Dear EHS Parents:
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! If the enthusiasm, flexibility, and collegiality shown by our faculty and students prior to opening day is an indicator of the entire school year, we should have a banner year. One quality of EHS that we will emphasize this year is community and inclusion and how important it is for all of us to build strong, meaningful relationships -- students, faculty, and parents alike. It binds us together with a common understanding and purpose. And though we may spend days physically distanced with virtual learning, we are always bound by our School Mission to create a joyful and inclusive Christian community.
In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it presents, this year will be exciting and rewarding for all of the EHS community. To ensure smooth sailing, please take note of the information below. As always, your assistance and reinforcement are greatly appreciated.
Due to the health pandemic, there will likely be updates to on-campus hours and extracurricular schedule changes. We will continue to send notifications to parents should there be any urgent changes. And please refer to our Coronavirus Quicklink page here, should you wish to review guidelines for virtual learning, physical distancing on campus, etc.
Teacher Comments – Parent Communication
Beginning in the fall of 2018, we adopted an open gradebook, that for the first time allowed students and parents to track grades as they were entered. While it took a brief time for all constituents to get used to the new system, most found it easy to navigate to measure student progress. If you are new to our community and need help with the gradebook, please contact your student's Grade Level Dean. In addition to minor visual enhancements to the online gradebook, we have asked all of your student's teachers to prepare written comments midway through the fall semester. It is our intent to provide meaningful feedback to students, their parents, and others who are involved in your student's academic success, like his/her advisor, so that learning deficiencies can be identified, and potential solutions and support are established. Parents who are accustomed to receiving regular mid-quarter reports will no longer receive these accounts. However, as has been our custom, we will continue to send academic progress reports to parents when a student's grade drops to a C- or below or a student's performance reflects broad fluctuations. Along with our online gradebook, we are excited about providing additional information that will enhance the opportunities for academic success.
EHS is generous regarding the number of holidays scheduled each year. Regardless of what your student may tell you, our teachers DO prepare work for the days before and after a holiday! Preparing make-up work for students who miss class by taking additional days off for a holiday places an unreasonable burden on our staff. Accordingly, please avoid taking your child out of school before three-day weekends, school holidays, Homecoming, and Prom. Any such absences should be discussed with your student's Grade Level Dean for approval at least 48 hours prior to the absence. Since our school day on Friday normally ends at 3:15 p.m., please avoid taking your student out of school early on Fridays.
In addition, over the last few years, we have had a rash of students miss school to attend music festivals or pro sports championships. Such absences may have a bearing on final exam exemptions if your student is a senior. Since our students already miss several days of school in the fall for various school activities, please work with us to maximize the time your student is in the classroom.
Uniform Policy Change
Please note that that all girls wearing skirts must wear shorts underneath.
This year we will establish physical distancing rules and room capacity limits for all locker rooms. Signage will be posted throughout the Hildebrand Athletic Center. Please have students contact their coaches with any concerns.
Although rare, we have had situations in which valuables have been lost in the athletic locker rooms. In almost every incidence, the loss was due to an unlocked locker or leaving belongings unattended on a bench. Please remind your student(s) that while we are a trusting community, and definitely want to think the best of everyone, there may be a few who will take advantage of this trust. Therefore, we ask that all students who use the locker room, stow away their possessions in a locked locker.
Student/Parent Handbook and Directory
When in-person classes begin, each family will be receiving a 2020-2021 Student Handbook containing the answers to most general questions, ranging from our daily schedule, the Honor Code, the Code of Conduct, our attendance procedures, to our acceptable use policy for computers. Please review this Handbook with your student(s) and return the signed page by September 11.
We look forward to a great year!
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