Welcome to East Middle School

What's Happening

Monday, September 21, 2020

Good morning East Middle School Parents, Students and Staff;

Here are a few details and reminders about this week that will hopefully help you.  

  • This is a short week for students.  There is no school today or tomorrow, but students will be in school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • We have remote parent-teacher conferences available tomorrow, Tuesday, from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and again on Thursday, from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

    • We look forward to connecting with you by Google Meet or through a phone conference.  You can establish a conference time through an email that was sent to you by your child’s teacher.  If you can not find that email, please contact our front office and we will support you to make an appointment.

  • The East Middle School Boosters Club is providing dinner for EMS’s staff on Tuesday.  If you would like to help with this, or you would like to participate in the Booster Club’s other efforts to support our students and staff this school year, you can contact Karen Hatfield, President of the East Middle School Boosters, at K1parker@yahoo.com.  Thank you EMS Boosters!!!

  • This Wednesday, your child’s schedule may look fairly different when it comes to their core team of teachers.  This has been necessitated by EMS having about 100 students less than we have had in years past and the development of our online learning school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I will support you.

  • While we have grown smaller and shifted our staffing, this has resulted in the reduction of our students’ elective choices.  Due to this, changes to student’s elective schedules will not be possible this year.  If you have documented medical or academic needs, please have a parent or guardian contact Mr. Fifer about these and they will be addressed on an individual basis.

  • Please complete your COVID-19 Symptom Tracker Before 7:30AM:  It is very important for all students, or their parents/guardians, to complete their COVID-19 Symptom Tracker before 7:30 AM each school day.  If students can complete this before 7:00 AM that will be greatly appreciated!

See you all soon,

Timothy Fifer

Principal at East Middle School

Exciting news for D51 families:
The US Department of Agriculture recently announced that they are extending their Free Meals for Kids program through the end of December 2020 or until available funding runs out. This means all students in District 51 can access healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school for no additional cost.
Effective Wednesday, September 2, all students at D51 schools will receive free breakfast and lunch, no matter the student's prior free, reduced, or full pay eligibility. Students will not have to present an ID to receive their meals.
We are excited for this news and hope that having accessible and healthy meals for all students will help increase student physical and mental health which will fuel successful learning.
To see what meals will be served at your school, please visit our new online menus here: .
Please note: Households who have not yet applied for free or reduced meals for 2020-21 are encouraged to complete an application so eligible students will receive Free/Reduced meals AFTER December 2020, or when available funding runs out under the current guidance. Click here to start the application process:


Supply List
-3 boxes of Kleenex
-3 Composition Notebooks
-1 single subject notebook
-12 sharpened #2 pencils
Please pay attention the 1st week of classes and be prepared to bring any supplies requested by teachers that are specific to their classes.

School starts at 7:45AM-3:07PM
7:52AM Tardy Bell


School Hours  


8th Grade Lunch-10:44am-11:14am
7th Grade Lunch-11:30am-12:00pm
6th Grade Lunch-12:18pm-12:48pm