Newsletter - Spring, 2019

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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 recommit 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.

We have begun our annual state testing. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (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 you 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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Upcoming Events

Dates Upcoming Events
April 8 SBA Testing starts
April 18 5th Grade Parent Night, 6:30pm
April 22-26 Spring Break, No School
May 6 -8 Progress Report Window
May 27 No School, Memorial Day
June 7th - 8th Musical “Seussical Jr.”
June 11 Spring Concert:
Evening Concert, 6:30 p.m.
June 18 Promotion Assembly, 1:00 p.m.
June 19 8th Grade Dance, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
June 20 Field Day
June 21* 1/2 day,
Last day of school for students.
* date changed due to snow make-up days


Save the Date: Timberwolf Day

Monday, August 26, 2019
7th & 8th Grade 9:00 a.m. - 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.

EMS DRESS CODE “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.
























Quarterly News

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 8 - April 19: English/LA Computer Adaptive Test and make-up
April 29 - May 2: 8th Science WCAS and make-up
May 6 - May 10: English/LA Performance Task
May 13 - May 17: English/LA make–up
May 20 - May 24: Math Performance Task
May 28 - May 31: Math Computer Adaptive Test
June 3 - June 7: Math make-up

5th Grade Parent Night
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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.


Upcoming Music events

Our final choir performance of the year will be taking Place Friday, June 7 th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. The entire class will be singing, dancing and acting in the Seussical Jr. All the excitement of the classic storybooks will be brought to life!

Spring Concert
Remember to set aside June 11th 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

2019 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly and Promotion Dance
The awards assembly will be held during the school day on June 18th 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 19th 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. *Year-end event dates may change due to snow make-up days.

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.

Attention 8th Grade Parents:
Are you interested in helping with the most anticipated event of the 8th grade year?

Do you have a vision for transforming our cafeteria into a magical venue? We are looking for individuals willing to help with the 8th grade dance.

This is an event that the 8th grade students look forward to each year. It is a really fun event with ASB funding and is not a difficult task.

Please contact Lissa Strecker at if you are interested in helping with this most worthwhile opportunity!


Please Note - Fines

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.


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