EMS Newsletter

May 6, 2022

Letter from the Principal

Dear EMS Families & Community,


It’s hard to believe that we only have 5 weeks of school left! As we near the summer, there are many upcoming events to be aware of. As you’ll see below, our performance music program’s spring concert series begins next week. The EMS production of Big Fish opens tonight, with a second performance tomorrow. The play will be in the EMS Gym, starting at 6:30pm both nights. Our students have worked hard to prepare for these performances, and we are looking forward to a big turnout. Hope to see you there!


Please also be reminded that there are three (3) Early Release days between now and the end of school, to support both staff professional development and special events for students. School will release at 11:30am on each of these three dates:

  • Wednesday, May 11th (for districtwide staff PD)

  • Friday, May 27th (for Step Up Day for next year’s 6th graders)

  • Friday, June 10th (for the 8th grade promotion ceremony)


We are excited to open EMS back up to families, and look forward to a month of celebrating students’ growth, learning, and talents.


In partnership,

Sabrina Westdijk

EMS Principal


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EMS Announcements

SBAC Assessments Continue- Spring 2022


A reminder that these will continue at EMS through May 20th. Below are some ways that you can help your student in this process as well as a table outlining dates and assessments in the coming days.


  • Be positive!

  • Make sure that your student gets a good night’s sleep the night before

  • Have your student follow their morning routine

  • Here’s a short video which provides some simple strategies

  • PLEASE have your child bring headphones if they have them!


Thank you once again for supporting your child and our school during the state assessment testing.

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Place Based Education

The Journey and Nia scholars recently celebrated a partnership (and mini unit) with UVM’s Place-Based Pedagogy class.

We were so grateful and excited to have engaged in a photography showcase in the EMS library that uplifted the finished works of Nia and Journey photographers. This minu-unit focused on Amplifier Art's "Reconnecting With..." theme. The scholars learned a variety of photography techniques and then sought to capture a shot of something that they are "reconnecting with". They developed beautiful artist statements and it was such a joy to witness their process. These photos will be on display again in early June.

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