Dear EMS Family,
First I want to thank each and every one of you for a truly amazing start to the new year. We are so excited to be back in session and have very high hopes for our students and staff for 2014-2015. One of our goals at EMS this year, beyond student achievement and preparing our kids for high school, is to ensure timely and positive communications through as many avenues as possible. We want all of our students, teachers, parents, and community members to know that our doors are always open to you if there are issues, concerns, or times to offer assistance or positive news. All of our teachers’ contact information should be on our school’s website. We are also very excited to have such support from our PTSA. You can gain a great deal of information from their EMS PTSA Facebook page as well as the EMS Twitter feed at @AntlerAlerts.
We want all of our parents and students to know that providing a safe and positive environment for our students is our number one concern. We want a place where students are not afraid to take risks with their learning and where they are comfortable in their learning environment. We have many procedures in place and supervision responsibilities to ensure student safety and an efficiently run school. These procedures can be found in the first few pages of our Agenda Books that all students have. These agenda books contain a great deal of information and provide a wonderful means of communication between our teachers and parents. While all of our teachers gave out a syllabus at the beginning of school, there are more immediate assignments that need to be communicated to students and parents. The agenda book is a wonderful way for students to keep track of these assignments as well as the teachers’ websites. We also have many teachers who will be using Remind101 this year. If you haven’t heard about it, please ask your student or ask your teacher if they will be sending out notifications this way.
For general “back to school” questions and answers as well as further opportunities to meet teachers and to participate in some fun educational activities related to EMS, we will have a Back to School Night on September 10th beginning at 5:00 pm. In the meantime, please pay close attention to a few items.
- Students will begin taking their MAP assessments next week. Please communicate the importance of these tests and encourage you kids to try their hardest. We use these assessment results for a number of decisions regarding students such as placement, growth goals, additional services if required, and it will impact their grades. The MAP assessments will be administered 3 times per year and parents will be able obtain their child’s progress reports at any time.
- There are a number of extracurricular activities that EMS offers and there is no better way for students to get involved and represent our school. Please inquire with your teachers, coaches, bulletin boards, websites, and through announcements to see what would be available and of interest to you.
- 8th grade students: A Washington DC Trip for 8th graders only is scheduled for April 6th- 9th (Spring Break). There will be a parent/student meeting for the trip on Back to School night August 26th. This trip will allow students the opportunity to see some of the best our nation’s capital has to offer while deepening their understanding of the social studies curriculum in a fun, hands on way. The trip is totally voluntary and absolutely extracurricular, students will not be missing any school and will not have assignments to complete. The trip is open to both team Thunder and Lightning, but contact Ms. Lorenz for any questions after the meeting on the 10th.
- Also for 8th grade students, we will take the EXPLORE test on September 17th and 18th. Students will be working on preparation through their Advisory classes until this time. Parents and students please take this test seriously as it is part of our school’s accountability, provides a representation of our students’ achievement levels, and gives insight to how students will score on the PLAN and the ACT at the high school level.
I truly hope the year has started as well for you as it has for us. Please know that we will always make ourselves available for you to provide the best possible learning experience for your child here at Elkhorn Middle School. We look forward to working with each and every one of you throughout the year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.
Principal Elkhorn Middle School