“This is my story,” is the theme for chapel this year for students grades 6 to 12 at Eastern Mennonite School. Speakers are invited to share stories of times in their life when they felt they belonged, or did not belong. The theme developed over the summer as the school’s Racial Equity Group met, and…

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More than 300 Eastern Mennonite School alumni and friends signed “A Call for Institutional Equity and Inclusion” posted on the Internet on July 22, 2020. An email to school administrators and other staff introducing the public post was signed by “EMS Alumni for Radical Change,” and said they “want to support an institution that we…

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EMS launched its “every student, every day” in person plan for school during the 2020-21 academic year on August 25 with 354 students K-12. A few families in each grade opted to do home-based distance learning as precaution due to specific health concerns. But more than 95% were in person on site with an abundance…

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Eight new employees joined the school this fall. They are: Nick Gardner, band teacher. Mr. Gardner has a bachelor’s degree in music education with a specialty in oboe from James Madison University, where he played alto saxophone in the marching band. Nick will also become sound technician for auditorium use and may teach elective classes…

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Clean and fresh air — comfortably warmed or cooled — is important any time for optimal learning and health. But this year, with COVID-19 virus precautions, air quality is taking extra effort. Read below about the six-pronged approach EMS is taking for cleaning and circulating healthy air in our buildings this year. Mike Stoltzfus, director…

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Eastern Mennonite School launched the new year for K-12 teachers, faculty and staff with their annual Fall Conference wearing masks and meeting in multiple rooms, physically distanced, or outside. The bulk of the time was focused on professional development and in classrooms, preparing for in-person learning as long as it is safe, and preparing for…

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Videos featuring Joanna Moyer Diener, EMS health services coordinator, and her family, are helping EMS families prepare for the 2020-21 academic year. EMS will open for every student, every day on August 25. The first video is about how to properly wear a face covering. The second video is about how to do a home…

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