EMS Notes from "The Nest"
Eastwood Middle School Bulletin
From the Principal's Desk
9/28/2023 September Edition
Hello, E.M.S. Community,
We are rolling here at EMS as we are already to the middle of September. The start of the year has been so positive and full of energy. It is a great "vibe" for the entire building. I am especially proud of our growth from last year and over the summer. This includes academically and also in our day to day responsibilities as students. We are hopeful that this will continue.
We have some Middle School sponsored events coming up that are here to beneift some great causes. The annual "Color Run" for the Children's Heart Foundation and the Eagle Way are taking place on Friday, October 13. The following week we are conducting our first building-wide "sales" fundraiser for the Eagle Way and student programs. We will be selling some flavorful "Tailgate Snacks" come the end of October. This will be very simple, and is set up that we keep 50% of all sales. This is a fun and easy, non-labor-intensive event that can generate resources for our kids. Who doesn't like to snack while watching the "Big Game"? Information and details will be coming shortly. Finally, EMS will be holding it's Schoolastic Book Fair from November 6 through November 10, in the EMS Library.
Listed below you will notice that we are holding a food drive for our local food pantries. Please look at the dates (October 9 -October 20) and help us support this local cause.
Finally, If your child has questions, or needs information from school, a good place to look is below in our "Important EMS Websites" section. This includes grade level homework pages, clubs and organizations, and our silent reporting form. If students feel as though they are being treated unkind, or pressured, or excluded, they can report it to us and we can investigate. This provides a little security for students, but also makes us aware of situations that we may not have heard about otherwise. This link can also be found on on the District website, from our EMS webpage tab, "Report Bullying".
Thanks again for your role as supportive familes that have helped to make this such a great start. Let's keep this momentum rolling and have an awesome rest of the year.
Thank you for making Eastwood such a great Community.
Also included in this newsletter:
-School Picture Link and ordering website form
-Beginning of the Year Reminders
*Free and Reuced Lunch Application
*Fees - Important reminder
*Student Drop-off and Pick up
-Things We Like to Brag About
* 7th Grade Adventure Course
- Counselor's Corner
*The 7 Mindsets Parent Handbook
-EMS important website links
-Athletics Update Schedule
-Upcoming Events Calendar
-Eastwood's Beliefs, Behaviors & Outcomes
Twitter: Emsdfertig (@DwightFertig)
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Important Middle School News #GoEagles
The Eastwood Middle School Parent Advisory Committee is a group that meets with me to help to enhance the school culture. This includes reporting upcoming class topics, grade-level activities, building initiatives, and also different ways to gather resources and support students and staff. In essence, it is the middle school parent organization. We meet at least bi-monthly, and sometimes monthly for projects to share ideas and look at ways to make Eastwood Middle School a great experience for all stakeholders. We hope to see you there.
NEXT MEETING: 4:00pm November 13 in the middle school cafeteria.
September 25, 2023 EMSPAC Agenda: EMSPAC Agenda link
NJHS Food Drive
Eastwood Middle School wil be conducting it's NJHS food drive beginning October 9 through Octobeer 20. All food collected is going to our local community food pantries. Need has grown tremendously and we are looking forward to supporting this greal local cause.
Pull Tabs for NJHS
NJHS is again supporting the Ronald McDonald House by collecting Aluminum Pull Tabs.
The Ronald McDonald House is a charity that gives housing to parents when their children are hospitalized. Over 600 families stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio yearly, while their children receive care in Toledo. Recycling the pull tabs helps cover half of our annual food budget.
Tabs from drinks, pet food, soups, etc are all aluminum and can be accepted. Starting today there will be containers in lunch for you to place your tabs in the appropriate grade level. The grade level that brings in the most tabs will receive a popsicle treat at the end of the year. Look for the Ronald McDonald House near the doors.
Last year we donated over 90 pounds of pull tabs. With your help we can do this again!
Contact Mrs Shoemaker if you have questions.
Beginning of the year Reminders.
Finals Forms has provided some confusion in regards to medication for our students. If your student will need to take medication at school, be it prescription or over the counter, you will need to print out the appropriate form on Final Forms, complete it and bring it to school. You will also need to provide a bottle of medication in its original container. We do not have medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc) to give to students.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the office and speak to the secretaries.
Free and Reduced Applications
If you believe your family will qualify for free or reduced lunches and fees, please go into Final Forms and print off the 2023-2024 application. Return it to the board office or middle school as soon as possible to allow time for processing. Thank you
Fees - IMPORTANT REMINDER
This is just a friendly reminder about the Board policy regarding participation fees. The Board policy, instituted in 2014, indicates that any outstanding fees must be paid in full, unless you have been consistently making payments on your student's fees, PRIOR to the office being able to accept/apply any payments to the athletic participation fees. Participation fees MUST be paid prior to the first competition (excluding scrimmages). This policy also pertains to participation in band activities. If you wish to go on a payment plan, please contact Mrs. Farmer as soon as possible and set it up.
This is a policy that is set by the board and the secretaries will be adhering to it. If you have a balance, please make arrangements to pay the fees via PaySchoolCentral with a credit card, or in the office with exact cash or a check.
If you would like a copy of the policy, please contact the office, and Mrs. Farmer and or Mrs. Fairbanks will be happy to provide it to you.
Student drop off and Pick up
This is just a reminder about dropping off and picking students up in the morning and after school. Students should be in the building prior to 7:40 am.
Morning Drop Off
The buses drop off middle school students at the back of the building from 7:15 - 7:35. No cars should drive past the main entrance in front of the building in the morning.
Families that are dropping off students between 7:15 - 7:35 should use the Sugar Ridge Rd. entrance. You will proceed to the drop-off point in front of the middle school by the mailbox. Students then walk to the right in the front doors to the cafeteria or gymnasium. Vehicles then make a left turn towards the high school across the crosswalk and exit the Sugar Ridge road Exit-Only.
In the afternoon, all the buses are parked in the Sugar Ridge Rd. main parking lot. Students being picked up by parents can/should be picked up in the parking lot that is directly next to and overlooking Sugar Ridge Road. Do not proceed toward the front entrance as that area is blocked off. If by chance you park early in the parking lot. No cars may exit the lot until all buses have left with their students for release.
Thank you for your cooperation in assuring both your student, your personal, and our staff's safety.
Just a reminder that the district uses Remind 101 to notify families of closings, delays, and other emergencies. Please assure that you have signed up or have up-to-date information in your account. There are instructions on the school's website under the Parent tab on how to sign up!
Things We Like to Brag About!!
Award Recognition will begin in the next issue of Notes from The Nest.
Congratualtions to Mackenzie Forrester!
The Pemberville Public Library would like to Congratulate Mackenzie Forrester on becoming a "Dewey Dare Champion" this summer. She achieved the Wall of Champions by reading 100 non-fiction books with at least two books in each of the ten Dewey Decimal classifications
Staff was ready for the teacher races at our opening Spirit "Pep Rally"
Teachers raced to earn "Pep Points" towards the class spirit awards. Students earn points for their Class for particiapting in Spirit Days and going to events to cheer on their classmates. The race was a photo-finish.
7th Grade Adventure Course
The Raging River Crossing
Important EMS Websites
For 6th grade adv. ELA, my.amplify.com
7th Grade Homework Document: 7th Grade Homework Link
**NEW** PENTA Career Awareness Update Link: https://www.smore.com/rv71d
Eastwood Band Home Page - band.eastwoodschools.org
6th Grade Band - band.eastwoodschools.org/6th-grade-band
7th Grade Band - band.eastwoodschools.org/7th-grade-band
8th Grade Band - band.eastwoodschools.org/8th-grade-band
EYSB 7th and 8th grade Baseball Program
The Eastwood Youth Baseball Program is gauging interest in a competitive 7th and 8th grade baseball team for the 2024 spring/summer season. The team would play in a league with other School based "Select/Tryout" level teams. Additional details about the team/league below.
Start of Season: End of March/Early April for practices - Games start end of April
End of Season: End of June/Early July
Number of Games: 15-20 Total Games (primarily played during the week)
Costs: Approximately $150 (depending on number of players)
If your son has interest in trying out for the team please click the link below and fill out the information so we can continue to provide you updates. Tryout is currently scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 22nd from 1:30 - 3:30 at Basic Park in Luckey. Deadline to register is Sunday, October 15th.
https://forms.gle/VxuyitR2LHFUGapi8 - Link to Register
If you have any questions, please reach out to the EYBSA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and Go Eagles!
EMS Athletics and Activities Notes
This year 16 cheerleaders make up both the 7th and the 8th grade squads who are cheering on your mighty Eagles! Alivia Monaco, Kadence Howard, Charlotte Hower, Ava Majzun, Amie Caldwell, Annabelle Schumski, Anabelle Purney, Joanna Ditch, Paityn Bart, Avery Burdette, Riley Harbert, Braylon Sanchez, Skylar Chrisman, Caroline Loew, Sophia Zunk, and Faith Lashley. Look for them down on the sideline pumping up that Eagle Spirit!
This year's boys team is the defending NBC Champions and they have their sights set on bringing the Championship back home again. These 20 individuals have proven themselves as they have competed against big competition this year and they continue to get better. Some notable team finishes were 3rd at their only home meet, the Flying Eagle Invitational, and 2nd at last week's Lakota Invitational.
This year's girls team is looking to leave their mark in the league! So far, they have finished in the top 3 of most meets. They started the season by capturing the Championship at the Flying Eagle Invitational, finished 3rd at the BGSU Mel Brodt Invitational and the Lakota Invitational, and recently they finished as Runners-up at the Upper Sandusky MS Invite. All 12 members of this team are hard working and goal oriented, there's no doubt they will continue to succeed. Cross Coutnry is coached by Miss Stanfield and Miss Kopchak.
The 8th grade team is off to a great start with a 4-2 record. The team is working extremely hard this year. The team has beat Edison, Genoa, Lake, and Maumee to date. The team would like to wish the other fall sports good luck in their seasons. THe team is coached by Coach Briggs, Coach McNulty, and Coach Mundrick.
The 7th Grade Volleyball Team is having a great season so far. Having only suffered one loss, they are in a great position to win the League and have a great tournament run. The girls are learning every day what it means to be a good teammate and play as a team to be the most successful they can be. They are coached by Julie Hannan
The 2023 8th grade volleyball team has had an incredible season with a current record of 11-0. They have improved their passing, setting, and hitting skills throughout the season, and continue to work hard at every game and practice. The 8th grade is coached by Libby Wensink.
Calendar - Upcoming events at EMS
- Sep 28 - 4:15 EMS FB vs Fostoria
- Sep 29 - Eagle Way Store, 6th grade Positive Day
- Sep 30 - 10:00am EMS CC @ Napoleon
- Oct 2 - AA Student Council Meeting, 5:00pm EMS VB vs Lake
- Oct 3 - AA NJHS Meeting, 2:30 pm Pep Club Meeting, 4:30 NBC CC Jamboree @ Genoa
- Oct 4 - 4:30 pm EMS VB @ Otsego
- Oct 5 - CBI Trip to First Solar, 4:30 pm EMS FB vs Otsego
- Oct 6 - 10:50 am Sci Water Quality Testing Trip
- Oct 7 - NBC Volleyball Tourn. 7th @ Rossford, 8th @ Oak Harbor, EMS CC At Fostoria Invite
- Oct 9 - 6th grade leave for Camp Michindoh
- Oct 10 - 2:30 pm Pep Club Meeting
- Oct 11 - Volleyball Finals at Oak Harbor
- Oct 12 - EMS Football @ Oak Harbor
- Oct 13 - FFA Chicken Dinner, 5:30pm Color Run, 5:30pm 8th gr Band Night EHS
- Oct 14 - EMS CC NBC Championship @ Genoa
- Oct 16 - Board Meeting
- Oct 18 - 2 Hr Delay In-Service
- Oct 23-27 - Red Ribbon Week
- Oct 24 - AA Pep Club Meeting
- Oct 26 - 8th gr. Wellness Workshop
- Oct 27 - END of the First 9-Weeks, 1:50 pm 6th gr. Positive Day
- Oct 31 - AA Pep Club Meeting
- Nov 1 - Picture Retakes
- Nov 2 - 12:30 pm 6th gr. HW Pass Party, 7th Qtr Awards
- Nov 3 - No School Teacher Work Day
- Nov 6 -10 - EMS Schoolastic Book Fair
- Nov 6 - AA Student Council Meeting
- Nov 8 - Early Release P/T Conferences
- Nov 9 - Early Release P/T Conferences, Veteran’s Day Assembly
- Nov 10 - No School P/T Conferences
- Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day
- Nov 14 - AA 6th Class Meeting, NJHS Meeting
- Nov 15 - AA 7th Class Meeting
- Nov 16 - AA 8th Class Meeting
- Nov 20 - 4:15 pm EMS GBKB vs Maumee
- Nov 22 - 24 No School Thanksgiving Break
- Nov 26 - 7th gr. Band Lighted Holiday Parade
- Nov 27 - 4:15 pm EMS GBKB @ Lake
- Nov 29 - 4:15 pm GBKB vs Oak Harbor
- Dec 1 - 1:50 pm 6th gr. Positive Day
These are the Beliefs, Behaviors, and Values that we strive to teach every day at EMS.
Eastwood Middle School
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