EMS Raider Student & Family News

September 27 - October 1

A Message from Mrs. Venegas

Hello Raider Family!

Can you believe one quarter of the school year is nearly complete?! It seems like just yesterday that we were preparing for your Raiders to begin their school year with us. What a whirlwind this grading period has been! We have had so much fun getting to know our Raiders and your families. We have some exciting events scheduled in this next grading period and feel that the full middle school experience is just beginning.

At the end of this grading period, we will have two weeks to rest and catch our breath. As I shared with our faculty and staff, just like a good football team, it is time for us to make adjustments after the first quarter. We need to recognize where we need to improve, tighten up our practices, and prepare to get back at it. We need to start back after intersession ready to kick our efforts and dedication into high gear.

What does kicking it into high gear look like?

  • Be ready to put aside all excuses.
  • Come to school ON TIME (by 8:15 am) and get to all classes ON TIME.
  • Complete all assignments immediately after they are assigned.
  • Put forth only the best efforts on all assignments and assessments.
  • Look for opportunities to show kindness and do right by others.
  • Aim for GREATNESS at every occasion!

We know our Raiders are ready to do the work they need to do to learn and grow at high levels. Our teachers are dedicated to making a difference in each of their students--sometimes that looks like just teaching the content, and other times it looks like mentorship.

I recently shared with a student in my office that all of his teachers truly loved him. He said to me that he didn't believe it because "they were always on him." I told him that love isn't always rainbows and butterflies--sometimes love looks like challenging you to do things that are difficult or holding you accountable for your actions and decisions. We believe that our responsibilities to our Raiders are, for some, beyond solely academics, and we are in this profession because we truly LOVE working with kids.

We are all needing a break, a chance to catch out breath a bit. Please make sure your Raider does as well. It's time to relax and enjoy the intersession time off, but we also must be ready to start again on October 18th. We know our Raiders are destined for greatness and need them ready to give their very best each and every day when we return.

As always, thank you for your support and partnership. We are so very thankful for you and your family. Enjoy intersession!!


Mrs. Venegas

New Student Schedule Alert

All students will receive a NEW printed schedule in their 1st period classes on Monday, October 18th. The only changes may be their Advisory or Curriculum Instruction classes.

Please make your Raider is are aware of potential changes and reports to their NEW Advisory or CE classes when they return from intersession.

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Campus Events for September 27 - October 1

Monday, September 27:

  • 9 Weeks Exams (Math, Wellness, and Fine Arts)

Tuesday, September 28:

  • 9m Weeks Exams (Science & CTE)

Wednesday, September 29:

  • Early Release Schedule (see below)
  • Early Release 12:30 pm

Thursday, September 30:

  • Fall Orchestra Concert 5:30 pm

Friday, October 1:

  • Last Day of the Grading Period
  • Girl Powered Conference @ UTEP - Robotics
  • 7th Grade Pep Rally - 8th Period
  • 8th Grade Pep Rally - 9th Period

Saturday, October 2:

  • Football vs. Magoffin MS @ EHS 9:00 am
  • Intersession Begins

Early Release Schedule for Wednesday, September 29th

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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.

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Raiders should arrive to school at 8:15 am. This is when we let all students upstairs to their classes and breakfast in the classroom begins.

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.

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