From the Middle EMS and ELA

News from the Principal, October 26, 2020

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Hello Parents and Families,

Thank you parents and students for navigating our first official remote snow day...even though it was unexpected, and our first day of quarter two, our day was a success! Typically our attendance rate hovers around 92%. Our remote snow day was slightly below this average at 88%.

Rolling remote schedules are included in this newsletter and on our website. Students and teachers communicate through Zoom (at designated times) and Google Classroom.

In order to be counted present on any remote learning day, students must attend each of their classes on Zoom.

Also, speaking of Zoom, it is very important that students use their real names and turn on the video. This is to ensure that we keep our online presence safe and secure, and that we don't have anyone accessing the class who shouldn't be there. Please discuss this with your students to make sure they understand the expectations. Our online etiquette and agreements are linked below.

If at any time you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.

~Annessa Hart, Principal

EMS/ELA Online Learning Expectations

Rules and expectations for our students when they are in a remote learning environment.


In middle school, we do not typically host holiday parties, and with the health and safety rules this year, we cannot have food in our classrooms for parties.

For Halloween, students are allowed to wear costumes as long as they fit our dress code and do not contain any blood, gore, or weapons. Also, students should not wear any masks other than the Covid masks required this year. The costume should allow students to comfortably participate in their regular activities during the school day. If the costume becomes a distraction, students will be expected to change out of their costume.

Festival of Nations

Our students are hard at work on a virtual event to be held in December. Traditionally, cities and/or states around the country will host a Festival of Nations as a cultural exchange. These festivals bring communities together to share their heritages, languages, dress, and cuisine, among other aspects. An example can be seen here. As 2020 is not a traditional year and many events have gone remote, our students will follow suit with an online Festival of Nations! Students will collaborate in teams of four or five to select a nation and create their own virtual presentations in various forms demonstrating their newfound knowledge. Countries were selected based on anonymous responses from students about their cultures and heritages, as well as nations they have a general interest in. We hope that you will join us for this night of celebration! More details to follow!

SAC (School Accountability Committee)

Last week, we held our first EMS/ELA parent committee meeting for the 20-21 school year. We discussed a variety of topics including the Academic Advancement Initiative, equity in our schools, and social-emotional learning (SEL) and resources for staff, students, and parents. Our next meeting will be in early December.

All are welcome to attend! We appreciate your voices in guiding our school improvement efforts.

Next SAC Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 6-7:30pm

This is an online event.

All parents and guardians are welcome to attend the SAC (School Accountability Committee) meeting. We discuss all things related to EMS and ELA.

The agenda for our meeting will be determined in the next few weeks. If you have a topic you'd like to add to our agenda, please email Mrs. Hart. (

If you can attend for even a few minutes, we would love to have your join.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 980 0040 3064

Passcode: 706363

All Health Network--Parent Support Group

Join the parent support group discussions offered by our partners at All Health Network. Interactive Zoom Discussions every Monday in November.

Click the image below to sign up.

FREE Covid Testing Sites

If you or your family members are in need of free COVID testing, follow these links for more information.

People who take advantage of these tests do not need to be Denver residents.

In the Pirate's Cove parking lot, free testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Testing requires pre-registration.

Delay Start Schedule for EMS/ELA

In the event the district calls a delay start to school, the building will open 90 minutes later than usual. Linked here is the delay start schedule for both EMS and ELA.

When is it safe to be in-person or remote? (click here)

Englewood Schools uses four metrics (with Arapahoe County data) to determine if we must shift from In-Person learning to Remote learning. These metrics are based on science, facts and the best interests of our students and staff.

My School Bucks

Follow this link to add money to your student's lunch account.