East Middle School

Parent Newsletter: March 8th

A Note From the Principal

Dear East Middle School Students, Parents, and Guardians:

We've got some good nuts and bolts details within the newsletter, so make sure to review it! Before you scroll down, please see these important reminders:

  • Please help remind your student to charge his/ her chromebook at home and to bring their charger to school every day.
  • Our lost and found is going to be donated again...very soon. Encourage your student to check the pods and the main lost and found table.
  • Our end of the quarter Tardy Party will be taking place on March 16th.
  • Our Incoming Parent Nights are coming up! It's all about the upcoming enrollment process for current students. Students do not need to attend, as this is a special VIP showing for parents. Students will learn about the enrollment through the counselors during the day.

Thank you for all you do for the EMS community!


Katie Campbell


East Middle School

Two Schools, One Community

Athletic and Activities

Month of March:

March 14th: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night from 6:30-7:30pm

March 15th: Incoming 7th/8th Grade Parent Night from 6:30-7:30pm

March 16th: Pep Assembly AND the No Tardy Party (during the school day)

March 20th-22nd: Prowler Tryouts @ the High School (bus transportation to the high school will be provided)

March 22nd: Track Meet @ Ray-Pec South 4pm

March 26th-30th: Spring Break

Month of April

April 3rd-5th: Cheerleading Tryouts (bus transportation to the high school will be provided)

April 5th: PTA meeting in the library at 7PM

April 5th: Track @ Belton 4pm

April 10th: Home Track @ 4pm

April 11th: Track @ Raytown Central 4pm

April 16th: Track @ Raytown 4pm

April 19th: Track @ Liberty 4pm

April 3, 2018 Levy Issue

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education on Jan. 18, 2018, voted unanimously to ask voters for a 75-cent operating levy increase, Proposition R-P, on the April 3, 2018, ballot. At the same time, the debt service tax rate is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents. A simple majority is required for approval.

Revenue from the levy increase would be used to support key elements in the recently approved Strategic Plan. These include:

  • Incorporating additional real-world, hands-on learning opportunities and promoting soft-skill development
  • Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students
  • Expanding mental health supports for students and staff
  • Reducing gaps in achievement through additional interventions and supports
  • Establishing a market-competitive salary and benefit plan
  • Ensuring appropriate class sizes and caseloads
  • Supporting ongoing pursuit of job-related training and advanced degrees
  • Investing additional resources in facility maintenance and upkeep

The last time Ray-Pec voters approved a levy increase was in 2003. Since then, voters have approved no-tax-increase bond issues designated for construction and renovation of facilities.

Cell Phones at School

Please remind your student that their cell phone is to be turned off and stored in their locker. This is on page 18 of the Student Agenda. If a student has their cell phone with them in class, the phone will be turned in to the front office.

1st offense: Warning and student pick up

2nd offense: 1 hour detention, parent pick up

3rd offense: 2 hour detention, parent pick up

Dress Code Reminders

Parents, the weather is warming up and this means it is time for our semi-annual dress code reminders!

  • Clothes that fit in the Fall may not fit this Spring.
  • Students should consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to wear in colder classrooms.
  • Students with apparel that does not meet dress code will be asked to change or add a layer.

Selling items at school is prohibited

While we appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit, students should not be bringing items to sell to their peers to school; this includes slime or bracelets. Additionally, students should not be bringing funds to school with the purpose of buying items from their peers. Consequences will be assigned to students choosing to possess or distribute any item(s) unnecessary for school and/or disruptive to the school climate.

Tweet All About It!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School has a Twitter account, and we would love for you to follow us as we share our story! We try to spotlight student activities and the fun things going on at EMS!

Follow us: @rpemshuskies


MAP Testing: April 16th through May 4th

NWEA Testing: May 7th through May 18th

We do ask that if at all possible, try to schedule doctor's appointments and other times when students are out of class, for before or after school during these testing windows!

See Any Familiar Items? Our Lost and Found Spots Are Overflowing!

Check these soon before they are donated.
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Student Attendance at After School Events

Just a reminder of Raymore-Peculiar’s expectations regarding student attendance at after school events: Students, grades K-8, need to be accompanied by an adult while attending district evening activities. This includes middle school athletic competitions, both indoors and out.

Students are expected to remain in the stands during the games unless utilizing restrooms or concessions. Middle school students will have a designated section in the south end zone on the field and will have access to the nearby visitor concessions and restrooms.

EMS Staff Spotlight

Who: Jory Williamson

What: PE

Education: Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX

Describe ​Yourself in 10 Words or Less​: I have experience teaching elementary PE, 4th grade self contained, and reading and math intervention.

​What Makes You a Great Member of the Husky Pack: Creative, Dedicated and Fun!

Something People Might Not Know About Me: I attended middle school in England.

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Ray-Pec School Board Approves the 18-19 School Year Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 25 approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, with Preview Day on Monday, Aug. 13. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 21. Classes are not in session through Jan. 4. School resumes on Jan. 7, 2019.

Spring break is scheduled from March 18-22, 2019. There are three possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 19, March 25, and April 22. The last day of school is an early release on May 22. Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

Calendar: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/14592

Resources for Parents Regarding Grades and Homework? Here Is Your One-Stop Shop!

CW/HW Link:

This is the link families can use to access the daily homework. The link to the document is on the main page of the school website. You can go there by clicking on "RPEMS Classwork/ Homework."

OR, you can go directly there using this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g43kD3OSWtLpF0Ijyu_Na98Da_OIURa29tNLxZ_WrJQ/edit?usp=sharing

Tyler SIS:

Using the link for families on the district website. The link is under the "Parent" tab on the district website. Once there, on the lefthand side you can click on "Parent Portal (SIS)."

OR you can go directly there using this link: https://sdm.sisk12.com/RP360/apphost/TylerSis#/parent

Username and password is: Usernames and passwords were emailed out at the beginning of the year from Help@RayPec. If you cannot remember your username and passwords, please contact Wanda Gordon @ wanda.gordon@raypec.org or 388-4000.

Teacher Ease:

Using the link for families on the district website. The link is under the "Parent" tab on the district website. Once there, on the lefthand side you can click on "Parent Portal (Teacher Ease)."

OR you can go directly there using this link: https://schoolinsight.com/common/login.aspx

Username and password is: Usernames and passwords were emailed out at the beginning of the year from Help@RayPec. If you cannot remember your username and passwords, please contact Wanda Gordon @ wanda.gordon@raypec.org or 388-4000.

Student Agendas:

Your student has a student agenda that he/she should be filling out daily as bellwork activities in classes. Ask your student to see the agenda periodically.

PTA Information

Interested in joining the East Middle School PTA? Please click on this link for more information! PTA representatives will also be at upcoming events throughout the start of the new school year. We hope you consider taking part in this great organization!

Follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RPEMSPTA/

Our next meeting will be on April 5th in the library!

17-18 School Year Grading Period Information

9-Week Progress Periods

East Middle School and South Middle School

Progress 3 (45 days)

Start: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

**Provide communication on an ongoing basis.**

End: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Progress reports available via parent portal by Wednesday, March 21, 2018

End-of-Year Report (46 days) (End of 2nd Semester)

Start: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Provide communication on an ongoing basis.

End: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Progress reports available via parent portal by Tuesday, May 29, 2018

From the Cass County Public Library

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Check Us Out: East Middle School Website

Check out the enhancements made on the school website by clicking on this link: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/100/Raymore-Peculiar-East-Middle-School

You will continue to see changes on the website throughout the year.

RPEMS Administrative Staff