Week 1, S1: EMS Family Newsletter

The What-to-Knows at Estacada Middle School for Families

First Day of School: 6th Graders on Wednesday 9/8 and 7th and 8th Graders on Thursday 9/9

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Fostering Relationships Through Care and Connection

At EMS we believe strong student-to-staff and student-to-student relationships are a prerequisite to learning. We will be focusing on relationships during the first ten days of learning. Here are a few examples of what relationship-building looks like and sounds like at EMS:

  • Learning each other's names and how to pronounce the names
  • Establishing learning norms and how a class conducts the business of learning each day
  • Playing games and building a spirit of curiosity
  • Talking about their backgrounds, Summers, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Learning daily learning routines (where to turn in work, how to ask a question, how to submit a task)


It is important we take time to tend to our students mental health and wellness. We will be going slow at the onset of the year in order to build a strong infrastructure for the rigorous learning to come throughout the academic year.

Medication at School

Parents: If your student takes medication(s) during the school day you will need to fill out a medication authorization form. If your student carries their medication on them (ex: inhaler) you must still fill out a "Self Administer" medication form. It is also important to know that any medications must be in their original container and labeled. Prescription medications must have a prescription label on them that has not expired. Inhalers should have a prescription label on the inhaler or kept in their prescription box. If we find an inhaler that does not have a label on it, we have to throw it away.


Because of Covid precautions we need to limit individuals coming into our school. If you need to fill out a form or turn in a filled out form please come to the main entrance and ring the bell.


For medications that need counted and checked in please contact Brandy Cavett at cavettb@estacada.k12.or.us to schedule a time prior to when your student needs to take their medication. Please do not allow your student to carry medication on them at school without the proper paperwork filled out.

EMS Schedule and Systems: Zoom Presentations

Mark Your Calendars for September 7 at 6:30pm.


Mr. Hargrave will be discussing - in detail - your student's academic schedule and what the minutes in their seats means for your student's ongoing success in the District. We will also be discussing our School's Goals, Quarantine and Isolation procedures, and how your student will be impacted by our response to positive cases of COVID-19 in schools (see Quarantine Link within this newsletter).

View Our School's Goals Here!

Our school is committed to your student's academic success, our inclusive culture, our engagement with families, our transparent finances, and our clean facilities. Check out our school's goals here!

iReady Reading and Math Opportunity

Beginning on September 27 we will measure your student's reading and Math skills. The data we collect from these assessment opportunities will determine what interventions or enrichments your student receives on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.


Please discuss the importance of your student's effort with these opportunities. We want for your student's experience to be timely and meaningful!

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EMS Doors Open at 8:30am (1st Period: Begins at 8:40am)

Students will be entering our school in three district doors based on your student's grade level. See the image above.


Why? There are a few reasons: Because we want to make a connection with each student as they enter our building, because we want to capture the number of students attending on any given day, because we want to determine bus riders for the afternoon, and because we want to decrease congestion at one specific door to increase physical distancing.



What? The three doors are located in the front of EMS. At each entry there will be staff positioned and ready to greet your student at 8:30 and to help guide your student to their first period class.


How? When students arrive, students must wear their face covering. We will provide a face covering if your student does not bring their own. Upon entry, students will go to their locker to prepare for first period or go to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast. Classes begin at 8:40.

Chromebooks: Handing Out on 9/9 (Thursday)

Your student will be issued her/his Chromebook on Thursday, September 9th during their Life class. Expect your student to bring home their Chromebook and Chromebook Charger on that day.


The charger is intended to stay at home. Please charge the Chromebook each night.


The Chromebook is to travel with your student to and from school, daily. It is expected and necessary for your student to bring their Chromebook home each day in the case of an unexpected requirement to quarantine.


We will work with you and your student throughout the year to improve their technological literacy and capacity of PowerSchool, Canvas, and Google Suite apps.

Bell Schedule for 21-22 School Year

Doors open at 8:30am. Students are to report to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast or their 1st Period classroom.

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August Operations Update: Safety Protocols

Lunchtime, Eating at EMS in a Pandemic

Will Your Student Have to Quarantine? Yes, potentially.

Click here to view the robo-message you will receive because your student is exposed to a positive case of COVI-19 at school.


EMS has a responsibility to limit the transmission of COVID19 in school. To limit the transmission (not eliminate), these are the core safety measures:

--One-way hallways

--Mandatory mask-wearing

--3' physical distancing where and when appropriate

--Improved ionized air filtration systems

--Multiple lunchroom spaces, including outdoor eating

--Hand-sanitizing stations in each classroom and wipe-out-of-desk procedures

--Contact-tracking and seating arrangements

--Individual Chromebooks

--Quarantine and Isolation procedures


Please do not send your student to school if you or your student are unwell. If your student becomes sick we will notify you. And, if your student tests positive for COVID19, we need your help to ensure we can quarantine all close contacts your student has had while at school. Quarantine and Isolation procedures are a responsible and effective way to discontinue additional outbreaks at school. Be honest and communicate with us when you have questions.

Sports at EMS: FALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Fall Sports Registration is now OPEN!!!

Interested students need to sign up/ register online @ familyid.com

(All athletes must be registered online and have an up to date physical turned into the office before practicing)

-- 7th & 8th grade girls Volleyball

-- 6th - 8th grade boys and girls Cross Country

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Sports Physicals for the Upcoming School Year

If your student is interested in Sports for the upcoming school year - or if you are interested in your student participating in Sports - then your student will need a Physical completed by a medical professional.


This form must be completed by a medical professional. Summer is an opportunity for you to make an appointment with your student's physician or pediatrician for their Physical. Go Tigers! Go Rangers!

Physical Form for Athletics

Bring this form to the physician and/or the pediatrician if your student will be participating in sports during the academic year. Physicals last two years.

Face Coverings at EMS

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Estacada School District Safety Protocols

Click Here to View our District's Safety Protocols for the upcoming school year. These measures are updated and subject to frequent change.

School Supply List

To prepare for the upcoming school year, please consider this supply list. Email (emsinfo@estacada.k12.or.us) or call (503) 630-8516 x2502 when you have any questions!

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Estacada Middle School

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