We are finalizing registration information and processes as quickly as possible. While these plans reflect our expectations of the process, evolving circumstances related to the coronavirus may require adjustments. Please check back often, watch for Skylerts, and don’t hesitate to call or email us with questions.
What’s Covered Here
- Registration Definitions
- Regisrtation Instructions
- Important Dates and Deadlines
- Frequently Asked Registration Questions
- How to Test of out Reading Classes (7th & 8th Graders)
- Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) Membership
- 7th Grade Immunization Requirements
- Student Picture Packages
- School Community Council Nominations
We use the term ‘registration’ A LOT in schools. Here’s a list of what we mean and when each thing happens to help clear it up:
Chronologically, here are the parts of registering:
- Prior Spring – Course Selection
- Late July – Online or Hybrid Requests
- First Week of August – Fall Registration and Fees in Skyward
- First Few Weeks of School – Course Fees (if applicable) in Person
- Anytime – Registration for New Students to the District
Details on each portion follow, including when it happens, who it’s for, and where it happens.
COURSE REGISTRATION – This happens each spring, and is when you tell us what classes you’re interested in so that we hire staff and build a school-level course schedule based on what you choose. Think of it like placing your order on a menu.
- Who’s it for? All Students
- Where is it? At School
- When is it? Spring
VIRTUAL ONLINE LEARNING or HYBRID REGISTRATION – This one’s new this year. It’s your chance to tell us by July 31st if you’re going to be starting the school year fully online, or partly online and partly in-person. If you’re doing fully in-person school, you don’t need to worry about this step.
- Who’s it for? Only Students Doing All or Part of the Day Online
- Where is it? Online via Qualtrics Survey
- When is it? Due July 31st
FALL REGISTRATION on SKYWARD – This one’s just the part where you pay your general district registration fee ($65) and agree to everything from Chromebook Use to COVID precautions. Think of this as the district portion of registration.
- Who’s it for? All Students (Online, Hybrid, and In-Person)
- Where is it? On Skyward
- When is it? Early August
FALL REGISTRATION in PERSON – This is just the part where you pay course-specific fees based on what electives you’ve chosen at the school. It’s more of a follow-up to the regular fall registration.
- Who’s it for? All Students (Online, Hybrid, and In-Person)
- Where is it? In Person at ERMS
- When is it? Within the First Two or Three Weeks of School
NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION – This happens when you move here from a different school district or charter school. If this is you, you’ll need to go here and create a Skyward login, agree to some things, and then call us to set up a time in early August to come in and bring documentation, talk schedules, etc.
- Who’s it for? New-to-District Students Only
- Where is it? On Skyward, and then at ERMS
- When is it? The First Week or Two of August
For the sake of clarity, what follows refers to the Fall Registration portion of what’s listed above.
Student registration for 2020-21 takes place on Skyward via the parent login. This process will not begin starting in early August, when students have selected in-person or online learning. Please call the main office if you need any assistance.
Please ensure your contact information in Skyward is correct, and that you complete all Skylert information. All vital information comes out via text, call or email via Skylert.
As soon as online registration is complete and registration fees have been paid, your student may use their student login and password to view their schedule. NOTE: Schedule release may be delayed in order to adjust for students taking courses online. No lockers will be assigned at this time. Students previously at Elk Ridge will have the same locker and combination as last year, but locker use will be discouraged.
More information on registration fees can be found on the district fee website.
Important Dates & Calendars
With things in flux as they are, please consider subscribing to our school calendar. To do so, click the button below on the device of your choice. You should be prompted to add the calendar, which will allow you to view the most current events, modifications to dates and times, etc. You can also just view it on our homepage.
For now, the dates to remember for registration are as follows:
Online Registration: Early August
7th Grade Orientation: Monday, August 24th from 7:50 am to 11:50 am.
Back to School Night: Monday, August 24th. Per School Board decision, this will be held online. More info to come.
First Day for All Students: Tuesday, August 25th from 7:50 am to 2:50 pm.
Frequently Asked Registration Questions
Is my student eligible to ride the bus? The district provides a lookup tool here where you can enter your address and get busing information, including eligibility, stop locations, pickup times, and boundaries.
Where should my student walk to school? Each year, we evaluate and update the safest routes for students in our boundaries to use when walking to school. Please visit our page here to see the map.
When is the first day of school? 7th Graders will begin school on Monday, August 24. 8th and 9th Graders will begin school on Tuesday, August 25.
When will my student’s schedule be available? After registration is complete and registration fees have been paid.
When will my student receive a locker? Student lockers will be assigned in August. Because of COVID-19, this year’s 8th and 9th graders will be assigned the same locker as last year. Combinations and numbers can be found in Skyward via the student login. There is a fair chance that students will not be assigned lockers for health and hallway congestion reasons.
What are the dates to test out of reading and who can test out? If you are new to the school district, or feel that you have grown and improved as a reader since your last Reading Inventory which indicated your Lexile score, you will have the chance to test your reading proficiency before the school year begins. If you are hoping to test out of reading, this will be your only opportunity for Reading schedule changes until second semester. Come to Elk Ridge Middle School for an open house testing window on the following dates:
- Monday, August 3rd from 12 – 3 pm
- Tuesday, August 4th from 9 am to 12 pm
The test will take approximately 30-40 minutes, and all district COVID-19 precautions will be taken. Please check in at the main office.
What time does school start and end each day?
In a normal world, school runs Monday – Thursday from 7:50 am – 2:50 pm, and on Fridays from 9:50 am – 2:50 pm. But it’s not normal this year.
This year, if you’re attending in-person, it will still be from 7:50 am to 2:50 pm Monday through Thursday, but Fridays will be set aside for online learning and help from your teachers, as well as for teachers to prepare blended learning content.
A Message from the PTSA
Dear Elk Ridge Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are very excited to support the future classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026 as they learn and grow at Elk Ridge. The Elk Ridge PTSA plays an integral role in assisting our children to successfully navigate their middle school years.
Many parents wonder, Why join PTSA at the middle school? What do they do? PTSA does PLENTY! Here are just some of the important contributions PTSA makes on behalf of our adolescents. As members, we…
- Sponsor Ribbon Week which promotes healthful physical and emotional behavior choices and personal self-worth.
- Sponsor PTSA Student Ambassadors which promotes leadership skills, teambuilding, and service opportunities for students.
- Sponsors Teacher Appreciation Week which provides teachers and staff with a special week of gratitude for all they do for our students.
- Sponsor Reflections which encourages students to delve into their creativity.
- Sponsor Memory Book which documents their school year in a memorable way.
- Supplement Career and College Preparation which gives 9th grade students an introduction to experiences.
- Provide meals for teachers at the beginning of the year and at each Parent-Teacher Conference.
- Provide Teacher Grants which helps teacher supplement instructional materials.
- Assist with hearing and vision screening, Student of the Month, and much more!
We encourage parents and students to join Elk Ridge PTSA. There are multiple ways to purchase a PTSA membership.
- Student Membership – $6
- Parent Membership – $6
- Combination Student/Memory Book – $30
All students involved in Memory Book and PTSA Ambassadors are required to purchase a Student Membership. We also ask parents for a “Pass the Hat” donation of $15 per student in lieu of holding a “fund-raiser”. You will be entered into a PTSA drawing if you join with the on-line registration before school starts. Every membership is a chance to win GREAT PRIZES! The winners will be contacted personally.
If you are willing to volunteer for any of these events or in a general capacity, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elk Ridge PTSA
7th Grade Immunization Requirements
The following vaccines are required for students entering seventh grade:
- 1 Tdap Booster
- 3 Hepatitis B
- 2 Varicella (Chickenpox) – A history of disease is acceptable, as long as parent signs a verification statement
- 1 Meningococcal
Tdap Vaccine Dosage Recommendations:
Adolescents 11-18 years of age who have not received the Tdap vaccine should receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine followed by Td booster doses every 10 years thereafter. Tdap vaccine can be given regardless of when the last tetanus- and diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine was given. Unvaccinated teens or those behind schedule should receive three doses of Td with a one-time dose of Tdap substitued for one of the doses in the series.
For more information on immunization requirements, visit Immunize Utah.
Lifetouch photography will still be joining us on September 2nd for student pictures. Retakes will be held on October 7th.
From Lifetouch: “Safety is a top priority. Every Lifetouch employee must complete health and safety training before returning to either an office environment or to a school, and they must attest to feeling in good health every day before work. We’re also equipping every photographer with a thermometer, face coverings and sanitization kit. Students will electronically check-in at the camera, and we are training our photographers on no-contact posing techniques so they can capture smiles while remaining behind the camera. We will also follow protocols to enable social distancing between the photographer and student being photographed, as well as between students waiting in line. Finally, we have established rigorous sanitization protocols that require cleaning of all equipment throughout the day.”
School Community Council Nominations
Want to get involved? Our school community council plays a vital role in our budgeting, instructional planning, and safety discussions. We meet four to five times a year, and would love to have you join us. Visit our School Community Council page to nominate yourself or someone else to join the team.