Dean of Students August Update

Dear Erie Parents and Families

I want to start by saying THANK YOU for all you do to support your child’s education at Erie Middle School. This year has started off like no other, but our students have shown up eager and excited everyday to be in their virtual classrooms! It has been fun to see their smiling faces, even if it is through a screen.

The vision of Erie Middle School is to empower all students to achieve academic growth and become lifelong learners, positive global contributors, and future leaders.

A priority for Erie Middle School is to continue to support a community where all students feel safe, connected, and valued. Every year we focus on and reinforce positive behaviors that we want to see from our students.  ROARS is our acronym for RESPECT, ORGANIZATION, ACHIEVEMENT, RELATIONSHIPS and SAFETY, and this is used to frame our expectations for our students. Our students are kind, courteous and respectful and are continually striving to meet our ROARS expectations in everything they do. Since we are in the virtual world, our ROARS and classroom expectations remain the same, although they have been adjusted to fit the virtual environment. Pride Time teachers have spent this past week going over these WebEx ROARS expectations. I encourage you to have conversations with your students about these expectations so that they might contribute a positive online presence in their classrooms. We will still hold our students to high academic and social standards during this time. Our teachers have also spent time emphasizing the importance of digital citizenship and will continue to do so throughout our time in the virtual learning environment.

As a staff we love to celebrate our students and will continue to do so this year!  To start this year, students can earn badges in Schoology, and when we return to in person learning, there will be a way for them to “cash in” their badges in the ROARS store. We will continue to celebrate our students with our Above and Beyond Awards, and the coveted Eye of the Tiger Award. Celebrating their accomplishments and excellence is an important part of our culture here, and although we may not be in person, we want your students to know how important they are to us.

Again, thank you for your continued support and partnership in working with your students. It is an honor to be a part of such an incredible community.  Please reach out to us at any time if you have questions or concerns about any situation.

Erin Brueggeman

Dean of Students/Athletic Director

Erie Middle School

303-828-3391 x 34589

Brueggeman_erin@svvsd.org