Principal's Message

Dear EGRMS Families,

With confidence in the warmer weather, students were able to go outside after eating lunch today for the first time this spring.  We will continue to take advantage of this opportunity whenever conditions allow.  I am proud of how our students can be entrusted with these special privileges.

This coming Saturday, April 27, the EGRMS Science Olympiad Team will compete at the state competition at Michigan State University.  The team has worked hard to earn this prestigious opportunity and we wish them the very best.  Anyone interested in supporting the team can learn more about the tournament here.  

Anthony Morey

Schram's Shout Out

Dear EGRMS Families,
MStep testing began on April 16 and will run through May 24.   
The MStep schedule is as follows:
8th grade:  April 23 (science)
7th grade:  April 29-30 (ELA) and May 7-8 (math)
6th grade:  May 1 and 6 (math) and May 14-15 (ELA) 
Anything you can do to avoid absences during testing will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and have a great week!
May 7 Election Information

The May 7, 2019, election ballot will have an important item for your consideration, the renewal of the Non-Homestead Operating Millage. This millage is a portion of the per-pupil state foundation allowance and provides significant operational funding for the district. For important information about this ballot issue, please click here

Annual Education Report
As of April 12, 2019, the East Grand Rapids Public Schools' 2018-2019 District and School Annual Education Reports (AERs) are available on the EGRPS website. You may view the East Middle School AER Cover Letter here and Combined Report here. The District AER Cover Letter may be found here and the Combined Report here.
For those who desire paper copies of the AER Cover Letter and Combined Reports, these will be available to parents and members of the community at the Middle School office.

General PTO Meeting ~ Thursday, April 25th @ 8:30am, EGRMS Learning Commons
  • Guest Speaker:  Kevin Phillips, presenting a district budget update.
  • Swearing in the 2019/20 Executive Board

The following PTO members have been nominated to serve our school, students, and community and we thank them for their time and support. 

                                   President                            Kim Bardeggia
                                   Vice President                    Stacey Maas
                                   Treasurer                            Kristen Gartrell
                                   Assistant Treasurer             Molly Rizor
                                  Corresponding Secretary    Gloriana Zimdar
                                   Recording Secretary          Jackie Dean
                                   Past President                    Kim Bolt


Confession: Most of the mail I get, I carry from the mailbox to the recycling box without even looking at it.

Later this week, though, there’s going to be something important in your mail. It’s a letter about Now&Forever, the EGR Schools Foundation’s campaign to build a sustainable future for our schools. 

See, there’s not going to be an EGRNOW! fundraising drive this spring. This is it. This is our chance to build the Foundation’s endowment by making three-year pledges so the investment earnings fund program support and enhancements now, and forever (see what I did there?)

And we’re almost to our goal. I’ve made my pledge, and more than 500 of your neighbors, including 130 EGRPS teachers and staff, have already contributed. We’ve raised more than $5.5 million and have less than $900,000 to get there. So when you see that letter, open it, read it, and make your pledge to Now&Forever by May 31.

Thank you!

-Jay Forstner

EGR Schools Foundation

Don’t take my word for it? Ask these students.

Thinking Traps
Counseling Lesson

This past month 6th and 7th grade students were introduced to the concept of "Thinking Traps" in their BRIDGES classes by Mr. Jim Grabow, Social Worker, and Mrs. Lisa Healey, School Counselor.  One of the things researchers know from studying people’s automatic thoughts, is that these automatic thoughts often fall into certain patterns called thinking traps – types of thoughts that don’t tell the whole story. Here are some examples of typical thinking traps youth and adults may fall into. 

During the lesson students were asked to select some of their thinking traps and were then given ways to challenge those unhelpful automatic negative thoughts with coping thoughts that were most helpful.  Students were taught how to challenge their thinking traps by using the suggestions given in the 5 steps to untwisting your thinking handout. 

Mr. Grabow and Mrs. Healey reminded students this is a hard skill to learn, and that is it okay to still have negative thoughts. Their goal is to have students notice when these thoughts happen and to try to choose the most helpful thoughts they can.  Later in the week teachers observed students catching themselves in various Thinking Traps which was great!  Please take a moment and talk to your student about which Thinking Traps they may have fallen into in the past and identify which ones they are working on.

Please reach out to Mrs. Healey or Mr. Grabow if you have questions about this lesson as it applies to your child's middle school journey.


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 are: 

Charlotte Baker
Stella Steenbergen
Elise Steketee

Who will be our Support Staff Employee of the Year?

East Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking nominations for its 24th annual Support Staff Employee of the Year Award.  One $500 award is given each year to recognize an outstanding support staff member. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available in each school office and in the district administration office. Parents, students, community members, and staff are encouraged to nominate support staff employees for the award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 17, 2019.


2019 Variety Show
Does your voice make Taylor Swift’s sound like nails on a chalkboard? 
Does Beyoncé run and hide in shame when you take the dance floor? Does your fancy fiddlin’ make Itzhak Perlman weep with envy? Well, now is your opportunity to shine! The EGR Middle School 2019 Variety Show is scheduled for Friday, May 31, and we need YOU to make it a success.  Students, mark your calendars NOW for this show of shows. Sign up in the office April 22- May 3, and we’ll see you at auditions on May 6th! Contact Mrs. Kastanek ( or Mrs. Dietz ( with any questions.


Upcoming Events
For more upcoming events, please be sure to check with your child and reference the MS Calendar which may be found here

KCTC Summer Camp
KCTC offers a summer camp program for grades 7, 8, and 9.  The program is a career-themed camp were students can explore various programs available at KCTC.  It's hands-on fun with the technology and equipment the professionals use in their trades.  Some of the most popular camps include Young Chefs, Criminal Justice, and the STEM Program.  

For more information, click 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.

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing equitable access to opportunity) offers summer camps in fine arts and digital media to middle and high school students. We have four sessions this summer and camps include video game design, 3D modeling and animation, ceramics, music production, photography, sewing, painting, digital illustration, etc. 

All details are here:
EGR Middle School
EGRPS District Website
EGRPS Academic Boosters 
EGRPS Community Action Council
EGRPS Music Boosters 
EGRPS Stage Boosters
EGRPS Team Boosters
EGR Schools Foundation
EGRPS Special Education News
EGRPS Parent Tech Update

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