Estacada Middle School: Wk12 S1

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

School takes place Monday-Thursday from 8:50am-3pm

Students must log into Canvas for Life class by 8:50am each day

Friday: No School

Bell Schedule Adjustments: Review Breaks, Different Lunches, and Early Start Time (See Below)

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Why a Bell Schedule Change? Read the Answer Below:

EMS is making a slight bell schedule adjustment. This adjustment is made after having heard from families, students, and staff about the current bell schedule as well as taking into consideration school-based systems like Transportation and Food/Nutrition. Here are some big reasons why a change is made:

  • Considering our preparation for in-person instruction, we need to ensure that students' transitions from class-to-class and from lunch-to-class allow for space and cohorting.
  • Hearing about challenges from distance learning from home, we need to include passing time
  • Continue to provide a rich routine for students to follow each day. This schedule intentionally maintains purpose for school and learning throughout the day.

Distance learning provides a handful of challenges for all. We will continue to work through these challenges with you. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

TONIGHT! Facebook Live: Bell Schedule Adjustment for EMS

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Mr. Hargrave on Facebook Live at 6:00pm to discuss the "Why" behind the upcoming bell schedule change as well as the collaborative work the school is doing to ensure our students' needs are being met.

Mr. Hargrave is looking forward for you to "tune into" this Facebook Live event to ensure there is a shared, common understanding of how we are responding to your feedback and ensuring your student is ready for the next level of learning. Go Tigers!

Specials Rotations on 12/7

Students will be rotating "Specials" classes on 12/7/20. Throughout the academic year, students will be participating in PE two times and music one time. Each student will have the opportunity to work alongside our fantastic teachers at least one time.

--6th: Instead of Ms. Rossos' PE, you will now be taking Music with Ms. Hubbard.

--7th: Instead of Mr. Grochowsky's PE, you will now be taking PE with Ms. Rossos.

--8th: Instead of Ms. Hubbard's Music, you will now be taking PE with Mr. Grochowsky.

Language Arts: Interim Assessment for Learning!

This week your student will be taking part in the ELA interim assessments. This is a new and exciting assessment that we will be offering at EMS. The interim assessment allows teachers the opportunity to check students progress towards proficiency of ELA skills in a risk free environment. This assessment is not the official state test but does provide vital information to help guide student instruction throughout the remainder of the year.
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Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Lessons

During the month of December Mrs. Gundlach (EMS School Counselor) and Ms. Tracy (ESD School Social Worker) will be delivering a Suicide Prevention Lesson in all Specials classes. We recognize that students are faced with an enormous amount of stressors associated with COVID-19, the challenges of distance learning, and more. The lesson will highlight the importance of suicide prevention, and will provide students with information on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, as well as other mental health challenges. Students will also learn how to seek help if they or someone they know is struggling with their mental health.

You are welcome to preview the lesson here: Suicide Prevention Lesson PowerPoint

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, we will encourage and ask students to turn their cameras on for the duration of the lesson to allow Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy to monitor students. Students will not be asked to speak if they do not want to. And, if students want to keep their cameras off, we understand, too.

Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy will visit each class twice (Day One - lesson delivery, Day Two - follow up and questions). The lessons will be delivered on the following dates:

  • Specials with Ms. Hubbard (6th Grade) - December 9th-10th

  • Specials with Ms. Rossos (7th Grade) - December 16th-17th

  • Specials with Mr. Grochowsky (8th Grade) - December 14th-15th

Mrs. Gundlach and Ms. Tracy are trained mental health professionals and will be available to support students individually in Zoom breakout rooms if needed. We encourage parents/guardians to talk with their students about what they learned after the lesson is delivered.

If you do NOT want your child to participate in the Suicide Prevention Lesson, please fill out the Suicide Prevention Lesson Opt-Out Parent/Guardian Form by Tuesday, December 8th. If we do not receive this form from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this lesson.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gundlach ( or Ms. Tracy (

Teen Mental Health, Suicide Prevention: Opt Out Form

Complete and Submit this form if you do not want your student to participate in the Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention lessons. Please review the description and the presentation above.

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We believe in the importance of brain development in children 0-4 years of age. The Estacada School District along with Todos Juntos, The Estacada Public library, and Orchid Health would like to partner with you in supporting the brain development of your child. If you have a child ages 0-4 years old we invite you to join our "BrainBox" club free of charge. Please fill out the form below, once complete you will receive a "BrainBox" full of activities, information, resources, and much more that support the brain development of your child and get them on the right track to being ready for kindergarten. What you do now with your child will make a big difference in their success in school and life. Feel free to share this information with anyone who lives in the Estacada, Eagle Creek area and has a child who is between the ages of 0-4 years old. "

BrainBox Club Survey

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Monday, Dec. 14th, 9am to Thursday, Dec. 17th, 3pm

This is an online event.

EMS will host a Spirit Week during the week prior to Winter Break (December 14 through December 17). The week will finish with a sing-along with our Choir and Band classes via a virtual concert.

Please read through, and review, the Spirit Days (published above). We are excited and looking forward to having FUN with our students.

Excused Absences

Please remember to inform us of any excused absence if your student is unable to be present online for all or part of a school day, by calling 503-630-8516 or emailing

Regardless of their excused absence, your student will continue to be required to submit any work that was missed at the soonest possible opportunity.

We are flexible and here to support you, but we also need to ensure that your student is providing us with evidence of their progress to meet our essential learning standards.

Unexcused Absences

As we progress deeper into the school year, your student's attendance will begin to matter more and more. Let us support you ,and work with you, to help your student attend class. To be marked present, your student must do both of the following:

1.Participate meaningfully in class activities (Fully complete school work, speak up in Zoom sessions, ask questions of their teachers on Zoom and/or in Canvas and finish and submit responses to assignments and/or surveys)

2.Communicate with their teacher or another staff member for each period they attend by responding to their teacher's prompts, sending a private message via Canvas or email about the task or assignment if they are not participating live. This communication is not simply saying, "I'm here." It must show a greater level of engagement to count toward being present that day.

If your student has difficulty accessing videos, Zoom meetings or assignments, please have them email their teacher as soon as possible to receive suggestions for how to resolve the issue, so they can be marked present for that class.

See Teacher contact information below.

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Do You Need Something from EMS? Come in: Safely!

In order to adhere to OHA, ODE and CDC Covid-19 guidelines, we've instituted a new protocol for visits to our main office.

All Visits to the EMS Office:
  • When you arrive at the main door, ring the buzzer to your right and we'll come out to meet you.
  • Please be wearing your mask. If you don't have a mask, we will provide one for you.

Picking Up or Dropping off Items
  • The District Transportation office has set up a delivery system that will bring items from the school directly to your home the day after a delivery need has been identified.
  • If you need the item sooner than the next day or two, or if you need to drop something off with us, please call our office at 503-630-8516 or email to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Thanks for your cooperation with this new protocol that we hope will keep all of us safe!
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Estacada Middle School

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

Go Tigers!