Middle School News

How parents can support their child's learning at home

As responsible parents, your job does not limit itself in sending your children to the school. You should keenly support your child in the home front too. If your children do not practice what they learn at school even after returning home, there will be a circumstantial void in their upbringing.

To give the required support to your child at home you can go through the following points:

1) You can help your child by giving utmost emphasis on the positive opportunity that learning affords him. Knowledge should have a positive significance while entering your child's cognition. In fact, your attitude towards your child should always be positive.


2) You should always show an interest in what your child is learning. You ask questions, share your learning experiences, and communicate the importance of learning. Your child considers you to be their role model. Thus, you exploit your child's emotions by continuing to expand your own knowledge by reading, as that would help your child to easily understand the value in learning.
3) Your child's learning can be strengthened by letting him/her explain the newer concepts that they have learnt recently, to you. Moreover, create opportunities to make your child find appropriate ways to apply his learning experiences to everyday life. This will motivate him/her to tackle newer materials with ease.
4) Avoid instilling a competitive entity in your child. Though grades are useful for his/her assessment, do not make grades the sole aim of their life. Also, do not compare your child's grade with other students'. If you can, then try to compare his/her grades with their own previous grades.

5) Provide your child with a suitable place to study and do homeworks. Also, maintain a time when he/she will study, and try not to disturb your child at that particular time. Do not encourage visitors who might be a hindrance to your child's learning during their study time.

6) Go ever your child's homework, showing utmost interest to what your child is doing. This will give you an opportunity to encourage him/her, and also to find out her strengths and weaknesses.

7) Do not correct your child's homework. Rather help him/her only when asked for. Mistakes in homework will help the school teacher understand your child's weaknesses. Thus, you should not act as a tutor and dutifully correct mistakes in your child'.
8) Let the school know about any tragic instances at home, such as a death or divorce, as such instances can affect your child temporally. This can alert the school on possible changes in your child's behaviour.

All these, and many other ways are there with the help of which you can help in supporting your child in their learning process at home. This will establish you as a responsible parent.

Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students, who have qualified for the District 16 Honors Band and will be performing a concert on March 28 at 7:00 pm in Waverly, Ohio.

Jake Rager, 7th grade, 1st chair percussion

Kaytlynn Young, 7th grade, 6th chair alto saxophone

Olivia Broughton, 7th grade, 1st chair flute

Karlie Overstake, 8th grade, 5th chair clarinet

Pre-Historic Zoo

Mrs. Ayres’s 8th grade Enrichment Class has created a Pre-Historic Zoo. Students brought Math, Science, Language Arts and Writing all together to illustrate life size drawings of extinct species. This cross curricular project included mathematical scale drawings and application of scientific information gathered by using the fossil record. Reliable and reputable sources were accessed to guide students as they determined what color and color patterns would make the most sense given the environmental needs of the species. Students were also required to prepare an oral presentation which captured and kept their audience’s attention and demonstrated proper techniques used when speaking in front of an audience.   The final aspect of the project required the cooperative group to write, edit and publish a “perfect” paragraph about their animal. 

Power of the Pen

The Eastern Middle School "Writing Warriors" placed first overall for eight grade and second overall for seventh grade at the recent Power of the Pen District Tournament at Teays Valley East Middle School.  Individual seventh grade awards: Madison Mckenzie-8th place medal and Best of Round Award.  Individual eight grade awards: Christian Danner-10th place medal;Abby Swanson-8th place medal. 

Eastern Middle School has Educational-Fun Day

           Eastern Middle School students celebrated at the end of the second nine weeks with a fun, but educational day. The students that met the criteria experienced educational activities. 

The students enjoyed learning from a STEM activity that involved building a structure from a bag of objects. Each group had to write the directions on a slip of paper and then trade with another group to see if they could make the same structure by following these directions. We had some interesting structures.

The students also enjoyed “40 Assets” activities. The students completed a Snowflake craft after discussing snowflakes and their uniqueness. The teacher related the point that each student is unique, in their own way, just like snowflakes. Each student wrote about their own uniqueness on the snowflake’s points. Our halls are splashed with many unique snowflakes. Another 40 Assets activity was to get the students moving to promote well being. Each grade level enjoyed learning dance routines. Every student was up and moving!  The day ended with a short dance with all grade levels together to show off their dancing ability. Keep up the great work Middle School teachers and students.

Eastern Middle School Can-Food Drive

The Eastern Middle School Leadership Committee held a dance in November and collected can-goods as part of the admission. They were able to collect 276 items of nonperishable goods for the Sardinia Community Food Pantry. The Leadership Committee organized a very successful dance and can-food drive.   

Geography Bee

Recently a Geography Bee was held at Eastern Middle School.  Caitlyn Helton an 8th grader was our new school champion.  Jon Chesley also an 8th grader was first runner up.  Alexis Young an 6th grader was second runner up.  Congratulations to Caitlyn, Jon, and Alexis!  Also a congratulations needs to go out to the other finalists from each grade.

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!

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. 

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!

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!
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.
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

The mission of Eastern Junior High School is dedicated to the development of all students, instilling within them the qualities that will provide the opportunities for them to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens of a democratic society.
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