News & Updates



Happening at Emerson

Annual Fund Campaign launched  

Please support the Emerson Annual Fund!  We are targeting a 10% increase in donation and 100% participation from current families. Every dollar counts!  Funds will be used for expanded course offerings in future terms.  Donate Here   Stock Donator

2018 Commencement Speaker Announced:  Mr. Benjamin Wittes

Emerson is excited to announce that Mr. Benjamin Wittes, a parent of EJ Wittes ‘17, will be the 2018 commencement speaker. Mr. Wittes is an author, a journalist and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is the Research Director in Public Law, and Co-Director of the Harvard Law School Brookings Project on Law and Security.

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Grades and Attendance

Grades/Attendance are updated biweekly in Gradelink.  For login ID/password, contact Karlene Blackburn.

Social Media Campaign Kick Off

Emerson kicks off a social media campaign to increase the school profile.   Please help us and

visit the Emerson Website,

like the Emerson Facebook Page, and Emerson Linkedin Page,

post reviews on Greatschool! Niche School and Google

Fajardo In the City

Spring Term in Full Swing

by Isabel Fajardo

Spring term is in full swing, bringing with it positive expectations from students and teachers alike.

Teachers expect full class participation. For instance, Mr. Malone has tried to instill in his students the idea that mass participation in society is critical and that participation begins by speaking up whenever possible, especially in the classroom.

Students are setting themselves up for success in the coming months. Common goals are to strive for good attendance and to work toward better grades.  Although the goal is to pay attention in class and always work hard, Emerson places importance on maintaining one's mental health. This way, students can learn tactics to avoid stress and overworking. 

Upcoming Events

Feb 7: For Ahkeem: Young Women of Color and the Juvenile Justice System 

Emerson will host a special screening of For Ahkeem, a documentary about 17-year-old Daje Shelton, a young mother and student at the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy who works to graduate while navigating communities, institutions, and systems that, instead of supporting her, appear to work against her at each turn. 

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Feb 16: Teacher/Guardian Conference

The Teacher/Guardian Conference is scheduled for Friday, 16 February from 6:15-8:00 PM. Please register by emailing main office by Wednesday, 14 February with Teacher/ Guardian Conference Request in the subject line, indicating which teachers you would like to meet.  Look for future emails for details.

Feb 19: President’s Day. School closed

"Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man's reasonable perception into feeling"
—Leo Tolstoy

december newsletter

Happening at Emerson

Guest Speakers

Last term, Emerson hosted two very friendly and engaging octogenarians: Mrs. Dolly Rasmussen spoke to Mr. Malone's 3rd period 20th Century American Culture and History class about living at Pearl Harbor and experiencing the attack on December 7th, 1941 as a child; and Mr. Paul G. Zurkowski, Esq., the person who coined the phrase Information Literacy in 1974, spoke to Mr. Kelly's 4th period Information Literacy/Critical Thinking class.

Mr. Kelly’s Music Class Café Performance

Mr. Kelly's music class gave a fall term final performance in the café during 2nd period on Thursday, 14 December 2017.


Solve a 900-year old Math Problem for a Gift from Mrs. Sunn! 

Last term, Mrs. Sunn’s Algebra II classes discussed a 900- year-old algebraic question first published in 12th century by Indian mathematician Bhaska II:

The square root of half the number of a swarm of bees is gone to a shrub of jasmine; and so are eight-ninth of the whole swarm: a female is buzzing to one remaining male that is humming within a lotus flower in which he is confined, having been allured to it by its fragrance at night. Say, lovely woman, the number of bees.

According to legend, Bhaskara consulted his beloved daughter’s horoscope and found, to his horror, that she was to remain childless and unmarried. Not prepared to bow to that fate, Bhaskara determined an auspicious moment at which her wedding should take place. To make absolutely sure the moment wouldn’t be missed, he constructed a water clock. But his daughter, by the beautiful name Lilavati, could not suppress her curiosity. When looking at the clock from close up, a pearl from her bridal dress fell into it. It blocked the hole through which the water flowed and thus the auspicious moment could never come. The wedding was off! To console Lilavati, a devistated Bhaskara promised to write a book in her name, a book that would exist forever. Luckily for her, the book was a maths book. The Lilavati is just one part of a greater work, called Crown of Treatise that covers an eclectic collection of mathematical questions. Some questions are directly addressed to Lilavati and many with a poetry our textbooks can only dream of, such as the one above.

Both Algebra 2 classes were successful in writing the equation: 


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Where x is the number of bees.

 Emerson students who are not in the Algebra II class and would like to submit a solution should please hand their work to Mrs. Sunn. A gift will be given to the first student with a correct answer.

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Upcoming Events

2017-2018 Spring Term

The first day of classes for the spring term is Thursday, 4 January 2018.

Emerson Back-to-School Night

Spend an evening meeting your student’s teachers and other Emerson caregivers at the Emerson Back-to-School Night on Thursday, 11 January 2018 from 6:30-8:00 P.M.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Emerson will be closed on Monday, 15 January 2018 for Martin Luther King, Jr, Day.

Support Emerson

Support the Emerson Annual Fund

Make Emerson Institute your Preferred Charity

Support the Emerson Family Association and the Emerson Alumni Association


 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”

 —Martin Luther King, Jr,

november newsletter

Happening at Emerson

Emerson In the City!  Columnist Isabel

11th Grader Isabel Fajaro now writes a weekly column about Emerson events for the Spotlight on Schools section in Current NewspapersCurrent has offered in-depth local coverage to DC area communities since 1967 in neighborhoods that include Chevy Chase, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and the Palisades.  Please send information about Emerson events past, present and future to Isabel at

Emerson on Local News

11th Grader Trevor Williams and 9th Grader Paule Ndjiki-Nya were on local ABC network WJLA Channel 7 about their scholarships and experience at Emerson.   The interview aired on October 20.  Emerson on ABC News

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Upcoming Events

“Emerson” Student Film Premiere & Aonzo Mandolin Trio, November 3, 2017

We invite you to an acoustic performance by the Carlo Aonzo Trio and the premiere of the student film “Emerson” on November 3, 2017 at the TMC gymnasium. 

The film is about what makes Emerson a special place and was produced by the students in Mr. Trylch’s Documentary Filmmaking class.

The Carlo Aonzo Trio returns to Emerson.  The trio performs throughout Italy and around the globe.  Their spirited jazz, blues and folk pieces complement their keen sense of humor.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

College Fair, November 5, 2017

Please register for The National Association for College Admission Counseling Greater Washington, DC National College Fair to be held from 12:30-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, 5 November 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Free registration is available with Ms. Reinhart.

After School Study & Test Prep

Sharing Study Skills

During an SAT/ACT Prep session, 10th Grader Yichen Zhang shared his experiences of SAT preparation with his classmates. Despite his heavy course load, Yichen completes a practice test every week and a good amount of reading every day.  He also discussed tips on how to navigate testing time and his methods for managing test-taking stress. Yichen’s presentation was beneficial and inspirational for his classmates. For more information about after school math support or test prep and to sign-up, click AfterSchoolMathLab   

Follow the ACLU Club on Instagram @emerson_aclu

November College Visits

2nd  11:30 Merrimack College

3:30 Washington College

3rd   3:30 American University

6th   3:30 Salisbury University

7th   11:30 Marshall University

14th 3:30 Adelphi University

16th 3:30 William Peace University

17th 11:30 Columbus College of Art and Design

Support Emerson

Support the Emerson Annual Fund with Emerson school supplies, gifts, and wear from the EmersonPrep1852Store 

“Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man's reasonable perception into feeling”
—Leo Tolstoy


october newsletter 

Before/After School Study & Test Prep

Math Lab:

  • PSAT Prep:                                     Mondays
  • Core Skills/Foundation:                  Tuesdays
  • Algebra Support:                            Wednesdays
  • SAT/ACT Prep:                              Thursdays


After School Study Skills Support (3:45-4:45 P.M Monday-Wednesday).

Individual Tutoring 3:45-4:45 P.M. Monday-Thursday).

Free, Before School Study Hall (7:45-8:30 A.M Monday).

For more information and to sign-up click this link

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Happening at Emerson

Emerson After School Clubs:

  • Anime (Blackburn):                         Mondays
  • Debate (Dotson):                             Tuesdays
  • Yearbook (von Oehsen):                  Tuesdays
  • Student Council (Malone):              Wednesdays
  • Business Club (Lee):                        Wednesdays
  • Games Club (Muehlburger):           Thursdays
  • ACLU Club (Reinhart):                  Thursdays     


Upcoming Events

The PSAT Exam for all Juniors (others are welcome to sign-up) will be given on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 9:00 A.M. Please email Ms. Reinhart ( for more information.


October 2017 College Visits

2nd   11:30       Maryland Institute College of Art (

         3:30        Hampshire College (

3rd   11:30        Syracuse University (

         3:30        Miami of Ohio (

4th   11:30        Pace University (

         3:30        State University of New York College (

5th    11:30       Southeastern University (

          3:30       Saint Joseph’s University (

          3:30       Sarah Lawrence College (

6th      3:30       St. Edward’s University (

10th  11:30       Hobart & William Smith Colleges (

          3:30       Guilford College (

12th    3:30       The New School (

13th  11:30       Stonehill College (

          3:30       Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (

16th    3:30       Birmingham-Southern University (

17th    3:30       Washington & Jefferson College (

19th  11:30       New York University (

          3:30       George Mason University (

20th    3:30       Bennington College (

23rd    3:30       Catholic University (

24th     3:30       Vanderbilt University (

25th     3:30       Goucher College (

30th    3:30       Fisk University (


Support Emerson

Support the Emerson Annual Fund with Emerson school supplies, gifts, and wear from the EmersonPrep1852Store 

“But [computers] are useless. They can only give you answers”
—Pablo Picasso 


September Newsletter

Before/After School Study & Test Prep

Math Lab begins on Monday, September 25, 2017 after school (3:45-5:00 P.M.)  ($175-$500/Term):

  • PSAT Prep:                            Mondays
  • Core Skills/Foundation:       Tuesdays
  • Algebra Support:                  Wednesdays
  • SAT/ACT Prep:                       Thursdays

Returning!  After School Study Skills Support starts Monday September 25, 2017 ($175-$500/Term; Monday-Wednesday) (3:45-4:45 P.M). 

Individual Tutoring is available ($65/Hour; Monday-Thursday) (3:45-4:45 P.M.).

Free & Before School Study Hall starts Monday September 25, 2017 in Math Classroom.  Drop in!

For more information and to sign-up email

Note: Opportunity Scholarship Funding available for a limited number of participating families.


Happening at Emerson

After School Emerson Clubs start on Monday, September 25, 2017. 

Sign-up sheet on Elevator Bulletin Board.

  • Anime (Blackburn):                         Mondays
  • Debate (Dotson):                              Tuesdays
  • Yearbook (von Oehsen):                Tuesdays
  • Student Council (Malone):            Wednesdays
  • Business Club (TBD):                   Wednesdays
  • Games Club (Muehlburger):          Thursdays
  • ACLU Club (Reinhart):                 Thursdays

 ·         Coming Attraction:  The Emerson Video is in production by the Documentary Filmmaking class and is scheduled for release in October 2017.



Upcoming Events

The PSAT Exam is for all Juniors is on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 9:00 A.M. (others are welcome to sign-up). Please email Ms. Reinhart ( for more information.

September 2017 College Visits:

19th @ 11:30 A.M. St. John’s College (

19th @ 3:30 P.M. St. Mary’s College of Maryland (

20th @ 3:30 P.M. Radford University (

25th @ 11:30 A.M. Beloit College (

26th @ 3:30 P.M. Ohio Wesleyan University (

27th @ 3:30 P.M. The George Washington University (

29th @ 3:30 P.M. Ursinus College (


"Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson