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Honor Rolls Announced

posted Jun 30, 2020, 9:15 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 30, 2020, 9:16 AM ]

We are proud to announce the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll lists of students for the 2nd Semester of the 2019-20 school year:

Return to School Guidance - State Board of Education

posted Jun 24, 2020, 7:20 AM by John Pearson

Required Waiver for Summer 2020 Behind the Wheel - Driver Ed.

posted Jun 16, 2020, 11:48 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 16, 2020, 11:51 AM ]

Dear Parents and Students Who Are Eligible and/or Scheduled to Take Driver Ed - Behind the Wheel Training: 

Please open, print, sign and return this form to the Attendance Center in the East Building, between the hours of 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Thursdays. It is required for a signed waiver to be on file at school before the student may participate in the behind-the-wheel driving instruction in the summer of 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. 

You may also bring it to the Main Office during the same hours. If you mail it, please mail it to:
Mrs. Leigh Robinson, Principal
EAWR High School
777 N. Wood River Ave.
Wood River, IL . 62095 

Or, if you wish to scan the signed form, please send as an email attachment to Mrs. Robinson at

Required Waivers for Summer Athletic Conditioning Program under COVID-19

posted Jun 11, 2020, 11:42 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Student-athletes will not be allowed to participate in the Athletic Conditioning Program without this signed waiver form returned to the coach in charge of the athlete's conditioning group.

Please download, print, sign and return the form. If you don't have access to a printer, hard copies will also be available on Friday, June 12, 2020, from 8:00 - 1:00 at the Bus Circle behind the football grandstand. 

Mental Health Flyers for Students and Families During COVID-19

posted Jun 2, 2020, 7:37 AM by John Pearson

These are from Chestnut Health Systems via our Peer Leadership Club ...

Graduate Photo-Shoot and Parade - Class of 2020

posted May 27, 2020, 11:55 AM by John Pearson   [ updated May 27, 2020, 12:14 PM ]

                                                                       May 27, 2020



EAWR is planning some one-of-a-kind end of the year activities related to the Class of 2020, whose end of high school life and education was disrupted by the COVID-19 virus. Please review these with your graduate(s). 


Because we are unsure if we can have a full-fledged graduation ceremony - even by July 24th - we are doing what some other schools have done or are planning to do: Take photos of each graduate and, along with other videos and materials, put those photos together into a video presentation of Graduation. In order to gather those graduate photos, we ask that you make plans to come up to the Memorial Gym from 12:00 - 7:00 PM both on Wed., June 3rd and Thurs., June 4th. We also have time slots for Friday, June 5th, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

Scheduling for these 10-minute time slots will be done via Signup Genius. Here's the link to that app for photoshoot scheduling (It is also posted on the high school's official Facebook Page, for your convenience). We ask that parents, who are free during the daytime hours of those three days, schedule an appointment slot before 5:00 PM, so as to save the 5:00 - 7:00 time slots for those parents (or students) who may be at work during the daytime hours. 

We plan to take three photos for each graduate as follows: 1) A photo of the graduate, only. 2) A photo of the graduate receiving his/her diploma from a staff member. 3) A photo of the graduate and up to six members of his/her household or family. We ask for your cooperation so that no more than six (6) people accompany the graduate into the high school, due to the social distancing and gathering issues. 

We also ask that all grads with their families enter through Door S-3 (the "pass gate door") which is on the east (Whitelaw Ave.) side of the Gym, adjacent to the Graphic Arts room. We also ask that everyone keep the required 6' intervals on the sidewalk coming into Door S-3. To assist you in that, we plan on having reminder markers outside and inside to keep those distances apart. Lastly, after the photo session is done, we ask that grads and families leave via the front entrance to the Gym (adjacent to the Gym parking lot). Please do not arrive to the high school Gym more than 15 minutes before your appointment, so as to reduce the risk of crowding and insufficient distancing protection. 

We ask that our graduates all wear their cap and gown for the photos. This is because this video graduation ceremony might be the only official graduation ceremony, if we are not permitted to use that July 24th date for a regular ceremony. We will have an employee able to assist grads with their caps and gowns, if necessary. 


The culminating activity to the Graduate photo-shoot, will be a Friday night (June 5th) Class of 2020 car parade. In cooperation with the City of Wood River and WRPD, we will sponsor a parade of student cars. The parade route begins at the Memorial Gym lot, proceeding south along Wood River Avenue towards downtown. Then, the route will turn and go east on Ferguson Avenue, ending at the US Post Office. 

Line-up for the Parade will begin at 6:30 in the Gym parking lot. Staff will there to line-up cars and to supervise things. We ask that graduates stay in their vehicles during this line-up. Also, any decorating of cars or displaying posters with graduates' names will be the responsibility of the graduate and his/her family. The parade will begin at 7:00 PM.

Further, we ask that all graduates and their passengers remain in the vehicles during the parade and practice safe habits. Parents: If a graduate is injured or hurts someone due to any horseplay or unsafe driving, please be advised that the liability in such a case is first the responsibility of the owner and insurance carrier of that automobile. Please remind your student of that.


Although we noted earlier that the video presentation of Graduation will likely be the only ceremony, EAWR still has Friday, July 24th penciled in for an in-person Graduation ceremony. We also have an in-person Prom penciled in for Saturday, July 25th. Unless the phase-in plan of the state of Illinois changes, our region (southern Illinois) would have to be in Phase V in order to have either of those large gatherings. We encourage you to mark those two dates on your calendars, however, just in case .... 

EAWR is very proud of our students in the Class of 2020 and, despite the upheaval in their high school senior experience these last couple of months, we are planning to create some fun memories for these students and to give them some of the recognition they have missed. Congratulations to our Class of 2020!



                                                                                    Dr. John Pearson,

                                                                                    District Superintendent

Remote Learning FAQ's for Parents

posted May 21, 2020, 8:48 AM by John Pearson

Dear EAWR Parents, 

May 21, 2020

Despite the fact the 2019-20 school year is almost over, there may be a possibility that EAWR and most other schools in Illinois that we would be in a remote learning mode during some part of the 2020-21 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education has issued the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Remote Learning and Parent Involvement. You can see that below: 

- Dr. John Pearson, Supt.

Summer Chromebook Policy

posted May 17, 2020, 3:28 PM by John Pearson   [ updated May 17, 2020, 5:38 PM ]


This summer we are allowing students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating seniors to keep their Chromebook at home for the summer.  We are doing this so that they do not have to risk exposure to the coronavirus by coming to school to return it.  

If you have purchased the $25 Chromebook waiver this year, the district will extend the coverage for the summer months until the first day of the 2020-21 school year in the fall. That policy states that the first accidental damage incident to the student’s Chromebook will be repaired free of charge and the 2nd & 3rd accidental damage incidents will be covered at one-half the cost of repair parts. 

If you have not purchased the Chromebook Waiver for the 2019-20 school year, you may still do so online through Skyward Student Fees and have that coverage for the summer months now as well as through the 2020-21 school year.

If the student’s enrollment status with EAWR changes over the summer such that the student will not be returning in the fall, it is expected that the Chromebook, charger, and carry case will be returned to the district.  An obligation will be placed on the student’s account and must be remedied before any transcripts will be sent to another district.  The obligation schedule will be as follows for any unreturned Chromebook.

Chromebook - $200

Charger - $30

Carry Case - $35

Any parent who does not wish their student to keep their Chromebook over the summer months is welcome to return it when they are turning in other school materials during the final week of the school year (May 18-May 21 Mon. thru Thursday).

Mr. Mattix-Wand can be reached at or 254-3151, Ext. 2555. Dr. Pearson can be reached at or 254-3151, Ext. 2502

Dr. Pearson & Mr. Mattix-Wand

Parents: Groceries Assistance Option Available

posted May 1, 2020, 9:29 AM by John Pearson

Pandemic EBT Application Available

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.

Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families.

ISBE is working in partnership with IDHS to ensure that this validation is available for all NSLP sponsors, both public and non-public. Thank you to all the schools that participate in the NSLP for submitting data by the April 17 deadline. We are asking that you please continue to verify that count, so that all families who are eligible can access the additional financial support provided by P-EBT. Instructions for this crucial verification can be found online.

If NSLP sponsors need assistance with the data submission/update, please email the ISBE Nutrition Department at If families need technical assistance with the application, please direct them to email IDHS at

Nutrition Department, Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First St., Springfield, IL 62777

Senior Recognition, Prom and Graduation

posted Apr 28, 2020, 10:06 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Apr 28, 2020, 10:06 AM ]

Dear Students and Parents: As you know, we have had to cancel many of the extra-curricular events at EAWR this Spring, including all athletics, concerts, drama productions, Silver Medallion, and others. The Board, administration, and staff all are very sorry that this turned out this way, particularly for the Class of 2020. 

However, in the spirit of providing as much as we can to the Class of 2020 while still following the Governor's emergency order, we are planning on providing the following activities in some shape or form.

EAWR Administrators will recognize senior accomplishments in a virtual electronic manner (instead of the in-person Senior Recognition  Assembly held in the Gym). Mrs. Robinson is working on that. Expect to see something about that in the next few days.

We are holding out hope that we will have the opportunity to have the Prom and High School Graduation sometime this summer. If restrictions are still in place that prohibit public gatherings, we will consider a virtual ceremony of some sort. 

However, below are two very tentative dates for the Prom and Graduation. Assuming we can conduct an in-person ceremony, we have earmarked two weekend dates where we would host Prom and Graduation on the same weekend.

Friday, June 19th - Graduation (7:30)

Saturday, June 20th - Prom (Gym or Courtyard, most likely)

The alternate tentative weekend is:

Friday, July 24th - Graduation (7:30)

Saturday, July 25th - Prom (Gym or Courtyard, most likely)

Please remember that these are very tentative dates. We are providing these dates so that parents and students (and relatives and friends) can make some sort of plans. Our preferred weekend is the one in June. If we are still in the restricted gathering order, then we would shoot for the July weekend. 

At some point, it may become clear that an in-person graduation and/or prom is not feasible. If that happens, we are doing contingency planning for some sort of alternative for both - especially Graduation, of course, and will announce those plans, as necessary.

As always, stay #oilerstrong!

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