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 morning, EHM Canes Families!

Welcome to another weekend, and what look to be lovely fall days. Please see the following information for a few updates and helpful notes.

The vital habit of reading - Encourage your child in a daily habit of reading. There is no more important learning practice than regular reading. Students who read high quality writing daily are proven by research to excel far beyond average learning and academic performance. Reading is the learning skill that promotes success in all academic areas.

"Adolescents entering the adult world of the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives." - Richard Vacca

Student incentives - Our PTA and student incentives team continue to generate great ideas for school activities and student recognitions that help build our vibrant school community. Please see the prior announcements from PTA, and be alert for future events!

Benchmark assessments - Our first benchmark assessments for students occur the week of October 4. Benchmarks are a district wide assessment that help us review student progress in understanding learning standards. Please encourage students to continue participating in class, studying and reading regularly, and making up any missed work. We want growth and high achievement for every student!

COVID - We continue to be thankful that the COVID pandemic has a lesser effect on our school community now than early in the year. While we have had a few positive cases identified, the close contacts remain comparatively few. Please encourage your child to continue observing sound hygiene practices. The HCS COVID-19 dashboard provides current positive case and close contact statistics for EHM and all other schools in the system:

HCS COVID-19 Data Dashboard - Hamilton County Schools (

EPB United Way 2-1-1 ClassLink Access - Thanks to the HCDE partnership with United Way, all students and staff have quick and confidential access to information about food, housing, employment, transportation, health, and other crisis services through 211. Look for the 211 icon in ClassLink, provided by the district office.

International Welcome Center - HCDE announces the opening of the HCS International Welcome Center (IWC), located on 1161 W 40th street.  The IWC opens today, September 24. The center are here to serve and support our international families as they enter Hamilton County Schools. Please see the link below for more details regarding the HCS International Welcome Center.

The International Welcome Center Communications info - KARLEY RICHARDSON.pdf 

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

Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Principal



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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