San Elijo Middle School

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Connect-ED Announcement for VIP Days

Good Evening San Elijo Middle School Families!

My name is Gary Pope. I am one of the new assistant principals at SEMS, and I am very excited to begin working with all of you! I would like to share important information regarding our VIP Days occurring next week.

Our VIP days are Tuesday, August 16 for 6th graders, Wednesday, August 17th for 7th graders, and Thursday, August 18th for 8th graders.  For all three of these days, please attend the time frames according to your last name: VIP stations open at 8 am for students whose last names begin with A-L, and 10 AM for students whose last names beginning with M-Z.  Stations close at 12:00pm sharp, and it takes on average 30-45 minutes to complete the stations, so please plan accordingly.  We will stop allowing new visitors to start the stations at 11:45am.  

Please note that your student will not be able participate in VIP Days unless all required forms are completed and submitted. All forms are available on the SEMS website. In order to expedite your VIP experience, please bring your original copies of the needed documents as well as one photocopy of each.

Please also note that you are now required to show a picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport in order to verify residency so please bring that with you as well.

To expedite your time, there will be no student pictures.  Students will be receiving a temporary ID during VIP Days and taking their yearbook/ID pictures during the first week of school. In addition, students are also encouraged to break in their new backpacks during VIP days as they will be receiving their full set of textbooks.

You will be able to make cash or check purchases for PE uniforms, yearbooks, and planners . If you would like to pay with a credit/debit card, or avoid waiting in line, please log into our webstore at  No credit cards will be accepted at the VIP Days.

Spirit wear and dollar drive donations will be accepted by our PTO in any form of payment.

If you chose to purchase PE clothes from SEMS, it is the expectation that all 7th and 8th grade students purchase and receive the clothes during VIP days so that the Physical Education classes can begin instruction as soon as possible.  6th grade students do not purchase PE clothes.

Lastly, if you are an incoming 7th grader and are still in need of your Tdap immunization, the North County Health Services will be here on Wednesday, August 17 to administer the free immunizations. Please see the flyer on the school website homepage for more information.

The text of this call and all of the information above can be found at our website at  

Thank you and good evening.


Hello SEMS Families,
SMUSD is providing an amazing opportunity for you to come listen to one of the most prominent speakers on raising children in these changing times.  Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims has authored How to Raise an Adult, which is the most relevant book on child rearing I have read in the past 15 years.  
If you haven't already registered, please do so by tonight.  There are two opportunities to attend, once tomorrow morning here at SEMS, or in the evening at San Marcos High School.  Space is limited and you must register.
Registration link:
Thank you, and we hope to see you there. 
Dr. DeBora

Hello SEMS Families,

Today’s Cross-Country meet is has been postponed.  As of today, we are working on a date of next Thursday, October 6th, as a makeup date, but nothing is finalized.  Please continue to check the website for the most current updates.  The final decision will be made as soon as we have confirmation from the other schools.

Today’s practice has also been cancelled.

Thank you, and please contact Coach Ford or Coach Neptune with any questions.

Have a great Tuesday,

Ms. Coleman

SEMS Athletics Coordinator




Hello SEMS Families,

With school in full swing, I appeared on SEMS TV to remind students of a few issues we are seeing around campus.  I also wanted to address some upcoming events.

First, we are seeing bottle-flipping around campus, and we could use your help at home to stop this.  Bottles are ending up in places that could be dangerous if they fall and hit children.  We encourage you to leave plastic bottles at home, and have your students bring reusable bottles.

Second, gum is not permitted on campus, but we are seeing it on the ground and on buildings.  To help deter students bringing gum, students will be assigned a lunch detention for every piece they have (gum is not sold by the piece), or how many were in the pack.  Students are allowed to bring breath mints, tic-tacs, and other mints to school, so please leave the gum at home.

Third, there was confusion regarding dress up days that are spirit days, versus days where students wear certain color days in recognition of a cause or event. To be clear, the only dress up days are during spirit week, peace week, Halloween, and the mini-marathon.  All other days where students are asked to wear a color should be a day to wear a certain color (i.e., orange for Wednesay’s Unity Day), but it is not a day to paint your face, color your hair, or distract from the learning environment.  We do not want the focus to be away from the teaching and learning in the classroom, and we want the day to be one where we acknowledge the issue.

Speaking of Halloween, on Monday, October 31 students and staff may wear Halloween costumes. All costumes must adhere to our school dress code guidelines printed in the Student Planner and Parent Handbook.

In addition, please adhere to the following rules:

  1. No clown costumes - due to "creepy clowns" scares and threats.

  2. Look-a-like weapons of any kind.

  3. Any head wear and masks must clearly be necessary.

  4. Masks and body costumes that cannot be removed during class time are not allowed.

  5. No candy, baked goods, or parties are allowed on this day.

Please use good judgement and creativity so everyone can have fun. If you have any questions about a costume, please ask one of the Assistant Principals. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the day, but please remember this is a school day and we must follow guidelines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s assistant principal.

Have a great day,

SEMS Administration