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Erie Middle School Tiger Community, Hope everyone’s school year is off to great start. We have had a lot of activities at Erie Middle School to get the year started well. Our October count is here. Attendance at school is always beneficial in your child’s education. It is important that we have all students attend, unless they are sick, on October 1 st. The school district receives funding from the state according to our count. The count window is from September 24th to October 8th. Let’s strive to have great attendance during these two weeks! PTO had their first meeting on September 9th. PTO discusses how parents may assist in keeping and making Erie Middle School a great place of learning for the students. PTO starts at 7 in the Library on the first Monday of each month. Our School Accountability Committee, SAC, will be starting soon. SAC looks at the school goals for accreditation for the upcoming school year. We are looking for parent representation from each grade level. If you are interested in joining this committee, please call Dr. Heide at school. We will be meeting the first Monday of each month. SAC starts at 6 in the Cafetorium. The magazine fundraiser was very successful. The students participated very well and raised a lot of money for our school. Congratulations to the following top-selling classes; Mrs. Gruen 6th grade, Mrs. Jensen 7th grade, and Mrs. Lienert. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Infinite Campus Parent Portal were parents may keep track of their students grades and progress, should be up and running this month. Look for information to be brought home on how to sign up and use the Parent Portal. Parent teacher conferences wet well. If you have questions or need to talk with staff concerning your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to call. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Todd Bissell EMS Principal
Todd Bissell - Principal Rachel Heide—Assistant Principal Pat Atwood - Secretary Kimberly Jacobs—Counselor Genaro Villareal—Counselor Website http://.ems.svvsd.org Email: last name_first firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours 7:00 - 3:30 pm
Studio 5 Portraits Picture Retakes Wednesday, Oct. 9th
GOT YEARBOOK?? The earlier you buy, the more you save! Save $5.00 by purchasing your 2013/2014 yearbook at jostens.com or in the library before November 8th. DO IT TODAY!
SHARE YOUR PICTURES! HELP MAKE THIS YEARBOOK BETTER THAN EVER! Our new yearbook adviser, Kate Kemp, and her yearbook students would so appreciate your help! If you like to click photos at Eri e events, please vi sit www.ReplayIt.com. Add the photos you are already taking to our yearbook by uploading your photos here. You can get the App or use the website. Thanks so much for being involved in our school community! We so appreciate it!
PTO MEETING Monday, October 7th 7:00 PM EMS Library Everyone Welcome!
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Wednesday, October 2 Wednesday, November 6 Wednesday, December 4
LATE START DAYS: Wednesday, February 5 Wednesday, March 5 Wednesday, April 9 Wednesday, May 7
School will start at 10:30 with doors opening at 10:20. Buses will run 2 1/2 hours later than normal.
Sixth Grade Sadie Horner is a pleasure to have in class. She has a smile on her face every day and is ready to learn. Sadie comes prepared to class with supplies, homework, questions. Way to ROAR, Sadie! Lbona Haile is a wonderful student and person. He is hard working, diligent, and very motivated. He is an excellent person as well, always willing to help someone out if needed. Keep up the good work Lbona! McKenna Bucksin is always prepared for class and cheerfully completes her assignments. She is always respectful and we feel that she is a quiet leader in all of her classes. McKenna, way to go and thanks for your positive attitude. Seventh Grade Hunter Oskarson is an avid reader, is always focused on learning no matter the subject. Hunter is a strong leader. He takes pride in his work. He asks questions when he needs help, and is ready to help others. Keep up the good work, Hunter! Rae Bellows is kind, courteous, helpful, passionate, hardworking, and exemplifies excellence. Rae does a fantastic job of always showcasing her highest potential whether on a warm up or final assessment and she always gives her best and demands the best out of the other students who are lucky enough to work in her group. We appreciate her leadership qualities as well as the courteous and engaging way she shares her ideas and opinions. Rae Bellows is an excellent example to other students of not only how to be a great learner but also a great person. Keep being awesome, Rae! Eighth Grade Alex Ailey is perfect for Student of the Month! He is kind, smart, hard working, and always willing to help others. Alex gets good grades by working hard and making the most of his class time. In the halls he is so polite. Congratulations Alex! Emily Pearson is a very conscientious and hard worker. Her high level of respect is shown as she is always focused on the teacher and not distracted by other students. He work ethic shines through in quality work; she keeps working on it until she gets it right. Keep it up, Emily!
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!
A BIG THANK YOU!
We want to thank our parent volunteers for the overwhelming support during our magazine fundraiser and the yummy food cooked for parent/teacher conferences. With your support of the Reading Oasis Book Fair, we collected over $100 in our piggy banks that will be donated to flood victims in our community. We will also be donating books from the book fair to the students at Erie Middle and Lyons Middle/Senior High Schools who have lost their homes in the flood. The winners of the Mummy Guessing game at the book fair were: 6th grade Jennifer Williams, first place Kylee Valdez, second place 7th grade Alyssa Martin, first place Devon Simpson, second place 8th grade Alyssa Martin, first place Jade Phillips, second place
We had some wonderful volunteers that helped with the fair. it without you!
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Thanks again to all of you who visited the book fair. great success!
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We appreciate your support for our school and thanks to
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ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Informational Meeting: FRIDAY OCT. 4, 2013 4:00-4:45 @ RED HAWK ELEMENTARY
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. What makes Odyssey different? Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive program, but it’s nothing like your typical sporting event. The competitive element encourages kids to be the best that they can be, but it’s a “friendly” competition. Kids learn from and even che er on their competitors. Odyssey of the Mind is not a college bowl or a competition about knowledge. It’s all about creativity, an often overloo ked element in the growth and development of many students. Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer. In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn’t one right answer. Ever. How do students benefit from participation? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater selfconfidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result. How does it work? Schools or community groups purchase a membership and form teams of up to seven students. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve. Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and present them in organized competitions/tournaments in the spring.
Which Problem would you like to solve?
Problem 1: Driver’s Test
For this problem, teams will design, build, and drive a vehicle that will travel a course where a student driver attempts to complete tasks in order to pass a driver’s test. The vehicle will travel using one propulsion system and then travel in reverse using a different propulsion system. The vehicle will encounter a directional signal and have a Global Positioning System (GPS) that talks to the driver. The team will create a theme for the presentation that incorporates the vehicle, a driver’s test, a student, and the talking GPS.
Problem 2: Not so Haunted House
The team's problem is to create and present an original performance that includes a "pop-upstyle" not-so-haunted "house" where four special effects take place. The intent of the special effects will be to scare others, but they will produce a different result instead. The performance will include at least one character that experiences the special effects and a narrator who relays the experiences to the audience. It will also include a surprise ending. The special effects will be scored for originality and engineering.
Problem 3: It’s How We Rule
In this Classics problem, teams will re-create a King's Court from history and make their own Royal Court set in an original kingdom at a different time and place. The Historic Court will issue a decree that fits in with its history, while the team-created Royal Court will issue a decree that changes an everyday behavior for the people in the kingdom. The Historic court will be composed as the team wishes, but the original Royal Court will be made up of a leader, a minstrel that performs a song while playing a team-created instrument and a jester that makes fun of the leader. The performance will include puppets and a Peoplet (a person portrayed as a puppet), and will be scored for humor.
Problem 4: The Stackable Structure
Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.
Problem 5: Seeing is Believing
In this problem teams are to create and present an original performance about a community that feels threatened by something in a location it has never visited. The community townspeople will use a creative method to select one or more Travelers to visit and explore the location. While at the location, a Traveler will use a means of communication to send a message home to convince the community that there is nothing to fear. The performance will also include a narrator character, two rhymes about the travels, and a moving set piece.
Primary Grades: The World’s First Art Festival
The team's problem is to create and present an original humorous performance about a prehistoric art festival. The festival will include artwork, dance, music, song, and — of course — a team-created audience to experience it all. The team will also create a backdrop that is a replica of a cave painting.
For more information on Odyssey of the Mind visit www.odysseyofthemind.com or email Beth Lee: email@example.com
“I don’t have any homework tonight.” Sound familiar? Many middle school students say this to their parents in hopes of spending their evening playing video games or talking on the phone. Recent studies have shown that children’s success in school depends as much on their parents as on their teachers. As a parent you are their most important teacher. As they grow your children constantly look up to you as a role model and for guidance. Your role as a teacher should never end especially when they enter school. Some parents have made this rule: There’s no such thing as “no homework”. If there truly isn’t an assignment from school, these parents create one. Some parents ask their student to do some research on a topic of interest. Then, have him or her report back one thing they have learned. Others ask their student to read or journal for an hour before commencing with play time. Parents have found that when their student understands that they mean business; their student often remembers that he or she does have some homework after all. Parent tips to help their students: -Help your student develop goals -Be available to aid them when they need your help -Advise them and give them your support -Praise your children when they have done something well -Help them visualize success and acknowledge their progress The week of Oct 23rd is Red Ribbon Week. This is a great time for students and parents to pledge themselves to a drug/alcohol/tobacco free life style. Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. The counseling office is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 2013 MIDDLE SCHOO
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNES- THURSDAY DAY
Fresh Hot and Cold Sandwich Variety Available Daily 1 French Toast/ Sausage Sloppy Joes Firecracker Burger Baked Beans Fresh Vegetable Bar Wacky Apples
Breakfast Bread/ String Cheese French Toast/ Sausage Breakfast Pizza 2 Breakfast Pizza
4 Breakfast Sandwich
French Toast, Sausage St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Fresh Carrots Garden Greens Banana
3 Breakfast on a Stick
Chicken Nuggets Chicken Ranch Flatbread Fresh Vegetable Bar / Hummus
Baked Chicken & Noodles St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Vegetable Medley
Mashed Potatoes/ Fresh Vegetable Gravy Bar Fresh Pear
Breakfast on a Stick
11 Breakfast Sandwich
Pasta / Marinara Buffalo Chicken Salad Garden Greens / Ranch Dressing Fresh Vegetable Bar Cheesy Bread Fresh Pear NO SCHOOL
Sweet & Sour Chicken St. Vrain Burrito Brown Rice – Egg Roll Steamed Broccoli Fresh Vegetable Bar Banana – Fortune Cookie
French Toast/ Sausage
Grilled HamburgTurkey Wrap er St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Baked Beans Oven Potatoes Wacky Apple
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait Fresh Carrots Garden Greens Kiwi
St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Ranch Burger / Onion Rings Garden Greens / Ranch Dressing Fresh Vegetable Bar Orange Smiles
16 Breakfast Pizza
Hot Dog / Chili Italian Deli Salad Sweet Potatoes Fresh Vegetable Bar Banana
Chicken Filet Sandwich St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Baked Beans Fresh Vegetable Bar Wacky Apple
Breakfast on a Stick
Crispito / Green Chili Buffalo Chicken Wrap Corn Fresh Vegetable Bar Orange Smiles
Penne Pasta Bake St Vrain Fresh Baked Pizza Garden Greens Bread Stick Tropical Fruit Cup
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