EMS News

Principal's Note

A Note From the Principal

lt is hard to believe we are already into the month of April. With lots to do and little time to get things accomplished, the last two months of school will fly by. Our state assessment schedule is attached. As you can tell, each grade level will be testing. Please be sure students are eating a well-balanced breakfast and getting a good night’s sleep. These small things help with student attention and productivity. If at all possible, please try to schedule student appointments so students are present during testing times. We appreciate your help in encouraging students to do their best on the tests!

Karla King, EMS Principal

Check out the administrators’ blogs for the month of September


8th Grade
ELA April 5-7 In ELA classes (Towner, Liby)
Science April 5-7 In Science classes (Arpin, Boss)
Math April 12-14 In Math classes (Liby, Vides)
H/Govt. April 12-14 In SS classes (Arpin, Green)

7th Grade
ELA April 5-7 In ELA classes (Mooney, Samp)
Math April 11-14 In Math classes (Luehrs, Jeffress)

6th Grade
ELA April 4-7 In ELA classes (Robinson, Spencer)
Math April 12-15 In Math classes (Staats, Olson, Robinson, West)
H/Govt. April 13-14 In SS classes (Meyer, West)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the blue ribbon is the symbol for child abuse prevention. The first federal piece of legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), was passed in 1974. In 1982, Congress took further steps toward identifying and preventing child abuse and recognized the first Child Abuse Prevention Week. Shortly after, the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month was designated in April. Since those early days, the focus on recognition and prevention has widened to include promoting healthy parenting and strong families through education and community support. EMS students and staff are invited to Wear BLUE on Friday, April 8th, to raise awareness and show support.

Book Donation

Thank you to the Women’s Mutual Benefit Club, Jr. for donating Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka by Sharon J. Wilson to our EMS library!

Our students and staff appreciate your generosity.

Friendly Reminders

All fees must be paid in full for all eighth grade students in order for them to participate in promotion ceremonies on May 25. Fee letters have been sent each quarter as a reminder. All fees need to be paid by May 20.

When dropping off and picking up students in the morning and afternoon, all vehicles
must be curb side. Please do not unload and load students on the outside lane of the
circle drive. In addition, please do not park or stop in the cross walk. Keeping each and
every student safe is the reason we ask for your help with this issue.

EMS wins KAMSA High Performing Middle School

EMS won a Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators award for High Performing Middle School. Each year, KAMSA recognizes schools that have displayed educational excellence through two awards: High Performing Middle School and Middle School of the Year.

For 2016, EMS was one of 23 middle schools across the state to be awarded the High Performing Middle School award. The application for the award consisted of three parts: an overall synopsis of the school, evidence of continual effort to improve, and evidence of new programs added. EMS is still in the running for Middle School of the Year, which will be chosen on April 15.

May Bond Issue to Complete Facility Plan

This May, all registered voters residing in USD 490 will be asked to consider approving a school bond election through a mail ballot. You must be registered by May 3 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters at their home addresses on May 9 and must be returned anytime between May 10 and May 24 at noon.

The proposed bond issue would complete the two-phase long-range facility plan that was initiated in the 2010 bond election that resulted in building of the new Skelly Elementary and El Dorado Middle School.

If approved, bonds in the amount of $36,000,000 would be used to pay the costs to:
(a) Construct, equip and furnish two new PreK-5 elementary schools within the district to replace the existing Grandview, Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary Schools;
(b) Construct, equip and furnish additions and make renovations and other improvements including expanded parking to the existing former El Dorado Middle School to convert the facility to a District/Community Performing Arts Center and educational space;
(c) Acquire and/or improve a site for one of the planned new elementary schools;
(d) Raze the existing Grandview, Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary Schools as well as a portion of the former Middle School building;
(e) Make all other necessary improvements exclusively to the aforementioned (collectively, the “Project”); and
(f) Pay costs of issuance and interest on said general obligation bonds of the District during construction of the Project; all pursuant to the provisions of the appropriate statutes.

Approval would cost just over $7 per month in additional taxes to property owners on a $100,000 home. More information regarding the bond issue and how to register to vote is located on the district website at www.eldoradoschools.org.

Fact Sheets about aspects of the bond issue will be distributed electronically on a bi-weekly basis and answers to Frequently Asked Questions in a weekly Bond Buzz will distributed electronically every Wednesday. You may also call the district office for additional information or inquiries.


April 4 3:30 PM Boys Tennis @ Winfield
            5:30 PM Soccer vs Haysville West @ BG Stadium
April 6
Para/Educator/Aide Recognition Day
            4:00 PM District Steering Committee Meeting @ District Office
April 7
3:30 PM Track @ Rose Hill
           5:30 PM Soccer vs Derby North @ BG Stadium
April 8
9:15 AM 6th Grade Science Classes to 4-H Building
           9:45 AM 6th Grade Science Classes to 4-H Building
           9:50 AM 7th Grade Science Classes to 4-H Building
           7:30 PM - 8:15 PM Science Fair @ 4-H Building
April 10 – 16
National Volunteer Week
April 11
5:00 PM Soccer @ Rose Hill
             6:00 PM BOE Mtg @ Skelly Elementary
             Site Council Dinner
April 12 3:30 PM
Track Quad @ BG Stadium
April 14
3:30 PM Boys Tennis vs Haysville West @ Water Works 5:30 PM Soccer v Rose
              Hill @ BG Stadium
April 15
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Kay club (select Group) to Vintage Place
April 18
6:15 PM PIE Mtg @ Co
              3:30 PM Track @ Haysville
              3:30 PM Boys Tennis @ Andover
April 19
Wrestling and Cheerleading Intramurals End
              8:00 AM Pioneer League Vocal Music Festival @ Derby
April 20
Progress Reports Sent
April 21
9:00 AM Boys Tennis @ Winfield Invitational
April 22
No School - Staff Development
April 23
9:00 AM 29th Annual Galen Blackmore Track Invitational @ BG Stadium
April 25
No School - Staff Development
9:00 AM Boys Tennis @ Goddard Invitational
April 26
3:30 PM Track Participation Meet @ Circle
              4:00 PM Soccer @ Derby
April 27
Administrative Professionals Day
8:00 AM Pioneer League Band/Orchestra Festival @ Derby North
April 28
3:30 PM Track @ Mulvane Invitational 3:30 PM Boys Tennis @ Prairie Hills
             5:30 PM Soccer vs Haysville @ BG Stadium
April 29
7:00 PM Cats and Jr. Wildcat Singers Concert @ EHS Auditorium
April 30
Pioneer League Soccer @ Hutchinson TBA