EMS News

Principal's Note

A Note From the Principal

When families are positively involved in their child’s education, the student will flourish. Having communication with your child's teachers allows all parties the opportunity to express concerns or successes openly. As a building, we had 94% attendance during our fall 2015 conferences. Thank you for the great turn out! Please remember, teachers are only a phone call or email away should you have any questions. We encourage your communication not only during conference time, but whenever we can be of assistance. We want the best middle school experience for your child, and together, we can work to make that happen.

Karla King, EMS Principal

Check out the administrators’ blogs for the month of September

Thank You to PRIDE

A big thank you to PRIDE for providing Tuesday evening’s dinner for teachers during conferences. Also, thanks to all the parents who brought goodies and drinks for teachers. Your thoughtfulness was appreciated.

Title I: Parent's Right to Know

El Dorado Middle School is a Title I school and must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind. These rules allow you to learn more about your child’s teacher’s training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:

• Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,

• Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and

• What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.

Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled.

If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact Karla King, EMS Principal at 316-322-4820.

We encourage you to remain involved in your child’s education and to call our office with any questions or concerns.

El Dorado Middle School Presents Hairspray Jr.

November 13 & 14 @ 7:00 PM
El Dorado High School Auditorium
Adults $6 • Students $4
(Passes not valid for this event)

Hairdos and excitement will be on the rise and El Dorado will shake and shimmy when students at El Dorado Middle School present their production of Hairspray JR. beginning November 13. The family-friendly show captures the spirit and turmoil of 1962 Baltimore through laughter, dance, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

“Hairspray JR. is a dynamic musical with an important message: that acceptance comes in all shapes, sizes, and nationalities,” says Gershon. “Through their production these students will explore ideas like civil rights and discrimination in the context of a period of tremendous social and historical significance in the U.S.” he adds.

The story follows Tracy Turnblad, a full-figured girl with full-figured hair and a big heart, who has only one passion – to dance. When her determination and rock ‘n roll moves land her a spot on a local television dance program, "The Corny Collins Show," she is transformed from an outsider to an irrepressible teen celebrity. This trendsetter in dance and fashion uses her fame to win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, challenge the program's reigning princess Amber, and rally against racial segregation… all without denting her 'do.

With a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman, Hairspray JR. is based on the 1988 New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, which inspired the “bouffant” Broadway production which ran for over 2,500 performances and won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. New Line Cinema released a film adaptation of the stage version, starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Queen Latifah.

El Dorado Middle School will present Hairspray JR. on November 13 & 14 at 7:00 at El Dorado High School Auditorium. Tickets are $4 for students and $7 for adults. For more information please call Anna Arpin at El Dorado Middle School at 322-4820 or email her at aarpin@eldoradoschools.org.

Hairspray JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

PIE Glow Run

The PIE Glow Run has been scheduled for Saturday, November 21.

Check-in for the race will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado High School/Recreation Center parking lot located at 401 McCollum Road.

Oz Endurance will provide electronic timing chips and medals will be given to the top three male and female finishers per age bracket.

The cost is $35.00 and all proceeds will benefit students of USD 490.

To register, visit http://www.active.com/el-dorado-ks/running/races/here-we-glow-2015?int=

Please contact Sharon Waugh at swaugh@eldoradoschools.org or call (316) 322-4800 if you have any questions.

Social Media Presentation

November 23, 2015
6:15 PM
EHS Auditorium

El Dorado Public Schools will host a Social Media Presentation for all El Dorado Middle and High School parents. The presentation will feature nationally know speaker, Josh Ochs. Josh has been quoted and featured as a source in Forbes, CBS News, KTLA, KFWB radio, is a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA and a frequent personality on radio shows nationwide.

Josh Ochs will talk for about 60-90 minutes on the following topics:
• What apps are unsafe (and others you should encourage your kids to use)
• What apps are a waste of time for your Teens and Tweens
• How to analyze your Google results to see what colleges will find
• How to bury bad Google results from other users with your similar name
• Examples of good and bad posts that colleges may find
• Examples from real seniors that are using social media correctly
• 7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online

Mark your calendars, more information to come regarding this event.Based in El Dorado, KS, Numana, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity formed in August 2008, as an international hunger relief organization. Since our first event we have packaged over 29 million meals from coast to coast with the help of over 170,000 volunteers. Numana’s mission is to empower people to serve the starving through educational, hands-on food packaging events.

Fill the Truck EMS Performance Schedule

At WalMart on November 11

   9:00 AM - All EMS Choirs

   1:20 PM (inside) - 8th Orchestra

   1:45 PM - 7th & 8th Band

Book Fair

November 16 - 19, 2015
EMS Library
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM  - Nov 16, 18 & 19
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM  - Nov 17


Nov 2 Pennies by the Pound Campaign
          First Day of Basketball Practice Begins
Nov 3 3:30 PM Scholar’s Bowl here
          6:30 PM Site Council/PRIDE mtg @ EMS Media Center
Nov 5 3:30 PM Scholar’s Bowl @ Maize South
Nov 6 Pennies by the Pound Campaign Ends
Nov 7 11:00 AM Celebration of Freedom Parade @ Downtown El Dorado
Nov 9 7:00 PM Celebration of Freedom Band Concert @ Essay Contest @ EHS
Nov 11 Veterans Day
            Fill the Truck @ Walmart
            9:00 AM EMS 6th, 7th & 8th Choirs
            1:20 PM EMS 8th Orchestra
            1:45 PM EMS 7th & 8th Band
Nov 12 3:30 PM Scholar’s Bowl @ Andover Central
Nov 13 Individual Student Picture Retakes
            7:00 PM Drama Production @ EHS Auditorium
Nov 14 9:00 AM Pioneer League Honor Band, Choir & Orchestra @ Wellington
Nov 15–21 American Education Week
Nov 16-19 EMS Book Fair - Media Center
Nov 16 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EMS Book Fair, Media Center
Nov 17 3:30 PM Scholar’s Bowl @ Rose Hill
            4:30 PM - 7:00 PM EMS Book Fair, Media Center
Nov 18 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EMS Book Fair, Media Center
Nov 19 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EMS Book Fair, Media Center
            4:00 PM Pioneer League Scholar’s Bowl @ Mulvane
Nov 23 6:15 PM Social Media Presentation, EMS/EHS Parents @ EHS Auditorium
Nov 25–27 No School