Newsletter - Winter, 2019
From our Principal
Dear EMS Families,
I always find January thru March an exciting time of year! This is when we see many students take giant leaps in their learning. Students who have struggled with “tuning in” during class are taking off with leaps and bounds. Students who struggled with making sense of text are now questioning the author’s purpose, theme, and meaning. Students who have fought with algebraic equations are finding that things are starting to click. These giant leaps are not exclusive to the classroom. Our Be the Best You campaign continues to expand and take hold as our students strive to make acceptance and personal growth a priority.
Thank you EMS families for your support. We know that the growth of our students is supported by all of you! So, let’s keep the positive growth going with the coordinated efforts between home and school. Remember, you can access your student’s grades through Family Access. If you are unsure how, please contact our office (or ask your student. They know how!).
Finally, the greatest gift we can give our students is the gift of time at school. Limiting our student's absences helps to ensure their success as learners. Thank you for your continued support at home!
|January 14||3rd Season 7th & 8th grade Sports begin: Boys Basketball/Girls Soccer|
|January 18||Martin Luther King Assembly|
|January 21||MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY-NO SCHOOL|
|January 22||3rd season 6th grade sports & Knowledge Bowl begins|
|January 22-24||Progress Report Window|
|January 24||State of Education: 6:30 p.m.|
|February 7||iSTEAM Expo: 4:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.|
|February 13||"Pack the Stands" 7 p.m. Main Gym|
|February 18 -22||Mid Winter Break|
|March 15||2nd Trimester Ends|
|March 20||4th Season Sport begins: 7th & 8th grade Football only|
|March 25||4th Season Sports begin: Volleyball/Girls Cross Country/Chess Club|
|April 3||ASB Spring Social|
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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 guide dog 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:
Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Compliance Coordinator Director of Student Support Director of Human Relations Services
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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 at http://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/families/harassment.aspx to learn more about harassment, intimidation and bullying.
February - Registration materials will be distributed to all current 6th & 7th grade students (grades 7 & 8 next year). Please review the registration packet with your student carefully; those courses selected will be his/her FULL YEAR schedule.
Construction is happening all around Enumclaw and the Pacific Northwest and we are proud to announce that is exactly what this year's iSTEAM Expo is all about!
New for 2019, our iSTEM logo was reconstructed to include an "A" that represents the skilled Arts careers in addition to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This year's iSTEAM Expo will focus on the variety of jobs, internships, apprenticeships, educational pathways and skills that are required to enter the construction industry and many other high tech trades and skilled careers. As always, all STEAM related fields are invited to exhibit.
The Enumclaw Schools Foundation (ESF) and Enumclaw School District (ESD) are excited to offer this FREE event. The event is open to students in K-12 grades, as well as their families and members of the community.
Washington D.C. Trip
There is still room for the Washington DC trip for spring break. The deadline is January 30. It is an amazing fun, educational trip that creates memories for a lifetime. Students get to visit Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima, the Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian museums and countless other places including either Philadelphia or New York.
Contact Casey Anderson or Della Demerjian for more information. This trip is open to all current seventh and eighth graders.
Father Daughter Dance
2019 Enumclaw Rotary Father Daughter Dance will be held on February 2nd at Thunder Mountain Middle School.
Tickets are available at https://goo.gl/PHPGJG. Enumclaw Rotary Club provides over $10,000 each year to our school district for student scholarships and special projects.
Valentine's Day Policy
Although it is a great day to express your love for your children and their friends, we do not have the capacity to manage the flow of gifts at EMS. Please give any Valentine's gifts or flowers at home rather than sending to school. We will not deliver Valentine's Day gifts.
The next Progress Report window is January 22th through 24th.
All teachers will now be sending Progress Reports by email. If your family does not have email, a paper copy will be sent home with your student.
Please contact us at 802-7150 if you do not receive any Progress Report notification. Continue to monitor your student's progress through Family Access. If you still do not have a Family Access login, go to the Enumclaw School District website, click on Family Access and fill out the online application. Your information will be emailed to you.
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 Kelsey Tice at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.