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Letter from the Principal
Dear EMS Families & Community,
Spring has sprung, despite being off to a slow start, and we certainly have that energy in the air! Our students are engaged in a variety of learning, ranging from fraction work and constructing essays using evidence and reasoning in the 6th grade, to a unit on weather in the 7th and 8th grades. And of course, our students are continuing to create amazing artwork with Ms. Klima, apply the equipment certifications they’ve earned with Mr. Schoembs, expand their French and Spanish vocabularies, and so much more.
As you know, this week was the first week for our new approach to cell phones, and it went quite well. Very few phones needed to be collected, phones very rarely made any appearance during class time, and students understood the expectations and process. We also noted a marked decline in lateness to class, prolonged absences from classrooms, and interpersonal conflict stemming from phone use. The supportive response to this new policy from families was overwhelming, and much appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing support, not only of our school, but also by reviewing phone safety and etiquette with your child at home!
In the coming weeks, you can look forward to more information about the kinds of exciting events that mark the closing of another school year: a school dance in May (the first dance in over two years!), end-of-year awards, and EMS’s Celebration of Learning in June. We are all looking forward to the return of these gatherings as a way to celebrate our students, connect with families, and build community.
I wish you a wonderful, restful, healthy weekend.