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Archive for April 2019

Flames Staying on Same Page, Daily News-Record feature

The following article by Cody Elliott was printed in the April 29, 2019 Daily News-Record. HARRISONBURG — Each time a ball sails by an opposing goalkeeper and into the back of the net, Abby Stapleton doesn’t celebrate. Instead, she said she looks for the teammate that assisted her on the goal — she’s tallied a…

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2019 E-term and Explore Week in Photos

Click on the photos (right) to scroll through images from our 2019 E-term and Explore Week. See this online booklet, created by Julianne Ross (librarian and E-term co-leader with Anna Haar) describing the jewelry-making term. Learn to turn: Students learned to use a lathe and other equipment in the school’s shop to create beautiful woodwork…

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Agriculture Production Program Ignites Passion for Conservation

Editor’s note: Felicity Zimmerman ’19 wrote the following article for the Forage and Grassland Council publication, Forager. In addition to her experience with Massanutten Technical Center, Felicity is an active member of the EMS community where she runs track, plays basketball, is part of the We Serve club, and is a member of the Envirothon…

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EMHS Biology Students Pursue College-level Independent Research

Eastern Mennonite High School biology students have the opportunity to pursue independent research under the direction of Dr. Wendy Stapleton, biology teacher, in conjunction with area universities. The research often begins in a scientific research methods course where students learn to design and implement their own scientific study, explains Stapleton. The projects require students to…

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Auditorium Podium Tells a Story

Jay Hartzler, music teacher and choir director from 1981 to 2015, built a podium for the new auditorium in 2005, which was part of a arts wing to the 1964 building. He built the podium with wood from property owned by some of the school’s long-time founding families, including Laban Peachy, Jean Fisher ’65 and…

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Fore the Flames Golf Tournament Registration Open

Registration is open for the annual Fore the Flames golf tournament on Friday May 3, 2019. Learn more and view our sponsors. Join EMS to play golf, fellowship, and support our student aid fund and athletics program. Registration of $100 includes: green’s fees, cart, range balls, door prizes and lunch by Hank’s Smokehouse. The morning…

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Elementary Students Lead and Experience a Passion Walk

On April 10, our elementary students listened to and reflected on the Easter story. Stations displayed symbols of Passion Week, and students walked as a group from station to station in what is called a Passion Walk. Fifth graders read scripture passages, the group sang songs at each station, and fourth graders led the procession…

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Chemistry students visit JMU lab

Eastern Mennonite High School chemistry students participated in a second-year college level chemistry lab at James Madison University on April 4 as part of their dual enrollment chemistry class with Kevin Carini. In preparation for the visit to the JMU lab, the EMHS students have been studying organic functional groups and basic organic nomenclature, says…

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Andrew Gascho Named Athletic Director

Andrew Gascho has been named Eastern Mennonite School Athletic Director. Gascho succeeds Dave Bechler, who departs June 1 after serving as Athletic Director since 1996. “Andrew is a deeply spiritual man, has a servant’s heart, depth of athletic experience, people skills and commitment to our school’s mission,” says Justin King, high school principal. “I have…

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Support EMS Wed., April 17 in the #GreatCommunityGive: April 17

Editor’s note: Thanks to generous support from 70 donors, EMS raised $11,355 for our 2nd Century Fund through the 2019 Great Community Give. Donations to Eastern Mennonite School Wednesday, April 17, will help the school make an EMS education affordable for more students through Harrisonburg’s annual Great Community Give. MAKE A GIFT NOW! EMS’s goal…

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EMS Launches New Website

Eastern Mennonite School launched a new website in early April. The site incorporates the school’s revitalized logo, provides information to prospective families, and serves alumni and parent audiences. Clay Showalter ’98, media consultant, developed the site, with design expertise by Lindsey Kolb, freelance designer, and content management by Andrea Wenger, director of advancement. “Building a…

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Lynette Mast Named Kindergarten Teacher

Lynette Good ‘84 Mast has been named lead kindergarten teacher at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School. She succeeds Barbara Miller, who served in the role since 2006 and retires at the end of this academic year. As an early visionary of the elementary program, together with her husband Chris Mast ‘84 and others, Mast is in…

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Purchase a Brick to Build a Bridge

Families of current Eastern Mennonite Elementary School students are inviting the community to purchase an engraved brick to help build a bridge. The bridge will connect the renovated elementary building and the current middle and high school building. The bridge is needed before elementary students can begin using the building, which is currently under renovation.…

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Board, Staff and Donors Bless Building

Board members, donors, faculty and staff left blessings during a walk through of the the building renovation for Eastern Mennonite Elementary School on April 1, 2019. Mike Stoltzfus, director of business affairs, answered questions as visitors got a first-hand look at the progress of the renovation of the former MennoMedia building, which the school purchased…

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