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Welcome to Ninth Grade

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Incoming 9th Grade Students & Families (Class of 2026)

Below you will find resources to guide you through the transition to high school. Here is the latest information that was emailed to incoming 9th grade East students and families on June 15, 2022.

ALL students must be enrolled EACH YEAR. This includes students transitioning from one of East's attendance area feeder pattern Middle Schools (Sherman, O'Keeffe, and Black Hawk). The Online Enrollment Application will open for families on August 3rd. To help ensure our students, families, and staff are safe, MMSD is supporting families of existing MMSD students to complete the enrollment process 100% virtual on Monday, August 15th from 11:00am-6:00pm and on Tuesday, August 16th from 7:30am-1:00pm. 

For incoming 9th grade students (Class of 2026) who live in the East attendance area and are from a private, parochial or charter school please view the NEW TO MMSD Enrollment Information.

Rising 9th Grader Orientation
"Preppin' To Be A Purgolder"

This event was held on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 via zoom and included a virtual presentation (slides and recording, password: +7QJ22^u) providing current 8th grade students and families with information about high school graduation requirements, 9th grade required courses, elective course options, academic supports, clubs, activities, athletics and other opportunities East offers! Check out these student made videos with advice for Rising 9th Graders from current Purgolder students and what current Purgolders like about going to East High School!

8th-9th Grade Transition Information From Middle Schools

O'Keeffe Middle School (December 2021)
Black Hawk Middle School (December 2021)
Sherman Middle School (December 2021)

First Day Orientation

The first day of school at East High School is reserved for 9th grade students only.  This will be a day of acclimation with activities to support 9th graders getting to know the building and High School.  The day will consist of a building tour, getting to know East activities, and a shortened class schedule so students can find their classes.  Students will receive their locker assignments on this day as well. 



East High School is structured with “Small Learning Community Neighborhoods.” These Neighborhoods (Olbrich, Tenney, Warner, and Yahara) do not correlate with where families physically reside, but are assigned randomly. Within each neighborhood, students are supported by an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Dean of Students, and Nurse and ideally these connections will stay the same during a students’ four years at East. East’s Neighborhood structure offers opportunities for student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships leading to students’ becoming personally involved in and taking responsibility for their own education. The result of students’ feeling a part of the school’s academics and activities is increased chances for success both in and out of the classroom.  A full list of all staff by neighborhood can be found here.

Class of 2026 students and families will be emailed their Neighborhood assignments and a Neighborhood Welcome Message in August.

Neighborhood Welcome Messages 2021

An Introduction To 9th Grade At East High School

View the slides and information shared at the May 12th, 2021 Spring Virtual Family Night about sports, clubs and organizations at East High School. 

Watch last year's recorded virtual presentation and recording of electives Q&A session from January 7th, 2021 about East High School for current 8th grade families led by current East staff and students.

Program Options

Personalized Pathways


Dual Language Immersion (DLI)


Questions about the transition from 8th to 9th grade?  Contact East's 9th Grade On Track Coordinator, Tom Kanies, at or 608-204-1683.

Para preguntas en español, se puede comunicar con la Sra. Silvia Gomez al 608-204-1624 o,  o la consejera escolar bilingüe, Robin Murphy-Sinha, al 608-561-7370 (llamadas o textos) o


Purgolder Press (weekly)
Peppy's Periodical (monthly)
Tower Media (student news site)
East Calendar

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