A LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
We hope that your family is having a wonderful summer, and you are getting excited for the start of a new school year. This year at EGMS we are placing a special emphasis on the academic, social, and emotional health of our 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.”
We have made some changes to the structure of our community to work toward this goal. First, “Kindness” is the word of the year for our community! Kindness will be a central element in all interactions at EGMS, and we are implementing a kindness based reward system. We would love to have similar “kindness” discussions happening at home. Second, when you see your child’s schedule this year you will likely notice the following changes:
- AVID schoolwide period for all students every Wednesday – this is a 25 minute class to support student organization, goal setting, and academic progress for every student grades 6-8.
- 6th grade AVID Elective class – This opens the AVID elective class to our 6th grade students.
- 6th grade Launch – this is a one trimester elective class to support a successful transition to middle school, it could include the following: social emotional learning, digital citizenship, building community, & strategies for academic success.
The Elton Gregory Middle School administration team is excited to welcome and support your child for the upcoming school year. We are looking forward to meeting you and developing the strong partnership that we all know is essential for middle school student success. This letter provides you with important dates and information for the upcoming year.
We are pleased to welcome new EGMS teachers and returning teachers who have changed their role:
Kellie Eldridge – 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Gina Dunning – 6th grade Math/Science
Steve Cox – 6th grade Math/Science
Vince Giannini – ERC
Michael Wikler – ERC
Marques Hase – Dean of Students (former 7th/8th grade Social Studies)
Sammy Webb – 7th/8th grade Social Studies (former 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies)
Thank you for partnership and support Here’s to a year filled with social, emotional, and intellectual growth!
September 4 First day/Orientation Day for 6th graders only. This is a regular school day and busses run as normal.
Football gear distribution: 2:00 – 4:00.
September 5 First day for 7th and 8th graders, all students attend. This is a School
Improvement Wednesday (SIW), release time is 1:15.
September 14 Student Social: 2:30 – 4:30. Cost is $5. All students are welcome
to join us for music, recreation & concessions.
September 18 Welcome Back Evening for Parents & Students: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Meet your
student’s teachers and learn about academic and co-curricular programs.
School Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:31 – 2:15
Wednesday 7:31 – 1:15
**No athletic practices on Wednesdays**
Schedules: Students will receive their class schedules and locker assignments the first day of classes. We are on a trimester schedule, with final grade reports every twelve weeks.
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. http://egms.redmond.k12.or.us
ParentVue: Our online system keeps parents and students informed about grades and assignments. Teachers update ParentVue weekly, and a link is on our website. Please contact us if you need help accessing this resource. (http://egms.redmond.k12.or.us)
Athletics: This Fall, we offer Cross Country for all grades, and Football and Volleyball for 7th and 8th graders. **NEW** Registration for sports are now done online at www.familyid.com. Fall sports are currently open for registration.
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 are to allowed into the hallways at 7:15 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 uniform for $15, or obtain these items elsewhere.
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
Chad Lowe, Principal
Gena Bennett, Assistant Principal
Marques Hase, Dean of Students
Elizabeth Platt, Counselor