Picture of teachers Jason Perrin and Lesley Stauffer of the East China School District

East China School District piloting new virtual academy next fall

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – Jason Perrin and Lesley Stauffer, teachers in the East China School District, proposed a new virtual academy for next fall. The program, called the East China Virtual Academy, will be open to K-12 students and will allow users to diversify their schedules based on their own learning needs.

New Young Fives program implemented in East China School District’s schools

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – The Young Fives students at Pine River Elementary School, taught by Jodie Guzowski, are known as the Zipper Club. 

Following their teacher’s example and learning how to be more independent, the students are now able to zip up their coats by themselves. The Young Fives program does more than just teach children how to zip their coats, according to Pine River Elementary Principal Rachel Card.  This first-year program prepares students for kindergarten and allows them to learn basic skills, like the alphabet, writing, reading and counting through hands-on activities and playing. 

“Some of the things that we were focused on are developing their independence, building their self-esteem, giving them experiences in problem-solving, both academically and in social situations,” Card said. “There’s also a lot of practice in fine and gross motor skills throughout the day.