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Principal’s Message: Week of November 29th

Teachers will be submitting progress reports this week so you can see updated grades in Powerschool by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 1st. Hard copies will be distributed in 2nd block classes on Friday. The end of Term 2 always sneaks up quick with all the different holidays and distractions so make sure to stay on top of classes so not to loose focus of your academic goals.

On Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 PM in our ECHS Theater, the ECHS Dance and the Gaucho Dance Company present Transitions – From the Heart – a dance concert about love. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Leadership class will be coordinating a Blood Drive on Friday, December 4th in the small gym. Sign-ups have been in the quad during lunch. If you have questions please contact a Leadership student or Ms. Huybrechts in Room D201. Also, if your student is looking to buy some Gaucho gear or swag, the Student Store is open Tuesdays at lunch.

Last weekend 25 members of our speech and debate team participated in the invitational tournament at Santa Clara University. Congratulations to all who participated, in particular Gabrielle Meacham who placed 5th in Varsity Dramatic Interpretation, Eleanor Moaz who took 3rd speaker in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, the Novice Policy team of Conner Robertson and Isaac Sloan who finished in second place overall, Eli Holmquist who took 2nd in Novice Humorous Interpretation, and Mari Constantini who took 3rd in Novice Dramatic Interpretation.

Congratulations to the ECHS girls cross-country team for placing 4th at the North Coast Section championship in all of Division 3.  It has been over 25 years since ECHS has had a girls team at the State Championships in cross country. Great Job Luck Lady Gauchos!!

ECHS students Kevin Cassman, Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder, Athena Lynch, and Claire Sterling competed at last Wednesday’s Mathletes competition at Piedmont High School, and took an impressive FOURTH PLACE. If you would like to compete with the team at Mathletes next month, please contact Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder.

If you missed College Night you can access the Powerpoint on our school website under the counseling tab.

Lastly, I am proud to say that two of our Culture Keeper students (Hope Rodas and Laneiyah Taulahi) were invited to present the work they have been doing at ECHS at this year’s Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference at UC Berkeley.

ECHS will host a New Student Information Night on Monday, December 7th at 6pm in the ECHS theater for students and families considering El Cerrito High School for the 2016-17 school year.

The graduation date for the class of 2016 has been set!! I am happy to inform everyone that the 2016 graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at the Richmond Convention Center.

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.

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.  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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