EMS Newsletter

April 2021

Important Dates

April 4..........................School Resumes

April 6..........................Late Start

  • 1st hour begins at 10:25 a.m. - buses run 2 hrs 20 min later than usual

April 11........................Board of Ed Meeting, 7 p.m., EMS

April 13........................PSAT for 8th graders

April 15........................No School, Good Friday

April 20, 21, 26, 27......M-Step Testing, all grades

April 25........................Board of Ed Meeting, 7 p.m., EMS

Message from Mr. Turnbow

Dear Parents,

Spring is definitely in the air at East Middle School, and we need to prepare for the onslaught of “Spring Fever”! What is the best treatment for this common ailment? The tried and true prescription is a consistent dose of routine, structure and patience.

The early adolescent period of life is the time for the greatest changes in the brain that are responsible for higher-level functions such as self-control, judgment, emotions, and organization. This information may help to explain certain middle school behaviors that can appear mystifying, such as poor decision-making, recklessness, and emotional outbursts. Armed with this knowledge, we can work together to help our students navigate this

exciting and challenging time with as little chaos as possible.

At school, each teacher has established practices and procedures for your child to follow each day. By this time of the year, your student should be familiar with the homework expectations and policies of his/her team. Jupiter is a valuable tool for parents and students to use to monitor class assignments and student progress. Our school counselors are available to students who need assistance in academic and/or social areas. We have many extracurricular activities from athletics to clubs for students to connect with other students and staff outside of school.

Remembering that research supports what parents and teachers have long suspected – the middle schooler’s brain is very different from the adult brain - will help support our student’s continued success.


Scott Turnbow


Testing Dates

PSAT and M-Step are just ahead!

  • April 13: 8th grade ONLY PSAT (Math & ELA) 8:15 a.m. to 11:47 a.m - students will test and then attend hours 4-6 using the schedule below
  • April 20 & 21: M-Step (All Grades) - 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - following testing students will attend ALL hours using the schedule below
  • April 26 & 27: M-Step (All Grades) - 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - following testing students will attend ALL hours using the schedule below

On M-Step testing days, the class schedules will be adjusted to the following:

1st hour : 9:34 - 10:16

2nd hour: 10:20 - 11:02

3rd hour: 11:06 - 11:48

4th hour: 11:52 - 1:29 ***this includes 30 minute lunches***

  • 6th grade lunch: 11:52 - 12:22
  • 7th grade lunch: 12:25 - 12:55
  • 8th grade lunch: 12:58-1:28

5th hour: 1:32 - 2:14

6th hour: 2:18 - 3:02

There will be several days for make-up testing if needed. Please contact your student's counselor if you have questions or concerns.

Thank You PTO!

The staff of East Middle School would like to thank the PTO for lunch that was provided during the week of Parent/Teacher Conferences in March. We appreciate your donations and are grateful for your generosity!

Dress Code/Behavior Reminders

With the days warming up, students tend to test the limits of what is, or what is not, acceptable dress for school. Please remind your students of the following dress codes:

  • No hats or hoods allowed during the school day.
  • No crop tops - stomachs should not be exposed at all.
  • No shirts with spaghetti straps or visible undergarments.
  • Clothing should not contain any inappropriate logos/graphics.
  • Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than mid-palm when your hands are at your sides.
  • No cell phones are allowed during the school day. They should be turned off and put away from the first bell to the last.

Athletics News

We have a lot to share about Spring sports! Please use the link below for information, schedules, etc.

2022-2023 Online Registration Now Open!

The 2022-23 online registration for Grand Blanc Schools is now available. Parents are required to complete the annual online registration through your ParentVUE account prior to picking up schedules in August.

Please visit grandblancschools.org and click on “Online Registration” from the homepage.

District of Choice

The District of Choice application is now posted on our website, www.gbcs.org. Anyone who has moved out of the Grand Blanc boundary this school year, incoming siblings of current District of Choice students, and any new incoming out-of-district students must apply for District of Choice. The deadline for applying is 4:00 p.m., July 24, 2022.