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Principal's Message

Escalante Fun Run April 26

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, The Escalante Parent Organization is hosting the Escalante 5K and Family Fun running event on April 26th. The one-mile fun run event will begin at 4:00 and the 5K will take place at 4:30 PM. Registration is $10, and if you order before April 12th, you will receive a pre-ordered T-Shirt on race-day. Registration is $15.00 the day of the race. Escalante Middle School students run free, but we are encouraging our student runners to raise any donations in the form of pledges. All proceeds will go directly to either student field experience or textbooks for our students. We hope that our families come out for a Friday afternoon of fun on April 26th. We will have music, food vendors, and a terrific course. Please save that date! In other news, we are starting our CMAS testing this week. Over the next month of school, each grade level will have three English/Language Arts tests and three Math tests. 8th graders will also have a Science test. Finally, we are benefitting this year from a state grant that funds an additional counseling position at Escalante Middle School. Please help us extend our grant by filling out the parent survey. You can access the link by clicking the following: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/pNCNs6 Thank you for all of your support. Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Principal's Message

Honed in on Academics and Improving Skills This Time of Year

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, February can be a tricky month in middle school for students. At risk of sounding a bit like Scrooge, I often wish I had the authority to ban Valentine’s Day entirely because of the drama it can bring to our students. As a staff, we are very honed in on academics and improving skills this time of year. We hope to inspire students to craft high quality History Day projects, essays, and math skills. I imagine our students are feeling that academic pressure a bit, and when we throw Valentine’s angst and the ebb and flow of typical middle social anxiety on top of it, it is no wonder that February tends to be our most intense discipline month. Because we do have some big academic deadlines on the horizon, parents can really support their kids by checking in on their History Day progress and creating time and space for them to catch up if they have fallen behind. The day before the History Day projects are due tends to be riddled with hysteria, and students become overwhelmed with the consequence of procrastination. Our social studies teachers are great about sharing timelines and resources out on Google Docs, so if you’d like to see where your child is at, I’d highly recommend that you ask your child to walk you through their progress. If you find that first crushes or Valentine’s angst is impacting your child, we don’t necessarily have a Google Classroom for that! However, here is a link to an article that gives some pretty good guidelines for how to have those conversations with a tween. https://www.familycircle.com/teen/tween-dating/ As always, thanks for all you do for our community. Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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My Education is Important and Has Purpose to My Future Life.

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, One of the most important mindsets that we can help our students develop is the belief that, “My education is important and has a purpose to my future life.” Students who have this belief are much more likely to try hard in school. In order to support the development of this mindset in our student body, we are conducting a career fair on March 22nd. Mr. Lennox, our 6th grade counselor, is organizing the event. We need some volunteers from our community to meet with small groups of students to talk about their careers and explain how their education gave them the opportunity to work in their current setting. Please email Mr. Lennox at ilennox@durangoschools.org if you would like to be a volunteer speaker at our career fair. Also, throughout this week, Durango High School will be leading our 8th grade Crew meetings and sharing information about high school registration. Students learn about core choices, elective choices, and then register for their high school classes on Friday. Ms. Osby is coordinating with the high school, so if you have questions feel free to reach out to our counseling department. As always, thank you for your support. Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Set Yourself Up For Success

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, January 17th marks the official halfway point of the school year. Please keep your eye out for semester report cards the following week. I also encourage parents to have a discussion with your students this weekend about putting in their maximum efforts next week to set themselves up for success when grades are released. At the midpoint of the year, we conduct a mid-year review at Escalante to check and adjust our progress toward school goals. On the discipline side this year, we have a few successes that parents should celebrate. Our instances of cyberbullying and social media abuse has decreased dramatically this year. Although it hasn’t been eradicated, I very much appreciate the efforts made by our parents to provide limits and oversight on phones and social media sites. When we train students at EMS how to handle instances of abusive digital behavior, we encourage them to follow the following four steps. * Stop the interaction - do not respond. * Copy or screenshot the abusive behavior. * Report to a parent or school official * Block the offender from contacting you. Thank you for reviewing these guidelines with your children - our kids have done a nice job improving in this area and it’s extremely important that we stay vigilant in having ongoing conversations about appropriate behavior. Essentially, I encourage students to never post anything they wouldn’t want the parents or their principal to see because there is no such thing as privacy in the digital world. One of the other major disciplinary issues that is plaguing schools across Colorado is the prevalence and availability of marijuana and vape pens. Our discipline statistics in this area have improved slightly, but we clearly have work to do. The district recently contracted with a dog that has been trained specifically for school environments to sniff out tobacco, alcohol, and a wide variety of drugs. The dog will never work directly with students, but it does work to detect substances in lockers and backpacks in our hallways. My hope is that knowledge across our community that our furry friend will be doing random visits to our campus will serve as a deterrent to ensure that our students are making wise decisions about what they bring to school. I appreciate your help as you have preventative and proactive discussions with your children regarding illegal substances. As always, thank you for your support. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Eagle Track 2019 Information

Escalante Eagle Track is kicking off with practice starting March 12. Track is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students. Athletes must have a current physical on file at the school. Please see the attached Athletic Packet for the correct forms and the 2019 schedule of events. Contact Coach Duce if you have questions. GO EAGLES!
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Eagle Wrestling 2019 Kicks Off

We are excited to kick off our 2019 Eagle Wrestling Season Tuesday, January 22. To practice on the first day, athletes will need proof of a valid physical, athletic clothing, clean athletic shoes, and a water bottle. Please see the attached schedule, Information Sheet, and Complete Athletic Packet for physical information. Contact Athletic Director Eva Duce with further questions.
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Order Your 2018-19 Yearbook Today!

Student-designed yearbooks are on sale now for the temporary price of $15.00. Click READ MORE to purchase online or students can get a paper order form from the office. Prices increase to $25.00 May 1 with only a limited amount of books to sell, so buy your book now so you don't miss out!
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Escalante Celebrates Semester One Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to the students who made the Semester One Honor Roll!  We are proud of the hard work and determination these students dedicate to their studies.  These students and their parents are invited to an Awards Potluck Breakfast in the Library at 7:15 AM on the following dates.   Check out the list of amazing students (below).  Way to soar high Eagles!!! Tuesday, February 12 - 6th Grade  Wednesday, February 13 - 7th Grade Thursday, February 14 - 8th Grade
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Parent Drop Off - VS - Bus Lane at EMS

Parents/guardians who drop students off or pick them up at Escalante Middle School are asked to NOT use the driveway to the parking lot, but instead, enter the PURPLE CURB PARENT CIRCLE. In an effort to keep children safe at all times, please do not use the parking lot or bus lanes for pick-up or drop-off purposes. We have seen many near misses when our bus drivers are attempting to navigate around additional vehicles obstructing the bus lanes as they continue through and exit our parking lot. It is extremely dangerous for students to cross the parking lot. More so, other cars dropping students off along the curb in the parking lot are obstructing bus lanes. For the safety of all and efficient transportation protocols, please use the purple parent circle to drop students off or pick them up at Escalante. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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