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Music-Synced Lights and Dancing Robots, Part of STEM and Programming Classes

September 21, 2020
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Experiential and hands-on learning have always been a crucial aspect of the EMS academic curriculum. A variety of classes embody this practice, but Kevin Carini’s robotics and intro into programming classes are among the best. With students of varied skill, interest, and age levels, there is always a multitude of…

EMS to Install Largest Solar Power System at any K-12 School in Harrisonburg

July 7, 2020
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This is a joint release of Eastern Mennonite School and Secure Futures Solar Eastern Mennonite School has signed an agreement with Secure Futures Solar of Staunton to install and operate solar panels on its Harrisonburg campus.Together, solar arrays will generate a total capacity of 136 kilowatts of power, more than…

Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship

January 28, 2020

Academics This scholarship is generously funded by Blauch Brothers Mechanical Contractors of Harrisonburg, Virginia.  The scholarship is to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, or math interests. Recipients of the Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship will receive up to $3,000 per year off of the regular high school tuition rate.…

Combining Art and STEM for STEAM Class

January 21, 2020
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Hands-on work — whether it’s with art supplies or circuitry — engages students of varied interests in the seventh grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) class at Eastern Mennonite School. The daily course builds — loosely — on concepts covered in the middle school science curriculum. “It’s a…

Seminar Calls EMS to Build Community in Polarized Times

September 4, 2020
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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…

Friday Night Live with EMS (Fall Auction)

August 27, 2020
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Friday Night Live with Eastern Mennonite School November 6, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m. Virtual Live Auction Hosted by: Adam Yoder, EMS dad, social worker, and funny man extraordinaire Music by: David Berry, award-winning pianist, EMS dad, and EMU Music Dept. Chair Prince Bellerose with Joseph Harder, EMS ’16 Alum Auction…

Keith and Ellen Helmuth — class of ’55 — Honored with Lifetime Service Award

August 20, 2020
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D. Keith and Ellen (Slabaugh) Helmuth, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, are being honored with the Eastern Mennonite School Lifetime Service Award for 60 years of professional and personal engagement in care for creation. Both are members of the class of 1955. “They were environmentalists before it was popular,” wrote…

Air Quality is Priority in New Year

August 19, 2020
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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…

Impact Report

July 6, 2020

Academics Impact Report 2019-2020 Our team Outcomes Stories and news Highlights from the 19-20 School Year Capital Projects Moved in to the new elementary school Built a bridge connecting the upper and lower buildings into one campus Constructed a new roof Made plans to install solar panels Experiential Learning Performed…

Back-to-School Details

July 1, 2020

Academics Dear EMS students and parents, At EMS we embrace daily the vision to reflect Christ’s light as a learning community where every student belongs, thrives, and lives God’s call. For over 102 years EMS faculty, staff, and students have worked together to call students to faith, academic excellence, integrity,…

EMS Launches New Racial Equity Working Group

June 23, 2020
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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…

Solar at EMS

June 23, 2020

Academics In June 2019, EMS signed an agreement with Secure Futures Solar of Staunton to install and operate solar panels on its upper building. The solar arrays will generate a total capacity of 136 kilowatts of power, more than any solar power system installed at a K-12 school in Harrisonburg. The…

Racial Equity

June 15, 2020

Academics Racial Equity Group In June 2020, the EMS Strategic Leadership Team established a Racial Equity Group in the wake of the death of George Floyd and world-wide protests that provided a long overdue wake-up call to address systemic racism in our institutions and country. A preamble to the group’s…

Uncomfortable? Lean in! Shannon Roth Calls Graduates to Embrace the Discomfort

June 13, 2020
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The class of 2020 called Shannon Roth, government and US history teacher, and senior class sponsor, to share the commencement address at their outdoor socially distanced graduation, amidst a global pandemic. Uncomfortable? Lean in! First, I want to share with you something that Mrs. Seitz reminded me this morning: you…

EMHS Celebrates 102nd Commencement, Drive-In Style

June 12, 2020
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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…

An Open Letter from Paul Leaman Following the Death of George Floyd

June 3, 2020
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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…

National Honor Society Induction, April 2020

April 30, 2020
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The spring 2020 EMHS National Honor Society induction ceremony moved to a virtual format in light of the school closure due to conroavirus. The virtual induction ceremony included the following letter by Justin King, high school principal, and video comments by Elwood Yoder, NHS sponsor, and Wendy Stapleton, former EMS…

EMS is #FlamesStrong in Online Mode

April 8, 2020
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Sleeping in, reading for fun, hours outside… Along with all of this, EMS students continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally, through virtual community at Eastern Mennonite School this spring during the COVID-19 closure. Some students wish for more online school work, while other students — and stressed parents —…

COVID-19 Aid Fund

April 2, 2020

“Thank you for tending to this beloved community during a difficult season.” -From Greta Bucher on the #FlamesStrong giving day.Over 175 people have given nearly $45,000 already. And people continue to share their gifts. Thank you! Give now! Why a special fund? The COVID-19 outbreak has brought hardships to the…

COVID-19 Letter from EMS Health Coordinator

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus home page Joanna Moyer Diener, RN, BS, MPH, is EMS health coordinator and shares the following information. Dear EMS Community, We are in a time when you are being saturated with ever-evolving information. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to dive in further to read or search for more…

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to March 31, 2020

March 6, 2020
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The application deadline for two scholarship opportunities for new high school students to Eastern Mennonite School for the 2020-21 school year has been extended to March 31, 2020. The Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship is new in the 2020-21 academic year, thanks to a partnership with Blauch Brothers Mechanical Contracting Services.…

Mennonite Educators Conference Inspires Anabaptist Mennonite Educators With Hope

February 24, 2020
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More than 30 Eastern Mennonite School K-12 administrators, faculty and staff participated in the Mennonite School’s Council biennial conference February 7 and 8. In addition to the formal input, the time away provided time for EMS staff to relax and reflect together. Following is a report by Camille Dager of…

Donor Gifts Bring Robotics to EMES

February 3, 2020
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Spheres with blinking lights… what fourth grader could resist this ball of creativity and learning? Thanks to generous donors, there are plenty of Sphero Bolts to go around at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School. The small robots allow children to channel their ideas into reality, creating private games, secret codes and…


January 27, 2020

Academics Eastern Mennonite School is committed to working with families to make attendance at our school as affordable as possible, keeping in mind that families are investing in their child’s growth and education when they pay tuition. High school applicants are invited to apply for two scholarship opportunities: Blauch Brothers…

Chapel Series Inspires on MLK themes

January 27, 2020
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Three speakers and a film helped Eastern Mennonite middle and high school students think about concepts like implicit bias and their own institution’s history of integration as part of MLK Day observations in mid January. Christian Early, PhD, introduced Daniel Kahneman’s two systems of thinking: “Thinking Fast” (system one) and…

A&P Students Host Heart Lesson for Fifth Grade

November 6, 2019
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Fifth grade students recently learned about their own hearts and the human circulatory system during a “clinic hour” hosted by high school anatomy and physiology students. The A&P students had created a heart model earlier in class to demonstrate how the heart regulates the blood flow and circulation through the…

Students Support Coffee & Tea Shop’s Restorative Justice Prison Ministry

October 30, 2019
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Students in grades K-12 raised more then $1,700 to support the restorative justice ministries of Just Coffee and Tea in downtown Harrisonburg. The Spirit Week fundraiser included themed dress up days and baked goods, sponsored by the Student Council Organization. “This support means more than you can imagine,” said Amanda…

Q & A with Waega Samwel, Tanzanian Visitor

October 16, 2019
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Waega Samwel, a teacher from Nyantira Mennonite Academy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is serving EMS this year as teacher assistant and administrator Intern. Mr. Samwel is in the United States as part of the International Visitor Exchange Program of Mennonite Central Committee. During a recent chapel, Lee Good, science…

Mason Ritchie ’23 Team Takes Third in Programming and Game Design Contest

October 15, 2019
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Middle and high schoolers tackle computer coding at JMU This article was originally published in The Breeze, the student newspaper at James Madison University. Congratulations to Mason Ritchie ’23, who earned third place in the competition. Perry Shank ’94, computer science teacher at Harrisonburg High School, led the event along…

2019 Bay Trip Wrap Up

October 2, 2019
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For more than 15 years, EMHS has taken upper level science students to study at the Chesapeake Bay each fall. This year’s trip went to Tylerton on Smith Island, Maryland. Participants studied the ecology of multiple ecosystems, their connections to human populations throughout the watershed, and how what happens on…

Sixth Graders Study Trout Life Cycle

October 1, 2019
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Eastern Mennonite School emphasizes hands-on learning, even when it involves slippery, slimy creatures. As part of our sixth graders’ year-long study of the life cycle of our area trout population, the class visited Reed’s Creek Fish Hatchery in Franklin, West Virginia, in September. Some students enjoyed the “hands on” part…

Q&A with Climate Change Podcast Host, Michaela Mast ’13

July 14, 2019
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Shifting Climates, a podcast produced by Michaela Mast ’13 and colleagues, launched its second season earlier this month featuring interviews gathered from New Haven, Connecticut, to Flagstaff, Arizona, including among Native American elders. The podcast, which Michaela produces along with Harrison Horst and Sarah Longenecker, aims to “re-humanize the conversation”…

Discovery 2019 — Student Reflections

June 24, 2019
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Discovery 2019 took 20 students across the country and back again from June 4 to 29. They learned about land and water issues, immigration, Native communities, resource management, energy consumption and more. They read articles to prepare for each stop along the way so they could bring questions, listen carefully,…

EMS Robotics Program Receives GE Grant

June 5, 2019
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Thanks to the tenacity and vision of teacher Kevin Carini, Eastern Mennonite School has received its third grant to continue to build its maker space and robotics program. The newest grant comes from the GE Additive Education Program, “a global STEM initiative to build an ecosystem for 3D printing in…

Dave Bechler Honored by Conference and State-Wide Organizations as Tenure Draws to a Close

May 13, 2019
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Dave Bechler’s extensive contribution to regional and state-wide athletics competition has been marked this spring by Blue Ridge Conference, Virginia Independent Conference and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA). After 23 years as EMS athletic director at Eastern Mennonite School, Dave will pursue new professional endeavors at the end of…

EMHS Biology Students Pursue College-level Independent Research

April 22, 2019
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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.…

Chemistry students visit JMU lab

April 11, 2019
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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…

Dining hall

March 28, 2019

Academics Sharing food together is one way we build community. Our dining hall staff has perfected the art of preparing and serving delicious hot meals or deluxe salads to go during the 2020-21 school year with COVID-19 precautions! The dining hall meals are available for grades 6-12 at this time.…

Applicants Welcome for Discovery Program

March 17, 2019
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High school students interested in a month-long, cross-country group learning experience about land and water resources are invited to apply to join the 2019 Eastern Mennonite High School Discovery trip. A limited number of spaces remain available on the biennial excursion. Students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade are…

Summer Learning Creates Lifelong Memories

February 20, 2019
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Each year, EMS upperclassmen are offered the opportunity to embark on experiential learning trips in the month of June. On even years, the Touring Choir travels in Europe, singing in cathedrals, learning about European culture from host families, teaching music to school children, and seeing the wondrous sights. On odd…

Christmas Fund Drive

January 31, 2019

Academics Students courageously wrote letters, had conversations and made phone calls throughout the Christmas season inviting people to support our school. By the Jan. 20 deadline, they had brought in have brought in 739 gifts totaling $150,025. Thank you to our students for their spirit, passion, and courage! Thank you donors…

International students

January 30, 2019

Academics Our community is enhanced by people from varied backgrounds locally and around the world. We have a long history of welcoming international students from many countries including Albania, China, Colombia, Germany, Iran, Israel, Korea, Paraguay, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Uganda. We accept international applications for grades 9-12. Admissions We…


January 9, 2019

Academics EMS during COVID-19 Due to COVID-19 restrictions and planning for safe distance protocols, the school is at capacity for fall 2020. Applications may be submitted and will be placed in a wait pool for consideration, pending spaces that may open if families change their plans. We welcome students at…

EMS Students Earn College Credit With Robotics Classes

November 7, 2018
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With Artificial Intelligence on the rise, Kevin Carini brings hands-on experience with robotics to Eastern Mennonite School, preparing students for the future. “There’s going to be robots doing something in most households in the not-too-distant future,”he reflects. “Somebody needs to know how to code them and fix them. That’s really…

At the Foot of the Tree: Reflections from Pittsburgh

November 5, 2018
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Note: Hannah Cranston ’09 Godwin shared this reflection from Pittsburgh, where she is a Youth Care Worker at Holy Family Institute’s Journey of Hope Program. She went to Pittsburgh to work with refugee resettlement efforts through Compass AmeriCorps. Regarding the experience of living near the Tree of Life Synagogue and…

The Difference a Teacher Can Make: J. Ernest Martin Lifetime Service Award Winner

October 3, 2018
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J. Ernest (Ernie) Martin’s distinguished career demonstrates the positive impact a dedicated teacher can make in the lives of students. In three Christian schools spanning 42 years, Ernie’s remarkable legacy stands as an example that has inspired many students and influenced the work of a host of teachers. In celebration…

Peace Dove Puppet Leads Annual Elementary Peace Parade

September 21, 2018
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A 10-year-old giant dove puppet made of chicken wire, four old bedsheets and other recycled materials led the way once again for the Eastern Mennonite Elementary School annual peace parade to mark the UN International Day of Peace. As is tradition, fifth graders planned the event which started with the…