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IMAGINE Online Auction to Run Nov. 8 to 15

October 31, 2018
By Andrea Wenger

Imagine a world where children of all ages live and model messages of peace, hope and reconciliation. 

Where does this start? In a school where students explore their gifts, develop skills, play, sing, worship, and learn together. Your support through the IMAGINE Online auction helps to make this possible for students of all levels at Eastern Mennonite School, K-12.

Auction Highlights

Participants can bid on a Tanzanian meal for eight, pure maple syrup from New York, and homemade Christmas treats.

Long-term traditional offerings include prime parking and choice seating for 2018 EMHS commencement.

You can also donate for two specific projects:

Raise the Roof! -- a solarized roof replacement on the 1964 original building for middle and high school.

Build a Bridge -- a bridge that will connect the new elementary school with the middle and high school building.

Items are being added daily, keep checking.

Join the IMAGINE Online Auction!

1. REGISTER here to create an account on our secure Donor Portal.

2. ATTEND the onsite kick-off and preview at the school: Thursday, Nov. 8 , 7 to 8 p.m.

3. VIEW the auction here. Bidding opens Thursday Nov. 8 @ 7 p.m. and closes Thursday Nov. 15 @ 9 p.m.


Contact Erin Kennedy Hess at 540-236-6025 or

With gratitude to Weaver's Flooring America, our auction sponsor


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Dave Bechler Reflects on 22 Years of Coach; Alumni Join Homecoming Celebration

October 30, 2018
By Liesl Graber '14
“Do one thing for me,” requested Dave Bechler to a packed Eastern Mennonite School gym. ”For the next two hours, this isn’t about me. It is all about our two volleyball seniors, and the Broadway and EMHS teams giving their all out here on the court.”
A standing ovation for Dave Bechler.
Photo by Jack Zhao '20.
Minutes before the Homecoming Weekend varsity volleyball match began, the crowd had offered Bechler, athletic director and long-time coach, a standing ovation. But he needed the celebration of his 22 years as boys basketball coach to be placed on hold. After the match, he noted, “then we can go outside and talk basketball.”
The crowd included alumni – some from as far away as Colorado --, parents of former players, as well as those on site for the volleyball match.
Assistant Athletic Director Kendal Bauman shared stories from Bechler’s former colleagues and players. “Every team is a reflection of their coach” became a refrain as stories of Bechler’s honor, integrity, and passion filled the gym.
The Booster Club presented Bechler with a comforter made of practice t-shirts of his past teams and teams he follows, signed by past players. New basketball coach Chad Seibert presented a large white board playbook for the boys’ locker room dubbed the “Bechler Board,” purchased with alumni donations. Watch a video of the presentations.
“I could talk to you all much better if you were on a locker room bench,” Bechler told the crowd sheepishly.
Bechler’s coaching career began in 1989 in his hometown Belleville, Pa., where he coached girls basketball for four years. This November will be Bechler’s first time not coaching since that ‘89 season.
“It’s weird,” he said in a recent interview, thinking of the upcoming season. Bechler does not regret his decision to
Bechler modeled (and continues to model) a
strong work ethic on and off the court. Photo
by Jack Zhao.
retire, however. He feels less stressed without the preseason pressure. Bechler can watch games now without feeling like he has to pick apart every play. “I won’t miss all that,” he said. “It’s just different. I’m starting another chapter now.”
The coaching chapter of Bechler’s life was productive. Bechler believes life is like basketball: you win some and lose some, but “the goal is to win more than you lose,” he said. And Bechler reached that goal, with a coaching career record of 341-291 over 26 seasons.
In his 22 years at EMS, Bechler earned “Coach of the Year” nine times. New coach Chad Seibert put Bechler’s accomplishment in perspective: “Coach K has five in his division,” he said. “Tony Bennett has five. And this guy here has done it nine times in 22 years.”

Relational coaching and basketball’s teachable moments

Catching up with former players at
the homecoming weekend reception.
Photo by Jack Zhao


Bechler’s coaching style has evolved. When he started, Bechler focused on getting scoreboard results, with clear expectations for his team to out-work their opponents. In the last half of his career, Bechler has understood that coaching is all about relationships and knowing the players. “Each guy is different,” he said, “and I coach them differently based on their personalities.”

Coaching involved more than just teaching about basketball. He also taught about life. The role gave him “lots of sons every year,” he said. Bechler holds an intense belief in hard work, expecting his players to grow their strengths in the course of a season. “Hard work was rewarded with respect,” he said.
Bechler realizes his coaching style may not have been comfortable for everyone. “I never have been easy on anyone I’ve loved,” he said.
Bechler sees many correlations between basketball and life. Every season, he had a “life day” for his players, a practice where they would discuss future employment. “Nothing is free in life,” he would say, encouraging his guys to work hard to reach their goals.
“You’ve got to treat life like a game,” Bechler said. “You’ve got to try to win, but you won’t every time.” If you fail in life, you have to get back up and make the next play anyway, he said. Bechler hopes this lesson sticks with his former players as they enter adulthood.

Deciding to retire 

Booster Club presented a comforter made 
from old practice shirts and other favorite 
teams. Photo by Jack Zhao.
It was a long process to decide to retire. He had been asking himself for the past 10 years how long he could keep coaching. “Fighting burnout was the hardest part,” he said. “When you’re in the grind of coaching, you’re just going, going, going.”
It was hard to step down without knowing what would happen to the program after he left. However, having a pool of capable applicants made him feel at ease. “We found somebody who loves it,” he said. “I think Coach Seibert is going to do a great job. He has the energy. He has the drive.”
This year’s team will see a lot of returning players, which Bechler believes will help with the transition to a new coach.
Retiring has been emotional for Bechler. “Not coaching these seniors is hard,” Bechler said, tearing up, but he feels happy for his players and the opportunities they will have this upcoming season.


Next steps

Bechler will continue in his role as Athletic Director for EMS. Aside from that, he said, “I’m still in the winging it stage.” Many people have asked Bechler about refereeing basketball, but Bechler wants a year off “cold turkey.”
He looks forward to watching his son, Brett, play basketball at Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Bible College and his daughter, Shay, play basketball here at EMS. 


Student-led Spirit Week Raises More Than $2,000 for Community Services Board

October 25, 2018
By Andrea Wenger

Dressing up in wacky outfits on silly themes to raise money for a good cause is a decades’ old tradition at Eastern Mennonite School. This year, the stakes and rewards grew exponentially as K-5 students joined in the “big kids’” fun, raising over $2,000 across grades K-12.

Whacky hair and accessories Wednesday
photobooth in the dining hall.
Tacky tourist Tuesday.


The SCO (Student Council Organization) annually organizes Spirit Week leading up to homecoming weekend as a way to galvanize enthusiasm and raise funds for an important cause.

This year, SCO leadership chose to support the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board (HRCSB). “We wanted to support a cause that’s relevant among our students,” noted SCO president Kerinna Good ‘19. “In the past we’ve raised money for Pennies for Patients because Luke Hertzler ‘16 was diagnosed with leukemia during his time as a student at EMS. Several years down the road, this year’s SCO thought that it was fitting to get fresh input from students. A student suggested mental health, so we decided to support the HRCSB!”

SCO leaders sold baked goods over lunch and after school to raise funds. In addition, a Tuesday lunchtime auction for the right to dress volunteer students and teachers on Friday raised over $1,000. Resulting outfits included:

Camryn Landes, SCO vice president,
auctions off the right to dress Mr. Sauder
on Friday of Spirit Week.
  • Shannon Roth (history and government teacher) dressed by Kendal Bauman (physical education) as Gene Simmons, lead singer of the rock group KISS;
  • Music teacher Jared Stutzman dressed top to toe in Penn State garb (he’s not a football sort of guy);
  • Middle school history teacher Zach Sauder, dressed by the 7th grade to the tune of $180 in Virginia Tech Hokies gear;
  • Larry Martin (sixth grade math and science) as a beekeeper, Susan Melendez (sixth grade social studies and English) as a queen bee, and the sixth graders as bees.

It didn’t take long for the elementary students -- sharing the building with grades 6 to 12 this year -- to catch on to the fun of Spirit Week. With each day’s themes, they saw the older students and teachers in varied and unusual outfits. Spirit days included dress-like-a-logo on Monday (coordinated with the release of EMS’s new logo), tacky tourist Tuesday, wacky hair and accessories Wednesday, time travel Thursday, and flames Friday.

The right to dress a teacher on Friday drew elementary interest too. When Maria Archer, K-8 principal, heard of their interest in joining the fun, she offered them the opportunity to dress her up with items from the drama closets if they collectively raised $100. The elementary students far surpassed that goal, raising over $300. Second, third, fourth, and fifth graders also earned the right to dress their teachers for exceeding their individual class goals.

The result of the elementary school’s success was a bearded, pig-nosed, be-wigged frumpy principal who was a good sport and wore the outfit all day, even when she led lunchtime prayer.

Flame Friday brought out the blue
and gold and filled the gym for a 
pep rally.
Flames fans of all ages got into the
excitement at Friday's pep rally.


“This has been a great week,” said long-time SCO sponsor Jennifer Young, physical education and driver education teacher. “Our student leaders never fail to amaze me. They work hard year round, but especially this past week. It was special to see how the whole school -- including the elementary students -- got on board and just had a lot of fun. It is good to laugh together.”

Dress-like-a-logo Monday.
Dress-like-a-logo Monday


The SCO launched the week on Monday by helping to reveal the school’s updated logo, part of a brand review process. Their game show featured various popular logo images without text, and a quiz to see who could be first to identify the product. The last logo image revealed the school’s newly revitalized flame. After Friday’s all-school pep rally -- where the varsity girls volleyball team handily beat the boys varsity soccer team on the volleyball court -- students picked up a t-shirt featuring the new logo.

At their weekly gathering, elementary students learned about the power of a logo by thinking about what comes to mind when they travel at night, are hungry, and see a large yellow “M” in the sky… “McDonald’s!” “French fries” the students exclaimed, making the point that a logo tells a story. And at EMS, our logo tells the story of a caring community of learning.

Spirit Week captured the spirit of the school: of light hearted fun, caring for each other, welcoming the newcomer, and service to others thanks to SCO’s leadership and strong K-12 participation.

History Day to Explore Roman Empire

October 24, 2018
By Andrea Wenger

Students kindergarten through grade 12 will spend a full day together in small groups exploring ancient Rome on Nov. 7, 2018, at Eastern Mennonite School. Area homeschool students and families, and other interested community members, are welcome to join the activities.

The day will focus on the Roman Empire -- or Pax Romana -- and life in First Century Palestine. Planned by history teachers and student representatives, the day will include a shopping bazaar where they will learn about bartering and trade, and some stories from the Bible that took place in that time period.

History Day 2015

Now in its fifth year, History Day is an innovative, full-day immersion experience on varied themes. Elwood Yoder, history teacher, leads the extensive planning process which takes nearly a year to coordinate. See a video of Elwood Yoder describing plans for Nov. 7, 2018.

“This is one of the most gratifying and energizing aspects of my 36-year teaching career,” reflects Yoder. “The interaction across grades and age levels, the involvement of student planners and leaders, the participant engagement in ‘family groups’ for a full day is unusual and remarkable. I’m so grateful our administration has blessed me to run with this passion!”

History Day 2015

Yoder launched the History Day model in 2014 when he considered ways to help students understand the impact the burning of farms and mills had in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War. A collaborative group of elementary, middle and high school teachers planned the first day, which was held 150 years after the actual burning. Events and interactive stations helped children learn in hands-on experiences. For that event, Yoder dressed as a Union General. Students circulated throughout the day in mixed age “family groups” with older students assisting younger students.

In 2015, the day explored the decades of the 1950s and ‘60s in the United States, with Yoder dressing the part of Paul Stookey and singing tunes from the group Peter, Paul and Mary, and other protest songs.   

History Day 2016

In September 2016, the entire middle and high school traveled to Fort Seybert, West Virginia. Susan Melendez, sixth grade history teacher, has a family connection to the 1754 Indian raid on Fort Seybert, which took place during the French and Indian War. Students learned everything from blacksmithing, to Indian arts, to throwing a tomahawk. Yoder dressed for the day as Thomas Jefferson; others took roles from colonial America and gave students a visual and interactive look at early America.

In 2017, History Day coincided with the school’s centennial year celebration. Yoder dressed as a school founder and interacted throughout the day as students explored the history of the school and life 100 years ago.

Visitors to History Day are welcome, free of charge. Students of any age must be accompanied by an adult. All guests are invited to the front office to sign in and register for a free lunch. The entree option will be chicken curry and rice, in keeping with the theme for the day.

Promotional videos from past History Days: History Day 2014; History Day 2016; History Day 2017

Located at 801 Parkwood Drive, Eastern Mennonite School K-12 offers excellent academics from a foundation of faith and values in a welcoming community with global perspective.

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Eastern Mennonite School Reviews “Brand” and Introduces Revitalized Logo

October 15, 2018
By Andrea Schrock Wenger

Eastern Mennonite School K-12 has adopted an updated logo after nearly a year of conversation and processing around the school’s overall “brand.” 

“A ‘brand’ is really an evolving story,” says Paul Leaman, head of school. And this review “confirmed that our brand is strong.”

The review came at a pivotal time. Over summer 2018, the 13-year-old elementary program moved from offsite to the high school’s long-time location at 801 Parkwood Drive. It is a new era in the first year of the school’s second century with all grades, K-12, together on one site.

Brand assessment

Alumni, donors, students, faculty, staff and community completed surveys and joined discussions in early 2018 about the school’s brand and logo. The review confirmed that stakeholders remembered and/or currently experienced these consistent components of the school:

  • Excellent academics shaped by the arts, music, athletics and experiential hands-on learning;
  • A foundation of Christian faith and values in the Anabaptist tradition;
  • A community of caring and connection;
  • A global outlook and respect for diversity among people.

Revitalized logo

Recognizing that a school’s logo is an important entry point into the school’s story, the EMS leadership team discerned that the time was right to refresh the existing logo.

“The review confirmed that the flame element of our logo brought strong and positive associations to many people's minds,” notes Leaman. With the new century and new K-12 chapter, “we wanted a fresh look that would distinguish our unique story while honoring the legacy and recognition of past logos.”

The updated logo retains three elements -- or flickers -- of a flame. Interpretations of the three flames vary, according to the research. Some respondents saw the Holy Trinity. Others were reminded of the school mission to join school, home and church to “call students to faith in Jesus Christ, academic excellence, personal integrity and compassionate service in the world.”

The flames on the updated logo respond to the survey data calling for a more active and less stationary logo.

Logo history and feedback

Esther Kniss ‘49 Augsburger founded the arts program at Eastern Mennonite High School in 1971 where she taught for nine years. In 1976, the board of directors approved the first logo -- which Augsburger designed -- for painting on the gym floor.

In September 1981 the Today alumni publication switched from a masthead featuring Massanutten Peak to the flame logo. The change came as the school marked the end of one era -- the leadership of Samuel Weaver ‘52 -- and the beginning of another -- the principalship of J. David Yoder. 

The flame logo has served the school well in various forms to the present. In 2008 the current seal logo was adopted as branding for elementary, middle and high school together. Blue and white were formalized at that time. The yellow or gold that had been used in the logo over the years -- particularly for Flames athletics -- was phased out.

As part of the 2017-18 brand review, alumni, donors, faculty, staff and students shared impressions of the EMS logo and suggestions for possible update. Responses to “What comes to mind when you look at the EMS logo?” included answers as varied as “hot air balloon” to “movement,” “light,” and “Holy Spirit.” Responses to “What would you like the logo to reflect that it is currently not?” included “more active,” “reflect how EMS is evolving,” “service,” global,” “academic excellence” and “peace.”

The revised logo was chosen by a design team including Andrew Gascho, communication technology teacher and IT support; Malea Gascho, art teacher; Paul Leaman, head of school; and Andrea Schrock Wenger, director of advancement. They heard input from the EMS leadership team, faculty, staff, students and board members. The process was led by Harrisonburg-based marketing consultants, Gravity Group. The design retains the flame motif, but is removed from the closed circle to reflect the open and welcoming spirit of the school. An accent option of gold -- drawing on the historic use of gold or yellow for Flames athletics teams -- will be available for design purposes, alongside the blue logo.

A new era

“A logo is a tricky thing” admits Leaman, noting that change is hard for some and that personal preference varies greatly. “The most important thing,” he says, “is that our school’s story is strong. People are proud to be part of this story and want to see us thrive in our new century. We are well on the way.”

Rollout of the revised logo began with the Student Council Organization (SCO) revealing the logo during chapel with the middle and high school on Monday, Oct. 15. It was the first day of Spirit Week leading up to Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 19-21. On Wednesday, elementary students will learn about logos and see the new design in their weekly gathering. On Friday, everyone in the school -- K-12, faculty and staff -- will receive a grey T-shirt with the new logo. Some signed up to instead receive a blue "Wildfire" T-shirt with white school logo on front and emblem on back -- designed by Afton Rhodes-Lehman '20 -- for the student pep club.

The logo will be implemented as new print materials are rolled out. The new school website with the new design will be launched early in the new year. External signage and other updates will happen in a timely manner, while also taking costs into consideration.

Circle Continues as Recording Studio is Demolished for Elementary Program

October 04, 2018
By Andrea Schrock Wenger
Watch the video of EMHS Touring Choir sing the final song in the
former Alive Studio space. 

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” asked -- and sang -- the 2018 Eastern Mennonite School Touring Choir in spring of 2018. It was the last recording made at the 37-year old Alive Studios.

With the renovation of the the former MennoMedia building for Eastern Mennonite Elementary School (EMES), the musical circle will not be broken, even as the recording studio was demolished in late September.

Music is an integral part of all our programming at EMES," says music teacher Joy Anderson. "This renovated space is going to 'hear' the sounds of children making music daily, whether it is in class or at a community gathering, lunchtime prayer, or outside. It’s a beautiful continuation of the studio’s legacy to renovate the building into a new place to nurture young voices."

Elementary students watch the demolition of the music
studio at the former MennoMedia building, which is being
renovated to house Eastern MennoniteK-5 program.
Photo by Heidi Byler.


The studio and MennoMedia warehouse were built in 1981. When EMS purchased the MennoMedia building in 2017, the school hoped to avoid demolition of the studio. “It was extremely well built -- like a bunker -- and one of the best studios in the region,” says Mike Stoltzfus, director of business affairs.

A diverse group of artists -- many with Mennonite connections, but not all -- recorded there over the years including EMS choirs, Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers, the folk-rock group Reunion Vocal Band and Valley artists. According to “legend,” a notable recording artist to use the space was Dave Matthews Band in one of their early demos. [This, and other stories from the studio, will be explored in a future article].

Stoltzfus led efforts to avoid demolition. The team explored repurposing the space, collaborating with area universities, joining with others to create a commercial recording studio, or even moving the studio to another site. “In the end, nothing we explored made sense from a financial perspective,” says Stoltzfus.

With the studio down and other demolition complete, renovation can begin. The main building and former warehouse will house classrooms with natural light and convenient access to water and kitchen equipment for hands-on learning. On the southwest side of the building, where the studio actually stood, there will be a mix of green space, play area, offices, and, eventually, a community gathering space.

Maria Archer K-8 principal who has led the elementary school since it launched in 2005, has an additional personal full-circle connection. “I actually recorded a demo tape in that studio in 1985… when I had visions of becoming a country music singer,” she says, remembering singing into a microphone while playing piano. “I remember Abe [Rittenhouse] saying, when I recorded my original song ‘Like a Fire,’ ‘I can hear Kenny Rogers singing this one.’ I think he was trying to be encouraging.”

Archer and other school leaders are encouraged today by the progress on the Let the Children Come campaign. More than $3.2 million in donations and pledges came in from generous donors by July 1, 2018. Paul Leaman, head of school, is committed to raising an additional $1 million by January 1, 2019. The immediate goal is to complete classrooms and offices; longer term the project will include a community gathering space, which is integral to the elementary curriculum and will be available as a rental facility for the community.

The Future and Why We Sing

EMS is committed to keeping the circle of strong a cappella singing alive and flourishing, according to Paul Leaman, head of school. "Singing together builds community, is key for faith formation, helps us memorize Scripture references and other text that will serve us for a lifetime, and honors our Creator," he reflects.

Read more about at "Why We Sing" by current music teacher and choral director, Jared Stutzman, and watch a Wednesday morning music chapel when students 6-12 sang the four-part a capella song,  "When Peace Like A River," and the worship song, 'In Christ Alone." 

Follow the progress of Let the Children Come campaign at


The Difference a Teacher Can Make: J. Ernest Martin Lifetime Service Award Winner

October 03, 2018
By Elwood Yoder
2008 Ember Yearbook photo.
J. Ernest (Ernie) Martin’s distinguished career demonstrates the positive impact a dedicated teacher can make in the lives of students. In three Christian schools spanning 42 years, Ernie’s remarkable legacy stands as an example that has inspired many students and influenced the work of a host of teachers. In celebration of that legacy, Ernie Martin is being recognized with the Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS) Lifetime Service Award for 2018.
Ernie attended EMHS when classes still met in the Administration Building at Eastern Mennonite College. His high school teachers included Jay B. Landis, Vivian Beachy, Jesse Byler, and Norman Yutzy. He graduated in 1963 before teachers and students moved to the new and current high school campus on Parkwood Drive in 1964.
It was while attending Madison College, Harrisonburg, that Ernie was practically thrust into a teaching career. One of his professors noticed his gifts and insisted on recommending him for a scholarship toward a master's in English at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Before graduate school, however, Ernie and wife Judy served at an Anglican Missions School in Malawi, Africa. From 1968-1971, Ernie served in the Teachers Abroad Program, a branch of Mennonite Central Committee. From Malawi, Ernie gathered stories that he told throughout his career, and that fostered his world missions outlook, launching such programs at EMHS as the Global Education program.
In 1972 Ernie accepted a position at Central Christian High School, Kidron, Ohio, but only after he had been offered a teaching position at Turner Ashby High School, Rockingham County, Virginia. Shortly after Ernie began at Central in Ohio, he was offered another position in the Fairfax Schools system as writing instructor and supervisor, but Ernie and Judy remained in Ohio for five years.
It was in Ohio that this writer took research writing class from "Mr. Martin." Already sporting his legacy mustache and flaring sideburns, Ernie began developing a trademark class that many students still say is one of the most important courses they took in high school. Exacting, demanding, and precise, Ernie taught students how to write, and to write well. This writer eked out a C+ in Mr. Martin’s senior level class, and wrote a paper on the contemporary movement of the 1970s, “The Charismatic Movement,” marked up with Ernie’s ubiquitous red pen.
In 1977, Principal Samuel O. Weaver needed help to develop the curriculum at EMHS. With the school moving toward independence from the college, and seeking state accreditation, Ernie received a call to move back to Virginia and work at EMHS. With three growing children, and wanting to be a closer to family, Ernie and Judy moved to Harrisonburg.

The Teaching Difference

What made the difference in Ernie Martin’s teaching? Was it his position as assistant principal or his work as director of curriculum? Was it the fact that he stayed in one school for 34 years? Was it that he was known in the community, and parents trusted him to teach their children?
Ernie Martin (right) with long-time colleague
Sherm Eberly during the 2007/08 school year.
​​​​​​Teacher "trophy day" photo by Lucas Schrock-
Hurst '08.
All of these mattered in Ernie’s career, but it was his open hand of mercy rather than judgment, his consistent encouragement of students and teachers, and his Christ-like character that made all the difference.
Curriculum Committee, every other Monday afternoon during the school year, was where Ernie directed and shaped the academic program at EMHS. As a member of the committee, I attended twenty-one years’ worth of such meetings. These were teaching and curriculum sessions where Martin explained his educational theories, led the school, encouraged teachers, and prayed at every meeting.
Ernie Martin speaking in chapel '05. 
File photo.
Ernie freely admits that it was “the hand of God” that brought him to EMHS in 1977 and guided him until he retired in 2010. His is a lifetime of service, an open hand of mercy extended to his students and faculty, not a vindictive hand of judgment or threats. Student papers came back marked up, evidence that Ernie worked hard at his job. Students respected and recognized the caliber teaching Ernie provided.
Ernie Martin is my educational mentor and hero. His lifetime service in Christian education has demonstrated the positive difference that a teacher can make, for students and an entire community.
Editor's note: Martin will be recognized during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 19-21, 2018. He will speak and receive his award during Sunday morning worship beginning at 10 a.m., EMHS Auditorum. All are welcome.

All Welcome to Fall Festival, Oct. 28

October 02, 2018
By Andrea Wenger

Imagine Yourself at Eastern Mennonite:Visit Nov. 5!

October 02, 2018
By Andrea Schrock Wenger

Students grades 5 through 11 are invited to visit Eastern Mennonite Middle and High School Nov. 5.

Visitors will shadow a student with similar interests, observe classes, sit in on chapel service, eat lunch and learn about extracurricular activities. Parents are invited for an informational session, chapel and a tour of the campus.

"It's a great way to just come and 'feel' whether EMS is the right fit for students and their families," says Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor for K-12.

"When you walk in our hallways and see that we trust each other enough to leave backpacks unattended and lockers unlocked, when you feel the interaction in a small classroom, when you potentially join a class using digital cameras outdoors or doing plant identification in nearby Park Woods, you know if this is right for you."

Prospective students and families are encouraged to register with this form by Oct.29 so the school can be prepared to welcome and host each student, based on their individual interests. 

For questions or to schedule a visit on a different day, contact EMS admissions at 540-236-6021 or emali

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