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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

Esperero Canyon Running Club students in Sabino CanyonEsperero Canyon 7th Grade Basketball State Champions

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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    PDF of 1st quarter with Registration Form

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    Congratulations to the Esperero Cross Country at the Desert Solstice Run last Friday! Out of 16 Middle Schools our girls came in 4th place and the boys took 6th! A special nod to Taylor McCue who on paper came in second overall but really, tied with first. After all, a tenth of a second difference simply means which shoe the girls had their timing tag on, right?

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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 Community Schools for further information at 209-7551 or email

    Extended Day


    First Quarter: August 14 - October 6 --No classes 9/4, 10/10-10/13

    Classes are held 2:45 - 4:15pm

    Registration: August 2 - August 13

    Acting Academy - Wednesdays
    Bold and outspoken, or quiet and shy, enjoy Drama Kids International’s unique acting and drama activities that help students develop their social, public speaking, and leadership skills while nurturing self-confidence, and self-esteem. ---Fee: $140----Room:115 --REGISTER NOW!

    Clay Club - Mondays & Wednesdays
    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: $112-- Room: Art--Ms. Burke --REGISTER NOW!

    Money Management - Tuesdays
    Want to learn how to manage money and some financial life skills? It is never to early to learn about personal spending, saving, budgeting, investing, building wealth through compounding interest and time, avoiding credit card debt, and avoiding identity theft. These and many more topics will be covered in this fun class! Fee: $75 -- Room:115 -- Ms. Pennock REGISTER NOW!

    Robotics using LEGO NXT - Mondays
    Build and program robots using the LEGO® NXT; system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun.
    Fee: $153-- --Room:TBA -- REGISTER NOW!

    Trading Card Games - Thursdays
    Are you a trading card enthusiast? Do you have a collection of Yugioh, Pokémon 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!
    Ms. Givens -- Room: 302-- Fee: $48-- REGISTER NOW!

    Yearbook - Tuesdays
    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. ---Mr. Mendoza -- Room: Computer Lab-- Fee: $52-- REGISTER NOW!

    Steel Drums Advanced at Canyon View 8:00-9:00am - Wednesdays
    This group is open to Esperero Canyon Middle School students with at least one year of experience playing steel drums. Students will need to be approved by the director of the group before they will be accepted. Students will continue to enhance their performing skills on the steel drums and learn about the culture surrounding steel drum music. Students will be expected to regularly attend rehearsals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student's fees cover a t-shirt, mallets, music and music binder. Email for approval.
    Ms. Moore- Canyon View Elementary-- Fee: $48--REGISTER NOW!

    Steel Drums Beginning at Canyon View 4:15 - 5:15 - Thursdays starting August 30th
    This group is open to any Esperero Canyon Middle School students with little or no experience playing steel drums. Students will learn to read and perform music for the steel drums and the culture surrounding steel drum music. Students will be expected to regularly attend rehearsals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student's fees cover a t-shirt, mallets, music and music binder.
    Ms. Moore- Canyon View Elementary-- Fee: $36--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*

    Jazz Band - Tuesdays
    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---- Band Room-- Fee: $48each 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.
    1 day per week-$49
    2 days per week-$ 69
    3 days per week-$ 89
    4 days per week-$ 109
    5 days per week-$119

    Morning Study Hall 7:00-9:00am Wednesdays
    Join us before school to catch up on homework assignments or read a good book in a quiet setting.
    Fee: $54 ---Room:115 -- Ms. Jackson --Room: 115


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    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

    Picture Days: Monday September 18 & Tuesday, September 19 Pictures can be ordered from:

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

    Registration: August 2 - August 13

    Boys' Intramural Volleyball - Mondays & Wednesdays
    Boys in 6th - 8th grade are invited to join the intramural volleyball team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against Orange Grove Middle School and other schools in the Northwest League.
    Coach Isaac -- Fee: $101 --- REGISTER NOW!

    Girls' 6th Grade Intramural Volleyball - Tuesdays & Thursdays
    Girls in the 6th grade are invited to join the intramural volleyball team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against Orange Grove Middle School.
    Coach Isaac -- Fee: $101-- REGISTER NOW!

    Intramural Coed Flag Football - Tuesdays/Thursdays or Mondays/Wednesdays
    Open to boys & girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. Students will learn sportsmanship, team unity and work on skill improvement through game play and modified games. Some games will be played against Orange Grove Middle School. ----Coach Amsted - - Fee: $169 (includes socks & visor) ---REGISTER NOW!

    6-8th Grade Cross Country - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Join the Esperero Canyon Cross Country team. Open to boys and girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. Our team will compete against other schools in the Northwest League.
    Coach Neuenscwander & Kovaluk - - Fee: $169 (fee includes t-shirt & invitationals)

    Interscholastic Coed Tennis - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Calling all 7th and 8th grade tennis players to join the Esperero Canyon Eagles. The coach will teach skills, strategies, and drills to the team. Competition will take place against other schools in the Northwest League. Students are required to provide their own racquets.
    Coach Clark - - Fee: $144 (includes t-shirt)

    Girls' Interscholastic Softball - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    All 7th & 8th grade girls are invited to join the Esperero Canyon Eagles Softball Team. Practice basic skills such as throwing, catching, fielding and batting. Students will compete against other schools in the Northwest League.
    Coach Rosenbaum - - Fee: $169 (includes socks & visor) --REGISTER NOW!

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    Special Programs


    6-12 miles, 1000ft+ elevation change. Challenging terrain and physically demanding activity for extended periods of time. Moderate to High physical exertion. Suitable for those with moderate to advanced outdoor experiences. Designed for those looking to push their limits.

    Interested in learning how to backpack? Want to learn more about Leave No Trace, Geocaching & Wilderness Survival Skills? Join us for this 3 week program and a culminating overnight trip into the back country! Backpacks for use during overnight may be available upon request.

    Tuesdays 2:45-4:15pm at ECMS --Room: Outside Commons --August 29, September 5 & 12
    Backpacking Overnight September 22-23 ---Mary Grodman, Guide ---Fee: $110


    Less than 3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

    Caving is like hiking on all fours! Spend the afternoon 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), bring a flashlight, change of clothes, garbage bag, sack lunch and water. Helmets and headlamps will be provided.

    Tuesday, October 10 11:30-6:00pm
    Depart and return to ECMS ---
    Mary Grodman, Guide ---Fee: $65


    3-8 miles, 1000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences.

    Meet CS Outdoors Thursday, October 12, 9:00am at CFHS and get ready for some hiking, exploring and camping fun! We will spend our first day hiking near the Palisades area of Mt. Lemmon! The hike will take us on a journey to explore one of the Santa Catalinas' ecological transition zones. Enjoy spectacular mountain views and discover what makes our “Sky Island” mountains so amazing. Work up an appetite as we head back to camp to play games, cook dinner, do some stargazing and get ready for a well-needed night's sleep in the campground under the stars. Wake up on Friday for some breakfast and then another hike into the Catalinas. We’ll eat lunch on the trail, explore the canyon and then head back to the High School. Students must wear sturdy shoes with good tread meant for outdoor use! Trail are very rocky! A detailed overnight itinerary & supply list will be provided prior to departure.

    Thursday, October 12 - Friday, October 13
    Depart 9:00am at CFHS on Thursday, return Friday at 4:00pm

    Mary Grodman, Guide ---Fee: $135

    Community Schools' Policies

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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 $2 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.


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