EMS School Start-Up

The Know-whats and Know-hows to Begin Distance Learning!

Welcome to EMS 2020-2021! We Are So Excited: September 8th!

This year will be unique. How we perceive this academic year is up to us: Let's lean into the unknown, be open to adjustments, communicate often, and search for opportunities.

We are optimistic, confident, and ready to serve you! We have built a best-in-class distance learning model in which your student can access school anywhere - alongside their peers - guided by a high-qualified teacher. We have high expectations for our system and are excited for you to come with us on this journey.

The first day of school is September 8th for all students. This newsletter will walk you through the "must-dos" in order to be ready on September 8th.

Welcome Back, EMS! Intro from Principal Hargrave

EMS Technology Pick-Up and Registration - ALL FAMILIES

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 1-6pm

500 Northeast Main Street

Estacada, OR

Come to Estacada Middle School (and all other schools within Estacada School District) on Wednesday and Thursday, September 2nd and 3rd, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm:

--Pick up your Chromebook

--Pick up your Chromebook's charger

--Pick up your student's Academic Planner and Student Handbook

--Pick up your student's class schedule

We will be following all social distancing safety measures and procedures during this pick-up time.

Update PowerSchool Information and Registration: REQUIRED!

Did you know that we want you to register your student every year and update your PowerSchool information?

This provides us with up-to-date emails, phone numbers, family information, and other demographics to help us keep your student safe.

Please click this link or the button below for updating your PowerSchool information!

Click Here Update PowerSchool Registration

Thank you for ensuring with have up-to-date information about your student. We want to call the right family members. We want to email and inform the right family members. We want your student to be safe and we want you to be in "the loop."

Meal Application Forms!

This year more than ever, it is important that you fill out our Free and Reduced Meal Application form. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, application guidelines have changed to allow many families to access the benefits of the Free and Reduced Meal plan. If you have qualified in the past, it is important that you resubmit your application this year. If you have not qualified in the past, we encourage you to apply this year. More applications provide more clarity as we roll out our meal delivery program, and earn our district more support and benefits from the government level. The application is quick, very confidential, and can be submitted via the link below.

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Apply for Free and Reduced Meals by Clicking Here: Private and Quick

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Bell Schedule: Comprehensive Distance Learning

View this link, here, or the image below to see your student's bell schedule.

This dynamic bell schedule allows for your student to be interacting with their peers while working alongside - and learning from - highly-qualified teachers. The schedule is well-rounded: students are exposed to an elective class, will have an opportunity for "specials" (PE or Music), and will continue to reinforce self-awareness, organizational, and strong social-awareness skills in our Life/Homeroom class. In addition, students will be cued to engage in all four core classes each day.

At EMS, we believe our middle-level students are in need of additional guidance when working independently. So, we have built in time for individual, student-applied learning within the class period. Your student will have minimal academic tasks to complete outside of the school day.

Please be on the lookout for the follow; they have not been defined yet (and we are working together as a staff to do so):

--Teacher/Staff office hours

--An explanation of the 45-minute class period

--"How-to" guides for accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal

--"Who-to" guides for asking for help

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The multi-colored image above represents a student's schedule. All students, no matter their grade-level, will be taking their core classes (PE/Music, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science) during periods 4-8.

In reality, though, students are attending 7 classes each day.

When looking in a detailed view, students will be attending three hours of teacher-facilitated learning, two hours of student-applied learning, and one hour of breaks.

Below is a bell schedule of the classes.

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Estacada Middle School

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