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From our Principal

Dear EMS Families,
Spring seems to be here (on some days). Let’s hope warmer, sunnier weather is in our future! At EMS, we see this time of year as opportunity to re-commit to making our third trimester just as engaging, productive, and inspiring as the first two. We believe in sprinting through the finish line of the school year. There is some very important information related to upcoming spring events and activities within this edition of our school newsletter.

Your child will soon be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). The SBA is a computer based, state mandated test.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment asks students questions that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our students in grade 6 and 7 will take tests in English/ Language Arts and Math. Students in grade 8 will take tests in English/Language Arts, Math, and Science. As with any assessment, this is only one measure of your student’s academic performance. We believe that through multiple assessments (teacher developed assessments, curriculum based assessment, and district assessments) we are able to develop a clearer picture of your student’s current level of performance as well as their growth over time. At EMS, we believe in educating the WHOLE child. We want our students to learn and grow into educated, caring, and happy adults.

On behalf of our staff, I want to thank you for your continued support. I feel very blessed to work with such wonderful students and committed adults each and every day. We look forward to working together as a team to provide your child with an educational experience that strives to meet the district’s mission - “Ensuring the equity of all student achieving at high standards.”

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Homework Hangout

Homework Hangout has been extended until the end of the school year! We encourage students to join on Monday and/or Tuesday, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., of each week. This is an opportunity for students to work on classwork and/or homework in a quiet, supportive environment. Although we will not be providing tutoring at Homework Hangout, we will have an EMS staff member available to answer questions and give general support.

Expectations at Homework Hangout is consistent to our EMS expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Do the Right Thing. Students who are unable to follow these expectations will be asked to leave. Please note that we will not be able to offer transportation.


Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Travel Opportunity

 6th and 7th grade students have been invited to participate in a travel opportunity to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia April 12-16, 2019. Mrs. Anderson and Ms. Demerjian will take a group of students interested on an educational and fun field trip. For information, email Mrs. Anderson at


Enumclaw School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Director of Student Support Services
2929 McDougall Avenue
Enumclaw WA 98022

Title IX Coordinator & Civil Rights
Compliance Coordinator
Director of Human Relations
2929 McDougall Avenue
Enumclaw WA 98022

“Dress for Success”
Prepare for the World of Work

The agenda clearly lays out certain restrictions and guidelines for school attire* (see below).

In any case where a student comes to school in
violation of this dress code, there is a policy and
consequences are listed in the agenda.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to promote our students’ continued focus on their learning for their entire school year.



1. Skirts or shorts or dresses shorter than the bottom of the longest finger when a student, while standing, extends his/her arms down the sides of the torso with extended fingers. The skirt, shorts, or dress must extend beyond fingers.

2. Shirts and crop tops that expose the midriff when arms are lifted to shoulder level or that expose cleavage are not allowed.

3. Clothes which are see through or expose undergarments or excessive skin.

4. Hoods are not allowed during school hours.

5. Pants that are more than 2 sizes larger than the waist, and/or worn below the waist (sagging).

6. Tank tops, crop tops, see-through clothes, halter tops or other shirts that expose the chest or are too tight.

7. Shirts with slogans or messages should be
discouraged by parents. Inappropriate messages will not be allowed. Clothing promoting alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, sex, or dark, negative, or antisocial motifs will not be allowed.

8. Sunglasses or eye coverings other than those prescribed for vision needs.

9. Jewelry -- no chains, pocket or otherwise; or spiked protrusions.


Upcoming Events

April 12 ASB Spring Social

April 16-20

Spring Break, No School

April 26

5th Grade Parent Night, 6:30pm

May 1 - June 8

State Assessment Testing Window

May 7-9

Progress Report Window

May 25

Possible Snow Make up day

May 28

No School, Memorial Day

June 8th - 9th


“The Little Mermaid”

June 14

Spring Concert:

Evening Concert, 6:30 p.m.

June 19 *

Promotion Assembly, 1:00 p.m.

June 20*

Field Day/8th Grade Dance, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

June 21*

1/2 day, Spirit Assembly

Last day of school for students.
* date changes due to snow make-up days

Timberwolf Day - Save the Date

Monday, August 27, 2018
7th & 8th Grade 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
6th grade 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come have your school picture taken, purchase items such as ASB cards, P.E. uniforms and yearbooks. Get cleared for sports and turn in your sports paperwork/fees and deposit money into your lunch account. Watch for our Summer newsletter to be mailed home in July.

State Assessment Schedule for EMS

Classrooms cannot be interrupted during testing, so please schedule appointments and plans during other times in the day throughout the testing window. We will not be able to call your student out of class or deliver notes until the end of testing each day. It is also very important for students to be on time to school. Also, please try to make sure your student gets plenty of rest and healthy breakfasts during testing, too.
Thank you.

Testing will begin at 8 a.m. and students will be testing in their LA, Math, Science classes.

April 30 - May 4:
English/LA Computer Adaptive Test

5th Grade Parent Night

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Timberwolf Team.

Parents and current 5th grade students are invited to join 6th grade EMS staff to Hot Dogs and snacks in the cafeteria. New incoming 6th graders will have an opportunity to ask question, take a tour of a the EMS campus and take a picture with our mascot, Wolfie. Bring your camera!

The library will be set up with informational stations to help students become better acquainted with middle school.

May 7 - May 10:
English/LA Performance Task

May 11 - May 17:
English/LA make - up

May 21 - May 23:
8th Science WCAS

May 24:
Science make-up

May 29 - May 31:
Math Performance Task

May 29 - June 1:
Math Computer Adaptive Test

June 4 - June 6:
Math make-up

Upcoming Music events

Our final choir performance of the year will be taking place Friday, June 8th​ at  6:30pm, and Saturday, June 9th at 6:30pm. The entire class will be singing, dancing and acting in the Little Mermaid. The musical is full of laughs and family fun, featuring music from the Disney Broadway production and the much loved family classic movie.

Spring Concert
Remember to set aside June 14th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. to enjoy the talented students of EMS as they put on a marvelous music concert. Our band and orchestra will be ready to entertain - can’t wait to see you all there!


8th Grade Highlights

2018 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly and Promotion Dance
The awards assembly will be held during the school day on June 19th at 1pm. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend this event. It will include some individual awards, speakers, and entertainment. All 8th graders will receive individual recognition and certificates in their homeroom class.

8th Grade Dance: The dance will be at EMS on June 20th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. A group of parents will be putting together the theme, decorations and refreshments. Further details regarding the cost of the dance, dance pictures, etc. will be sent home with students at a later date. Eighth graders must pay all fines (e.g. end-of-year textbook fines), before being allowed to participate in the 8th grade dance.

Attention 8th Grade Parents:
Are you interested in helping with the most anticipated event of the 8th grade year? The 8th grade promotion dance is schedule for Wednesday, June 20th and parent help is needed to ensure that the event is a memorable success!

Lissa Strecker, a parent of an 8th grader, has volunteered to lead the parent group for this year's event.

You may contact Vickie Glick at 360.802.7150 for more information or Lissa Strecker directly at, or call/text her at 253.261.3608.

8th Grade Dance Dress Code
The dance is a special evening and students are allowed to "dress up", as per school dress code. Apparel for the night dance means nice school clothes - NOT formal wear such as tuxes and gowns. Girls, wear your nicest day dress. No strapless dresses or backless dresses unless covered by a shawl. Dresses must not show cleavage or be shorter than mid-thigh. Boys, wear your nicest dress pants or dress shorts and collared shirts. Do not wear blue jeans or baggy pants. Athletic clothing such as mesh shorts, t-shirts or shirts with slogans are not allowed.

It is required that students attending the dance be in the dance by 6:00 PM and remain in the dance until it is over, unless they have made prior arrangements with an administrator.

Eighth grade students must pay all fines or they will not be allowed to participate in the 8th grade dance. Sixth & seventh graders' fall class schedules will be held until fines are paid.


Lunch Accounts

According to District policy, any lunch accounts with money remaining will have that money held over for the next school year. Eighth grade accounts will be transferred to the high school.