Eagle Talk | November 19, 2021

Edgemont Junior High Weekly Newsletter

Principal's Message

EJH Newsletter - November 15, 2021

For Your Information

School Events


24-26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School


7 - Winter Concert #1

14 - Winter Concert #2

16 - 6th Grade Winter Concert

17 - Early Release Day

December 21 - January 3 - Winter Break

Food Drive Results

Thanks to all families who were able support our recent food drive. Overall we brought in 2500 items for the Edgewood Community Food Bank.

As a school, we did make this a competition in our homeroom classes. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place - Ms. Kesler - 454 Items
  • 2nd Place - Mrs. Mozrall - 388 Items
  • 3rd Place - Mr. Burch - 303 Items


Need to Contact an EJH Staff Member?

Do you need to get in contact with one of our staff members at EJH but don't have their email address? Then try one of these methods:

  • Home Access Center (HAC) - If you have a HAC account, you can send messages to staff through this platform. You are also able to check grades, attendance, and update your contact information. HAC can be accessed by using this link.
  • Schoology - If you have a Schoology account, messages can be sent through this platform as well. Like HAC, you can also check grades.
  • Phone - Feel free to call our office at 253-841-8727 and we will get a message to the person you need to contact.

Enrollment Verification Needed

If you have not completed your enrollment verification check and returned it to our our office, please do so as soon as possible. This is part of our annual check to make sure we have the correct contact information for parents and guardians. Thanks in advance for your efforts in getting this completed!

Water Bottles

As part of our COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to shut off our hallway drinking fountains. However, we do have three bottle filling stations on campus. This year we did have a large supply of water bottles that we gave out to students but that supply is now gone. Also gone is our disposable cups that we had been giving out on a daily basis.

From this point forward, we are asking that students bring their own water bottle each day. We do ask that all water bottles have a lid that seals shut to prevent leaks.

Curriculum Review for Grades 4-9

Families of elementary and junior high students in grades 4 through 9 are invited to preview Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS Curriculum in Schoology.

Curriculum preview for all grade levels can be accessed through Schoology by joining the “Human Growth and Development Preview” group:

  1. Login to Schoology – parent login at app.schoology.com
    Enter email/username and password.
    Select Puyallup School District, not your child’s school.
  2. Click GROUPS in the menu bar at the top.
  3. In the upper right corner under your profile name click ‘My Groups.’
  4. Click the blue ‘Join Group’ button on the right side.
  5. Enter the group access code: NGR6-XBJ7-2DRNB

On the initial page click the video link under START HERE. This under 7-minute video introduces the Human Growth and Development curriculum in the Puyallup SD. After viewing the introductory video, parents can click on Resources tab in the left menu, then choose the grade level to preview curriculum and videos adopted by the Puyallup SD.

Questions may be addressed by your child’s teacher, administrator, or by contacting Jim Meyerhoff, Director of Instructional Leadership for Athletics, Health, and Fitness, at meyerhja@puyallup.k12.wa.us.


Struggling in a class? Need a tutor? We have tutors available to help you!

How to access tutoring:

  • Let the teacher for the class you are struggling with know that you need a tutor
  • Let your homeroom teacher know that you would like to work with a tutor during that time
  • Come in for after school homework help sessions on Tuesdays (all subjects) and Wednesdays (Math specific)
  • Make an appointment to meet with an online tutor outside of the school day or on weekends

Contact Mrs. Mozrall (On-Time Graduation Specialist) if you have questions about how to set up tutoring!

Telehealth Services (no cost) for Students

The Puyallup School District has partnered with Hazel Health to offer free virtual mental and physical health services for students that families can access from home, at no cost to families. To learn more click here.

Athletics Calendar

Please check ArbiterLive for all of our fall sports schedules at EJH and PHS. You can access the site using this link.

Drug/Alcohol Prevention Information

How to Address Alcohol and Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Teens try alcohol for a variety of reasons – to exert independence, to feel more carefree or escape from stress, peer pressure and even boredom. Many tend to do so without fully recognizing alcohol’s negative effects or health risks.

So what do you do if you find out your child is drinking?

Foster regular and productive communication

Productive communication with your teen or young adult doesn’t always have to feel like you’re giving them the third degree. Remain calm, relax and follow the tips below to ensure that your child hears what you have to say — and vise versa.

Try to be objective and open. If you want to have a productive conversation with your child, do your best to keep an open mind and hear their point of view. Your child is more likely to be receptive this way.

Ask open-ended questions. These are questions that elicit more than just a “yes” or “no” response. It will lead to a more engaging and productive conversation.

Ask why your child is interested in drinking. This gets your teen to think about their future and some of the possible negative consequences of drinking. This may include being late to practice, doing something stupid or dangerous, or feeling hungover. You can then suggest ways of better managing those motivations.

Let your kid know they’re being heard. Use active listening and reflect back what you are hearing.

Discuss the negative effects of alcohol, and what that means in terms of mental and physical health, safety and making good decisions. Talk about the long-term effects.

Offer empathy and compassion. Acknowledge that everyone struggles sometimes, but alcohol is not a useful or healthy way to cope with problems.

If there is a history of addiction in your family, then your child has a much greater risk of developing a problem. Be aware of this elevated risk and discuss it with your child regularly, as you would with any disease.


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