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Episcopal High School

Welcome to our online Parent Packet!

Here you will find important information about the EHS back-to-school season. Be sure to click the button below to fill out two simple forms regarding donations, ticket sales, event sponsorships, class fundraisers, yearbook ads, and more. We look forward to a wonderful 2016-2017 school year!

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Medical Forms

Health and immunization forms are due by August 6, 2016, or before the first day of fall sports practice, whichever comes first. Please log on to Magnus Health Student Records Management to update all information. If you have any questions, contact School Nurse Jane Kavanagh.

Textbooks

Textbooks for the 2016-2017 school year may be purchased online through MBS Direct beginning July 18, 2016. Shipping is free the week of July 18. After the first week, ground shipping will be charged at a flat rate of $5.99.

We recommend MBS Direct’s Fast Pass Ordering, which will bring up every required book for each course in which your student is enrolled. With each selection you may choose new or used books. Your order will be packed within one business day and shipped via UPS to your home.

If you need to return books for any reason, you may do so within two weeks from the first day of school. Any books returned must be in the exact condition as when purchased.

The required summer reading is also available for purchase through MBS Direct and may be found under Summer Programs. Summer reading books are also available in the Campus Store.

If you have any questions, contact Campus Store Manager Donna Gongora.

Uniforms

Please review the Student Handbook for the approved school dress code. To view and download the 2015-2016 Handbook, click here. The 2016-2017 Handbook will be available in early August.

EHS uniforms may be purchased from Lands’ End, Mills Uniform Company, and Parker Uniforms. For details on ordering, click here.

Student Accounts

The balance due on charges on student accounts will be paid by ACH debit from your bank account on the 15th of each month.

Be aware that the September 1st billing statement will include the Laptop Protection Plan fee, membership dues for the Parents Association and Dads Club, any August purchases at the EHS Campus Store, and any charges you elected to on the Purchases and Donations form.

Please review your statement by logging in to My BackPack via Parent Central and contact Barbara Barnes in the Business Office about disputed charges. On the 15th, confirm with your bank that the ACH was processed correctly.

Parent Education and Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Dean of Spiritual Life Phil Kochenburger and Chaplain Beth Holden are always available to meet with students and their families. Whether in response to personal crisis or everyday issues, the Chaplains offer pastoral care to anyone in the EHS community. Feel free to contact the Chaplains directly with any concerns.


Counseling

School Psychologist Beth Fowler is available to see students, parents, and staff for consultation and brief counseling. This service is provided free for members of the EHS community.

On occasion, EHS will recommend that a student see Dr. Fowler. If you do not want your child to be seen by Dr. Fowler or you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact her.


Choices Program

The Choices program aims to reduce high-risk behaviors through comprehensive education and counseling. A goal of the program is to create a school culture in which peers, parents, faculty, and staff hold students accountable and provide safety and support for students who have questions or concerns.

The program is a partnership between Episcopal High School and the Council on Recovery. If you have any questions about the Choices program, contact Choices Counselor Samantha Scharff.


Parent Education

It is essential for our parent body to be in dialogue with the leaders of EHS's pastoral care and counseling efforts about important topics in the lives of our students. The team will present monthly on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, body image, healthy relationships, and stress, anxiety, and coping skills.

Parent Education Forums will be held each month, beginning in September. All parents are expected to participate in the parent education program as their schedules permit. Look for announcements in our weekly Windows eNewsletter.

Technology Program

One-to-One Notebook Program

The Technology Department purchases laptops, loads software, configures network settings, and delivers freshman computers at the beginning of the school year. This includes initial training on the MacBook Pro, school email, website, and Student Central. Both Mac and Windows software is provided.

Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the computer at home and emphasize that the computer is a tool for schoolwork. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Director of Technology David Lankford.


Help Desk

Students can request technical support to help them use their new computers effectively. The Technology Department provides loaner computers as needed and assists students in replacing lost or stolen computers.


Parent Central

Log in to the parent portal by selecting Parent Central under EHS Central on the home page main menu.

If you have questions about your login, contact Registrar Tom Wright.

Communication Tools and Terms

Windows eNewsletter

Check your email at the first of each week for the current issue of Windows, Episcopal High School’s parent eNewsletter. Each issue features "Gentle Reminders," news, annual giving information, and student achievements.


Parent Central

This customized portal provides parents with announcements, forms, and event information. My BackPack is accessible via Parent Central.


My BackPack

My BackPack gives parents convenient and private access to their child’s schedule, attendance information, and term grades over a secure, password-protected Internet connection. Invoices are posted in My BackPack on the 15th of every month.


Emergency Text Messaging

Parents will be asked to sign up via text message at the beginning of the school year. Notifications will be made via the SchoolMessenger communication system. Emergency announcements will also be posted on the School’s website and via local television stations.


Pillars Magazine

Pillars is the School’s award-winning four-color magazine published twice each year that highlights news and features about students, faculty, and alumni.


The Knight Times

This student newspaper is published 10 times each year in print and online. Each family receives a complimentary print edition in the mail.


The Hexagon

The Hexagon is the School’s annual yearbook. For more information, click here. If you would like to purchase an ad, be sure to submit your request via the Parent Packet online form.


Light & Shadow

This annual literary and arts publication is produced by the Creative Writing classes and features outstanding prose and visual art created by our students and faculty.


KEHS

Students produce original broadcasts of news and sports throughout the year.

EHS Lingo

Advisory

At EHS, all new freshmen and transfer students are placed in a grade-level advisory group. This group is an opportunity for students to form close, familial relationships with other classmates.

Each advisory group is led by an advisor, who will serve as a mentor and role model for the students over the course of their time at EHS. Advisors are responsible for maintaining an open line of communication with parents, supervising activities related to students’ four-year plans and semester schedules, and assisting in the supervision of a class during Chapel.

To learn more about Episcopal High School’s advisory program, click here.


Tutorial

Tutorial is a daily period that provides students extra time for AP courses, art courses, computer assistance, meetings with advisors and teachers, or pep rallies.


Chapel

Chapel is an integral part of every student’s life at Episcopal High School. All students attend daily Chapel services, which are coordinated by the Chaplains. As an Episcopal institution, EHS recognizes that its students represent many religious faiths, and we respect such diversity.


Break

This daily 15-minute break time occurs after Chapel, where the students, faculty, and staff can socialize and enjoy a snack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be an orientation for new families?

Yes, we have a very thorough orientation program for all of our new students and their parents.

New Family Orientation will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on August 23, 2016, in Underwood Theatre. All freshmen, transfer students, and parents should plan to attend this orientation session to get information and answers to key questions about EHS. Students must wear their school uniform. Refreshments will be served.

Does the School provide extra academic support?

EHS has a wealth of programs, services, and, most importantly, people who are focused on every student's success.

Tutorial is a block of time offered daily for all Episcopal students. During Tutorial, teachers are available to meet with students to provide additional support for their class.

The Academic Assistance Program (AAP) provides support for students who need help with academic skills. From general difficulty with motivation or organization, to specifically diagnosed learning disabilities, AAP can step in to help students get back on track through skill training, mentoring, and/or arranging for special accommodations in the classroom. For more information, contact Director of the Academic Assistance Program Jennifer Cantrell.

How do I get involved as a parent?

The Parents Association and Dads Club are organizations established for all parents get involved in the EHS community. These popular parent organizations hold meetings throughout the year and ensure our parents’ partnership in providing the best academic environment and spirited community for our students.

If you are interested in serving the School as a parent volunteer, contact Dean of Parent Programs John Colello, or click here to see a list of our current volunteer opportunities. Please indicate your interest by August 8, 2016.

What is the School's photo release policy?

EHS and its representatives occasionally take photographs and videotapes for the School's use in print, video, and social media. This statement serves as a public notice of Episcopal High School’s intent to do so. If you object to the use of your or your student’s image in photograph or video, you have the right to withhold its release by contacting Director of Communications Claire Fletcher.

Important Back-to-School Dates

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