Ellsworth Elementary Middle School

Morning Announcements Grades 5-8 - Monday, September 11


Morning Announcements – Monday, September 11, 2017


  1. Soccer Update – All practices this year are at Wilson Field. A bus takes the players there at 2:45 for the first practice, which runs from 3-4:30. The players with the late practice can be supervised at EEMS in the health room each day, or they can return to EEMS in time for the 3:45PM bus to Wilson Field. Late practice runs from 4-5:30. Pick up at the end of practice is at Wilson Field. Should we need to practice indoors due to weather, all teams will practice inside at EEMS from 3-4:30. Pick up will be at 4:30.


The practice and game schedule is on the school’s website this year. Go to ems.ellsworthschools.org. Hover over the student tab and then click on Co-Curricular Activities. Finally, click on Fall Schedule in the box. Miss Gabbianelli has posted the schedule there and will update it there if there are any changes to the schedule.


On game days, the first game starts at 3:30PM for the month of September. That changes to 3:00PM in October due to darkness. Home games are at Del Luce Stadium at EEMS, which is the field inside the track.


  1. Girls soccer team members have early practice today. Please board bus 15 at 2:45 in front of the school. Boys have the late soccer practice today, so please report to the health room to wait until the 3:45 bus takes you to Wilson Field.


  1. 5-8 Chorus will begin tomorrow at 7:45AM and will run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year.


  1. Fall Sports Parent Meeting – Today! Monday, Sept. 11 at 6PM in the gym for parents of cross-country runners and soccer plays. Parents whose child is going to do both sports will meet at 5:45PM.


  1. Join Cross-County by Today – If you plan to join the cross-country team, the deadline to do so is today. With our first meet on Thursday, we want to have a couple of days to get you ready.


  1. Drama Club Auditions Today! – Auditions for the fall play take place today and WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 and 13, from 3-4:30 in the cafeteria. (Note: The permission form said auditions were Monday and Tuesday. That was an error. It’s Monday and Wednesday) Please get your permission form in to Mrs. Cox ahead of time or bring it to the audition. For auditions, you will be reading portions of the script as well as participating in several theater exercises. You are to bring a pencil, too. Students who plan to help backstage need to turn in the permission form but they do not need to go to auditions. The name of the fall show is “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.”


  1. Parking Lot By Softball Field is Off Limits on Monday-Wednesday – There will be no parking in the parking lot by the softball field starting on Monday due to construction. Also, at the end of the day, walkers heading towards the YMCA must exit out of the front doors due to that construction. You can head out the wing doors only if you are heading towards Knowlton Park.


  1. PTF Meeting Tomorrow – The first PTF meeting of the year is tomorrow after school at 3PM. We hope to have a lot of teachers and parents attend to help with the planning of events for the year.


  • Games and Meets this Week – Our soccer teams have their first games of the season tomorrow against Hampden. Boys are home and girls are away. On Friday, girls are home vs. Bucksport and boys are away. Cross Country has its first of two home meets this week on Thursday at EHS.


  • Fundraiser Begins Friday - We will have an assembly this Friday to kick off our annual fundraiser. We’re going with a new company that offers a nice catalog of items from which customers can choose, and we will also have a brochure of NFL flags, which we think customers might like to purchase. Students will be bringing a packet home on Friday.


  1. Remembering September 11, 2001 - When we learn about history in our classes, we often learn about things that happened long ago. However, it was on this day just 16 years ago that a terrorist event happened in our country. On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked 
four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the
planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in NYC and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. The Twin Towers 
ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the 
resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93 fought back, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC.


The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon and 40 people were killed on Flight 93. We remember these people today, including the many first responders who died in the line of duty who were saving those in the attack. This is a part of our history that we do not want to forget.


Today, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is located at the exact site of the Twin Towers. I urge you to Google images of this memorial. Every name of every person killed on that day is engraved on it.


In April of 2006, construction began on a new tower on the same plot of land as the Twin Towers. The new tower is called One World Trade Center and it opened in November of 2014. It is the tallest building in New York City, at 114 stories. Its height is exactly 1776 feet tall, which matches the year the Declaration of Independence was signed.