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Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Esperero Canyon

Esperero Canyon Cross Country takes 1st Place at the Coronado Meet

Esperero Canyon Running Club students in Sabino 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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    Activity Bus Schedule

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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 -

    Registration will open December 11, 8am. Click to RegisterYou need to create an account in the new system before registering:

    Third Quarter: January 8 - March 9

    No classes January 15, February 19-23 and March 12 - 16.

    Classes are held 2:45 - 4:15pm

    Acting Academy - Wednesdays ---Fee: $125
    Enthusiastic students who learn to speak out clearly and relate confidently with others will have an inside track to lifetime success. Drama Kids’ Acting Academy develops all tweens and teens. We’re a place where all adolescents, from the shy to the outgoing can develop at their own pace, with plenty of positive encouragement while learning acting skills. Our specialty is using a wide range of unique drama activities to focus the bold, outspoken tween or teen and to draw out the quiet or the inarticulate adolescent and help them reach into themselves to discover their full potential. Unlike typical drama programs, most of which focus on preparation for a single performance, our Acting Academy’s “secret sauce” is a fun, fast paced, and developmental curriculum consisting of ver 450 unique and detailed lesson plans that ensures happy and successful students. It’s drama without all the DRAMA!

    Art Enrichment with KidzArt - Wednesday AM 7:30-9:00am ---Fee: $168
    Join us for a drawing-based art class that incorporates structured learning with personal instruction. Our instructor will guide students through a different project each day that includes explanation of artist terms and techniques related to the project and medium of the day. We focus on the creative process that encourages students to explore and grow. Our curriculum never repeats and no art experience is necessary!

    Badminton - Fridays ---Fee: $48-- Mr. Cai
    Did you know Badminton is a competitive sport? It is also a fun indoor racquet sport, which promotes physical and mental wellness. Participants will learn good sportsmanship and team work. Come learn the basics of badminton, including the rules of the game, as well as useful techniques and strategies to play successfully. The class will cover gripping technique, basic footwork, serving, and basic badminton shots, such as drive, defensive high clear, drop shots, smashing, etc. This training and practice will help students develop hand-eye coordination, muscle memory for the various moves, and decision-making skills critical to game success.

    Clay Club - Mondays & Wednesdays ---Fee: $112-- Ms. Burke
    2 DAYS!! 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!

    Circuits Class Level 1: Sense-Interpret-Actuate --- Thursdays, January 9 - February 1 --Fee: $138 -- Maker's Next Gen Education Foundation
    In the electrical design and circuits class makers will invent exciting circuits that will engage their interest in everything electronic. Sensor and actuator circuits will be used to create functioning systems capable of detecting an input and responding with an output. We will be using little Bits electronics and CircuitScribe (a pen with conductive ink capable of designing functioning circuits on paper.

    Coding Class Level 1: Engage-Invite-Excite --- Thursdays, February 8 - March 8 --Fee: $138 -Maker's Next Gen Education Foundation
    In the computer software and programming class, makers will learn to use Scratch (a free online software developed by MIT that teaches software design and logic in an interactive way even a young maker can learn to code). By the end of the course, makers will complete the design and coding of an interactive video game. The game will be shared with the Scratch community.

    Money Management for Middle School ---Thursdays---Fee: $75
    Karen Pennock - Ramsey Certified Financial Coach ---

    Students will learn the importance of saving and budgeting and the difference between a debit card and a credit card. They will understand the importance of their choices for college and career and how debt can dramatically impact their financial future. The students will be taught the difference between a checking account, savings account and an investment account and how they all play a role in their future financial success and wealth building. We will cover how to avoid identity theft and much much more.

    Quidditch ---Mondays---Fee: $68 ---
    Quidditch is a sport featured in 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 with brooms between their legs. Teams score by passing a large ball (the quaffle) down the field and aiming it between three hoops. The game ends when the golden snitch is caught. Sign up and help bring the magical game of Quidditch to life at ECMS!

    Running Club ---Mondays and Wednesdays---Fee: $96 ---Ms. Neuenschwander
    2 DAYS!! Come enjoy the trails and have some 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 three 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.

    Robotics Using Lego NXT ---Tuesdays---Fee: $177 ---
    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!

    Sabino Canyon Naturalists ---Mondays ---Fee: $60 ---Ms. Hobbs & Ms. Cottrell
    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!

    Trading Card Games ---Wednesdays ---Fee: $48 ---Ms. Givens
    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!

    Using the Art of Improv to Impress and Annoy - Wednesdays ---Fee: $48 ---Ms. Witchey
    Come laugh together and learn the art of improv comedy! Use cooperative group activities, impromptu skits, and crazy props to create laughs and cohesive team skills. The first skill set of so many famous comics, improv will sharpen your communication skills, and allow you to think creatively.
    It is an adventure you won't want to miss!

    Yearbook - Tuesdays ---Fee: $58 ---Ms. Pennock
    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.

    Steel Drums Beginning at Canyon View 4:15 - 5:15pm - Thursdays ---Fee: $48---Ms. Moore
    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.

    Steel Drums Advanced at Canyon View 8:00-9:00am - Wednesdays-- Fee: $49
    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. Ms. Moore- Canyon View Elementary-
    Email for approval.

    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 and/or Thursday --Fee: $114 per day 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-- Fee: $48 each quarter
    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

    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-$129

    Morning Study Hall--- 7:00-9:00am --Wednesdays ---Ms. Jackson and Ms. York
    Join us before school to catch up on homework assignments or read a good book in a quiet setting.
    Fee: $49

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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

    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: December 11

    Boys Intramural Soccer - Tuesdays & Thursdays
    6th grade boys 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 Murrieta -- Fee: $101

    Boys Interscholastic Soccer - Monday - Thursday
    Join the Esperero 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. Coaches: Mikinski and Munson-- Fee: $154

    CoEd Wrestling
    All 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 Tyler Davis Mondays-Thursdays ---Fee: $159

    Girls Intramural Basketball - Tuesdays/Thursdays
    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 -
    Fee: $101

    Girls Interscholastic Basketball - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    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.
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    Special Programs


    If you enjoy singing, acting or dancing, come be a part of the cast in this year's school musical production! Performances: March 8 & 9, 2018

    Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren and a second remake in 1997 starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother were no less successful in transporting new generations to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. In this specially created G2K version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed for younger performers.

    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 end of November.

    Informational Meeting & Audition Tips: After school Friday, December 9th from 2:45-3:30pm in the choir room.
    Auditions for lead/featured roles after school: December 13, 14, 15

    CFHS Drumline Workshop
    Open to current 8th - 12th Grade Percussion students interested in CFHS Drumline 2018 - 2019. January 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4:00-7:00pm at Catalina Foothills High School. Current CFHS Drumline students need to re-audition each year. All students are REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR OWN PRACTICE PAD AND SNARE DRUMSTICKS to all workshops. All music will be provided at the 1st workshop. Auditions will be held March 19 & 20. Instructor: Dr. Tina Walton Fee: $38 Register online only at the new registration site:


    Depart from and return to Catalina Foothills HS

    January 4 - Picacho Peak Hike ---9:00am-4:00pm --- Fee: $65

    Winter is a great time to conquer the 1,500 foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park! Come enjoy the gorgeous views, learn about this area's unique geological significance and varied desert growth.We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration! Guides: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

    January 5 - Madera Canyon Hike ---9:00am-4:00pm --- Fee: $65

    Did you know Madera means wood in Spanish? Come see this amazing wooded canyon that is one of the hottest spots for migrating birds in Southeastern Arizona, and the United States! We will identify as many trees and birds as we can on this day hike in the shade. We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration. Guides: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

    March 15 - Patagonia Lake Fun and Fishing ---11am - 6pm--- Fee: $65

    Journey with CS Outdoors to this hidden treasure in the rolling hills of SE Arizona to find whitetail deer and great blue herons walking the shoreline! Anglers come catch some bass, bluegill, catfish or trout then hike around the lake to see vermillion flycatchers, vultures and hummingbirds! Fishing pole and binoculars provided!

    March 16 - Babysitting Basics ---11:30am - 3:30pm--- Fee: $60

    Join your friends and a qualified instructor from American Emergency Response Training for informative lessons for children who are beginning to stay home alone or take on babysitting jobs. We will cover important topics like CPR for the infant and child, how to handle a child who is choking and basic first aid. Learn techniques and the importance of staying calm in difficult situations and what to do in case of an emergency. Learn how to take care of your younger siblings when home alone, or just to help Mom and Dad. How do you change a diaper? What do you do when someone is at the door and you're home alone? What are the important things to know about water safety? Gain the confidence you need as you gain more independence at home.

    Friday, March 2 and March 9- Wetlands Discovery Tour ---2:45-5:30pm ---Fee: $40

    Join Mary Grodman on after school field trips to a unique urban wildlife habitat and the most important environmental and educational components of the City of Tucson's reclaimed water system. We will be on the hunt for dragonflies, raccoons, hawks and dozens of bird species and get our feet wet to identify micro-organisms, fish and more, in our very own living river on the Santa Cruz!

    Adventures in Red Rock Country
    Grades: 4 - 8---April 4 - 6 ---Fee: $195

    Discover natural wonders as we hike, camp and explore Coconino National Forest! Students will enjoy hiking along the amazing calcium laden waters of Fossil Creek discovering its unique ecosystem. Spend a day in the most beautiful place on earth - Sedona! On our way home stop at the park that has been in the making for 1000 years, Tonto Natural Bridge, the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Enjoy 3 days filled with fun, adventure and many opportunities to learn new skills, work as a team and make new friends! A detailed trip itinerary & equipment list will be provided prior to departure. Trip size limited to 10 students. Meet at the CFHS Community Schools Office. Guides: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

    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.

    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 POLICY: If a class you wanted to register for is FULL, please make sure you add the "Waitlist" class to your cart to ensure you are contacted if a spot becomes available.

    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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