Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:
Welcome to a new year of learning and growing at Enosburg Falls Middle School! Welcome back to our returning 7th and 8th grade students, and welcome to our incoming 6th grade students!
We are going to have a great year here full of new challenges and opportunities. EFMS is proud to offer a unique middle school experience where students become known as individual learners and where they can develop their own personalities and abilities. As you may know, middle school is a time of great transition and growth. Students change outwardly in appearance, and that is matched by many internal changes in emotional and social development. It is a critical time in life where students begin to reflect on their identities, their learning styles, and their preferences. Because of these changes, students will often try out new ways of acting or behaving, and they may test boundaries as they work to learn who they are and where and how they fit into the world. At EFMS, we take great pride in our awareness and effort to nurture these transition years, to support students as necessary, and to help them develop positive habits and empowering views of themselves.
Students: Remember that you are responsible for your learning and your actions. The adults in your life are here to help guide and support you during these exciting middle school years, but you are ultimately in control of your own destiny. Be positive, open to new ideas and ways of thinking, respectful to yourself and others, and willing to learn. If you do, you are sure to have an outstanding school experience.
Parents/Guardians: Your involvement with your child is absolutely critical. At the middle level, students often start seeking more privacy and seeking greater independence. Respect this growth, as it will help them develop skills to become successful and independent, but do not forget that your involvement is still extremely important, as you are your child’s first and most important teacher, and your influence sets the stage for all other learning. Remember that you are a powerful role model and that they will do as you do and not always as you say. You can show your child your belief in their education by making sure your child is in school and ready to learn each day, is reading at home, and by setting up a specific homework routine. It is also important to keep lines of communication open with your child’s teachers. Finally, remember that in these transition years, it is important not to over-schedule your child in activities. Sometimes less is more, and by prioritizing your activities, you will show what is most valued in the home.
Please feel free to contact teachers with any questions or concerns you might have. Our entire team wants to work with you to ensure your child’s success. All teachers can be reached by calling (802) 933-5354, or by email (all emails are firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact me with questions or concerns at the same number, or by email at email@example.com. We are looking forward to a great school year--let’s make it a success for everyone!
Rachel ReynoldsEFMS Principal