The Crusader

Eastpointe Middle School -March 2023

Very Important Announcement for the Eastpointe Middle School Community

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Volume 1, Issue 9 -March 2023

“Marching Toward Excellence”

A crusader is a person who works hard or campaigns forcefully for a cause. Most crusaders advocate dramatic social or political change (


Eastpointe Middle School is committed to creating an academically rich community through challenging, inquiry-based instruction that cultivates knowledgeable, principled, reflective learners who are prepared to positively impact the global society.

School Resumes- March 13, 2023. Monday is an A-Day for 7th Graders.

Financial Literacy Opportunity for Macomb County Middle School Students

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Macomb County Middle Schools:

Michigan State University Extension is offering Smart Money contests where youth can increase their financial literacy and earn prizes. A free lunch and learn professional development opportunity for teachers is also being offered. Attached are fliers and social media graphics for each contest. See below for more information on each. We appreciate any help you can provide in promoting these educational opportunities.

Show Your Money Smarts Contest-(open to all Michigan youth ages 13-19)

Learn how to use credit wisely in this year's fifth annual online contest. Compete with other youth aged 13-19 across the state of Michigan in this 30-question online challenge during the month of April and win prizes. High scoring youth will be entered into a prize drawing to win $25 gift card. Start developing a good credit score and history at a young age and learn how to make your credit work for you! Teachers, librarians, and other youth development professionals also can win a $25 gift card if a non-related youth they refer to the contest wins. To register and for more information, visit These prizes are made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Michigan Credit Union Foundation.

Cash Composition Contest (open to all Michigan youth ages 9-12)

Money, money, money! In honor of Financial Awareness Month held each April, Michigan State University Extension 4-H is coordinating the Cash Composition Contest. Michigan youth who are ages 9-12 as of (January 1, 2023) are encouraged to enter this year’s contest where they will write a short (300 words or less) essay about needs and wants. The five top scoring essays will each win a $100 gift card thanks to the generous sponsorship by Extra Credit Union. Contest registration and essay submission must be complete by April 30th. For more details, visit

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Why we all need to start reading aloud to our kids | Keisha Siriboe | TEDxWanChai

How reading 20 minutes a day impacts your child-(Reprint from WCPO Cincinatti 2017)

Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 14, 2017 and last updated 3:21 PM, Feb 14, 2017

Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers.

This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.

Helps in language development

From the time your child is born, reading out loud is a positive influence. As your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process.

Adding to that benefit, vocabulary knowledge equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are critically important to a child's lifelong achievement.

Promotes brain development

Educators have long said reading makes people smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.

Aids in understanding of a world outside our own

Reading is more than just translating written words into verbal form; it is about understanding those words were once ideas in the minds of great thinkers. It is about realizing those ideas can be connected to personal experiences.

Through daily reading, children are exposed to a world outside their own reality. It expands their know-how, opens their minds and creates the potential for a continuation of ideas and an endless number of possibilities.

Strengthens family relationships

There is nothing quite like reading together as a family. Whether you're flipping through picture books with your little ones or sitting in the same room with older kids while, each immersed in a piece of literature, these are times you remember.

For a moment, you are all able to escape worries and experience art in written form. It is something that can be recreated in different forms with every new book and family read-a-thon.

Provides endless possibilities

Whether it’s a picture book, a novel or even help resources, there are many options.

With technology, particularly tablets like Kindle, your child has access to thousands of books anytime, anywhere. Reading on a Kindle ensures children are never without a new title and, based on their interests, they can easily find recommended books.

Additionally, children can take advantage of a Kindle to improve reading skills through the development of word fluency and comprehension. Word Wise, for example, places short and simple definitions and synonyms directly above difficult words in text, so kids can better understand the material and keep reading with few interruptions. Vocabulary Builder automatically takes words users look up and creates flashcards with definitions and word usage examples.

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Sample Choice Board

When you turn in your board to the first hour teacher, the teacher will confirm that you have completed the task and will enter the letter to complete the phrase for you. Please staple your completed tasks to the board for raffle entry.
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Reading Response Forms for Choice Board Activities

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Testing Season is Upon Us

M-Step State Testing and Spring NWEA Testing Window Opens After Spring Break

EMS community, as soon as we return from Spring Break in April, we'll be launching into another testing season and we need you to put your best food forward.

The M-Step State Assessment will begin April 17th-18th, with make-ups taking place over the following week. In between, we'll have fun pep-rally to hype up the culture and wear our newly designed T-shirts. Right after that, we'll move into our NWEA spring session, which can run through May 15, 2023 (with make-ups).

Diligence about learning is the best preparation for testing. Coming to school prepared to learn, minimizing disruptions, and eating a balanced and healthy diet is the quickest way to show success on these upcoming assessments.

But it doesn't stop there! If you need extra support, sites like Exact Path, Khan Academy, ReadWorks, and Edulastic can help students build skill and test stamina that will lead to success.

Over the course of the next month, teachers will be increasingly intentional with supporting students with development of the skills they need to be successful. Ask you student about his/her/their data chat. Ask to see it. Remind them to focus each day in school.

Aim for success!

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T-Shirt Design Rules

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EMS Student Celebrations

Congratulations to EMS students, who during the month of February, engaged in many celebrations of Black History and great behavior through PBIS Rewards.

MLK Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to Alaisa Earle, who won the middle school's Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest! EMS Student Council sponsored the contest, which asked students to create a poster that shared their interpretation of the following quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Alaisa's fantastic work earned her free entry to the recent EMS skating party, plus an EMS swag bag filled with snacks, EMS swag, and Black History themed journals. Way to go, Alasia! #ECSshamrockin (reposted from ECS Facebook page)

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PBIS Rewards Skating Party

Sixty-eight students were treated to a private skating party at United Skates of America in Lincoln Park. In order to attend, students redeemed 300 PBIS rewards points that they'd earned for positive behavior around the EMS community. Staff and students truly enjoyed themselves and EMS students were commended for their great behavior at the rink. Kudo to Ms. Makeia Fullwood, ARSW; Ms. Heather Turner, Instructional Coach; Mr. David Dove, Counselor; Mr. Gerry Kaminski, Media-Para; and Mr. Brandon Saeys, Restorative Justice Coordinator for chaperoning the event and even getting out there on the rink!
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Black History Month Essay Contest -Sponsored by EIS-Winners Announced!

This month we were fortunate enough to share two essay contests with our students. One sponsored close to home by a caring partner, Education Impact Services (EIS) conducted a contest for all of our 6th and 7th graders. The essays were so impactful and impressive that choosing the winners was a hard choice.

7th Grade Winners

Aaliyah Hearne (1st)

Lordxaiver Copeland (2nd)

Carter Johnson and Jayiona Phillips (tied for 3rd)

6th grade Winners

Issac Copeland (1st)

Abrihet Price and Tre'Sean Andrews (tied for 2nd)

MyAsia Stepney and Leah Thomas (tied for 3rd)

Honorable Mentions:

Ar'Jaylen Brooks, Palar Fleming, Romaro Watson, Tyler Dorris, Anthony Yang and Luna Tyll and Ava Warren

On February 28th, 2023, during a small ceremony hosted by Children's Book Author, Carmen Henry, these fifteen students were honored with a certificate and a monetary award. A very special thanks to Mrs. Askew for hosting the event.

The Eastpointe Middle School Community is honored and grateful for EIS for giving back to our school community.

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EMS Students Play Board Games and Build Community During Lunch

A new activity has been added to the EMS community lunch time: Board Games! Board games are fun and add just the bit of community and team building that we need at EMS.

Every day during lunch, students are afforded the opportunity to enjoy the company of their friends with a little friendly battle for who's best at Uno, Connect Four, Checkers, and so much more.

Students, if you haven't had a chance to sign-up to play, see Dean Reece during lunch.

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Schedule Reminders and Yearly Calendar

Mark Your Calendars!

March Madness and Spring is Upon Us!

March 1-10, 2023- Favorite Book Cover Door Decorating Contest

March 1-20, 2023- March is Reading Month- Choice Board

March 1-15, 2023- "Step Into M-Step" T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

March 1, 2023- Girls Basketball Game @Home against Clawson

March 3, 2023- Progress Reports Sent Home via US Mail

March 8, 2023- Girls Basketball Game @Home against Lincoln

March 13, 2023- Girls Basketball Game @Home against Wilkinson

March 12, 2023- Daylight Savings Time- Spring Forward

March 14, 2023- Honor Roll Museum Field Trip to The Henry Ford Museum-

POSTPONED from February 28, 2023

March 15, 2023- Open Gym: sign-up required.

March 17, 2023- Green and White Day

March 22, 2023- Full School Assembly- T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

March 27-30, 2023- March is Reading Month-Spirit Week

March 31, 2023- Parent-Teacher's Conferences from 11:30-2:30 pm in the EMS Gym.

No School for Students

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The Concession Stand is Open

If you haven't had a chance to stop at our EMS Home Game concession stand, you have three more opportunities to check us out. Stop by to pick up a snack from our three concession stand crew members, Evan Abshire, Keone Alexander, and Carter Wenzel. None of this would be possible without our faithful teacher and advisor, Ms. Kayla Czeryba.
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March is Women's Month Too!

To find out more about the awesome women who have graced planet earth, visit...
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Lost and Found

EMS Community, our lost and found is full with your student's items. If your child has a lost coat, shoes, backpack, hoodie or any other clothing item and you recognize them here or you'd like to access our lost and found, please contact the main office to make an appointment. Please note, items not claimed by Spring Break will be donated.
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Important Things to Remember- EMS 22-23

Important Reminders

  1. Parents, please make sure we have your current email address and phone number for ROBO calls and Crusader News emails.
  2. Attendance Line: If your child is absent, it is your responsibility to call and report their absence. Call your attendance line 586-533-3601.
  3. Phones: No cell phones are allowed. Students should not use the main office as a method for arranging regular phone calls home. If parents need to pick-up students from school, the parent/guardian must enter the building and show ID.
  4. Help us keep our bus lanes clear. Please refrain from picking up students during the last 15 minutes of the school day.
  5. Locker Protocols for 22-23: Please click the link for guidelines for locker use and help with opening combination locks.
  6. Students ARE required to wear ID at all times. If students do not report with ID, they will receive a temporary ID for the first offense. Each additional offense will result in point accumulation that could lead to a lunch detention. If a student never received an ID, see Mr. Kaminski in the media center. Please see page 11 of the Student Handbook for the policy on IDs.
  7. No Outside Food- Parents and guardians, please refrain from bringing outside food from fast food restaurants to the school for students to eat during lunch. Students are welcome to pack a bagged lunch from home or eat the many varieties of lunch options that are served in the cafeteria.

Fighting on School Grounds Will Result in a Fine!

Per the City of Eastpointe's Ordinance, fighting on school grounds is strictly prohibited. Please see the Student Handbook (pgs 12-25) for more details about policies that impact EMS students.

See the city ordinance below:

City of Eastpointe Ordinance Sec. 28-190. - Fighting on school property.

No person shall, while present in any building or on any property that is owned, occupied, or otherwise used by any school, incite, participate, or otherwise be involved in any fight or other physical confrontation with another. Such prohibited conduct includes before, during, and after school hours or other social or sporting event hosted at any school. A person who violates this section is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00 and costs of prosecution. A second or subsequent violation shall result in a fine up to $500.00 plus costs of prosecution. Pursuant to a probation order, the court may require a person who violates this section to participate in an anger management class, or other similar type of program, if available. A person who is ordered to participate in such a class or program under this section is responsible for the costs of participating in the class or program. In addition, or in lieu of a fine, the court may further order the person to perform community service.

Eastpointe Community Schools

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Eastpointe Middle School

Deniescha Malone, Ed.S


Office Staff

Wendy Evans, Administrative Assistant to the Principal


Judy Adams, Administrative Assistant-Attendance