Principal Watry’s March Update

Dear Erie Middle School Students and Families, 

We as Erie Middle School educators begin each day excited for the opportunity to work with the Erie community to support the amazing students at EMS. Our students are incredibly kind and driven. Every student wants to succeed and grow. We enjoy watching our students meet and exceed academic standards by engaging in the varied and complex lessons our teachers diligently plan.

As we find ourselves with one week left of the third quarter, we can’t help but think of the work still to accomplish this year and how we continue to challenge our students and prepare them for the next school year. Just this last week, our 6th and 7th grade students began the process of requesting elective courses, and our teachers will begin submitting recommendations for students to take advanced math and language arts courses next year. This is an opportunity for our students to challenge themselves by requesting a new elective and/or letting teachers know they want to try an advanced class next year. Whenever possible, we want to encourage our students to take advanced courses and be academically challenged. Challenge and struggle is essential to growth. Working through a task that is hard and finding that you can achieve something difficult is how students build confidence and develop resiliency. Now is the time to help our students stretch themselves. Not only can this can be done by enrolling in a difficult class, but also by trying a new club or activity, expanding friendships, or even signing up for a difficult assessment. For example, close to 70 eighth grade students elected to take the 8th/9th PSAT this week for the first time at Erie Middle School. We applaud the students who made the choice to stretch themselves and do something new, not because they knew they would do well or thought it would be easy, but because they knew they could try. 

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things 

not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

–John F. Kennedy


We appreciate your support and are proud to work with you and your students as they pursue excellence and find advantages in facing adversity. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email. Have a great day.


Kim Watry

Principal, Erie Middle School