Posted July 5, 2014
After an extensive regional search, the East Mountain High School Governing Council is happy to announce that Monique Siedschlag has been selected as the new Principal of East Mountain High School. Siedschlag, most recently Principal of Thoreau High School in Thoreau, New Mexico, has spent twenty-two years in secondary education. Under her leadership, Thoreau High School was recently named in US News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the Nation (Bronze Medal). At Thoreau, Siedschlag used innovative, leading-edge educational solutions to forward academic objectives, including partnerships with universities, online programs, and voluntary “boot camps” for students who wanted to improve their academic performance and understanding.
Posted June 23, 2014
The East Mountain High School Speech and Debate team recently returned from its sixth National Speech and Debate Tournament. Held in Overland Park, Kansas between June 15 and June 20, 2014, the National Speech and Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world, bringing together over 4,000 competitors from nearly 1,200 schools. Representing New Mexico and East Mountain High School at the tournament were seniors Hallie Brown, Phoebe Cummins, Jessi Green, PJ Nyland, Katlin Riley and junior Quinter Nyland. PJ Nyland qualified to the final round of Congressional Debate, placing in the top 15 out of more than 400 students in the event. Jessi Green was awarded the prestigious Four Year Qualifier Award. Out of the 4,000 students in attendance, only 35 students were recognized for having qualified to the tournament all four years of high school.
Posted June 20, 2014
In January, 2013, EMHS was contacted by the New Mexico Public Education Department to be considered for a program called NM Best. It is part of a Federal grant for which New Mexico was chosen to highlight best educational practices throughout the state. Schools with “A” grades or improvement in report card grades were interviewed. A couple of months ago, we were chosen as one of only four schools to be on the New Mexico website as an NMBEST school.