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A week and a half till spring break, and we have a lot to do in that short time!  Octa 6 begins March 8th, and report cards will be published to MyEd BC Student and Parent Portals March 12th. We have sent out letters confirming am/pm assignments and learning groups this week – if you have not received yours please contact our office.

Please note that in order to keep class sizes balanced, and respect bus routes, we are not able to make changes.

What’s happening at EMCS

Thank you to David L. for sharing this Capstone project and livening up the bus loop this week!

Spirit Week – Wolverines, it is time for our second Spirit Week of the year! From March 8 to 12, we will be kicking up our school spirit with the following themes:

  • Monday – Pandemic PJ’s
  • Tuesday – Twin Day
  • Wednesday – Green Day (not the band) for an early St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Thursday – Jersey Day
  • Friday – School Spirit with blue and gold

You can submit any photos of you in your Spirit Week gear for the yearbook through Friesen’s Upload It app, using the code #267843.

For the yearbook we are looking for candid photos of students from all grades for our collage pages.

You may email them via elutze@sd62.bc.ca or download the Friesen’s UploadIt app from the Google Play

store or Apple store and then use the CODE #267843-you only need to use the code the first time.

Grade 12 Updates!

Capstone Project Previews will be happening March 1st through the 12th in preparation for the formal presentations being held April 20th and 21st.  More information and schedules will be handed out through your teacher.

Opportunities for Everyone!

Interested in a future in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Science?

From February to June 2021 HPQC College will be hosting a “Career Coaching” lecture series, via Zoom: https://hpqc.org/lectures/LectureFlyer.pdf.  Highly successful people working full-time at big-tech companies like Google, Netflix, and Instagram will be talking about how they got there and what interesting journeys they went through which they would not have anticipated when they were in high school. Check it out!

Exploring Post Secondary Opportunities

Video Lesson on Scholarships & Bursaries

Mr. Phipps has posted an instructional video on the scholarship and bursary application process.  Grade 12 students (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to watch.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1bu6YuI4M

Grade 12 students are reminded to check the calendar on the EMCS website (Grade 12 Timeline | Edward Milne (sd62.bc.ca)) for the early scholarship and bursary deadlines. This year’s CUPE Bursary is “here” and due April 15th.

Online Course Completion Deadline for Students Who Have Applied to UVIC – Grade 12 students who are taking an online course (e.g. through WestShore, SIDES, etc,) required for admission to UVIC, must have the course completed by May 31.

UVic Parent Night for Local Schools

What: An informative session that will address the transition from high school to university in addition to information about UVic academic planning.

  • Presentation from Dr. Lisa Surridge, Humanities Associate Dean Academic
  • Presentation from Dr. Susan Lewis, Acting Vice-Provost
  • Q&A with both presenters

Who: Grade 11 and Grade 12 parents (students are welcome to attend as well)

When: March 9 from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Zoom – https://uvic.zoom.us/j/87512034120

Please RSVP to: Stephanie Parker, stephanieparker@uvic.ca

(There is no online registration required for this event but parents are asked to RSVP to stephanieparker@uvic.ca so that UVIC can send a reminder and Zoom link the day of the event.)

University of Victoria… Next Steps Virtual Series
The UVic Next Steps virtual series, designed for September 2021 applicants, is now live on the UVIC website and registration is available online at:   www.uvic.ca/join-us
This virtual series of events includes:

  • Self-Reporting 101 information sessions
  • Faculty-specific events
  • Registration 101 information sessions (which will be posted online closer to the events in May)

Stay in the loop
Be sure to stay in the loop with the list of important dates in each of weekly newsletters (archived here),  on our website, the Wolverines App, and the District website.

We continue to encourage parents and guardians to reach out to the school via phone (250-642-5211) and email (emcs@sd62.bc.ca) with any questions you may have!

Important dates:

March 8 – Octa 6 begins

March 9 – Virtual PAC Meeting at 6:30pm (click here to join)

March 12 – Octa 5 reports published to My Ed portals

March 12 – all Metal TASK applications must be in – click here for more information on this program!

March 15-26 – Spring Break

 

*The EMCS Wellness Center is open each Wednesday, 12pm-3:30pm

 
 

Today

 

EMCS would like to acknowledge the Coast Salish Territory, specifically we would like to acknowledge T’Sou-ke Nation, who have been gracious enough to share the beautiful land on which EMCS is built. We would also like to acknowledge Scia’new Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth: Pacheedaht Nation, and Métis Nation whom EMCS and District 62 work closely with.

WEXES – MOON OF THE FROG

WEXWS moon, in particular, is significant because the frog acts as a witness and a messenger. The frog announced the Sacred Season of Plenty. Because the frog was honoured as the Keeper of the Sacred Season, it was often presented on totem poles and in artwork to show that an important event had occurred.

During this moon, the wonder of nature repeats an amazing process: Mother Earth warms up and the hibernating frog wakes from its winter sleep, announcing the coming of spring. This moon was especially welcomed because it signalled that the ocean had become safer to travel on and it was time to put the canoes back into the water.

HÍSW̱ḴE, Kleco Kleco, Marce, kinanâskomitin, Gilakas’la

 

 

New and Ongoing Information

 

 

GRADS: Please fill out the following forms for the Grad section of the Yearbook as soon as possible. Final Deadline is March 12th. You will need to use your sd62learns.org account to access the forms.

  • Grad Submission for Yearbook-Mandatory:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZ2UjV0Uu3sfST9vAy6mxijiWHYiBH0Wd5NVss-BqOJeIdUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Plans After Grad-One Question Fun Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVRW_F0_egCLlK2QUUGSQImASWCyTzV9oNp8G53fgojEasMw/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Grad Most Likely and Best Voting Ballot for Fun!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFmYoOfQaNwPD911AneccceGvTW_Y4TgqC1_jGj_Uq4QLUjg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thanks for making our grad section a success!

HELLO MUSIC FANS The musicians at EMCS have been working on a number of projects this Winter. We are pleased to share with you a piece chosen by the students. This upbeat chart by James Swearingen Entitled “Mambo Cubano” is sure to brighten your day. Recorded at the EMCS Theatre.   We hope you’ll take two minutes to listen, enjoy and share!
Watch Mambo Cubano
https://youtu.be/5N3tOrl0jC8

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF: Here is a quick one question survey for a graph we are putting in the yearbook. You have to fill it out using your sd62learns.org account for access.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-06wugJGYlnDwb91GiW6YU3IFqQFVdSp3JrEUQN-MpNIqlQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

PURDY’S: Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Grad class with their spring Purdy’s campaign! We sold over $1800 in chocolate. Students can pick up the orders for their family and friends the week of March 8. Stay tuned for more details via the Wolverine app.

SPIRIT WEEK:  Wolverines, it is time for our second Spirit Week of the year! From March 8 to 12, we will be kicking up our school spirit with the following themes:

     Monday – Pandemic PJ’s

     Tuesday – Twin Day

     Wednesday – Green Day (not the band) for an early St. Patrick’s Day!

     Thursday – Jersey Day

     Friday – School Spirit with blue and gold

FOR THE YEARBOOK: We are looking for candid photos of students from all grades for our collage pages. You may email them via elutze@sd62.bc.ca or download the Friesen’s UploadIt app from the Google Play store or Apple store and then use the CODE #267843-you only need to use the code the first time.

NOVEMBER 2020 GRADE 10 NUMERACY AND LITERACY ASSESSMENT RESULTS:  The results of the November 2020 Grade 10 Numeracy and Literacy Assessments have been released and are available for students to view. Students can access their results from the “Graduation Assessment/Provincial Examinations” link after logging in to their account on the Student Transcripts Service.  Instructions for logging into the Student Transcripts Service website are found at:  http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/student-transcript-service-sts/

STUDENT PARKING PASSES AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION: Please fill out the online form at https://forms-reg.sd62.bc.ca/emcs_driver_reg. Once approved a decal will be sent to you through your classroom teacher.

EMCS YEARBOOKS: Buy your 2020-2021 copy now for $50! We still have 2019-2020 yearbooks available being sold at a reduced price of only $35.00. All yearbook purchases can be made here: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

 

 

Wolverines Athletics

 

 

“RUGBY HAS STARTED” Possibly the three best words ever strung together!
Wednesdays at the Turf, 3:30 – 5:00. Please ensure your paperwork is done before you come: Rugby Form

BASKETBALL PICTURES: If any students have fabulous basketball shots please send them to elutze@sd62.bc.ca

 

 

Career and Counselling News

 

 

Dates for students to be aware of:

  • March 5 – April 2 – Picture Sooke with Us
  • March 31 – Youth Art Exhibition Deadline
  • February through to June – “Career Coaching” lecture series

HAVE YOUR SAY & PICTURE SOOKE WITH US:  The District of Sooke is looking for student input on what they like and do not like about each scenario in this link: picturesooke.ca . Get ready to participate from March 5th to April 2nd  and be sure to tell your friends! To learn more, please visit picturesooke.ca.

YOUTH ART EXHIBITION OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The exhibition runs from May 5th -15th and the deadline to apply is March 31st. Applications must be submitted online at mindfulmay.artistquarter.com See HERE for more information.

INTERESTED IN A FUTURE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, OR SCIENCE? From February to June 2021 HPQC College will be hosting a “Career Coaching” lecture series, via Zoom: https://hpqc.org/lectures/LectureFlyer.pdf.  Highly successful people working full-time at big-tech companies like Google, Netflix, and Instagram will be talking about how they got there and what interesting journeys they went through which they would not have anticipated when they were in high school. Check it out! For registration or more information: info@hpqc.org

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA… NEXT STEPS VIRTUAL SERIES: The UVic Next Steps virtual series, designed for September 2021 applicants, is now live on the UVIC website and registration is available online at:   www.uvic.ca/join-us
This virtual series of events includes:

– Self-Reporting 101 information sessions
– Faculty-specific events
– Registration 101 information sessions (which will be posted online closer to the events in May)

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER HOURS? Sooke Arts Council Gallery is looking youth to volunteer at the Gallery on weekends anytime between 11am – 4pm. See this poster for more info: Sooke Arts Council Call or text Lynda at 778-350-4638.

INTERESTED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA? BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR UVIC RECRUITER… Book a private meeting with Stephanie Parker from UVIC if you have questions.  Also, and check out upcoming information sessions, student experience panels, sample lectures, parent nights, and other events offered by UVIC throughout the year. Book an appointment | Register for an upcoming event

THE CAREER CENTER is open all day and is happy to assist you with your work experience hours, apprenticeships and resume/application processes. Feel free to book an appointment online at  http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/. We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

For Grade 12 Students

GRADS: Please fill out the following forms for the Grad section of the Yearbook as soon as possible. Final Deadline is March 12th. You will need to use your sd62learns.org account to access the forms.

  • Grad Submission for Yearbook-Mandatory:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZ2UjV0Uu3sfST9vAy6mxijiWHYiBH0Wd5NVss-BqOJeIdUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Plans After Grad-One Question Fun Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVRW_F0_egCLlK2QUUGSQImASWCyTzV9oNp8G53fgojEasMw/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Grad Most Likely and Best Voting Ballot for Fun!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFmYoOfQaNwPD911AneccceGvTW_Y4TgqC1_jGj_Uq4QLUjg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thanks for making our grad section a success!

PREVIEW OF CAPSTONE 12 PROJECTS March 1st to the 12th.  Grads will be notified as to the time their preview presentations will take place. All grads must complete this process.

PURDY’S: Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Grad class with their spring Purdy’s campaign! We sold over $1800 in chocolate. Students can pick up the orders for their family and friends the week of March 8. Stay tuned for more details via the Wolverine app.

VIDEO LESSON ON SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES:  Mr. Phipps has posted an instructional video on the scholarship and bursary application process.  Grade 12 students (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to watch. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1bu6YuI4M

GRADE 12 STUDENTS are reminded to check the calendar on the EMCS website (Grade 12 Timeline | Edward Milne (sd62.bc.ca)) for the early scholarship and bursary deadlines. This year’s CUPE Bursary is HERE and due April 15th.

GRADS: For the yearbook we are collecting photos of you throughout the years (Gr.9-Present) if you would like to be part of this fun feature please submit your photos to Mrs. Lutze at elutze@sd62.bc.ca