Class of 2022
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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: "SOARientation"THURSDAY, August 9: 8:00am to 1:30pm (Students only - lunch will be served)
- ATTIRE: Uniform pants or shorts with Class of 2022 T-Shirt
(available in the campus store after July 9)
- ATTIRE: SM polo with uniform pants or shorts
(available in the campus store)
SATURDAY, August 11: 8:00am to 12:00pm (Parents and Students Day)
SOARientation Day 3: Saturday, August 11
8:00 AM: Student guest speaker to be in the gym
8:00 AM: Parent sessions (relevant for new Santa Margarita families):
(last names starting with A-L) presentation in the Talon Dome
(last names starting with M-Z) presentation in the Banquet Room on the 3rd floor of
the R Building/Eagle Athletic Center
10:00 AM: Freshman/Transfer Family Mass in the Gym
11:30 AM: Reception in Grotto (cookies, water, lemonade)
ATTIRE: Appropriate for mass, non-uniform dress
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Orientation for all NEW incoming international students will take place on campus on August 1-8. In addition, all new international freshmen must also attend the SOARientation on August 9-11. A detailed agenda with times will be emailed to all new international students.
WEDNESDAY, August 1: 9 am - 11:30 am (in C108)
THURSDAY, August 2: 9 am - 2:30 pm (In C108/C113 & C111)
FRIDAY, August 3: 9 am - 12 pm (In B206/B212)
MONDAY, August 6: 9 am - 12 pm (in B206/B212)
WEDNESDAY, August 8: 1:30 pm - 4 pm (in C108/B206/B212)
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- Bus Transportation
- Locker Assignments
- Uniforms and Spirit Wear
- Freshman Family Tailgate
- 2018-2019 School Year Calendar
- Save the Date: New Parent Dinner
- Aeries Student Information System
- Parent Organizations and Volunteers
- Song Team, Sideline Cheer Team and Dance Team Tryouts
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.
- 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 Summer Hours:
- Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00am to 3:00pm
- Wednesday: 7:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed every Friday between July 6 - July 27.
- Closed the entire week between July 23rd - 27th. The store will re-open on Monday, July 30th
A used uniform table is located in the front office. 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 is available in the Eagles Nest Campus Store and online. Click here to access the online store.
- Thursday, August 16, 5:00p.m. at Trabuco Hills High School.
- Free dinner provided. Football tickets are not included. More information to follow.
- Class Placement Exams
- Counseling Office
- Course Description Book
- Model United Nations Program
- Mandatory Tablet Training
- Performing Arts Auditions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Book Sales for the 2018—2019 School Year
- Summer Assignments
English Honors Placement
The English honors exam is only for students who applied after February 17 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.
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. B220
- Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. B220
Spanish 1 Honors and Advanced Levels of Spanish and Other Languages
- Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:00-4:15 p.m. 2nd floor S Building
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018 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 26 and May 1 exam dates.
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.
- Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library
- Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library
- Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
- Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:30-5:30 p.m. Borchard Library
- Thursday, May 3, 2018 3:30-4:30 p.m. Borchard Library
View the math placement exam guide below
- 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 11 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.
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 11 – June 28
Second session: July 2 – July 19
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 June 18-20 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Second session July 10-12 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Third session July 16-18 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Each student must attend one training session in order to receive their Tablet PC along with training on essential aspects of our program. Attendance is mandatory.
- Tuesday July 10
- Thursday July 12
- Tuesday July 17
- Thursday July 19
- Wednesday August 1
- Thursday August 2
- On each of the above dates, we will offer an AM session from 8-11 & a PM session from 12:30-3:30.
- When you sign up for a session through Sign-Up Genius, please create an account with your email address so that you can manage your registration moving forward. If at any point you need to cancel or make changes to your registration, you can login to the Sign-Up Genius and take care of that, as needed.
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 held in May. Please contact Mr. Michael Whang 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 & Honors, please email Ms. Amanda Duncan.
THEATER: There are no auditions for Theatre 1, Theatre 2, Theatre Production or Musical Theatre Classes. Questions concerning higher placement in IB, Theatre 3 or 4 should be directed to Ms. Tania Ayoub.
There are no auditions for incoming freshmen interested in the beginning dance class. Placement auditions for intermediate or advanced classes (non-dance team) will be 8-9 a.m. May 5 in the Eagle Dome.
Info night is at 5 p.m. April 12 in the Science Lecture Hall and a workshop will be held from 3-5 p.m. April 25 on the third floor of the Eagle Athletic Center. Dance Team auditions are 9-11:30 a.m. May 5 in the Eagle Dome. Applications are online, the audition fee is $10. Contact Ms. Arielle Kalina with any questions. The application and fee are due on or before May 4 at 2:30 pm.
View the audition flyer and the audition application.
There are 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 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on May 22-23. See choir website for details regarding audition material or contact Mr. Francisco Calvo.
- 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?
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 after second semester, but the provision of having an “A” both semester remains. The test dates will be shared with students by English 1 teachers.
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 Honors placement is based on a combination of student’s math placement along with their reading score on HSPT. Students must be placed in Alg. 1 H, Alg. 2, Alg. 2H as well as achieve a 565 on the HSPT reading score. No challenges are entertained for this placement. Students with a reading score below the 565 mark are placed into Academic Biology or Concepts in Science based on their placement in Math.
- 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 complete Honors course?
Yes. Colleges and universities seek students of varied academic abilities. It is more important that you complete 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.
Printed textbooks and e-book sales will be offered online through Follett Virtual Campus beginning at 8 a.m. on July 10. At the end of June, a hard copy of your student's username and password was sent to you via USPS which enables you to access this book sales site. Once you login to the site, your student's 2018-19 fall semester class schedule will be listed. For assistance accessing the online sales site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 766-6081. We recommend you make your purchases as soon as possible 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.
For more information about online book sales, click here.
- Athletic Tryouts
- Eagle Athletic Camps
- Spring Physicals and Athletic Registration
- Incoming Freshman Parent & Athlete Athletic Team Meetings
Monday, May 21, 2018 from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. in the Moiso Pavilion (gym). No one will be admitted after 8:00p.m.
The athletic registration process must be completed prior to participating in tryouts for SMCHS athletics and includes all the necessary forms required by the NFHS, CIF, state of CA, Diocese, and school. Your coach may have additional forms required. Please note that your son’s/daughter’s physical MUST be uploaded during the registration process. No hard copies or emailed copies will be accepted by the SMCHS Athletic Department.
Tickets are $30 per student and will be checked at the door. Please schedule your arrival time based upon the first sport your student will be participating in during the 2018-19 school year. The physical form and athletic registration information can be found by clicking here.
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:
|Boys Volleyball||Monday, May 2||5:30 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Football||Thursday, May 3||6:00 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Girls Basketball||Tuesday, May 8||6:00 PM
|R3 Dance/Banquet Room|
|Boys Basketball||Tuesday, May 8||6:00 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Boys & Girls Tennis||Tuesday, May 8||6:00 PM||R215|
|Boys Water Polo||Tuesday, May 8||6:00 PM||Pool Deck Team Room|
|Baseball||Wednesday, May 9||7:00 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Girls Soccer||Thursday, May 10||7:00 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Boys Golf||Thursday, May 10||6:00 PM||Science Lecture Hall|
|Girls Water Polo||Monday, May 21||6:00 PM||Pool Deck|
|Boys Soccer||Monday, June 18||4:00 PM||Soccer Field|
Should you have any questions as you begin your Eagle journey, please reach out to SMCHS Parent Liaison Marci Teah at 949-766-6000 ext. 1521 or email@example.com
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