September 9, 2016
Welcome to 2016-2017: The halls are alive with smiles, laughter and positive energy. I’ve always said that we are school of readers and now I have evidence. On the first day of school, I saw many middle schoolers carrying in their books. Some in nice neat bags from FMS and others...like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Regardless, Mrs. Musante shared with me two pieces of information. One, she believes she brought back over 500 books to FMS! Two, within the first three and half days, every student has signed out at least one book. Thanks to all of you who are obviously taking the time to encourage reading as a vital part of your life.
Open House: This year Open House has been set for Thursday, October 6, 2016. I’ll be holding an informational meeting beginning at 5:30 regarding JumpRope, our online reporting system. At this time you’ll be able to see what a report looks like and ask questions about the state standards and assessments to get a better understanding of the way Essex Middle School communicates your child’s progress. Beginning at 6:00, the Unified Arts teachers, PE, Art, Music, DTE, FCS, will be here to show their classrooms and answer questions you may have. Beginning at 6:30, your child’s team classrooms will be available to visit and hear the amzing things being done and to be done.. At 7:15 I’ll be holding a meeting for 8th grade parents interested in learning more about the annual Washington DC field trip.
Drop-off in the morning: I understand the pressure of dropping off and getting to work ach morning. Please, Please Please use the designated drop off zone. Taking a short-cut is dangerous for our staff and any students in the parking area. A suggestion may be to use Founder’s Road as a drop off area. Your child can walk by where the students who ride their bikes park and you’ll be able to drop and go. If you do drop them in the parking area, please drop and go. Holding up the line just creates others to become impatient and want to go around or through.
JumpRope: You’ll be receiving an email next week with a username and a password to allow you to see how your child is currently doing here at EMS. More info to come at Open House.
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Attendance: I want to remind everyone to please call the Main Office if your child is going to be tardy, dismissed early and/or absent. You can either call 879-7173 and press 3 or email EMS at attendanceEMS@etsd.org. Contact Hollee If you haven’t received a magnet with this informaton on it.