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There will be no school for students on Monday, October 13th.
Join us for the Gaucho Homecoming Parade Friday, October 17th at 1pm. ECHS will have a noon dismissal.


Gaucho Highlight

The College Application Handbook

Introducing the first edition of El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook. This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the 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. Continue Reading→

Principal's Message: Weeks of October 19th

Thank you to everyone that helped make Homecoming Week fun for the entire ECHS community. Congrats to the football team for putting a great exclamation point on the week with their victory over the Hercules Titans Saturday night.

There will be a School Site Council meeting on Monday in the library from 4 to 5:30. There will also be a PTSA meeting on Monday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in the library. Please come join us at the PTSA meeting as I deliver this year’s State of the School Address.

On Tuesday evening there will be a public hearing in the ECHS library to share opinions about the proposed names by the ECHS Archiving Committee for a number of different areas on campus. School board members Kronenberg and Enos will hear public comments on the proposed Sandy Berman Press Box, Dr. Sam Elkind Performing Arts Theater, Frank Milo Football Field, and Hal Roach Track. If you would like to share your opinion on the matter please join us at 6:30 on Tuesday in the library.

Make-up pictures for 9-11th graders will take place on Tuesday, October 21st. Students that missed walkthrough registration will be called out to take their picture for the yearbook throughout the day.

Don’t miss the Wind and Jazz Ensembles as they perform Friday night at 7:30 pm in the ECHS theater.

Friday marks the end of Quarter 1. Please make sure to stay focused this week and do the best you can on all your final projects and exams.

Lastly, a special appreciation goes out to Bob Fabini and Linda O’Connor as they were recognized last week at the School Board Meeting for their incredible commitment to this District. Mr. Fabini has supported this community for 30 years and Ms. O’Connor has supported for 35 years. We are extremely fortunate to have both of these dedicated teachers at ECHS. Thank you both.

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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