For the last week, 7th and 8th grade students at Elk Ridge have been able to learn to solve Rubik’s cubes in their math classes. Using those skills, each class period has worked to build a mosaic. They only see the 12 cubes they are solving, and can’t see the whole picture until everyone has completed their part. It’s problem solving, teamwork, algorithmic thinking, and endurance all rolled into one chaotic and fantastic project.
A lot of the student favorites were mosaics relating to the Utah Jazz:
We also had a mosaic of Jordan School District Superintendent, Anthony Godfrey – who made a cameo appearance without knowing what he was in for:
Word got out, and we ended the day having Fox 13 News come over and film as the students pulled off a truly heroic mosaic of Donavan Mitchell in under 20 minutes. With 420 cubes to solve, it was a race against time that required some of the speediest solving we’ve ever seen. We’ll update this post with a link to the story once it aires.
If you see one of your math teachers, especially Jonathan Lawes, thank them for finding such meaningful and enjoyable ways to keep our students not only entertained, but actively learning and laughing. It was a great way to send off our students into the summer, and we look forward to doing it again with 7th graders next year.
We’re nearly to the end of the school year, and now is definitely the time to remind your student to check on grades and with teachers before deadlines for turning in work have passed. You can always check Skyward and Canvas for up-to-date information in each class.
We have a lot of exciting things planned for the last two weeks of school, and we look forward to a lot of fun as we wrap up a year for the history books.
THIS WEEK (Masks Still Required)
Ongoing: BHS Arena Scheduling (more info below)
Monday, May 24
Theatre Performance @ 6 pm and 7:30 pm
Calculators checked out from math teachers are due
Tuesday, May 25
Orchestra Concert @ 7 pm
Wednesday, May 26
Dance Concert @ 6 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 27
Locker Cleanout During 2nd Period
Band Concert @ 7 pm
Lagoon Bus Permission Slips Due (9th Grade – Found Here)
Bingham cross-country team meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Bingham media center
Friday, May 28
AP Human Geography Test (In seats and ready with charged Chromebooks at 9:30 am)
9th Grade Memory Books (Given out during 1st, Signing Party during 7th)
Year-End Assembly (Awards, Performances)
Thursday, June 3
9th Grade Lagoon Day (Go to 1st period, purchase your pass online beforehand, and bring lunch or money for lunch)
7th & 8th Grade Memory Books (Given out during 1st, Signing Party during 7th)
7th & 8th Grade Activity Day (Each class will have activities and sign yearbooks on our regular bell schedule)
7th Grade Last Day of School
Friday, June 4
Virtual Day for Students (No students in the building)
8th & 9th Grade Last Day of School – Enjoy a well-deserved break!
All students should plan on bringing their Chromebooks to the media center during their Language Arts class on Tuesday, June 1st. All Chromebooks will be checked for damage and then either checked right back out to the student (7th & 8th Grade, if desired) or checked in to the school (9th Grade).
Virtual Students are welcome to come at any point that day to check them in. Because the mask mandate will be lifted at that point, we will also happily take virtual student Chromebooks this Friday from 9:30 am – 2 pm while the mask mandate is still in effect. Simply check in the main office and bring it to the media center.
Before Checking In
Remove any stickers you applied
Wrap up the charger nicely
Wipe down the outside (not the inside, and spray the cloth and not the Chromebook)
Fees will be assessed for any missing chargers, cracked or damaged screens, excessive wear, missing keys, or a Chromebook missing entirely. And again, 7th & 8th graders can keep their Chromebooks over the summer if they would like, but will still need to bring it to be assessed.
BHS Arena Scheduling
If students have incomplete or incorrect schedules for BHS next year, they can log into skyward and make those adjustments. Arena scheduling will be open now until June 2 at 11:59pm. It will open again Aug. 2 @ 3pm until Aug. 17 @ 11:59pm.
Lagoon Permission Slips Due May 27th
There is no fee to ride the bus, but we do require a signed parent permission slip. They can be found on the school website and in the main office. Actual tickets to Lagoon are purchased online only on Lagoon’s website.
How much does it cost? $37.00 (tax included) ONLINE STUDENT TICKETS: Student tickets will be available to purchase online, in advance. Students can go onto Lagoon’s website and purchase tickets using the promo code SCHOOLS21. If tickets are purchased online, in advance, your student can go directly to the Entrance Gates with their digital ticket.Lagoon ticket windows will still be open for students to purchase from Lagoon. Checks are not accepted. Students may use their Lagoon 2021 Season Passport.
STUDENT FEES AND FINES MUST BE PAID IN ORDER TO ATTEND LAGOON. PLEASE CHECK SKYWARD.
Please note: X-Venture Zone Attractions (Skycoaster, Double Thunder Raceway and Catapult) are not included with the Single Day Passport. Lagoon-A-Beach will not be open.
What should students bring?
Lunch, or money for lunch
Sunscreen, hat, water bottle, sunglasses, etc.
What should students wear?
All students attending this activity must follow Jordan School District dress code. There are many water-related rides at Lagoon, so please dress appropriately.
Suspensions and discipline referrals may affect your student’s opportunity to attend this activity.
ERMS ninth grade students may ride the bus at no cost. Buses will leave ERMS at 9:00 am.
Buses will leave Lagoon between 4:00 pm – 5:00 pmand return to ERMS between 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The school assumes no liability for students who choose not to board buses on time. Students who need a ride home from school should make arrangements beforehand, as the school will be locked by the time the buses return to ERMS.
PERMISSION SLIPS TO RIDE THE BUS ARE DUE: MAY 27, 2021
Our counseling center team has a few upcoming events we want to make sure you are aware of:
Every year at ERMS, students have the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to our school and community by earning a Wapiti Medallion. Points are assigned for different activities that show students have gone “above and beyond” what is expected of them. Students must earn a minimum of 40 points to earn their medallion this year. The instruction sheet can be found here.
In order to apply, students must send an email by Wed. May 19th and submit their essay by Monday May 24th. Please see the application information sheet on our website or in the main office for details. Questions should be directed to Camille Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristy Weldon at email@example.com. Thank you!
IN-PERSON SUMMER PROGRAMS
We are excited to offer help during the summer for students that could use small-group instruction. If you are interested, please reply to this email and let us know. We won’t be able to offer help in every subject, but will be able to work with other middle schools if a subject you need isn’t available here.
ONLINE SUMMER COURSE ENROLLMENT
Summer enrollment has begun for Utah Students Connect as well as other credit recovery and original credit options. Please email or speak with your counselor for more information.
The University of Utah is excited to announce their free 2021 Transportation Camp. Explore engineering in this week-long event dedicated to introducing 7th and 8th grade students to the transportation industry. Selected participants will experience hands-on activities while working with the professional researchers and faculty of the University of Utah. Participants will have the opportunity to experience on-campus amenities, guest lectures and explore career opportunities while focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fundamentals. Space is limited. More information can be found at https://www.civil.utah.edu/transportation-camp/ or the attached flyer.
BINGHAM ARENA SCHEDULING
Arena scheduling for incoming sophomores (9th graders) will open up on Thursday, May 20th at 3:00 pm and close on Friday, May 21st at midnight. It will open up again for everyone on May 24th at 3:00 and close on June 2nd at midnight. Ninth graders that are going to Bingham are encouraged to click on Arena Scheduling in Skyward and check their schedules for missing classes.
Every year at ERMS, students have the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to our school and community by earning a Wapiti Medallion. Points are assigned for different activities that require students to go above and beyond the normal student expectations. The award can be earned in each grade (bronze for 7th, silver for 8th, and gold for 9th), and for earning the award all three years at Elk Ridge (platinum).
We are thrilled to announce that tickets are available now for next week’s school performance of Matilda the Musical! Shows are Tuesday to Saturday night at 7:00 pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Updated COVID guidelines for performances allow us to increase audience capacity, and our cast members have already had a chance to get tickets for family. We would love to have you join us. Please note that masks must be worn at all times, and no eating or drinking will be allowed in the auditorium. Our cast members and all of our wonderful volunteers and staff have been working tirelessly for months to prepare, and we can’t wait to have you at our performance!
To purchase tickets, visit this link or go to showtix4u.com, search Elk Ridge and Matilda the Musical at Elk Ridge Middle School.
It’s great to have everyone back from what we hope was a very relaxing Spring Break! It’s now 4th quarter, and we have a number of spring items this week. Also, please remind your students that masks must be worn snugly over both the mouth AND nose. It’s also worth noting that while the statewide mask mandate lifts April 10th, the statewide mask mandate for schools remains in place through the end of the school year. We hope that’s the finish line for wearing masks in schools, and we appreciate your support it making it there.
Here’s what’s in this week’s Skylert:
8th Grade Job Shadow Information
9th Grade Mock Interview Information
End-of-Year Testing for Virtual Students
9th Grade Voting for BHS Sophomore Class Officers
8th Grade Job Shadow – Applications Due Tuesday, April 6th
Job Shadow applications are due Tuesday, April 6th, but will still be accepted through Thursday, April 8th. Applications need to be submitted through your US History Canvas class. (If you are an online student, this same information is available through the “Counseling” Canvas class.) Historically, the 8th grade Job Shadow has been a very positive experience and most students participate. We highly encourage 8th graders to take advantage of this opportunity to explore a possible career. Students can job shadow with their parent/guardian or someone else. The job shadow application needs to be completed in order for students to have the absence “excused.”
If you are having trouble finding a job shadow experience, the JATC is willing to host around 45 of our students in the following programs: Website Development & Design, Engineering & Robotics, Digital Media, Biotechnology, Garden & Greenhouse Design, and Welding. If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact the counseling center. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Parents are responsible for transportation.
Students that don’t participate in the Job Shadow on April 13th are expected to be in school all day and will complete a career assignment that day.
9th Grade Job Interviews – Tuesday, April 13th
Adult volunteers are still needed to help with our 9th grade Job Interview experience. We need 15 volunteers from 7:45-11:35, and 15 volunteers from 11:25-2:50. The PTSA will provide lunch for both sessions. Volunteers will be providing short mock job interviews for our 9th grade students. We will provide a list of suggested questions. For more information, please contact the counseling center. If you can help with this fun activity, please fill out this form.
End-of-Year Testing for Virtual Students
Virtual students please come to the school at the following times for end of the year testing. The schedule is as follows:
RISE Math 7th & 8th Grade
RISE ELA 7th & 8th Grade
RISE Science 7th & 8th Grade
RISE Writing 8th Grade ONLY
May 10 & 17 8:00 – 9:45 AM
May 11 & 18 8:00 – 9:45 AM
May 12 & 19 8:00 – 9:45 AM
May 13 & 20 8:00 – 9:45 AM
May 3 7:40 – 9:30 AM
May 4 8:30 – 10:15 AM
May 5 7:40 – 9:30 AM
May 6 8:30 – 10:15 AM
9th Grade BHS Sophomore Class Officer Elections
Welcome back after Spring Break! It’s time to vote for next year’s class officers. Only incoming BHS sophomores can vote in 2021-2022 Sophomore Class elections. Every vote is individually verified. Please vote for up to 2 candidates for sophomore office. The top 2 candidates from each feeder school will combine to make the new sophomore class officers.
We are nearly to Spring Break, and we hope you all are geared up for the quarter to end this Thursday as well. As always, we encourage you to communicate with teachers and check grades before the term ends and grades are finalized. Also, the School Board has approved Lagoon for 9th graders (with precautions) and increased capacity at in-person performances (again, with precautions). More information on both of these topics will follow as we get it.
In this Skylert, you’ll find updates on:
Volunteer Opportunities & Upcoming Career Activities
We have two surveys in progress this week with students. Information on each can be found at the end of this message, but they are essentially a survey to all students about the school itself (one goes out to parents as well) and one about students’ social and emotional health. Both surveys help us do better at being what our students need. Students will take these in their classes and nothing needs to be done from home aside from the parent survey sent out by the district. If you would like more information about either survey, please let us know and we’ll get you anything you need.
Bangerter Closures & Detours
The Utah Department of Transportation is planning to close 10400 S East-West travel across Bangerter starting late April or early May, and it will remain closed through November of 2021. UDOT animation of traffic flow and current information will be posted here by the end of the week. You can also see the detour plan here, and traffic patterns here.
We expect this will mean more traffic on 9800 S as two lanes will exit Bangerter turning left there in the construction plan, and the detour routes people on 9800 S as well.
Volunteer Opportunities & Upcoming Career Activities
8th Grade Job Shadow – Tuesday, April 13th
As part of our career exploration program, 8th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadow experience on Tuesday, April 13th. This is a chance to take your student to work with you or send them to work with someone you know. It is our hope that you will share your excitement for your profession with your child or that they will have the opportunity to study a career of interest. If your student pre-arranges a job shadow experience, and they complete the required forms, they will be excused from school on this day. Encourage your student to think about a career area they are interested in. Students that don’t arrange a job shadow are expected to be in school on this day and they will do a career related activity in Language Arts. Parents are responsible to provide transportation to the job shadow. More information will be provided but please start thinking about options that your student might be interested in.
9th Grade Job Interviews – Tuesday, April 13th
Adult volunteers are needed to help with our 9th grade Job Interview experience. We need 15 volunteers from 7:45-11:35, and 15 volunteers from 11:25-2:50. The PTSA will provide lunch for both sessions. Volunteers will be providing short mock job interviews for our 9th grade students. We will provide a list of suggested questions. For more information, please contact the counseling center. If you can help with this fun activity, please fill out this form
There’s been a lot of exciting news lately regarding updated COVID guidance in the nation and state, but please note that guidance for schools has remained the same. Cases are down at Elk Ridge, and we attribute that directly to how well our students are doing overall.
Please help us to remind students that masks at school still need to be worn indoors at all times, and outdoors when closer than 6 feet from others. We want to keep things as light as possible in tone, and having support from home makes all the difference. A lot of masks are starting to creep down under the nose, and that’s effectively not wearing a mask. We have plenty of new masks in the main office if they need something that stays up better.
Calling For Volunteers
We have a number of upcoming opportunities for parents and members of our community to participate in career-building activities. This ranges from mock job interviews to bringing your job to our students. If you have any interest in participating in one of these activities, let us know using this link. We’ve had tremendous participation from our community in the past, and it’s a great chance to get involved in something meaningful to our students.
AP Tests Coming Soon
Dates are being finalized and communicated to the classes directly, but please remember that if your student is in an AP class, they should plan on taking the test this May. Both AP Geography and AP Spanish tests will likely fall on a Friday, and it’s important to plan on being at school those days.
Memory Book Price Increases March 15th
If you would like to purchase a memory book, please do so before March 15th. After that date, the price will increase from $25 to $30. They can be purchased by going to Skyward Family Access, choosing Fee Management, Selecting Add a Fee, and the selecting Memory Book.
Free & Reduced Lunch Forms
The current USDA free lunch waiver allows all students to eat breakfast and lunch for free. When this waiver expires or funds run out, students will need a completed Free and Reduced Lunch form to continue to eat free or reduced lunch.
If you qualify or think you might qualify for free or reduced lunch, complete a new form at the school or on Skyward Family Access (Instructions Here) ASAP so there the transition back to regular lunch costs is as seamless as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our cafeteria manager (Holly Taylor) at 801-412-2823.