Week 17 EMS Family Newsletter

The Know-whats and the Know-hows at Estacada Middle School

Review Last Week's Newsletter, Here

Learn About Last Week's Information, Here.

January 10th-14th

Thank You for Your Partnership re: Power Outage

Last Friday EMS experienced a whole-school power outage. I am grateful for many stakeholders who ensured our students were safe during the outage while at school, when exiting school after making the choice to close, and when at home.


Thank you for your patience as our team worked with limited communication tools (phones and internet were down for the majority of staff at EMS). Thank you for your trust in our department of transportation. Thank you to our custodial and maintenance team for acting quickly to provide flashlights and sanitizer. Thank you to EMS' office team. Thank you for working with your student, individually.


As we work together to overcome obstacles - such as power outages - I am reminded about our common purpose: our students. Go Tigers!

iReady Reading Diagnostic This Week

This week, beginning on Monday, January 10th, your student will begin the Winter Reading and Diagnostic. Next week your student will begin the Math Diagnostic. This tool helps you - the parent - know your student's present levels for reading as well as Math according to this snapshot.


In September your student completed the first diagnostic. Next week, your student will begin their second measurement. And, your student will complete a third diagnostic in the Spring. Our goal is for 100% of our students to improve both Reading and Math skills based of the previous three months of school.


Individual score reports and growth reports will be sent to you during the week of January 31 so you know how well your student is learning based off this measurement tool.


At EMS we will be using the results, alongside achievement in the classroom, to enroll your students into specialty Reading and Math classes to ensure we are closing the achievement gap and providing your student with meaningful instruction based of her/his ability. Go Tigers!

Ms. Dorgan's Students in Art Display their Work. We Have Such Talent in Our School!

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End of Semester 1 (Beginning of Semester 2)

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

The end of the first semester will be on Wednesday, February 2nd.

No school on Thursday, February 3rd (staff work day) nor school on Friday, February 4th.


The second semester begins on Monday, February 7th. Your student may have a new schedule based on their elective class. We will be confirming schedules with students during the end of the first semester.

Test-to-Stay: Quarantine and Exposure Procedures

The Estacada School District implements the “Test-to-Stay” protocol (announced Nov. 23 by the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority). EMS is excited about this opportunity to keep students in school after an in-school exposure and limit learning disruptions, all while minimizing risks of COVID-19 transmission.


Highlights of the Test to Stay Protocol: OHA’s test to stay protocol allows unvaccinated students to continue to participate in in-person instruction in Oregon’s K-12 schools during their quarantine period. The risk of transmission is minimized in school settings because the required testing is combined with several layers of protection including utilizing face coverings, physical distancing, cohorting, and ventilation.

  • Parent consent must be obtained before the district can test a student for COVID. Parents will receive individual notification from the school asking for testing consent following a COVID-19 exposure. We will be texting all families.

  • Test to stay is available only for unvaccinated students and staff who have had an on-campus exposure. Outside of school exposures will not be eligible for this program.

  • Test to stay requires unvaccinated individuals to be tested twice during the 7 days following exposure. First, as soon as the exposure has been identified, then with a second test occurring between days 5-7 following the exposure.

  • Test to stay is a form of modified quarantine, which allows students to attend school during their quarantine period. However, individuals participating in test to stay are expected to maintain quarantine outside of classroom settings.

  • Students participating in test to stay may participate in school-related extracurricular activities during their quarantine period but must wear a face covering at all times during these activities.

  • Note: There may be instances where OHA determines that there is a high risk of transmission and may implement a home quarantine for exposed individuals.


If your student has an in-school exposure, your child’s school and/or the Oregon Health Authority will inform you if test-to-stay is an option for your student. You must have documented consent in order for your child to be tested. Students who do not have parental consent will not be tested. These rapid tests use a lower nasal swab, not a deep swab. Participation in the test to stay is optional and families who opt not to participate may quarantine their child at home.

Learn more about test to stay via the Oregon Health Authority's FAQ here: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3898i.pdf
Youth Baseball and Softball Sign-Ups

Registration ends February 1st, 2022 All boys and girls welcome Ages 5 through 8th grade

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Parents' Night Out

Active Parenting of Teens is for parents with teens ages 10-16 years of age and will give you the guidance and support you need to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth.

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Virtual Snow School Days Are Coming

As winter weather approaches, our district is prepared to transition in-person learning to distance learning to keep school going even during inclement weather. This means that instead of having no school during snow days, your child’s academic progress won’t skip a beat. Students will transition to virtual learning.


Prepare your children by ensuring that they are bringing their school device home every evening, and contact your child’s school if you need a hotspot or additional support to ensure that you have home internet access.


Learn More About Virtual Snow Days

Click on this button to view information about our Virtual Snow Days, How your student attends learning, and Why we are implementing Virtual Snow Days

Reminder: Masks Required at School, In-Building

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Positive Covid-19 Test During the Weekend? Let us know!

Call the weekend COIVD-19 case hotline on the weekend. It is self-automated; select the right school (per the prompt) and leave a message. The voicemail you leave will be directed to our Vice-Principal, Mr. Kelley so we can begin to identify potential close contacts.


The number you need to call to notify us about your student's positive case is: 971-220-6594. Thank you for partnering with use to keep our students in the classroom with as little interruption as possible.

Estacada Middle School

Our mission is to equip each student with the skills necessary to be resourceful and successful.
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Go Tigers!