EMS School Counselor Page



Welcome to the middle school counseling page for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Notice the tabs across the top for NEWS, ACADEMICS, COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS, and TESTING.  If you don’t find what you are searching for, please don’t hesitate to contact me.   tricia.anderson@eastern.k12.in.us

Middle school guidance information will be e-mailed to parents in the form of electronic quarterly newsletters through Skyward.  Please make sure we have your updated e-mail address in Skyward.

For the most up-to-date guidance announcements, please access your child’s course in Canvas titled, “Guidance Class of 2028” or whichever graduating class to which your child belongs. 

Additionally, here is the link to the latest Guidance Newsletter for Winter 2024.

Parents and Guardians,
We are closing out first semester at EMS, and I’m sure your children are ready for a much-needed break!  You can access the EMS Guidance Newsletter at this link for information regarding upcoming guidance events and important dates.  Parents of 8th graders, please pay special attention to the information regarding scheduling for high school classes.
As always, please reach out with any questions.
NEW!!  As we begin the scheduling process soon for the 2024 – 2025 school year, here is the link for the EMS 2024-2025 Course Descriptions & Scheduling Information.  Your child will receive a Course Request Form in March (May for incoming 6th graders).

Thank you,

Tricia Anderson, EMS Counselor & School Testing Coordinator


NEW!!  As we begin the scheduling process soon for the 2024 – 2025 school year, here is the link for the EMS 2024-2025 Course Descriptions & Scheduling Information.  Your child will receive a Course Request Form in March (May for incoming 6th graders).


Important Guidance Dates Spring 2024

January 3:  1st Day of 2nd Semester

January 10:  Schedule Change Deadline

January 10:  KACC Presentation to 8th & 10 graders

January 15:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School (PMD)

February 5:  End of 4 1/2 week midterm

February 12:  ILEARN Practice Testing Begins

February 16:  End of Trimester 2 for EMS Trimester Classes

February 19:  Presidents’ Day – No School (PMD)

March 8:  End of 3rd 9 Weeks

March 19:  9th Grade Scheduling Mtg for 8th Graders During P. 6

March 20:  8th Grade Trip to IUK

March 25 – April 5:  Spring Break

**Access your parent Skyward account for your child’s grades and homework.  If you need your login information, please contact the middle school office at 628-5030**

How To “Pair Up” With Your Child’s Canvas Classes

Parents can “pair up” with their child’s Canvas account and become an observer of that account. If you have wanted more access to your child’s Canvas account to monitor assignments, please do the following:

– visit www.eastern.k12.in.us

– school services tab

– choose digital portal from the drop-down list

– scroll down to Canvas Guide tab

– Go to Canvas Parent FAQ’s

– Go to 4th bulleted item titled “how parents sign up to view student account”

– Follow the steps outlined

*The process also involves your student because “pair with observer” happens through the student account. All steps are outlined in “how parents sign up to view student account.”

Please contact Eastern’s technology team if you have any issues.

Use the Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline as a resource for math and science homework help.  It really works and the college students on the other end are very helpful.

 Middle School Bell Schedule

Period 1                     8:05 – 8:53

Period 2                    8:57 – 9:45

Period 3                    9:49 – 10:37

Advisory/Lunch     10:37 – 11:37

Period 4                   11: 41 – 12:29

Period 5                    12:33 – 1:21

Period 6                    1:25 – 2:13

Period 7                    2:17 – 3:10

Importance of Freshman Year GPA – PowerPoint

College & Career Readiness

Indiana Career Explorer and Learn More Indiana are a must for parents and students.  These sites are specific to Indiana students and offer everything you need to know regarding high school graduation requirements, graduation pathways, four-year high school planning, scholarship opportunities, career assessments, career and college profiles, SAT/ACT testing tips, and so much more!!  Students can also opt to keep an electronic version of the four-year plan and guidance portfolio on Indiana Career Explorer.

Changes to the 21st Century Scholars Program

For over 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has been helping students from low-income households go to college. The program pays for up to 4 years of full tuition at Indiana public colleges. It does not pay for room and board. The program also pays partial tuition at approved Indiana private colleges.

The major change to the program centers around how families apply for the scholarship. For many years, parents have had to complete a 21st Century Scholars application before June 30th of their child’s 8th grade year. Now, 7th and 8th graders who are already receiving free/reduced lunch at school will be automatically enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program. Indiana’s Center for Higher Education is in the process of auto-enrolling students in graduating classes 2027, 2028, and 2029. Indiana’s CHE will then mail notification letters to enrolled students and families throughout October. Once you receive this letter, please let me know if you have any questions.

If your 7th or 8th grade student meets the income guidelines but does not participate in the free/reduced lunch program, traditional applications are still available for this purpose.

21st Century Scholars Online Application

Students also still need to create a Scholar Track account and sign the 21st Century Scholars Pledge as well as complete certain requirements in high school to receive this scholarship money.

21st Century Scholars Pledge

I pledge to graduate with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma from a state-accredited Indiana high school. I will complete the Scholar Success Program in high school and in college that helps me stay on track for college and career success. I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime or delinquent act. I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college my senior year and apply on time for student financial aid. As a college student, I will complete at least 30 credit hours each year to stay on track toward earning my degree on time. I aim to succeed.


6th, 7th & 8th GRADE ILEARN TESTING DATES 2023-2024

Exact dates for each grade level will be communicated at a later date, but here is the general testing window.

ILEARN Grades 6, 7, 8

April 15, 2024 – May 10, 2024