1220 NW Upas
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: 541-526-6440
Fax: 541-526-6441
Email: egms-info@redmondschools.org

A LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

August 15, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your family is having a wonderful summer, and you are as excited as we are for the start of a new school year.  We would like to welcome all of our new families to the Elton Gregory community and look forward to building a strong partnership that we all know is essential for middle school student success.   If you are a returning family, welcome back, we are looking forward to another great year!

 At EGMS we focus on all aspects of your child’s growth, which means we work to develop and support the  academic, social, and emotional health of our school community. This starts with our collective vision:

“We believe in creating genuine relationships to inspire growth and achievement.  We provide meaningful learning opportunities for all students. Students thrive emotionally, socially, and intellectually in a culture of acceptance, kindness, and perseverance.”

This year our goal is to “be the change we want in the world”.  It must start local and it must start with us. As a school community we have the ability to create a positive and supportive climate in which we live.  As an administrative team we continue to look for ways to increase student and community voice in our decisions. Our inservice week will be focusing on putting action to our vision.  Once again, “Kindness” is the word of the year for EGMS! Kindness will be a central element in all interactions at EGMS, and we will continue our kindness based reward system. We would love to have similar “kindness” discussions happening at home. 

Regular and on time daily attendance is very important.  Irregular attendance and tardiness are often primary factors associated with student academic failure and eventual inability to graduate from high school. Evidence shows that students who miss an average of 10 days within a year fall behind and are unlikely to catch up. We want to partner with you to make sure your child is at school every day! This year we have worked with Trinity Bikes and Redmond Snow and Skate to increasing our attendance incentive program.  Each trimester we will be giving away a skateboard (helmet included) and scooter (helmet included) as attendance incentives. 

We are pleased to welcome new EGMS teachers, educational assistants and returning teachers who have changed their role as well as an additional school counselor:


Teachers: 

Mark Blanchard – Moved to 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies, Metolius Team

Tony Brown – 7th & 8th Grade Math, Metolius Team (Terrebonne Transfer)

Troy Capps – Dean of Students (Terrebonne Transfer)

Dana Groesz – Metolius ERC (Terrebonne Transfer)

Kelley Messina – 7th & 8th Grade ELA, Metolius Team (Terrebonne Transfer)

Michelle Robbins – 7th & 8th Grade Science, Deschutes Team

Alan Vellutini – 6th Grade Math & Science, Metolius Team 

Lilli Worona – 7th & 8th Grade Science, Metolius Team

Additional School Counselor:

Peter Hower

Educational Assistants:

Nancy Haase- Metolius ERC (Terrebonne Transfer)

Amber Frazee- ILS CNA

Rachelle Closner- ILS

  

IMPORTANT DATES

Football gear handout August 27th and 28th (3:00 – 4:30)

Mini football camp August, 29th and September, 3rd (3:00 – 4:30) (must be cleared to participate)

Fall Sports Start Thursday September 5th (must be cleared to participate)

September 3 First day/Orientation Day for 6th graders only. 

This is a regular school day and busses run as normal.  

September 4 First day for 7th and 8th graders, all students attend. This is a School 

Improvement Wednesday (SIW), release time is 1:15.

September 12 Welcome Back Evening/Open House for Parents & Students:  6:30 – 8:00 pm.  

Meet your student’s teachers and learn about academic and co-curricular programs.

September 19 Family Game Night 5:30 – 7pm; save the date.  More details to be shared.

School Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:31 – 2:15

Wednesday: 7:31 – 1:15

Student Verification via ParentVUE: Please log in to ParentVue and click on the icon to verify your student’s information and update any contact and emergency information if need be.  If you have never accessed ParentVUE please contact the office for an activation code. ParentVUE is a valuable resource for parents and students to stay informed about grades and assignments, and allows them to view attendance and provides direct links to email your students teachers. Teachers update ParentVue weekly, and a link is on our website or you can go directly to www.redmondparents.org

Schedules:  Students will receive their class schedule and locker assignments the first day of school. We are on a trimester schedule, with final grade reports every twelve weeks which are accessed through ParentVue.

Attendance:  Please call to pre-arrange or report an absence:  (541) 526-6443

Communication: School events and information are regularly updated on our school website.  We will email a monthly newsletter with information and updates. http://egms.redmond.k12.or.us

Athletics:  This fall we offer Cross Country for all grades, and Football & Volleyball for 7th and 8th graders. Registration for sports is available online at  www.familyid.com.  Fall sports are currently open for registration. Practices are after school every day except on Wednesdays. See athletic calendar for start dates and practice times. Students must sign up through familyid.com and have a current sports physical on file in order to practice.

Student Handbook: Your student will bring his or her handbook home the first week.  Please take time to review the information regarding expectations in our school.  

Supervision:  Morning supervision begins at 7:00.  Students gather in the cafeteria before school and then are allowed into the hallways at 7:20 am.  After school, students are expected to be off campus by 2:30. We cannot provide supervision past this time.  EGMS students are never allowed on the McCall campus while the elementary students are in school.

Valuables:  We encourage students to leave valuables at home.  Any item that cannot be secured in a locker or on our bike rack should not be brought to school.

Contact Info:  We rely on accurate phone and email addresses for parent communication.  If your information changes, please notify our office as soon as possible.

PE Uniforms:  Students wear black shorts and a grey shirt for PE.  Parents may purchase a Husky PE uniform for $15, or obtain these items elsewhere.

Parent Involvement: At Elton Gregory we appreciate parent involvement and support through our Husky Heroes parent group.  This group supports students and staff at Elton Gregory in many events and activities throughout the school year.  If you are interested in volunteering please make sure to fill out a volunteer application that is available on our district website and contact Gena Bennett (gena.bennett@redmondschools.org ) for more information.   

Technology:  We continue to expand our use of instructional technology, including your student’s access to school devices.  Please review our Electronics Use Agreement in your student’s first week packet and return this form immediately.

For information on bus schedules and our school lunch program, please visit our district website:    http://www.redmond.k12.or.us

Sincerely,

Chad Lowe, Principal   

Gena Bennett,  Assistant Principal

Troy Capps, Dean of Students & Athletic Director

Peter Hower, Counselor last name A – K

Elizabeth Platt, Counselor last name L – Z

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