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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 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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    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

    Second Quarter: October 16 - December 22 --No classes 11/10, 11/20-11/24

    Classes are held 2:45 - 4:15pm

    Registration: October 4, 8am - October 16

    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 over 450 unique and detailed lesson plans that ensures happy and successful students. It’s drama without all the DRAMA --REGISTER NOW!

    Clay Club - Mondays & Wednesdays ---Fee: $123-- Ms. Burke
    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! --REGISTER NOW!

    Money Management for Middle School - Tuesdays --Fee: $85 --Ms. Pennock
    It is never to early to learn about personal spending & saving, building wealth through compounding interest & time, budgeting, investing, and avoiding credit card debt & identity theft.These and many more topics will be covered. --REGISTER NOW!

    Robotics using LEGO NXT - Mondays ---Fee: $172
    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. -- REGISTER NOW!

    Running Club ---Mondays and Wednesdays---Fee: $108 ---Ms. Neuenschwander
    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. Student and parents must sign the Running Club Release and turn it in by the first day of class. --REGISTER NOW!

    Sabino Canyon Naturalists ---Thursdays ---Fee: $65 ---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! -- REGISTER NOW!

    Teen Stage: Harriet Patter & The Sorcerer's Soda - Thursdays ---Fee: $165
    Teen Stage is thrilled to present the highly requested and anticipated wizard parody of the Harry Potter Story. Harriet Patter, a normal and somewhat neglected 13 year old, discovers suddenly that she is a wizard. Journey with her as she starts her magical education, make friends and discovers the secrets of the legendary Sorcerer's Soda. The story is chock full of classic characters, magic and self discovery.
    It is an adventure you won't want to miss! -- REGISTER NOW!

    Trading Card Games - Thursdays ---Fee: $54 ---Ms. Givens
    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 to 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! -- REGISTER NOW!

    Using the Art of Improv to Impress and Annoy - Mondays ---Fee: $79 ---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! -- REGISTER NOW!

    Yearbook - Tuesdays ---Fee: $58
    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. -- REGISTER NOW!

    Steel Drums Beginning at Canyon View 4:15 - 5:15pm - Thursdays ---Fee: $54---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: $48
    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. Phone registration only, 209-7551

    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: $128 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: $54each 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- --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-$55
    2 days per week-$ 75
    3 days per week-$ 95
    4 days per week-$ 115
    5 days per week-$135

    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: $60 ---REGISTER NOW!

    Morning Gym--- 7:00-9:00am Wednesdays ---Ms. McGlothlin and Ms. Tinker
    Enjoy this opportunity to spend time with your friends and participate in fun PE games. Fee: $60

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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

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

    Registration: October 4 - 16

    Boys Intramural Basketball - Mondays & Wednesdays OR 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 TBA -- Fee: $101 --- REGISTER NOW!

    Boys Interscholastic Basketball - Monday - Thursday
    Join the Eagles 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 are for 7th and 8th grade students only. Coaches will have tournament dates and information at a later date. Coaches: Brad Greenwell, Dominique Moore, Garret Armstead-- Fee: $159-- REGISTER NOW!

    Girls Intramural Soccer - Tuesdays/Thursdays
    Girls 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 TBA - - Fee: $101 ---REGISTER NOW!

    Girls Interscholastic Soccer - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Join the Esperero Canyon soccer team and practice 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. This teams are open to all 7th and 8th grade girls.
    Coaches: Lulu Munson, Natayjah Murrieta - - Fee: $154 REGISTER NOW!

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    Special Programs


    Come experience the fun sport of Geocaching, the Internet-based hide-and-seek game that is growing by leaps and bounds across the country! CS Outdoors will teach your student how to use a GPS unit and their astute powers of observation to find hidden caches around the local area. Learn strategies for locating cleverly hidden caches, how to use online "geo-tools", and Geocaching etiquette. We will provide GPS units and maps for your use as we discover locally hidden caches, or you are welcome to bring your own. First class is in the classroom, second class is an outdoor adventure!

    Friday 12/1: 2:45-4:15pm AND 12/8: 2:45-5:00pm---Mary Grodman, Guide ---Fee: $35

    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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