This year, 5 years after her death, the school reflected on LuAnne's legacy of Caring, Service, Community, and the Arts. Besides continuing the annual Cleanup tradition, this year some special awards were given to students in her honor. The first annual "'Spirit of LuAnne' Service Awards" were awarded the last week of the school year to 8th graders Matt Larson and McKenna Rogers, who throughout their time at Eastmont exemplified those traits of Caring, Service, Community, and the Arts that LuAnne stood for.
Also in commemoration of LuAnne's passing, this year the PTSA made a special gift to the school, in the amount of $3500. Called the LuAnne Gustafson Arts in Education Memorial Fund, this fund was donated to the school, who will be taking leadership of the musical next year (whereas the PTSA had done so previously.) The donated money is enough to pay in full for the musical next year, plus to assist with other arts-related expenses. The money came from profits for this year's "Seussical Jr." and prior PTSA-sponsored musicals. It will be the first time in Eastmont's history that money to pay for the musical is available from the beginning of the school year.
The donation is to be used "in perpetuity, replenishing the fund at the end of each year from ticket sales and other arts-related income. To be used exclusively, year by year, to fund future Eastmont musicals, and other programs involving Eastmong students in the arts. To be used for materials directly related to student involvement in the arts, such as costumes, props, sets, musical instruments, technical equipment, art supplies, and other resources needed to carry on the tradition of great student achievement in the arts at Eastmont." (See pdf for more information on the Memorial Fund.)
One life can touch many lives for good. LuAnne's Legacy lives on - in service, in the arts, in caring, and in our school community. It is great Patriots like LuAnne that have made Eastmont such a welcoming and happy environment - hopefully for many years to come.
- President: Sara Anderson
- Secretary: Dina Hinrichson
- Treasurer: Jennifer Boyd
- Legislative VP: Joanne Andrus
- Community Involvement VP: Von Christensen
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for Seussical Junior, this year's school musical, which opens Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Other performances will be Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00; Saturday, March 1, Matinee at 1:00; and Monday, March 3, at 7:00. The cast will also do a preview performance for the school, featuring several scenes and songs from the show, at the POM assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:15 a.m. The cast and crew have been working hard since September to make this Eastmont's best and most entertaining musical ever! Please plan on seeing this wonderful show - and bringing lots of friends and family with you! Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door - so get your tickets early! They are available daily in the main office.
Seussical Jr tells the story of a kind-hearted elephant, Horton (played by Matt Larson), whose large ears make it possible for him to hear the very small sound of a dust speck floating through space, inhabited by tiny Who's.
- Mrs. Wilson in room 208 will be available Tues. through Thurs. from 3-5.
- Mr. Bryner in room 204 will be available Mon. and Wed. from 3-4.
- Ms. Wannacott in room 314 will be available Tues. through Thurs from 3-4.
My vision for Eastmont Middle:
I know many of you are worried regarding the changes that are taking place within our district and school. While I was working at Crescent View, we did a lot of planning with Mrs. Sterzer and I am aware of the wonderful culture and programs that have made Eastmont a wonderful place to be. Please rest easy; I do not have any specific agenda that I am coming with to make changes. I plan on taking this first year to accustom myself, our new staff, and our new students with the current programs and culture of Eastmont. I will observe and make changes where necessary to continue the wonderful growth that this school has experienced.
A little about me: