EGMS Weekly Update

April 9th

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NEW EGMS BELL SCHEDULES - Starting April 19th

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Things to take note of in our new schedule:

  • Student will be having lunch back in the cafeteria by grade level. We have safely spaced students 6 feet apart and they have the option to eat outside as well.
  • Wednesday is a shortened day and there will NOT be AVID Schoolwide classes.
  • On 4-day weeks, WEDNESDAYS WILL BE FULL SCHOOL DAYS FROM 7:30- 1:15.
  • FTO students will be on the same bell schedule. Their 5th/6th period teachers will let them know what time their lunch break is.

Safety

As we prepare to come back as an entire school community on April 19th, we want to remind you that for the safety of our students, community and to keep schools open, we must remember to keep masks on properly, practice social distancing, remain at home when feeling ill and to wash and sanitize our hands regularly. We truly appreciate your partnership in keeping everyone healthy and safe.

Attention All 8th Graders

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Attention All 7th Graders

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Wednesday Bus Riders!

THIS LINK will take you to all the Wednesday bus route information!

Deadline is APRIL 16th to order a yearbook

**Financial Contact for the EGMS Yearbook is Stacy Wink. Please call for payment options: 541-526-6440, or send her an email at:


stacy.wink@redmondschools.org

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Oregon Healthy Teens Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our school is participating in the Student Health Survey (SHS), a survey sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education. The survey will gather information about health risk behaviors of students in grades 6, 8 and 11. The survey will be conducted online either in the classroom or remotely and includes questions about:

  • Student health and safety

  • Student mental and behavioral health

  • School climate and culture

Completing the Student Health Survey poses minimal risk to your child, who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable answering some of the questions. Survey procedures have been designed to protect your child's privacy and allow for anonymous participation. If your child is not comfortable answering a question, he or she can leave it blank. While we encourage all students to participate, the decision to participate is voluntary. You may opt to send a refusal for your child’s participation. Alternatively, your child will have the opportunity to refuse at the time of the survey. There will be no action against you or your child if your child does not participate.

If you do not wish for your child to take this survey, return the opt-out form to the principal’s office before the survey date of April 27th. Your student received one in their elective class on Thursday and Friday, April 8th and 9th. You can also access it by clicking HERE. You need only return this form if you do not wish your child to participate.

The survey is available on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health website for you to review before the survey date at: healthoregon.org/shs

If you have other specific questions about the survey, please feel free to email counselor Elizabeth Platt at elizabeth.platt@redmondschools.org



STUDENT HEALTH SURVEY FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS


Q. What is the goal of the Student Health Survey?

A. The Student Health Survey (SHS) is a collaborative effort with the Oregon Department of Education to improve the health and well-being of all Oregon students to help them succeed. Good health is an essential educational tool. No curriculum is brilliant enough to compensate for a hungry stomach or distracted mind. Trauma, hunger, mental health challenges, bullying and lack of access to necessary medical care make it difficult for Oregon youth to reach their full potential.

Research shows that healthy students have better attendance, get higher grades and test scores and are less likely to skip school, drop out or engage in risky behaviors. The Student Health Survey is the only source of statewide data that gives a snapshot of how students are doing physically, emotionally and socially.

Q: Will anyone know my child’s answers?

A.: No. Your child’s privacy (and yours) are protected. The SHS is an anonymous and confidential survey. We do not ask for any identifying information, and it not possible to link survey responses to a particular student, parent or family.

Q: How can I see the questions you’re asking?

A: A copy of the questionnaires are available on the SHS website: healthoregon.org/shs or at the school’s front office.

There are different questionnaires for 6th, 8th and 11th grade that contain age-appropriate questions. The SHS asks about resilience factors and risk behaviors that directly impact students’ health and well-being, including:

  • Support at school/school climate

  • Positive youth development

  • Emerging public health issues, such as
    e-cigarette use

  • Food insecurity, nutrition and exercise

  • Physical, emotional and mental health

  • Injury prevention

  • Sexual health relating to the prevention of unintended pregnancies and STIs

  • Substance use (e-cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs)

  • Demographics, including race, ethnicity and sexual and gender identity to assess health disparities

Q: Does asking these questions encourage the behavior/put kids at risk?

A. No. Research shows that asking youth about sensitive topics does NOT harm them and does NOT get them to try it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there is no evidence that simply asking students about health risk behaviors encourages that behavior. Some of the survey questions may be considered sensitive. Questions are age-appropriate and presented in a straightforward and sensitive manner. Students can choose not to answer any question that may make them uncomfortable.

Q. What if I don’t want my child to participate?

A: We respect parents’ decisions and have made it easy for you to opt your child out of the survey. Simply fill in the bottom of the parental notification letter (on the front of this letter), sign it and return it to the school’s front office. The school will make sure your child does not take the survey.

State Testing Opt-Out

Huskies,

State testing in the state of Oregon will proceed despite Oregon's attempts to submit a waiver to opt out. If you would like to OPT OUT of state testing, please fill out the waiver and email it to megan.storey@redmondschools.org OR have your student return it to the main office.


ENGLISH OPT OUT FORM


SPANISH OPT OUT FORM


Thank you!

Science Experiments At EGMS

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Students are testing ways in which rocks weather with different elements

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AVID students having a socratic seminar with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Klein. They also got to hear high school AVID instructors talk about their AVID program at RHS! It was an awesome event. #thisisavid #limitless #Gohuskies

Attendance WINNERS of the Week!

This week's $10 Dairy Queen gift cards for 100% attendance for the week go to Leila Parker, Naomi Pineda, and Campbell Sigfrid. Go Huskies! We are so proud of you!

Weekly Student Super Stars!

The following students were nominated by their teachers for doing a great job with online school, being in class regularly and having a positive attitude. Congratulations to:


6th graders: Ryan Ronning & Genesis Neri

7th graders: Jaden Mata & Arianna Morris

8th grade: Annalycia Erdekian & Melissa Peterson


Prizes are coming your way! McDonalds combo meal & a Husky sticker


Great job huskies!

Sports Update

Boy's basketball will be moved to May 10th through June 11th, At this point in time, due to COVID restrictions, all we could have for boys basketball is just a skills time. By moving it to the later, date we are hopeful to be able to play games.

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From Nurse Grubb's Desk

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What you need to know about your child and energy drinks

What Is an Energy Drink?

  • A beverage that typically contains large amounts of caffeine, added sugars, other additives, and legal stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and L-carnitine. These legal stimulants can increase alertness, attention, energy, as well as increase blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.
  • These drinks are often used by students to provide an extra boost in energy. However, the stimulants in these drinks can have a harmful effect on the nervous system.

The Potential Dangers of Energy Drinks

  • Dehydration (not enough water in your body).
  • Heart complications (such as irregular heartbeat and heart failure).
  • Anxiety (feeling nervous and jittery).
  • Insomnia (unable to sleep).

How Much Caffeine Is Okay?

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics states that caffeine and other stimulant substances contained in energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents.

Energy Drink Recommendations for Adolescents

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adolescents do not consume energy drinks, yet between 30–50% reported consuming energy drinks.
  • The National Federation of State High School Associations recommends that young athletes should not use energy drinks for hydration, and information about the potential risk should be widely distributed to young athletes.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/

EGMS Blueprint

The EGMS blueprint is the plan that we have created for hybrid, in-person learning that aligns with the ODE Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidelines. Please feel free to take a look at what our plan is. Don't hesitate to give us a call or an email if you have any questions. Safety is our number one priority as we bring students back to the building.

Husky or College Gear FRIDAYS

EGMS Students! Let's show our pride on Fridays by wearing EGMS gear or college gear!

*If you need some new Huskey gear, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and click on the "Order Husky Gear" button.