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.


CANES COMMS 1/10/2021

Hello CANES Families!

I hope you’ve been enjoying this chilly, beautiful weekend! Thanks to everyone for a great first week of the new semester. From students to teachers to parents, I’ve heard many encouraging reports. It is such a pleasure to have the students back for instruction, even in the virtual environment. The Phase 1 routine we followed last week will be the same this week, and we will continue to pull together to make this successful for each student. The notes below provide some helpful information. Thank you for your patience as some is repeated from previous messages, to help make sure of thorough communication.

Phase 1 reminder - For this school week, we are in Phase 1, January 11 - 15. Each Tuesday, the district will continue to announce the learning Phase for the following week. We can expect Tuesday January 12 to hear the Phase for the week of January 18. You can follow the Phase tracking on the HCDE website at this link:

You might also see some interesting COVID data at this link:

School start and stop times – Just a reminder that classes begin at 7:15 am each day and end at 2:15 pm. These times will remain the same when we are back in the building.

Health, safety, and wellbeing - We continue always to place top priority on the safety of our school community. We look forward to welcoming students and our community to the new building when circumstances permit. In the meantime, we have ensured that thorough safety measures prepare our environment for student return. We have completed a careful safety walkthrough with safety plans. We have ample Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and follow the HCS Safe Pledge protocol. Our new school also welcomes School Security Officer Michael Darty.

All staff and students must follow the district protocol for safety. Among other needs, this calls for mask wearing at all times unless during a designated mask break in a safe area, social distancing, and consistent hygienic practices such as hand washing.

We remain alert to student emotional wellbeing, particularly in this time of increased pressures due to the pandemic. Our counseling staff is available for students, with contact information noted below.

For safety reasons to reduce congregating in the halls, lockers will not be issued until we reach a Phase 4 status.

Academic schedules – If your student still has questions about academic schedules, please have them reach out directly to teachers or to our counselors noted below with contact information. Teachers have been reaching out to students, and we benefit when students are also putting a premium on clear communication. We want every student present for every class.

Attendance and success in learning - Success in school depends on regular attendance and participation. All students should attend every class, whether in-person or online. Teachers will take attendance in each class. A pattern of absences results in follow-up by administrators and our truancy officer. More importantly, absences make it difficult for students to succeed in class.

Students should check emails frequently, at least several times a day for teacher communications. As a learner striving for knowledge, growth, and success, communicate with teachers thoroughly, ask questions for clarification, and seek help when needed. Be an active learner in all respects!

Communications support - We want everyone to succeed and be an advocate for learning. To facilitate communication, please update your contact information in PowerSchool. In addition, please be aware of the following resources for communication and questions:

Contact individual teachers with questions about class academics and learning.

Contact counselors for general academic questions and emotional support:

          Grades 6 and 7, Counselor Margay McGee,

          Grade 8, Counselor Lauren Watkins,

Contact the front office with general questions about school operations and attendance, as they can assist with putting you in touch with the appropriate resource:

          Secretary Becky Collier and Attendance Clerk Kathy Vazquez, 423-498-6800

Contact administrators if you need assistant principal or principal support:

          Assistant Principal Arielle Hayes, 

          Assistant Principal Deanna Rice,

          Principal Ethan Hildreth,

Technology - Remote learning has created a whole new world of tech use...and challenges! In preparation for learning this week, students should make sure their Chromebooks are fully charged. For tech help, please see the following link for tech hotline assistance:

Successful conduct - Success in school requires commitment to academics, regular attendance, and appropriate conduct. Please see the student handbook for behavioral and dress code expectations, as well as the district policy for conduct, located at the link below. For online learning, students should also follow behavior expectations, ensue they are in school appropriate attire, and be in an appropriate location for productive learning.

School access - Due to COVID, no visitors are currently permitted in the building. We will provide updates on access as we experience future Phase changes.

Transportation and arrival/dismissal procedures - When students are permitted back to the building, we will provide additional information about arrival and dismissal procedures. For now, please see the map at the following link for the general flow of traffic arrival. Car riders will drop off behind the school building, and bus riders will drop off in front:

Traffic Pattern Exhibit EHMS 2021.pdf 

Our new school address is 3550 Bentwood Cove Drive, Apison. We are located directly behind Apison Elementary School.

Bus transportation routes and other details can be found at the following link, and questions about bus transportation can be addressed to Transportation, located through the website.

Thank you again for all you do to help us ensure success for every student. Despite the challenges we are currently experiencing in our community, our state, and nation, we remain committed to the learning, growth, and wellbeing of your child.

Ethan Hildreth, Principal, East Hamilton Middle School

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