Spartan Times

October 2020/ Issue 2

Message from the Principal

Congratulations on completing the first quarter of school! When you complete the second quarter, the first semester of the 2020 - 2021 will be completed as well. So why are these four quarters and two semesters important and what is the significance of the credits? The overall goal is to successfully pass your classes, earn every credit that you attempt during the quarter, so that by the end of each semester you are on track to receive your high school diploma in four years. You need 230 credits to graduate. It is important to know that, every credit counts to meet your graduation requirements. For each course that our Spartans take, there are a specific number of credits that must be taken to meet the goal of achieving the 230 credits needed for graduation. For English, you need 40 credits which means that you must take this course all four years of high school. The mathematics requirement is 30 credits or three years of school. Students also need 30 credits or 3 years of history. For science you need 20 credits or 2 years of school. Spartans also need 20 credits of a foreign language which is two years. For physical education you must complete 20 credits or 2 years of the course. Students must complete 10 credits or one year of visual performing arts and 10 credits or one year of a college prep elective. Finally, 50 credits of electives are needed outside of your core subjects (for example technology or art). The total amount of credits that a student can earn in four years at Emery High School is 240 credits. But you only need 230 credits to receive your high school diploma as well as be on track for college and or career opportunities.

Every year of high school (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) is very important.This is why your attendance in each class is paramount! Our school wide attendance goal is 95% average daily attendance for EHS. Show up in your classes, turn on your camera and participate every period every day. Ask questions when you don't understand so that you become more confident with the material. Asking questions allows you to add to your schema (how you organize and make connections to objectives you have learned) as well as understand your metacognition (thinking about thinking - awareness of your thought process). Complete and submit all your assignments. Meet with your teachers during office hours for additional support. Discuss the assignments with your classmates or family members so that the information becomes more familiar. Make a plan focused on how and when you will study your assignments. Set up a tutorial session on Tutors are available 24 hours a day! Last but not least, be resilient. This means that when you are faced with an obstacle, do not give up. Remember, you have family members and Emery staff as your support system. Be Positive, Be Purposeful, Be Productive, and you will Be A Spartan Graduate!


Principal Scruggs Smith, M.Ed.

college corner....

We are very fortunate to have our EAOP/DCAC College Advisor Ms. Bianca Herrera join us for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Herrera will follow up with students and parents about the programs she will make available to students this school year.

Here is a reminder of the upcoming events for the month of Oct.

- UC Berkeley Virtual Visit (Oct 16th & Oct 28th)

- SAT (Seniors) (Oct 14th)

- College 101 Parent/Family Meeting (Oct. 27th 5:30 PM.)

- Cash for College Workshop (Seniors) (Oct 30th)

National Custodian Day

October 2nd is National Custodian Day! Please take the time to honor our custodial heroes who keep our school district clean, healthy, and safe for students, families, and staff members. These silent heroes are the first to arrive and the last to leave every day to ensure that our school environment is positive and runs smoothly. We (Ms. Duana, Ms. Parham, and Ms. Molly) presented Adam Barreto, Keo Sounpanya, Troy Garcia, Sanga Rojrattanakiat, and Jody Clarke with tokens of our appreciation to thank them for their dedication to our school community. Thank you custodial staff!

*Super Spartans*

EHS Spirit Week

Monday, Oct. 26th, 8:30am to Friday, Oct. 30th, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

Monday, October 26 -Quarantine Fit/Pajama Jam Day

Tuesday, October 27-Super Hero Day (Dress like your Fav Super Hero)

Wednesday, October 28-Sports Day (Wear Fav Sports Team Gear or Fav Sport Gear)

Thursday, October 29-Blue & Gold (Show your Spartan Pride and wear the school colors)

Friday, October 30- Rep Yo Class (Wear your class color)

9th- Red

10th -Yellow



Staff-Show your school spirit by wearing your Emery High School sweatshirts

Did You Know?...

  • The 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English.
  • August has the highest percentages of births
  • That you burn more calories eating celery than it contains (the more you eat the thinner you become)
  • Octo means 8 in Latin; October was the 8th month of the Roman calendar
  • October 28th is National Chocolate Day

Survey for Spartan Parents

Spartan Parents,

We need you to take a survey to get information about transition to on campus instruction. Please complete a survey by clicking on the link . If you have already completed the survey, then you do not have to take the survey again. Thank you for your time!

Principal Scruggs Smith