EGMS Weekly Newsletter
Upcoming Dates to Remember
- 2/20- No School - Presidents Day
- 2/23 - 8th Grade visit to RHS
Letter From Principal Nicklous
As we move into February, our teachers and students have reestablished routines and we are now past the halfway point of Trimester 2. I hope you were able to connect with your child’s teacher during conferences in January and were able to discuss their successes and ways they can continue to grow and improve academically and/or behaviorally.
I also want to acknowledge the extra reading work our students have been doing during their Husky Time classes two days a week. Students have been working on iReady, an adaptive reading program that adjusts as students correctly answer questions. Students recently wrapped up their Winter Diagnostic and the data is showing some fantastic growth by a large percentage of our students! I encourage you to ask your child about their growth.
We continue to ask for your support in monitoring your child’s phone and/or social media accounts and what they are sharing with others. We regularly deal with negative student interactions that occur on social media outside of school. In addition, we are constantly working on building a culture of respect throughout EGMS. We have over 700 students who come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. I encourage you to have regular conversations with your middle schooler about treating others with respect and helping create a middle school culture where everyone feels safe and accepted. As adults, we know middle school was a challenging time for many of us as our bodies and brains were changing, hormones were raging and we were trying to figure out how to be a young adult. Reassuring your child that all middle schoolers are going through this can help them navigate these challenges. In addition, you can remind them how they can play a critical role in creating a positive school culture that will help make EGMS an amazing place!
Principal, Elton Gregory MS
We have a lot of students coming down and asking for snacks throughout the day. Unfortunately we don't have a stash to give out. If you could make sure your student has an extra snack- granola bar, string cheese, whatever, that they could stash in the locker if they get hungry, that would be great! Thank you for the help!
Students who have ZERO absences for an entire week will be entered into a drawing to win a donut the following Monday! There will be one winner per grade, per river team! A DOZEN winners each monday! Yummy! You can do this Huskies!
WINNERS FROM 1/30 to 2/3
6th:Renteria Santos, Sahid
6th: Segoviano, Perla
Student Improvement Time
Do you ask every evening, “Do you have any homework?” And get the same answer, “No”.
Try setting up a student improvement time for your child(ren) each evening. Student improvement time helps your student build the habits they need for success in school and life.
Set a regular student improvement time each school night.
45 - 60 minutes.
Same time as much as possible - build a habit.
Kitchen table or other area where they can be supervised.
Phone and TV off.
Activities for student improvement time:
Complete homework due the next day.
Review grades on Canvas with parents.
Email a teacher asking when they can check in with questions.
Study for tests.
Re do assignments for a higher grade.
Start projects due in a couple weeks.
Organize binder and backpack.
At the end of the day ask your student, “What will you do with your student improvement time tonight?” Don’t ask, “Do you have any homework?”
Have questions about student improvement time? Contact your child’s counselor!
Bullying & Harassment
EGMS has zero tolerance for bullying and harassment—regardless of where it occurs or how severe the offense. Everyone deserves to feel safe at school, and students are expected to treat each other respectfully and civilly. Students are expected to refrain from bringing online interpersonal conflicts (Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) to school; however, such events should be brought to the attention of school personnel in order to support prompt resolution. Incidents of harassment, bullying or threatening behavior will result in disciplinary action. Bullying that involves threats may result in a Risk Assessment Screener with potential referral to Deschutes County Mental Health.
What is being done at EGMS to address bullying?
2. From our investigation we will determine if it is bullying or a conflict between students.
3. Bullying is not tolerated and will be consequenced accordingly.
4. Conflicts are common among middle school students. Students are learning how to navigate relationships as much as they are learning school subjects. We like to take a restorative approach to conflicts and have students sit together with an adult and work out the issue and move on from it when it's possible. There are consequences if conflicts get inappropriate or physical in nature.
5. Counselors are teaching "bully proofing" lessons to each grade level this month.
Tech Talk Corner
Do you think your student has a screen addiction?
News from Nurse Grubb
Immunizations: EXCLUSION DAY is COMING - February 15, 2023
Letters and emails have gone out to families with student's still missing state required immunizations. Exclusion day is February 15, 2023. Students will not be able to attend school if this is still outstanding.
Feel free to visit Oregon.gov for more information:
Option 1 - Have your student get the immunization(s) they are missing
Option 2 - Complete the steps for exemption - Contact the Nurse for information
Spring Sport registration (Track &Soccer) will open in FamilyID on March 1st.
We don't have practice or game schedules at this point in time but that info will be added to the online calendar and online schedules when that information is determined.
We are hoping to offer Golf again this year through the program at Eagle Crest. More details to come.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING EVENTS
Parents and guardians of middle school students who wish to attend high school athletic contests:
Middle school students attending high school games must attend with an adult. Middle school students need to sit in the stands during games. High schools do not have the staffing to supervise middle school students. Just like all Bend/LaPine high schools, Redmond high schools believe that middle school students can successfully achieve this goal. However, in the event that middle school students cannot stay in the stands, they will be required to sit with the adult who brought them to the game or be required to leave. Please help your student enjoy the game by monitoring them while on high school property.
RHS & RVHS Staff
2022-2023 EGMS Bell Schedule
CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY RESOURCES
(updated as often as possible; some resources/numbers may not be current)
Mental Health Resources:
Deschutes County Behavioral Health https://www.deschutes.org/
Information and appointments. 541-322-7500
Deschutes County Crisis Line https://www.deschutes.org/
24 hour crisis support. 541-322-7500 ext. #9 or call 9-1-1
Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+. 866-488-7386 (24 hr)
Oregon Youth Line https://oregonyouthline.org/
Free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. 877-968-8491
Text: teen2teen @ 839863
Central Oregon 2-1-1 www.deschutesunitedway.org
Connections to a wide-range of social services. Dial 2-1-1 or 541-389-6507
Thrive Central Oregon www.thrivecentraloregon.org
Housing, financial insecurity and other resources. 541-728-1022 (Se Habla Español)
Bethlehem Inn (24 hrs) www.bethleheminn.org
Emergency shelter and food for adults and families. 541-322-8768
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon www.frconline.org
Parenting education and support services. 541-389-5468
Latino Community Association (LCA) www.latca.org
Translation and interpretation services, employment services, 541-382-4366 (Se Habla Español)
dental and legal clinics.
Resources for food, energy assistance and shelter. 541-548-2380
Jericho Road https://jerichoroadofredmond.org/
Resources for food, shelter and hope. 541-699-2099
Saving Grace https://www.saving-grace.org/
Comprehensive family / domestic violence and sexual assault 541-382-9227
support services. Hotline available.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children) https://www.deschutes.org/health
Nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, 541-617-4775
referrals and food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women.