Vice Principal Laufenberg’s October Update

Hello EMS parents and families,


With the first quarter now behind us, we wanted to thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. Our students have experienced continued success in the classroom, and the foundation to that success is our students’ consistent attendance at school. Currently we have an attendance rate of 97.1%, which is the highest of any traditional middle and high school in the district! 

For the month of September (attendance awareness month), we rewarded the Pride Time classes with the highest attendance for the month. For the end of October, we are planning school-wide assemblies that will be led by our Student Attendance Advisory Committee to further reinforce the importance of attendance. This dovetails with the district’s attendance initiative of Stive for Five, with the understanding that students who miss more than five days of school have a higher risk of becoming chronically absent over the course of a school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as being absent (whether excused of not) for the equivalent of 10% or more of the days that a student has been enrolled. Numerous studies have found that chronically absent students struggle more with school, develop a habit of poor attendance, and aren’t as likely to participate in athletics or clubs that help students grow socially and become more invested in their school experience. Therefore we encourage consistent attendance throughout our school year.

Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you and your students, and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jason Laufenberg

Assistant Principal

Erie Middle School

Erie Middle School