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June 16, 2022

Students in grade K-12 have opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for a future in fields like engineering and technology. Kevin Carini teaches Robotics I-IV for high school students, sponsors the First Tech Challenge (FTC) club, and teaches physics and chemistry. Club participants learn to think like engineers,  designing,…

Robotics Program Growth Continues Strong

September 8, 2021
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In his fifth year at EMS, Kevin Carini is now teaching capacity classrooms in Robotics I – IV. The robust program is what he envisioned when he was hired in 2017 to teach physics and chemistry. The classes are offered in the MakerSpace classrooms that alumni will remember as the…

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…

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…

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…

Our School’s History

July 20, 2022

In order to tell the story of our school’s history, we must first acknowledge the people who were here before us. The indigenous tribes occupying the Shenandoah Valley in the long period prior to the arrival of English settlements include the Iroquois (also called the Six Nations) and Shawnee nations as…

K-12 Service is Part of EMS Culture

December 9, 2021
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12th grade service at Willow Run Farm

Service both within the school, in the community and beyond is part of the culture at Eastern Mennonite School. So far this fall: K-5 partnered with Harrisonburg City Schools for a clothing drive to provide warm clothes for newcomers to the community 6th grade raked leaves for neighbors in Park…

Science Hall of Honor

June 2, 2021

Periodically, Eastern Mennonite School highlights the accomplishments of alumni in the field of science. The recognitions, begun by long-time biology teacher, Myron Blosser ’79, have included a visit to the school to inspire future scientists. During his tenure, Blosser inspired dozens of graduates to pursue careers in biology and other…

Register Now to Learn About High School Opportunities

March 31, 2021
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Prospective students and parents who are interested in applying for openings in grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to plan a visit. Virtual visits provide a time to learn about: Orchestra, choral music, theatre, and art electives such as stained glass and photography Robotics, physics, chemistry and university dual enrollment…

Covid-Free Fall is Reason to Celebrate

December 3, 2020
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Eastern Mennonite School completed the fall semester to Thanksgiving break with no incidence of Covid in grades K-12 among students, staff, or teachers. “This is a testimony to everyone’s adherence to our mitigation efforts, vigilance in monitoring symptoms, wearing face coverings, and making wise choices when out and about in…

Dancing Robots, Part of STEM and Programming

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…

Strategic Pathways 2020

February 14, 2020

Strategic Plan Summary 2019-2022 TODAY magazine issue on EMS Strategic Plan Note: EMS will undergo an accreditation visit and review in the 2022-23 school year through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. The school expects a new strategic plan to come out of that process; it will be shared in…


January 27, 2020

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. Scholarship Opportunities Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship, which provides up to $3,000 per year for…

Ritchie ’23 Team, Third in 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…

Students Enjoy Photography and Science with Professors on River

September 23, 2019
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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…

Science Students Access University Labs

September 10, 2019
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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…

2019 E-term and Explore Week in Photos

April 25, 2019
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Click on the photos (right) to scroll through images from our 2019 E-term and Explore Week. See this online booklet, created by Julianne Ross (librarian and E-term co-leader with Anna Haar) describing the jewelry-making term. Learn to turn: Students learned to use a lathe and other equipment in the school’s…

Seniors Share Appreciation

February 1, 2019
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Reading from handwritten notes or their phones, seniors rose from the auditorium stage one by one in a recent capel service and shared appreciation for faculty and staff members. Some were serious. Some had inside jokes. All were heartfelt. The chapel on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, provided an opportunity to…


January 25, 2019

Our goal at EMS is to launch graduates into the world who are equipped mentally, emotionally, academically, and spiritually to navigate their future. We are proud of all of our students, whether they pursue higher education, a wage-earning job, training in the trades, voluntary service, or a “gap year” experience…