Mariner Moments: September & October School News Be Principaled

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Mariner Moments: September October School News

One of the goals of the Be Principaled blog is to update our school community on what has and is occurring in our school.

We will no longer continue to email our newsletter every two months. This blog will give the general “State of Mariner Nation.” If you would like updated information from a specific club or extra curricular activity please check for the teacher contact information and email the teacher directly.

Counsellor Appointment Website

Due to our online counsellors appointments ( ) and our online locker allocation system we have had an excellent start to the new school year. Students seem to be settling in well to the new courses and the students have established school routines.

We did have to make a number of staff changes to our timetable in mid September, and, as a result, a number of our students schedules were revised.  I would like to thank students, parents and staff for their patience and cooperation during these changes and all the other changes that have occurred over the last two months.

Grade 8 Welcome Volunteers

On the first day of school we welcomed our grade 8s by having leadership students direct them to their locker, the grade 8 assembly and then into the Grade 8 Welcome. We then had an excellent first day of as students received a hotdog, Mariner t-shirt as well as various activities conducted by our senior students. The feedback was extremely positive and we look to replicate the grade 8 Welcome Day next year.

Another key factor to a smooth start to the school year is that we did not reach projected numbers of students. Over the last 6 years the school student population has increased significantly each year.  This year was to no different with a projected number of 1964 students.  Fortunately, we are currently hovering around 1930 students.  This is a welcomed relief after years of a growing student population.  My understanding is that this may be “the calm before the storm” as the student numbers for future years look to have us increasing significantly each year.

Our school’s two main goals will remain the same for this upcoming year with academic success for all learners and social responsibility as our focus.  Over the last six years I have been clear with the staff that the foundation of our collective success will rest upon the professional manner in which we will conduct ourselves.  This professional mindset, with an ongoing focus of a deep learning culture for staff and students has served us well over these last six years.

We continue to update the school website almost daily, so it’s worth checking out. We invite you to bookmark our website and check it often for school news, updates, tweets, and events.  The website also offers a link to other staff websites and our new Parent Advisory Council’s website .  The PAC website is also

Earl Marriott Secondary Website

accessible via our main website Please follow us on Twitter to receive our latest website updates. All items posted to the website automatically get an update sent out by Twitter and the School Districts new iPhone App (soon to be all phones), School Link.  Download it from your iTunes store.

I am also on twitter (peterjohnston36) as I follow school district personnel and world wide educational experts.  It seems to be a very dynamic way of learning, sharing our learning, and certainty the way future learners will communicate with each other.

The Synrevoice software, that we acquired three years ago, has been a huge success. This web-based software allows us to communicate with you, more efficiently, by email and phone. Synrevoice software ( allows us to communicate with you when your child has missed a class, send email (please send clerk Elaine Mclean your email to receive this feature), and voice updates on important events, news, and emergencies.  This is 21st Century software that allows us to keep you informed about your child and our school.

Parents can always offer their comments and questions directly to me (the Principal) at  I try my best to deal with all inquires by finding the person best suited to answer your questions, and having them contact you. This way you have a direct communication link to the school.

As we find ourselves in the month of November, we hope that you and your loved ones had enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend and made it an opportunity to give thanks.

Semiahmoo First Nations Counsellor Joanne Charles

October also brought the Welcome Pole arrival ceremony. On behalf of Earl Marriott Secondary School I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to this Legacy project of the Earl Marriott Secondary / Semiahmoo First Nations Welcome Posts.

Earl Marriott Secondary is situated on Semiahmoo First Nations Traditional Territory.  The Semiahmoo First Nation has a long and proud tradition with Earl Marriott Secondary

Semiahmoo First Nations Master Carver Leonard Wells.

school.  Many of Semiahmoo First Nation’s youth have gone to Earl Marriott Secondary school.  This brings our bonds even closer.

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Over recent years, the Semiahmoo First Nation, under the guidance of Counsel MemberJoanne Charles and our First Nations Teacher, Michael MacKay-Dunn, have partnered in many successful school events and projects.  The annual Pow Wow is the biggest of all of these events and is a wonderful example of how Earl Marriott Secondary and the Semiahmoo First Nations can work collegially to create an outstanding event at our school.

As you can imagine, this a costly venture for our school.  The poles will be placed in the main entrance where thousands of students and visitors will see it each day. We are looking for public/private finical support of this unique First Nations project. If you, someone you know, or an organization that you know of may be willing support this historical project, please contact myself or our Aboriginal Teacher Advocate Michael Mackay-Dunn

Blue Man Halloween

October also brought with it Halloween, and it was a fun time here at the school with record numbers of students and staff dressing up.  Our annual costume contest in the gym was standing room only, as students paraded their costumes in the gym.

We are proud to say that our grade 12 senior students have been excellent role models so far this year.  Already we have had a very successful Seattle Mariners game, Grad Boat Cruise and on November 20 th the Grads will hold their annual Pasta Dinner Night. We depend on our senior students to be role models all year long, and during the months of September and October they were excellent.  Like last year, the seniors will be rewarded at graduation time if they do their part in ensuring that safety is maintained and that good choices are modeled throughout the year.

From our sport’s desk, Athletic Director Taylor Clift wants to let you know that it has been an exciting start for

Girls Volleyball

ourAthletics Department with hundreds of student-athletes participating in sport at Earl Marriott. The fall season included Swimming, Cross-Country, Boys Soccer, Volleyball and Football. Our teams have competed throughout the province in addition to the Football team traveling to San Diego prior to school commencing in September. It has been great watching the success of so many programs and their teams, coaches and players alike putting in a tremendous amount of time to their chosen sport at EMS. A couple of notable highlights so far this year include the Swim team having over 50 student-athletes competing, and the Sr. Girls winning the Fraser Valley Championship. Additionally, our Sr. Boys and Sr. Girls volleyball teams have been ranked in the top 5 in the province for most of the season. Many of our volleyball teams look ahead to competing in the Fraser Valley and Provincial Championship tournaments. Basketball and Wrestling have been practicing for a couple weeks and look to take over our gyms as the fall season ends and the winter season begins. Please stay informed by following our athletic program on twitter @athleticsEMS or through regular updates on our website (

Kitajima Junior HighSchool students teach EMS students Japanese calligraphy.

We were fortunate to have our Japanese sister school, Kitajima Junior High School, visit us in October.  The group enjoyed spectacular weather and the opportunity to shadow our students to their classrooms.  If you would like to visit our sister school in Japan in 2015, please contact Mr. Jordan Vanstone .

We are looking forward to a great holiday season.  Report cards go out on November 21, and this signifies just over half of the semester completed.  With the winter break and a week of January used for make up assignments and provincial exams, there is no opportunity to lose focus on the academics.

Thank you again for a great start to the school year everyone!  All of us here at EMS truly appreciate your continued support.

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