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Grade Level Deans
The Grade Level Deans work to support EHS students in utilizing resources and overcoming challenges so that they can achieve their full potential. While the advisor serves as the primary advocate for each student, the Grade Level Deans are uniquely positioned to assist with more substantial academic and behavioral issues.
Select a Grade Level below to learn more from each of the Grade Level Deans
Principal, Mr. Kim Randolph, at email@example.com or 713-512-3465
9th Grade Level Dean, Mr. Eric Lerch, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-512-3690
10th Grade Level Dean, Mrs. Meghan Moake, at email@example.com or 713-512-3461
11th Grade Level Dean, Mr. Mark Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-512-3469
12th Grade Level Dean, Mrs. Jessica Adams, at email@example.com or 713-470-5035
Assistant Grade Level Dean—11th & 12th , Ms. Shelly Edmonds, at sedmonds@EHSHouston.org or 713-512-3495
Assistant Grade Level Dean—9th & 10th:, Ms. Ashley Saunders, at asaunders@EHSHouston.org or 713-512-3661
As the year continues to fly by rapidly, it is amazing to think that just six months ago we were gathering together for Freshman Retreat. It is even harder to imagine that in just three months the freshman students will be taking final exams on the way to becoming sophomores. As we enter this critical stretch run in the academic year, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind. Because grades in yearlong courses are cumulative, this is a great opportunity for students to finish strong in their classes. Teachers are continuing to observe students and noticing individuals who are demonstrating improvement in their work habits and critical thinking. Please encourage your child to press on to the finish line. At the same time, some students are becoming increasingly fatigued as the accumulated stress of academics and extracurricular activities throughout the year gathers in the third quarter. Please continue to monitor your child’s attitude and energy level, and do not hesitate to let the Advisor or Grade Level Dean know if you see signs of concern.
Believe it or not, we are also rapidly approaching the time when students will be making plans for their courses for next year. The students have already received an email about applying for special electives in the arts such as Photojournalism, Newspaper, and Yearbook. The deadline for these applications is March 12. At the end of March, students will receive via email their initial course placements for the 2020-2021 school year. Students wishing to appeal one or more of those placements will have the opportunity to do so before April 14 using an online form. During this time, students will meet with their Advisors to complete their registration cards. Students will also receive information about open sessions with the Grade Level Deans and College Counselors for those with additional questions about their schedules. Please encourage your students to pay close attention to their email for information about this process, and feel free to contact the Advisor if there are additional questions.
The Grade Level Deans work to support EHS students in utilizing resources and overcoming challenges so that they can achieve their full potential. While the advisor serves as the primary advocate for each student, the Grade Level Deans are uniquely positioned to assist with more substantial academic and behavioral issues. During the 9th grade year in particular, we focus on providing support in the transition to both a new school environment and the rigors of high school.
As we work through the second half of the first semester, 9th grade students are experiencing new opportunities for growth after having settled into the routine of daily life at EHS. In academics, students should use their first quarter grades to assess their learning strategies and identify areas for improvement. Meeting with teachers during tutorial is one of the most effective tools that students have at their disposal for accomplishing this. Please remember that grades at EHS are cumulative, so students have the rest of the year to make changes that will raise their performance in their core classes.
In extracurricular life, early November marks the transition between the fall and winter sports seasons as well as performances and new opportunities in the arts. In addition to finding new ways to get involved, establishing a balance between academics and extracurricular commitments becomes even more critical as the schedule becomes busier. Dean Lerch and Dean Saunders are available to meet with students who would like help in any of these areas.
Looking ahead, the end of the first semester features the arrival of Review and Exam week. In December, we will have resources available for students to assist them in navigating this process at EHS for the first time. Please look for more information about this after we return from Thanksgiving Break.
With Spring Break right around the corner and student’s sophomore year coming to a close, this is a great opportunity for students to finish strong. As we enter the final stretch in the academic school year there are several things to keep in mind.Grades in yearlong courses are cumulative. The accumulated stress of academic and extracurricular activities has caused some students to become increasingly fatigued. Please continue to monitor your child’s attitude and demeanor, and do not hesitate to let the Advisor or Grade Level Dean know if you see signs of concern.
We are also approaching the time of year when students will begin planning for their courses for Junior year. Currently there are several Visual Arts Electives that require an application and instructor’s approval. The deadline for submitting applications and meeting with the instructor is March 12. Below is a list of visual arts that are offered and the accompanying perquisites that are required.
At the end of March, students will receive their initial course placements for the 2020-2021 school year. Students wishing to appeal for one or more of those placements will have the opportunity to complete an electronic form that will be sent to students with the appeal writing sample dates for English and History. At the beginning of April, students will have the opportunity to meet with their advisor to complete their course registration cards. Students will have the ability to receive information from the Grade Level Deans and College Counselors if they have additional questions about courses or their schedules. In addition, sophomore students will be taking a Practice ACT at the end of April. Please encourage your student to pay close attention to their email for information about registration, and feel free to contact your child’s advisor or GLD if there are additional questions.
Sophomores, you had a great first quarter! As you have figured out, this year is more academically challenging than freshman year. Teachers have higher expectations, there is more homework, and you have to master the material to do well on quizzes and tests. Everyone is taking Chemistry, which is one of the most difficult classes you will take in your four years at EHS. Be sure that you are staying on top of your work and utilizing tutorials! While you are focused on your academics, it is also important to get involved in some extracurricular activities. November is the transition from Fall to Winter Sports, so consider joining a new team. There are also opportunities in the arts and student clubs and organizations, so do not be afraid to try to something new! Dean Moake and Dean Saunders are here to help you balance your academics and extracurricular activities, so please reach out to us at any time.
Many of you will be getting your drivers license this year. Please note that the speed limit on campus is 10 mph. You must have a parking pass to park on campus, so make sure to see Ms. Meyers at the front desk to get your parking spot!
Thoughts for Juniors:
Mark Mitchell, Junior Class Dean
Welcome back, Class of 2021 families for the spring semester! By now, your students have probably told you about their Interim Term course presented by College Counseling. We’re moving into first major stages of the application process, and this will absolutely be a stressful time for them (and probably you, too). In the inevitable moments of terror, remind them that the application process is just that: a process. Start early. Trust College Counseling’s experience and expertise. Apply the lessons taught during Interim Term. You can do this. And as always, if there’s anything I can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask.
Thoughts for Seniors:
Jess Adams, Senior Class Dean
Back in August, graduation seemed far away, but now, as the holiday season winds down, college admissions decisions ramp up, and senior year end events are on the horizon, it probably feels all too close!
More than likely, your child has been under an exorbitant amount of stress while completing applications, studying for midterms, and managing their busy schedules. Now, however, they will have the opportunity to come up for air and enjoy the fruits of their labor. You will have a ‘Second Semester Senior’ living under your roof, so it’s important to note a few things:
- It’s perfectly normal (and okay!) for seniors to feel like they need a breather. Think of the rat race of college admissions—all of those extracurriculars, years of late nights studying, and hours spent prepping for the ACT. Your child is probably exhausted, and you’re probably exhausted too! Give them (and yourself) time and space to decompress.
- That being said, if your child comes down with a bad case of senioritis, it can do some serious harm. They still have a full course load to complete, which includes classes needed to graduate. Most colleges carefully monitor second semester grades, and they have been known to put students on academic probation and, in certain circumstances, rescind admission. Also, deviating too much from their solid work and study habits can make it difficult for students to begin on solid footing at university.
- You might notice that as you try to draw your child closer and savor these last few months together under one roof, he or she might pull further away or lash out. More than likely, your son or daughter is trying to manage their conflicting feelings about leaving the security of their home. It’s not you, it’s the time in their lives!
So how can you motivate your senior while helping them enjoy their final leg at EHS?
- Encourage them to finish strong. I promise, your words carry weight!
- Remind them about perks and privileges tied to performance, such as final exam exemptions. If a student maintains an average of 90 or higher in a yearlong class and has fewer than 8 absences, they do not have to sit for the final.
- Urge them to explore new passions. Now is a great time for them to take academic risks,such as trying a new class or approaching assignments with more creativity.
On a final note, we’re so grateful to have your child at EHS. It has been our privilege to work with them and watch them grow. Should you have any questions or need any additional support, we’re always here!
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Thoughts for Junior and Seniors
Parent Communication from Academics, Absences, and More