After 17 years teaching and filling the EMS community with music, Brian Buchanan — also known affectionately as “Mr. B.” — decided to leave EMS. He now works at Dominion Data Group near his home in Staunton as vice president of fulfillment and logistics. He is also working on new music and hopes to continue…

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Fifth grade students at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School led the annual Peace Parade for their schoolmates on Monday, Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace. It was the 15th year that older students planned and led the parade featuring a super size peace dove puppet and the first time the parade took place at the…

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Brent Holl, expert music educator, led the fifth grade class in building a marimba in music class this week under the direction of Joy Anderson, music teacher. The marimba (/məˈrɪmbə/) is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with yarn or rubber mallets to produce musical tones. Resonators or pipes suspended…

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The 23rd annual Bike Shenandoah event will honor Steve Leaman, class of ’75. Steve loved biking and outdoor activities, and helped organize the ride in recent years as part of his work with Virginia Mennonite Missions. Steve was a beloved older brother of Paul Leaman, EMS head of school. Bike Shenandoah is an annual family-friendly…

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For the first time since 2017, two Eastern Mennonite High School students have been awarded the National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Award. Gabriel Albers and Arwen Hertzler were the only two students recognized with the award in the Shenandoah Valley in 2020. Watch a video of Justin King, high school principal, recognizing the two. The award…

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Focusing on relationships is key to de-escalating tensions in contentious times. This was the takeaway that faculty and staff heard during a seminar — held virtually via Zoom — on building community in times of polarization on August 20, before students returned to school. David Brubaker, organizational consultant and dean of the school of social…

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