EMS Newsletter

February 11, 2022

Letter from the Principal

Dear EMS Families,

It’s hard to believe that our next break is only a week away. This month has been eventful, and the days are flying by!

Last week, we had our first school-wide field trip in a couple years, taking a walking trip to the Flynn to watch a performance by Flip Fabrique. It was a very successful adventure; not only was the performance engaging and impressive, but our students were wonderful audience members. The Flynn staff was so happy to have young people in the theater again, and we were so grateful for the Flynn’s gracious offer to host a private event for us as their special guests. Thank you for all the support in making this happen – I know that, after two years of COVID measures and distance from public spaces, this was a big leap. It was very special to share this experience together.

Next week, barring uncooperative weather, our 6th graders will hold EMS’s first annual Ikidarod, a competition that calls upon them to collaboratively design, build and race cardboard sleds. They have been working hard to rise to this engineering challenge! Keep an eye out to see and hear more from 6th grade teachers about this awesome new experience!

On another note, I want to extend my appreciation for this community for the constant support, curiosity, and advocacy shown by EMS families.. I am so grateful every day to be here, in partnership, with all of you.

Be well,

Sabrina Westdijk

EMS Announcements

Valentines Day

All art students from quarter and quintant 2 were busy carving and printing valentines for the entire EMS community. That's a lot of valentines! Some of these Valentines are GOLDEN VALENTINES....meaning some of them have a golden heart glued to the back.

Students and staff can take these GOLDEN VALENTINES to the office on Valentines' day, and trade them in for a Valentine treat. It's getting a little Willie Wonka-ish around here but who couldn't use more love - or chocolate?

"All you need is love." The Beatles

Reminder: NAEP Testing for EMS 8th Graders on March 8th

EMS 8th graders will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 8th. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The assessment is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. DOE. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

8th Graders may take a mathematics or reading assessment. In addition to subject-area questions, students voluntarily complete NAEP survey questions. These questions provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and outside of the classroom. More information about NAEP survey questions is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

The assessment takes approximately 2 hours for most students, which includes transition time, directions, and completion of survey questions.

The EMS Music Department invites you to our virtual Winter Concert Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:30pm.

We are excited to present the excellent work of our student musicians from our band, chorus and orchestra ensembles. They are making tremendous progress this year! Following the current guidance around Covid, and out of an abundance of caution regarding the safety of our students and community, we will present our performances virtually via a google meet on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:30pm.

Students have recorded their performances, to be compiled into a virtual concert performance. Though we are all looking forward to performing for our families in a live and in-person setting, we are excited to provide a culminating performance experience in the safest manner possible at this time.

We are very much enjoying making music with our students and can’t wait to share all we have been learning!

Here is the link to the Google Meet for Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:30pm.

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/kkt-xzci-mbv

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 609-438-1386 and enter this PIN: 287 789 013#

To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/kkt-xzci-mbv?hs=5


The EMS Music Department

Cathie Ott (Chorus)

Graham Lambert (Band)

Avery Cooper (Band)

Michael Hakim (Orchestra)

Community Announcements

School District Budget

Town Meeting Day is March 1st and ballots are in the mail. This year's budget is projected to produce a property tax rate decrease of 6.98%. For more information, check out the District One-pager:


BHS/BTC 2025 Kickoff!
All BSD families and stakeholders are invited to join us at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 17, as we kick off plans for BHS/BTC 2025! Teams have been working hard to move forward with a new high school and technical center in Vermont’s Queen City. Attendees of the virtual event will meet the design team, hear from principals, and learn about the design process. The design team will also share the work that has been done to solidify the project’s vision, an update on the program needs, and the most up-to-date timeline for the project as we gear up for a November bond vote!

Attendees will also participate in facilitated breakout sessions where they can give feedback to the team. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom and steamed to the BSD YouTube channel. Learn more at www.bsdvt.org

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 875 2408 6907

Passcode: B5r2hN