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Principal’s Message: Week of December 14th

ECHS will be holding a school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition this Tuesday during second block for students that won their in-class competitions. The winner of this competition will be competing in the Contra Costa County exhibition. A special thank you to teacher Mr. Jepson for coordinating the event.

Our annual 8th Grade and New Student Information Night will take place on Wednesday, December 17th from 6-8 pm in the theater. Please encourage any prospective ECHS families to attend so they can find out about some of the great academic and extra-curricular activities happening in Gaucholand.

Don’t miss the second installment of our Winter Concert Series as we wrap up our Performing Arts showcases on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm in the theater. Thank you to teachers Keith Johnson, Jessy Kronenberg and Carmen Bush for the wonderful shows they have produced over the course of the last month. Close to 500 students are taking at least one Performing Arts class this year and that number is in direct correlation to the great teachers and programs we have in the Performing Arts Department. Congratulations to our dancers for an incredibly inspirational and energizing performance over the weekend and both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quintet who took first place at last week’s Delta Jazz Festival.

We will have a minimum day on Friday, December 19th. 4th block will release at 2:00 pm as we enter the Winter Break. The main office will be open during the break on non-district holidays from 8-3 daily.

Don’t forget to check out our Winter Sports teams. Girls and Boys Soccer and Basketball are working hard and gearing up for regular season play.

Seniors, mark your calendars – January 13 is our CASH FOR COLLEGE Night – more info to come.

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.

Sincerely,
Principal Luongo


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