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Congratulations on your acceptance to SMCHS

QUESTIONS?
Contact the SMCHS Parent Liaison Marci Teah at email: teahm@smhs.org
or call 949-766-6000 ext. 1521

Register Today!

If you have not yet registered for the 2019-2020 school year, please register online by using the personalized information contained in an email you were sent about registration or logging into the Parent Portal. As a reminder, in order to secure your place in the freshman class, please register now. We will continue to accept registrations as long as space is available.

ACADEMIC information

Mandatory Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night

Please mark your calendars! April 17 is our Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night. This is a mandatory event for incoming freshmen who have completed their registration.

Reception and Check-In: 6:30 p.m., Strader Grotto. Join us for appetizers, a DJ, giveaways and a photo booth!

Scheduling Meeting: The meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m. in the Moiso Family Pavilion (gym). Please arrive early to check-in prior to the meeting.

During this evening:

  • Students will make course selections for their elective, world language and social studies classes
  • Students and parents will have the opportunity to get any questions they may have answered. Departments across campus will be represented including academics, counselors, athletics, activities and more!
  • The campus store will be open so our new Eagle families can purchase spirit wear!

Questions? Please contact Roza McCartan at mccartanr@smhs.org


Counseling Office

  • All incoming students, transfer students and international students are assigned to a counselor. Incoming freshman students will find out who their designated counselor is at Freshman Scheduling Night. Students can contact their counselor during the summer or after Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night on April 17 to answer questions regarding academic planning and to begin establishing goals for their high school journey as well as college admission. Visit the Counseling Office website by clicking here.

Course Description Book

Model United Nations Program

We recommend students taking Model United Nations (MUN) satisfy the mandatory health requirement by taking health online during summer school prior to graduation. They may also take this course as a semester elective before graduating from SMCHS. There are two summer school sessions for health this summer to choose from:

First session: June 17 – July 3
Second session: July 15 – August 2

More information will be shared at scheduling night.

Please click here for all summer Health information and dates.


Incoming freshmen who choose to take MUN can also get a jump start on the school year by enrolling in the MUN bootcamp. Available dates below.

First session July 16-18 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Second session July 22-24 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Third session July 29, 31, Aug 1 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Click here for more details on MUN.

Sign-up for the bootcamp
(
online registration will be available soon)

Mandatory Tablet Training

Every new student must attend a mandatory summer training session where they will receive their tablet PC along with training on essential aspects of our program. Attendance is mandatory and dates and registration information will be available in April.

Performing Arts Auditions

Instrumental Music: No auditions are required for students interested in Classical Guitar 1. Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, String Orchestra Honors, Classical Guitar Ensemble II Auditions will be March-May. Please contact Mr. Whang at whangm@smhs.org to receive audition information and to schedule a time. Students interested in participating in the Eagle Regiment Marching Band and Color Guard should attend the rookie camps held in May. For Steel Drums/Percussion Ensemble, please email Ms. Duncan at duncana@smhs.org.

Theatre: NO Auditions for Theatre1, Theatre 2, Theatre Production or Musical Theatre Classes. Questions concerning higher placement in IB, Theatre 3 or 4 should be directed to Mrs. Wendy Skuse at skusew@smhs.org.

Dance Auditions: No audition for incoming Freshman interested in Beginning Dance Class. Placement for Intermediate or Advanced (non-Dance team) April 27 from 9:00-10:00 am in the dance classroom on the third floor of the Eagle Athletic Center. Learn more.

Dance Team: Info night is April 24 at 5:00 pm. in the Science Lecture Hall. Dance Team auditions are April 27 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm in the dance classroom on the third floor of the Eagle Athletic Center. Applications are on-line, audition fee is $10. Contact Ms. Arielle Kalina at kalinaa@smhs.org. Applications and fee are due on or before April 26 at 2:30 pm. Go to the Dance Team webpage for the audition flyer and application.

Choral Auditions: No Auditions for incoming freshmen interested in Concert Choir or Men’s choir. Advanced Women’s and Chamber Singers Honors placement auditions will be held on May 20 and 21, from 2:30 - 4:30pm. Audition material will be posted this spring on the choir website. Contact Mr. Francisco Calvo at calvof@smhs.org for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • May I request to have (or not have) a teacher?
    Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests for teacher choices. All students are randomly assigned to classes by the computer so that all classes are balanced.
  • I did not receive honors courses, is there anything I can do?
    • English:
      For those students who did not achieve the minimum standard scores in verbal, reading, and language and are still interested in English 1 Honors, their writing sample done on the day of the entrance exam in January can be used to assess their placement in English 1 honors. If the student’s writing sample does not qualify them for English 1 honors, the door is not permanently closed. There will be an opportunity to apply again for the sophomore year by:
      • Maintaining A's both semesters of the freshman year
      • Freshmen may test during the week of second semester exams, but the provision of having an “A” both semesters remains. The test dates will be shared with students by English 1 teachers.
    • Math:
      To qualify for honors, students must meet the benchmark combined score of 1235 on the mathematics and quantitative skills sections of the High School Placement Test. Students who do not meet this benchmark score are placed in academic Algebra 1 or 2 based on the students' performance on the math placement test held in the late spring. Information about the math placement test can be found above.
    • Science:
      To qualify for honors, students must meet the benchmark combined score of at least 900 on the mathematics and quantitative skills section of the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as well as achieve at least a 565 on the HSPT reading test. No challenges are entertained for this placement. Students with an HSPT reading score between 450 and 564 and a combined score of at least 900 on the math and quantitative HSPT are placed into Academic Biology. Those students with either an HSPT reading score below 450 or a combined math and quantitative score below 900 will be placed into Concepts of Science.
  • Am I required to take honors courses if I test into them?
    No. It is important for you to think carefully about the workload required in accelerated courses. If you do not feel honors is appropriate simply inform your counselor.
  • Will I be competitive for college admission if I do not take honors courses?
    Yes. Colleges and universities seek students of varied academic abilities. It is more important that you take courses in which you will be the most successful. It is better to remain in college-preparatory academic courses earning strong A's and B's than struggle in honors to maintain a C average.
  • Do I have to take physical education during my freshman year?
    No. Students may take PE at any time. All students must complete two years (20 credits) of PE to graduate.
  • May I attend summer school?
    Yes. Incoming freshmen and transfer students may enroll in summer PE and/or health (if they will be in MUN). Students participating in MUN may satisfy the mandatory health requirement by taking Health online in summer school prior to their freshman year, or they may take this course during future summer school sessions. A final option would be to take health as a semester elective before graduation. Additionally, some incoming freshmen may be required to attend our Incoming Freshman Prep Program as instructed in the student’s acceptance letter. For more information on all summer school programs and registration, please visit here.

Book Sales for the 2019—2020 School Year

Printed textbooks and e-book sales will be offered online through Follett Virtual Campus beginning at 8 a.m. on July 15. At the end of June, a hard copy of your student's username and password will be sent to you via USPS which enables you to access the book sales site. Once you login to the site, your student's 2019-20 fall semester class schedule will be listed. For assistance accessing the online sales site, please contact programmers@smhs.org or call (949) 766-6081. We recommend you make your purchases as soon as possible after the store opens us on July 15 so that Follett has time to set up your e-book accounts and virtual backpack prior to the beginning of classes.

Follett offers numerous purchasing options including new and used books, rental books and digital editions. These options will be listed where available. All orders are shipped via FedEx to your home or other provided address.

Summer Assignments

Summer assignments will be available soon.

Visual Arts Portfolio Review

Portfolio review for consideration in drawing or advanced courses.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. B114
Thursday, May 2, 2019 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. B114

Freshman Prep Summer School

Freshman Prep is only open to students who are required to participate as a condition of their acceptance to SMCHS. Students are assigned to take either one, two or three classes.
View details.

CLASS PLACEMENT Exams

English

English Honors Placement
The English honors exam is only for students who applied after February 9 or who took the HSPT test at another high school other than SMCHS. There is no registration for the test. Simply show up with notebook paper and a pen. Please choose one of the dates below.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2019 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. B220
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. B220

Spanish and Advanced World Languages

Spanish 1 Honors and Advanced Levels of Spanish and Other Languages

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 3:00-4:15 p.m. 2nd floor S Building
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:00-4:15 p.m. 2nd floor S Building

Students who wish to take Spanish 1 honors are required to attend one of the above dates. There is no need to register in advance.

An entrance exam is not required for Spanish 1, Chinese 1 & 1 Honors, French 1 & 1 Honors, Greek 1H and Latin 1H. Honors placement for Chinese, French, Greek and Latin is based on HSPT scores. Freshmen with previous advanced language study may test into higher levels. More information will be shared at scheduling night. Please make arrangements with World Languages Department Chair Tom Gerlach prior to the April 25 and April 30 exam dates.

Spanish Honors Requirements

French Honors Requirements

Chinese Honors Requirements


Math

Math Placement Exam

All students will be automatically placed in Algebra I or Algebra I honors. Placement into Algebra 1 honors is based on the HSPT. Students who would like to test into Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 honors are required to sign-up for one of the following test dates. Registration information will be shared at scheduling night. Students who have completed Algebra 2 or higher in middle school seeking higher level placement will be placed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Math Department Chair Marty Gahan to discuss specifics.

Sign ups for the math placement test will not be available until April 18th.

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library

View the math placement exam guide below

Math Placement Exam 1

Math Placement Exam 1 Answers

Math Placement Exam 2

Math Placement Exam 2 Answers

SCHOOL information

SOARientation

Carpooling

Check out the private Facebook group that was created to help SMCHS families connect with one another for carpooling opportunities. Feel free to post if you are looking for a family to carpool with in your area, or if you are able to provide transportation for a student in your area. We advise that once you find a family that is interested, private message them to keep details and addresses private.

Click here to check out the Facebook Carpool group.

Bus Transportation

Click here for the bus routes and costs.

Locker Assignments

Students will receive their locker assignment at orientation.

Uniforms and Spirit Wear

  • Uniforms can be purchased in-person at the Eagles Nest Campus Store. For dress code information, please click here
  • School Uniforms are an “in store” only purchase. They are not available online.

Campus Store School Year Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Campus Store Summer Hours:

      • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00am to 3:00pm
      • Wednesday: 7:00am to 8:00pm
      • Closed every Friday between June 14– July 26
      • Closed the entire week between June 24–June 28 for inventory
      • Re-open on Monday, July 1
      • Closed Thursday, July 4
      • Closed the entire week between July 8 – July 12. The store will re-open on Monday, July 15

Used Uniforms:

A used uniform table will be located in the front office beginning mid-April. These uniforms are in excellent condition and are free. We never know when donations will be dropped off - feel free to stop by frequently when you're on campus and see what is available.

Spirit Wear:

Spirit wear is available in the Eagles Nest Campus Store.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

  • The 2019-2020 school year calendars, bell schedules and other important information will be posted here. (The bell schedule for the 2019-2020 school year has not been finalized.)

View the proposed 2019-2020 school year calendar at a glance.

New Eagle Parent Guidebook

New Parent Dinner

The New Parent Welcome Dinner is a great way to meet other new parents. Date of the dinner will be announced in the coming weeks. Invitations will be mailed at the end of July.

Aeries Student Information System

Access to Aeries, our student information system, will be emailed to students and parents before school starts.

Parent Organizations and Volunteers

Please click here for more information on parent organizations.

Click here for more information on volunteering.

Song Team, Sideline Cheer Team and Dance Team Tryouts

Moving Up Parties


Our Moving Up parties previously posted have been cancelled as we will be incorporating fun family events into our SOARientation. More details to follow. We look forward to providing all of our families with a warm Eagle welcome as we welcome the Class of 2023 into the SMCHS family.


ATHLETIC information

Athletic Tryouts

Please refer to the athletics page by clicking here. Individual coaches may be contacted if more information is needed.

Eagle Athletic Camps

Click here for incoming freshman and current Eagle athlete camps. (incoming 9th graders and current Eagle athletes)

Spring Physicals and Athletic Registration

Spring Physicals will be held May 20, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 in the Moiso Pavilion (gym). This is your opportunity to have your student-athlete’s Pre-Participation Physical Exam completed by an orthopedic surgeon or physicians’ assistant. Each student-athlete is encouraged to discuss any past, present, or future concerns with the medical team on the day of the event.

New this year, each student-athlete will be required to be registered via a third party registration platform (link coming soon) prior to entry to be screened via the Pre-Participation Physical Exam. The athletic registration process includes all the necessary forms required by the NFHS, CIF, state of CA, Diocese, and school. Your coach may require additional forms. Upon exiting the building, your student-athlete will be assisted in uploading their forms and attaching them to their sport registration(s).

Hard copies and email copies of forms WILL NOT be accepted by SMCHS personnel.

The athletic registration process will open May 1, 2019. Dates and times of physicals and new forms will be available soon.

Incoming Freshman Parent & Athlete Athletic Team Meetings

Attention registered incoming students and parents! Are you interested in learning more about our athletic programs here at SMCHS? If you are a registered student or parent don’t miss out on these dates. For programs not currently scheduled to host an incoming student meeting, please visit www.smhs.org/athletics for more program information. See below for the specific sport dates, times and locations:


Sport Date Time Location
Boys Volleyball Wednesday, May 1 5:00 PM C113
Football
(parents only)
Thursday, May 2 6:00 PM R (Film Room)
Girls Basketball Tuesday, May 14

6:00 PM

R215

Boys Basketball Wednesday, May 1 6:00 PM Science Lecture Hall
Boys & Girls Tennis

TBD

TBD

TBD

Boys Water Polo

Wednesday, May 8

5:45 PMPool Deck
BaseballWednesday, May 86:30 PMScience Lecture Hall
Girls SoccerMonday, May 66:00 PMC108
Boys GolfWednesday, May 86:00 PMC108
Girls Water PoloTBDTBDTBD
Boys SoccerMonday, June 174:00 PMTrack Monument
Boys & Girls XCTuesday, May 76:00 PMR (Film Room)
Sideline CheerTuesday, March 196:00 PMScience Lecture Hall
SoftballThursday, May 166:00 PMScience Lecture Hall