graduation, what better way to cherish that memory than to purchase the official DVD of the ceremony. Cost is only $25. The Graduation ceremony was professionally captured on video by Riverbender,com, which specializes in filming many area graduations, weddings, high school sports, and other local events. 

Please make your check out to EAWR High School for $25. You may purchase these in the Main Office and pick up in person, or for a $3 shipping fee, we can mail them anywhere in the continental US, via USPS. If you live outside the continental US, please call for a shipping price. 

For more information, contact Carla Guthrie at 618-254-3151, Ext. 2501 or

Waiver Notice - Public Hearing

posted Jun 6, 2018, 2:29 PM by John Pearson

Notice of Intent to Apply for Waivers of ISBE Rules and School Mandates for East Alton – Wood River CHSD #14 

A PUBLIC HEARING to receive comments regarding a proposed application for waiver of State Board of Education Rules and/or School Code Mandates for East Alton – Wood River Community High School District #14, County of Madison, State of Illinois, will be held on July 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Board Conference Room, Main Building, 777 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River, IL 62095. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district regarding the waivers is invited. A brief description of the proposed waiver is as follows: A renewal of the current waiver to allow the non-resident children of full-time employees to attend without the requirement to pay tuition [105 ILCS 5/10-20.12a].


Dave Tedford and his Giant Unicycle

posted May 18, 2018, 1:32 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 2:27 PM ]

EAWR Alumnus Dave Tedford (Class of 1980) rose above his classmates in the most literal sense: Responding to a “senior project” requirement and with the help of former teachers Keith Atkinson and James Brann, Dave created a 14-foot tall unicycle! Not only was this an impressive display of machining and welding, Dave actually rode this unicycle and rode it regularly until his late-40’s. This unicycle was so impressive, that Dave was featured in a Telegraph article in 1980 with some photos showing him riding it in Eastgate Plaza.

In a desire to give back to his alma mater, Dave drove the unicycle up from his home in South Carolina and presented it as a gift to the high school. He presented it to current Welding teacher, Jake Sitze (Class of 2003) and his afternoon classes. Dave also took the opportunity to speak with the students and to answer some questions.

Below are some photos of the occasion and the unicycle, itself (Thanks to Paul Tedford for the photos!):


See the attachments for the Telegraph story from 1980 

Summer Breakfast Program

posted May 17, 2018, 2:33 PM by John Pearson   [ updated May 17, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

Summer Breakfast will be available to all persons, 18 years of age or younger, from May 30, 2018 until July 3, 2018. Monday - Friday, from 7:30 - 7:55 a.m, in the EAWR Cafeteria. You do not have to live in the EAWR High School District or be a student there. For more information, please contact Cafeteria Director, Ms. Shone Fry at 254-3151, Ext. 2541. See the attached flyer for more information.

Senior Assembly 2018

posted May 10, 2018, 9:50 AM by John Pearson   [ updated May 10, 2018, 1:48 PM ]

On Wed., May 9, 2018, EAWR held its annual Senior Recognition Assembly, to present seniors with scholarship checks, academic awards, and other special recognition. The assembly was presented in front of the entire student body, staff, and guests in the Memorial Gym. Student Council President Dalton Pryor led the assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a brief moment of silence for fellow senior, Zach Wells, who had been injured the night before in an auto accident. 

Here is a list of the awards and their recipients:

Big Sisters Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete: Zach Kincade
Merle Bassett Memorial Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Brunjes Scholarships: Lukas Westbrook and Rachel Staten
Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Caitlyn Olinghouse 
Pump House Scholarships: Anthony Ellison and Joey Barnerd
Student Council Scholarship: Justin Englar
EAWR Football Scholarship: Zach Kincade and Justin Englar
East Alton American Legion Scholarships: Rachel Staten, Jacob Martin, Ashley Knight and Justin Englar
East Alton Rotary Scholarships: Hannah Overton and Alison Presley
Midwest Oiler of the Year Scholarship: Chase Wallendorff
Shirley Thatcher Memorial Scholarship (WR Women's Club): Caitlyn Olinghouse
Senior Art Purchase Award: Gracelin Rushing
Scott King Memorial Scholarship: Ty Dunn
Toni Fry-Hilgert Memorial Drama Scholarship: Ty Dunn
Nancy Harrison Memorial Scholarship: Joey Barnerd
Wood River Masonic Scholarship: Zach Kincade
Wood River Lions Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Wood River Rotary Scholarships: Lukas Westbrook, Bekah Null and Jacob Martin
EAWR Educators Scholarship: Emily Wilder
DAR Good Citizenship Award: Caitlyn Olinghouse
Elmer & Eunice St. Peters Scholarship: Rachel Staten

Also, several other accomplishments were recognized: 

Presidential Academic Awards
Anthony Ellison, Zach Kincade, Chase Wallendorff, Zach Womack, and Zach Wels

Silver Medallion Recipients
Xavier Collman, Jennifer Hallstead, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Rebekah Null, Rachel Staten, Chase Wallendorff, Zachary Wells, Zachary Womack

Distinguished GraduatesJoseph Barnerd, Courtney Bazzell, Adelynn Bentley, Austin Breckle, Xavier Collman, Anthony Ellison, Justin Englar, Ciara Evans, Delaney Gibbons, Jacob Hall, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Tristan Lawson, Sebastian Ledesma, Jacob Martin, organ Moxey, Ashton Murray, Rebecca Nottke, Caitlyn Olinghouse, Dalton Pryor, Darin Redden, Rachel Staten, Blake Unterbrink, Chase Wallendorf, Zachary Wells, Morgan Wiegand, Emily Wilder, Zaide Wilson, Zachary Womack

Those About to Enter the Military:
Erin Hall (US Air Force), Jennifer Hallstead (Army National Guard), Maddie Hampsey (Army National Guard), Jacob Mustain (US Navy), Kaitlyn Pickett (US Army), Brendan Walker (Army National Guard), Zach Wells (Army National Guard), and Jason Womack (Army National Guard).

Valedictorian: Rachel Staten

Senior Faculty Awards (selected by the Senior Class to Read Names at Graduation): Jesse Daniels, Kelly Green, and Mark Maendele

Silver Medallion Awards - 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:22 AM by John Pearson

On Thursday, April 26, about 800 parents, relatives, and school officials joined together to honor the top 8% of all seniors in the Lewis & Clark CC district. This included seniors from 21 high schools. The event was held, as usual, at the George Terry Arena on the Lewis & Clark College campus. 

EAWR's top 8% are (in alphabetical order): Xavier Collman, Jennifer Hallstead, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Rebekah Null, Chase Wallendorff, Zachary Wells, and Zachary Womack. 

Also nominated for Teacher of Year was Chemistry Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Jones. 

Congrats to our Silver Medallion Award Winners for 2018!

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