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Archive for September 2019

Psychology Students Explore Kindergartner Brain Development

High school juniors and seniors enjoyed interacting with kindergarten students on September 26 as part of a psychology class lesson on brain development. “This is certainly a bonus of being a K-12 school,” says Curt Stutzman, Bible, English and social sciences teacher. “It’s great to be able to do a lesson on brain development, and…

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14th Annual Elementary Peace Parade Marks International Day of Peace

Fifth grade students at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School led the annual Peace Parade for their schoolmates on Monday, Sept. 23. It was the 14th year that older students planned and led the parade featuring a super size peace dove puppet. Students carried origami paper cranes. The United Nations International Peace Day was the previous Saturday,…

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Students Explore Photography and Science on North Fork with College Profs

Eastern Mennonite High School students in environmental science and chemistry classes spent a recent afternoon along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Bergton, Virginia, doing chemical analysis and studying macroinvertebrates, organisms that lack a spine and are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. They also were introduced to underwater photography.…

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Playground Offers Hands-on Science Lessons

Eighth grade physical science students dug holes, examined rocks, weighed and measured inside and outside the school building in recent weeks to help install donated oversize tractor tires for a new elementary climbing structure. The hands-on project was spearheaded by Lee Good, middle school physical science teacher, who rounded up the five-foot size tires for…

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Rock Formations Part of this Year’s Peace Pledge

Each elementary student chose a rock as part of this fall’s annual time of signing the school’s Peace Pledge. This is the 15th year that EMES students have signed the pledge, which highlights seven tenets (full listing below): To respect self and others; to communicate better; to listen; to forgive; to respect nature; to play…

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Sewing and Canning Still Important Life Skills

While the arts of sewing a pair of pajama pants or canning a jar of salsa may not seem priority in the tech-infused 21st century, Eastern Mennonite School teacher Anna Haarer sees a lot of value. “Sure, you could buy a pair of flannel pants at a big box store for less than good quality…

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EMS Hosts 46th Annual Cross-Country Invitational

More than 500 middle and high school runners from area public and private schools gathered at Peak View Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 14, for the 46th annual EMHS Cross Country Invitational run on the Burtner Farm course in Penn Laird, Virginia. Andrew Gascho, in his first year as athletic director for the school, oversaw…

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Science Students Access University Labs

EMS students are fortunate to have access to university quality laboratories, thanks to nearby James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University and collegial relationships between EMS science teachers and area professors. Early in the school year, Kevin Carini‘s physics students worked on a force table at Eastern Mennonite University’s Suter Science Center. The board is…

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Janie Frazier ’12, Poised to Soar to New Heights

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Adelphi University, Sept. 3, 2019. Janie Frazier is a 2012 alumna of Eastern Mennonite School. Janie Frazier, an artist and flight instructor, was delighted when she was offered a position on the board of directors for her family’s business, Frazier Quarry Inc., a limestone quarry in Virginia’s…

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K-5 Team Visits Building Renovation

Our elementary teachers and staff took advantage of early dismissal on September 5 to visit the elementary building, as renovation reaches the final stages. Mike Stoltzfus, director of business affairs, updated them as he led the tour. Teachers began to dream about their classroom space taking shape, identifying where they would want their whiteboard or…

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