Encina High School Alumni
Here is some information about the Encina High School groups or mailing lists.
The Encina webmaster has created groups on http://groups.yahoo.com for each Encina class year. In addition, there is a group for those wishing to receive the Encina Update, plus groups for Encina teachers & staff and for Encina parents.
What are groups?
The most basic function of a group is provide a mailing list. For example, email sent to email@example.com will be automatically distributed to all the members of the group encina1973. This makes it easy for members of each class to send messages to the classmates who belong to the group. However, in addition to being a mailing list, yahoogroups.com provides powerful communication tools which give groups a FREE place on the net with tools that make it easier to share ideas and coordinate events.
The class group or mailing list provides a "chat" like environment where alumni can chitchat to a "partyline" while their classmates listen in. Replies to posts to the class group go to everyone in the group, as some have discovered to their chagrin.
Some find the amount of email this chat generates too much. If this is the case, please write and I will remove you from your class list. But for others, it is great fun to chitchat with old classmates. If you are not on your class list and would like to try it, let me know.
If your class mailing list is idle, just sent a note to firstname.lastname@example.org (changing 1973 to your class year) and see what happens...
As those belonging to the class lists know, I send out announcements to the appropriate list when new alumni are found, along with any bios which are submitted. Some classes have the nice custom of greeting new arrivals, which often gets a new conversation thread started. I encourage this practice of making newcomers welcome.
Many of you may not realize that the membership of each class mailing list is accessible (but only to the subscribers and only if you register for free with yahoogroups.com), and that past messages are archived.
Obviously you must edit these URLs depending on your class year. And you can only access the membership list and messages for the class year you belong to.
Membership in each group is voluntary. You can join and group or leave a group at any time.
The Encina class year groups are unmoderated. That is, any member of a group can send a message to the group. However, you must be a member of the group to send a message to the group. Anyone may join a group, and messages can be read by anyone, not just members of the group. There is a member directory for each group which its members can see.
Messages sent to a group are archived on the yahoogroups website.
The class mailing lists are like a party line where one person is speaking and many
people are listening. In order to avoid inappropriate posts, here are a few guidelines:
1. keep it civil. avoid flamewars, personal attacks.
2. do not forward "chain letters", "virus warnings", "humor" and the like.
Examples of appropriate contents:
1. mail about reunions
2. mail about Encina
3. mail about family and classmates and friends
4. pictures of family
5. mail about personal interests
Encina Update group
The weekly Encina Update is mailed to members of the encinaupdate group. The Encina Update is an emailed newsletter sent out by the Encina webmaster which contains information about reunions, alumni and all things Encina. If you wish to receive the Encina Update, please join the encinaupdate group as described below.
Unlike the class year groups, the Encina Update group is moderated and only the Encina webmaster can post messages to the group.
Since messages are archived on the yahoogroups website, Encina Updates will be archived automatically.
Join the Encina Update group
You can join the Encina Update group by using the form below.
1. Enter your email address and click on the "join group" button.
2. You will be whisked to the yahoogroups website and asked to subscribe to the encinaupdate group. Please check the "yes" box for the question "Make your profile visible to other members of this list" so your name will appear next to your email address. Now click on the join button.
3. yahoogroups will send you an email containing a validation number.
4. read your email and follow the instructions to visit the yahoogroups website using the provided URL
5. yahoogroups will ask you to chose a password. write it down.
6. you are now a member of the encinaupdate group.
If this seems too complicated or you have problems, just send a blank email to
You will be added to the encinaupdate group but you will not be registered on the yahoogroups website.
Join your class group
There are forms on each class directory page and on most class homepages which allow you to join your class group.
Here are some of the things your class group can do:
Group email distribution lets everyone in your class share news with everyone else!
Group Photo Album allows your class to share pictures with classmates near and far
Group chat; lets you all talk at once without the conference call bills
The polling function makes it easy to see everyone's availability for the next class get together
You can have your class calendar email everyone a reminder and directions automatically
The class groups should be good for those classes having reunions this year. If you wanted to have an online discussion, you could arrange for interested parties to be online at a particular time and have a virtual conference via chat, where you could discuss ideas for the reunion.
Please join your class group.
Navigating the yahoogroups website
When you visit the yahoogroups website for the first time, you may find it confusing to find your way around.
If you want to register: click on the "Join for free" button. Enter your email address. yahoogroups will send you an email containing a validation number. read your email and enter the validation number in the form, along with your name, zip code and password. You are now a member of yahoogroups.
If you want to find the Encina groups: enter encina in the search box. You will see a list of all the Encina groups.
Once you have registered, when you visit the yahoogroups website and sign in, yahoogroups will display a "my groups" button which displays the groups you belong to and allows you easy access to the groups and your profile.
What to do if you have problems
If you have problems subscribing to your class group or the encina update group, please fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page and send the Encina webmaster your name, email address and the groups you wish to join. The Encina webmaster can manually add you to the groups, although you will not be registered with yahoogroups.
You may have problems registering with yahoogroups if your browser does not support cookies or if you are using an old brower (pre Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Communicator 4).
Last updated: 03/02/2009
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