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STUDENTS: Now is the time to check your semester 2 schedules in the MyEducation Portal. Grade 10 -12 students can see their schedules in the student and parent portals, grade 9s can check in the in parent portal. Grade 9 students will gain access to the student portal during the course selection process in February. If you have any concerns, please fill out the form available in the front office by Tuesday, January 21st. Requests for course changes received by Tuesday, January 21st will be considered only in certain situations – e.g. incomplete schedules, scheduling errors, missing courses required for graduation, unbalanced schedules, missing post-secondary entrance requirements. We will not be accepting student change requests once semester 2 has started. Student schedules are subject to change depending on class sizes and other factors. Please make sure to log into your portal on the morning of Monday, January 27th to see your confirmed schedule.

CLOTHING DRIVE! Youth for Change and Inclusion (YCI) is running a clothing drive from January 14-24th for the Sooke Shelter Society. Donation boxes will be in the Commons and near the upstairs blue tables. We will be accepting clean and gently used articles of clothing that you no longer require. The most needed items are gloves, socks, jeans, jackets, shirts, sweaters, and shoes. For more information, YCI, come join us at our meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in room 2033! We all work together to make changes in the world and in our local community. Any students wanting to create positive social change are welcome!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO ATTEND ROTARY CLUB SPONSORED TRIPS:

  • Evan N. will be attending Adventures in Technology in Saskatoon
  • Brooke C. will be attending the RYLA Leadership Camp in Tacoma
  • Christian Z. will be attending Adventures in Film in Powell River
  • Kaleb W., Nolan B., Miles D., and Kya B. have already attended the RYLA Vancouver Island Camp in Crofton
  • Stay tuned for updates on the Adventures in Forestry and Environmental Studies trip…

WITH COLDER WEATHER IN THE FORECAST: Please review below the information on our District’s approach to dealing with inclement weather. Please note that all students are REQUIRED to have a local, emergency contact who can care for them in the case of bus cancellations, road or school closure. Please contact the front office if you have not filled out your Emergency Release form. Schools in School District #62 (Sooke) will generally be open for students and staff on all prescribed school days; however, circumstances (snow, flooding, etc.) could arise causing closure.  This will be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with staff and other officials.

For snow or other emergency closures prior to school opening:

  1. The Superintendent is advised by the Transportation Department that the roads are in poor condition and it is inadvisable to run the buses.  Parents will be advised that, although schools are open:
    • the choice to bring children to school safely is a parental choice.
    • it won’t be a normal instructional day because buses are not running, and some staff may not be able to report to work.
  2. The Superintendent may make a decision to close schools for students and staff.  Media contacts are made by the Superintendent or Secretary-Treasurer.    Closure announcements will be made as close to 6:30am as possible.

Upcoming

WINTER DANCE: Grad Council is planning an all-grade Winter Dance on Thursday, January 30th from 7-9 pm in the EMCS Commons. All students wishing to attend must hand in a signed permission form (available in the front office) as they purchase a ticket. Tickets will be sold for $5.00 in the Commons every lunch hour from January 13th until January 27th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Are you passionate about connecting with people from other cultures and representing EMCS?! If so, we need your help! We have students visiting from China on Tuesday, February 11th and are looking for 10-15 volunteers to lead them on a school tour during the entire double A block. You would be given a schedule to take them to various classes for 10 minutes at a time so they can get a feel for a Canadian class. Please email Ms. Williams at rwilliams@sd62.bc.ca if you are interested!

ABORIGINAL EDUCATION LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Beecher Bay on Saturday, January 25th making pine needle baskets. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pine-needle-basket-making-tickets-88458849801?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

SUPPORT EMCS WOLVERINES BASKETBALL THIS WEEK!  The Senior Boys play here at EMCS Tuesday, January 28th against Reynolds at 7:30 pm as well as on Tuesday, February 4th against SMU.

EMCS’S 2019-2020 YEARBOOKS: The yearbooks have undergone an upgrade. They’re larger, stunning, have more pages and are made by a Canadian company that focuses on Sustainable practices. They are still the same price $45 and you can pre-order them online now. Don’t miss out on these incredible books highlighting our awesome school.
https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com
If you have events you would like us to cover or amazing photos you’d like to submit to our team please email us at emcsyearbook2019@gmail.com.

Ongoing

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR MY ED STUDENT PORTAL LATELY? Report cards have been published! Please check to make sure you can access yours. https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

THE POLITICAL SCIENCE CLUB: Meets every Thursday in room 2039 at lunch. Students of all political tendencies and thoughts are encouraged to come to discuss their thoughts and beliefs on current events and world politics with their fellow students.”

STUDENT ATHLETES: Please complete your 2019-20 Athletics Package.  You need to have it complete before you can play. They are in the office. 

ABORIGINAL SELF IDENTIFICATION FORMS need to be returned to the office please.

ALL STUDENTS: Make sure you have subscribed to your classes on the Wolverine App! Important updates and information are sent out this way.

SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL: Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, Fridays, 3 – 4:30 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm and 7:30 – 9 pm.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Girls’ basketball practice on Thursdays from 3:15-5. All girls are welcome to come to the practice.

MUSICAL THEATRE: Every Wednesday at Lunch – Vocal Rehearsal – Senior and Junior Cast.

ROBOTICS CLUB (Mr. O’Shea): Tuesdays after school in the Electronics Class, Room 1094.

GAMES CLUB (Mr. O’Shea): Thursdays after school until 5:00 pm in the Electronics Class, Room 1094.

YCI: Club meets Tuesdays at lunch in room 2033. Any students interested in creating social change are welcome! See Mr. Berlando or Ms. Williams for more information.

BAND (Ms. Parliament):  Mondays 3:20 – 4:20 pm. Wednesday & Fridays 7:45 – 8:35 am.

GISP (Global Intercultural Skills Program) (Ms. Williams):  Focus Block and Lunch as necessary.

GRAD COUNCIL (Ms. Williams): Thursdays @ lunch in room 2033.

LEADERSHIP (Mr. Powell and Ms. Verhoeven):  Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30 am.

SUPERFIT (Mr. Barrie):
Super Fit Weight Room hours:
Monday to Thursday at Lunch
Monday 3:15-4:30
Wednesday 7:45-8:40

CAR PASSES/PARKING PERMITS: Students need a new car pass for the 2019-20 school year.  Please see Mr. Lyall asap.

Information from the Career Centre

WOMEN IN THE TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION DAY: Wednesday, February 26th 9:30am—2:00pm @ Camosun College Interurban Campus. Please see Susan Percival in the Career Center to sign up.
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TEEN ADVISORY GROUP (TAG) MEETING (Ms. Percival): Saturday, January 25th 10:00-11:00am. Suggested Ages: 12-18 years. Want to help make the Library more teen-friendly? Have an idea for an event for teens? Have your say by joining a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) near you! Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time.
Sooke Branch: 2065 Anna Marie Road | Sooke BC V9Z 0A4
Phone: 250-642-3022 Email: Sooke@virl.bc.ca

FIRE PREVENTION YOUTH CAMP: We are looking for eight grade 11 – 12 students for a Day Youth Camp to learn about firefighter skills, practical fire safety knowledge, careers in the fire service and how to teach fire safety to children and adults. FNESS assists in developing and sustaining safer communities through programs in emergency preparedness, training in firefighting and fire prevention as well as forest fuel and wildfire management. Dates: Wednesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 13th 2020. Please see Susan Percival in the Career Center for your application!

SOOKE REGION MUSEUM & VISITORS CENTRE: Volunteers needed for Tour Guides for Moss Cottage, Tour Guides for the Lighthouse and Special Events Volunteers. Opportunities happen all year long, please sign up in the Career Centre or contact Wendy Johnston at 250-642-6351 or at programs@sookeregionmuseum.com

SOOKE REGION COMMUNITIES HEALTH NETWORK: Are looking for a youth representative to share perspectives on what teens would like to see in a senior/youth center being considered. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Location varies.

AMBER ACADEMY: An after school program for elementary school students involving Choir, Art and Acting is looking for volunteer Instructor Assistants. Please see the Career Centre Volunteer Board in the Career Center to apply.

INTERESTED IN LIFEGUARDING? Check out the classes available at Seaparc!

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. They are adding it into the system now, so once open, you can book an 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.

GOWN HEIGHTS!  All grads need to go upstairs next to the teacher prep room (2036) and measure/record their heights for gowns for the Graduation Ceremony. This is a mandatory requirement to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, and the deadline is next Friday, January 24th! You need to be barefoot, stand with your back to the chart, and have a friend measure your height in inches. Find your name in the book next to the chart and record your height and corresponding gown size.  See Ms. Williams with any questions.

THE EMCS 2019-2020 YEARBOOK staff requires the following items from our Grads and our Parents of Grads.
Parents of Grads:

  • Please send a baby photo of your student (take a photo of the picture and attach in an email) and a short message to your graduating student.

Grads:

  • A yearbook quote (please make it appropriate).
  • If you are interested in featuring your car on the Grad Cars page! Just specify in your email.
  • A nominee for Best Dressed Grad (overall).

These items can be submitted via email to emcsgrad2020@gmail.com.

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Grade 12 students interested in regular updates regarding scholarships and bursaries, please join the Scholarships group on the Wolverine app.

Scholarship information is also available on the EMCS website under the Students tab, ….Grade 12 Information, ….Scholarships Bursaries & Student Loans.

 
 

The roads are clearing, and just in time!  The EMCS Open House is this Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm!

Next month students will be asked to choose courses for the 2020-2021 school year.  The EMCS Open House is an opportunity to assist students in making informed choices based on Ministry requirements, interests, abilities, and future goals.  Teachers showcase the courses offered at EMCS at all grade levels.  Teachers, counsellors, case managers, and administrators will be in attendance to answer questions and make recommendations.

We hope that you will attend!

 

Recognition & Congratulations

With 1 loss to Carihi to start and two big wins over Kwalikum and Stellys, we have a 4th place finish for Sooke boys, and a great time had by all. And even better behaved kids!

Thank you to all of our students and staff members for a DELICIOUS first semester!!  We look forward to the cafeteria reopening Wednesday, February 5th!

 

Information for all Parents/Students

Final Week of Semester Schedule – The EMCS Bell Schedule will remain the same Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week and can be found at http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/about/timetable-block-rotation/.  Thursday and Friday there will be no regular classes.  Please see the SD62 District Memo to Students and Parents – Final Week of Semester Schedule – January 20-24 2020[1].pdf  for more information.

Now is the time for students to check your semester 2 schedules in the MyEducation Portal. Grade 10 -12 students can see their schedules in the student and parent portals, grade 9s can check in the parent portal. Grade 9 students will gain access to the student portal during the course selection process in February. If you have any concerns, please fill out the form available in the front office by Tuesday (Jan. 21). Requests for course changes received by Tuesday, Jan. 21 will be considered only in certain situations – e.g. incomplete schedules, scheduling errors, missing courses required for graduation, unbalanced schedules, missing post-secondary entrance requirements. We will not be accepting student change requests once semester 2 has started. Student schedules are subject to change depending on class sizes and other factors. Please make sure to log into your portal on the morning of January 27th to see your confirmed schedule.

Numeracy Assessments  – Grade 10 students take the Numeracy Assessment with their Grade 10 math class.  Students scheduled to take Math 10 in second semester will write the assessment in April.

All Grade 11 and 12 students should have already completed the Numeracy Assessment and should confirm they’ve done so by logging on to the STS website (instructions are here: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/student-transcript-service-sts/).

Students with questions about the Numeracy Assessment are encouraged to see their counsellor or vice-principal.

Clothing Drive! Youth for Change and Inclusion (YCI) is running a clothing drive from January 14-24 for the Sooke Shelter Society. Donation boxes will be in the Commons and near the upstairs blue tables. We will be accepting clean and gently used articles of clothing that you no longer require. The most needed items are gloves, socks, jeans, jackets, shirts, sweaters, and shoes. For more information YCI, come join us at our meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in room 2033! We all work together to make changes in the world and in our local community. Any students wanting to create positive social change are welcome!

Grad Council is hosting an all-grades school dance on January 30th from 7:00-9:00pm! Students wanting to attend must pick up a consent form from the front office and have it signed by their parent/guardian and Vice Principal. All students must be in good academic standing and abide by school rules. Tickets are $5.00 and will be on sale at lunch in the Commons from January 13-27th.

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!

 

Opportunities for All!!

EMCS Society Programs

Evolution of Band 2020

Langford and Sooke Minor Fastball 2020

Greater Victoria Baseball Assoc

 

For Grade 12 Student Families

Grad baby photos, quotes, or messages for the Yearbook can be emailed to:  emcsgrad2020@gmail.com.

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

Fire Prevention Youth Camp

We are looking for eight grade 11 – 12 students interested in attending the two day FNSS camp where they will learn about firefighter skills, practical fire safety knowledge, careers in the fire service and how to teach fire safety to children and adults. FNESS assists in developing and sustaining safer communities through programs in emergency preparedness, training in firefighting and fire prevention as well as forest fuel and wildfire management.

Dates: Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13 2020

Please see Susan Percival in the Learning Center for your application!

Volunteers are needed for Tour Guides for Moss Cottage, Tour Guides for the Lighthouse and Special Events Volunteers at the Sooke Region Museum and Visitors Centre. Opportunities happen all year long, please sign up in the Career Centre or contact Wendy Johnson at 250-642-6351 or at programs@sookeregionmuseum.com

The Sooke Region Communities Health Network is looking for a youth representative to share perspectives on what teens would like to see in a senior/youth center being considered. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Location varies.

The Amber Academy is an after school program for elementary school students involving Choir, Art and Acting is looking for volunteer Instructor Assistants. Please see the Career Centre Volunteer Board in the Career Center to apply.

Interested in Lifeguarding? Check out the classes available at SEAPARC!

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00-11:00am.  Want to help make the Library more teen-friendly? Have an idea for an event for teens? Have your say by joining a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) near you! Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time. Contact the Sooke Branch at 2065 Anna Marie Road, Sooke or by Phone: 250-642-3022 or Email: Sooke@virl.bc.ca.

Interested in more volunteer or career opportunities?  Check the Daily Student Announcements on our website or app or with the Career Centre!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

January 20-22 – regular classes at EMCS

January 21 – PAC Meeting at 6:30 – all parents welcome!

January 22 – Open house 6-7:30pm

January 23 – 24 – no scheduled classes

January 27 – Semester 2 starts – check your schedule at https://myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

January 29 – Student Learning Reports published to My Ed BC Portals