Evergreen Community Update
November 19, 2019
Hello EMS Community,
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. Wow, the month of November is cruising by with only one more full week before Thanksgiving. With the shortage of school days this month, so much has happened with the end of Quarter 1, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Workshop Day, Team Awards Day and our BOSS Bash. Thank you to all of you who took time out of your evenings to come and visit with our teachers during conferences. We value the partnership as well as your support and input on how to best serve your student.
I want to send a special thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped to feed our staff on both evenings prior to conferences as well as to those who volunteered to help make our BOSS Bash a special event for students on Friday. Your willingness to support and serve our staff, students, and overall school community is amazing.
Below are a few pictures and more information about the current happenings around Evergreen.
Have a great week!
The Zone basketball starts soon, space is LIMITED!
Note From our Counseling Department - Suicide Prevention
Dear Families of Evergreen Middle School,
According to the 2019 Health survey results, 30.1% of all 8th grade students experienced clinical symptoms of depression during the previous 12 months and 16.9% had seriously considered suicide. To proactively address this, all HSD middle schools are offering depression awareness and suicide prevention education. This will be a one-period lesson to all students in Language Arts class by our wellness counselor November 19-21 for 7th grade students and December 3-5 for 8th grade students.
The goal of this presentation is to do the following:
- Know how to start a conversation with a friend who they are concerned about
- Be able to recognize possible signs of depression or suicide risk
- Know where to get help at school and what that looks like
- Know where to get help outside of school
If you do NOT wish your child to participate in this lesson, please reach out to the administrator team at EMS.
EMS Counseling Department
On Thursday, November 7th, our EMS staff and students participated in "Workshop Day.' The theme was centered around "Screen Time." We kicked the day off with an assembly that provided students with research based information about social media and the positive and negative affects of it. Following the assembly, students went through their classes as normal but each subject had designed a lesson around social media, screen time, and positive ways to spend their time other than on electronics.
The idea stemmed from some of the things we as a staff are seeing each day. Many of our students are arriving at school without getting the proper sleep at night. We've heard from so many that they are staying up and playing video games and/or communicating with their friends over social media. As a result, we find that many of our students lack some critical communication skills. They are used to primarily communicating via text or social media. Many are often uncomfortable speaking to people outside of their close friend circle. We feel that, for many of our students, the lack of sleep is having a direct effect on their academics and ability to focus in class.
What we are asking of parents is that they monitor their student's screen time, particularly social media as well as ensuring that they are going to bed at a reasonable hour. Many of them are admitting that they get into bed but once parents fall asleep, they stay up and get right back onto their phones.
Feel free to click on the link below to see some of the research data points and activities that were shared with our students during the morning assembly.
Team Awards Day
In addition, each Team awarded a student with a bike refurbished by our Bike Club. It was a great day of celebrating our students and their successes from Quarter 1.
BOSS stands for (It's our positive behavior support system)
- Bring It
- Own It
- Show It
- Share It
WEEKLY ATTENDANCE PERCENTAGES
When you look at attendance percentages, whether it is a school or individual, here is how it compares if you received a grade for attendance.
- <90 =F (Chronically absent)
So looking below at last week's attendance, we met our goal three of the four days. Our goal is to reach the A level each day of each week. When students are here, it makes everything run more smoothly.
Team Willamette Visits Pacific University
Sexual Health Education
Our 7th/8th grade PE/Health teachers will be teaching the sexual health education standards to students currently in PE during the December and January months. If you would like to opt your child out of sexual health curriculum, please click on the link below. Then complete the form and have it dropped off in the main office.
The 7th graders will begin their two week unit of "My Future, My Choice" during the first week of December.
For more information about Erin's Law or the sexual health curriculum and lesson plans for each grade level, please click on the Home link below.
The 2nd Annual Fiesta de Tamales
346 SW Walnut St.
Date: November 23, 2019
Want to learn how to make tamales?
Join the Tamale making lesson from 11am to Noon.
Best Tamale in Hillsboro Competition - 12:30pm
Fastest Tamale Competition - 1:30pm
Tamale Eating Competition - 1:45pm
$10 Tamale Plate specials available all day!!
The event benefits the Hillsboro Schools Foundation & participants of the Hillsboro Chamber's Prospering Communities program.
Click the link below to Pre-Order Tamales!!
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FCS Club starts tomorrow, 10/8/19
Below is the list of all of our clubs at EMS, Click on the link below.
Middle School/GHS Youth Wrestling Opportunity
Glencoe Youth Basketball
Little Dribblers registration closes on December 6th, so please go to glencoebasketball.org or directly to the registration page to register: https://glencoebasketball.sportngin.com/register/form/942951391
We will not accept late registrations!
Also, for those of you that have registered or plan to register, please make sure your kid's Glencoe area friends get the opportunity to register by sending them the registration link.
Little Dribblers is a basketball focused, Glencoe community event, that is organized and run by parent volunteers from the Glencoe area. This year we are making the program even better by having skills work, game days, a Trail Blazer day and even get to go to a Glencoe High School basketball game.
We hope to see you and your Little Dribbler out on the court this year!
Little Dribbler key dates:
· January 11th - Volunteer Training Day with Diana Cutaia at EMS (all registered volunteers to come)
· January 18th - 1st day of Little Dribblers - Little Dribbler Skill and Team Sessions @ EMS
· January 25th - Little Dribbler Skill and Team Sessions, Picture Day & Trail Blazers Day @ EMS
· February 1st - Game Day @ local elementary schools
· February 8th - Little Dribbler Skill and Team Sessions @ EMS
· February 15th - Game Day @ local elementary schools
· February 22nd - Little Dribbler Skill and Team Sessions @ EMS
· February 29th - Game Day @ local elementary schools