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Principal's Message

Thank you for your support and involvement in our Student-Led Conferences

Dear EMS Community, Thank you for your support and involvement in our Student-Led Conferences. Our goal is to have 100% participation, and many of our Crews have already reached this benchmark. At the conferences, each student set goals drawing on the following information: * Report Cards * Classwork * I-Ready Data * CMAS Data Our staff has also gone through a similar analysis of teaching practices, and at our professional development session Monday, we spent time analyzing data, studying lesson design, and implementing some core practices that we will monitor over the next quarter for impact on student learning. Parents also have an important role to play, and there is a great body of research that can inform the most important actions we can take to support our kids’ education. According to John Hattie’s research, two parenting practices have the greatest effect size on student learning: 1. Parents listening to student reading and creating expectations for reading at home. 54% of students in the US read less than 15 minutes per day on average. Parents can give their kids a great educational advantage by setting up expectations in the home to read a minimum of 15 minutes per day. 2. Regularly communicate high expectations to your child for student achievement Public health experts and psychologists have the following suggestions for parents raising young adolescents: 1. Help your child build healthy eating habits and a healthy body image. Serve balanced meals, and keep lots of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods in the house. Be a model of good eating and exercise habits for your child. It is also important for families to share meals together. Research shows that just 40% of families in the United States eat more than 6 meals together a week. Healthy dietary habits increase and unhealthy habits such as substance abuse decrease when families regularly eat together. 2. Urge your child to get some exercise every day. 3. Help your adolescent get enough rest (teenagers need nine hours per night). Also, set limits on phone, computer, and TV use after a set evening hour. In a recent national survey, 34% of 8th graders reported that their parents put limits on screen time. Another survey indicated that middle school students spend about four and a half hours of free time on a screen - over twice the recommended amount. As a parent of a current middle schooler, I’ve decided to set some goals for myself based on this information. I am going to eat at least seven meals per week with my kids this quarter, ensure that they are reading books more than looking at screens, and find some time to exercise with them each week. Given that almost 100% of EMS parents showed up for SLCs, it is clear that we have an extremely supportive community, and I hope that this information is helpful in guiding our kids to succeed in school. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Principal's Message

Student-Led Conferences October 25

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, As we approach the end of the first quarter, we are working closely with students to make our Habits of Work, Learning, and Scholarship (HOWLS) ingrained in our student body. Students regularly reflect on HOWLS in Crew, and academic learning targets for daily lessons are often accompanied by a HOWLS learning target. We selected the following HOWLS - collaboration, craftsmanship, perseverance, responsibility, and kindness - because they are character skills that both support excellence in school and, more importantly, in the workforce. As we approach our Student-Led Conferences on the 25th of October, students are preparing a reflection on both their HOWLS and their academic progress. Please remember that you can see your child’s grades anytime by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (see link below). When you pull up the Grades section in the Portal, you will need to click on the 2nd Quarter tab to see the most updated grades as there is an apparent glitch in the system that has the 1st quarter tab just reporting up to the progress report we issued a few weeks back. We will be distributing Quarter 1 Report Cards at Student-Led Conferences as well as iReady data from this fall and CMAS data from last Spring. Students will be drawing on data from all of these sources as they craft goals for Student-Led Conferences. Please encourage your child to give their all over these next couple of weeks so that they have some stellar reports to share with you soon! If you haven’t already scheduled a conference, please contact your student’s Crew Teacher to do so. Crew Teachers can be reached via email from this Website (escalante.durangoschools.org click on Staff Directory) or you can call the office (247-9490) to leave the teacher a voice mail. If you would like more information about why we choose Student-Led Conferences over traditional conferences, EL Education has some great information by following the link below. Thank you for all of your support. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Escalante Middle School Needs YOU!

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, We’ve had a few parent requests to clarify our district’s process for volunteer applications in our schools. There are three types of volunteers. 1. Classroom guests who will not directly lead students alone: If a parent or community member is going to volunteer in the classroom or on a day trip and will not directly supervise students, you are considered a guest in the classroom for the day and there is no need to fill out paperwork. In that case, volunteers only need to sign in with the main office. 2. Volunteers who will directly supervise students: Volunteers who will be in direct supervisory volunteer roles must complete a volunteer application in the office with Mrs. Jantz. 3. Volunteers who will assist with a regular club/activity or assist with an overnight trip: In order to volunteer in this capacity, you must complete the volunteer application in the front office with Mrs. Jantz. Once approved, the application will be sent to Human Resources and HR will schedule a fingerprint appointment with you. You will need to bring $40.00 on the day of the appointment, which is the district’s cost for processing fingerprints. If you have already submitted fingerprints to the district, then you will not have to repeat this step. However, the application needs to be updated when your child progresses to a new school. In addition, your Crew’s leader will be contacting you soon to set up a student-led conference. We are scheduling those on October 25th. We will be reviewing student work, CMAS performance data, iReady data, and 1st quarter report cards at SLCs this year, and setting goals based on that information. We very much value your attendance and input at these conferences and look forward to seeing you there. On a final note, thank you to all of our volunteer parents and attendees who supported our back to school night. We are extremely grateful for your participation in our community! Please consider coming to our Parent Organization Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:15 AM. We discuss important topics that affect our school and would appreciate your feedback. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Principal's Message

Welcome back with Back To School BBQ Sept. 16th

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, I hope you come join us on Monday, September 16th for our Back-to-School Night community gathering. We kick off the event grilling hot dogs on the field in front of the cafeteria between 5:00 and 5:30. At 5:30, we begin the more formal part of the evening with a large community welcome in the gymnasium. Around 5:45 we will begin a “simulated” day, where parents will walk through their children’s schedules, meet teachers, and get a brief overview of each class. I encourage parents to come to this event with your kids to guide you through. If your child cannot make it, please be sure to know their schedule before arriving. It has been a wonderful start to our school year, and it’s hard to believe we are nearing the halfway point of the first quarter. We will be running a progress report to update parents on your child’s grades around the midpoint of each quarter. Grades will be sent home with students on September 24 or September 25, so please keep an eye out for the update. Backpack mail is notoriously an inefficient messenger in middle school, so if your child’s progress report did not make it home by the end of the day on the 25th, you can also access them online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The link below explains how to access the IC portal: https://www.durangoschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=512069&type=d&pREC_ID=1033562 I look forward to seeing you on Monday night for our back-to-school festivities. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss EMS, Principal
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Principal's Message

Celebration of Learning 2019

Dear Escalante Middle School Community, The last week of school can be a pretty hectic time. One of our strategies to maintain a strong academic purpose this time of year is to host our Celebration of Learning (COL) event on May 30, the eve of the last day of school. Our learning community has been hard at work to prepare, and our expectation is for every child to participate through either a performance or highlighting an artifact of their high-quality work. As a community member, we need you to make this event a success for our students, and we thank you for your active participation. We encourage you to experience as many presentations as possible during your visit. When we set up for the COL, we aspire to turn our school into a museum of high-quality work. Between 4:00 and 7:00 PM, our doors will be open to the community in celebration of our students. A free spaghetti dinner runs between 4:30 to 6:00. Drinks and desserts will be available for purchase from one of several student “businesses,” and there will be a donation jar for community members to support student-driven events such as the COL in the future. When you visit the COL, we have three specific learning targets for our guests. They are: 1. I can support the learning of Escalante students by visiting at least four presentations during the celebration. 2. I can celebrate the learning of Escalante students by providing positive feedback during presentations. 3. I can provide feedback to Escalante staff in order to support the improvement of future COL events. On a final note, please have a QR Code Reader App downloaded to your phone for your visit. A few student presentations and our feedback form use QR code readers. Thank you for supporting our school as we wrap up the year in style. Sincerely, Jeremy Voss Escalante Middle School, Principal
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News & Announcements

Thanksgiving Lunch at Escalante Middle School

Escalante will host Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 21 and families of students are encouraged to join their students for this meal! Lunch is served to 6th Grade at 11:20 AM, 7th Grade at 11:50 AM, and 8th Grade at 12:15 PM (times may vary depending on crowd sizes). Please check-in at the front office before heading to the cafeteria. The Menu includes: Roast Turkey Gravy Local Mashed Potatoes (Mountain Roots Produce) Local Roasted Vegetables (Fields-to-Plate & Mountain Roots Produce) Fresh Dinner Roll Juice Pumpkin Cake Students can pay for their meal through their lunch accounts. Others joining us are asked to pay via cash or check. Sorry, Debit/Credit Cards are not accepted. Adults - $5.00 Non-student Child - $3.00 (3 yrs and older) Students - $3.00
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Eagle Boys Basketball 2019 Season Information

Eagles Basketball Practice Schedule Week of 11/11: Monday, Nov. 11: All Teams Practice 2:30 - 4:30 PM Tuesday, Nov. 12: GAME DAY @ Cortez (B & C Teams begin at 4:30 PM) Wednesday, Nov. 13: All Teams Practice 3:30 - 5:45 PM Thursday, Nov. 14: GAME DAY -vs- MMS @ DHS 4:00 PM (B&C Colors @ MMS 4:00 PM) Friday, Nov 15: A & B Teams Practice 3:30 - 5:00 PM Escalante Middle School is excited for the 2019 Boys Basketball Season to begin! The first practice is October 10th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Eagle Basketball is open to all 7th and 8th-grade male athletes currently enrolled at EMS. All students must complete and turn in the Athletic & Activity Form (see below), have a sports physical, and pay the $30 (or $25 if this is the athlete's second sport) activity fee prior to participating in any sports or activity at Escalante Middle School. Parent permission is included in the form. For more information contact Athletic Director Eva Duce at 247-94910 Ext 2822
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Eagle Girls Basketball Open Gym for 7th & 8th Grade Girls

Coach Duce is providing opportunities for 7th and 8th-grade girls to get into the gym prior to the start of the winter basketball season. To participate in any of these open gyms, athletes must have proof of a valid physical on file with Coach Duce. (If they played Volleyball, they are good to go. A physical form is attached for those needing one). Open gym will consist of skills and scrimmaging. Along with basketball skills, we will also target cardiovascular fitness, speed, strength, and work on developing basketball footwork and coordination. Open Gym Basketball @ EMS: Tuesday, 11/05: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Tuesday, 11/12: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Thursday, 11/14: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Thursday, 11/21: 6:30 - 7:45 AM Tuesday, 12/03: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Athletes need to come with the completed physical, athletic clothing, clean athletic shoes, and a water bottle. Open gym opportunities are optional and we encourage you to come when you can! If you aren't sure about playing for the season, this is a great opportunity to try the sport. Coach Fitzpatrick at DHS has generously given us access to discounts for athletic wear in the high school team store. (See the link below). Eagle Girls Basketball starts Tuesday, December 11. Week 1 Schedule: Tuesday, 12/10: 330 - 6:00 PM Wednesday, 12/11: 330 - 6:00 PM Thursday, 12/12: 330 - 6:00 PM Friday, 12/13: 330 - 5:00 PM Please contact Coach Duce with any questions or concerns. educe@durangoschools.org or call 247-9490 Ext. 2822
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