CANES COMMS are the announcements sent out by EHMS principal Dr. Hildreth. View the most current CANES COMMS below. Previous versions are available by clicking on on the subpage CANES COMMS on the left.



Hello EHMS Families!

Thank you for all you have done to make the last two years a successful opening for East Hamilton Middle! The time has been a beautiful journey overcoming obstacles and embracing opportunities together.

Snapshots include gaining numerous grants such as funding for our E-Lab and broadcasting studio (welcome laser cutters, 3-D printers, high-end video equipment and more); adding outdoor courtyard dining tables for our students; establishing an incredibly vibrant PTA; hosting dances, festivals, and more; winning numerous district championships in athletics; inducting hundreds of students into honor society; enjoying field trips to fascinating locations; undertaking school-wide reading; achieving high academic assessment outcomes; setting goals for now and the future; thriving through the era of COVID; moving into dozens of trailer classrooms then into our beautiful new building; watching students reach and grow through classes, presentations, projects, clubs, band, chorus, art, athletics, and more. This is what a vibrant school is about. This is what it means to be a school community. Thank you for giving so much. Thank you for believing.

I arrived as principal of our new school from international education where I had worked for several years, and I return now to working abroad. From China to Chattanooga, Apison to Abu Dhabi and countless places in between, powerful learning is happening around the world. My time with East Hamilton has been a gift, and I will remain always thankful for this splendid school community. A few notes for the days ahead:

Friday Field Day - We look forward to great activities for our students to celebrate the successful year. It will be a hot day, so please ensure each student has a water bottle labeled with their name - with hundreds of water bottles, unlabeled bottles become needles in a haystack. Students may wear athletic shorts. Students may not have cell phones during field day. Parents, if you choose for your child to not participate in Field Day, please have them tell their teachers so that they may join our alternate group inside in Canes Commons.

8th Grade year-end activities - A separate email was sent to 8th grade families earlier today about year-end 8th grade activities. Please see that message for details.

Final day of school - The final day of school for 8th graders is Tuesday, May 24, with the Recognition Ceremony. The final day of school for 6th and 7th graders is Wednesday, May 25, which is a half-day ending at 10:45 am. Buses will run at 10:45, and car riders should be collected at 10:45.

Summer Reach - Students who will benefit from summer school for academic achievement or enrichment should register at the following site:

Summer REACH - Hamilton County Schools (

Summer reading - I cannot say this often enough or with enough urgency. READ, READ, READ. The great researchers and universities of the world agree that the single greatest habit leading to life success and satisfaction is a daily habit of reading. Read now, read always. I implore you - if you are not reading daily, start now, even if just 15 minutes a day. This suggestion is the greatest gift I can share.

We wish you a magnificent summer and a spectacular start to next school year. Cheering always from near or far, Go Canes!

Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Principal

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