Distance learning due to COVID-19 couldn’t get in the way of this year’s fifth grade class contribution to the annual “Peace Path” project for the EMES playground, a sizable structure perfect for climbing outside and imaginative play inside. The “Peace Path” includes structures for outdoor play made by fifth grade groups over the past several…

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Three weeks after the death of George Floyd and two days after the school’s outdoor COVID-19- adjusted graduation ceremonies, Eastern Mennonite School launched a new Racial Equity Working Group, which builds on past work of a Diversity Committee, as well as ongoing restorative justice initiatives. “The time is long overdue for our society at large,…

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This article, by David Driver, was published in the Daily News-Record, April 20, 2020 Editor’s note: We have begun a weekly series called Friday Flashback, as we catch up with local athletes, coaches or administrators from city/county high schools. The fourth installment is on Jewel Lehman, a 1983 graduate of EMHS — where she took…

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Eastern Mennonite High School’s 39 seniors joined the millions across the country in one-of-a-kind commencement exercises this year. On Saturday, June 13, the school’s faculty and administration joined families in celebrating students’ accomplishments and conferring degrees following weeks of building closure due to the coronavirus. Student speakers were valedictorian Abby Stapleton and salutatorian Ava Galgano.…

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A sense of well-being, bragging rights, better health, a good grade… all of these motivated grade-level leaders in the EMS COVID-19 Spring PE Olympics the last six weeks at Eastern Mennonite School during the COVID-19 shut down. Each week, PE students grades six to 10 — as well as some faculty and staff — took…

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The Eastern Mennonite School Auditorium parking lot saw unprecedented action this afternoon when the class of 2020 held its graduation rehearsal and a senior parade. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all the usual EMHS traditions are either cancelled or changed this spring. Traditions such as Senior Day Out — also known in the past as “senior…

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The following story was posted by WHSV TV-3 on June 4, 2020. Bryse Vrolijk, class of 2020, is the first EMHS graduate to earn this national recognition. See the WHSV story online here. Bryse’s biology teacher, Dr. Wendy Stapleton, says this about Bryse: “The FFA motto is ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to…

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On Monday, June 1, 2020, Paul Leaman, head of school, shared the following message with EMS students (grades 9-12) and parents, following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in police custody. Our classrooms and community gatherings such as Chapel and Neighbor Groups for grades 6-12, and elementary weekly Gathering, would provide…

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Words of support and affirmation were exchanged at the annual fifth grade celebration for Eastern Mennonite Elementary School on June 1, 2020, as part of an annual event to mark the move to middle school. The 18 students heard words about themselves and shared words about their school. Maria Archer, K-8 principal affirmed first-year fifth…

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Abby Stapleton, a top scholar for Eastern Mennonite School’s class of 2020, received two honors this week: a $3,000 scholarship from the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Rotary Club and a $1,000 Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarship award. Rotary The Rotary Club selects one student from each area school for their annual scholarship. Selected students exemplify the…

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The 102nd Eastern Mennonite High School commencement for Eastern Mennonite School will take place Saturday, June 13, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event celebrating the graduation of 39 students will take place outside the school auditorium for students, families, teachers and staff, and invited guests. WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF THE CEREMONY Details of the…

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