September 2019 Principal Update

Greetings EMS Parents and Families,

The school year is off to an amazing start here at Erie Middle School, as our students continue to thrive. We are again rated Performance, Colorado Department of Education’s highest level of accreditation, with an increase of almost 10 percentile points on the School Performance Framework. Erie students throughout our feeder system continue to excel and achieve at high levels thanks to community partnerships and the supportive systems of the St. Vrain Valley School District. If you would like to hear move about St. Vrain Valley Schools, join us for a community update meeting with our Superintendent, Don Haddad, Ed.D., 5:30 pm at Erie High School on Thursday, September 12th. I hope to see you there!

Erie Middle School continues to focus on college preparedness for all students to support their future success. As a Pre-Advanced placement focused school, we implement rigorous instruction to prepare all students for the demands of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and college level coursework when they transition to Erie High School. We continue to help students explore their growing interests and strengths through engaging electives and co-curricular activities. National Junior Honor Society, for example, recently held an informational meeting to begin their community service projects. Volleyball and Cross Country are in full swing, and many clubs, such as Good Movie, Better Book, VEX Robotics, 100 Mile, Student Council, Yearbook, and Black Top Basketball have already begun to meet. Teachers have been working hard to help students have a strong start, which includes guiding our students to develop solid study habits, time management strategies, and self-advocacy skills to support their success. In addition, each core teacher has a 35-minute Pride Time class. Pride Time is an advisory period that allows teachers to strengthen rapport and provide individualized support resulting in enhanced student achievement. This year Pride Time will be offering a social and emotional curriculum every Tuesday and Thursday where teachers will explore lessons developed from 7 Mindsets. The 7 Mindsets are seven mental habits that will help our students approach their lives with a positive outlook. These mindsets reinforce setting ambitious goals, building on strengths and interests, making meaningful connections, and finding gratitude and resilience when facing adversity. Each month, we will focus on one of the mindsets. The month of September is about our students understanding that Everything is Possible in their lives.  Included in this newsletter are some resources that explain the 7 Mindsets as well as details about Everything is Possible and activities you can do at home with your child to help reinforce the concepts. To learn more about the 7 Mindsets, please visit the web site at

It is an honor to serve such an outstanding community of students, teachers, staff, and families, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.



Kim Watry, Principal

Erie Middle School