EMS Newsletter

February 7, 2020

Dear EMS Families,

Here are a few of the powerful and creative learning moments at EMS these last few weeks.

  • On Quest, students began making mittens with the sewing machines in the MakerSpace by applying their skills of research, hypothesizing and mathematics, resulting in thoughtful designs which they’ll also need to justify to reflect deeper understanding.

  • Seventh/eighth graders in Design Tech completed their cars - showcased on the 1st floor - designed and built to share with children currently in the hospital to spread a smile and act of kindness.

  • Students in Mr. DeMink’s 7/8th grade history class created more equitable Sumarian civilizations in the MakerSpace after problem solving how to address the inequities of the actual ancient civilization.

Additionally, check this out: a few of our teachers and classroom communities were celebrated and recognized outside EMS recently.

  • Quest was showcased in the Boston Globe this weekend as a classroom partnering with engineers to provide design feedback for stools that can support students with a means to battle “the sitting disease.”

  • Kathy Gallagher was awarded the KidSafe Award for her tireless work to create a culture and climate in her classroom where all feel seen, heard and understood AND by facilitating a student leadership group that is helping our community increase student voice, advocacy and support.

This week was also marked by our Black Lives Matter Flag raising ceremony. As a community, we literally joined hands and acknowledged the systematic racism that brought us to this day and the work ahead of us to be a community where all feel connected and safe. The voices of the YPAR students whose tireless work brought us to this moment rang with pride, confidence and conviction. What a powerful message of hope and common humanity.

Press about the Black Lives Matter Flag Raising event shared below.

Article 1: Burlington Free Press

Article 2: VT Digger

Article 3: WCAX

In partnership and with gratitude,


Friendly Reminders

  • 2/11 - Engage EMS Meeting - 5:30 - 7 p.m. EMS Library/MakerSpace

  • 2/14 - EMS dance 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EMS gym

  • 02/22 - 03/03 - No School - February vacation

Community Announcements

  • 8th graders will begin course registration for Burlington High School starting in March. Info about required/elective classes at BHS listed below. All incoming 9th graders must be enrolled in 8 classes. The following are required:

  • English

  • Math

  • Civics

  • Earth Science

  • Health

  • Academic Study

The following courses are strongly recommended as electives for 9th graders:

  • World Language

  • PE

  • Fine Arts

Additional electives available to 9th graders are Design Print: Laser and Burlington Technical Center's Pre-Tech Foundational Program. Here is the BHS course catalog where you can find descriptions of the course offerings.

Course descriptions can be found here.

I encourage all 8th grade families to spend time in the coming weeks considering course interests so our students are ready for the registration process in March.

If you are interested in scheduling time with Pat Hulbert, EMS guidance counselor, to discuss the process and consider your child’s best course fits, please schedule here.

  • 01/24 - School Dance details

    • Tickets sold before and after school next week in the lobby of the school for $5.

    • Location = EMS gym. Entrance through side door by the gym driveway.

    • Dance doors will be closed from 6-7:30 p.m.

    • Snacks and drinks for sale (range in price from $.25 - $1) throughout the dance.

    • Games offered in addition to dancing.

    • Students must stay in the dance until 7:30 after entering.

    • Suggested drop off and pick up location - South Union St.

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EMS Geo Bee

We had 22 Edmunds qualifiers for this year's Geo Bee. Twelve students participated in the preliminary round, and we crowned a 2020 champion, Henry Tornwini, who was the 2019 runner up. Sixth grader Kade Lardner was this year's runner up and Ruby Hall was 3rd overall. Congratulations to all participants!

Henry will take a State Qualifying Online Exam this week to determine his eligibility to compete in the 2020 Vermont Geo Bee on March 27th at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT.

Thanks to former EMS physical education teacher and coach, Kevin Plette, for continuing to organize this event!

Penguin Plunge

Captain Ashley Howard led the EMS Penguins team for the 3rd year in a row and raised over $11,000 for Special Olympics and Edmunds Unified Sport teams. Congratulations, team!
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EMS Music!

EMS MUSIC! brought 180 7th and 8th grade music students to the Flynn the week of January 20th for the show We Shall Overcome. The show was a showcase of African American styles with an overarching theme of bringing to life the words and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights movement centered on love and freedom. The students were awesome and really enjoyed the show. Thank you to everyone who supported us with donations so that everyone could attend regardless of cost. EMS MUSIC! appreciates the EMS community. Thank you!

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