Eastside Connections Principal - Joe Racht

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It is my honor to welcome you to the Eastside Connections School website.  I am proud to have spent the last 6 years working alongside our amazing students, staff and families.

With a mission to inspire and prepare all learners through diverse opportunities which challenge the present and enrich the future, I am committed to serving our wonderful students and families each and everyday.    

Students at ECS are known, cared for, and safe.  Our focus on fostering positive relationships, recognizing and rewarding positive behavior, as well as our Character Counts program plays a major role in what has become a rich school culture. At ECS, all students are respected, valued, cared for, and loved. Our newly remodeled building includes many critical safety advantages and modernized learning environments.

Students at ECS are challenged.  Our classrooms are rich with hands-on problem and project-based learning, rigorous in content, and engaging with real life relevance. As a result, our students are extremely well prepared for success academic knowledge as well as the 21st Century Skills that prepare them for success in life.

Students at ECS are involved.  We have several middle school and club sports, including soccer, cross country, football, cheerleading, wrestling, volleyball and track.  We also have an amazing drama program, elite teams in academic competitions, various student leadership groups, and many service oriented clubs.  In all, we have over 30 teams, clubs, and organizations for students to join and enjoy.


Students at ECS are supported.  Our faculty and staff support every student academically, socially, and emotionally; and invite parents and guardians to be partners in their education.  

Together, the ECS community strives to instill work ethic, respect, responsibility, resilience and integrity in every student.  I hope that you find this website helpful and informative. Please feel free to contact us at 683-2585 for further assistance.  Go Vikes!


Joe Racht, Principal

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