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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
Local Mashed Potatoes (Mountain Roots Produce)
Local Roasted Vegetables (Fields-to-Plate & Mountain Roots Produce)
Fresh Dinner Roll
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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Pick Up Items From the Escalante Fall Fundraiser Nov. 13th

Thank you for supporting our fundraiser by selling items! Please plan to pick up the frozen items your student sold on November 13th from 3:00 - 5:oo PM. It's important you pick the items up as we do not have freezer space to store them. For more information, contact Tami Jantz in the front office. 247-9490 X2800.
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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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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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Durango 9-R Food Services - Building New Partnerships to Deepen Community Connections

Durango School District 9-R Food Services stays true to their core value of creating a healthy food environment to support student achievement through local food partnerships. In addition to a robust farm to school program that supports local beef and agriculture, the school district works with local small businesses to provide products to students that help support healthy habits for students eating at school. Although there are multiple partners, this article will highlight just three businesses that are contributing to the community through our 2019-2020 food programming in schools.
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September Bravo! Winners

Each month, colleagues nominate colleagues who deserve an extra round of applause for their amazing work in and around the district. The following are the winners from September:
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Travel to Japan in 2020 with us!

Mr. Hise and Mr. Schiavone are planning an educational trip to Japan in 2020 that is open to EMS students. Please join us for an informational meeting on September 17, at 5:30 PM in Mr. Hise's room (818). On the trip we will be visiting places such as Lake Ashi, Matsumoto Castle, Kinkakuji Temple among others. Please contact John Hise at jhise2@durangoschools.org or Dominic Schiavone at dschiavone@durangoschools.org for more information.
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Community School Safety Forums

Durango School District 9-R is hosting two Community School Safety Forums during the month of October, which is also School Safety Month. This is a great time to review safety measures to date, learn more about our trainings and vision for school safety, learn about next steps and share your feedback.
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