Friday, June 16, 2017

The Essex Middle School Athletic Leadership Council 2016-2017

The Essex Middle School ALC was started two years ago, inspired by the Essex High School's ALC with a mission to help the community and improve our school’s atmosphere and environment and to use athletics as the base for inspiring our peers  through service and influence.

We engaged in many service projects throughout the year starting with a rejuvenating project of the school’s bus circle.  Through the winter, ALC students volunteered to help run concession during the EMS B Team Tournament,  from which the proceeds went to the VT chapter of the Make a Wish foundation.  Many ALC students also  signed up to take a dip  in the cold waters of Lake Champlain, for the charity known as the “Penguin Plunge.”  Finally in the spring, although slowed a little by weather, the ALC is finishing a repainting project for the Press Box at the Mitchell Softball field at the front of the school. 

Within the school, The ALC also set up, and ran intramural games throughout the year. The first intumaral we did this year was football. It offered a fun and good experience for kids who sometimes don't normally play football on a team to have fun and a good time with their friends. The next activity was floor hockey. The teams fought hard and all had a great time. After that we set up the famous dodge ball tournament which went extremely well, having 90 plus kids participating on 9 teams.  Finally the spring offered a kickball tourney, which went fairly well for a few weeks despite the wet weather throughout the majority of May.

            This year, The ALC also introduced a school motto “We Have Your Back”, inspired by the video we showed at the first assembly about a young boy with autism and a group of boys, who instead of watching a peer getting bullied, stood up and “had his back.” To support this theme, we created a shout out box in which students were encouraged to  write down things other students did that had each other's back.  These nominations would be picked monthly, and the students would be called out and given a school t-shirt with the motto on the back.
The ALC has provided an experience for students to learn how to become better leaders and role models to the peers and teachers of Essex Middle School and the community. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Famous Essex Middle School All American Flying Submarine Band

Our famous Essex Middle School All American Flying Submarine Band has been very busy preparing for our recent spring performances. We have recently participated in the following events:

May 2nd Essex High School Jazz festival. Our Band played alone and together with the Jazz Bands from Essex High School, as well as ADL. Each group played two selections, and then performed as one large group featuring selected soloists. 

May 25 EMS Spring Concert. Our Submarine band performed in our annual Music Department Spring concert in addition to performances from our 6th Grade Band, 7-8 Band and the Founders Band. The event was standing room only and showcased all of our students hard work and abilities.

We are now preparing for our biggest performance of the school year; The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Church Street. We will be performing on Friday June 9th from 12:45-1:45 on the lower block across from city hall. We currently have fifteen selections we will be performing, including some hot solos for our students to “show their stuff”