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Announcing the Updated 3rd Edition ECHS College Handbook 2016!

The 3rd edition of the El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook 2016 is now available for viewing and download! This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the college application and admission process more accessible to students and families. Find the handbook in the Counseling menu above or click the link in the sidebar. This edition includes updated information and new sections and resources. Continue Reading→

Principal’s Message: Week of April 24th

We will have a School Site Council meeting Monday, April 25th from 4-5:30 PM in the library.

There will be a USC College Info night Monday, April 25th at 6 PM in the library. Leslie Cohen will be leading an informational session that will include updates to the newest version of the ECHS College Handbook. Copies of the handbook will be available at the event. All students and families are welcome.

The ECHS Underclassmen Awards Ceremony will take place this Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM in the theater. Students receiving awards were notified in writing this past week. All are welcome to attend to support and celebrate these hard working students. At the event we will also recognize this year’s two Investing in Academic Excellence Teachers of the Year.

There will be an information night for Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Thursday, April 28th in the ECHS library at 6 PM. We will have a panel of six college representatives, who will give our students vital information regarding the admission process, study abroad, college majors and ultimately why our students should attend an HBCU.  All students and families that are interested in knowing more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities around the Country should plan to attend.

Congratulations to our Mathletes for their first place victory last week. This is the first time in the more than 30-year history of Mathletes that ECHS has earned a first place victory. On the winning team were Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder, Jae-An Wang, Grace Rusin, Claire Sterling, and Calder Hansen.

ECHS has two students that qualified for the California State Science Fair. Congratulations and best of luck to Hao Yang He and Tamika Whitenack.

One of the things that makes the University of California system the best in the world is the high standards that UCs and CSUs require for admission.  To get in to a UC or CSU, high school students must take 15 UC approved college preparatory classes.  These courses are called the ‘A-G’ requirements.   Students must also earn a ‘C’ or better or the course won’t count.  A huge barrier is the grade of ‘D’ for which a student gets credit toward high school graduation but not toward the A-G requirements.  In 2006 only 14% of WCCUSD graduates met the A-G standards.  For the class of 2015, that percentage had increased to 42% — or three times as many.   ECHS has seen an increase from 33% to 55% over those years.

9th through 11th graders should review class selections for next year to ensure you are signed up for the classes you want and need to take.  Please check your PowerSchool account and if you would like to request a change please do so by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/forms/Tu2gOcOHYe

Spring sports are in full swing. Please come out and support our softball, baseball, track, badminton, and boys volleyball programs.

Seniors, if you have not turned in your service learning documentation to your counselor please do so immediately. Students cannot participate in the graduation ceremony unless this requirement is completed and documentation is turned in. Service learning logs are available in the main office. Students can turn in completed service learning logs at any point during high school, they do not need to wait until senior year.

The WCCUSD 51st Annual Student Art Show is happening from March 19th to April 24th at the Richmond Art Center. Come see the vibrant art produced by our inspired young artists!  More than 50 art students from El Cerrito High are participating.

Contra Costa Health Services offers NO COST dental services through our school health center, the James Morehouse Project. This includes dental exams, cleanings, fillings and x-rays. If you would like your student to receive dental services, please call Brian at 925-483-6269 or come by the JMP for more information.

Please remember that the upper parking lot on Eureka is staff parking only. Please do not use it as a drop off for students as it creates challenges for staff in the morning and afternoon.

Please be careful when dropping your students off at school. We have been seeing an increase in the number of people stopping in the middle of the street and letting students off in the street.  Please make sure to pull over in a safe location so that students can use crosswalks and sidewalks.  We appreciate your cooperation so that we can keep everyone safe.

Congratulations to teachers Lawrence Pang and Helene Burks as being selected as two of the five teachers in WCCUSD this year being recognized with the Ed Fund’s Teaching Excellence Award. We are very proud of both of these great teachers.

I am proud to announce that one of our staff members, Ron Driskell has received the “You Make a Difference Award 2016” for making outstanding contributions to the lives of students with special needs in West County.

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

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.

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.

Sincerely,
Principal Luongo


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