Principal Update 4/2/21

Greetings EMS Parents and Families,

Thank you for your continued partnership in advancing academic growth for our students. We are thankful to have all the students back in the building four days a week. Our students and staff have done an incredible job to make this a successful week and there is a renewed energy in the building. 

As you know, April is the window for the administration of Colorado’s required state assessment. This year, we will be administering these required CMAS assessments on the following dates and times:

  • Grade 6 Mathematics starting at 8:00am on April 12th, 13th, and 14th

  • Grade 7 English Language Arts starting at 11:00am on April 12th, 13th, and 14th 

  • Grade 8 Mathematics starting at 9:30am on April 12th, 13th, and 14th 

  • Grade 8 Science starting at 1:15pm on April 12th, 13th, and 14th 

Students will still rotate to regular classes on testing days, and we will share a more detailed schedule next week. 

A federal waiver was granted on March 26, 2021 creating the following optional assessments:

  • Grade 6 English Language Arts starting at 8:00am on April 23rd

  • Grade 7 Mathematics starting at 8:00am on April 23rd

  • Grade 8 English Language Arts starting at 8:00am on April 23rd

If you would like your student to take the optional CMAS ELA or Math test in addition to the one which is required, please contact Jason Laufenberg at [email protected] or call 303-828-3391 by April 8, 2021. If you do not want them to take the optional test, you do not need to do anything.

St. Vrain Valley Schools utilizes assessment data and additional data sources to identify ways to increase student achievement. The goal is to provide rich learning opportunities that engage students and prepare them for success in the 21st century. Data collected from these state-mandated exams contribute to St. Vrain Valley Schools’ comprehensive suite of tools and programs designed to enhance student achievement, promote diversified and individualized learning opportunities, identify areas of need to support early intervention, and provide valuable data that helps inform future curriculum and instructional development. 

Students who are learning remotely will have the opportunity to take the assessments in-person at the school. Whether your children come in for testing is your decision, and no negative consequences will be imposed should you choose not to send them. Please contact Jason Laufenberg at [email protected] by April 8, 2021 for specific test scheduling for remote learners. 

To help your student best prepare for success on these assessments, we encourage students to get a restful night’s sleep, eat breakfast, and bring a clean water bottle to school. If you have any questions about how to support your student’s success during these state assessments or have concerns about your child’s participation, please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] or 303-828-3391. While participation is not mandatory, it is encouraged so that we can use the data to continue to improve learning and academic support for our students. 

Again, thank you for your continued partnership as we continue to support the success of our students. 


Kim Watry


Erie Middle School

303.828.3391 x34501

[email protected]

Erie Middle School