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From our Principal:

"Striving to maximize every student’s learning each class period " There is nothing quite like the changing of seasons. We started this school year with record heat, long days and the excitement of having students and staff back in our schoolhouse, filling it with the energy and enthusiasm for learning.

It is hard to believe we are now in the month of November. The end of the first trimester is approaching (December 1st to be exact)! Currently, our students are hard at work getting ready for Student Led Conferences. Student Led Conferences are our student’s opportunity to put into their own words what they have learned thus far and their next step towards achievement. If you have not signed up for a conference, we still have room. Please contact EMS office to schedule you and your student’s conference.

At conferences, your student will be accessing Skyward to explain his or her grades in each of their classes. Grades are an important factor in determining whether or not a child will graduate on time. At anytime parents can access Skyward as a resource to stay on top of your son’s or daughter's grades. If you have questions about Skyward, please contact EMS. We will do our best to assist you.

Finally, as Thanksgiving approaches, I am filled with gratitude for my new EMS community. Thank you to parents, students and staff for making me feel welcomed. Enumclaw Middle School truly is the best middle school in the world!

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Upcoming Events

November 8 Veteran’s Day Assembly

November 9 NO SCHOOL - Teacher planning

November 10 NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

November 15-21 Scholastic Book Fair

November 16 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:15 a.m. - Student led conferences

November 17 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:15 a.m. - No Conferences this day

November 20 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:15 a.m. - Student led conferences

November 21 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:15 a.m. - No Conferences this day

November 22 1/2 day, dismissal at 11:15 a.m. - No Conferences this day


December 1 Trimester ends

December 11-20 Yearbook Final Sale

December 21- January 2 - WINTER VACATION

January 22 3rd Season Sports/Activities begin (Girls Soccer/Boys Basketball/Knowledge Bowl)

January 15 NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day

January 16 Martin Luther King Assembly

January 22-24 Progress Reports Window


"Student Led" Conferences

Thursday, November 16th & Monday, November 20th

We feature a "student led" conference format for our Parent Conferences. During this process your child will conduct the conference, with teachers nearby to assist, answer questions and provide input. We will be working with our students to ensure that they are prepared for this experience. Students will share their individual portfolios of work in each subject area as well as academic strengths, challenges and goals. Plan to spend 30 minutes at the school. We look forward to seeing you. If you have not scheduled your Student Led Conference, please contact our office at 360-802-7150.


District Press Release

The Enumclaw School District offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be assessed for gifted (Highly Capable) Services in the fall and in the spring. Referrals for fall testing are due by October 6. This year’s test for students K-12 will take place October 9 - December 8, 2017 at the student's home school. 2nd grade students receive screening in the spring. Testing days for each child will be communicated as needed with families via e-mail or phone.

Those interested in having their child assessed for services can obtain referral forms at the office of their child’s school beginning now or on the district's Highly Capable webpage. Parents, teachers, or community members may refer students for testing. Parents must give their written permission for a student to be tested. If you have any questions regarding the Highly Capable Program contact April Drake at or at 360.802.7389.


Enumclaw School District

State of Education Address
January 18, 2018 details to follow

Smarter Balance Assessment

SBAC Testing Window for 2018
May 1st - end of June, 2018
Exact dates and times TBD



The Title VII, Indian Education Program, is a federally funded program designed to assist Native American and Alaskan Native students, K-12, in their academic and cultural pursuits. Our federal funding is based on a yearly census of Native American and Alaskan Native students in our school district. We obtain these numbers from our 506 forms, a simple one page document requiring your child’s name, school and tribal affiliation. If you believe that you may be of Native American descent you can request a 506 form from the office of your child’s school. For more specific information on our program, please contact, Jennifer Leatham, Native American Specialist at 360.802.7745.


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


Committed to Safe and Civil Schools

Enumclaw School District is dedicated to creating positive and safe environments that support learning and teaching for all. If an individual or group sees or experiences harassment, intimidation or bullying, the District has a form available to report an incident (3207F) or reports can be made to staff members. Please visit our website to learn more about harassment, intimidation and bullying.


Scholastic Book Fair

Enumclaw Middle School will be the site of the annual Scholastic Book Fair November 15th -21st . The fair provides a fun selection of student literature, posters, software, and other gifts. It also provides a way to generate new books for our library and classrooms. Students will have the opportunity to shop before/after school and once during an English class. The fair will be open during conferences, including the evenings of Thursday, November 16th and Monday, November 20th. More information and exact hours will be advertised as the time approaches. Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase gifts or add books to personal collections. You will also be able to purchase books to donate to teachers for the classroom. You can get started early by going online to shop starting November 9th at:


Counselor’s Corner

Hello! Ms. G here. We are off to a great start at Enumclaw Middle School with students adjusting to their schedules, lockers, and each other. I am here to support students in the following areas: Academics, Social/Emotional, and Career/College Readiness. We might meet in classrooms, individually, or in a group setting. This year I'll be hosting a weekly drop in opportunity for students to learn different ways to deal with stress; following up with students about their goals; and helping bring career awareness through Career Ready Day and the College Bound Scholarship. If you want to learn more about this scholarship, check out the following website: college-bound-scholarship-program. This year EMS and TMMS hosted a Mental Health Awareness Night for parents focused on suicide prevention on October 24th. We hope it helped give some tools to support you in having these important conversations with your students and their friends. If you have questions or concerns about your student, please call me at 360-802-7159 or email me at


Join the PTSO

The PTSO is off to a great start. Their membership is growing and they are looking to expand the support they can offer EMS students and staff this year. The leadership team is Emily Gomes, June Lawson, and Kelsey Tice. Please follow us on Facebook at Enumclaw Middle School PTSO. If you are interested or have any questions contact PTSO via email at


Lost & Found

Please look through the lost & found while you’re here at EMS for Parent-Teacher Conferences or sign in at the Main Office to check during school hours. Lost & Found is located in the Cafeteria, but will be on display in the 8th grade pit during conference time. We will donate everything to the clothing bank after Thanksgiving Break.


Alpha Club Reflections

This year, the theme at Enumclaw Middle School is Choose Love. Student leaders created the vision for this theme in the beginning of the year to help everyone in the school community make positive choices that are encouraging and helpful to others. Showing kindness and compassion is a daily choice that is expected in a positive school environment. We began the school year with a discussion in classrooms where we introduced this theme and talked about the specific goal for September - Choosing Acceptance. In October, student leaders led discussions in classrooms on the topic of Choosing Courage. We had a mix-it-up day where students had the opportunity to Choose Courage to sit with different people at lunch and get to talk with someone they may not know that well. In November, the topic is about Choosing Integrity. This means doing the right thing in the way that we treat others - with a specific emphasis on digital Citizenship and keeping interactions online positive and safe. We look forward to building community with monthly discussions on character-building topics, weekly reminders of these topics in our video announcements and daily integration of the Choose Love theme throughout the school year.


Back pack Program

EMS is excited to be participating in the Backpack Program, which helps to provide some extra food for some of our students over the weekends. We are supported by the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation to help us provide food for many of our families. We would like to support ourselves through parent and teacher donations as much as possible moving forward. If you would like to donate items either one time or on a regular basis, we are interested in collecting the following:
Fruit Cups
Macaroni and Cheese
Top Raman Soup
Juice Boxes
Granola Bars
Individual Oatmeal Packages
To receive updates about our most immediate needs for donations, please email Mr. Karkainen at:


Veterans Day

Our Veterans' Day assembly is Nov. 8th. We would like to honor veterans, particularly those who are related to students at EMS by creating a picture slideshow. Please submit a photo of a veteran (digital would be preferred) to Mr. Karkainen by October 31st, Also, please include information about how they are related to your student, in which military branch they served and for how long they served or are still serving. The slideshow will be played both at the assembly as well as a community presentation that the student leadership class will be giving at High Point Retirement Village in mid-November.