Vice Principal Laufenberg’s January Update

Hello EMS Parents and Families,

I hope your year has started well. As we begin the spring semester at Erie Middle School, there is much to celebrate due to the hard work of our teachers, students, and staff. Having recently completed the mid-year iReady test, for example, we saw the number of students on campus on grade level grow by 5% in reading and 9% in math. Many students grew more than two or three grades. We also had over 250 students who made our principal’s honor roll (3.75 and up) and perfect attendance. They should have already received invitations to our upcoming principal’s breakfast on January 23rd and 24th. 

All of this success is due in part to the lessons our teachers design, seeking to reach students of every learning style through differentiated instruction, while implementing technology in the classroom in a variety of ways, preparing our students for the jobs that do not even exist yet. Moreover, we take our vision to heart, “to empower all students to achieve academic growth,” as we seek to see all of our students succeed, while letting them know that we care and value them. Education is not just a profession, it is a calling, and our staff spends countless hours seeing to your child’s success.

For students that aren’t experiencing immediate success in the classroom, we have a grade recovery program that allows students to receive further instruction on material that has already been taught in the classroom. This is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On those days we also offer a study hall, Tiger Support, to any student who needs to catch up on assignments or a quiet place to work. In addition, we have spring conferences coming up in February. Unlike the conferences held in the fall, these conferences are specifically designed for a student’s team of teachers to sit with students and parents and determine what additional supports can be put in place to ensure a student’s success moving forward in the school year. This is also done to ensure that students are learning the standards that are being taught and eventually getting to a place where they can succeed in the classroom.

I look forward to seeing you at future events, and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jason Laufenberg

Vice Principal

Erie Middle School