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Spring Fine Arts Festival

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:10 AM by John Pearson

Last night (April 12, 2018), the EAWR Band, Choir and Art department joined forces with the East Alton Middle School Band and Choir, and the Lewis & Clark Junior High Band for a very nice concert and display of visual arts. Thanks goes to Mr. Alexander and Mr. James for their hard work in promoting this annual festival, as well as congratulations to our fine musicians and artists. Thanks also to Mr. Lee Dick Band Director of East Alton M.S.; Mrs. Jan Timmins, Choir Director at EAMS; and Ms. Kim Hudson of L&CJH, Band Director.

Below are some photos of the event. Thanks to Mrs. Robinson for the collage.

Renaissance Assembly

posted Mar 19, 2018, 12:33 PM by John Pearson

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, EAWR honored all of the Renaissance Award winners. As you may know, our Renaissance program honors students for their academic achievement, perfect attendance, and good behavior habits at a semi-annual assembly to which the parents and family are invited. After students are recognized in each of the categories, their names are placed in and then drawn from a bowl for the special prizes.

A student receiving one of the academic Renaissance awards (Gold, Maroon, Silver, and White) qualified by his/her semester grade point average (GPA); by having three or fewer absences; two or fewer tardies; and no suspensions, ISS, or STOP placements. 

Gold Level:       4.0 GPA or higher from that semester
Maroon Level:  3.5 - 3.99 GPA from that semester
Silver Level:     3.0 - 3.49 GPA from that semester
White Level:     An increase of at least 0.5 in one's GPA from the previous semester

A student receiving the Perfect Attendance Award qualified because he/she had no absences and no tardies during that semester, no "F's", and no suspensions, ISS, or STOP placements. 

Below are the award winners in their respective categories of achievement. Scroll down further on this page for a group photo of our special prize drawing winners. Congratulations, Oilers!!

Gold Level

Hannah Allen, Jillian Barber, Joseph Barnerd, Kate Baskin, Evan Bardsley, Courtney Bazzell, Gage Booten, Katelyn Booten, Brett Carter, Xavier Collman, Zachary Davis, Makayla Dolbee, Justin Englar, Ethan Fillop, Jasmine Finley, Summer Fulkerson, Chase Garland, Breanna Gernon, Jordyn Gibson, Kaitlin Goodbrake, Fiona Hamiti, Nicholas Hayes, Allison Hill, Alexa Kincade, Zachary Kincade, Trent Klabough, Nicole Lane, Tristan Lawson, Reghan Levinson, Seth Lile, Jared Liley, Hayleigh Maher, Alyssa Malley, Hailey Marshall, Mallory Martin, Shawn McKee, Evan Merritt, Ethan Miller, Kendall Moore, Nicholas Munn, Gage Nalley, Annelise Neathery, Adam Newberry, Taylor Norman, Caitlyn Olinghouse, Dylen Oster, Taylor Parmentier, Michael Peterson, Justin Pfister, Joshua Rector, Christian Redman, Aubrey Robinson, Isabella Romero, Morgan Ruden, Sarah Salinas, Hannah Sechrest, Emma Seibert, Alice Slattery, Mattie Southard, Jacquelin Stephen, Kathleen Tierney, Madisyn Tucker, Blake Unterbrink, Brittany Wall, Chase Wallendorff, Maegan Wallendorff, Chance Walter, Ethan Walter, Jacob Wells, Zachary Wells, Ryne White, Gavin Whiteside, Morgan Wiegand,Mira Wilken, Nicole Wilmurth,Karli Withers, Jason Womack, Emma Wreath, Gemma Yenne, Jordan Yenne

Maroon Level

Lindsey Bailey, Kayla Brantley, Alexander Cox, Krizza Domingo, McKenzie Dooley, Megan Douglas, Ciara Evans, Macy Flanigan, Wyatt Fry, Hannah Gibson, William Glass, Holly Goble, Kylee Gust, Austin Hammond, Andrew Harrison, Kaylee Hill, Damien Holbrook Blair, Janie Hughes, Kameron Kueck, Jenna Lang, Torrie Lenon-Starner, William Malone, Eryn McLain, Jacob Mellenthin, Nathan Miller, Jessica Moore, Kaitlyn Morton, Taylor Murray, Leigh Nottke, Andrew Oliger, Abigail Olinghouse, Katelyn Powers, Carrie Price, Tony Rangel, Ashley Reed, Jason Shea, Autumn Shoppell, Sydney Slayden, Cody Smith, Matthew Smith, Caden Stanton, Emma Stone, Brooke Sutherland, Phillip Tierney, Lacey Tretter, Jayden Ulrich, Faith VanHoose, DaeShawn Warren, Brandon Wells, Emily Wilder, Zaide Wilson, Damien Wiseman, Jonathon Wreath

Silver Level

Ahmad Allen, Kenneth Beachum, Abigail Beck, Myranda Bell, Caleb Bogus, Tyler Brumley, Ian Calderon, Bethany Clark, Austin Compton, Daniel Crank, Devin Curtis, Xavier Curtis, Joshua Dyer, Nicholas Ellis, Jacob Erslon, Alli Franklin , Jacob Friederich, Zachary Gibbs, Landen Gilreath, Asia Gleason, Nicholas Hall, Joella Hammond, Lindsey Hayes, Brayden Hopkins, Megan Huebener, Joshua Kaufmann, Alyssa Kissee, Carl Klabough, Caitlin LeMond, Shane Lindquist, Alissa Little, Paul Magurany, Jayde Maupin, Katelyn McHatton, Jaimee Nelson, Mariah Nelson, Rebecca Noack, Hailey Peck, Kaitlyn Pickett, Ella Rackley, Brenden Rudd, Katelyn Runde, Erin Russell, Jacob Sarich, Kara Sauls, Samantha Shimchick, Katelyn Sohn, Tabitha Staggs, Joshua Stemm, Haley Stief, Scott Stimson, Noah Strebler, Elizabeth Summers, Alexander Taylor, Joseph Vassos, Lucas Vogt-Edwards, Dekoda Weldon, Kayla Wiegand

White Level

Alexis Bell, Kiana Franklin, Eric Herrin, Dustin Largen, Marc St. Peters, Wendy Wray

Perfect Attendance - 1st Semester 2017-18

Skyler Blair, Caleb Bogus, Gage Booten, Kate Booten, Ian Calderon, Xavier Collman, Daniel Crank, Zach Gibbs, Austin Hammond, Parker Hickerson, Garrett Holt, Megan Huebener, Janie Hughes, Jordan Huppert, Josh Kaufmann, William Malone, Evan Merritt, Ethan Miller, Nathan Miller, Gage Nalley, Andrew Olliger, Josh Rector, Christian Redman, Sydney Slayden, Tabitha Staggs, Haley Stief, Noah Strebler, Brooke Sutherland, Kathleen Tierney, Madisyn Tucker, Jayden Ulrich, Blake Unterbrink, Brittany Wall, Emily Wilder, Cody Wiseman, Damien Wiseman, Carli Withers, Gemma Yenne, Jordan Yenne



Prize Winners


Gold Level

T.V. - Morgan Ruden, Madisyn Tucker

Tablet - Jason Womack, Aubrey Robinson

Beats - Mira Wilken

$50 Walmart GC - Makayla Dolbee, Gavin Whiteside

$25 Fazoli GC - Hailey Marshall

$20 Buffalo Wild Wings GC - Joey Barnerd, Mallory Martin, Caitlyn Olinghouse, Brittany Wall

$10 Movie GC - Kate Baskin, Gage Booten, Xavier Collman, Zachary Kincade, REghan Levinson, Jared Liley, Gage Nalley, Taylor Parmentier, Christian Redman, Chance Walter

$10 Subway GC - Hannah Allen, Jillian Barber, Summer Fulkerson, Breanna Gernon

Jordyn Gibson, Allison Hill, Trent Klabough, Shawn McKee, Ethan Miller, Taylor Norman, Jacob Wells

$10 Starbuck GC - Zachary Davis, Ethan Fillop, Fiona Hamiti, Nic Hayes, Nicole Lane, Alyssa Malley, Evan Merritt, Annelise Neathery, Emma Wreath

Maroon Level

Tablet - Andrew Harrison, Emma Stone

Beats Headphone - Taylor Murray

$10 Starbuck GC - Krizza Domingo, Holly Goble, Kaylee Hill, Jessica Moore, Kaitlyn Morton, Abigail Olinghouse, Carrie Price, Cody Smith, Matthew Smith, Faith VanHoose

$25 Papa John’s GC - Jonathon Wreath

$10 Movie GC - Kayla Brantley, Ciara Evans, Macy Flanigan, Austin Hammond, Jenna Lang, Katelyn Powers, Tony Rangel, Ashley Reed, Lacey Tretter, Emily Wilder

$10 Subway GC - McKenzie Dooley, Damien Holbrook-Blair, Eryn McLain, Jacob Mellenthin, Jason Shea, Jayden Ulrich

$25 Kohl’s GC - Kylee Gust

Silver Level

Tablet - Myranda Bell

$25 Wal-Mart GC - Jacob Erslon, Samantha Shimchick

$25 Best Buy GC - Nicholas Hall

$25 Applebee’s GC - Lindsey Hayes

$25 Amazon GC - Tyler Brumley

$20 Buffalo Wild Wings GC - Kara Sauls, Scott Stimson, Kayla Wiegand

$10 Movie GC - Ian Calderon, Asia Gleason, Jaimee Nelson, Hailey Peck, Kaitlyn Pickett, Ella Rackley, Brenden Rudd, Erin Russell, Katelyn Sohn, Alexander Taylor

$10 Subway GC - Austin Comptom, Joella Hammond, Joseph Vassos, Lucas Vogt-Edwards

$10 Starbuck GC - Abigail Beck, Devin Curtis, Joshua Dyer, Alli Franklin, Landen Gilreath, Alyssa Kissee, Jayde Maupin, Rebecca Noack, Noah Strebler, Dekoda Weldon

White Level

$25 Steak n’ Shake GC - Wendy Wray

$10 Subway GC - Dustin Largen, Kiana Franklin

$25 Target GC - Eric Herrin

1st Semester Perfect Attendance

Bluetooth Speaker - Madisyn Tucker

$20 Buffalo Wild Wings GC - Ian Calderon, Xavier Collman, Tabitha Staggs, Noah Strebler

$10 Subway GC - Skyler Blair, Austin Hammond, Megan Huebener, Josh Kaufmann, Brittany Wall

$10 Starbuck GC - Kate Booten, Jordan Huppert, William Malone, Evan Merritt, Ethan Miller, Gage Nalley, Andrew Oliger, Emily Wilder

NHS Induction

posted Mar 9, 2018, 9:20 AM by John Pearson

Congratulations to all of the new National Honor Society inductees, as well as, the current members.  A big thanks to the NHS faculty committee: Cari Mueller (chairperson), Krysta Catlin, Kristen Miller, Jen Boyd and Lisa Woodman for putting together a very nice ceremony.  Thanks also to Kelly Gardner and Jesse Daniels for attending.

The speaker at the induction ceremony tonight was Jessica (Lee) Stricklin, Class of 2012. Mrs. Stricklin gave a powerful talk, thanking her former teachers and fellow classmates supporting her, despite her home environment. Mrs. Robinson, Principal, observed, "Her speech was one of the best ones I have heard.  Just in case we think teachers aren't important to students she reminded everyone there tonight that for some students teachers are the most important people in their lives during high school." Mrs. Stricklin noted that school was her safe haven and the one place where she knew adults would be caring and kind to her.

Congrats to the new inductees for 2018: Lindsey Bailey, Joey Barnerd, Adelynn Bentley, Kate Booten, Zach Davis, Makayla Dolbee, Krizza Domingo, Kaitlin Goodbrake, Allison Hill, Jared Liley, Alyssa Malley, Hailey Marshall, Shawn McKee, Nick Munn, Annelise Neathery, Adam Newberry, Lora Ruyle, Dominic Scroggins, Sydney Slayden, Phillip Tierney, Maegan Wallendorff, Zach Wells, Ryne White, Morgan Wiegand, and Jordan Yenne.

Also, thanks and congrats to our group of seniors who were inducted last year. They presented and led the ceremony, as is the custom: Justin Englar, Delaney Gibbons, Nick Hayes, Zach Kincade, Morgan Moxey, Bekah Null, Rachel Staten, Chase Wallendorff, Zaide Wilson, and Zach Womack.  

National Walkout - Wed. March 14th

posted Mar 9, 2018, 6:35 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 6:53 AM ]

Parents and Students: 

See the attached letter and permission slip regarding the nationwide walkout planned for March 14th at 10:00 a.m. This walkout is being sponsored in conjunction with national student concerns stemming from the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and other recent school shootings.The letter explains the procedures for students who voluntarily (and with parent permission) choose to participate. No instructional time on that day will be lost.

Free Dental Exams at SIU Dental School

posted Feb 28, 2018, 10:02 AM by John Pearson

The SIU Dental School (Alton) will be offering free dental services using portable dental equipment this March and April at East Alton Middle School. Those EAWR parents who would like their son/daughter to take advantage of this free dental service should complete the attached forms and bring them in to Nurse Kelly at the high school. Nurse Kelly will submit the forms to the Dental School and then choose a day to drive EAWR students over to East Alton Middle School. For more information, please contact Nurse Kelly at 254-3151, Ext. 2530 or email her at

Forms are attached ....

County School Facilities Sales Tax Information

posted Feb 21, 2018, 9:07 AM by John Pearson

Dear EAWR Parents and Community Members:

In just a few weeks (Tuesday, March 20, 2018), the voters of Madison County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1% sales tax increase. The revenue from this sales tax can only be used to build or renovate school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. By Illinois law, this sales tax revenue cannot be used to pay  salaries, benefits, supplies or other operating expenses. EAWR - by conservative estimates - stands to gain an additional $324,000 for facility renovation and tax rate reduction.

The EAWR Board has plans to use the sales tax revenue to: 

Use the CSFST proceeds - instead of issuing bonds - for Health, Life Safety projects in the new 10-year plan, which will include some new roofs, rehabilitation of our student restrooms, replacement of many interior doors, rehabilitation of some science labs, replacement of the wheelchair lift by the Auditorium, and many other projects. So, instead of having property owners pay a higher rate to retire those bonds, we would use the sales tax proceeds to cover that. 

Some of the proceeds would be used to install central air conditioning in the Memorial Gym and some other classroom spaces still without air conditioning. 

In addition, future roof replacements, parking lot and sidewalk renovations and other ongoing renovations will be funded by revenue from the County Schools Facilities Sales Tax (CSFST).  As a result, much of the burden for funding public education facility improvements will be shifted from property taxes to a sales tax. This has the benefit of not only spreading the tax burden to all county residents, but to anyone from outside the county who works or shops in Madison County (Conservative estimates are that 30% of those who pay sales taxes in Madison County reside outside the county).

The Board also has plans that remaining revenues or future revenues not specifically earmarked for building and facility improvements would come back to our loyal taxpayers, in the form of tax rate reductions (sometimes called abatements).

Below is how the ballot will appear on March 20th:

The 1% tax increase is projected to annually generate approximately $324,000 for EAWR District #14. The tax is collected as regular sales tax and is distributed by the Dept. of Revenue to school districts (through the Regional Office in Edwardsville) based on student enrollment. It only goes to school districts and only for the purposes listed in the bullet points below. And, forty-nine (49) Illinois Counties have already passed this measure. 

This 1-cent sales tax goes directly to 

Acceptable Uses for CSFST Revenue:

  • New or remodeled school facilities
  • Additions and renovations        
  • Safety and security improvements          
  • Energy efficiency
  • Paying off building bonds

Unacceptable Uses for CSFST Revenue:

  • Salaries and Benefits
  • Instructional Costs
  • Textbooks and computers
  • Moveable equipment
  • School Buses
  • Operating Costs

 The County School Facility Sales Tax does not apply to:

  • Cars, trucks, ATVs, boats, RVs or mobile homes
  • Unprepared food (groceries)
  • Medicine (prescriptions drugs, vitamins & over the counter drugs)
  • Farm equipment, parts and farm inputs 

Remember … If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed 

As March 20th quickly approaches, please make sure you are well informed and do not forget to exercise your right to vote! 


Yours in education, 

Dr. John S. Pearson,


618-254-3151, Ext. 2502

Illinois Youth Survey - Parent Notice

posted Jan 18, 2018, 7:41 AM by John Pearson

Dear Parents of Seniors and Sophomores,

On Wed., February 7, Sophomore and Senior students will be participating in a statewide student survey offered through the University of Illinois.  The purpose of the survey is to better understand Illinois youth risk behaviors as they relate to student problems and academic success, and to plan important prevention and intervention programs.

The survey is entirely anonymous and voluntary, and EAWR will only receive a report of overall results, with no individual responses or information being reported to the staff or administration.  

Attached is a Parent Notification Letter from the researchers at the University of Illinois, who administer and compile the data for this statewide survey. Please read that, and if you decide that you do not want your son/daughter to participate in this anonymous questionnaire, please print and sign that form, and then return it to the high school, no later than Tues., February 6th. If you do not have access to a printer, the Guidance Office will have some hard copies of that document available, which you or your son/daughter may pick-up during normal school hours. 

If you have any questions about the survey or about opting out of the survey, please contact Mrs. Caraway in the Guidance Office or by email at

1st Semester Honor Rolls Published

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:30 AM by John Pearson

Here is the link to the 1st Semester, 2017-18 High Honor Roll

Here is the link to the 1st Semester, 2017-18 Honor Roll

No School - Tuesday, Jan. 16th

posted Jan 15, 2018, 2:52 PM by John Pearson

NO SCHOOL - Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Free Tax Return Preparation

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:34 AM by John Pearson

If your income is $54,000 and under, the Alton Area Tax Project will prepare your income tax returns for free! See the flyer below for details ....

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