This Week at EMS – Principal’s Message: May 15th – 19th
Hello to all Mariners!
The past week at the Earl Marriott Secondary has brought us the usual ‘end-of-May’ flurry of activities and special events. We have all been absorbed in school life and all of the excitement and challenges that makes our time at EMS so rich.
On Monday our Articulation teams of LST teachers and Counsellors began their visits to each of our Associate schools. This year we were able to provide additional time for these important conversations to occur. I am certain that the additional information obtained through more open dialogue with our Elementary school colleagues will help us support our incoming Grade 8’s. Thank you to all of our Articulation team for your work on this important initiative.
Tuesday was a busy day at the school. Students and staff practiced our “Lock Out” drill. We also enjoyed the crepes provided by “the Crepe Truck” brought to the school through our French Immersion Department and this cultural initiative.
Staff also met for a Special Staff Meeting with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jordan Tinney and Assistant Superintendent Ms. Lynda Reeve. This was an opportunity for staff to discuss the Bell schedule review process and to share opinion with our District’s Senior Management team on the benefits and challenges of 4 and 5 block schedules.
On Tuesday evening, our Dry Grad Committee and Student Grad Council hosted the 34th annual “Duke of Earl” variety show. It was another evening of humor, satire, music and laughter. The evening was a great success raising money for this year’s Graduating Class and their Dry Grad. Great thanks to Grad Council teacher sponsor Ms. Canino, Dry Grad Chair Ms. Zimmerman and the many, many people behind the scenes who made the event such a success. I would also like to congratulate this year’s “Duke of Earl” student Austin Linder. Well done everyone!
On Wednesday, students and staff practiced our “Lock Down” drill. The administrative team would like to thank the entire school community for your participation. This was an important drill, and we were pleased to observe the focus of students and staff.
Our Staff Committee met this week to continue an important conversation regarding possible future bell schedule options. On a related note, letters from the District and the school were sent to our community with an invitation for feedback through EMSBellSchedule@surreyschools.ca and/or through participation at a parent forum on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm at the school. We look forward to your input on this important review.
On Thursday our Student Survey Working Group met with the District’s Research Department to continue with our visioning process in the construction of a school-wide student survey. We made excellent progress. Our plan is to have a draft survey completed for initial proof-reading and a small pilot project for this June. The survey would then be adjusted as necessary for a possible October school-wide implementation. Our time yesterday was very interesting. If you are interested in joining our working group, please let me know.
On Thursday evening I was privileged to attend the Spring Earl Marriott Secondary Jazz Band Concert. Our students’ talents awed a full house of proud parents and family members. It was a wonderful tribute to the hard work and dedication of Mr. Owens, Mr. Rutley and all of our student musicians. Congratulations all!
This morning, Ms. Davies and I hosted our next Tea and Tour group. Our thanks to all the classes we visited as we toured the school.
Commencement is next Wednesday! It will be another very full week. Enjoy the time we have together as our school year moves very fast.
All the best,
In the News:
Peace Arch News
Posted May 19, 2017
A three-year decline in enrolment at South Surrey’s Earl Marriott Secondary has prompted officials to consider a return to “the norm” for students and staff: a four-block schedule.
Peace Arch News
Posted May 16, 2017
Youths to share voices to parents at Elgin, Earl Marriott and Semiahmoo Secondary schools.
Peace Arch News
Posted May 15, 2017
It’s rare that a rugby team that has played in eight consecutive Fraser Valley championship games would enter a ninth as an underdog, but that’s the situation the Earl Marriott Mariners senior boys team finds itself in as it gets set for a gold-medal tilt this week.
Four EMS students received top honours for their writing in a national writing contest in Quebec. The 150 Words for 150 Years contest, put on by Atwater Library, Westmount (a Montreal suburb), was sponsored by Heritage Canada as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Cindy Zhang, grade 12 has won the Youth (20 and under) category for her short piece entitled “O Maple Leaf”. Also in the top 5 were Claudine Paed (grade 12), Jared Schellenberg (grade 11) and Adia Sove (grade 12). All four students have been invited to attend the awards ceremony in Montreal to take part in the festivities and to read their winning entries.
The students of Mrs. Manning’s ceramics 9-12 class are happy to see the completion of their ceramic mural installation “International Foods”.