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EMCS Dodgeball Tournament Oct. 15th-18th and 22nd-25th @ Lunch Hour in the Gym. Interested? Sign up a team outside of the PE office. See if you have what it takes to defeat the teacher team. 8 team tournament so sign up fast! Sign up sheets must be handed in no later than Oct.9th to Ms. Robirtis.  Prizes to be won!

Hello student drivers: please see Mr. Lyall for your EMCS parking pass.  Fill in a form in the office to bring to Mr. Lyall for a parking permit.


Exciting Trips Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sooke

If you are interested in any of the Rotary-sponsored trips see Mr. Phipps by October 1.   The Rotary Club covers all expenses (travel, registration, accommodations, meals, etc.)   This year’s trips are:

  • Rotary Youth Leadership – Vancouver Island, Crofton (Gr. 9-10)
  • Adventures in Film, Powell River (Gr. 11-12)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership, Tacoma Washington (Gr. 11)
  • Adventures in Technology, Saskatoon (Gr. 11-12)
  • Adventures in Healthcare, Prince George (Gr. 10-11)
  • Adventures in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Prince George (Gr. 11-12)


Any students interested in becoming a fire fighter!   Pender Island Fire Rescue hosts a 5 1/2 day camp during March break.  Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18.  There will be a pre-training camp one Saturday before the main camp.  This is an amazing opportunity!  EMCS has sent several students in the past.  Applications must be completed and submitted before October.  Please contact the Career Centre for more information.


 UVIC Gustavson School of Business Info Session

  • @ lunch Thursday, Sept. 27
  • in the office seminar room

Interested in learning about studying Business at UVIC?  Grade 11 / 12 students are welcome to attend.  Please sign up on the sheet on Mr. Phipps’ office door.


Thursday Cross Country meet at Henderson Park. Runners are to meet in the foyer at 2:15 for rides. See Ms. Hunter for more info.

THE EMCS TECH TEAM is looking for grade 9 and 10 recruits to join the team. This exciting opportunity will give you experience working sound and lights for the school’s big theater productions as well as a variety of technical set ups around the school. Students on the team also receive course credits at the end of the year. Students applying don’t need any previous experience but must have a good attendance record and be able to provide a teacher reference. To apply please see Mr. McLellan in the library or Mrs. McLellan in room 1070.

GRADES 9-12: EMCS Band has an opening for an experienced piano player. Come see Ms. Parliament after school on Monday or Before School on Weds/Fri for more information. The EMCS Band also has openings for beginners on all Woodwind and Brass Instruments. All are welcome.


Numeracy Assessment & Grade 12’s 

1) Grade 12 students that did not write the Numeracy assessment last year.   We will register you for a Numeracy Assessment in the November 5th – Wednesday November 7th window.

We will load you into Focus Blocks  October 3 and 17th to prepare for the Numeracy Assessment.

2) Grade 12 students that would like to rewrite the Numeracy assessment last year.   Please see Mr. Lyall to register for a Numeracy Assessment in the November 5th – Wednesday November 7th window.

You may choose Focus Blocks  October 17th and 24th to prepare for the Numeracy Assessment.


Numeracy Assessment & Grade 11’s

We will register you for a Numeracy Assessment Monday January 21, 2019.

We will load you into Focus Blocks in December / January  to prepare for the Numeracy Assessment.



Ongoing Sports and Clubs


  • Sports Performance Basketball meets every Monday morning 7:30am start.
  • Band 3:30-4:30
  • Robotics after school in 1094


  • Grad Council at lunch in room 2039.
  • Cross Country practices 3:25 – 4:15. All grades are welcome.  Staff are welcome to come join the run.


  • Sports Performance Basketball right after school 3:15 start.
  • Band meets from 7:45-8:35 am


  • Band meets Fridays 7:45-8:35 am


An invitation from Vancouver Island University –  Experience VIU

On Saturday, October 13th  from 9-2, Vancouver Island University is hosting Experience VIU at our Nanaimo campus.

Why should students and their parents attend?

This is their chance to learn all about VIU’s 120+ programs and the many services and supports available to students. Learn what it’s like to be a student here, explore our beautiful, ocean-view campus on a tour, take in a sample class or lab, and find out how you can prepare for a great career with post-secondary studies.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in post-secondary studies should attend – from high school students and their parents to those people who’ve been out of school awhile and are ready to explore their options. In high school, in a job but thinking about university, or parent to a high schooler, this event is for you!

 What can I do?

You can see what student life is like on our 92-acre Nanaimo campus, take in a sample class led by a VIU professor or a senior level student, or meet with a VIU Recruitment Officer to get your questions answered. See more below for all we have planned. It’s all very casual and it will be FUN! (Join us for lunch from 12-1.)

 Is it free?

Yes it is! We are asking our guests to register so we can ensure we have the resources and lunch for everyone, however registration is not mandatory. All welcome! Register for “Experience VIU”

 Event Schedule

You can take in the following sessions, running every half hour. Check us out on the VIU Nanaimo Campus map or pick up a printed map at the Information Booth at the Welcome Centre in Bldg. to guide your visit.

  • Take a Campus Tour (Building 300, Welcome Centre)
  • Meet a VIU Recruitment Officer (Building 300, third floor, Royal Arbutus Room)
  • Learn About Financial Aid and Awards (Location TBD)
  • Explore Employment Outcomes and Labour Market Information (Location TBD)
  • What’s Involved in Applying to VIU – with Registration (Building 200, Main Lobby)
  • Learn About International Student Services (Building 255)

Join us for a free lunch at 12 noon in our Upper Cafeteria (Building 300)

The whole day will feature sample lectures by our faculty. For a complete listing and schedule of the lectures visit viu.ca/experience. Most lectures will be added as the event nears.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at viuconnect@viu.ca



VIU Recruitment Team

Apply:  viu.ca/apply  250-740-6672





Grade 9 Immunizations



Ladies are you interested in attending WE FOR SHE November 15 to 16 in Vancouver?

The Forum is one of North America’s largest gatherings of equality advocates including business leaders, entrepreneurs and young women. The goal is to advance equality and grow the Canadian economy by championing gender diversity in leadership. We invite senior secondary students (Grades 10-12) to attend a fully integrated youth program. The majority of the conference, which includes food, transportation, registration fee and hotel, will be funded but students will be responsible for paying $50 each.

• Learn how to Speak up, Step up and Act up in support of gender equality.

• Learn about skills that provide a foundation for leadership and future career paths.

• Participate in round-table mentorship discussion with business leaders.

• Hear inspiring presentations and stories of success.

• Discuss and commit to a personal action plan to achieve your goals.

• an excellent leadership opportunity to add to your resume and scholarship applications

If you are interested in attending or would like more information please see Lisa in the office. Deadline for registering is September 28, we are limited to 40 spaces, priority will be given to those who have not attended the conference previously.


Grade 12 students are on the new 2018 Graduation Grad Program. One of the new graduation requirements is completion of the Provincial Numeracy Assessment. Students had their first opportunity to write the assessment in Grade 11 during the 2017-2018 school year. We encourage students to log in to the Ministry of Education Student Transcript Service website to confirm they’ve written the assessment and to check their results.

Instructions for logging on to the provincial Student Transcripts Service (STS) can be found under the Students tab on the EMCS website. Before accessing the STS, students will need to create a provincial online account called a BCeID. Instructions are on the website.

The Provincial Numeracy Assessment results will appear on students’ transcripts. At this time, we are unsure how post-secondary schools will use this information during the post-secondary admissions process.

Students who have not written this required assessment should contact Mr. Lyall to arrange to write the assessment this school year since it is a graduation requirement. Students dissatisfied with their result from last year are welcome to re-take the assessment during Grade 12. Students interested in doing so should contact Mr. Lyall. This school year, EMCS plans to offer sessions during Focus Block time to help students prepare to write the assessment.

If you have any questions about the Provincial Numeracy Assessment, please contact Mr. Lyall at jlyall@sd62.bc.ca



EMCS has had an excellent start to our new school year.  All class changes have been finalized therefore all students should be attending all of their classes.  Monday is a non-instructional day so students have an extra day this weekend to crack the books and start the engines and then back to regular classes on Tuesday.  Next week our famous cafeteria Eddy M’s opens for business!  We hope to see you all on Thursday, September 20th for Meet the Teacher from 7-8:15pm.  Please see below for updates on new clubs and team start up and as always, if you are concerned about your student please contact their teacher, Admin or the office.  We are always here to help.


Additional Updates

We now have new EMCS Wolverines App! Students and parents should download it to stay current with announcement and school news. Instructions available here: https://emcs.appazur.com/help/flyer

A friendly reminder for guardians to please complete student consents on “School Cash Online” at https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent .   Annual consents need to be redone each school year, perpetual consents are valid as long as the student remains enrolled in Sooke School District. When you log in to the portal, if you have already provided consent for the perpetual items, they will show as checked, and the annual items will show as unchecked.


Out of Timetable Course Sign up

EMCS offers all types of courses outside of the timetable meaning outside of school hours.  The sign-up sheets are on the counter in the office.

Band – Mondays 3:30 – 4:30; Wed/Fri 7:45-8:35 in room 1070.  See Ms. Parliament.

Grad Council – Tuesdays at lunch, open to grade 12 students.  See Ms. Williams for more info.

Leadership – Tues/Thurs mornings from 7:30-8:30 in the Library.  See Ms. Verhoeven or Mr. Powell for more information.

Scholarship 12 – See Ms. Jesson for more info.

Sports Performance Basketball – Sports Performance Basketball will be in the gym.  Monday mornings 7:30-8:30 and Wednesdays right after school.  *waitlist (currently full) See Ms. Robirtis for more info.

Sports Performance Rugby – Mon/Thurs after school Semester 2.  Additional meetings TBA.  See Mr. Lyall for more info.

Superfit – Before/after school in the weight room – days TBA.  See Mr. Barrie for more info.

Sports Team and Club Tryouts

Sr Boys’ Basketball tryouts –  Sunday, September 16th 7-9pm in the gymnasium

EMCS Cheerleading tryouts – Wednesday, September 19th in the gymnasium


Important Upcoming Dates

September 17 – Non-Instructional Day

September 18 – Cafeteria Opens

September 20 – Welcome Back Evening. Spin-a-Thon

September 23 – Bottle Drive (10-2)

September 27 – Gustavson School of Business (UVIC) Info Session @ lunch

September 28 – Orange Shirt Day


Ongoing Sports and Clubs


  • Sports Performance Basketball 7:30am start until the bell.
  • Band 3:30-4:30


  • Grad Council at lunch in room 2039.
  • Cross Country practices 3:25 – 4:15. All grades are welcome.


  • Band meets 7:45-8:35 am
  • Sports Performance Basketball after school 3:15 start until 4:30-5.


  • Band 7:45-8:35 am


Calendar 2018-19 revised