Memorial High School

Campus Newsletter-updated 8/7/22

Principal Message

I hope this message finds each of you in good health and good spirits. The 22-23 school year is only one day away, and our faculty and staff is excited to see our students back in school. For our seniors who will be graduating in June of 23, we wish you a great last first day of school in your PK-12 educational journey.


This year I begin my second year at Memorial High School. I am honored to serve our Memorial community, where our Mission is to graduate all of our students to be productive citizens who are college and career ready. Our campus goals for this year are aligned to our mission, one goal being improving our communication with families. We plan on mailing out our newsletter once every six weeks to parents, and I will be sending out our on-line newsletter via Twitter and Facebook. You will always be able to visit my community newsletter using the QR Code I include in our mailed letters. This on-line newsletter will include updates on what is happening in school, celebrations, important dates, and contact information for team members who support our students through out the year. In addition, we will include updates from our Student Support Service Team that includes our counseling department, Communities in School, and Gear Up.


We mailed out a newsletter to parents this week with reminders about the beginning of the year. We want to remind students and parents that the first day of school will be August 8th, and that our instructional day is from 8:10 AM to 4:15 PM. We did send out a new school year calendar, as one adjustment was made to the 22-23 calendar we mailed out in June. If you do not receive the newsletter, this means that we do not have the correct address on file and you will need to contact our campus to update your contact information. In the near future, we will ask that all returning students have their contact information updated.


On the first day of school, students will receive their schedule and school policies for the year. We also want to announce that our Meet the Teacher Night will be on August 25, 2022, from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM.


In my newsletter below, I have included a registration video for students who are new to EISD and will be attending our school. Please click on the following link to complete the registration process: Enroll Today - Edgewood ISD (eisd.net) Anyone who can't complete the registration on-line can call our campus to set up a time to come in person and complete the registration.


Parents can also get more information about the beginning of the school year at Back to School 2022 - Edgewood ISD (eisd.net) .


This school year, our campus hours for family support will be Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Students will be able to come into the building at 7:45 AM to eat breakfast.


Our Memorial staff is committed to supporting each student and family we serve, so please reach out to us if you need any assistance. In collaboration with our families, we ask that parents support their child by:


  • Making sure your child is in school by 8:10, and remind your child to attend all classes.
  • Communicating with our staff when your child will be absent.
  • Having your child join a club or organization.
  • Checking in on your child's academic progress and communicating with our staff if assistance is needed.


I look forward to meeting you and supporting your family through out the year. Please fill free to contact me if you need assistance. I can be reached at 210-898-4110 x 8301 or at miguel.elizondo@eisd.net . Blessings to each of you and your families.



Respectfully,


Mr. Elizondo

Principal

First Day of School

During the first day of school, students will report to their 1st period class. Students will find their first period by finding their names on a locator list that will be provided at different areas in our school. Students will receive their schedule in their first period class and will also receive our bell schedule, daily operation procedures, and student support teams broken up by alpha (which can be seen below). Students will also receive instructions for requesting schedule changes.


When we share our school procedures, we will be sharing with students our school safety procedures that will include having all interior and exterior doors locked during the instructional day. Students who are tardy to school will need to enter our building through the front doors, as all other building doors will be secured during the day. Visitors to our school will need to come through the main front doors, and will need to sign in and will be asked for identification.


We want to remind parents that you are able to access your child's grades and attendance. See flyer below to complete process.

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New Student Registration

How to Register Your New-to-EISD Student

Congrats MHS Bluebonnet BBQ Team!

In June, the MHS Bluebonnet BBQ team competed at the 2022 High School BBQ League’s national competition in Round Rock, Texas. The team placed 19th in the nation, including 9th in the Wagyu Steak category. The students also took masterclasses from different pitmasters, including the queen of BBQ, Tootsie, from Snow’s BBQ.

Early College High School

We would like to congratulate our Early College High School students who also earned their Associates Degree. Our ECHS Class of 2022 students earned a projected 1174 college hours while they attended Palo Alto College. This equates to an estimated $525,952 in total college savings for our students and their families. We wish all of our students the best of luck as they continue on their journey at the university level, military, or work force.

Important Dates

School Calendar Items

8/1/22: 9th Grade Orientation

8/6/22: Senior Sunrise at 6:15

8/8/22: First Day of School

8/25/22: Meet the Teacher Night

9/5/22: Staff/Student Holiday

9/15/22: End of 1st 6 Weeks

9:16/22: No School for Students

10/10/22: Student Staff Holiday

10/11/22-10/14/22: Fall Intersession

Staff Recognition

Teacher of the Year: Ms. Lopez de Ramirez

We want to congratulate our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lopez de Ramirez. Ms. Lopez de Ramirez is a Career and Technology teacher who oversees our Teaching and Learning Program.

Teacher and Staff Member of the Month


February: Congratulations to Ms. Van Dusen who was voted Teacher of the Month, and to Ms. Lopez who was voted Staff Member of the Month for February.


March: Congratulation to Ms. Cardenas who was voted Teacher of the Month and to Ms. Fisher and Ms. Castillo who were voted Staff Members of the Month for March.


April: Congratulations to Ms. Tapia who was voted Teacher of the Month for the Month of April.

New Head Coach

We would like to introduce our new Head Football Coach/Boys Athletic Coordinator, Coach Ortega.

Student Support Services

Counselors Corner

The counseling department would like to welcome everyone to Memorial High School for the 2022-2023 school year! We would like to introduce our counselor team:


Carla Eads (last names A through Garces, and PTECH) Carla.Eads@eisd.net

Oralia Gomez (last names Garcia through Ochoa) Oralia.Gomez@eisd.net

Renee Michale Reyes (last names Ojeda through Z) Renee.Reyes@eisd.net

Theresa Fisher (Lead counselor and Early College High School students) tfisher@eisd.net

Kristeena Dewberry (SEL counselor) Kristeena.Dewberry@eisd.net

Tila Lopez (Counseling Assistant) tlopez@eisd.net


Our mission is to provide exceptional support and guidance that fosters success in post-secondary employment, academic, and military readiness, along with personal/social development that prepares students for success in life. Our values statement is "We HELP without exception!"


Our focus for the first few weeks of school is to make sure every student has a complete schedule that includes courses needed for graduation. During the first six weeks the counselors plan to visit the classrooms to introduce themselves and review graduation requirements. We look forward to working with your children to help them graduate on time.


Please reach out to us if you need any assistance. If you have any questions about your child's academic progress you can contact our counselors at 210-898-4110 x 3742, or email them to set up a conference.

Social Emotional Learning Counselor-Ms. Dewberry

Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated across the country during the month of May. Since its inception in 1949, the objective of Mental Health Awareness Month has been to reach out to millions of people in order to spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. Since the pandemic, it’s become even more clear how much stress, isolation, and uncertainty can take a toll on well-being.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Mental Health America’s Tools 2 Thrive series provides information, tips, and practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of situations they are dealing with. Throughout the month, these mental health tips and resources will be shared with students, staff, and the community. They can also be found here: Mental Health Month | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)


I want to remind students and families that I am available to provide the following support: individual and group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, and training/education to staff and caregivers on the importance of social emotional wellness for themselves and their students. Please reach out to me to if you need any assistance or have any questions about the support I offer. You can reach me by email at kristeena.dewberry@eisd.net or by calling 210-898-4110 X 3742.

Communities in Schools-Mr. Martinez

My name is Juan Martinez and I am the Senior Site Coordinator with Communities In Schools of San Antonio at Memorial High School. Communities In Schools of San Antonio’s (CIS-SA) mission is to surround students with a community of support and empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS-SA provides integrated student support services through Supportive Guidance & Counseling, Health & Human Services, Parent & Family Engagement, College & Career Readiness, Enrichment Activities, and Academic Support. This year some of the major highlights I have been able to provide families and students have been Holiday Dinner Baskets, Christmas Gifts, VIA Bus Passes/School Supplies, Academic Tutors, Individual Counseling Services, Post-Secondary preparation, and University Field Trips. If you are interested in your child/family receiving some of these services or for more information about our program, please contact (210) 898-4110 Ext: 3730 or (210) 802-7936.

Highlights!!

Athletics

Career and Technology

Fine Arts