Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Let the Second Half Begin

We are now entering the second half of the 2014 - 2015 school year here at this wonderful place called EMS. We started this journey with 8 goals in mind and they still ring true. 

1. Teach with love, patience and passion.
2. Teach lessons that excite future learning.
3. Ensure all students are safe.
4. Constantly and consistently assess the progress of all students
 and use this data to drive instruction.
5. Give respect and expect respect.
6. Communicate with parents constantly.
7. Create cross- curriculum lessons.
8. Celebrate student achievements.

This is a monumental year in education as students are taking different state tests than ever before.

The key differences are:
1. Tests are electronic not paper pencil
2. Language Arts skills are ultra important. (5 tests per student)
3. Reading comprehension will be an intricate part of each test.
4. Students are tested in the area of Social Studies again. (6th only)
5. Two types of tests: Performance Based & End- of- Year

Soar like Eagles

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mid- Way Celebration

You must look back to move forward

During the first semester here a at EMS we have had a number of successes that were acknowledged during our Mid- Way Celebration Assembly. The assembly was on the last day of the semester, December 19, 2014 in the Performing Arts Center. The mid- way celebration was an opportunity for the entire middle school student body to acknowledge the many accomplishments students have made in the first semester. A special thanks to the band and choir members who performed as well as the student council members who lead in a number of capacities.

Here is a list of acknowledgements that occurred.

M.A.P. Champs

Spelling Bee Finalist

Students of the Month

Quiz Team Members

Straight A's 

Perfect Attendance

Presentation of "Pie in the Face" money towards the local cancer foundation.