Time capsule being created for grand opening of Easthampton High School this fall
Students arrive at Easthampton High School Wednesday morning.
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Once filled, this stainless steel time capsule will be buried beneath a cornerstone of the new Easthampton High School building as part of grand opening ceremonies planned for the fall.
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Easthampton High School Athletic Director Jeffrey Sealander is leaving the district at the end of the month for personal reasons. Sealander, a city native and 1970 graduate of EHS, is shown here with a time capsule he helped create for the new city high school building.
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EASTHAMPTON — Reducing a school’s history to what will fit inside a 2-foot stainless steel time capsule is no easy task.
That’s why a time capsule committee for the new Easthampton High School has decided to focus on the most current artifacts related to construction of the $39.2 million building on Williston Avenue.
Among the items to be included in the capsule are a program from this year’s EHS graduation ceremony — the first to be held in the new building — videos of the construction process and newspaper articles about the building’s opening in April.
The committee is also soliciting “letters to the future” from presidents of the EHS classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 — the last to attend classes in the old high school building — said athletic director Jeffrey Sealander, chairman of the four-member time capsule group.
Letters will also be included from Mayor Michael E. Tautznik, Building Committee Chairman Michael Buehrle, EHS Principal Vito Perrone and city schools Superintendent Nancy Follansbee.
The videos will be stored on a computer flash drive that will be sealed in the capsule.
“We talked about that and whether we should put something in there people can play them on,” Sealander said. “We don’t know what that technology’s going to be like in 50 years.”
The committee is using a time capsule kit purchased from the Future Packaging and Preservation company of Covina, Calif. In addition to the metal container, it comes with sealant and protective bags for artifacts.
The finished capsule will be buried beneath a cornerstone of the building as part of a grand opening ceremony for the new high school this fall, Sealander said.
Committee members hope construction crews now demolishing the old high school will find a time capsule buried when that building went up 53 years ago. High school alumni have said they believe the old capsule is located near the school’s flagpole, but no one knows the precise spot, said Sealander, who is a member of the EHS class of 1970.
Administrators are taking steps to ensure that doesn’t happen with the new capsule.
“We don’t want people 50 years from now to be saying, ‘We think it’s buried here.’ ” Sealander said. “Hopefully this new building will be here for more than 50 years.”
In addition to Sealander, other members of the committee are Buehrle, Perrone, Follansbee and city School Committee member Deborah Lusnia.
Principal interview in works
School leaders are conducting interviews this month with candidates for principal of Center/Pepin School, a post that opened when Principal Robert Orlando announced he is taking a new job this summer as head of a private school in Springfield.
Orlando has been with the Easthampton schools for 11 years — the past six as principal of the city elementary school.
Applications are also being reviewed for an interim principal at White Brook Middle School to replace Allison Rebello, who is moving into a new assistant principal’s position at Center/Pepin beginning next month for health reasons. Rebello, who has been head of White Brook since 2009, is a breast cancer survivor.
In another administrative staff change, Superintendent Nancy Follansbee said Technology Coordinator John Schott has announced plans to retire at the end of September after 16 years in the position.
Follansbee said school leaders are “taking some time to think about what we want that position to look like” before launching a search for a new technology director, including researching technology positions in other school districts.
At White Brook Middle School, 26 students earned top spots on the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2012-13 school year. First honors are given to students whose effort and conduct ratings are good or excellent, and whose grades in full-time subjects are A minus or better.
The honorees were:
Grade 7: Amanda Batura, Lorenze Beltran, Emma Blomstrom, Carly Detmers, Alexander Domina, Chantel Duda, Samuel Huntley, Katarina Lusnia, Eileen Ly, Stephen Moszynski, Sierra Raskevitz, Carlie Raucher, Rachel Sawan and Melanie Smith.
Grade 8: Sylvia Ciborowski, Frank Cole, Madison Grabowski, Makayla Guertin, Forrest Huntley, Stephanie Martinez, Rachel Mastorakis, Tess McCallum, Angela Nardi, Ella Smith, Hanna Vescovi and Karina Volpe.
Another 50 middle schoolers earned second honors for good or excellent conduct and effort ratings, and grades in all subjects of B minus or higher.