To: Parents, Students, East Ridge Middle School Community

From: Christy Caldwell Drake/Principal

I would like to welcome you to East Ridge Middle, home of the Pioneers!  I am honored and privileged to lead such a wonderful team of educators whose commitment to educational excellence is demonstrated on a daily basis by challenging our students to be the very best they can be. Our entire staff is committed to Engaging, Relating, Motivating and Serving all students through professional learning communities that will build a viable and guaranteed curriculum for all students.  

At ERMS we know that middle school is the spring board to our students’ being successful in high school and going on to becoming independent successful adults.  It is with great urgency and transparency that we work with parents, businesses, and Hamilton County Future Ready High Schools to  ensure successful pathways for our students.    

We know it takes a village to help students succeed and perhaps our greatest goal this year is to fully engage our families, our neighborhoods, and our surrounding communities.  Students achieve more when they are supported by family and community partnerships, and when they view school as a place where they feel safe, cared for and supported.  You can help us in our endeavors by providing input to our faculty and staff and be engaged in your child’s school experience and the East Ridge Middle School Family.  Come for parent meetings and celebrations, ask about our work, walk through our halls, plan with us and your child, and attend school events!  Help us continue PIONEER PRIDE in all aspects of East Ridge Middle School!! 



Christy Caldwell Drake

T.E.A.M. - Together Each Accomplish More



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