EMS Raider Student & Family News

September 13 - 17

A Message from Mrs. Venegas

Hello Raider Family!

We thank you for another great week of school and for partnering with us in providing all of our Raiders a safe and engaging experience at EMS. We had an exciting week of sports with Cross Country bringing home three team trophies, 7th & 8th grade volleyball with wins against Hanks MS, 7th grade football with a win against Brown MS, and 8th grade on their way to a win as well.

As we are winding down this grading period, we have begun to notice a few habits our students are adopting. I'm reaching out to you for assistance in getting our Raiders on track now, before it's too late. Please know that we are taking every precaution as a campus to address these habits here at school and are thankful for your assistance in doing so at home.

1. Some of our Raiders have begun to bring clothes that are not appropriate and do not adhere to campus dress code expectations. Either they are wearing these items under their sweatshirts, or are changing into these items during the end of the day. All Raiders are expected to be in uniform and adhering to our campus dress code at all times while on campus.

2. Many of our Raiders have not had to travel in our hallways until this year, and we are seeing a need to re-educate them on proper hallway travel expectations. Please emphasize to your Raider that they are expected to travel to their classes within the 3-minute transition. They should not walk their friends to class, go visit another teacher, or be on a different floor than they should be. We have 1,030 students and the hallways are crowded during transitions--staying to the right and taking the most direct path to their next class is key in making it to class on time. Students not hurrying to class on time may get caught in a tardy sweep and have to serve lunch detention.

3. Some of our Raiders are arriving to school late. On Friday morning, we had 23 students arrive to school late. We know that starting the day off on the right foot is important, and coming to school late doesn't allow that to happen. Please ensure your Raider is arriving to school on time so they do not get caught in a tardy sweep and receive lunch detention.

4. Many middle school students, including our Raiders, use social media frequently. At times, they use it in unhealthy ways. You have an important role to play in making sure your Raider has healthy phone and social media habits. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in our Raiders using social media in dangerous ways. Some have shared personal information with strangers, others have shared or posted inappropriate material or pictures, and others have posted derogatory messages about other students. Please know that we are addressing malicious social media use with the assistance of our district and outside agencies. We take every concern seriously. We ask for your help in monitoring your Raider's social media and phone use. For additional tips or information, please make plans to attend our Parent Info Session during Parent-Teacher Conference Night on social media use.

Thank you for trusting your Raider into our care each day. We do not take it lightly and aim to provide them with a top-notch experience every day. Our goal is for each one of our Raiders to RISE UP to levels they haven't yet achieved. Thank you for being a part of our efforts!


Mrs. Venegas

Parent-Teacher Conference Night Tuesday, September 14th from 4:30 to 7:45 pm

Campus Events for September 13 - 17

Tuesday, September 14

  • Parent-Teacher Conference Night 4:30 - 7:45 pm
  • Parent Sessions (Home Access Center, Social Emotional Learning, and Social Media Tips for Parents) during Conference Night

Wednesday, September 15:

  • Fall Yearbook Pictures all day during CCR and Wellness Classes (must be in EMS uniform)
  • Cross Country @ Vista Hills CC 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 18:

  • Football @ Charles MS 9:00 am

Health And Safety Guidelines

1. Symptoms: Students that are symptomatic, and whose symptoms do not coincide with a condition such as allergies or a cold, should stay home until symptom free. Just one decision made about bringing a sick student to school risks others at school also getting sick. In the event that a student is at school with symptoms that are of concern, the nurse will evaluate the student and determine the next course of action.

2. Positive Test OR High-Risk Close Contact: If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result, whether from a test here at school or an outside agency, they are required to quarantine for 10 days, per City of El Paso health guidelines. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case AT SCHOOL (was within 6 feet or less for cumulative 15 minutes of time), they are not required to quarantine. If a student is a high-risk close contact of a positive case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, they are required to quarantine and are under the "jurisdiction" of the City of El Paso health guidelines.

3. Quarantine Absences: Students' days are coded CTH (contact tracing health) from the time we are notified they are positive or are a high-risk close contact. The nurse and administrator will contact families to let them know the available options concerning missing school and continuing to engage in learning.

4. Approval of Available Learning Options: Only admin along with the nurse can recommend and approve specific learning options. Administration will have an individual conversation with the student and family.

5. Contact Tracing: In the event that a student in a classroom tests positive, the nurses will conduct contact tracing. Teachers will be prepared with seating charts, a recollection of how students (and adults) were positioned in the classroom, and the interactions that occurred during classroom activities. Only those in the classroom who are determined to be high-risk close contacts will be notified and be given their next steps. Those in the classroom determined to be low-risk contacts will be notified by a Blackboard message email.

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Raiders should arrive to school at 8:15 am. This is when we let all students upstairs to their classes and breakfast in the classroom begins.

All Raiders must attend all of their scheduled classes. Everyone attends from 8:30 am - 4:00, except for zero period students who attend from 7:35 - 4:00 pm.

Attendance for every class period is required and they must be in attendance for 90% of the time each class is offered. Please work with us to make sure your Raider has healthy attendance habits. Attendance is essential to learning but is also a part of our state accountability measure.

Thank you in advance for helping your Raider get to school on time and promoting the expectation for good attendance.

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