Caught in the Act at EMS! Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Hoffman are starting to collect photos... check out who we've seen! Click on the picture to start the show.
6th Grade Goes to SoundWaters
Half of our 6th grade traveled to Stamford's Cove section to spend the day at SoundWaters discovering how scientists are tracking creatures and conditions in our part of Long Island Sound, and how that information helps them protect the Sound. More pictures coming from the second half's trip!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! King Anthony and Queen Tara joined their royal court for dinner not once, but twice for the annual Madrigal Feaste! Skits, singing, dancing and all manner of medieval entertainment accompanied a delicious meal for all of our guests. Huzzah to all! Congratulations Mr. Kinner!
Mr. Kinner was celebrated at the 2013 Distinguished Teacher ceremony at Western, along with the other five chosen teachers. Hurray!
Congratulations to the EMS Debate Team!
Last Monday was a great debating day for Eastern Middle School. Twenty EMS debaters competed against seven other Connecticut middle schools, with help from Debate Club timers and many parent volunteers who contributed food, judging skills, and necktie help. Seventh graders Michelle & Michelle and eighth graders Sofia and Avanelle were among the highest scoring teams --- tied at 110 points.
The 8th grade enjoys a visit with various Professionals from the working world!
Holocaust Survivor Anita Schorr
With an emotionally packed presentation, Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr shares her life story and message of respect and love with the 8th Grade.
Greenwich Reads Together Breakfast
Approximately 200 students, staff and community members came to the 3rd annual Greenwich Reads Together EMS Book Breakfast! Our special guest moderator was local author Sarah Littman, and our honored guests included author Beverly Patt, Dr. and Mrs. Ernie Fleischman, Greenwich Library's Margaret Walsh, and Assistant Superintendant Ellen Flanagan. Special thanks to Mr. Hohmeister and the EMS Jazz Band for starting the breakfast with a lively performance!
Greenwich Reads Together: Author Beverly Patt Visits! Beverly Patt, author of Best Friends Forever, was our guest of honor at the Greenwich Reads together breakfast on April 24th. She gave two presentations about her writing inspirations and process after breakfast to groups of 6th graders, and 7th and 8th graders. Thank you Beverly!
Earth Day Science students participated in a variety of Earth Day activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and ecology during April!
Aloha, 8th Grade! The 8th graders celebrated the start of spring with a festive luau-themed dance party!
Spring All-Choral Showcase The grade level choral groups, Eastmen and Treble Choir all performed to a full house in the GHS auditorium. Thanks to all for an amazing evening of song!
Students had a chance to rollerblade in PE classes in March!
Pennies for Patients
The SCA raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during our Pennies for Patients drive! Congratulations to our grade level AB winners, who earned a breakfast party for their top participation: 6th grade Donnelly/Fairchild , 7th grade Maigis/Farnum, and 8th grade Roy/Lomanto. Together these three groups raised more than $1000 to help fight childhood cancer!
Haute Couture... Headed For Paris?
Madame McAndrews' 8th French students walked the runway demonstrating and describing the latest styles in skiwear, beachwear, and party options for the DC Dinner Cruise!
Cue the CSI Theme Song! Mrs. Donnelly's classes have become the EMS CSI Squad: who stole the cow brain out of her science classroom? They have a number of suspects among the staff, and plenty of evidence to analyze from the crime scene above -- so an arrest is imminent once their analysis is complete! Stay tuned to find out who the culprit is...
How to Save A Life... Or Maybe Just An Eye Or A Finger 8th grade 21st Century Health classes are learning first aid with lots of hands-on activities and Halloween props, under the guidance of Ms. Bartlett, Mrs. Ball, Mr. Duff, and Stephanie, our favorite GEMS EMT!
Games and Life Lessons in 7th Grade
Ms. Turk and Mrs. Clair's classes have been reading Jennings Michael Burch's They Cage The Animals At Night, and they created amazing board games, incredibly detailed dioramas, and thoughtful books of quotes and life lessons from the book. Special thanks to Mrs. Buckley for her photography skills!
Students vs. Teachers For Sandy Hook! Above, the Lady Gators get ready to take on the teachers in the annual Student-Faculty Basketball game! The 8th grade varsity teams took on the respective teacher teams in front of a cheering, standing-room-only crowd in the gym, and the students only lost by one point! T-shirt sales and ticket sales went to support the Sandy Hook Fund and the Sandy Hook Physical Education department. Update soon on the total raised! Click the picture to start the show...
Who Wants to Be a Knight? The Higgins Armory in Worcester, MA, provided an exciting, engaging and sometimes hand-on presentation to our entire 7th grade about medieval arms and armor!This presentation is part of the Social Studies unit on Medieval times and life.
Congratulations Math Team!
On Saturday February 16th, approximately 150 middle school Mathletes from all over Fairfield County competed at the Southwest MathCounts Competition. The event was held at Fairfield University and involved three intense rounds of mathematical problem solving. Through their outstanding performance Eastern’s Math Team came in first place, earning them a spot to compete at the State level competition in March at the University of Hartford. Five students also qualified to compete as individuals at the State competition with their overall rankings of 11th , 10th , 4th , 2nd , and 1st!!
Grammar Games and Caustic Cautionary Tales Mrs. Walsh's classes created their own board games to review grammar and punctuation rules, and wrote "Caustic Cautionary Tales" using their Wordmaster vocabulary words, puns and other wordplay, and knowledge of the writing genre. Could you win a game of "The Good, The Bad and The Comma," "Finding Grammar," or "Monopollama"? What exactly happened in "The Tale of Tipping Kevin"? Find out!
Congratulations Constitution Bowl Finalists! Our three teams of constitution experts battled it out, answering questions trivia-game-style in the auditorium with the entire 8th grade cheering them on! Many thanks to Mr. Shukie for moderating, and to our 8th grade social studies teachers: Mr. Duncan, Mr. Roth, and Ms. Ralston for all their hard work. Congratulations to Kyrian, William and Jeffrey who were our winners!
Music Man! The 8th grade musical theater class performed for an afternoon show and two evening shows in January! Bravo to all of the cast, and the crew and staff who supported this group in their rehearsals, created and provided props, costumes and sets, and spent countless hours on the production. It was an incredible experience for all!
The Atoms Family
Mrs. Donnelly's classes have been investigating the Periodic Table of Elements, and to help them understand atomic structure, they learned "The Atoms Family" (to the tune of The Addams Family theme song)! Click on the pop-out window button and enlarge to choose the class you'd like to see singing.
Author Eric Kahn Gale Visits!
First-time author Eric Kahn Gale spoke to two groups of students about his new book, The Bully Book, and his experiences both growing up and as a writer. He also appeared that evening at the Perrot Library -- we had a wonderful time listening to him and talking with him, and we hope many people in our community got to see him!
Winter Concert 3 Our talented 6th grade musicians entertained a full house for the third winter concert. The orchestra, band and largest-ever grade level chorus each performed several numbers. Red Sox Pitcher Visits! Craig Breslow visited us to accept the proceeds from our World Series Hat Day for his Strike 3 Foundation, which raises money to fight childhood cancer. He spoke to two assemblies about his life and baseball career, and encouraged students to look for ways that they could use their interests and talents to make a difference for others. In thinking about recent events, he decided to pass our donation along to the Sandy Hook Foundation, in order to make an immediate difference for many lives. He ended with a quote from Jackie Robinson: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Snowflakes For Sandy Hook Our students took time during Advisor Base to create lots of lovely paper snowflakes, which will be delivered by members of our staff to Newtown. There, they will be used to decorate the newly renovated building in Monroe where the Sandy Hook Elementary staff and students will return to school in January. We wish them peace, kindness and hope in the new year to come. December 21st: In-School Holiday Concerts! Thank you to all of our musical and choral groups who participated in three different concerts during the day for the three grades. Thank you to our supportive student and faculty audiences, and THANK YOU to our talented and dedicated music department for making this delightful event happen for all!
6th Grade PreAlgebra: Unit Cost Projects
Our 6th graders calculated the cost of ingredients in a recipe, leading to a unit cost analysis of the recipe overall. The students brought in the finished products to share!
Winter Concert II Thank you to our 7th and 8th grade Orchestra, String Ensemble, Treble Choir and the 8th grade chorus! Tuesday evening's concert was stellar, and included surprise guests from the staff and administration playing instruments for the Toy Symphony!
Winter Concert I
Performances by the Jazz Band, Eastmen, 7th and 8th grade Band, and the 7th grade chorus made for a wonderful evening of music and song. Congratulations and thanks to all of our musicians!
Pajama Day Toy Drive Success!
Thank you to all of our students and staff who brought in toys for needy children! Our Pajama Day Toy Drive brought in well over 500 toys, which will make the holidays much brighter for many, many children. And we got to have fun in our pajamas all day!
2012 Geography Bee! Congratulations to our group of finalists in the 2012 Geography Bee!
Harris Burdick Stories Mrs. Gale's classes wrote their own stories based on the pictures in Chris Van Allsburg's book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Guest readers came in to read the stories that famous authors wrote based on the same pictures, and the students got to discuss and share their work. EMS Talent Show
Congratulations to the 2012 Talent Show participants, who performed all sorts of wonderful acts for a standing-room-only show! Many thanks to all of the staff who worked before and after school for weeks with the groups, and managed all the logistics of putting on a three-hour show. You're all amazing!
Engineers in Training Mr. Kinner's Tech Ed classes have been designing and building bridges. Each student group formed a corporation with a logo, budgeted for materials, created designs, tested and built prototypes, and as the final exam for the project, they got to see how much weight their bridges would actually support. Stay tuned -- we're hoping to get video of the bridge tests again this year!
Hat Day! The Student Council sponsored Hat Day raised over $1100 for Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow's Strike Three Foundation for children's cancer research. Great fun for a great cause!
Getting Their Kicks! The Lady Gators took a bite out of GA 2-1! It was a well played and hard fought game, and we're proud of our players and Coach Kelly. Revolutionary Town Hall Mr. Duncan's classes argued at Town Hall Meetings: Should the colonists declare independence? All sorts of British and Revolutionary figures "appeared" to make their case for or against -- including Gen. Washington and King George!
7th Grade Artists At Work
Mrs. Rudolph's classes are hard at work on their clay projects and sculpting!
They've Got The Moves... Our 8th graders had their first dance, with lots of neon, fun, and DJ Knop spinning the tunes!
Show Chorus on Broadway! Our 8th graders spent the day with cast members of Newsies, learning what it takes to be in a Broadway production, including singing and dance moves! They stayed for the show and had a wonderful time. We can't wait to see them put on their own show this year!
Double-click the image to watch Mrs. Zimon and Mrs. O'Connor demonstrate how to work the combination lock and open your locker.