July 14, 2017
Dear EMHS Families,
Summer is almost over, and it is time to get into the swing of things! As always, we are looking forward to another exciting year. Below you will find important information regarding registration and the beginning of the school year. Please read this letter closely.
Registration Dates & Times: Mandatory, in-person registration will take place on Monday, August 7 for ALL students and will be held from 11:30am – 5:30pm. At least one parent/legal guardian MUST register their child(ren); students may NOT register themselves, even if they are 18 years old. Station 1 will start in Room 306 in Building 3.
Although much of the paperwork will be done online prior to registration day, families should still plan their day accordingly.
Families unable to attend registration on August 7 must contact Carol Wirth, Registrar, at extension 165 or email@example.com. She will hold an alternate registration session before school from 8:00am – 10:00am on Wednesday, August 9. Additional registration dates or times cannot be accommodated.
Registration Paperwork Online – NEW Format: EMHS is excited to partner with SchoolMint to offer families the opportunity to fill out most of the registration paperwork online. (There are still several forms that must be filled out in person on registration day.) You will receive an email the week of July 24 with information on how to access the program. The SchoolMint program allows for your information to be updated in PowerSchool electronically instead of by hand, which we have been doing for many years now! SchoolMint will combine siblings, so families will only need one account. The online registration form will be available from Wednesday, July 26 – Wednesday, August 2 at 11:59PM. Families unable to meet these dates must fill out the registration information online on registration day at EMHS. Please save yourself time on registration day by filling out the forms online in advance.
Payment Online: At the end of the SchoolMint forms, families will be directed back to the EMHS website to securely pay for fees online with a debit or credit card. This will be a multi-step process because families will have to go back into the SchoolMint account to finish the registration paperwork process. Again, please take advantage of the online payment option as it will save you time on registration day.
The process will be:
- Access your student’s SchoolMint Account.
- Fill out the required paperwork.
- At the very end, click on the payment link in SchoolMint. This will open up a new window for the EMHS website and online payment option.
- Click back over to the SchoolMint Account to finish the process – sign and submit.
Payment on Registration Day (8/7): If families choose to pay on registration day, you may do so with cash, check or debit or credit card. If paying with cash, please try to have close to the amount needed, as there is not a lot of cash available for change. Checks should be made payable to EMHS and must not be post-dated.
Please be advised: Those who pay on registration day with a check must write several checks because they are deposited into different accounts. You will need a separate check for registration fees, PAC membership dues, athletic fees, raffle tickets for the Winner’s Choice Vacation Raffle, etc. If families pay online, you may complete one transaction and avoid the writing of numerous checks.
Registration Fees: There is a $70 (one student)/$120 (two students)/$170 (three students) Registration Fee due when your child(ren) register(s). The Registration Fee offsets expenses, such as, but not limited to: parking permits, registration supplies, student handbooks, ID cards, report card mailings, and computer and printing supplies. If you are unable to pay the Registration Fee in full, please make arrangements for a payment plan with Gwen Brown, Office Manager, at extension 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recommended you do so in advance.
Technology donations of $100 will also be accepted online and at registration. We are grateful for any monetary donations families can make to help EMHS provide students with access to technology. EMHS has several computer labs and laptop carts for student use. Technology donations help pay for items such as, but not limited to: repairs, software to block inappropriate websites, printer ink and copy paper. EMHS does not limit the number of copies teachers or students make, and your donations help us make this happen! Donations are tax deductible.
Holds: Holds will be placed on a student’s registration until all fines are paid, books and/or uniforms are returned (or paid for), and Next Step Plans are on file from the previous school year. Families should take care of this prior to registration to avoid any delays. EMHS is open Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm.
Additional Information: Information will also be available regarding car pools, PowerSchool web-based access for grades and attendance, volunteer opportunities, and school clubs & activities, etc. The EMHS SPSO/The Pack will also sell school spirit items and supplies in The Den located in the Sunflower Cafe. Vista Grande Community Center will have information available regarding the after school teen program and the workout facility.
Donations Request: Every year EMHS uses a great deal of paper products – toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, and copy paper. We are requesting that families donate two (2) reams of copy paper, two (2) rolls of paper towels, and two (2) boxes of facial tissue. We are extremely grateful for your generosity and your donations will help the school continue to offer printing services to students, as well as have paper towels and tissue readily available in each classroom. If each family makes the donation, the school could save about $2,500! Please bring the donated items to your child’s Advocate on registration day or the first day of school.
Schedules: Students will receive their class schedule from their Advocate as the last part of the registration process. Families will be able to walk through the campus and find where the classes are located. If a student wishes to request a schedule change, he/she will be required to complete a Schedule Change Request Form, which will include an explanation for the change, as well as a parent’s signature. Teacher signatures will only be required after classes have started. No schedule changes will be made on Monday. Students may check PowerSchool Tuesday evening to see if their change request was made. Students may also pick up a copy of their new schedule on Wednesday morning before 1st Period. Please remember that schedule changes must be made during the first three (3) days of the term, so students have until Friday, August 11 to attempt to drop or add a course. Not all schedule change requests will be granted because they depend on space availability in classes. Families are encouraged to drop off the Schedule Change Request Form. Those with specific questions may meet with Monique Siedschlag, Principal, (freshmen & sophomores) or Amanda Millea, Assistant Principal, (juniors & seniors) to discuss the requested change.
Students Enrolled in CNM Classes on the EMHS Campus: Representatives from CNM will be in the Portable 2 Computer Labs during registration to help students register for their dual credit class(es) before school begins.
Students enrolled in ENG 1101, ENG 1102, FIN 1010, MATH 1310, MATH 1315, PHYS 1010 and PSY 1105 must register at this time. All students must have applied to CNM and have appropriate Accuplacer/ACT scores. CNM representatives will help with removing holds, myCNM password issues, and other registration questions.
All sophomores will take College Success this year, so students must apply to CNM before school starts, even if they do not have College Success until the spring. Students may apply to CNM before registration day by following the directions here. If not done in advance, sophomores must apply to CNM on registration day; students must have their Social Security Number. The application process takes about 45 minutes. Remember, it will save time on registration day if students apply to CNM in advance.
Community Service: Bird Podzemny, Student Advisor, will be available in Room 407 to help students and families with any community service or discipline related questions. She can help sophomores, juniors and seniors access x2VOL to log hours if needed. (Freshmen and transfers will receive their x2VOL accounts to log their hours once school starts.)
EMHS Golf Tournament & Gala: Trey Smith, Development Director, will be available in the Building 2 Workroom (1st door on the left) to collect donated items for the silent auction at the Gala. He is also available to answer any parent volunteer related questions.
School Calendar: The detailed 2017 – 2018 School Calendar will be available at registration. Also remember to access the EMHS website for up-to-date events under News à School Calendar.
Daily Class Schedule: The first bell rings at 8:10am and class begins promptly at 8:15am. Please arrive on time each day. The school day ends at 3:35pm. Classes are 90 minutes, passing periods are 5 minutes, Advocacy is 25 minutes and lunch is 35 minutes. Advocacy will now be held AFTER 2nd period. The Early Release Wednesday schedule includes 65 minute classes and has a dismissal time of 1:30pm. Advocacy does not meet on Wednesdays. Additionally, the daily schedule is available on the EMHS website under News à Daily Schedules.
Welcome Back Bash: The first day of classes is Wednesday, August, 9. Freshmen and new students will have an orientation in the morning. There will be an all school assembly at 10:00am in the gym. PAC will sponsor the Welcome Back Bash and provide lunch. Families are encouraged and welcome to attend! Students will then attend Advocacy and each of their four classes in the afternoon with dismissal at 3:35pm.
|Back to School Schedule – Wednesday, August 9|
|8:15 – 10:00||Freshmen & New Student Orientation Only|
|10:00 – 10:45||All-School Assembly in Gym|
|10:45 – 12:00||Welcome Back Bash BBQ Lunch on Front Lawn|
|12:05 – 12:15||Advocacy|
|12:20 – 1:05||Period 1|
|1:10 – 1:55||Period 2|
|2:00 – 2:45||Period 3|
|2:50 – 3:35||Period 4|
Summer Reading: This is a friendly reminder that ALL students have a summer reading assignment for their English class. Please be sure to have the reading completed by August 9. Information is available on the EMHS website under Students à Summer Reading.
School Supplies List: A list of supplies needed for various classes is available on the EMHS website under Academics à School Supplies to help students and families purchase school supplies. This is not an inclusive list and families may need to purchase supplies after the first day of classes.
Carpooling: Carpooling information is available on the EMHS website under Students à Carpooling. Families may enter the days and times a carpool is needed and the carpool coordinator will help connect you with other families in your area.
Lockers: Lockers will be available on registration day on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must identify the locker they’re interested in and then see Jennifer Bennecke, Receptionist, in the Main Office to verify it is available. She will record the locker number and lock combination. It is a good idea to bring a lock with you to registration. Do NOT put a lock on a locker until you’ve seen Mrs. Bennecke.
Parking Permits: There is no cost for a parking permit. However, a 2017-2018 EMHS Parking Permit is required for all students who wish to park on the EMHS Campus or at the Vista Grande Soccer Field. Parking permits will NOT be available at registration. Students will be able to get their permit during the first two weeks of the school year. Students must provide the following required documents: (1) Copy of valid driver’s license, (2) Copy of current proof of vehicle registration, and (3) Copy of current proof of insurance. Current proof of registration and insurance must be provided for each vehicle a student may drive.
Dual Credit at CNM, ENMU or UNM: Students earn high school elective credit and college credit through courses taken as dual credit. All classes are FREE and EMHS will reimburse families for the cost of the textbook; families must pay for any additional course fees. Please contact Amanda Millea for more information. Registration is currently underway. Classes fill up quickly, so now is the best time to register.
- Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll at CNM. Fall classes start on Monday, August 28 and the last day to register for full-term classes is Sunday, August 27. There are also several short-term classes that start in September or October.
- Junior and seniors are eligible to enroll online at ENMU. Fall classes begin on Tuesday, August 22 and the last day to register is Tuesday, August 29. The enrollment application takes several days to process, so please be aware of this.
- Juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll at UNM. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 21 and the last day to register is Friday, September 1. The enrollment application takes several weeks to process, so please prepare early for dual credit classes at UNM.
Questions?: If you have any questions or are in need of further information, please contact Amanda Millea, Assistant Principal, at email@example.com.
Enjoy the rest of the summer; we’ll see you soon!