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ECHS is proud to announce that the second edition of the El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook 2015 is now available for viewing and download! This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the college 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. This edition includes updated information and new sections and resources. Continue Reading→

Principal’s Message: Week of October 4th

This week is Homecoming week. We will have adjusted schedules on Thursday and Friday. Thursday is a rally day and all students are encouraged to participate in the rally that will take place in the gym from 2:45 to 3:45.

On Thursday, Block 2 will begin at 9:25, Block 3 will end at 1:00 and Block 4 will end at 2:30. Students with Block 4 classes are expected to attend the rally.

Friday, is our annual Homecoming parade which will begin at 1:00 in front of the school. All parents and community members are encouraged to come out to the parade route to see the hard work students put into the floats, see our marching band, flag squad and cheerleaders, as well as many of our clubs and other festive parade participants.

On Friday, Block 2 will begin at 9:05, Block 3 will end at 11:00 am and Block 4 will end at Noon.

The Homecoming dance will take place on Friday night in the small gym from 7 to 10 pm. Finally, the homecoming football game will take place on Saturday night at DeAnza High School at 7 pm against St. Mary’s High School.

Lastly, there is no school for students on Monday, October 12th as all staff will be participating in professional development activities. The school and office will not be open on Monday.

Students and families that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch must renew last year’s meal application by October 5th. Students without an updated and current meal application on file will have to bring their lunch or pay for their meal. Please help support your student by completing the online application on the District website to help support your student getting the energy they need to make it through the instructional day. If you need support please contact the ECHS main office or our cafeteria manager Linda Wagner.

Congratulations to Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder for being named a National Merit Semifinalist. Gwennie is among 16,000 of the highest academically achieving students in the Nation. National Finalists will be announced in February.

Also, congratulations go out to Maxwell Barr for being named to California’s Division II All State Ultimate Frisbee team. The ECHS co-ed ultimate Frisbee team is only a year old, but they continue to grow and are now establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Bay Area.

As we transition into the second half of the first Term, this is a good time for students to reflect on grades, attendance, study habits, and healthy living. Are your grades where you want them to be? Can you make some minor adjustments to your daily routines to make sure you get to all classes on time? Are you able to manage your stress in a productive and healthy way? If you are struggling with any of these areas please talk to a trusted adult on campus to help you move in a positive direction. Remember all of us struggle with some aspect of our lives at one point or another so it is important to reflect and find positive solutions as you navigate through life.

Fall sports are underway and our students love your support when you come out to watch our games and matches.  Please check out the schedules for cross country, girls volleyball, girls tennis and football on the ECHS website.  Good luck to all of our student athletes as they maintain high academic standards and represent ECHS with honor.

Please remember that the staff parking lot off of Eureka is not a drop off and pick up area for students. Only staff vehicles are permitted in the Eureka parking lot.

We are looking forward to you being part of the Gaucho community this year. Please remember how important it is to stay on top of your work and assignments from day 1, be confident in who you are as an individual, and treat all of your Gaucho family with love and respect.

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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