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 2020-2021 school year!
- Medical Forms
- Student Accounts
- Parent Education and Pastoral Care
- Parents Association and Dads Club
- Giving at EHS
- Technology Program
- Communication Tools and Terms
- EHS Lingo
Textbooks for the 2020-2021 school year may be purchased online through MBS Direct beginning July 13, 2020. You will receive an email containing detailed instructions from MBS either on that date or just prior to that date. Note that shipping is free the week of July 13. After the first week, ground shipping will be charged at a flat rate of $5.99.
We recommend MBS Direct’s Fast Pass Ordering using your Student ID number, which will bring up all required books 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. Students should not write in them until they are certain they will stay in the class.
The required summer reading is available for purchase now through MBS Direct, and may be found under Summer School 2020. Choose English, then the course in which you will be enrolled for 2020-2021.
Please review the Student Handbook for the approved school dress code. To view and download the 2019-2020 Handbook, click here. The 2020-2021 Handbook will be available online in August. Hard copies will be distributed to each family in Advisory.
EHS uniforms may be purchased from Lands’ End and Mills Uniform Company. For details on ordering, click here.
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, and any August student account purchases at the EHS Campus Store.
Please review your statement by logging in to My BackPack via Parent Central and contact Kimberley Pavalock in the Business Office about disputed charges. On the 15th, confirm with your bank that the ACH was processed correctly.
Dean of Spiritual Life and Chaplain Beth Holden is always available to meet with students and their families. Whether in response to personal crisis or everyday issues, the Chaplain offers pastoral care to anyone in the EHS community. Feel free to contact the Rev. Holden directly with any concerns.
Mental Health Counselor Bridget Allen 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 the mental health counselor. If you do not want your child to be seen by Ms. Allen or you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact her. If you prefer your child not make appointments with Ms. Allen, you may indicate that on your Magnus Health form.
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.
The parents’ job of navigating the waters of high school with their children can be daunting. Beyond Back to School Night and individual interactions with our faculty, EHS offers support and education to parents through a variety of means.
We offer monthly Parent Forums on a range of topics related to parenting, emotional and psychological development, Choices-driven topics like alcohol and drug abuse, and self-care for parents. We have a variety of speakers for these programs, using our own resources as well as bringing in occasional guest speakers. Additional informal parent coffee gatherings and book discussions provide further opportunities for parents to network and get support, and in the spring, we host an annual Distinguished Speaker Night for parents.
There are also a number of learning opportunities for parents, related to specific programs and/or specific grade levels. In September, parents for grades 9-11 will meet with their Grade Level Deans and others, to learn what to expect in the year ahead. The EHS College Counseling Office has meetings to help parents understand the college application process. The Athletics Department sponsors the Positive Coaching Alliance program for the parents of athletes each season, as part of the effort to ensure that our students have a positive, character-building experience through their engagement in athletics. At the Dads Club and Parent Association meetings, parents are treated to student presentations showcasing some of the things that our students are learning and doing at EHS.
In short, EHS offers a wide array of support and education to parents. Note that many of these are recorded and posted to the school website, so if parents cannot be present for the event, they can view the recording at their convenience. Parents can learn about upcoming events in the weekly Windows eNewsletter.
Safeguarding God's Children
EHS is committed to the health and well-being of the students entrusted to our care, and our campus is a place where students are safe and treated with respect and dignity. To that end, and in keeping with diocesan requirements, parent volunteers who interact with students six or more times a year must be certified in Safeguarding God’s Children, a training designed for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
Certification in Safeguarding God’s Children involves attending a 2 ½-hour training session on campus, in addition to reference checks and background checks, which are handled confidentially. We want our parents involved in the life of EHS, and there are numerous opportunities for volunteering. Please sign up for the things of interest to you and look for notices about upcoming Safeguarding God’s Children training sessions on the school website and in the Weekly Windows e-newsletter.
EHS Parents are known for their exceptional support and their unmatched dedication to the EHS community. A look around the campus almost always leads to the discovery of EHS parents volunteering in many capacities, such as library support, projects, afternoon spirit treats, and class fundraising.
Your dues support and fund the activities of the Parents Association and Dads Club. Dues are automatically billed to your account unless you decline.
At Episcopal High School, our curriculum, the Four Pillars, stretches students in bold new directions – academically, artistically, athletically, and spiritually. Each year, Annual Giving (Annual Fund + Auction) supports the Four Pillars with integral resources to develop, foster, and hone the skills and knowledge for all students – an endeavor we don’t leave to chance.
Proceeds from Annual Giving are used in the school year in which they are raised. The Annual Fund kicks off with the start of school and concludes in early October. The Auction underwriting letters are mailed in late October and the underwriting deadline is early December.
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Questions: Email Margaret Young, Director of Alumni and Annual Giving, or call 713-512-3600.
EHS Laptop Program
The Tech Department purchases laptops, loads software, configures computer settings, and delivers student computers at the beginning of the school year. This includes initial training on the MacBook Pro, school email, Canvas, and Student Central.
Laptop Computer Distribution and Training will take place August 10-12 with a makeup day on August 18.
You will receive an email in early August that provides important laptop details, including required pre-ordering/pre-pay of your student’s laptop. Also included will be an assigned schedule for mandatory laptop training.
Parents and students are encouraged to read through the Technology section of the EHS Student Handbook and discuss appropriate device usage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Tech Department at email@example.com.
Students can request technical support to help them use their new computers effectively. The Tech Department provides loaner computers as needed and assists students in replacing lost or stolen computers. EHS employs licensed Apple technicians and is able to fix nearly any problem that students have with their devices on site.
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.
This customized portal provides parents with announcements, event information, and important links. Canvas is accessible via Parent Central.
Canvas is our new Learning Management System (LMS) at EHS. Canvas allows teachers and students to communicate, assign work, submit digital assignments, and see their grades all in one place. There is a built in calendar that helps students to manage their time and upcoming tasks. Parents are encouraged to create their own accounts where they can follow along with their kids’ lessons, classwork, and even check their grades.
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 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.
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.
Students produce original broadcasts of news and sports throughout the year.
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 is a daily period, from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m., that provides students extra time for AP courses, art courses, computer assistance, meetings with advisors and teachers, or pep rallies.
Chapel is an integral part of life at Episcopal High School. We gather every day as a whole community, to sing, listen to the reading of scripture and a reflection upon it, and offer our prayers to God. Chapel gives us perspective, challenges us to think differently, and feeds our spirits. Grounded in Episcopal tradition and liturgical expression, we also honor the diverse religious traditions of the members of our community.
This daily 15-minute break time occurs after Chapel, where the students, faculty, and staff can socialize and enjoy a snack.
- Will there be an orientation for new families?
- Does the School provide extra academic support?
- How do I get involved as a parent?
- What is the School's photo release policy?
- What is the School's credit card policy?
Yes, we have Orientation for all of our new students and their parents.
Orientation will take place August 17, 2020. All freshmen, transfer students, and parents should plan to attend Orientation to get information and answers to key questions about EHS. More detailed information will be sent out later this summer prior to the event.
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.
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, please complete this volunteer form in the parent packet. For questions, please contact Dean of Parent Programs John Colello, or click here to see a list of our current volunteer opportunities.
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.