Vice Principal Update

Hello EMS Parents and Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we enter the month of February and progress through the third quarter. We are pleased to have students on campus and online who take up the challenges presented in this year and not just persevere, but succeed. As such, we’ve looked for new ways to reward our students and motivate those who need a little extra encouragement. Recently our PBIS (positive behavior interventions and support) team implemented a new online Roars store and Roars. Students can receive Roars for any variety of reasons that exhibit Respect, Organization, Achievement, Relationships, and Safety (answering a question correctly in class, participating in something, helping another student, etc.).

Roars are given digitally to students through Schoology. To see the number of Roars in your child’s Schoology account, simply look under “Badges.” As students collect Roars, they can spend them in our new online Roar store. Both the Roar store and Roar order form are located in the lunch courses in Schoology (under “Materials”). We’re excited to see new orders come in! Student Council has been busy filling and delivering items, which are passed out to students during Pride Time on Mondays and Tuesdays. For students who are online, parents will be called to pick up their child’s order. If you have any questions about this new system, please contact us!

Also new this year will be our approach to health, which will take place during the remainder of our late starts this year (Health Late Start Overview). On these late starts, students will report to their Pride Time classes at 10:30 for a quick 10-15 minute check-in and direct instruction for what needs to be completed for the day. Since health lessons will be fully online, students will then complete the lessons assigned to them and report back to their Pride Time at 2:40 so that the teacher can follow up and review with the class. Lessons will be found the day they are assigned on the grade level lunch Schoology page. These lessons, which fulfill the state’s health education requirements for middle schoolers, will constitute a pass/fail health grade which will appear on your child’s fourth quarter report card. As shared in our previous weekly emails, if there are specific standards you would prefer your child not learn at school, please complete our health opt out form by January 31st. Please let us know of any questions you may have regarding health instruction or its curriculum.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your students, and should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Jason Laufenberg

Assistant Principal

Erie Middle School