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Principal’s Message: Week of June 1st


ALL graduating seniors must submit graduation contracts and permission slips IMMEDIATELY to Lisa in the main office. Graduation contracts and permission slips are required for students to attend graduation rehearsal at the Richmond Civic Center at the end of this week. If you need extra copies of the graduation contract and/or permission slip , Lisa, our office manager, can provide you with extra copies.

This week ALL seniors will participate in two graduation rehearsals before attending graduation on Saturday, June 6th. The first graduation rehearsal is on Thursday, June 4th from 8:30-11:30 am in the large gym at El Cerrito High School. Students must report to the large gym by 8:15 am on this day. Immediately following this graduation rehearsal, Achievers will distribute caps and gowns to all graduating seniors.

The second graduation rehearsal is on Friday, June 5th from 8:30 to 12:00 pm at the Richmond Civic Center. All graduating seniors MUST submit graduation contracts AND permission slips before they can attend graduation rehearsal at the Civic Center. Students will meet at 8:15 am in the large gym before boarding buses to the Civic Center. Immediately following the graduation rehearsal at the Richmond Civic Center, seniors will receive a total of 9 graduation tickets for graduation this Saturday. It is important to note that we do NOT have extra graduation tickets this year. This means that each graduating senior will only have 9 tickets total to give to friends and family members who plan to attend graduation.

Please note that El Cerrito High’s graduation is on Saturday, June 6th from 12:30-2:30 pm at the Richmond Civic Center. Students must arrive at 11:30 am on the day of graduation. This is 1 hour before graduation starts. Doors will close at exactly 12:15 pm. Students and families will not be allowed into the auditorium until after the processional at the end of the ceremony if they are not inside the auditorium by 12:15 pm.

If you have any questions about the upcoming graduation rehearsals, the actual graduation, or anything else mentioned in this message please contact Lisa in the main office or me, Ms. Winn, at extension 11564 for more information.

The 2015 school year is coming to a close this week!!!

Tuesday, June 2nd is Senior Awards Night in the theater. The event will begin at 7 PM. A special thank you to Ms. Griggs for organizing this wonderful event on an annual basis.

Wednesday, June 3rd is Black Graduation in the theater. The event will begin at 6 PM. A special thank you to Ms. Wells and the Black Student Union for organizing the event. All are welcome to attend.

It is locker clean out time!!! All textbooks and library materials should be returned by this Monday, June 1st to the textbook room and library. Students must have everything out of lockers by 2:45 on Wednesday as we will begin clearing all lockers that afternoon. Students must return books directly to the textbook room. I would recommend that students start returning unused books as soon as possible at the beginning of the week to avoid long lines on Wednesday.

Congratulations to Ms. Neuman and Ms. Bloomer for being recognized as this year’s Investing in Academic Excellence Teachers of the Year.

All graduating seniors must report to the large gym at 8:15 AM on Thursday, June 4th for an on-site graduation rehearsal.

Friday will be a minimum day and 4th block will end at 11:35. The full schedule will be posted on the website under the Principal’s Message.

Graduation will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 12:30 at the Richmond Auditorium. Please arrive no later than 12:15 if you want to see the beginning procession.

Have a Great Last Week of School Everyone and a wonderful summer!! Best of luck to all our seniors and we look forward to seeing the rest of you back on August 24th. Good night!!

Schedule for Last Day, Friday, June 5th, 2015

Block 1:                8:05 – 8:50

Block 2:                9:00 – 9:45

Block 3:                9:55 – 10:40

Block 4:                10:50 – 11:35

Lunch:                  11:35 – 12:00 Noon

All of our Spring sports programs have had great success this year. We want to wish boys baseball and girls softball luck this week as they enter the first round of the NCS playoffs. We also want to wish Kaylah Robinson and the other track team members luck as they head to NCS and State Track and Field Championships. Kaylah is a sophomore and is one of the best sprinters in all of California. She took first place at the TCAL Championships in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 100 meter hurdle races.

Please remember that walkthrough registration will begin with Freshmen on Tuesday, August 11th and finish with the Seniors on Friday, August 14th. Participation in walkthrough registration helps ensure your student is ready to go on day one of school. It also helps support a smooth opening of school. Parent volunteers are still needed to help facilitate the event. If you are able to support one or more of the four days please contact Lisa in the front office.

Seniors, please make sure to turn in your documentation for service learning to your counselors. Completing service learning is a requirement for graduation and participating in the graduation ceremony.

Congrats to all the juniors who completed the SBAC test last week. Results on the SBAC test will be available this summer.  Any student who did not finish the English and math SBAC tests last week will finish their tests this week. We will begin SBAC makeup testing on Tuesday, May 5th.  If you have any questions about the 10th grade CST Life Science test this Wednesday or 11th grade SBAC make up testing this week please email or call Assistant Principal Winn at extension 11564.

Earlier this school year, our district started a partnership with BrightBytes, an educational software company, so that we could learn more about our school’s technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather baseline and continuous data on technology access and skills, and on our district’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. Please go to the website listed in my Principal’s Message to take the newest BrightBytes survey (you may need to cut and paste the link).

El Cerrito Parent Survey URL: www.BByt.es/Q27TP

The District-Wide annual student art show is taking place at the Richmond Art Center from March 22 to May 24th. About 60 works of art from EC students are displayed. Thanks to the support of our Visual Arts teachers – Ms. Coleman, Mr. Grover, Ms. Jun and Ms. Shah. Additionally, 3 ceramics students were recognized and published by KQED arts – those students are Sonam Raj, Adamary Leon, and Francisco Catig. This is the web address if you want to check out some of the work!!


The District has finalized the start-of-school schedule for next year. The first day of school will be on Monday, August 24th. Walkthrough registration for ECHS will begin on August 11th for 9th graders, the 12th for 10th graders, the 13th for 11th graders, and the 14th for 12th graders.

Did you know that your student may be eligible to receive FREE dental services at our school health center, the James Morehouse Project? Services include dental exams, cleanings, x-rays and fillings and are provided by Contra Costa Health Services. If you would like your student to receive dental services at the JMP, please call Luisa Arguello-Mendoza at 510-965-5313. That phone number is 510-965-5313, or have your student contact the JMP directly for more information.

Please mark your calendars for this year’s graduation ceremony. The ECHS class of 2015 will be graduating on Saturday, June 6th at 12:30 PM at the Richmond Auditorium.

I am pleased to announce that our School Climate Report Card is out for this year and our scores continue to rise. This data is based on The California Healthy Kids Surveys that our students complete in the Spring and our Truancy data. When ranked with similar schools in California, ECHS is currently sitting at the 91st percentile. Thank you for your feedback Gauchos!!

I would like to remind everyone of a couple of important school policies.  Students should have ID’s with them at all times.  ID’s not only help support the safety of the campus, but they are also required in the cafeteria for students to receive free and reduced lunch. With the warm weather right now it is particularly important that everyone dress appropriately.  More specifically, all shirts should be long enough to overlap a pair of pants or a skirt.  Students not dressed appropriately will be required to wear a loaner shirt or call home for a change of clothes.  It is also important to remember that El Cerrito High School has a closed campus policy so at no point should a student leave campus during the school day without being signed out of the main office.  This also means that students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch.  Please remind your student of these policies as we would like to avoid students missing instructional time for not meeting these expectations.

Please help keep our school and community looking beautiful by not leaving trash laying around on campus or when you are walking through the community.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a beautiful facility, but it takes all of us working together to ensure it stays that way.

Principal Luongo

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