Estacada Middle School: Wk11 S1

The Know-whats and the Know-hows at Estacada Middle School

School takes place Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm

Students must log into Canvas for Life class by 9:00am each day

Friday: No School

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Facebook Live: Bell Schedule Adjustment for EMS

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Mr. Hargrave on Facebook Live at 6:00pm to discuss the "Why" behind the upcoming bell schedule change as well as the collaborative work the school is doing to ensure our students' needs are being met.

Mr. Hargrave is looking forward for you to "tune into" this Facebook Live event to ensure there is a shared, common understanding of how we are responding to your feedback and ensuring your student is ready for the next level of learning. Go Tigers!

Thank You for Attending Conferences

A HUGE "Thank You" to our families (and teachers) for attending Parent-Teacher Conferences last week.

EMS hosted 781 conferences! This is 78% of our capacity for conferences (996 total conferences available). Our core teachers' conferences were full on November 24th.

A big "Shout out" to our families of 6th graders: You 95% of all potential conferences!

We are grateful for your partnership and desire to learn about how we offer learning to your student. Thank you for your voice and for asking great questions.

Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Lessons

During the month of December Mrs. Gundlach (EMS School Counselor) and Ms. Tracy (ESD School Social Worker) will be delivering a Suicide Prevention Lesson in all Specials classes. We recognize that students are faced with an enormous amount of stressors associated with COVID-19, the challenges of distance learning, and more. The lesson will highlight the importance of suicide prevention, and will provide students with information on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, as well as other mental health challenges. Students will also learn how to seek help if they or someone they know is struggling with their mental health.

You are welcome to preview the lesson here: Suicide Prevention Lesson PowerPoint

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, we will encourage and ask students to turn their cameras on for the duration of the lesson to allow Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy to monitor students. Students will not be asked to speak if they do not want to. And, if students want to keep their cameras off, we understand, too.

Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy will visit each class twice (Day One - lesson delivery, Day Two - follow up and questions). The lessons will be delivered on the following dates:

  • Specials with Ms. Hubbard (6th Grade) - December 9th-10th

  • Specials with Ms. Rossos (7th Grade) - December 14th-15th

  • Specials with Mr. Grochowsky (8th Grade) - December 16th-17th

Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy are trained mental health professionals and will be available to support students individually in Zoom breakout rooms if needed. We encourage parents/guardians to talk with their students about what they learned after the lesson is delivered.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in the Suicide Prevention Lesson, please fill out the Suicide Prevention Lesson Opt-Out Parent/Guardian Form by Tuesday, December 8th. If we do not receive this form from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this lesson.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gundlach ( or Ms. Tracy (

Teen Mental Health, Suicide Prevention: Opt Out Form

Complete and Submit this form if you do not want your student to participate in the Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention lessons. Please review the description and the presentation above.

This Week's SecondStep Life Class Lessons

We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, students also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.

Mindsets and Goals: Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
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Monday, Dec. 14th, 9am to Thursday, Dec. 17th, 3pm

This is an online event.

EMS will host a Spirit Week during the week prior to Winter Break (December 14 through December 17). The week will finish with a sing-along with our Choir and Band classes via a virtual concert.

Please read through, and review, the Spirit Days (published above). We are excited and looking forward to having FUN with our students.

Confused About Canvas or PowerSchool? Look Here!

View this "T-Chart" to learn why you must view Canvas or PowerSchool. Go Tigers!

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Estacada Schools Delivery Services

Our Department of Transportation will continue to offer deliveries from our school to your front door.

When you are scheduled to receive a delivery, you will be alerted in PowerSchool ParentSquare that a delivery is on it's way.

Deliveries from Estacada Middle School have included, and will continue to include:

--Yearbooks from 2019-2020

--School Pictures

--Awards and gift-cards from teachers and administrators

--Band instruments

--Science Lab Kits

--Art supplies

Excused Absences

Please remember to inform us of any excused absence if your student is unable to be present online for all or part of a school day, by calling 503-630-8516 or emailing

Regardless of their excused absence, your student will continue to be required to submit any work that was missed at the soonest possible opportunity.

We are flexible and here to support you, but we also need to ensure that your student is providing us with evidence of their progress to meet our essential learning standards.

Unexcused Absences

As we progress deeper into the school year, your student's attendance will begin to matter more and more. Let us support you ,and work with you, to help your student attend class. To be marked present, your student must do both of the following:

1.Participate meaningfully in class activities (Fully complete school work, speak up in Zoom sessions, ask questions of their teachers on Zoom and/or in Canvas and finish and submit responses to assignments and/or surveys)

2.Communicate with their teacher or another staff member for each period they attend by responding to their teacher's prompts, sending a private message via Canvas or email about the task or assignment if they are not participating live. This communication is not simply saying, "I'm here." It must show a greater level of engagement to count toward being present that day.

If your student has difficulty accessing videos, Zoom meetings or assignments, please have them email their teacher as soon as possible to receive suggestions for how to resolve the issue, so they can be marked present for that class.

See Teacher contact information below.

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Do You Need Something from EMS? Come in: Safely!

In order to adhere to OHA, ODE and CDC Covid-19 guidelines, we've instituted a new protocol for visits to our main office.

All Visits to the EMS Office:
  • When you arrive at the main door, ring the buzzer to your right and we'll come out to meet you.
  • Please be wearing your mask. If you don't have a mask, we will provide one for you.

Picking Up or Dropping off Items
  • The District Transportation office has set up a delivery system that will bring items from the school directly to your home the day after a delivery need has been identified.
  • If you need the item sooner than the next day or two, or if you need to drop something off with us, please call our office at 503-630-8516 or email to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Thanks for your cooperation with this new protocol that we hope will keep all of us safe!
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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!