Middle School News
Friday, December 19 Talent Show

EMS students are having a talent show on Friday morning from 8:00 - 10:30 AM and parents are welcome to attend and watch the show.  Afterwards, there will be a break for lunch for the students and parents can leave to enjoy lunch themselves.

Parents are then welcome to come back and watch the band and choir perform from 12:00 to 1:00.  Students will perform the music that they played at the Christmas concert.  Parents may take their children home following the program.  Have a Merry Christmas!

Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills kids learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. Our Scholastic Book Fair is part of a reading event that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and it’s the door opener to the 21st century for all children. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair as all purchases benefit the library! Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Dates:             Monday, October 13- Friday, October 17

                                        Tuesday, Oct 14 - 7th Grade

                                        Wednesday, Oct 15 – 6th Grade

                                        Thursday, Oct 16 -8th Grade

                                        Friday, Oct 17 - Open to all/Last Chance Day

Special Events:                Open During Parent Teacher Conference

                                         Thursday, October 16  4-7pm 

The Book Fair is online October 12 –November 1. Go to scholastic.com/fair where you can find books for everyone, from preschool to adults. As with the in school book fair, purchases online benefit the school and your order ships free to the school at the conclusion of the online fair. 

Warrior Basketball Camp

The Eastern Boy's and Girl's programs will be hosting basketball camps again during the 2014 summer.  Rob Beucler and the coaching staffs of both programs will be hosting the events with guest speakers of basketball trainers and college coaches throughout the daily routines of camp.  Please see the brochure and find the camp that fits your Kindergarten through 8th grader's needs.  It will be a fun filled camp with lots of fundamental work and learning the game.  We hope to see you there for a fun filled time of Eastern Basketball.  Work Hard, Play Hard, and Have Fun. 

Camps - Boys Grades 4-8 - June 9-12 8:00 -11:30   Cost $65
              Girls Grades 4-8 - June 10-13 12:00 - 3:30 Cost $65
              Boys/Girls Grades K-3 - June 16-18 8:30 - 10:30 Cost $45

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

The Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony will be on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM.  It is an opportunity for parents and relatives to attend and see these students pass through the middle school years and on to the high school.  Students have received invitations for the ceremony and we hope you will send your response of attendance back to Eastern Middle School.  It is one last opportunity to share the M.A.G.I.C. with our EMS Class of 2014. 

Bulk Mulch Sale

Now - May 15

$25 (1 cubic yard) - Bzak's

$20 (2/3 cubic yard) - GoodSeed Farm

Vouchers may be purchased at the Eastern Middle School Office

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2014 JH Track Schedule

April 1 @ Bethel Bus 3:15,April 3 @ Greenfield Bus 3:15, April 5 @ New Richmond Bus 8:00,  April 9 @ Mt. Orab Bus 3:15, April 12 @ West Union Bus 8:00 AM, April 17 @ Batavia Bus 3:15, April 23 @ Georgetown Bus 3:15, April 28 @ Mt. Orab Bus 3:15, May 3 @ West Union SHAC meet Bus 8:00 AM

STEM Camp June 3-5

The camp is held June 3-5 at Canter's Cave 4-H camp in Jackson, Ohio and is open to ALL youth currently in grades 5-7.  The cost is $60 and scholarships are available for 4-H members.  Participants will select two STEM areas to explore in-depth.   Choices include Aerospace, Robotics, Environmental (Nature) Science, Food Science, Animal Science, and Life Science. 

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County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to BreAnna Brock and Emily Bolin for placing in the top three at the 2014 Brown County Spelling Bee and making Eastern Middle School home of the most stellar spellers in the county.  Emily is Second Runner-up and BreAnna is the Grand Champion first place speller in Brown County. Way to go, girls, for helping our school continue its streak of superior spelling and making Eastern Middle School home of the Grand Champion Brown County speller for three years in a row now!

Power of the Pen

 Writing Warriors Wield Powerful Pens

“Your first paragraph had me laughing out loud. You definitely nailed the prompt!” was the judge’s comment on Melissa Lacey’s Power of the Pen score sheet. Her teammates “definitely nailed” their prompts, as well, making the Eastern Middle School Writing Warriors winners at both the District and Regional levels. Both the seventh and eighth grade teams received Honorable Mention at the Zane Trace District Tournament by placing 4th out of 22 teams. Seventh grade team members are Ashlyn Brewer, Erica Gallant, Keenan Massey, Sierra Mitchell, Maria Rockey, Abby Swanson, and Morgan Tracy. Eighth grade team members are Breanna Brock, Isaac Dotson, Katie Hoover, Melissa Lacey, Cyanna Westfall, and Grace Woollard.  Katie Hoover, Melissa Lacey and Sierra Mitchell continued the Warriors’ winning ways with strong individual performances. Katie received a Best of Round Honorable Mention for her story “The Great Chocolate Cookie Escape.” Melissa received a medal for placing 10th out of 66 eighth grade writers. Sierra Mitchell earned a perfect 300 rank score for her writing and was awarded the 1st place overall trophy for seventh grade.  Seventh graders Keenan Massey, Sierra Mitchell, Abby Swanson, and Morgan Tracy, along with eighth graders Isaac Dotson, Katie Hoover, Melissa Lacy, and Cyanna Westfall qualified to continue on to the Chillicothe Middle School Regional Tournament.  The eighth graders’ excellent Regional performance once again earned them a Team Honorable Mention for a 4th place finish out of 23 teams. Combined scores for the seventh and eighth grade teams from the District and Regional Tournaments put Eastern Middle School in 3rd place out of 23 teams in the Sweepstake Award competition. Abby Swanson and Cyanna Westfall added to Eastern’s success by earning individual medals, with Abby placing 9th out of 60 seventh graders and Cyanna placing 11th out of 66 eighth graders. By placing in the top 12, Abby and Cyanna have both qualified to compete at the State Power of the Pen Tournament in May at the College of Wooster. Hopefully, Abby and Cyanna will be joined by additional team members who have qualified for State by placing in the top 24% of the Regional tournament scores. These results will be announced within the next two weeks. In the meantime, the Eastern Writing Warriors will continue practicing their craft in order to keep the power in their pens. Good luck, Warriors


Lauren Carl has a big weekend March 22-23rd.  She has qualified to swim 3 events in the Great Lakes YMCA Zones Championships (top YMCA swimmers from 5 states) at OSU.(She missed qualifying for 4 more events by less than a total of 1.3 seconds in all 4 races combined!) Good luck this weekend Lauren!

Explorer Test

During Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 27 three sessions will be offered for 8th grade students and parents.  The times are as follows:

4 o 5:00 p.m.
5 to 6:00 pm
6 to 7:00 pm

Explore Test Results:  The Explore Tests were administered in December in the Junior High.  The tests are used to help students realize their strengths and areas they need extra assistance in Math-Science, English Composition and use.   Parents will receive their students Explore Test Results and will examine the student's areas of need and or strength. Student profiles for career opportunities will also be reviewed. 

Parents and students will complete College Reality to learn estimated costs of post secondary education.  Scholarship Resources, Fafsa, and other parent materials will be provided.

College Night
We want to thank the OSU students for informing our students and parents about access-ready steps for college! 
Geography Bee
Recently students of EMS participated in a Geography Bee held during the school day.  8th Graders took home the victory.  Keith Kratzer was the winner and Jarrett Lewis was the 1st runner up.  Congratulations to you both!
Eighth Grade Parent Night

Southern Hills Career and Technical Center
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:30-8:00 pm

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EMS Celebration Day - 1/10/14
Watch a short video created by Mrs. Lane.

EMS Celebration Day - 1/10/14
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Australian guests share their country's information to Eastern Middle School

Mike and Menallie Slusher were guests at Eastern Middle School on January 8, 2014.   They shared information about their homeland, Australia.  They were visiting the United States over the holidays and gave their time to help our students learn more about their country.   Menallie shared the daily activities and she is a Senior to be, starting in February when she returns to her country.  Mike, a teacher in Australia, helped the student body understand the government process in their country and how it was similar or different from ours.  Their topics included Australian's currency, landmarks to see when visiting their country, the geographical outlay of the country.  The students were able to see the daily routine of Menallie at school and compare that to our day at Eastern Middle School.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to see what life was like in another country.

EMS Talent Show
On Friday, December 20th the 2nd Annual EMS talent show took place.  This was a showcase of the amazing talent of some of the students.  A rocking good time was had by all the students, staff, and parents in attendance.
Christmas Carol

On December 19, 2013, the seventh graders in Mrs. Kress's and Ms. Thompson's English Language Arts classes performed the play A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Each Language Arts class performed their own play during their blocked class period.  After the play, the students enjoyed a Dickens of a Christmas Party where all participated in time period dance and games.

This play concludes a Reading/Writing/Researching Unit which included: reading the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, studying various literary elements and devices within the book, keeping a journal, writing comparing and contrasting papers, researching the time period and writing an expository paper. It was an enjoyable unit.

Checklist for Parents of Middle Schoolers


Make sure your children are prepared for each school day. Make sure they get up each morning with time to prepare themselves for school. Provide an appropriate breakfast and lunch. Make sure they are dressed comfortably and appropriately. Remind them to remember their homework and school supplies. Fill out and return any paperwork that comes home with them.

Communicate regularly with the teachers and staff at school. Read all school communications. Introduce yourself to your children’s teachers at the beginning of each year. Visit your children’s classroom to become familiar with where they spend their days. Volunteer as a classroom assistant if possible. Call teachers or send notes if you have questions or concerns.

Attend school events. Participate in any regular parent/teacher conferences. (Many employers will allow you to take time off for this important activity.) Come prepared with your questions and concerns. Also, make a special effort to attend school open houses and parent nights. Support student events and performances by helping with them and by attending them.

Encourage your children to challenge themselves in school. A positive school experience that is both academically challenging and rich in extracurricular activities is important in itself and as preparation for life after high school. Most adolescents believe that they are going to college, but they do not necessarily understand that they need to prepare themselves academically. A college preparatory curriculum begins in middle school. If students don't take the right courses in middle school, they may be shut out of the college preparatory track in high school. The U.S. Department of Education recommends that middle and junior high school students take Algebra I in 8th grade, Geometry in 9th grade, and English, Science, and History or Geography every year. Foreign language, computer, and visual or performing art classes are also recommended.

Promote good study habits. Provide your children with a quiet, well-lit, comfortable place to study. Make sure distractions are minimized – turn off the television and loud music. Decide together on a homework schedule that your children can keep; reward them for sticking to it. Talk to your children each day after school to find out what hey need to do. Go over their assignments with them when they are complete; ask questions about them.

Make your home a good place to learn. Encourage learning by modeling it. Read regularly yourself. Establish a schedule for reading together as a family. Set limits on viewing television, playing video games, conversing with friends on telephone or computer. Listen to their concerns each day with empathy. Praise your children regularly.

Explore extracurricular interests. Middle school offers a time for students to get involved in sports teams, band, choir, theater, and more. Encourage your children to try as many of these activities as they have time for and interest in but be sure the activities do not interfere with schoolwork.

Talk with your children about their interests and their futures. Deciding on a career path takes a long time. Middle school is a good time to start exploring options. Your children are ready to begin learning about the concepts of college, careers, and the future. Discuss their dreams and what it takes to achieve those dreams with them on a regular basis. Have your student research any career interests and find out what kind of education is required.

At the end of 8th grade, pay close attention to the course options available in high school and help your children choose wisely. When your children schedule 9th grade courses, make sure they get started on a track that will prepare them best to meet their goals. Learn about all of the different opportunities available at their high school. Attend the 8th Grade Orientation meeting for high school at your child’s school if one is offered.

Continue saving money for education or training after high school (or get started if you haven’t). Some parents believe that unless they have a lot of cash to set aside, there’s little point in saving for college or some other postsecondary training. Not true. Saving even a little bit (for example, $25 each month) can add up over time and starting early is critical.

Operation Christmas Child
In November, students at EMS filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Sardinia Church of Christ.  These shoeboxes could be filled for either a boy or a girl anywhere from 2 years of age up to 14 years of age.  Included inside would be things such as hygiene items, school supplies,and toys.  After collection, the boxes were shipped overseas where they will be received with much gratitude.  The 6th grade students returned the most filled boxes and were rewarded with an ice cream party for their efforts.
Spaghetti Earthquake
By Tracy Ayres

Earthquakes can damage or destroy man-made structures.  EMS 8th grade students have been asked to design a skyscraper that will be built in a city where earthquakes sometimes occur.  In this STEM stimulation students used spaghetti noodles, masking tape, and marshmallows to create a 35cm+ structure which can withstand the punishing pounding of our earthquake simulator.  Five teams surpassed the field in having the most successful structures.

Quinton Bennett, Ryannah Shearer, and Cade Sanders
Dare Minton, Mason Gardner, and Jarret Lewis
Mike Collett, Rayleah Lower, Paige Cornett, and Jacob James
Grace Woollard, Paige Walker, Jennisa Fisher, and Kaitlyn Duffey
Whitney Broughton, Jasey Dufresne, Madison Hopkins, and Ryan Nave

Congratulations to the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest Winners

Red Ribbon Week was held the week of October 28-31 at Eastern Middle School.  Students participated in several theme days and pledged to be Drug Free.  One of the activities students could choose to participate in was a poster contest with the theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free!"  Thank you to all the students who showed their creativity and listed below are the winners from each grade.

6th Grade
      1st - Megan Williamson
      2nd - Madison McKenzie
7th Grade
      1st - Adrianne Moran
      2nd - Amaya Young
8th Grade
      1st - BreAnna Brock
      2nd - Katie Alexander
Parent Teacher Conferences at Eastern Middle School
11/14/2013      4:00-7:00 pm
01/29/2014      4:00-7:00 pm
03/27/2014      4:00-7:00 pm
Box Tops

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Eastern Middle School is again collecting Box Tops for fundraising for the Public Support Fund.  This fund is used to help the students and staff prepare for the year and contribute to the learning process.  Our goal is to raise over $1300 for the PSF.  There are four ways that parents and community members may be able to help:
    1.  Clip  -Clip the Box Tops from hundreds of participating products and send to the school.  Each one is worth $.10 when our school redeems them from the the Box Tops for Education.
    2.  Shop online - Shop at your favorite online stores through the Box Tops Marketplace- (http://boxtops4education.com/marketplace).  Our school can earn eBoxTops with every qualifying purchase you make, at no additional cost to you.

Sign up to support our school at boxtops4education.com, where you can:
    -  See how much our school is earning with Box Tops
    -  Enter online promotions for chances to win eBoxTops and other prizes
    -  Print coupons for your favorite Box Top brands

You can also sign up for Box Tops email newsletters that will keep you updated on the program, and for Marketplace newsletters that include offers from online retailers where you can earn eBoxTops.

Sam's Club - Like Box Tops at samsclub.com/boxtops and enter your ZIP code to select your school.  Your school can earn 5 eBoxTops.  Share with your friends to earn more Box Tops for your school.  Up to 500,000 eBoxTops total.  Hurry the offer expires on August 31st!

To learn more, visit boxtops4education.com.  Thanks for choosing to make a difference for our school with Box Tops.

Eastern Middle School


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