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Halloween Guidelines, 8th Grade PCCR Appointments, Dress Code Update

Halloween Costume Guidelines

In a sentence, your costume needs to be such that 1) we can easily tell who you are, and 2) we can still have you in class and get productive things done. 

Everything from there falls under those two things. If you wear a mask that covers your entire face, we can’t tell who you are. If you put so much face paint on that we can’t tell who you are, no dice. If you’re in the bathroom adjusting your costume makeup when you shouldn’t be, it’s a problem. If you wear something so grotesque that people are disturbed by it, we’ll be chatting. If your inflatable horse legs make navigating the hallway impossible, we’ll have you deflate it. Hopefully that gives you the tone rather than a specific set of rules. If it causes a stir in a negative way, it won’t fly. Beyond that, we want you to have fun.

Obviously there are still absolutes. You can’t bring a weapon or fake weapon to school, you can’t make gang references or wear sexually suggestive clothing, and you can’t do anything that promotes, represents, or advocates for racism or illegal activity.

Halloween costumes are one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday and we love seeing your creativity. Help us use common sense and it can be something we continue to look forward to each year! 

Halloween Events

We hold three main things on School Halloween (October 29th):

  • Goblin Chase – a 1 mile race to catch two of our fastest students. Parent permission is required to participate, and forms can be found in the main office.
  • Halloween Carnival – a one-hour celebration at the end of the day with games, food, music and fun. This will take place during 6th and 7th hour.
  • Costume Contest – we’ll pull out and photograph the best costumes and hold a vote at the end of the day.

Dress Code

Visit this page for recent changes to the school board policy regarding dress code. The main takeaway is that we are looking more at the effect of what you wear than the thing itself. There are still some absolutes (bare back or abdomen, gang or drug references, etc.), but other things (hats being the most requested) are allowed as long as it doesn’t cause a disruption and we can still tell who you are.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

NJHS Induction Ceremony is tonight. Students should be in the auditorium BY 5:40 pm.

Calling All Careers!

Our 7th grade CCA students want to know what it’s like to do what you do!  We are looking for a variety of presenters to help students learn about the world of work.  We love to hear from parents, aunts, uncles, and family friends that have interesting careers. Use this form if you can help us out!

8th Grade PCCR Appointments 

We encourage all parents/guardians of 8th grade students to meet with their assigned school counselor for a PCCR meeting. Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) appointments are available by logging into the parent’s Skyward account and clicking on the “Conferences” button. (The Skyward conference scheduler will be open until Nov 12th to make appointments.)  PCCR appointments are available Nov 1 – Nov 23 during school hours. Evening hours from 4:00-6:00 pm are available on Wed, Nov 17 and Thurs, Nov 18. If none of the available times work for you, you may email your counselor to schedule a different time. Your 8th grade PCCR meeting will briefly discuss your student’s high school graduation requirements and future college and career interests. 

8th Grade Job Shadow – Applications are due Tuesday, Nov 2nd

8th grade students need to be working on their job shadow so that they can turn in their application to their history teacher by Tuesday, November 2nd. They may reference the career exploration activity they did in their science class to get ideas. As an alternate activity, 8th graders may also attend one of the following programs at the JATC: Biotechnology, Engineering,  Veterinary Science, Garden & Greenhouse,  Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Computer  Programming, Web Development, Welding, Nail Technology, Hair Design & Barbering, Fire Science, EMT, and Aviation Science. Please contact your student’s counselor if you want to sign-up for this option. Last names A-C:, last names D-J:, last names K-Q:, last names R-Z:

MESA-STEM After-School Activity this Wed, Oct 27

We will be holding our October MESA-STEM after school activity on Wed, Oct. 27.  Each month we do a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related activity. All Elk Ridge Students are invited and encouraged to attend.  Each month’s activity will begin immediately after school and will probably last about an hour (approx, 3:00 – 4:00 pm). Flyers are available in the counseling center.   

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7th Grade Elections, Dress Code, SCC Elections

We hope your students are enjoying being back in school as much as we are! With the first week under our belts, we’re settling into the more routine aspects of school. As always, check your email each Monday for a Skylert, and check our website and social media pages for both the Skylert information and highlights from life at school.

7th Grade Student Government Elections

Since our 7th graders come from various elementary schools, we hold elections for student body officers when they get here to Elk Ridge. If your student is at all interested – or you as their parent think they should give it a go – have them check out this page on the school website for dates, deadlines, and application information.

Dress Code

Please make sure you send your students to school in clothing that follows the JSD Dress Code. A good rule of thumb if you aren’t sure it works is to make sure your student is covered from shoulder to shoulder and from the neck to the knee. If you have any questions please contact a member of the administration. 

School Community Council Elections & First MeetingIf you want to have a say in what happens at the school, we’d love to have you join our school community council! Fill out an election application here, or just attend our first meeting. We will meet at 6 pm on September 21st in the Media Center. We will also have a Zoom option for those wishing to attend virtually. That link will be posted on the Community Council page of the school website on the date of the meeting. We would love to have you, so mark your calendar!

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7th Grade Student Gov. Applications

Interested in running for student body officer? Check out the dates and deadlines below, as well as the promotional video from our current 8th and 9th grade SBO’s.

August 23 – 27: Applications available in the Main Office

August 31: Applications, questionnaire, poster examples, and video outline due to Mr. Fife in Room 406 by 3 pm.

September 2 – 8: Posters up in the cafeteria and hallways – You need to get Mr. Fife’s approval before hanging your posters.

September 8: Primary elections (if needed). 8 students move on. Mandatory meeting at the end of the day for the results for all applicants. Interview sign-ups start if moving on. You will have only ONE interview.

September 10: Interviews after school.

September 13: Videos are due to Mr. Fife by 3 pm.

September 14: Final Elections – Winners will be notified at the end of the day in the library. School-wide announcement of winners will be at the end of the day or the following morning.

SBO Advisor Contact Information: Mr. Fife, – Room 406