From the Middle EMS and ELA

News from the Principal, September 22, 2020

Hello Parents and Families,

As summer officially comes to a close, we have a lot to celebrate at EMS and ELA. Students are doing an amazing job with their learning, even amidst all the adjustments this year. Here are some thoughts from teachers about the first 4 weeks of school. I am so grateful for our amazing staff at EMS and ELA.

  • Kids have gotten into their routines and are dealing with the long class time every day well

  • Loving smaller class sizes and the ability to spend more time 1-on-1 with kids.

  • I have great connections with the kids. They laugh a lot, they participate, and they are certainly learning.

  • They are engaged and I hear every kid's voice every day they are in class, without fail, which is building more community.

  • I am excited to get back to teaching every year but I have to admit that starting out this year, I was a bit hesitant. Turns out, everything is going really well.

  • This is my best year teaching. I feel effective, respected, and just love these kids beyond words. As weird as it is, I love this year for teaching

  • It has felt "normal" teaching in-person, and I'm happy to build such great relationships with the kids in such a challenging time for everyone.

  • I think everyone is doing a great job. This year is hard and wonderful all at the same time!

If at any time you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.

~Annessa Hart, Principal

Harvest Festival from Cafe 180 and Shyft

Join SHYFT for an urban harvest festival to celebrate the changing seasons!

  • Fall-themed photo opportunities
  • Fresh produce stand
  • Festive drinks & food
  • Mini-dance class for all ages, taught by Anthony Greatness Cotton
  • Kids crafts
  • Goodie bags
  • and more!

This event was created to keep you and your family safe. Only 20 people granted admission per session, with thorough cleaning in between sessions. Masks and temp checks required. If you are sick, please stay home!

If you would like a free ticket to this event, please contact Ms. Hart.

Health Screening App for Englewood Students

Starting now, parents/students can utilize the rSchools app to log health screen information. This will enable our process in the morning to run a little faster and more smoothly. Follow this link for a video about how to use the rSchools app available on Android and Apple.

FREE Covid Testing Sites

If you or your family members are in need of free COVID testing, follow this link for more information. People who take advantage of these tests do not need to be Denver residents.

In the Pirate's Cove parking lot, free testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Testing requires pre-registration.

Here is a flyer in English and Spanish:

Applying for Financial Support

Families that qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch also qualify for waiving fees for school. Check out this 4 minute video to learn more about financial support.

You can connect with or for more information.

The Arc--Family Support in our Community

The Arc is a local agency that provides support for a variety of family and student needs.

Click the image below for more information about events at The Arc in September.


Carolyn Metz, Classroom Support ParaEducator

I have a background teaching music in private and public schools. I have a BA in music and a MA in Elementary Ed. I am looking forward to working with EMS because middle school is my favorite age group and I enjoy the small community feel of the district. My career highlights have been taking students to perform at the Rockies, sing with the Colorado Symphony and at the large Cathedral downtown. I am excited to be a part of the staff at EMS this year and work with student I've been assigned to this year!
Englewood Schools Return Website (Click Here)

We will continue to develop plans for the 20-21 school year with guidance from CDPHE, Tri-County Health, CDE, and the governor's office. Recommendations change daily, and our plan will be flexible and responsive to the changing guidance.

When is it safe to be in-person or remote? (click here)

Englewood Schools uses four metrics (with Arapahoe County data) to determine if we must shift from In-Person learning to Remote learning. These metrics are based on science, facts and the best interests of our students and staff.

My School Bucks

Follow this link to add money to your student's lunch account.