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    Dear Parents and Students:

     Welcome to El Monte High School.  We are excited to see all of our returning students and look forward to meeting the students of the Class of 2021!  We are here to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students.  Families and school personnel working together will ensure the success and safety of your student here at El Monte High School.

    As you have noticed, our school calendar is changed.  Our first day of school for students is WEDNESDAY, August 16, 2017.  We will be ending the first semester on December 21, 2017.  Our winter break will be December 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018.  We will return to begin our second semester on January 8, 2018.  Spring Break will be March 31 – April 8, 2018. It is important that all family vacations are made during school breaks, in order for your child to have academic success at El Monte High School. Other important dates to remember are:  Back to School Night, August 31, 2017 and Open House, April 26 2018.

    School attendance is of the utmost importance to us as we continue to strive to reach the district goal, set by the Board of Trustees, of 98%.  If you need to remove your child from school due to family emergency, illness or a scheduled medical appointment, please remember to bring photo identification.  For the safety of staff and students we do not allow visitors on campus during lunch, it is highly recommended that you make every effort to not remove your child from school during lunch.

    The bell schedule and late start schedule are included in this packet, it is important that your child arrives to school on time.  Period one begins at 7:50 am while period six will be released at 2:49 pm.  We will continue to serve free breakfast to all students arriving prior to 7:45 am, a second chance breakfast will be offered to students missing the morning offering during our nutrition break.  Encourage your child to arrive to school early to take advantage of our free breakfast.

    Our dress code clearly outlines the appropriate attire to be worn at El Monte High School.  Please carefully read and review the dress code, which you will find in the discipline policy leaflet.  The purpose of the dress code is to protect our students and provide a safe and secure campus.  Students not meeting the standards will be required to change into clean shirts or sweatpants provided by the Guidance Office staff.  Continuous disregard of the dress code will result in more serious consequences.  Only head coverings (hats) issued by a campus-sponsored organization or those purchased from the El Monte High School Student Store (unaltered) may be worn on campus.

    In addition to the dress code, we will continue to strictly apply all aspects of state education code section 48900, in regard to students bringing and/or possessing weapons or drugs on campus.  Any student with a dangerous object, weapon or replica in his/her possession on the El Monte High School Campus will be suspended immediately, and recommended for expulsion from the El Monte Union High School District.  Electronic devices (cell phones) may be carried on campus in the off position between the hours of 7:50 am and 2:50 pm.  Prior to 7:50 am and after 2:50 pm their use is acceptable.  Any other electronic device, by law, is not permitted on campus.  Any misuse of these items will result in their confiscation and return to a parent/guardian at a parent conference.

    Parent participation at El Monte High School allows parents to better understand the educational process.  It also builds a strong support system for your child, knowing that both school and family are there to support student success. Our Community Liaison, Ms. Angiano, will host several parent workshops throughout the year, you will be notified via phone messaging.  There are also several committees that we encourage parents to become involved with, they are English Language Advisory Council (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC), Parent Advisory Council (PAC), Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), and our newly formed Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA.)  Please contact the Principal’s Office if you are interested in serving on any of these committees.

    I urge you to continue to be involved in your student’s education and ask for your assistance in ensuring that 2017-2018 is a safe and successful school year for our students.

     

    Sincerely,

     Robin Torres