Semester 2: New Beginnings

Cicely Tyson once said, "I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance." This quote speaks to the essence of what it means to be an Emery Spartan because no matter the obstacles that we face, we pick ourselves up and dust our shoulders off ready to win! As you begin the second semester, you have a chance to start anew as well as build upon your academic and social emotional success. If you made mistakes in the first semester of school, then you learn from them and become wiser with a new opportunity to apply that knowledge as only a Spartan is able to do. Show up on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and every class period ready to participate. Did you know that missing 10% of school or 18 days can knock you off track of your academic goals? Utilize all the resources that are available to you to achieve your learning goals (, teacher office hours on Wednesdays as well as before and after school, counseling support, and join clubs or the Associated Student Body for social support too). Remember to be a self advocate for what you need or reach out to a mentor (EHS teachers, Ms. Duana, Ms. Bianca, Mr. McIntosh, your sports coaches, and your principal) for guidance and encouragement. Starting today, set new goals (daily, weekly, and monthly) for the second semester. Finally remember this quote by an anonymous author as you journey into the second half of the school year, "Every second brings a fresh beginning; Every hour holds a new promise; Every night our dreams can bring hope and; Every day is what you choose to make it."

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

Principal Scruggs Smith, M.Ed


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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18, 2021: No School
  • Senior Portraits for Class of 2021 will be held January 20 & 27, 2021 at EHS; Seniors check your email for details that will be sent to you by Ms. Duana!
  • No school February 15-19 its Presidents Week
  • Would you like to help celebrate Black History Month? Please contact Ms. Duana at or call (510) 601-4998.
  • Do you like reading for pleasure? Then the Emery Spartan Book Club is just right for you. For more information contact Treasure Metters, Rytham Dawar, Kanika Bhatia, or Ms. Caitlin James. Join the Emery Spartan Book Club...Reading is Lit!


We at Emery would like to give special recognition to our seniors. Such as, all-league and outstanding scorer Ibrahim Algaradi and the incredible ball skills of Abdul Ismail. Team captain Gustavo Cuevas and four year starter. Superb Defenders Devin Soberanus-Vera, Ian Mendoza and Naseer Aaid. All of which a known for their excellent academic achievements as Emery Student Athletes.

The Emery High School Athletic Program would like to give special recognization to our basketball team captain Jayden Cummings. Jayden is not only a top student on the basketball court but in the classroom. Where he excels in many of his classes and is an honor student. He is also a member of the Hidden Geniuses Program.


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  • If you were born in January, your birthstone is a garnet!
  • Generally, January is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Madame Vice President Kamala Harris was the first Black and Asian woman to elected district attorney in California history and first woman to be California's attorney general. But more importantly, she is the first woman to be elected vice president of the United States! #OaklandIsInTheWhiteHouse


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