Principal Watry's January Update

Good afternoon Erie families, 

 

On behalf of the staff at Erie Middle School, we wish you a happy new year. We hope your time with your family during the winter break was enjoyable. Thank you for your partnership as we continue to advance the academic success and well-being of our students. 


During the third quarter, we will continue to explore the mindsets of highly effective people during Pride Time with the use of the 7-Mindsets curriculum. This month’s focus encourages students to have an Attitude of Gratitude and to be thankful for the positive aspects in their lives. Elements of this mindset include; encouraging students to treasure themselves and recognize their own worth, guiding students to be grateful, helping students to find ways to thank it forward and express gratitude to others, and elevating student’s perspectives to see the advantage in adversity. Click here for more information.


One way to promote the mindset of Attitude of Gratitude is to thank our incredible staff of world-class educators. If I ask you to think of an exceptional Erie Middle School teacher, I am sure more than one name comes to mind. We need your help to celebrate these amazing educators! The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley recognizes exceptional teachers every year at St. Vrain’s Tribute to Teachers event. Three teachers from each school are selected as finalists to attend a special ceremony, where one winner is announced from each school. We have so many incredible teachers and we encourage our parents and students to nominate a teacher for this special recognition. Click here for more information and to access the nomination form.


What makes Erie Middle School teachers so effective includes their ability to empower all students to achieve academic growth as well as their passion to provide students with skills to make positive decisions for their physical and emotional health. On the Late Start days of February 5 and March 4, all students at Erie Middle School will be fulfilling state mandated health education requirements. Students will be involved in a series of 10 lessons (five per day) covering the State of Colorado Comprehensive Health Standards, which focuses on personal decision-making, emotional and social well being, healthy eating and wellness, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and violence prevention. These standards will be taught using a series of lessons, quizzes, study guides, guest speakers and discussions that collectively will constitute a health grade, which will appear as a pass/fail grade on the fourth quarter report card. If you would like more information about the Colorado Comprehensive Health Standards per grade level, our bell schedule, or information about how to opt your student out of specific lessons, please go to our website or click here. If you have any questions regarding the health instruction or curriculum, please contact me directly.    


Thank you again for your continued support as we head into the second half of the school year. There is important work left to accomplish and we look forward to celebrating the many academic and co-curricular achievements of our students with you throughout the winter and spring. 


Sincerely, 

Kim Watry

Principal

Erie Middle School

watry_kim@svvsd.org