Principal's Message

The staff at East Grand Rapids Middle School is extremely grateful for the generosity and support that our students receive from our school community throughout the year. In this season of thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude!

Teachers and staff have graciously requested that in lieu of holiday gifts, students instead donate to families and students in need in our school community. A number of families and students are struggling because of health issues, job loss, or other situations out of their control. Over the past 15 years, EGRMS families have helped raise money and donate personal items for families and students in need at the middle school. Last year the community graciously donated $4,680 in gift certificates, cash, food, and toiletry items. Some of the items families were able to purchase or pay for were new tires, winter clothing, utility bills, holiday presents for their children, food, mortgage/rent payments, health care, and personal care items. These donations will remain in the EGR school community with 100% of the money benefiting middle school students and families.

Please consider giving to the EGRMS fund for families and students in need as an alternative to staff gifts. In honor of your child’s teachers, please consider one of the following:

  • A cash/check donation payable to “EGRMS PTO”
  • A gift card
  • Toiletries
If you would like to participate:
  • Please put your child’s name and the teacher’s name who the donation is made in honor of on an envelope attached to your donation.
  • Items may be dropped off in the Guidance Office.
  • We will notify the teachers in writing of your contribution.

All contributions are valuable, and your kindness is very much appreciated by families and children in need this holiday season. Any questions may be directed to Lisa Healey, Counselor, at 235-4866 or
Happy Holidays!
The EGR Middle School Staff


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Dear EGRMS Families:

It is with very mixed emotions that I post my final newsletter message.  It seems quite surreal that I am retiring tomorrow. It has been a tremendous journey and I am deeply thankful for all of the families that have enriched my career here at East Grand Rapids Middle School.

I have been blessed to spend my entire career here, including student teaching!  I walk away with a heavy, yet very full, heart.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

With my deepest gratitude,


Shelly Schram
Assistant Principal

Attention students interested in Science Olympiad: sign up sheets are available in Science classrooms. 

  • Parent Meeting ~ TONIGHT
Monday, November 25 @ 7 PM in Mr. Vance's room (008).
  • Student Event Sign-up Meeting 
Monday, December 2 @ 7 PM in the Middle School Cafeteria.



Students are issued “Way to Go” cards for demonstrating Respect, Responsibility or Personal Best by doing the right thing!  As students receive these cards, they are placed in the container located in the Main Office. Every Friday, names are drawn and announced during the afternoon announcements.  Each student selected, has the opportunity to pick a prize from the prize basket simply as a way to say “Thanks, we appreciate and recognize you!” 

This week's winners include: 

Mady Baar, 6th Grade
Whitney Dixon, 6th Grade
Daphna Marx, 7th Grade

EGRMS Student Council

Several male faculty members have started growing mustaches for a Gilda's Club fundraiser sponsored by EGRMS Student Council.  Students are encouraged to vote for the best mustache by bringing in spare change.  Students can vote with their change at lunch.  The teacher who raises the most "votes" with money, will be crowned Mr. Mustache. Voting will start Monday, November 18th and continue until December 6th.  Last year students raised $460 to support Gilda's Club.  Our goal this year is $500.  

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Student Council is hosting an after school event during which students can build their own gingerbread house.  The event is from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.   Participation is $5.  Students must prepay and pre-register.  Students may sign up during lunch this Thursday, Nov. 21st and Friday, Nov. 22nd.  Spots are limited. Contact Mrs. Bonner with any questions.



It’s Thanksgiving week, and we have a lot to be thankful for.

We’re thankful for the more than 900 families who donated to Now&Forever, enabling us to raise more than $6.4 million in cash pledges to build the future of our schools. We’re thankful for the more than one hundred volunteers who give their time to Foundation projects and events throughout the year. We’re thankful for the teachers, administrators and staff who make the most of the programs and enhancements the Foundation provides. We’re thankful for our board members who devote their energy and insight to guiding our efforts to where they will do the most good. Mostly, we’re thankful that we live in a community that values public education and is willing to do whatever it takes to help our students and our schools succeed.

Thank you, East Grand Rapids! Together, we’re investing in the future, and the future belongs to Pioneers.

The EGR Music Boosters is pleased to announce a “Mid-Winter” concert fundraiser on Friday January 24, 7 pm, at the EGR Performing Arts Center. This event features a solo concert by Ruslan Sirota, Grammy award-winning pianist.

Click on the below link to purchase your tickets TODAY :

EGR Music booster membership meeting Dec 18th 5:30 HS cafe conference room, all are welcome.


Deadline:  November 28th, 2019

  • Cake & refreshments will be provided.
  • Please consider sending a note or memory of Linda with your RSVP which will be compiled as a keepsake for Linda.  
  • Photos are welcome!
  • Help us keep this a secret! 

Linda's family sincerely hopes you join them in celebrating her incredible 32 years of service to East Grand Rapids!


East Grand Rapids High School student leaders formed a chapter of Girl Up in the 2018-2019 school year. Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 and is a powerful avenue for our young women to join together working towards gender equality worldwide. 


Girl Up is facilitating a period product drive November 18-26 with the intention to provide products in the middle school female bathrooms. (Our high school students remember how difficult it can be to ask a peer/teacher for a feminine product in middle school.) Girl Up is hoping to collect tampons and pads. If you would like to donate, there will be a box in the MS main office. Thank you for considering!

Announcements & Upcoming Events
  • EGRHS Hockey ~ Thanksgiving Camp please view the flyer here.
  • For more upcoming events, please be sure to check with your child and reference the MS Calendar which may be found here.
  • EGRMS Daily Announcements may be found here.



Our district is a proud partner of School News Network, visit their site for news items about EGR and other local schools!

Items listed here are non-school sponsored events that may be of interest to some parents or students.  Organizers are not affiliated with EGRPS.

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