Spartan Times

May Newsletter Issue 9

Principals Message

Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist once said the following, "And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear." Mr. Coelho summarized the key characteristic that each and everyone of you exhibited during this school year: courage. We had no idea what lay ahead of us in this unprecedented school year, yet we persevered. In spite of the challenges that arose from distance learning, we prevailed. This year was demanding for students, parents, and staff. We as a community had to reimagine teaching and learning. We rediscovered the significance of family and friendships. We identified the importance of our social emotional needs and that self care is a necessity. We found out the pros and cons of technology and it vanquished the essence of education only happening in brick and mortar settings. We found the courage to speak up for what we needed and we learned to become champions of equity because when one member of our family is harmed then we all hurt. We are wiser, have grown academically, and are mentally stronger. Be proud of all that you achieved (small and large accomplishments) during this school year, because it took bravery to make it this far. Each time you showed up for your classes, supported your siblings/family, explored career and college opportunities, completed an assignment (no matter how long it took) you showed the firmness of mind and will in the face of difficulty.

Never forget this moment. Never forget that you are wonderfully made. Never forget that you are Spartan Strong!

Be Positive. Be Purposeful. Be Productive. Be a Spartan Graduate.

Principal Scruggs Smith, M.Ed

College Corner

  • Congratulations to the rising seniors selected to attend Berkeley Virtual Experience 2021. Selected students will be contacted by Mr. McIntosh!
  • Thank you Ms. Caitlin James for creating the Community College Info Night, that took place onThursday, June 3 from 5-6pm click picture for the link! Thanks to Ms. James's leadership and the hard work with the College and Career Readiness Committee we were able to start our career and technology program. Spartans have been given more opportunities to do career exploration and earn college credit.

Teacher Appreciation Week

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May is Mental Health awareness month

Mental Health Awareness Carmel High School

In an effort to offer support to students and families during COVID and distance learning, the Wellness Center has established drop in hours. We will have staff available for student/family support and teacher support and consultation Mon. - Fri. from 12pm - 3pm.

Of course the drop in sessions will take place virtually given our current distance learning. Below is the schedule and contact information for the Wellness Staff staffing the drop in hours:

Nicholas Hughes: Mondays & Tuesdays 510-662-6842

Steph Peek: Wednesdays 510-901-3169

Auden Smith: Thursdays 510-476-9060

Mariana Banks: Fridays 510-439-9790

Star Spartans

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Emery Student Senate

Congratulations to our elected student officials for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Thank you to everyone who ran for a position for their commitment to making our school a better place.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Upcoming Events...End of the School Year!

  • May 31 is Memorial Day- No School
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 EHS Graduation at 4 PM
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 Last Day of School
  • EMERY STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SWIM ON CAMPUS STARTING JUNE 21 -JULY 19, 2021 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM. Please come dressed in your swim gear because you will not be able to get dressed at the pool! Thank you Rebecca Sermeno for this enrichment opportunity.

In-Person Summer School dates for Emery High School students: June 21-July 19; Monday-Thursday; 9:00 am-12:00 pm; ALL STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL WILL BE ADMITTED! Questions? Please call 510-601-4998 for support from Mr. McIntosh, your Academic Counselor.

Pretty much all you need, right here in one place.

Learning for Justice maintains a page of resources continually updated to cover a wide -- but not overwhelming -- list of important topics related to student well-being.

All students enrolled in summer school will be able to use as a support to comprehend and complete assignments for credit recovery.

Did You Know?

  • May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
  • May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves.
  • May 5 is Cinco de Mayo (“The Fifth of May”). This day celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.
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