EMS Raider Student & Family News
September 20 - 24
A Message from Mrs. Venegas
Hello Raider Family!
What a fun week we had! We introduced playing music during lunches and had so much fun dancing. As you can see in the images below, we also have a GREAT TIME in the classrooms learning too. Our faculty and staff prepare top-notch lessons and activities to ensure your Raiders are learning a ton.
In two weeks, we will begin our first intersession break. From October 4 through the 15th, our district's schedule allows for two weeks of vacation. The only students and teachers on campus will be those who will be attending our Fall Intersession Camps. Teacher teams are identifying students who are showing signs of struggle in Reading and Math at this time of the year. Identified students' families will be contacted next week. Our Intersession Camp will run from October 4 - 8, half day only. If you do not hear from us, your Raider will not need to attend.
We are also planning our first Team Quarterly Competition field trips, which will happen after intersession. Each student and faculty member belongs to an Academic Team. Teams in each grade level with the HIGHEST attendance percentage, LOWEST number of discipline referrals, and most campus spirit and service will win this 9 weeks. We have submitted for approval to go to the La Union Corn Maze--we are excited to provide this experience to our Raiders as a reward to coming to school and being on time to class each day, behaving in accordance with campus rules, and showing that Raider Pride!
As always, we thank you for your trust and confidence in us to provide your Raider with an excellent middle school experience. We love what we do and are thankful to have your support and partnership. Our Raiders are fortunate that we are all on the same team so we can help them RISE UP to new heights each day.
TikTok and other Social Media Platforms Dangerous Trends
We ask that you please talk to your Raiders at home about the dangers of participating in social media trends that encourage vandalism, glorify abuse or violence, or cause danger to themselves, others, or personal property. Our campus staff work so hard to provide a great environment for all Raiders.
I am sure you see how beautiful our building is. Know that our custodial crew is the absolute BEST and work so hard to keep our building safe and clean. The last thing we need to deal with is destruction, vandalism, or theft of any parts of our campus building or property. Any students found to be participating in vandalism or theft will face disciplinary consequences.
Here are two links about the dangerous trends happening now:
We thank you in advance for your support!
Campus Events for September 20 - 24
Tuesday, September 21:
- IT Professionals Day - THANK YOU MR. FOSTER!!
Wednesday, September 22:
- See You At the Pole Event - Youth for Christ
- Fall Show - 1st Night
Thursday, September 23:
- 9 Weeks Exams: ELAR, Dyslexia, and Robotics
- Fall Show - 2nd Night
- District Volleyball Tournament
- Cross Country @ Vista Hills Country Club 4:00 pm
Friday, September 24:
- 9 Weeks Exams: Social Studies & LOTE
Saturday, September 25:
- Football @ Hanks MS 9:00 am
- District Volleyball Tournament
Early Release Schedule for Wednesday, September 29th
Health And Safety Guidelines
1. Symptoms: Students that are symptomatic, and whose symptoms do not coincide with a condition such as allergies or a cold, should stay home until symptom free. Just one decision made about bringing a sick student to school risks others at school also getting sick. In the event that a student is at school with symptoms that are of concern, the nurse will evaluate the student and determine the next course of action.
2. Positive Test OR High-Risk Close Contact: If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result, whether from a test here at school or an outside agency, they are required to quarantine for 10 days, per City of El Paso health guidelines. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case AT SCHOOL (was within 6 feet or less for cumulative 15 minutes of time), they are not required to quarantine. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, they are required to quarantine and are under the "jurisdiction" of the City of El Paso health guidelines.
3. Quarantine Absences: Students' days are coded CTH (contact tracing health) from the time we are notified they are positive or are a high-risk close contact. The nurse and administrator will contact families to let them know the available options concerning missing school and continuing to engage in learning.
4. Approval of Available Learning Options: Only admin along with the nurse can recommend and approve specific learning options. Administration will have an individual conversation with the student and family.
5. Contact Tracing: In the event that a student in a classroom tests positive, the nurses will conduct contact tracing. Teachers will be prepared with seating charts, a recollection of how students (and adults) were positioned in the classroom, and the interactions that occurred during classroom activities. Only those in the classroom who are determined to be high-risk close contacts will be notified and be given their next steps. Those in the classroom determined to be low-risk contacts will be notified by a Blackboard message email.
All Raiders must attend all of their scheduled classes. Everyone attends from 8:30 am - 4:00, except for zero period students who attend from 7:35 - 4:00 pm.
Attendance for every class period is required and they must be in attendance for 90% of the time each class is offered. Please work with us to make sure your Raider has healthy attendance habits. Attendance is essential to learning but is also a part of our state accountability measure.
Thank you in advance for helping your Raider get to school on time and promoting the expectation for good attendance.