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Principal’s Message: Week of February 22nd

Parents and Guardians – we need your feedback!! Please take this year’s Health Kids Survey so that we can continue to build the best possible El Cerrito High School for our community. The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions of school climate as they relate to student well-being, opportunities, and learning. The information provided will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning. The deadline for completion is March 6th, but please do not wait for the last minute.  You can take the survey by following the instructions below:

1. Open a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome)

2. In the address bar type or cut and paste this web address: “surveys.wested.org/csps/ZE947ZG” and hit enter.

3. You will be then directed to this screen in the white box below ‘School Code’ TYPE IN “DY94HA” and CLICK ‘Take Survey’

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. Keep up the great work Gauchos. If you are sophomore, junior, or senior with those strong grades you may be eligible to apply for the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). If you are interested in finding out more about this honor and recognition please stop by Ms. Huybrechts room D201 at lunch this week to find out more information. Applications are due February 26th.

Progress Report Night will take place this Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 to 8 pm. Progress reports will be available for pick-up in the cafeteria and you can also print them from your Powerschool account from home. Teachers will be available in both the large and small gyms and they will be seated by departments. We will also have copies of this year’s Healthy Kids Survey available – we strongly encourage everyone to participate if you have not already completed the survey on the school’s website.

The Boys Basketball team continued its dominance over the break by going undefeated in league play and winning the TCAL Rock Division Championship. This week, the team begins its quest to win the Division II NCS Title. Please come out Tuesday and Friday night at 7:00 pm to the ECHS gym to support your Gauchos on what could be an historic run.

Congratulations to Lexi Takaki for placing 3rd at the Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud competition.

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.

Seniors – please make sure to complete your financial aid documents before the deadline of March 2nd. Our staff here at ECHS recommend that all seniors complete a financial aid application by March 2nd to ensure they receive the most amount of funds available to help pay for college. Even if you are not sure if you are going to college next year yet please keep your options open by completing a financial aid application before the deadline. If you need help with your application please visit the College & Career Center before March 2nd!

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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