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ERHS Weekly Parent/Student Message - August 20, 2021

ERHS Weekly Parent/Student Message - August 20, 2021


Dear East Ridge Families,

I would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at East Ridge High School!  We will continue to communicate with you this year via our Friday weekly parent update and additionally as needed utilizing our Blackboard Connect communication tool.

We want you to know that the ERHS staff  is very excited to welcome our 9th grade students on Tuesday August 31st for our annual freshman orientation.  Grades 10-12 will join our 9th graders on Wednesday September 1st for the continuation of our transition week.  On Wednesday and Thursday our students will go through the traditional 6 period day.  During each class period the administration will be working with the teaching staff to provide important information to our students each period.  The second half of each class period will be utilized to provide transition information and supports that are available to your children.  

We began planning for this school year this past spring with our teaching staff meeting departmentally and cross departmentally to identify potential gaps and perceived misconceptions that students may have due to the pandemic, different learning models, and social/emotional health.  At this time, we have identified those potential gaps and preconceived misconceptions that some students may have, and our staff will build lesson’s based on meeting students where they are at and differentiate instruction that is needed.  We have developed the start of our year around the transition back to high school and the traditional 6 period day.  Our weekly advisory will also be focused on transition throughout the first trimester along with our first week being a non-instruction week that is dedicated to the transition that our students need as I mentioned above.

Thank you for your partnership with us and please know that you can communicate with the administration at any time through phone or email.  We are proud to serve you and the students of East Ridge High School!

Jim Smokrovich, Principal East Ridge High 


ERHS Student/Parent Weekly Update

August 20-27, 2021

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Please check out East Ridge High School’s web page for updates school announcement information at

New Information: 

Back to School Planning

SoWashCo announced plans for our back-to-school safety plan earlier this week. For the latest information about face coverings, bus transportation, and quarantines, visit the fall planning website,

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Important Reminders: 

2021-2022 Student Schedules

Student schedules are now viewable in the Student/Parent Portal as of August 16. Please note that all student schedules are tentative and subject to change up until the first day of the school year.  Schedules were developed based upon student requests collected in January 2021. 

Request to Change Schedule Form Use this form to request a change in your schedule for Trimester 1 if 1) you have already taken a class you are scheduled for, 2) you have not taken the prerequisite course required for a class in your schedule 3) you have an empty period or 4) you are scheduled for a class that is not at the appropriate academic level for you. This form opened on August 16th and will close on August 26th at 3:00pm.

Changes will NOT be made to accommodate:

  1. Specific teacher requests
  2. Lunch requests
  3. To have the same class as a friend
  4. Sport schedules

Senior Study Request Seniors interested in a Senior Study should complete a request using this form. This form opened on August 16th and will close on September 3rd.

Student Aid Request Form Students interested in being a Student Aid should pick up a hard copy form in the Counseling Office.

School Photos and Student IDs

School photo information:

  • Grades 10-12 - Thursday - August 19th - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Loft Stage
  • Grade 9 - Tuesday, August 31st - During Orientation - Loft Stage
  • MAKEUP PHOTOS - Thursday, October 14th - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Wrestling Room
  • For additional information, click here
  • Student IDs will be distributed during A, B, C lunches at school. 

ERHS Activities/Athletics: 

HomeTown Ticketing

East Ridge High School and SoWashCo Schools have partnered with HomeTown Ticketing to provide digital tickets and passes to all regular season home athletic events.  Fans will be able to purchase and show their tickets or district passes on their phones to get into events.

Spectators can avoid the lines at events or the need to have cash at the door.

Fans have two ways of purchasing tickets and passes:

Once in the system, fans can search for East Ridge HS events, purchase and save tickets right on their device. Spectators will receive a unique QR code that will be scanned at the event. Tickets purchased online can also be printed and brought to the event for admittance.

Ticket prices are set by the Suburban East Conference and remain $6 for adults and $4 for students; adult district passes are $60 and student passes cost $40.  Adult passes also include free admittance for one elementary-aged student. Fans purchasing digital tickets and passes will have a small convenience fee added to their purchase.  Cash ticket sales will still be available at all venues except for swimming. Senior citizens are free at all athletic events at SoWashCo Schools.  Please note that city-owned ice arenas manage their own ticket sales and are not included in this partnership with HomeTown Ticketing.

Fall Musical

Auditions for our fall musical, SpongeBob, are quickly approaching. Preliminary auditions will be conducted both virtually and in-person.

For the virtual audition, students will:

  • prepare a short acting side (either Mayor or Squidward monologues)

sing 60 seconds of a song of their choosing (in the style of the show) or the selected cutting of the “SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song”. Virtual auditions should be submitted by 5pm on August 23rd. 

For the in-person audition, students will: 

  • come to one of two dance call times. Dance calls will be held from 7-9pm on August 24th and from 4-6pm on August 25th. During this time, students will learn and perform some brief choreography. Please bring water, dress for movement, and plan to wear a mask.

All the necessary auditions materials can be found at

Please email artistic director Kajsa Jones-Higgins with any questions, 

Fall Athletic COVID Guidelines

It has been an exciting week at ERHS as we welcome back our student athletes and the first week of the Fall sports season. Please click here to view the district COVID protocols for athletics.

Fall Sports Began Monday, August 16

The first day of practice for all Fall Sports began Monday, August 16!  Athletes must be registered to participate!  Just a reminder an updated sports physical is needed to complete registration. Families you can check our activities website here for each individual sports updates and coaches contact information. Registration site information and link to sports or activities registration 

Sports Updates & Schedules 


Information regarding activities/athletics can be found on the East Ridge High School Activities website

Looking Ahead  21-22 District Family Calendar

  • Aug. 31 First Day of School for Grade 9/ ERHS Freshman Orientation
  • Sept. 1 First Day of School for Grades 10-12
  • Sept. 3 No School
  • Sept. 6 No School, Labor Day Holiday 
  • Sept. 9 ERHS Open House, 5:00-7:00 PM-More specific information to come...