Erie Middle School Tiger Community, Everyone is getting back in the swing of school as we are a few weeks into the second semester. The staff is working hard to challenge all students at their appropriate levels. The students are working hard and making a commitment to their education. On February 7th we will be having a Community Safety Meeting to inform parents of existing and ongoing measures to ensure school safety. We will be informing parents of current laws regarding public and school safety, update the parents on all safetyrelated practices in our schools, provide them with guidelines on actions they can take at home to increase student/school safety, and engage in a discussion on safety. This meeting is at 6:30 pm in the EMS Cafetorium. We will have our Renaissance assembly on Wednesday February 6, 2013. Many students will be recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom as well as after school activities. We had over 300 students with a grade point average over 3.5 and over 150 who had a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49. This shows that our students are achieving well and meeting the high expectations. Congratulations to all students and staff on their commitment to excellence at Erie Middle School. During the week of March 11th – 15th students will be taking the TCAP (the new name for the CSAP- Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) assessments. Sixth and Seventh grade will be assessed in Math, Reading, and Writing. Eighth grade will have these same assessments plus an assessment in Science. Historically, Erie Middle School has performed well on these standardized tests. In preparation for the TCAP assessments, please encourage your students to try their hardest, make sure that they eat a healthy breakfast and get enough rest. Thank you for your support. Just a reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences will be held February 19 th and 21st from 3:15 – 7:15 pm. Please plan on signing up to meet with your child’s teachers. The renovation project is moving along nicely. The new seventh grade rooms are progressing well. We are anticipating moving the 7th graders from the portable classes into their new 7th grade classrooms the first weekend in February. There will be a School Advisory meeting on February 4th at 6:00 pm in the Cafetorium where we will also update the progress of our renovation. Please feel free to come and see the progress being made. The girls had a great basketball season. Thanks and congratulations to the team and the coaches! Wrestling is getting started. Good luck to the wrestlers. Parents please visit our school Website at www.ems.stvrain.k12.co.us. We have links to teacher pages, activities, events, etc. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for your ongoing support.
Todd Bissell EMS Principal
Todd Bissell - Principal Staci Hoople—Assistant Principal Pat Atwood - Secretary Kimberly Jacobs—Counselor Genaro Villareal—Counselor Website http://.ems.svvsd.org Email: last name_first email@example.com Office Hours 7:00 - 3:30 pm
All visitors now need to be buzzed into the building by a school staff member. The camera and door bell are located to the right of the main doors. All visitors will still be required to check in at the front office and show identification. This new system will allow all of the outside doors to be locked during the school day. Our main doors will remain unlocked from 7:45 – 8:15 am and from 2:50 – 3:30 pm.
On February 7th we will be having a Community Safety
Meeting to inform parents of existing and ongoing measures to
ensure school safety. We will be informing parents of current laws regarding public and school safety, update the parents on all safetyrelated practices in our schools, provide them with guidelines on actions they can take at home to increase student/school safety, and engage in a discussion on safety. This meeting is at 6:30 pm in the EMS Cafetorium.
The TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) is based on the new Colorado Model Content Standards and has replaced CSAP. The TCAP will continue to assess the same content areas and grades as CSAP. Students will be taking the TCAP tests. The tests and schedule for each grade level at EMS are as follows: 6th Grade: Reading, Writing, Math: March 11 - 15 7th Grade: Reading, Writing, Math: March 11 - 15 8th Grade: Reading, Writing, Math, Science: March 11 - 15
LATE START/PLC DAYS: February 6 March 6 April 10 May 21 School will start at 10:30 with doors opening at 10:20. Busses will run 2 1/2 hours later than normal.
Our choir concerts are both on February 26th. Sixth grade will perform at 6 pm, 7th and 8th grades will perform at 7:30 pm. Students should arrive at the EHS choir room 35 minutes before their performance time.
Attendance is vital during this time. We wanted to let you know early so that appointments and vacations are not scheduled during these days. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Attention High Voltage Readers! Come to the Story Laboratory at the EMS Book Fair!
Come check out the book fair, February 15th – 22nd. It will be open 7:50 am – 3:20 pm every day and until 7:30 pm on the 19th & 21st for conferences. Stop by, pick up a great book and support our EMS library!
Parents, stop by and see us before or after your conferences. Pick up a book for yourself or visit our teacher wish lists. Our students really appreciate the variety of books available in their classrooms. Gift certificates may also be purchased for your teacher. Please see the included attachment.
Online and Storia purchase options are available. All online orders will be shipped to the school and distributed to your student. Please use the following link to our book fair website. You need to order through this site for our library to get credit. http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/eriemiddleschool1 Thank you for supporting our library! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Penny Monroe at Monroe_penny@svvsd.org.
Teacher Donation Gift Certificate
Help our teachers build classroom libraries To: _______________________________________________________________________
Please send cash or a check made out to EMS for the amount of your donation. Bring it to the book fair during conferences or give it to Penny Monroe in the library. For credit card donations, please visit the book fair.
ATTN CASHIERS: This certificate is for teacher wish list donations only. It may not be used by students for personal use. Please verify money amount and list all gift certificates on the log before distributing to the teacher. Date rcv’d: _________________ Cashier initials: __________________
February 1 - FACS Bake Sale - 7:30 - 8:00 am February 1 - FACS Bake Sale - 3:00 - 3:20 pm February 4 - Art Club - 2:10 - 4:15 pm February 4 - Tiger Lily Select Women’s Choir - 3:15 - 4:00 pm February 4 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 4 - School Accountability Meeting - 6:00 - 7:00 pm February 4 - PTO Meeting - 7:00 - 8:00 pm February 5 - SVVSD Honor Band February 5 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 5 - Student Council - 3:10 - 3:45 pm February 5 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 6 - Late Start/PLC Day - School starts at 10:30 am February 6 - SVVSD Honor Band February 6 - Renaissance Assemblies during school day February 6 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 3:00 - 4:30 pm February 6 - MESA Meeting - 3:15 - 4:45 pm February 6 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 6 - 8th Grade Parent Night at Erie High - 6:30 - 8:30 pm February 7 - SVVSD Honor Choir February 7 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 7 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 7 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 5:45 - 7:30 pm February 7 - Community Safety Meeting - 6:00 - 8:00 pm February 8 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 11 - Treat Day for High Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance at lunches February 11 - Wrestling Meet at Home against Sunset & Heritage - 3:45 pm February 12 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 12 - Student Council - 3:10 - 3:45 pm February 13 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 3:00 - 4:30 pm February 13 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 14 - School Dance - 3:00 - 4:45 pm February 14 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 14 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 14 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 5:45 - 7:30 pm February 15 - Hat Day for High Honor Roll Students from Quarter 2 February 15 - Book Fair - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm February 15 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 18 - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL February 19 - Book Fair - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm February 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:15 - 7:30 pm
February 20 - Book Fair - 8:00 - 3:30 pm February 20 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 3:00 - 4:30 pm February 20 - Wrestling Meet at Heritage Middle School - 3:30 pm February 21 - Book Fair - 8:00 - 7:30 pm February 21 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:15 - 7:30 pm February 21 - FACS Cooking Lab - 3:05 - 4:30 pm February 22 - FACS Bake Sale - 7:20 - 8:00 am & 3:00 - 3:15 pm February 22 - Book Fair - 8:00 - 3:30 pm February 22 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 23 - Brain Bowl Super Bowl- Castle Rock February 25 - Art Club - 3:10 - 4:15 pm February 25 - Tiger Lily Select Women’s Choir - 3:15 - 4:00 pm February 25 - Wrestling Meet at Longs Peak Middle School - 3:30 pm February 25 - 5th Grade Parent/Student Registration Night - 6:30 - 8:00 pm February 26 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 26 - Student Council - 3:10 - 3:45 pm February 26 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 26 - Choir Concert - 6:00 - 8:30 - Erie HIGH School February 27 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 3:00 - 4:30 pm February 27 - MESA Meeting - 3:15 - 4:45 pm February 27 - Wrestling Meet at Heritage Middle School February 28 - Academic Assistance - 3:05 - 4:05 pm February 28 - Wrestling Practice - 3:15 - 5:00 pm February 28 - Odyssey of the Mind Practice - 5:45 - 7:30 pm February 28 - NJHS Overnighter - 9:00 pm March 1 - NO SCHOOL
Your child’s report card is a record of his or her academic achievement. Upon receipt of your child’s report card set some time aside to sit down and discuss grades privately. Ask questions about grades, classes, and activities. Focus on the positives first; point out the achievements. As you discuss where your child needs to improve, offer support and encouragement. It is also a good idea to check on Infinite Campus at least once a week with your student to keep current on assignments and grades. Infinite Campus can be a tool to set academic goals (goals that are challenging, but reachable). It can be helpful to have your child list the things he or she is going to do to accomplish the goals and evaluate the activities in which they are involved. It is important that children find a healthy balance between schoolwork and activities. Helping with Homework: Strategies for Parents
Make sure you are signed up for Infinite Campus and check it once a week with your student. Review assignments; develop a plan of action Provide a quiet study space Help your son or daughter get organized Set a regular “homework time” Take short breaks, when needed Help with homework; answer questions; give explanations. Don’t do the homework. Check or review the homework with your child Contact the teacher with questions or problems
Your student’s teachers are most easily reached by email. Either use the link in Infinite Campus or Email addresses for teachers are as follows Last_First@svvsd.org
Renaissance assembly will be held on February 6th to recognize student achievement Registration for the 2012-2013 school year will be held in February more information to follow.
ACCESS testing was conducted in January TCAP will be upon us soon. EMS will be testing the week of March 11th thru March 15th. It is critical that all students attend school for the entire week during the TCAP testing period, please plan any appointments for after 3 pm during the week of TCAP. Thank you.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in helping us raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation at our first Volleyball Tournament. We raised $250 with your help. This year our members collectively completed 3,298 hours of community service, with an average of 30 hours per member. This is very impressive since only 12 hours are expected. National Junior Honor Society Inductions for the 2012-2013 school year were held on Thursday, April 26th. The following 6th and 7th graders were inducted based on leadership, citizenship, character, service and scholarship. Congratulations to all of you.
Candidates for 8th Grade Induction Alec Benge ▪ Curran Carter Tayla Hatler ▪ Christopher Jensen Joseph Kennedy ▪ Andrew Martin Kelsi McDonald ▪ Ian Meadows Elise Nguyen ▪ Christian Palumbo Matthew Pastor ▪ Ryan Peng Timothy Rathe ▪ Josiah Slavin Evan Sours ▪ Maegan Sours Gabriella Stanesa ▪ Kami Thomson Shelby Zinchini Candidates for 7th Grade Induction Alexander Ailey ▪ Cameron Allen Audra Alvarado ▪ Samuel Beaudry Ashley Bloemen ▪ Brenna Bowerman Elizabeth Britt ▪ Cambell Bynum Peyton Bynum ▪ Marielle Callahan Lauren Campbell ▪ Faith Chatten Kyle Couper ▪ Mckayla Daniels Kayla Davis ▪ Mackenzie Delier Dane Desai ▪ Coleman Deuschle Grace Dow ▪ Jeffrey Farineau Lorraine George ▪ Erin Gilbert Jenna Gregg ▪ Hannah Hackney Rachel Harbison ▪ Michael Haren Samantha Harris ▪ Aliyah Harrison Halle Hoback ▪ Hollie Hoobler Carissa Josselyn ▪ Christina Jourden Kara Kovets ▪ Emily Labadie Houston Lair ▪ Nathaniel Lampros Tyler Larson ▪ Maxwell Laychak Sage Marten ▪ Alexander Mathis Bryce Meier ▪ Fischer Moore Madeleine Mueller ▪ Emily Over Hunter Owens ▪ Emily Pearson Jade Phillips ▪ Taylor Quandt Kenlie Rohrer ▪ Justin Ross Joytsana Sangroula ▪ Sierra Stevens Hunter Strayer ▪ Cassidy True
Helen Tuck ▪ Natalie Valdez Constantin van Doorn ▪ Dominick Watters Hannah Williams ▪ Samantha Williams Treyton Williams ▪ Garrett Wilson Jensen Wysocki Returning 8th Grade Members Kayla Arlington ▪ Darby Berringer Rylin Brett ▪ McKenna Brewer Jesi Buckley ▪ Emilie Chaumillon Sarah Chavez ▪ Isabel Chen Rebecca Chrisman ▪ Joshua Cobb Maegan Cunningham ▪ Trevor David Madison Davis ▪ Vidhya Dev Amanda Farineau ▪ Sarah Fritsche Jessica Gallegos ▪ Wesley Gregory Joshua Grimm ▪ Dylan Hackett Kaely Harris ▪ Kylie Hartkopp Emma Hassman ▪ Hailey Hathaway Louisa Hennecart ▪ Nicholas Hoffmeyer Cassidy Jensen ▪ Lauren Jensen Madelyn Keeth ▪ Cole Knudsen Kama LaMontagne ▪ Kenayde Lampros Alexa Loveland ▪ Jim Martinez Hali Mauldin ▪ Fiona McNeal John Mirabassi ▪ Hunter Nelson Jonathan Phouminh ▪ Heather Raimo Gretchen Riedel ▪ Rio Sanchez Luke Simeon ▪ Natasha Stevens Peyton Toledo ▪ Abbey Townsend Natalie Townsend ▪ David Unruh Jewels Vang ▪ Hannah Whittaker Claire Wolff ▪ Madison Womack
Teachers, Parents, Guardians, and Students!
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO WIN $25,000 from General Mills! The school that clips the most box tops wins! Just think what $25,000 could do for Erie Middle School!
Erie Businesses are working with us to help motivate you to clip those box tops! Ask, Ask, Ask, everyone you know for box tops! Our family collects them and sends them to us monthly. My mother has a collection box in her Sunday school class. A collection sheet is attached to this newsletter! Tape or glue on box tops and send them in. If you don’t want to use the collection sheet, send them in Ziploc bags, envelopes, etc. with your name and teacher name.
The top THREE classes are going to win a pizza party! We have individual drawings! The teacher that has the most participating students will win a gift from Starbucks. Show your teacher the love this Valentine’s and send in those box tops!
I want to send out a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Abo’s Pizza, Blackjack’s Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, and Papa Murphy’s Pizza! SPECIAL THANK YOU to Public Eye Skateboards, Smiling Moose Deli, Starbucks (both Erie and Westminster), Summit Bank and Trust, and Kroenke Sports of Denver!
Do you need a list of box top products? Visit www.boxtops4education.com We Can Win! We Can Win! We Can Win! We Can Win! We Can Win! We Can Win!!!!
Also, this is our last submission to be counted for this year. I am an 8 th grade parent, so we need a coordinator to take over. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We don’t want to slow down the momentum for the year. We need someone to step up and keep collections going.
CARTRIDGES FOR KIDS FEBRUARY CONTEST!
I hope everyone saved their old electronics they replaced over winter break! We need cell phones, eReaders, ink and toner cartridges, GPS Devices, iPods, DVDs, PDAs, Video Games and Consoles, digital cameras, laptops, iPads, and tablets! Every student that turns in one of these items will receive a ROAR coupon. We will have a drawing for a $15 Papa Murphy’s gift card and five drawings for a certificate from Smiling Moose Deli! Please mark them with your name and teacher name! Thank you, Sherry R. Free Money Coordinator
We would like to congratulate the EMS 6th graders who won the Northern Championship at the Optimist Brain Bowl!!! They now go on to compete at the Brain Bowl Super Bowl on Feb 23 in Castle Rock - Go Tigers!!!!
Karina Meza is a model student. She is kind to staff and students and always organized and ready to learn. Karina's smile brighten the room. She is s pleasure to have as a student and know as a person. The sixth grade teachers would like to recognize William Warner as a wonderful young man. William is a cool kid --he is not perfect, but he tries hard on his classroom and home work, is respectful to teachers and other students, and has a fun, positive attitude. Thanks for being you, William! We think you rock!
Our 7th grade female student of the month is Miss Helen Tuck. Helen is extremely conscientious about her school work. She always completes everything to the best of her ability. She pays attention to detail, and her work is thorough and excellent. Helen is also a friendly, well-behaved young lady. Thank you, Helen, for consistently giving your best effort. Keep up the good work. Alex Mathis is the seventh grade student of the month. Alex is consistently kind-hearted and helpful to others. He is committed to always doing his best in every class, and does his work willingly and with a great attitude. Alex welcomes new students and makes others feel accepted as a friend. Way to go, Alex!
Darby Berringer has consistently demonstrated excellence in and out of the classroom. Her diligence, attention to detail, and strong work ethic are recognized by her classmates, and appreciated by her teachers and coaches. Darby is polite, attentive, and always ready to lend a hand to others. We thoroughly enjoy having Darby as a student here at Erie Middle; great job, Darby! David Unruh is a student who consistently ROARs! His work ethic and excellence should be recognized and admired by those here at Erie. David is constantly challenging himself academically and is viewed as leader among his peers. David is respectful, he always strives for perfection, and his thoughtfulness makes him a role model for all. David we are proud of you and continue the great work!
Each of these students have been honored with a free pizza for lunch on the last Friday of the month. Please congratulate these students if you see them!
Lunch Secondary - $2.75 Reduced: Grades K-2 - No Charge / Grades 4-12 - $.40