July 23, 2019

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 Friday, August 9 for ALL students andwill be held from 10:00AM – 5:15PM. 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 9 must contact Carol Wirth, Registrar, at cwirth@eastmountainhigh.net. She will hold an alternate registration session before school from 8:00AM – 10:00AM on Monday, August 12. Additional registration dates or times cannot be accommodated.

Registration Paperwork Online: EMHS partners with SchoolMint to offer families the opportunity to fill out most of the registration paperwork online. There are still several forms that require a physical signature and must be filled out in person on registration day on August 9. You will receive an email on July 29 with information on how to access the online program. SchoolMint will combine siblings, so families will only need one account. The program allows for your information to be updated in PowerSchool electronically instead of by hand. The online registration forms will be available from Monday, July 29 at 8AM – Monday, August 5 at 11:59PM. Families unable to meet these dates must fill out the registration information online on registration day at EMHS. Please save yourself a lot of time on registration day by filling out the forms online in advance.

Payment Online: Before starting the SchoolMint process, families will be asked to first access 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 also go into the SchoolMint account to complete the registration paperwork process. Please take advantage of the online payment option as it will save you a lot of time on registration day. The online payment link will also be available from Monday, July 29 – Monday, August 5.

           Please use the following process:

  1. Access the EMHS website at www.eastmountainhigh.net to pay the required Registration Fee and other fees (i.e. athletic, PACK membership, technology donations, etc.). You must do this even if you plan to pay the fees on Registration Day instead of online. You will select “None/Pay at registration”. We will be keeping track of those who pay prior to August 5 and those who must pay at registration.
  2. Access your student’s SchoolMint Account. (Login information will be provided in an email on July 29. Be sure you check your spam folder, as well as all email accounts associated with the parent(s)/guardian(s) prior to contacting the school.)
  3. Fill out the required forms online and submit.

Payment on Registration Day (8/9): If families choose to pay on registration day, EMHS accepts 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, PACK membership dues, athletic fees, raffle tickets for the Winner’s Choice Vacation Raffle, etc. If families pay online, one transaction may be completed, thus avoiding 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). There is a mandatory Senior Fee of $25 that must be paid online or at registration. 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 gbrown@eastmountainhigh.net. It is recommended you do so in advance. The Senior Fee offsets expenses such as, but not limited to: senior t-shirts, senior week activities and the senior BBQ.

Technology donations are appreciated and 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, mice, power cords, 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.

HoldsHolds 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. A hold on your child’s account will prevent him/her from registering for the 2019-2020 school year until it is cleared with the appropriate department.

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 PACK will also sell school spirit items and supplies.

Donations Request: We are grateful for any donations that families are able to make. Donations can be made to fulfill volunteer hours at the rate of $10.00 per hour. Items that are particularly useful include: facial tissue, paper towels, copy paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.  

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 are not required. No schedule changes will be made on Friday. Students may check PowerSchool Sunday evening (7/11) to see if their change request was made. Students may also pick up a copy of their new schedule on Monday morning after the assembly. Please remember that schedule changes must be made during the first three (3) days of the term, so students have until Wednesday, August 14 to attempt to drop or add a course. Not all schedule change requests will be granted because they depend on space availability and balancing of classes. Families are encouraged to drop off the Schedule Change Request Form. Those with specific questions may meet with Tamara Bibo, College & Career Readiness Counselor, (freshmen & sophomores) or Amanda Millea, Assistant Principal, (juniors & seniors) to discuss the requested change.

New Course Offering: We are excited to announce the addition of a MESA class. Please contact Amanda Millea if you are interested in adding MESA to your course requests.

  • MESA incorporates real-world math activities into a variety of practical scientific situations by using experimental skills and processes to reach solutions. Students are challenged to discover hidden principles of math, science, engineering, and technology and apply these principles through the use of critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making by using theoretical frameworks and by developing prototypes and working models. MESA is also a student club at EMHS, but students are not required to join the club in order to take the class.

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. However, they will only be available from 1PM – 4PM. If you must register outside of those times, students must register for their CNM course(s) on their own.

Students enrolled this fall in FYEX 1110 First-year Seminar (formerly CSE 1101 College Success), ENGL 1110 Composition I (formerly ENG 1101 College English), ENGL 1120 Composition II (formerly ENG 1102 Analytical English), FIN 1010 Fin Literacy Compl (formerly FIN 1010 Financial Literacy), MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra (formerly MATH 1310 Intermediate Algebra), MATH 1220 College Algebra (formerly MATH 1315 College Algebra) and/or PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology (formerly PSY 1105 Introduction to Psychology) must register at this time. All students must have applied to CNM and have appropriate Accuplacer/ACT/SAT 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. 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. Please contact Tamara Bibo at tbibo@eastmountainhigh.net for assistance with the CNM application process. Additionally, students must take the Accuplacer before enrolling. We are giving the Accupalcer at EMHS. Also, students must remember to complete the CNM Online Orientation.

Support for Logins, Community Service, EMHS Gala, Parent Volunteers: Bird Podzemny, Student Advisor, and Adelynn Nee, Development Director, will be available in Room 200 to assist parents and students with various matters.

  • Students may receive help with: accessing PowerSchool to check grades and attendance, logging into Naviance for college & career explorations, and logging into x2VOL to record community service hours. (Freshmen and transfers will receive their x2VOL accounts to log their community service hours once school starts.)
  • Parents may drop off donated items for the silent auction at the Gala.
  • Parents may receive help with: creating their PowerSchool account to check their student’s grades and attendance, setting up their account to log their volunteer hours, and logging into the SchoolMessenger app for teacher/parent communication.

Nurse’s Office/Health Concerns: EMHS contracts with New Mexico Nursing Services. A representative will be available during Registration from 10AM – 4PM to clear nursing holds and meet with parent(s)/guardian(s) regarding the health of their student.

School Calendar: The detailed 2019 – 2020 School Calendar will be available at registration. Also remember to access the EMHS website for up-to-date events under News à Events/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 is 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 Students à Daily Schedules.

Welcome Back Bash: The first day of classes is Monday, August, 12. Freshmen and new students will have an orientation in the morning. There will be an all school assembly at 10:00AM in the gym. The PACK 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 3:35 .

Back to School Schedule – Monday, August 12
 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 12. 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. Although student schedules are not available until registration day (and the school supplies list is by teacher), students should get general supplies (binder, notebooks, dividers, paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, composition books, etc.) and then fill in with teacher specific supplies after they receive their schedules.

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 will form a line in Building 1 and will be assigned a locker. Students must bring a combination lock on registration day in order to be assigned a locker. We will record the locker number and lock combination.

Parking Permits: There is no cost for a parking permit. However, a 2019-2020 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 Mrs. 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 Tuesday, September 3 and the last day to register for full-term classes is Monday, September 2. There are also several short-term classes that start in late September or early October. 
  • Junior and seniors are eligible to enroll online at ENMU. Fall classes begin on Tuesday, August 20 and the last day to register is Tuesday, August 27. The enrollment application must go through Mrs. Millea and it takes several days for ENMU to process.
  • Juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll at UNM. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 19 and the last day to register is Friday, August 30. The enrollment application must go through Mrs. Millea and it takes several weeks for UNM 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 amillea@eastmountainhigh.net.

Enjoy the rest of the summer; we’ll see you soon!