Principal's Message

Dear EGRMS Families

Every year, Hearts of Gold provides an opportunity for our community to come together to support a great cause. This year, Hearts of Gold will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. The mission of this organization is to "lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives."  We hope you'll join us in supporting Hearts of Gold over the next two weeks. The middle school has several opportunities for students to participate in this great cause. Hearts of Gold t-shirts will be available for sale during lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and then again at all lunches the week of October 14 - 18. Dippin' Dots will also be for sale during the week of October 14-18 at all lunches to support this cause. For additional information, please view this video and PowerPoint presentation
Providing a safe school environment is one of our top priorities at East Grand Rapids Middle School. As we are about seven weeks into the school year and are starting to lose daylight in the mornings, now is a good opportunity to remind your student about some of the safety measures they should take while traveling to and from school. Please remind students that protective helmets are required by law for bike riders under the age of 18. When crossing streets, students should only cross at street corners and at marked crosswalks. I am happy to update the community that adult crossing guards are now stationed at the post of Lake / Kenesaw from 7:25 - 7:55 a.m. and from 2:50 - 3:20 p.m. and also at the post of Lake / Bagley from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. and 2:55 - 3:40 p.m. 
Please let me know if there's anything I can do for your family. 

Jeff Dykhouse

IB Diploma Programme:

Our one and only session entitled, "Intro to IB" is being offered Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the EGRHS Learning Commons. This session is geared towards families who are beginning their research and wish to learn more about the mission, philosophy, and intended outcomes of the IB Diploma Programme. Please click here to learn about other educational opportunities this year. 

Thank you!
Heather L. McKinney-Rewa
Yearbook Advisor & 
IB Programme Coordinator


We aim to maximize instructional time each school day.  Ideally, students will come to school prepared with all the necessary materials, lunch money or sack lunches, and knowledge of plans for after school.  Each delivery to a student disrupts a class and often creates a late arrival to the next class period. 

We ask parents to keep such requests for a delivery to true family emergencies only.  Forgotten school work, technology, or musical instruments may be stressful to a student, but the small lessons of keeping these matters in perspective, namely that they do not require a special parent delivery, is what we strive for all students to understand.  As such, parent requests for deliveries will be handled consistent with the urgency of the situation and all non-emergency deliveries communicated to students at the end of the school day.

Please consider the following when dropping an item off in the main office:

  • Label the item prior to arriving at the middle school.

  • Place the item on the student Drop-Off table.

  • Instruct your child to check the Drop-Off table throughout the day as students will not be called out of class.  Be in touch with your child using the same means of the original communication.


Video of Recent Vaping Presentation

If you were not able to attend recent Community Conversations Series on Vaping, the district has archived a video of it here. 

Presenters Dr. Shelly Schmidt and Dave Stults shared both the social and physiological reasons behind why vaping is so addicting for today’s teens. In addition, they also spoke about how to talk to your student about vaping and provided resources regarding where to get help.

Thank You! You Did It!

This is amazing! Together, our community met its goal and raised $6.4 million through Now&Forever, the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s historic campaign to create a sustainable source of funding for our schools. Nearly 900 families, including more than 130 EGRPS staff members, contributed. 

Along with $2 million to be raised through planned giving, the funds raised will build the Foundation’s endowment to $12 million. When that number is reached, the investment earnings will generate approximately $600,000 each year to benefit our students and our schools now and for generations to come. 

Now&Forever is strategic, bold, and innovative. And no, nothing like it has ever been done before in Michigan. We’re the first.

What else would you expect from Pioneers?


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:  

Sadie Devlaeminck, 6th
Owen Teegardin, 6th
Jonah Workman, 6th


The Hearts of Gold committee is excited to announce the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan as our 2019 partner! The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Awareness activities and fundraising will kick off in September. The Hearts of Gold events will culminate on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the East Grand Rapids High School home varsity football game against Grand Rapids Christian. Hearts of Gold is an annual EGR community-wide effort to raise funds and awareness for a non-profit organization, focusing on the physical and mental health of children while teaching our kids about philanthropy. Since 2009, Hearts of Gold has raised $663,000 for non-profit organizations throughout the state. 2019 will be extra special as it marks our tenth anniversary! For additional information about Hearts of Gold, go to the Hearts of Gold website or find Hearts of Gold on Facebook by searching @egrheartsofgold.

  • T-shirts will be sold tomorrow and Wednesday, October 8th & 9th during all three lunch periods and again during Hearts of Gold week, October 14th-18th.
  • Prepaid T-Shirts via SchoolPay may be picked up during lunch on October 8th & 9th.
  • Dippin’ Dots will be sold at lunch during the Hearts of Gold week (14th - 18th) to raise funds.

We need your help! The Hearts of Gold Committee is looking for volunteers to help sell t-shirts and Dippin' Dots at all lunches during the week of the the Hearts of Gold Football Game on October 14th through 18th. This is one easy way to contribute to the success of the campaign and our community.  View the sign up here:  2019 Hearts of Gold T Shirt and ice cream sales - Middle School.

We are hosting our third annual Book Fair at the Middle School.  October 21st-25th during the same week as Parent/Teacher conferences. We will have the book fair open daily, where students can shop during their scheduled English classes. There will be evening hours available as well, where parents can shop at the Book Fair during Conferences. On Friday we will will have morning hours available (8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.) where parents will be given the opportunity to shop as well since the building will be open for conferences.  

This is such a great opportunity not only for the kids to foster their love of reading, but to also benefit our Teachers by placing more books into their classroom libraries. All Scholastic Dollars made during the book fair, will go toward the purchase of books for classrooms and the Media Center as well. 

Sign up to volunteer via email

Kim Bardeggia, Book Fair Chariperson


Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 16th, at  5:30 p.m.  Please join us in the conference room across from the High School Cafe.

Our EGR October Music Booster newsletter can be found in the link below with information on upcoming events, fundraisers, and ways in which you can help support our Music Department.


Announcements & Upcoming Events
    Residents of all ages are invited to visit Public Safety for an Open House 
    on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet our officers, climb into the firetrucks, and check out the cruisers! Enjoy donuts and cider as you mingle with friends and neighbors and learn more about Public Safety in EGR. 
  • EGRMS Daily Announcements may be found here.
  • For more upcoming events, please be sure to check with your child and reference the MS Calendar which may be found here.



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