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9/17/2021 Community News

Dear EMS Community, We have found that we are much more efficient conducting health screens for our entire student body than taking the time to sort through the online screener to determine which students filled it out online before school. There is no need for any Escalante parents to fill out the online screening tool before school starts for your middle school children. However, it is extremely helpful when parents keep students home when they have symptoms. When your student’s symptoms begin to improve or are resolved, they can return to school if they have a negative molecular COVID test, which you can get for free at Fort Lewis College or the Fairgrounds. We can also test them here at school. The frustrating thing about COVID is that symptoms vary greatly from case to case. For some students, symptoms may just be a sore throat or stuffy nose, while others may have a fever or a cough. The bottom line is that we want to keep our school open, and our best mitigating practice is to keep students home when they are ill. So far, our school year is off to a great success. The school culture feels fantastic in our hallways, our classrooms are focused, and I can’t put into words how glad I am that all of our programs are up and running. Thank you for your continued support. Principal Jeremy Voss FOR THE REST OF THE NEWSLETTER CLICK THE LINK BELOW
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EMS Community Newsletter August 6, 2021

Students are encouraged to bring water in a refillable container each day~ Dear Escalante Families, We are excited to begin our school year with a regular schedule of classes and athletic events. EMS will host our check-in and orientation celebrations the week before school starts to give tours, complete paperwork, and welcome families back from summer. We will welcome in-coming 6th-grade families on the afternoon of August 17, 7th graders on the 18th, and 8th graders on the 19th. The week of August 9th you will receive an email including what team your student is assigned to so you will know which time slot to attend (see left). Please contact the office at 247-9490 if you do not receive the email. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon! Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Looking forward to next school year!

The EMS Office will be closed for the summer June 10 - August 2, 2021. If you need assistance within those dates, please call the District Office at 247-5411. Dear Escalante Middle School Community, Thank you for all of your support over the past school year. While public health guidance for schools during the 2021-2022 school year has yet to be released, we are firmly expecting to return to a five-day week and a full schedule where kids can rotate classes and mix much more freely. We also are expecting a return to our regular athletics schedule both at the middle and the high school levels. Please keep an eye out for emails over the coming months as we prep for the next school year. At EMS, we will be hosting our check-in and orientation celebrations the week before school starts to give tours and team assignments, complete paperwork, and welcome families back from summer. We will welcome in-coming 6th graders on the afternoon of August 17, 7th graders on the 18th, and 8th graders on the 19th. Have a wonderful summer - I look forward to seeing you in August! Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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EMS Community Newsletter 3/12/2021

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, March 12, 2021 With Spring Break right around the corner, we have a few announcements to share with our community. When looking at the national picture, we are in a pretty good place at EMS when looking through the COVID lens. Since we opened, we have had to place 4 cohorts into quarantine, two activities, and two bus routes. While these quarantines certainly are disruptive, it is encouraging that even in our largest spike to date at EMS, we still have twenty-one of twenty-four cohorts remaining in in-person instruction. After spring break, we will start our football and volleyball programs for our student-athletes. In order to begin practicing, students need to submit a current physical form from either their doctor’s office or an Urgent Care. Please be aware that if your child does participate in an after-school activity, there is a greater potential for exposure to COVID and possible quarantine situations. However, after discussing the decision to continue with extracurricular activities with our parent accountability group, it is clear that these programs are valued by our families and students, and that we should continue our efforts to return to normalcy under the guidance of our public health advisors. As the weather warms and vaccination efforts in our community become more widespread, the prevailing thought is that we will return to the Blue category on the COVID dial. If we do not have a large surge of cases after Spring Break, I anticipate that we will return to school five days a week in a matter of weeks after the break. I will certainly share out more concrete information when it’s available. As we move into April, we will also begin our CMAS testing cycle. Coupled with i-Ready results, these assessments will give us valuable insight into the impact of the COVID pandemic and inform adjustments we can make to meet the needs of students. Students currently enrolled in the Remote program will have their assessments proctored at school. If your child is in Remote, please keep an eye out for information about those logistics. Another rite of Spring to look forward to is preparing our 8th-grade students for their high school transition. As we approach the end of the year, it is essential that we build their skills and academic mindsets. The high school will also have access to our students’ assessment information, so it is important that we stress the importance of giving their best effort over the 4th quarter. On a final note, we are attempting to support students who are struggling with grades due to missing work by keeping them after school for tutoring in our modified ZAP program. It is a trickier proposition to organize as we need to retain our cohort system, but we will email and text notices to families requesting that your child stays after school. If you get a notice, please reach out to Administrative Assistant Tami Jantz if you do not want your child involved in the program. Her email is tjantz@durangoschools.org. Here’s to a safe and cheerful spring break. Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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EMS Community Newsletter 2/26/2021

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, Over the course of this year, we have worked very hard to be flexible with families regarding school model choices. However, we will only have one more opportunity for students to switch school models. Please email our counselors, Kim Osby or Ian Lennox, by March 12th if you would like to switch from remote to in-person learning. kosby@durangoschools.org ilennox@durangoschools.org CLICK READ MORE FOR THE WHOLE LETTER
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News & Announcements

Building Access for Non-Employees

This information is intended to provide additional clarification on the access that individuals, who are not employees of Durango School District 9-R, may have to our buildings. These guidelines are subject to revision based upon changing health and environmental conditions.

EMS Football & Volleyball Information

Fall sports are open to 7th or 8th grade EMS Eagles for the 2021/22 school year. Coach Hoffman is offering a Pre-Season Football Skills Camp starting July 13th for all EMS Eagles that are interested in playing football next year while Coach Peter is offering a Pre-Season Volleyball Skills Camp August 10, 11, & 12. Please click EMS Athletics for more information and draft schedules. Contact Athletic Director Eva Duce educe@durangoschools.org for more information. GO EAGLES!

FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams

We would like to launch new FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams in Durango 9-R at all grade levels. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be engaged in fun, engaging, activities that grow their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In order to do this, we need parent volunteers who can help coach teams. No engineering or programming experience is needed ...

Schools Closed Monday, September 27, 2021

Monday, September 27 is a Teacher Professional Development Day, and schools are closed. The school district is not offering enrichment programs. However, we are compiling a list of community partners who have programs, and will post those options soon.

Board of Education Special Meeting - September 20, 2021

The Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting on Monday September 20th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held to interview potential board members for District D and to potentially appoint a new board member to this seat.

2021 Board Elections and Vacancy

Below is the script from the Board of Education Special Meeting from September 7, 2021, regarding the topic of elections and a resolution of a board vacancy. You may also view that video portion of the meeting below:

August COVID-19 News and Updates - Important Health Screener Reminders

We are so grateful for all the due diligence, perseverance and flexibility of our staff, students and families. We have had a great start to the school year and are so excited to have all students back in all schools full time. Thank you for all your efforts and support as we settle into the school year.

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