Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Ethan A. Chase Middle School is now in its eighth year of existence and we have grown substantially in the last seven years. We began with 750 students in 2013 compared to our current enrollment of over 1,350 students. Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have taken advantage of our state of the art facilities that provide them access to technology to accelerate their academic growth. We have the finest students from the surrounding communities, and beyond, who have selected Chase as their school of choice. Our staff provides the highest quality of education to our students by participating in Professional Learning Communities that include staff development in the areas of technology such as Digital Citizenship and iReady Reading and Math. They have also been trained on Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, Writing Across the Content Areas, AVID WICOR strategies, and Cultural Proficiency.
For the last five years we have lived by our motto of, “We are Chase, the home of the champions!” We champion for our students’ growth academically, socially, and emotionally and we want our students to champion for themselves and for each other. Not to mention that our athletic program has brought home at least ten league championships in the last six years. In 2017-18 we became only one of two middle schools in all of Riverside County to offer an Advanced Placement course. We created AP Spanish which offers academic rigor at the college level. 17 students qualified for the class and of the 17, 15 passed the AP Test giving those students college credit as 8th graders. In 2018-19 we had 18 students enrolled in AP Spanish and all 18 passed the AP Test and this past year all 9 AP students passed and they too received college credit.
Since Chase is relatively new to the community we are making an effort to create a positive relationship with our neighbors. Our first initiative was to create a Parent, Teacher, and Student Association (PTSA). The second is to continue to build our English Learner Advisory Committee in support of our English Learner population. We are excited to build a strong and long lasting partnership with our PTSA and ELAC and we welcome all parents who are willing to volunteer and participate in one of our committees. Our ELAC and PTSA are in its seventh year of existence and we always welcome new parents to participate and volunteer.
We are looking forward to another great year during 2020-21 as we strive to provide academic excellence both virtually, and on campus, for our Scorpions and support them in their pursuit to be lifelong champions.
Chris Hernandez, Principal