Dear Escalante Middle School Community,
In a couple of weeks, we will be asking students to complete a form in Crew requesting exploratory classes for next school year. Students make six choices for their classes, and we try our best to fulfill as many of their requests as possible. A major strength of our school is the broad range of choice afforded to our 7th and 8th graders to explore new things or pursue a specific area of passion. Below are some scheduling options for parents to discuss with your child:
1. Our music programs continue to rack up regional and state awards. Whether it’s Choir, Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band or Guitar class, there is a great music option for your child.
2. If your son or daughter is interested in participating in a fall sport next year, we offer fitness classes that can support their athletic pursuits. General PE and Outdoor Education are two other courses that certainly appeal to our students as well.
3. Robotics, Woodworkings, and our technology classes are designed to appeal to our students with interest in building their STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills.
4. Drama, Pottery, and Drawing and Painting are our most requested courses each year.
5. 8th graders who would like to get a jumpstart acquiring high school foreign language credit can take a year-long Spanish 1 class. We also offer semester classes in Spanish, French, and German to build language skills.
6. We started an Agriculture program this year that is taking off. Students can learn about forestry, fire ecology, animal science, or plant science in our Greenhouse class.
7. Many students have a support class during exploratories to build math, reading, or executive function skills as well. We use classroom and testing data to populate these courses.
While we are certainly doing a lot of forward thinking, there is also a lot of work and learning yet to do this year. We have two events on the horizon that we are banking on community support.
1. Our Escalante 5K and One Mile Fun Run event is on April 26th. We will have music and food vendors on site. Entries are $10 and EMS students run free. We sent registration forms home with students, and they are also available in the office.
2. The capstone event of the year, our Celebration of Learning, takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on May 30th. This year will be even bigger than last year. We will have a tent out front with information on resources in the community, a $5.00 Spaghetti Dinner will be offered, and every student is expected to participate by highlighting some high quality work that they produced over the year.
On a final note, I’d like to share a success story we’ve had this year. We do run a pretty tight ship at EMS, and the cell phone policy we developed this year with parent input has led to very few cell phone discipline issues at school. As the weather warms up, we will need your support for our next area of focus - maintaining our dress code. Last year, our 8th-grade students rewrote our dress code. We are going to be reviewing it in depth with our students on Monday and Tuesday next week, and our enforcement is going to really ramp up on Wednesday. You can really help us out by ensuring that your child’s shorts are at least mid-thigh length, midriffs and underwear are covered, and bandanas are left at home. Many thanks for your support,