Week 9, S1: EMS Family Newsletter

The What-to-Knows at Estacada Middle School for Families

Week 9 at EMS: Nov1-Nov5

Review Last Week's Newsletter, Here

Learn About Last Week's Information, Here.

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Career and College Readiness at EMS

Last week we began to implement Oregon CIS Jr. for all 7th and 8th grade students. Oregon CIS Jr. is an online career exploration learning platform. The Oregon CIS Jr. curriculum promotes decision making, goal-setting, and critical thinking, while developing self-awareness, exploration, research, and planning skills. Oregon CIS Jr. focuses on building the skills and goals that students need to transition to and succeed in high school. The program also offers students the opportunity to begin to think about their post-secondary educational and career goals.

Students will be engaging in Oregon CIS Jr. lessons in core classes. Mrs. Gundlach, our schools counselor, will be partnering with a different PLC content team every month to deliver the lessons. This month, Mrs. Gundlach partnered with the Social Studies team and presented a lesson on “Qualities for Success.” This lesson provided students with the opportunity to reflect on their own strengths, or “qualities for success,” while considering how these qualities can help them be successful. Below you will find a preview of the next three Oregon CIS Jr. lessons.

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Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences

Monday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm to Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 4pm

This is an online event.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are virtual for the 21-22 school year. We are looking forward to informing you about how well your student is learning at EMS as well as building open and honest communication.

EMS will be utilizing zoom links to host 10-minute conferences. To sign up for a 10-minute time slot, you will use PTCfast.

Sign-ups will begin on Sunday, November 14, one week prior to the onset of conferences. Please see the image below to learn about what to expect.

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Students reconstructed a power sentence before starting our first deep reading cycle!

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Science Classes!

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Join A Club At EMS! See Below!

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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!


Thank you for providing our school with Parent Satisfaction feedback. We can celebrate growth in our parents' satisfaction of our school.

The top-rated indicator: "My family is respected at this school."

The bottom two indicators: a) "I regularly receive feedback about how well my child is learning" and b) "I receive positive communication from the school about my child."

Although the bottom two indicators are the lowest-scoring, our schoolwide systems to inform families and provide positive communication have demonstrated growth in both indicators. We are looking forward to strengthening our practices to serve you (and satisfy your needs) more throughout the academic year.