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.


Good afternoon East Ham Fam!

We’re back in our school-day rhythm now that students have been back in building for the last seven school days. Thank you for your great support and flexibility as we took pandemic precautions on behalf of our school community. As you will see below, it has had a significantly positive effect, as our number of quarantined students has dropped dramatically. Helpful notes follow:

Academics & Learning – This is a friendly reminder for students to read every day. The daily habit of reading is the single most important practice for progressing in school and developing a habit of lifelong learning. In his bestseller The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman asserts that the most successful people in this century will be those “who acquire a facility with ‘plain old reading and writing’-who learn, that is, to use knowledge to develop and communicate creative combinations of ideas, applications, and strategies to solve problems” (Focus, Mike Schmoker, 30).     

Parents, track your student’s progress on PowerSchool for updates on how they are doing academically. Please be sure that students make up any zeroes, as missing work has a significant impact on overall scores.

School Health – At the time of this message, our number of quarantined students stands at 14. This is a remarkably low number for a school with well over 900 students. Thank you to everyone for practicing good hygiene and best practices during the continuing COVID challenge. You can track daily numbers for EHMS and all schools at this website: HCS COVID-19 Data Dashboard - Hamilton County Schools (

School Safety – Early today, a BB gun was found in a student’s possession. We acted immediately on this to ensure the safety of all EHMS students and have coordinated with law enforcement as well as the district. As always, we remain committed to the utmost security of our school, students, staff, and visitors. To this end, we do not tolerate any conduct that compromises this commitment. Our team works hard every day to ensure that your child receives the highest quality education, and do so in a safe as well as uplifting environment.

Nutrition Department Opportunity – We have a position open in our school nutrition department at EHMS. If you or someone you might know is interested in this position, please go to the district Careers website for more information: Hamilton County Schools Apply (

Thanks again for all you do to support our students and school community. We are beyond proud of our children and our Canes Nation!

Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Principal


Hello East Ham Fam!

We hope you’ve enjoyed a great Labor Day weekend, and we look forward to students returning to school tomorrow. Students please remember that school photos are scheduled tomorrow!

COVID-19 – As shared by the district, if your child was exposed to COVID-19 during their time away from school or is displaying symptoms, please have them tested and remain home until you have confirmed negative test results. If your child isn’t feeling well, they should stay home. Seek medical advice and don’t allow your child to return to school until symptoms have fully improved. We will continue to follow our COVID-19 protocol as we seek to mitigate the spread in our schools: Face coverings are required when indoors, wash your hands frequently, social distance when possible, and consider vaccination if you are eligible. 

Please remember too that only unmasked students result in close contacts within six feet of a positive case. As long as both students are masked, no close contact occurs. As a result of this protocol, wearing masks helps keep students in school.

School Nutrition - Cafeterias are being impacted by nationwide supply chain issues. While cafeterias are attempting to follow the menus as much as possible, these supply chain issues will create a need for menu changes. Individualized menus for each school are now available at and will be updated regularly to match menu changes. 

Thanks for your great support of our school community at East Hamilton Middle!

Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Principal




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