GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA) / SEXUAL ORIENTATION GENDER IDENTITY (SOGI) GROUP (Mr. Berlando): Weekly meetings on Wednesday’s at lunch in 1086.
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR GRAD FASHION SHOW! The show is on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm in the theater. Tickets are $10 and are available in the office, at Shoppers, and at Stick in the Mud Coffee House, with all proceeds supporting this year’s Grad events!
ALWAYS HAVE A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD? Have you always wanted to learn how to read music? Want to start your own band, but not sure where to start? The EMCS Band program is a great place to begin. All students interested in learning an instrument or playing with our incredible band program are encouraged to sign up for Concert Band and Jazz Band. We travel to festivals, perform in our community and have a lot of fun along the way. Bass, Guitar, Vocals are wanted for Jazz Band. Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, wanted for Concert Band. Everyone is welcome – beginners to advanced players. Questions? Come see Ms. Parliament in the band/drama hall or email email@example.com
TRACK AND FIELD TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Track and Field is back at EMCS this year and will be coached by Mr. Vine from Journey Middle School. All interested students are welcome to come out and train! There are no try-outs to participate on the team. There will be try-outs for Relay Teams if necessary.
Practice Schedule at EMCS Gymnasium:
Thurs, Feb 20, 3:45 – 5 pm
Mon, Feb 24, 3:30 – 5 pm
Thurs, Feb 27, 3:45 – 5 pm
Mon, Mar 2, 3:30 – 5 pm
Thurs, Mar 5, 3:45 – 5 pm
Thurs, Mar 12, 3:45 – 5 pm
Mon, Mar 30, 3:30 – 5 pm
Thurs, Apr 2, 3:45 – 5 pm
ARE YOU A CREATIVE WRITER? Do you like to write short stories and poetry? The Sooke Writers’ Collective is hosting their annual writing contest on Wednesday February 26th, at EMCS, during the double D block, where students will write fiction or poetry in response to prompts. There is the opportunity to win cash prizes and/or have your work published. Interested students should talk to their English teachers or see Mr. McCowan in room 2026 to register for this contest.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE (Mr. Dudzik): Ultimate Frisbee every Friday at Lunch in the gym. Come practice your skills and play 5 on 5 continuous prior to the start of the season.
Information from the Career Centre
SOOKE SEA CADETS: Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Admiral RC Waller. Join us every Wednesday evening, September to June, 6:00 p.m.- 9 p.m. At the Royal Canadian Legion #54. High School Graduation Credits: Participation in the Cadet Program is on the list of courses for which students may receive credits towards graduation.
YOUNG WOMEN IN OCEAN LITERACY: A 4 Credit Marine Conservation and Leadership Camp on Hornby Island from July 12 to July 16, 2020. An action based program supporting positive change for the health of our oceans. file:///H:\Desktop\OLLC%202020%20Poster.pdf
LEARNING TO LEAD: Providing Grade 11 girls with the opportunity to increase confidence and explore their leadership skills. Please see Ms. Percival in the Career Centre for more information. http://H:\Desktop\Minerva promo.pub
WOMEN IN THE TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION DAY: Wednesday, February 26th 9:30am—2:00pm @ Camosun College Interurban Campus. Please see Ms. Percival in the Career Center to sign up.
For Grade 12 Students
WE HAVE ASKED LIFETOUCH TO RETURN TO EMCS on February 27th and 28th to provide additional appointment times for grads who had to cancel their appointments due to the snow. Book your appointment at schedule.prestigeportraits.ca. These appointments will be first come first served. Alternatively, you can contact Lifetouch to book an appointment at their studio at (250) 744-4100.
Donations to a new Scholarship in memory of AJ, Cory, and Eric can be made at Friday’s Memorial Service by cash or cheque (please make payable to School District No. 62). For donations over $50.00, please fill in the information on the donation envelopes available at the school.
If you would like to donate using a credit or debit card please donate through School Cash Online at: AJ, Cory & Eric Scholarship. If you do not have an account with School Cash Online you will be required to register in order to complete your donation and access your tax receipt. You do not have to have a student in the district in order to create an account. A donation receipt will automatically be issued once the donation process is completed. For more instructions please click on: School Cash Online Make a Donation
Course selection for all EMCS students is due Friday, February 21. Please check in with you student to ensure they have made their choices, if not they can log in to the student My Ed BC portal to complete their course selection.
To sign up for our new Eco Academy please apply by indicating interest through the course selection in the student MyEducation portal, or by speaking with Mr. Gale. You can also visit our district academy webpage.
For the new Metal TASK (Trades, Skills, Awareness and Knowledge) Program students who are interested should indicate interest through their course selection in the MyEducation portal and pick up an application form from Mr. Harmeson.
New Entrepreneurship and Marketing 11 & 12 course – students can now select this course through their My Ed BC student portal.
For more information regarding all courses being offered next year please go online to: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/course-selection/course-selection-catalogue/
We wish all of our students and staff a restful long weekend with their families, and look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday!
Recognition & Congratulations
Congratulations to EMCS alumni, Emma W.! She received one of the $10,000 President’s Scholar of Excellence awards from University of Toronto.
Many thanks to our Wednesday morning band who greet students and staff with an uplifting Good Morning song. What a great way to enter the school!
Information for all Parents/Students
Rome and Paris 2020 – Don’t Forget! Our final meeting is Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm in the art room. Please ensure that you are represented at the meeting as important information will be given.
EMCS’s 2019-2020 yearbooks can be pre-ordered online now at https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com. Don’t miss out on these incredible books highlighting our awesome school!
Boarding UAlberta! May 29-31, 2020 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Grade 11 students, this is your chance to test drive one of Canada’s top 5 universities. Your ticket includes flights, accommodation, and a whirlwind weekend of exciting events at the University of Alberta. This trip only has 20 seats. All expenses are covered! Apply by February 17 at uab.ca/boarding.
Opportunities for All!!
For Grade 12 Student Families
Lifetouch to return to EMCS – on February 27th and 28th to provide additional appointment times for grads who had to cancel their appointments due to the snow. To book an appointment please go to schedule.prestigeportraits.ca. These appointments will be first come first served. Alternatively, you can contact Lifetouch to book an appointment at their studio at (250) 744-4100.
Grad baby photos, quotes, or messages for the Yearbook can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning for Post-Secondary – Grade 12 students planning to start post-secondary studies in September should apply now if they haven’t done so already. For more information, please visit the Post-Secondary page under the Students tab on the EMCS website. Students are also encouraged to see their School Counsellor with any questions.
Grade 12 Timeline: A month-by-month “to do” list and important dates are available on the EMCS website. See the Grade 12 Timeline under the Students tab.
Information from the Career Centre
Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps
Admiral RC Waller
Join us every Wednesday evening, September to June, 6:00 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion #54. Participation in the Cadet Program is on the list of courses for which students may receive credits towards graduation. Check www.facebook.com/sookeseacadets for more information.
Interested in more volunteer or career opportunities? Check the Daily Student Announcements on our website, app or with the Career Centre!
Important Upcoming Dates
February 14 – Pro D day
February 17 – Family Day Holiday
February 18 – PAC Meeting 6:30pm
February 26 – Pink Shirt Day
February 28 – Uvic Bandfest
February 29 – District Day with the Royals Hockey Game