Week 16 EMS Family Newsletter

The Know-whats and the Know-hows at Estacada Middle School

Review Last Week's "Happy New Year" Newsletter, Here

Learn About Last Week's Information, Here.

January 4th-7th (No School Monday)

Your Students Planner Delivered on Tuesday 1/4/22

iReady Diagnostics for Reading and Math

Next week, beginning on Monday, January 10th, your student will begin the Winter Reading and Math Diagnostic. This tool helps you - the parent - know your student's present levels for reading as well as Math according to this snapshot.

In September your student completed the first diagnostic. Next week, your student will begin their second measurement. And, your student will complete a third diagnostic in the Spring. Our goal is for 100% of our students to improve both Reading and Math skills based of the previous three months of school.

Individual score reports and growth reports will be sent to you during the week of January 31 so you know how well your student is learning based off this measurement tool.

At EMS we will be using the results, alongside achievement in the classroom, to enroll your students into specialty Reading and Math classes to ensure we are closing the achievement gap and providing your student with meaningful instruction based of her/his ability. Go Tigers!

December Students of the Month!

Monthly at EMS we recognize students for their kindness, their academic growth, and their academic achievement. We are proud of the intentionality many of our students exhibit towards their learning and our schoolwide culture at EMS. Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

End of Semester 1 (Beginning of Semester 2)

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

The end of the first semester will be on Wednesday, February 2nd.

No school on Thursday, February 3rd (staff work day) nor school on Friday, February 4th.

The second semester begins on Monday, February 7th. Your student may have a new schedule based on their elective class. We will be confirming schedules with students during the end of the first semester.

Test-to-Stay: New Quarantine and Exposure Procedures

Starting this week, the Estacada School District will implement the new “Test-to-Stay” protocol announced Nov. 23 by the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority. District leaders are excited about this opportunity to keep students in school after an in-school exposure and limit learning disruptions, all while minimizing risks of COVID-19 transmission.

Highlights of the Test to Stay Protocol:
OHA’s test to stay protocol allows unvaccinated students to continue to participate in in-person instruction in Oregon’s K-12 schools during their quarantine period. The risk of transmission is minimized in school settings because the required testing is combined with several layers of protection including utilizing face coverings, physical distancing, cohorting, and ventilation.

  • Parent consent must be obtained before the district can test a student for COVID. Parents will receive individual notification from the school asking for testing consent following a COVID-19 exposure.

  • Test to stay is available only for unvaccinated students and staff who have had an on-campus exposure. Outside of school exposures will not be eligible for this program.

  • Test to stay requires unvaccinated individuals to be tested twice during the 7 days following exposure. First, as soon as the exposure has been identified, then with a second test occurring between days 5-7 following the exposure.

  • Test to stay is a form of modified quarantine, which allows students to attend school during their quarantine period. However, individuals participating in test to stay are expected to maintain quarantine outside of classroom settings.

  • Students participating in test to stay may participate in school-related extracurricular activities during their quarantine period but must wear a face covering at all times during these activities.

  • The CDC considers test to stay a promising practice for minimizing quarantine and maximizing school days in school for students.
  • Note: There may be instances where OHA determines that there is a high risk of transmission and may implement a home quarantine for exposed individuals.

If your student has an in-school exposure, your child’s school and/or the Oregon Health Authority will inform you if test-to-stay is an option for your student. You must have documented consent in order for your child to be tested. Students who do not have parental consent will not be tested. These rapid tests use a lower nasal swab, not a deep swab. Participation in the test to stay is optional and families who opt not to participate may quarantine their child at home.

Learn more about test to stay via the Oregon Health Authority's FAQ here: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3898i.pdf

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Virtual Snow School Days Are Coming

As winter weather approaches, our district is prepared to transition in-person learning to distance learning to keep school going even during inclement weather. This means that instead of having no school during snow days, your child’s academic progress won’t skip a beat. Students will transition to virtual learning.

Prepare your children by ensuring that they are bringing their school device home every evening, and contact your child’s school if you need a hotspot or additional support to ensure that you have home internet access.

Learn More About Virtual Snow Days

Click on this button to view information about our Virtual Snow Days, How your student attends learning, and Why we are implementing Virtual Snow Days

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Girls Basketball Starts on January 4

The 21/22 Girls Basketball Season will start on Tuesday, January 4. Prior to the first practice you must have turned in a Physical (completed by your doctor within the last 2 years), register on Family ID and pay the athletic fee of $125 to the EMS Front Office. Please call the Front Office at 503-630-8516 if you would like to see if your student's physical is still current.

The registration, physical and fees must be received by the first practice or the student athlete may attend but not participate in practice. Please click on the link to register your athlete. This will only need to be completed once a year and will follow your student into Estacada High School. You must complete a Family ID registration. If you are uncertain if there is a physical on file at EMS please call Anjie @ 503-630-8516 xt. 2501 to confirm.


Please call 503-630-8516 or email emsinfo@estacada.k12.or.us if there are any questions.

Go Tigers!!!

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Reminder: Masks Required at School, In-Building

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Positive Covid-19 Test During the Weekend? Let us know!

Call the weekend COIVD-19 case hotline on the weekend. It is self-automated; select the right school (per the prompt) and leave a message. The voicemail you leave will be directed to our Vice-Principal, Mr. Kelley so we can begin to identify potential close contacts.

The number you need to call to notify us about your student's positive case is: 971-220-6594. Thank you for partnering with use to keep our students in the classroom with as little interruption as possible.

Estacada Middle School

Our mission is to equip each student with the skills necessary to be resourceful and successful.
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Go Tigers!