East Mountain High School

Student Guidance Center

September 2018

Dear EMHS Seniors and Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! This letter contains very important information regarding graduation and several events leading up to the special occasion. Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 12th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

To make the ceremony more personable and give an opportunity for students to share their best, we are asking parents and seniors to work together to complete several items, including: Baby & Senior Pictures, Individual Quote, Senior Statement/Blurb” and Graduation Program Template. As your student walks across the stage at the graduation ceremony, the senior statement/“blurb” will be read aloud and his/her baby picture, senior picture, and favorite quote will appear on a large screen. As you work on these items with your senior, please understand the EMHS Administration has the final approval for all pictures, blurbs, quotes and items highlighted in the program.

BABY & SENIOR PICTURES: Please help your senior by selecting a baby picture. If your student would like to use the senior picture that he/she chose for the yearbook, you do NOT need to submit a senior picture. However, if you would like to use a different senior picture, you must give the new picture to Mrs. McKnight in the Student Guidance Center. Pictures may be from any photographer. It would be greatly appreciated if the baby and senior pictures are digital, but a hard copy is fine. We will scan the picture and return it to your student. Digital pictures should be e-mailed to Mrs. McKnight at dmcknight@eastmountainhigh.net. We are asking for pictures far in advance as it will take us some time to coordinate the efforts to make this a memorable and special event for your senior and family. In addition, the yearbook is planning a senior baby picture section, so we are coordinating our efforts with baby picture collection. Please submit pictures to Mrs. McKnight no later than Friday, November 30th.

QUOTE: The individual quote should represent the senior and be from a “famous person” and not something a friend or family member says. The quote is also an assignment in all senior English classes. Students must enter the final draft of the quote with author in Naviance by Friday, February 1st.

PROGRAM TEMPLATE: Mrs. Millea shared a copy of the Graduation Program template with students as a Google Doc last spring and is asking students to enter their information directly into the document. She will then create the final program based on the information students provided. Mrs. Millea will enter information for each student regarding the Timberwolf Diploma of Excellence and Dean’s List. Students and parents should work together to fill out the Accomplishments/Awards, Activities, Athletics, Scholarships and Post-secondary Plans sections. Mrs. Millea emailed students a copy of the Class of 2017 program so you can get ideas and see how things are formatted. Please ask your senior to share these documents with you. The deadline for the Program information is Monday, April 1st.The Scholarships and Post-Secondary Plans sections may be updated in late April/early May 2019.

SENIOR STATEMENT aka “BLURB”: The “blurb” is the statement read aloud as your senior walks across the stage to receive his/her diploma at the graduation ceremony. The statement should be no more than four sentences long and may include a special thanks or post-secondary plans or goals. Copies of blurbs from years past are available in the Student Guidance Center if a student needs ideas. Students must enter the final draft of their blurb in Naviance by Monday, April 15th. We will start to work on this in October, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about it now.

CAP & GOWNS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and OTHER SENIOR GOODIES: EMHS contracts with Campus Specialties for the cap & gown and announcements. Seniors received an order form during the College Workshop on September 12th. Additional order forms are available in Mrs. Millea’s office. Students are expected to purchase a navy blue cap & gown or borrow one from a friend or family member. Our representative returned on September 17th to take orders. Families must order directly at Campus Specialties if they missed the 9/17 visit. Campus Specialties is located at 1529 Eubank NE, Suite B in Albuquerque. Their phone number is 275-9357.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Each year, students are expected to complete 20 hours of community service, for a total of 80 hours by the end of a student’s senior year. This is a graduation requirement in our charter. Therefore, any student who does not have his/her required community service hours recorded will NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Podzemny at bpodzemny@eastmountainhigh.net as soon as possible to check on recorded hours or obtain community service ideas. All community service hours must be entered in the student’s x2VOL account which is accessible through Naviance.

SENIOR EXHIBITION PRESENTATIONS: Senior Exhibition Presentations will be held on Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th. Seniors will sign up for a presentation day and time through their Senior English class. More information regarding presentation times will be available in the spring from Ms. Kuehne and Mrs. Wood.

SENIOR FINAL EXAMS: Senior Final Exams will be held on Wednesday, May 1st. This will be the last day of school for seniors! The AP US Government Exam is on Monday, May 6th and the AP Calculus AB Exam is on Tuesday, May 14th, so several seniors will need to return to EMHS to take the AP Exam(s).

SENIOR FUN WEEK: As a senior tradition, The PACK sponsors a Senior Fun Week. It will be held from May 1st to May 10th. In past years, seniors have gone bowling, to a movie, to an Isotopes game and on a hike. The lock in was held last year at an indoor trampoline park. This year’s lock in is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st. Seniors will also receive a senior t-shirt. Please be sure you’ve paid your $25 senior fee.

GRADUATION REHEARSAL, BBQ & FUN DAY: Graduation Rehearsal is required for all seniors intending on participating in the ceremony. The rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00AM in the Fisher & Smith Memorial Gymnasium. A senior picture will also be taken by Full Contact Sports Photography. The PACK will sponsor a BBQ and Fun Day activities for seniors.

SENIOR AWARDS & COLLEGE SIGNING NIGHT: The Senior Awards & College Signing Night will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00PM in the Fisher & Smith Memorial Gymnasium. Departments will award the 2019 Departmental Awards for Outstanding Achievement and students will receive their Dean’s List honors from senior year. Seniors will also announce their post-secondary plans and sign the college posters to be displayed in the Student Guidance Center.

CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATION CEREMONY: The EMHS Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 12th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center. There is no limit to the number of guests a senior may invite. Parking is available at the Civic Plaza Garage on Marquette & 3rd St. at $6 per vehicle. Entrance to the Convention Center is on 3rd St.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education throughout their years at EMHS. Please contact us if you have questions or require further information. We are looking forward to another special and memorable ceremony!



Monique Siedschlag, Principal                Amanda Forkasdi Millea, Assistant Principal