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Principal's Message: Week of November 23rd

This week is a short week. Monday is a regular day and Tuesday is a minimum day. 4th block will end at 2pm on Tuesday. Students and teachers do not have school on Wednesday, but the main office will be open until 3pm. The school will be closed Thursday and Friday.

We will have a School Site Council meeting in the library on Monday from 4-5:30.

We are having a visit on Tuesday @ lunch from the El Cerrito Fire Dept. who would like to speak to any students (any grade level) interested in becoming a Paramedic, an EMT, or a firefighter. There is also a scholarship for seniors to learn about. Captain Dave Ciappara, a paramedic and firefighter will be our guest - That's Career Center @ Lunch, Tuesday.

Also, we would like to congratulate our Senior Class as they conclude most of their college applications this week. Great job Gauchos!! We will be well represented across the Country by our Class of 2015.

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

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” for another memorable and successful production. A special shout out to George Elsbury and Lavonia Bobo for taking on the challenging roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and a giant thank to our theater teacher and director Ms. Bush and technical director Kevin Little.

Congratulations to Anna Tong, Co-editor–in-Chief of the ECHS 2015 Yearbook on a successful submission of the first deadline of the 75th edition of our ECHS yearbook. Anna guided the editorial staff to be recognized as one of the best first submissions of yearbook pages in many years.  If you haven’t purchased your 2015 yearbook, now is the time before prices rise on January 1st.

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.

Please note that the staff parking lot off of Eureka is no longer accessible as a drop off and pick up area for students.  Only staff vehicles are permitted in the Eureka parking lot.  We appreciate your support with this adjustment.


— Principal Luongo



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El Cerrito High School is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

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