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2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Esperero Canyon

Looking for after-school activities? Over one-half of Catalina Foothills School District middle school students participate in after-school enrichment activities and athletics offered through Community Schools. Students can choose to join a school team, improve athletic skills, make new friends while learning something new or explore the outdoors. No matter what the interest, Community Schools offers fun and well-supervised after-school activities at Esperero Canyon Middle School.

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Do you play an instrument? Want an excellent experience playing a variety of music from movie themes to popular classics? Come and join the Foothills Phil, Community School’s Intergenerational orchestra! We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:45 - 9:00 p.m. Contact Catherine Peterson, Foothills PHIL program coordinator, for further information at 209-7552 or email

Extended Day


Third Quarter: January 9, 2017-March 10, 2017 (no classes 1/16 and 2/20-2/22, study hall only)

Classes are held 2:45 - 4:15pm

Registration: December 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017


Learn the FUN-damentals of sculpture, large & small bead making, coil pottery, slab rolling, stamping, hand building and basic wheel throwing techniques in a calm relaxed atmosphere. Projects include: small stem garden totems, birdhouses, wind chimes and bowls. Clay Club students who have had two or more quarters of clay instruction can apply their skills in an open studio approach!

Fee: $107--Ms. Burke Mondays & Wednesdays--Room: Art Room--REGISTER NOW!

Martial Arts and Self Defense
Want to train like a ninja? This class is the best to learn self-protection and the protection of others! Budo Taijutsu utilizes minimal effort for maximum effect. Learn strikes, punches, kicks, throws, locks, tumbling, stealth, meditation and spiritual empowerment. No need for speed or strength, rely on your own instinctive and natural movements!
Fee: $95-- Bujinkan Yamaneko Dojo-- Thursdays Room: TBA--REGISTER NOW!

Trading Card Games
Are you a trading card enthusiast? Do you have a collection of Yugioh, Pokemon or Magic the Gathering cards? Do you want to test your skills with other players, but can't find the time? Every Thursday students who sign up will gather to play whichever trading card game they know and for which they have cards. It doesn't matter if you are an expert, come and learn from others who are more experienced. Students need to provide their own cards with which to play. Feel free to come with a starter pack and build from there!
Fee: $46 --Ms. Givens Thursdays --Room: 302 --REGISTER NOW!

Remember Quidditch from the popular Harry Potter series? Quidditch combines the sports of rugby, dodgeball, and tag without the physical contact normally associated with those sports. Participants will compete on teams of seven and be riding brooms! Teams score by passing a volleyball (the quaffle) down the field and aiming it between three hoops. The game ends when the golden snitch is caught. Join us to bring the magical game of Quidditch to life at ECMS.
Ms. Crocchi --Tuesdays --Room: MPR --Fee: $66-- REGISTER NOW!

Running Club
Come enjoy the trails and and have fun in our non-competitive Running Club, where we forget the timing clock! The focus will be on endurance and trail running techniques. We will explore nearby Sabino Canyon on our daily runs of 3-4 miles. Running experience required, student should be able to run two miles without a break. Sportsmanship and participation will be emphasized. For new students, the Running Club Release must be signed and turned in by the first day of class.
Ms. Neunschwander --Mondays & Wednesdays-- Room: MPR-- Fee: $92-- REGISTER NOW!

Sabino Canyon Naturalists
Enjoy hiking in Sabino Canyon? Learn more about desert ecology and the strange and unusual plants and critters that live out there. The Sabino Youth Naturalists Club will meet at ECMS then walk over to Sabino where we will hike and explore nature in the canyon. (We will return back to school by 4:15pm for bus or parent pick up) Each week we will learn about a different aspect of canyon life, partnering with experts from the Sabino Canyon Naturalists. Participants should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles each week. On a few of the weeks we will take the Sabino tram transportation to explore further into the canyon. Tram fees are included in the class fee. Class size is limited!
Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Cottrell-- Mondays-- Room:TBA-- Fee: $62--REGISTER NOW!

Golf Lessons
Join us on the tee this spring for golf lessons! Community Schools is pleased to partner with Skyline Country Club & their Pro Golfers to see how fun golf can be! Get instruction in full swing, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette.
Tuesday or Thursday --Fee: $114 per day chosen per quarter-- Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Skyline Country Club
5200 E St Andrews Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
*Transportation will not be provided*

Yearbook Class
Enjoy photography? Own a digital camera? Creative? Is technology your thing? Can you handle deadlines? If so, then join the EC yearbook staff and see your peers and school through a new lens! Join us to design and produce a high quality yearbook for ECMS. As a yearbook staff member, you will be both a photographer and editor, responsible for taking a variety of photos both in and outside of the classroom and creating your own yearbook pages while meeting publishing deadlines in a timely manner. Note: Participants are expected to follow rules designed to ensure a positive and quality experience for all participants.
Ms. Stevens-- Wednesdays-- Room: 301 --Fee: $50--- REGISTER NOW!

Jazz Band
The ECMS Jazz Band is open to all 7th and 8th grade students currently enrolled in the ECMS Band Program, and in good standing with the director. Students in the Jazz Band must play one of the following instruments in jazz band - Piano, Electric Bass, Drum Set, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone). Any student playing these instruments will have the opportunity to learn and rehearse with the band. Performance opportunities may be based upon auditions depending on number of students enrolled, in order to ensure balances of instrumentation. Jazz private lessons are highly recommended for students especially for piano, bass and drum set. Students should plan on participating for the entire school year.
Mr. Walavich-- Tuesdays-- Band Room-- Fee: $46each quarter --REGISTER NOW!

Work on homework assignments or independent reading in a quiet setting. Textbooks and computers available for homework only. Please select the days you want when you register, for Wednesdays, specify am and/or pm. No activity bus on Friday. Additional study hall days outside of the regular quarter days are included i.e. Rodeo Break and Half Day week.
1 day per week-$48
2 days per week-$68
3 days per week-$88
4 days per week-$108
5 days per week-$128 REGISTER NOW!

Morning Study Hall
Join us before school to catch up on homework assignments or read a good book in a quiet setting.
Fee: $52 --Ms. Jackson-- Wednesdays 7:00-9:00am --Room: 115

Additional STUDY HALL for students not registered in the regularly scheduled study halls during 3rd quarter: 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 3/13, 3/14 & 3/15-----$5 per day REGISTER NOW!

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ONLINE ONLY REGISTRATION - We are accepting registrations online only starting 3rd quarter. Please make sure you log into our system and create an account before registration day! No paper copies will be accepted. Registrations cannot be taken over the phone..

ATTENTION: Attendance is taken for all Extended Day Activities & absences must be phoned in by parents to the school office by 2:00 p.m. the day of the class.

CELL PHONES and Other Communication Devices: Community Schools adheres to the same cell phone/communication device policy in effect during school hours. Students must follow and abide by the technology user agreement and discipline code. For a detailed description of the exact policy, please refer to your student planner.

LATE FEE: A $15 late fee will be applied after the registration deadline. A $1 per minute supervision fee will be charged for those who remain on campus after 4:30.

Class cancelled by Community Schools (No fees charged, 100% refund). Refund or cancellation requested before the start of class ($10 change fee for any class changes or cancellations).
50% Refund after the first class. No refunds will be given after the 2nd day of class. No refunds if we remove your student from a class.

Cash or Checks:
We will only be accept cash or check at our main office at 2101 E River Rd. There will be a $25 processing fee for checks returned for insufficient funds.
Assistance is available to families that may need help paying for class fees. Please contact Jason Grobe or the Community Schools main office at 209-7551 to obtain a fee reduction form.

Wait List:
Registration is processed in real time and is the most efficient way to register. Once a class has reached maximum enrollment, parents may request that their student be placed on a waiting list. All waiting list requests are dated, time-stamped, and entered accordingly. With multiple sites accepting registration materials, exact positions on the waitlist cannot be guaranteed. The fastest way to place your student on the waitlist is to call the Community Schools office directly at 209-7551. Any waitlist request left with the CS coordinators or school front office staff, will be entered as time permits.

Need Help? Contact Site Coordinators, Jason Grobe at 209-8149 for classes or Bill Dennis at 209-8128 for athletics. Between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., you may call Community Schools at 209-7551.

**If your student walks home from school on a regular basis and would like to do so after Extended Day Activities, please print and sign this attached document giving your student permission to walk home and turn in to Jason Grobe. We will keep it on file for the school year. If we do not have a this statement on file we will not allow students to walk home after Extended Day Activities.

NOTE: Fees paid for an extra-curricular activity qualify for a tax credit with the State of Arizona. Please call 209-7551 to obtain a tax credit receipt.



Activity Bus Schedule

Athletic Packets must be completed for ALL students participating in sports. These packets MUST be turned in before you can participate in practices.
Grades are checked throughout the quarter. If an athelete is below a 2 during the quarter, they will be deemed ineligible to play or practice until their grade is a 2 or higher. A formal grade check will be made at progress report time (4 1/2 weeks).

ECMS Athletic Packet

Game Schedule will be available after the first week of practice.

North West Leauge website:

Teams are filled on a first-come, first served basis, often fill quickly & are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Registration: December 12 - January 8

Boys' Intramural Soccer
Boys in the 6th grade are invited to join the intramural soccer team! Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, game strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against the Orange Grove Panthers.
Coach Armstead & Coach Kowalski
Monday & Wednesday or Tuesdays & ThursdaysField

Fee: $87 -*please register for only one team-- REGISTER NOW!

Boys' Interscholastic Soccer
Join the Esperero Canyon soccer team and learn dribbling, passing, shooting, team skills and strategies. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and participation will be emphasized. Teams will compete against all of the teams in the Northwest League. These teams are open to all 7th and 8th grade boys.
Coach Boudou & Coach Munson
M-T-W-TH --- Field -- Fee: $148
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Girls' Intramural Basketball
6th grade girls will have the opportunity to develop individual and team skills including dribbling and shooting, offensive and defensive techniques. Emphasis will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, and participation. Athletes will compete against the Orange Grove Panthers.
Coach Armstead
Tuesdays & Thursdays -- MPR -- Fee: $87

Girls' Interscholastic Basketball
Join the Esperero Canyon basketball team and build individual and team skills. Sportsmanship, teamwork, and participation will be emphasized. Teams will compete against all of the teams in the Northwest League. These teams, including a developmental expansion team, are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first- served basis.
Coach Moore & Coach Greenwell
M-T-W-TH -- MPR -- Fee: $153 --

Coed Wrestling 6,7,8
6th, 7th and 8th grade students, male or female, are invited to register. To be a good wrestler, you do not need outstanding athletic ability, but, you must possess a good attitude for learning. Students will have the opportunity to compete against other schools in the Northwest League.
Coach Abushaar
M-T-W-TH -- MPR -- Fee: $153---

Don't forget to order your team photo! REGISTER NOW!

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Special Programs

"Fiddler on the Roof, Jr."

If you enjoy singing, acting or dancing, come be a part of the cast in this year's school musical production!

This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is a story about Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is a great introduction to the world of musical theatre. Young performers will love its humor, warmth and honesty.

The musical is open to ALL ECMS students who would like to participate (no experience necessary). Students should plan to audition in order to be considered for any of the lead or featured roles. All audition information will be available on Ms. Higgins's website by the beginning of December.

Directors: Ms. Higgins, Ms. Krutzsch & Ms. Brobeck

Informational meeting: after school Friday, December 9th from 2:45-3:30pm in the choir room.

Auditions: for lead/featured roles after school December 12, 13 & 14, Callbacks December 15th.

Rehearsals: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 2:45-4:15pm in the Choir Room and Commons.

Performances March 9 & 10, 2017

Paper registrations will be accepted on at Esperero Canyon Middle School. There will be no online registration. Please see Mr. Grobe for a registration form.

Fee: $145

Deadline to register is January 9, 2017

2017 Drumline Workshop

January 10, 17, 24, & 31---Fee: $35

OPEN TO CURRENT 8TH - 11TH GRADE PERCUSSION STUDENTS INTERESTED IN CFHS DRUMLINE 2017 - 2018 ------Auditions will be February 7th and 8th at CFHS-----Register Now!

RODEO BREAK-----Register Now!

Caving Adventures

Caving is like hiking on all fours! This is an outdoor adventure you won’t want to miss! Spend the day exploring the underground wonders of Peppersauce Cave. See cool cave formations, an underground lake, and shimmy your way through the rabbit hole! Learn why it is important to protect these natural wonders. Please wear very old clothes (you will get extremely muddy) and bring a flashlight, change of clothes, garbage bag, sack lunch and water. Helmets and headlamps will be provided.

Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences.

Moderate physical exertion.

No flat soled shoes permitted.

Guide: Mary Grodman

Thursday, February 23


Drop off & pick up only from Catalina Foothills High School

Fee: $60

Tanque Verde Falls Hike

Join us for a day of hiking in the desert. Explore the unique ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert to learn what makes this area so special! This is a fun hike to pools and waterfalls in Tanque Verde Canyon. Wear your hiking boots, bring lots of water and pack a lunch!

Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences.

Moderate physical exertion.

No flat soled shoes permitted.

Guide: Mary Grodman

Friday, February 24


Drop off & pick up only from Catalina Foothills High School

Fee: $60

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