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School Counselors' Information

Mrs. Shea and Mrs. Buffington, 7th and 8th Grade counselors,  will be available throughout school hours. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out via email:

Please welcome the newest team member, Mrs. Jordan, who is our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher. You can reach out to her at .

See the January Newsletter Here

Request a Meeting with the EMS Counseling Team

Open Enrollment

Continue your child's journey of excellence by open enrolling. Open Enrollment is a process allowing parents or guardians to apply for admission to any public school, as long as there is classroom space available. Parents and guardians often choose to open enroll their children in PVSchools for various reasons, including the unique and innovative award-winning programs, teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities, and more.

For more information on the open enrollment process, to include early bird open enrollment information, visit the PVSchools Open Enrollment webpage.

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment
07 388 Open
08 383 Open
SPED Resource  50 Closed
Structured/SC 9 Closed
CD/SC 12 Closed

*The chart above reflects the capacity for the current school year. For the following school year, all grade levels are accepting open enrollment applications unless otherwise stated.  
**A specialized program that is designated closed for the current school year will remain closed for the following school year unless otherwise stated. Students interested in being put on the waitlist should complete an Open Enrollment application.

Explorer Middle School 2/22/2021 Reopening Plan

Read our reopening plan by clicking the below link:

View the EMS Reopening Plan

or

Visit the District website for info.

Daily Bell Schedule

Block A/B

Block C/D

Block E/F

Block A: 9:00-10:21 a.m

Period 1: 9:00-9:55 a.m.

Period 1: 9:00-9:55 a.m.

Block B: 10:24-11:39 a.m.

Period 2: 9:58-10:47 a.m.

Period 2: 9:58-10:47 a.m.

Lunch: 11:42 a.m. - 12:12 p.m.

Period 3: 10:50-11:39 a.m.

Period 3: 10:50-11:39 a.m.

Period 4: 12:15-1:04 p.m.

Lunch: 11:42 a.m. - 12:12 p.m.

Lunch: 11:42 a.m. - 12:12 p.m.

Period 5: 1:07-1:56 p.m.

Block C: 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Period 4: 12:15-1:04 p.m.

Period 6: 1:59-2:48 p.m.

Block D: 1:33-2:48 p.m.

Block E: 1:07-2:22 p.m.

Period 7: 2:51-3:40 p.m.

Period 7: 2:51-3:40 p.m.

Block F: 2:25-3:40 p.m.

Below is our early release schedule. 

Block A/B

Block C/D

Block E/F

Block A: 9:00-9:49 a.m.

Period 1: 9:00-9:32 a.m.

Period 1: 9:00-9:32 a.m.

Block B: 9:52-10:41 a.m.

Period 2: 9:35-10:06 a.m.

Period 2: 9:35-10:06 a.m.

Period 4: 10:44-11:16 a.m.

Period 3: 10:09-10:41 a.m.

Period 3: 10:09-10:41 a.m.

Period 5: 11:19-11:50 a.m.

Block C: 10:44-11:33 a.m.

Period 4: 10:44-11:16 a.m.

Period 6: 11:53 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. 

Block D: 11:36 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. 

Block E: 11:19 a.m. - 12:08 p.m. 

Period 7: 12:28-1:00 p.m.

Period 7: 12:28-1:00 p.m.

Block F: 12:11-1:00 p.m.

Principal's Welcome

Explorer Middle School Campus Tours

Tours will be given at 4:00 PM on Tuesdays from Tue, Oct 12, 2021, to Tue, Dec 14, 2021.

Schedule a campus tour of Explorer Middle School. Park in the North Parking lot and enter through the front office. Arrive before 4:00 PM to start the tour on time. Use the below button to go to SignUp Genius to book your tour.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Explorer Elective Classes

Registration

To register for Explorer Middle School for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:

If you would like to register a new student for the upcoming academic year, please complete the registration steps, which you can initiate on the PVSchools website. You will complete an online form and supporting paperwork, and then you can email the following documentation to our school counselors:

8th Grade: Mrs. Shea - grizzutoshea@pvschools.net

7th Grade: Mrs. Buffington - csheabuffington@pvschools.net

  • A birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency**

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our counselors.

**You must live within Explorer's boundaries as outlined on the district website or apply for Open Enrollment. Submitted Open Enrollment applications will be placed on a waitlist and reviewed by our principal monthly.

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U.S. News & World Report-Ranked School

ADE B rated school

A B-rated School

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Top 75 Middle School in Arizona

20+ Elective Choices

20+ Elective Choices

1:1 technology ratio

1:1 Technology Ratio

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