ETR Cougar Tracks
February 19, 2020
Valentine Candy Drive
Please bring the candy into your homeroom where it will be collected by Student Council.
Come Join Your Friends and Family at Freddy's
February 24, 2020
4 PM - 8 PM
Steve Stefani Dance Marathon
If you would like to send some words of encouragement to an SHS student participating in the Steve Stefani Dance Marathon, please fill out this Google form below!
2020 Steve Stefani Dance Marathon
Please join SHS students as they stand to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer!
Saturday, February 29, 2020
7 AM - 10 PM
$5 Entry Fee
Thanks for listening to our podcast, Cougar Conversations! Here is episode two, where we catch you up on all the things happening at ETR, current news and social highlights, as well as a new segment, Stump the Teacher, where students interview Mr. Bennett!
For more information about the club, or to listen to our other episodes, take surveys, or fill out answers for Twisted Trivia, follow this link to our homepage on the school website: https://www.ssdcougars.org/schools/et-richardson-middle-school/student-life/clubs-activities/podcast-club.
Brunner Bash T-Shirt Design Contest
Designs are due by
March 4, 2020
Brunner Bash Chaperone T-Shirt
If you would like to purchase a Chaperone T-Shirt (Optional), please fill out the order form and return it to the Main Office
Orders Due by March 13th
Brunner Bash Dance
Friday, April 17, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Students should fill out the attached form and return it along with their payment to their homeroom teacher.
Parent chaperones, snacks and water are also needed! Please click on the following link to sign-up!
7th Grade Dental Exams
Dental exams for 7th graders will take place with the school's dentist on February 19, 2020 and February 26, 2020. This does not pertain to students that have already submitted forms from a private dental exam.
All 8th Graders
SHS Field Hockey - Informational Meeting
There will be an informational meeting for any 8th grader interested in playing field hockey next year at SHS. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at ETR in Room 119 right after school.
SHS Field Hockey -8th Grade Parent Informational Meeting -
There will be an informational PARENT meeting for any 8th graders who plan to play field hockey at SHS next year on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:30. The meeting will be held in the Audion (in the hall to the left of the auditorium) at SHS. If you are unable to attend or have questions, please email Coach Taylor-Scott at email@example.com.
Please be sure to fill out the form for Camp Canadensis and return to your homeroom teacher by February 21, 2020
Urban Air Fun Night
March 4, 2020 - 4 pm-8 pm
$24.99 will get Ultimate Access for 2 hours of play
Urban Air jump socks are required $2.50
Waivers are required and can be completed in advance online
Parent Presentations at ETR
Our next presentation is Thursday, March 5th from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm in the ETR auditorium. The hot topic is mental health and the organization speaking is Minding Your Mind.
This program is to assist parents in helping guide their child(ren) through these turbulent years.
Young Poet of Delaware County 2020 Poetry Contest
Deadline for Submission is MONDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2020
Yearbook photographers can’t be everywhere, so if you’ve got great photos of school events or of you and your friends just having fun, please share them with us! Send/Share your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org ! The more photos we get, the better our yearbook will be for everyone! The last day to submit photos will be April 1, 2020. Please note, all pictures are considered but not all can be used!
7th Grade Trip
8th Grade Career Day is May 7, 2020
It is our goal to continue to bring in professionals from the local community to discuss career pathways and to share his/her story with our ETR students. Following this year’s career interest lessons and a poll taken with students, we would like expand our current volunteers and also bring in professionals in the following fields:
Computer Science (computer programming, software architect/developer, game designer, computer engineering field)
Cosmetology Field (Hair/salon)
If you or a friend/family member or know someone in the community that works in any of these fields (or other fields) and may have interest in sharing his/her story with your 8th grade students, please ask them to fill out this google interest form: https://forms.gle/8gVvTbn6TaaXjHBA8
Engineering Math and Science Camp
June 22, 2020 - June 26, 2020
Springfield Summer Recreation Program
Cougar Conversations is ETR's new podcast! Listen for school news, pop culture updates, trivia, movie reviews, sports talk, and more! New episodes will be posted regularly, so be sure to check Cougar Conversations out and bookmark the tab!
This is the link for the Twisted Trivia segment of the episode. Please use this to send us feedback for the next episode!
The Springfield High School Wrestling Team
Swappable PopGrips™ for Sale
The sale has been extended!
ETR DANCE CLUB
ETR’s Weekly Challenge
Each Monday, students will receive an email with either a math problem of the week or a writing prompt of the week. Students who wish to participate in the challenge should submit their response to the week's Writer of the Week assignment in the ETR Writing Contests Google classroom.Entries will be considered based on relevance to the prompt, creativity, quality use of the focus skill, and appropriate length. Responses are due by 8:20 AM on Thursday. Winners receive a Wawa gift card and public recognition.
Please send in any old newspapers you may have for the art classes. The students use them for so many projects in each grade level. Students can leave them outside of Room 127 or 128.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Student participants in the PJAS program will follow the scientific method to design an experiment, research, formulate a hypothesis, develop an experiment to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and collect and analyze data from their experiment. The student then prepares a verbal presentation to explain their experiments and results. Students will present their experiments at the Regional Meet held at ETR. PJAS meetings are held every Thursday from 2:45-3:30 in the LMC.
Reading Olympics meets every Tuesday in the LMC from 2:45 -3:30. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Finestone in Room 121.
Welcome Visitors To ETR!
Please be sure to bring a valid, government-issued ID with you when visiting ETR or picking up a student.
Parent Training Information
Homework Club is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It will be held in Room 137 with Ms. Dun on Mondays and in Room 140 with Mrs. Murphy on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Homework club will start immediately after school and will end at 3:45 PM.
Transportation will not be provided, so please make sure your child has a way of getting home.
Permission slips are needed to attend Homework Club. In order to attend, please click on the link below to sign up for the Homework Club.,
Soft Pretzels for Sale
Every Friday morning during the school year - there will be soft pretzels for sale outside of the main office. The pretzels are $0.50 each and the proceeds benefit the instrumental music department. The pretzels go on sale at 7:10 AM and will be sold until 7:45 AM. So, enjoy a delicious soft pretzel for only $0.50 each Friday.
Chartwells Lunch Menu
Student lunch is $2.95 or $.40 reduced price
Breakfast is served at the Middle School every day
Prices are $1.60 or $.30 reduced price
Just a reminder to our students that the LMC is open 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please see Mrs. Heller in the LMC if you have any questions.
Just a reminder! We are still collecting boxtops. One child from each grade who collects the most will be rewarded a giftcard. Please send you cut boxtops to the main office.
The following clubs have been offered in previous years. Clubs are run based upon the interest of students and the availability of adult volunteer sponsors.
Chess Club – Chess Club meets weekly in the LMC. Students learn strategy and play the game. Mr. White is the faculty advisor.
Geography Bee – The winner of ETR’s annual Geography Bee is eligible to compete in the next level of The National Geographic Bee, an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Mr. Marinelli is the faculty advisor.
Homework Club – ETR’s Homework Club is held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (2:45 – 3:45). Room assignments will be made once permission slips are returned. A teacher will facilitate each session. Students are expected to come to homework club fully prepared (planner, pen/pencil, books, assignments).
Math Counts – Math Counts is the largest and most difficult mathematics competition for middle school students in the country. Its founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Paw Print – ETR’s student newspaper publishes four issues each year. The staff includes all grade levels. The Paw Print has a variety of sections: school news, school sports, opinions, interviews, student reads (creative writing), a fun page (cartoons, games, trivia), and pictures. The group meets regularly to plan issues, work on submissions, set-up, and distribute the newspaper to students. (TBD) is the faculty advisor.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) -Student participants in the PJAS program are encouraged to follow the scientific method to select a project, research the background, formulate a hypothesis, develop an experiment to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and to collect and analyze data from their experiment. The students then prepare an oral presentation with visuals (transparencies). Students present their findings to judges in early March at a Regional Meeting. Students that receive a first award at the regional meeting will be able to present their findings at the State Meeting in May. Mr. Conlin is the faculty advisor.
Reading Olympics – The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase students' reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills. Students collaborate with their teammates to read 40 - 50 books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers. These professionals read the books and write questions which teams of students answer during the competition. The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are awarded ribbons. Since the teams generate much excitement about this event, the experience is rewarding for everyone involved. Mrs.Finestone is the faculty advisor.
Spelling Bee -- This school-wide contest takes place in February. Toward the end of January, Language Arts teachers with either nominate students or select students from their classes who have expressed interest in participating in the bee. A preliminary round will be held, and the highest scorers will be the contestants in the actual Spelling Bee. The winner of the bee will continue to compete in the county-wide spelling bee which takes place in March. Mrs. Booth is the faculty coordinator.
Stage Crew – The students who participate in Stage Crew assist in setting up audio and visual equipment for assemblies and other special events during the school day and occasionally in the evening. Mr. Conlin is the faculty advisor.
Student Council – Student Council facilitates many ETR student events. Amy Parsons the faculty advisor.
Yearbook -- ETR’s Yearbook is designed and created by 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who work as writers, photographers, artists, layout designers, typesetters and editors. The staff meets from September to April to compile the yearbook, which is distributed in June each year. Mrs. Stewart are the faculty advisors.
Sketch Club - Sketch Book Club will be an activity where students can come and draw using real objects, images, or their imagination. It will be a place where students can come and let their create juices flow, where they can share their ideas, and find a place to congregate with like-minded individuals, or to try learning some new art drawing techniques. It will take place in the LMC with Ms. Fafalios on Mondays from 2:45 to 3:45. Sketch Club will run from Monday, September 30th to Monday, February 17, 2020.
Game Club: The game club is an opportunity to relax, meet other students and play board games, with a rotation of Wii games. The club meets every Thursday from 2:45 – 3:45 in room 167 with Miss. Aiken. The club will run through March. If you are interested, please stop by to pick up a permission slip to join.
Podcast Club - Podcast Club will be a new club at ETR that creates and publishes a podcast for the school, covering a range of topics from school news to pop culture. Students will have the opportunity to work with each other, interview guests from ETR, and work with real podcasting equipment. All students in grades 7th and 8th are welcome to join. For more information, please see Mr. Steinke in Room 118.
LEGO Robotics Club - LEGO Robotics Club will be starting in December and will go until March. It will take place every Monday afternoon from 2:45-3:45 in the LMC. This is open to all students. Students will build and program LEGO Mindstreams kits. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Spiropoulos in the Guidance Office.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORMS
Gym shirts and shorts are required for all students. Gym sweatpants and sweatshirts are optional. The Wellness teachers will be selling uniforms all throughout the school year.
Shirts: $8.00 (Adult sizes S-3XL)
Shorts: $12.00 (Youth L - Adult 3XL)
Sweatpants: $12.00 (Youth L-Adult 3XL)
Sweatshirts: $12.00 (Adult sizes S-XL)
Cash and check are both accepted. Checks should be made payable to ETR. Please include your child's name in the memo section of your check.
Information about Security Clearances for Volunteers
If you handed in your Security Clearances last year to any of our schools in the Springfield School District, we would have this information in our system and it is good for five years. There is no need for you to give us another copy.
If you have any questions about this information that is needed you can click below to go directly to our SSD Website: SSDCougars.org > Parents > Security Clearances
Three clearances are needed to be a chaperone or volunteer:
- Child Abuse Clearance
- Criminal Background Clearance
- FBI Clearance for Fingerprinting - The service code for volunteers is 1kg6y3