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New Parent Orientation & Five Core Meal - August 16th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
All parents new to Saint Michael's are invited, and expected, to attend New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 16th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Tipton Center at Saint Michael’s. Please come enjoy a meal together as we introduce you to the Lasallian principles that guide our school. Dinner will be provided at no additional expense and the attire is casual. New Parent Orientation is an important introduction for parents about OnBoard, student attendance, scheduling, meals, the dress code, campus safety, pick-up and drop-off, and most importantly, building community in the Lasallian tradition at the school. It’s important that all new parents attend - new students attend a separate orientation. A special Evite went out to RSVP for this event. If you have not received an electronic invitation, please call Margie Baca at (505) 983 -7353 so we can email you the Evite so you may RSVP.

 

Mini Schedule for Parents - August 24th at 6:00pm
Please join us for a brief welcome in the Perez-Shelley Gym, after which you will attend your student's classes to learn a little about the course and the teachers' expectation for your student. This is a great opportunity to begin the essential communication needed between teachers and parents. We hope to see you there!
Saint Michaels High School wants to ensure that we are communicating effectively with our community and that information is accessible via multiple channels. To that end, we are excited to be offering a new school communication tool called Remind. Remind is a communication platform that makes it easier for educators, students and parents to work together. Remind has easy-to-use features that will allow SMHS staff and faculty to efficiently communicate up-to-date news regarding the school schedule, school happenings, transportation, class information, extracurriculars, athletics, etc. Remind allows for the sending of messages via SMS, in-app notification, or email and phone calls without sharing personal contact information. Remind will soon become the official communication platform for Saint Michael's High School. Stay tuned for more details!
 
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Students will discover their Saint Michael's House assignment on August 17, 2022. The House System is dedicated to developing soft skills, including leadership and connecting students with each other, with their school, and the community. If a student has a sibling at the school, they will be assigned the same House. Within the individual Houses, students are linked to a Mentor Teacher from the Faculty/Staff. These groups will meet at least once per month throughout their six years, encouraging interpersonal relationships amongst peers from every grade level and with their dedicated Mentor Teacher. The academic, emotional, and social support throughout the House System provides students with the necessary tools to become young women and men possessing the necessary soft skills to exemplify strong character, faith, and service in the Lasallian tradition. The Five Houses are named: Govea, Garson, Chavez, Botulph and Loretto.

For online uniform ordering please click here and use code STMI02 to find our school uniform information on the website. Receive 10% off your uniform order (no minimum) for one week ONLY from August 1, 2022 to August 7, 2022. Use PROMO CODE 0807PKPR01. Free shipping on orders $199+.

 

Standard Uniform Dress is in effect during the entire school year, including orientations. Students are required to purchase their uniform tops from Tommy Hilfiger, the school Spirit Shop, or the Parents’ Club “Twice Is Nice” program. Students may wear previously purchased shirts or pants from Lands’ End and Tommy Hilfiger and previously purchased skirts from Tommy Hilfiger.  

Students may continue to wear Tommy Hilfiger or Lands’ End pants that are black or blue with embroidered logos, but may also wear khaki, navy blue, or black colored pants from any brand they choose, provided they are clean, do not have holes, are not cargo pants or leggings, and meet the expectation of “neatly, cleanly, and modestly” worn.


Tops 

  • Polo shirt in white, black, navy blue, or royal blue, long- or short-sleeved, with embroidered St. Mike’s logo from our approved embroidery vendor: Tommy Hilfiger. Polo shirts must be worn tucked in at all times. Students may not purchase their own shirts and have the logo embroidered on them from a local vendor. All uniform tops must come from the Twice is Nice sale, Tommy Hilfiger, or the school’s Spirit Shop. 
  • Long-sleeved shirts may be worn underneath short-sleeved polo shirts. All undershirts/camisoles (long- or short-sleeved) must be in an approved polo color, or a St. Michael’s P.E. shirts may be worn.

Bottoms

  • Khaki colored or navy blue or black plain front or pleated pants, skirts or shorts may be worn.
  • Bottoms may not rest lower than the top of the hipbone. Shorts must be knee length. 
  • If bottoms are designed with belt loops, a belt must be worn every day. Belts must have a simple buckle and may not have protruding studs or harmful objects. 
  • No cargo or drawstring-style bottoms are allowed. Leggings or yoga pants of any kind are prohibited. “Carpenter style” khaki or black pants as well as khaki colored jean-cut and/or denim pants are permitted. 
  • Skirts may be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger, but also from any brand they choose provided they are pleated skirts that rest at the top of knee. Pencil skirts of any kind from any vendor cannot be worn. Skirts must rest at the top of the knee when the student is standing.

 

Spirit Dress 

St. Michael’s High School entertains “spirit dress” every Friday and additional days as specified by the administration. Spirit days serve to promote school spirit and pride throughout the school year.

  • Students may wear approved St. Michael’s t-shirts or St. Michael’s team jerseys. These can be purchased in the Spirit Shop.
  • Sleeveless team jerseys must be worn over approved standard dress St. Michael’s tops. 
  • Black or blue jeans only may be worn but must be clean, with no holes, and not baggy, torn, or frayed. 
  • Students may not wear gym shorts, sweats, or leggings. 
  • Only seniors may wear college sweatshirts.

Shoes

All shoes must have a backing (heel cup) or back strap (no flip-flops, house slippers, etc.). Birkenstock sandals and Crocs WITH back straps are permitted. 


Outer Garments

Sweaters/Vests: 

  • Sweaters and/or vests must have a St. Michael’s logo from an approved vendor (Tommy Hilfiger) or purchased from the “Twice as Nice” shop. Sweaters/vests are to be worn with uniform dress tops underneath and must be of proper size and of neat appearance.

Sweatshirts/Hoodies/Outerwear:

  • Must have a St. Michael’s logo or be an approved St. Michael’s High School extracurricular design.
  • Only seniors may wear college sweatshirts. 
  • Sweatshirts are to be worn with standard dress tops underneath.
  • Sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
  • Sweatshirts may not be worn into Mass. 
  • Sweatshirts may be purchased from the Spirit Shop. 

Jackets/Coats:

  • A jacket is a short overcoat, lined, with a full zipper or buttons. 
  • After a student enters the building, they are to remove their jackets. Jackets should not be worn in the building during the school day unless the building heat is not working properly; permission to wear jackets is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

 

Mass Dress

Students are required to be in Mass Dress for Mass and prayer services as well as for specified assemblies and special occasions. These school days and occasions are indicated on the school calendar. 


Juniors and senior students are permitted to wear “Sunday Best” for Mass. “Sunday Best” requires at least a tie or bowtie for boys and a skirt/dress/romper for girls. Boys, for example, may opt to wear a non St. Michael’s button down dress shirt with a tie and a vest and dress pants or slacks. Girls may choose to wear a nice dress instead of the customary pants and button down Mass shirt. Girls’ “Sunday Best” must be, by most reasonable opinions, modest and conservative. Cocktail dresses that are short (above the knee), shorter than fingertip length when arms are extended downward with shoulders relaxed), skin tight, and/or revealing are prohibited. If any students are curious about what will and won’t be permitted under “reasonable opinion” for Sunday Best, they should consult with the principal, assistant principal, or school counselors BEFORE Mass Day begins (the day before). 

Junior and senior students who are not in “Sunday Best” for Mass are required to follow the standard Mass Dress guidelines.  


Appropriate Mass Dress 

  • Dress shirt in white, light blue, long- or short-sleeved, with embroidered St. Michael’s logo. Dress shirts must be worn tucked in at all times and are required for Mass Dress.  
  • If an undershirt is worn, it must be white. 
  • A necktie (including bolo or bow tie), worn as designed.
  • Uniform dress pants; if pants have belt loops, a simple black or brown belt must be worn.
  • Ties, scarves, and sashes may not be worn as belts. Belts must have a simple buckle and may not have protruding studs or harmful objects.
  • Blouse in white, light blue, long or short sleeved, with embroidered St. Michael’s logo. Blouses must be worn tucked in at all times and are required for Mass Dress. 
  • If an undershirt/camisole is worn, it must be white. 
  • A necktie (including bolo or bow tie) is optional, but must be worn as designed.
  • Standard dress pants; if pants have belt loops a simple black or brown belt must be worn. 
  • Ties, scarves, and sashes may not be worn as belts. Skirts may be worn, no shorter than knee length and without slits, in the same style and colors indicated for standard dress bottoms. No denim skirts.
Polos, crop pants, shorts, jeans, sweatshirts, and colored t-shirts/camisoles are not part of Mass Dress and are prohibited at Mass. Students must remain in Mass Dress during the entire school day or be subject to disciplinary action. 
Summer hours for the Saint Michael’s High School Spirit Shop are 9am - 10:30am, Monday through Thursday. Spirit Shop hours for the 2022 - 2023 academic year will be posted the first week of classes. If you need to contact the Spirit Shop Manager, Grace Antic, please click here.
 
Orientation for all students will take place on Wednesday, August 17th according to the following schedule:
  • 8th Grade - 8:00am
  • 9th Grade - 8:30am
  • 10th Grade - 9:00am
  • 11th Grade - 9:30am
  • 12th Grade - 10:00am
  • *7th Grade - 10:30am - 1pm
 
Students in grades 8th - 12th should expect to be here a little over an hour. During orientation students receive materials such as their schedule, school locks and parking information, and will be taking their school portraits. Students are required to be in Standard Dress on this day. ##Spirit Wear## and PE clothes are available for purchase as well.
 
*7th graders and new students receive a more comprehensive orientation introducing the Lasallian Mission through the 5 Core Principles. More information about their orientation details will be provided in early August.
School pictures will take place on Orientation Day on Wednesday, August 17th. Students will receive picture and order form information in the mail along with their schedules the week of August 8th. Students should wear standard dress for pictures. All students are required to have Student IDs this year which will be made with school pictures taken on August 17th.
Students will be given specific supply lists by their teachers once school begins. For Jumpstart Day and the first full days of classes it will be sufficient for students to bring paper and pen/pencils.

St. Michael’s High School does not have a nurse on duty at the school. In accordance with state law, all students are required to have up-to-date immunizations to enroll or remain in school. 


Any student taking prescription medication on campus must have a current note on file with the school counselor or  attendance clerk. The note must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian specifically requesting that the child be allowed to carry the medication on campus and identifying the medication and the dosage. Only a daily dosage may be carried on campus by a student. Arrangements must be made for the medication to be kept in the Administrative Office. 


The medication must be kept in its original container, with the prescription label, in a ziploc bag with a parental note requesting that the child be allowed to administer the specified medication him/herself as prescribed. Only a weekly dosage may be kept in the office. If the medication is long term arrangements will be modified. No medication can be administered by any faculty/staff member. The student will receive an official note to present to their teacher stating that they need to go to the front office to take their prescribed medication. 


In case of a medical emergency, the school will attempt to contact a parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached immediately, the administration may call 911 for professional medical assistance and possible transport to Christus St. Vincent Hospital at the expense of the parent/guardian. 

Puerto Peñasco Restaurant caters breakfast and lunch daily for purchase in the cafeteria. The menu changes weekly and they accept cash, credit and debit for purchase. The average price of a meal is $3.50 - $6.50 for an entree. Drinks are sold separately. The cafeteria is open at 8:00am for breakfast and again during the Junior High and Senior High lunch periods.
ACADEMICS
All class schedules will be mailed to students on August 8, 2022. For returning students, class schedules will also be posted to OnBoard by August 5, 2022. When students arrive for Orientation on August 17th, additional copies of their schedules will be available. If you do not receive your schedule the week of August 8th, please call Ms. Margie Baca for assistance at 505.983.7353.
Students can request changes to their schedules prior to the start of school by contacting Ms. Margie Baca at 505.983.7353 to schedule an appointment with a counselor. The counselors will be available from August 17-20 for schedule changes.
Along with their mailed class schedules the week of August 8th, student will receive the Student and Parent/Guardian Chromebook Use Agreement. Please make sure that the Chromebook Agreement is signed and returned to school at Student Orientation on August 17th. Chromebooks will only be distributed to students with signed agreements. Please note that the Chromebook is not optional. It will be mandatory for all students to have a Chromebook for classroom learning purposes. Faculty, staff, and students are no longer allowed to use their personal devices on the school network.
 
Please click here to access a copy of the SMHS Parent/Guardian and Student Chromebook Use Agreement 2022-2023.
 
Please click here to access the Summer Reading Assignments by grade level.
Students will need a SMHS PE uniform (shirt and shorts) if they are enrolled in a PE class. Uniforms can be purchased during Orientation or in the Spirit Shop. PE Uniforms are $12 each for a shirt and a pair of shorts, or you can purchase a $25 bundle which includes two shirts and one pair of shorts.
 
ATHLETICS

St. Michael's is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and will feature training throughout the school year. As a catalyst for a positive sports culture, Positive Coaching Alliance provides research-based training and resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders to ensure a positive youth development experience for ALL kids, in all communities across the U.S., through sports. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have impact at three levels in sports organization or school:


COACHES become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.


SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND SCHOOLS see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.


PCA offers Partnerships that include live workshops for school districts, conferences, park-and-recreation organizations, leagues, and youth sports consortiums in all 50 states and several other nations. Each Live workshop (Zoom or in-person) will be facilitated by a certified PCA Trainer. Our interactive workshops range from 30-120 minutes each. Participants receive tangible and practical tools while involving everyone in the process of learning together. PCA also offers six online courses - all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports. Whether you simply want to improve your youth sports experience, or whether your school/organization has directed you to these courses, they will benefit you and the youth you serve!

Fall sports include Cross Country (Boys & Girls, 7-12), Football (Boys, 7-12), Volleyball (Girls, 7-12), Soccer (Boys & Girls, 8-12).
Many program are active over the summer and begin conditioning prior to the start of season. Contact the head coach for more information about your program's summer and conditioning schedules.
 
Official Start Dates for In-Season Sport Practices:
Fall: August 8
Winter: November 14
Spring: January 31
If your student-athlete would like to participate or try-out for an athletic team at St. Michael's, they will be required to attend our Fall Sports Information Night on August 2nd, at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria. Acknowledgement of the Athletic Handbook will take place at the information night. If you are unable to attend, please click here to contact the Athletic Director, Joshua Griñe.
 
Required Forms:
  • Athletic Registration: Complete the SMHS online athletic clearance form here:

https://forms.gle/qGGL2QS1A4m7KTft7

  • Athletic Physical: As part of athletic registration at Saint Michael's High School, you must have a current physical dated after April 1, 2022. Please click here to find the form required for an athletic physical.
BUSINESS
We partner with Blackbaud Tuition Management for the processing and collection of tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 school year.
 
Select a payment method that works best for you:
  • Choose to receive a monthly invoice, or
  • Set up recurring automatic payments from your bank account or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted)
 
 
  • Review account history, transaction details, and print monthly invoices
  • Edit your contact information, password, and payment method
  • Make a payment or set up recurring payments
 
Payments in cash or check are always accepted in the Business Office.
Students who ride a bus to school in the morning will be assessed a $40/month ($10/week) fee. Bus fees will not be prorated per day or week. 
CAMPUS SAFETY
  • Campus safety improvements are underway including re-keying building locks, installation of additional security cameras, and structural enhancements to deter internal accessibility from campus perimeter walls. A thorough deep cleaning and replacement of air filters is happening throughout the entire campus.
  • Due to safety and security purposes, students will be required to wear a student identification badge this year. The student ID will be issued by the school and must be visibly displayed on the front of that person to whom the badge was issued using a lanyard provided by the school. Seniors will be issued a specific color of lanyard. The rest of the student body will have a different color.

    Identification badges are used for safety, compliance, and tracking of students. Therefore, trading, sharing, or loss of badges will be subject to disciplinary action. Loss of, misplaced, or stolen IDs must be replaced. The replacement cost will be charged to the student account. Seniors who are leaving campus for lunch must display their student ID with the appropriate color lanyard. 

    For safety purposes, students may not go to class until they obtain a temporary ID, until the student receives a new one. ID replacement cost is $10.00 and only cash is accepted. Temporary ID badges must be obtained from the front office. Teachers must check for student IDs when students enter the classroom. IDs are also required for any school function such as athletic games, school activities, and dances.

  • Faculty supervision is provided on campus 20 minutes before and after school. The library is available to students between 7:30 AM–4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 AM–4 PM on Fridays.
Parents dropping off and picking-up students should only use the drop-off lanes located in the front of school or off of Botulph Road. Cars should utilize the appropriate lanes as they are marked for drive-thru and drop-off. Parents may not drop off or pick up students in the student parking lot or the faculty lot located in the back of the school adjacent to the football stadium.

All visitors (including parents/guardians) on the St. Michael’s High School campus must make an appointment prior to arriving to the school and check in at the front office. Visitors will present their ID and receive a Visitor's Badge. Persons who are on campus without authorization will be asked to leave. Students who would like to “shadow” a student at St. Michael’s High School must obtain prior approval from the Director of Strategic Initiatives.