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Principal’s Message: Week of April 12th

It is once again that time of year that we have the opportunity to honor the amazing teachers of ECHS with the annual Investing In Academic Excellence Teacher of the Year Award. Nomination forms are available on in the main office and on the etree and are due to the main office by Friday, April 17th.   Anyone can nominate a teacher and the winner will be announced at the Underclassmen Awards Ceremony on May 28th.

There will be a PTSA meeting on Monday, April 13th in the library at 6:30 pm.

Late registration for AP exams has been extended through this week. The last chance to sign up with the cashier is now Friday, April 17th.

Summer School applications are due to counselors this Monday, April 13th.

Come celebrate Earth Day with the ECHS community. There will be a Garden Work Day Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 a.m. – noon. All ages are welcome and students can earn Community Service Hours.

WCCUSD is holding a Collaboration Colloquium for Sharing Practices for parents, teachers, administrators and community members on Tuesday, April 21st at 6 pm at DeJean Middle School. If you are interested in attending please send me an email and I will RSVP for you.

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!!


Congrats to the Girls Varsity Swim Team who are currently 5-0 this season!  It’s a great run and hoping for more from these talented young ladies as they gear up for League Championships in May!

Good luck to all our Debaters that will be competing in next week’s State Finals!!

Thank you to the Leadership class for a great Spirit Week and a fantastic rally. It was awesome seeing everyone sporting their class colors and showing school pride.

Academic counselors have now been to every 2nd block class to support students in filling out course request sheets for the 2015-2016 school year. You and your student may now log in to powerschool using your normal powerschool login to see the requests that have been entered and make any necessary adjustments. Please note that courses that are by audition only and academy electives have not yet been added to students’ requests and are not available on the student selection screens. Please communicate directly with the instructor if you would like to add one of these courses. These courses will be added by the counseling department based on the lists provided by the instructors. If you do not have access to your powerschool log in information please contact the main office or have your student stop by the office to pick up instructions for student access. Please note that passwords are case sensitive. Once you have logged in, you will need to click on the button entitled “class registration” to view the registration options. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your students’ counselor or Mr. Fleischman. The window for class adjustments will remain open until Tuesday, March 31.

Regarding sign-ups for AP testing:

Students can now sign up for AP testing through the cashier. Students who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch pay $13 per exam, all other students pay $91 per exam. This year, all AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science exams will be paid for by the school district so if your student has taken one of these courses, they are encouraged to take the exam for free. The deadline to sign up for AP exams is Friday, April 13th. If you have any questions about AP exams, please contact Mr. Fleischman.

I am happy to announce that 698 students (that is more than half of our student body) had over a 3.0 GPA for Term 2 and 342 of those students had a 4.0 GPA or higher.

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!!

Please do not forget to complete your “Online Meal Application” so that your student can receive free or reduced lunch.  The application is quick and easy to fill out and can be accessed directly from the home page of the West Contra Costa Unified School District website under “Online Meal Application”.  The application must be completed annually so if you have not renewed you application from last year please do it as soon as possible as last year’s service will expire at the end of September.

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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