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Episcopal High School

New Family Information

Congratulations on your admission to
Episcopal High School, home of the Knights!

Our 2017-2018 New Family Web Page is your source for information that will ease your transition to EHS. By following the links on this page, you’ll discover the basics of our dress code, summer reading assignments, and much more.

Fast Facts for New Families:

FRESHMAN RETREAT: Save the date! This overnight retreat takes place at Camp Allen on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21.

FRESHMAN DROP-OFF: Turn off of Fournace Avenue at the entrance nearest the 610 feeder road (Gate 5). Once inside the campus grounds, take an immediate right, and go straight until the parking lot turns to the left. Proceed south toward the parking garage and make a U-turn at the flag pole near Gate 6. Please line up along the arched curb that runs parallel to the Jack T. Trotter Academic & Sciences Building.

DRESS CODE and UNIFORM PURCHASING OPTIONS: Please review the Student Handbook for the approved school dress code. You can view and download the 2016-2017 Handbook here. The 2017-2018 Handbook will be available early August. Uniforms can be ordered from Land's End, Mills Uniform Company, and Parker Uniforms. Details on ordering are available here.

FOOD PLAN and STUDENT CAFETERIA: Lunches and snacks are served every day and are included in your food service fee. The plan provides snacks after Chapel and daily lunch offerings that include a salad bar, a baked potato or pasta bar, a sandwich bar, hamburgers and French fries, and a hot lunch. A punch card that may be used for breakfast (served 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.) and for cookies (also served in the cafeteria during break) can be purchased in the School Store. Students can purchase snacks and drinks in the School Store and they may charge these items to their accounts.

HONORS CHAPEL: Held each semester in the Benitez Chapel to recognize students' academic honors and other special achievements. The dates are included on the website calendar and
in the Parent Packet calendar that will be distributed in July.

ANNUAL EHS AUCTION: Annual fundraising event for parents and EHS friends. Auction 2018 is scheduled for February 23, 2018. We encourage you to attend, and get involved as a volunteer. There are many ways to participate! Check the Parent Packet that will be distributed in July for important information. The Auction kick-off luncheon will be in early September where you will hear all about the Auction happenings and have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer.

INDIVIDUAL CLASS FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Each class has its own annual project to raise money for senior-year graduation events and the senior class gift to the School.

  • Freshman Class—Poinsettia Sale and Concession stands at home games
  • Sophomore Class—Fall Homecoming Dance
  • Junior Class—Garage Sale
  • Senior Class—Senior Style Show

CALENDAR: Appears in the Weekly Windows online newsletter, which is emailed to EHS families every Monday morning. You can view the current School Calendar here.

SCHOOL BUILDINGS: Usually open until at least 7:00 p.m. daily.

SCHOOL SWITCHBOARD: Open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ABSENCES AND TARDIES: Must be called in to the Attendance Desk (713-512-3407) by 8:00 a.m. If your child knows he/she will miss more than one day of school (including a partial second day), he/she should pick up a Planned Absence Form from the Attendance Desk/Secretary. If your student is to be out of school for more than one day it is his/her responsibility to fill out a Planned Absence Form at least two days prior to the absence. Failure to turn this form in on time will result in a detention upon return.

TUTORIALS: Held for 45 minutes following the last class each day except Wednesday. Your student’s teachers will be available to answer questions and provide additional assistance during this time. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of this valuable EHS benefit.

EHS INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE: Wonderful experiences await you at EHS: Field Knight, Culture Fest, Homecoming, choir and instrumental concerts, theatre performances, dance concerts, sporting events, and much more. Check our calendar and mark the dates of events you plan to attend. You do not need to have a student in the choir, dance, or theatre programs to enjoy their performances. Many parents attend all events!

EHS Grandparents Census Form:

EHS GRANDPARENTS CENSUS FORM: Complete the Grandparents information form online at www.ehshouston.org/Grandparents. Grandparents are invited to several events on campus including Grandparents Day on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Summer Reading Lists:

English Department
Summer Reading 2017

Students enrolled in regular courses will read:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Students enrolled in honors courses will read:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

All required summer reading books will be available for sale in the EHS Campus Store starting in early May.

Required and level-choice selections are available at EHS MBS site starting in early June.

EHS Campus Store:

EHS Campus Store

Campus Store Hours:
School Days 7:30 – 4:00
Summer Hours 9:00 – 11:30, 12:15-3:00
Closed for Inventory June 19- June 30

Campus Store Phone:
713-512-3441

Available in the Campus Store:

  • Summer Reading (beginning 2nd week of May)
  • All School Supplies
  • Used Uniforms
  • PE Clothes
  • Spirit Clothing (including tees, sweatshirts, jackets, caps, socks, belts, etc.)
  • Spirit Incidentals (water bottles, duffel bags, stadium seats, blankets, etc.)
  • Window Decals
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Under Armour Spirit wear

Textbooks will be available online beginning in July. Go to www.ehshouston.org, choose Campus Life then Campus Store, then click on the “Virtual Store” link. This will take you to the EHS bookstore on the MBS Direct site. The student schedules will already be in their system so that you can just choose “Fast Pass” to ensure that the only books the site offers you will be those that coordinate with your schedule.

  • The virtual bookstore opens July 17, with free shipping the week of July 17 – 23

New student IDs will be in our computer system beginning July 1 at which time charges will be allowed. Any purchases made prior to that time will require either a cash, check, or credit card. Thank you for your patronage!

Important Dates:

Important Dates

March 30: Knight Celebration- 7 p.m. start in
Benitez Chapel

April 8*: Placement Testing- Science, Math, and World Language 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (*make-up testing April 11 and April 13)

May 1- May 5: New Student Class Registration-instructions will be emailed April 27

May 11: New Student Picnic

June 5-July 14: Summer School- instructions for new students will be emailed April 27

August 14-16*: New student laptop distribution and training. Instructions to register will be mailed to each household in June. Students must wear their school uniform. (*make-up day August 21)

August 20-21: Freshman Retreat at Camp Allen

August 22: New Student and Parent Orientation

August 23: First Day of School

Arts Pillar Dates:

April 8: Dance Placement Auditions
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the dance studio

Announcements about auditions will be made in advance of each performance.

For more information please view Arts Calendar

Athletic Pillar Dates:

April 3-4: Cheerleading Clinic
April 10: Cheerleading Try Outs

Summer Sports Camps
2017 Episcopal Summer Camps
>Register online at
www.ehshouston.org/camps

Be on the lookout for posting of team schedules.

Students wishing to participate must have a current physical exam.

For more information, please view Athletics Calendar

Key Contacts:

Dean of Students: Kim Randolph / 713-512-3465

Academic Dean (11th and 12th Grade): Mary Newton / 713-512-3412

Assistant Academic Dean (9th and 10th Grade): Eric Lerch / 713-512-3690

Director of Academic Assistance: Jenny Cantrell / 713-512-3677

Dean of Arts: Jay Berckley / 713-512-3410

Director of Athletics: Jason Grove / 713-512-3457

Director of College Counseling: Julie Rollins / 713-512-3451

Registrar: Course registration and offerings/ Tom Wright / 713-512-3411

Dean of Spiritual Life: Rev. Phil Kochenburger / 713-512-3409

Dean of Parent Programs and School Legacy: John Colello / 713-512-3437

Attendance: Anne Riley / 713-512-3407

School Nurse: Jane Kavanagh / 713-512-3403

We will update this site regularly as the school year approaches, so check back often.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 713-512-3444 with any questions you may have.

Go Knights!