From the Middle EMS and ELA

News from the Principal, August 18, 2020

Hello Parents and Families,

Below you see links to our Virtual Back to School Nights. These zoom meetings will provide an opportunity to hear about all the plans and ask questions.

Also, as promised, our student schedules are now complete and ready for view. To see these schedules, students and parents can login to Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) to view schedules.

Our schedule is quite different this year in order to accommodate the variety of recommendations and safety needs. Students will rotate through a block schedule--they will have three classes a day (2 core classes and 1 elective class). In order to safely follow our cohorts, students were grouped based on academic needs. Students will complete a new elective class each quarter (as opposed to each semester).

We will provide printed copies of students' schedules on the first day of school--Thursday, August 27th.

My next newsletter will explain the procedures for day one--August 27th. We are planning all sorts of fun events for our students to welcome them back to the building. Watch for those details next week.

~Annessa Hart, Principal


We are excited to welcome our families to our Back to School Night events. All the meetings will be virtual (on Zoom) and the details are listed below.

ELA Back to School Night


Returning Families: Wednesday, August 19 at 5:30 pm

Topic: ELA Back to School Zoom - Returning Families
Time: Aug 19, 2020 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 555 183 6036
Passcode: 779667

New Families: Thursday, August 20 at 5:30 pm

Topic: ELA Back to School Zoom - New Families
Time: Aug 20, 2020 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 555 183 6036
Passcode: 779667

EMS 8th Grade Back to School Night

Topic: 8th Grade Back to School Night
Time: TUESDAY, Aug 25, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 1438 9201
Passcode: 8N71FV

EMS 7th Grade Back to School Night

Topic: 7th Grade Back to School Night

Time: WEDNESDAY, August 26, 2020 5:30 PM Mountain Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 663 136 0738

Passcode: 308819

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.

Englewood Schools 20-21 Calendar

Click Here to find the revised district calendar for our school year.

The first day of school for all EMS/ELA students will be Thursday, August 27th.

Students can arrive starting at 8:00 am. More details coming soon.

Student Supplies

In order to make sure we don't spread germs by using shared supplies in our classes, we are asking students to provide their own supplies that they should bring with them every day. All students need the following:

Pencil Bag

Pencil sharpener (small, handheld)


Pens (at least 10--leave some at home)

Pencils (at least 20--leave some at home)

Colored Pencils

Highlighters (at least 2 colors)


Glue Sticks

3" to 4" Three-Ring Binder

Graph Paper

Calculator--preferably the TI-30ii (linked here)

Headphones to connect to Chromebook for listening activities

Preparations Under Way

As we prepare for in-person learning during the Covid Pandemic, we have some very important procedures and health regulations that we will follow every day, all day.

1. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times while in the building. No exceptions.

2. Students will report in the morning to the same assigned door every day. We will run a "soft start" to our morning. Students can enter the building starting at 8:00 am and either eat breakfast or go directly to the first classroom for study hall. Period one starts at 8:25 am.

3. Students and staff will complete health screens and temperatures checks every day before coming into the building.

4. Students will use the hallways for passing periods on staggered schedule.

5. We will maintain our small cohorts all day long--in classes, in hallways, and at lunch. Cohorts consist of less than 20 students.

6. Students will go through their classes on a BLOCK schedule. Students will have 2 core classes a day (Lang Arts, Math, Science, History), which will rotate every other day. Students will have just 1 elective each quarter that they will attend every day.

7. We will not be allowing visitors (including parents and siblings) in our building for the time being.

8. School will be dismissed in a "rolling release" fashion dependent on how they leave school (by walking, by bus, etc.). This is to ensure that we don't have large groups congregating.

Our Schedules for In-Person Learning

On Tuesday, August 18 we will release schedules and student door assignments, as well as information about Back to School Night. Please watch your email.

Also, if you need assistance logging into Parent Portal (Infinite Campus), please email

Level 2: Safer at Home = Restricted In-Person (linked)

Level 2 includes: 1. Daily temp checks/health screens, 2. Staff/students wearing masks full time and social distancing, 3. Frequent surface cleaning and hand washing, 4. Small cohorts with restricted adult interaction (3 adults per group).

Level 1: Stay at Home = Rolling Remote (click here)

If our state, county, or city is placed in "Stay at Home" restrictions, all in-person students and staff will move to "Rolling Remote." This approach is more robust than our emergency remote approach from last spring as we have had time to plan.

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.