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Principal’s Message: Week of November 22nd

Congratulations to the ECHS girls cross-country team for placing 4th at the North Coast Section championship in all of Division 3 yesterday. They head to the State Championships in Fresno next week. It has been over 15 years since ECHS has had a girls team at the State Championships in cross country. Good Luck Lady Gauchos!!

ECHS students Kevin Cassman, Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder, Athena Lynch, and Claire Sterling competed at last Wednesday’s Mathletes competition at Piedmont High School, and took an impressive FOURTH PLACE. If you would like to compete with the team at Mathletes next month, please contact Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder.

If you missed last week’s College Night you can access the Powerpoint on our school website under the counseling tab.

Wednesday will be a Minimum Day with a 2 PM 4th block release. School and District offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Last week the cross country showed their strength at the TCAL League Championships.  In a field of 300 runners, the Gauchos earned medals in 4 out of 5 races.  Congratulations goes out to the All-League Award winners: Rota Maynard, Miya Keilin, Barbara Larrondo, Naomi Furuya, Cailyn Sakurai, Grace Rusin, Lucy Malamud, and Devin Snyder.  Great job runners and good luck at NCS!

A big shout out and thank you to Keith Johnson and the Gaucho Band for another great season of music, fun, and Gaucho Spirit at the home football games. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Lastly, I am proud to say that two of our Culture Keeper students (Hope Rodas and Laneiyah Taulahi) were invited to present the work they have been doing at ECHS at this year’s Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference at UC Berkeley last week.

ECHS will host a New Student Information Night on Monday, December 7th at 6pm in the ECHS theater for students and families considering El Cerrito High School for the 2016-17 school year.

The graduation date for the class of 2016 has been set!! I am happy to inform everyone that the 2016 graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at the Richmond Convention Center.

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.

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.  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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