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The 3rd edition of the El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook 2016 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 May 1st

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please take a moment to thank your teachers for the hard work that they put in on a daily basis to help support you on your journey through high school and beyond.

Term 4 Progress Reports will be distributed in 2nd block classes on Friday. Grades will be updated in Powerschool by this Tuesday, so please check on your student’s progress as we work on finishing out the year strong.

Seniors needing to complete Cyberhigh courses for graduation have until May 16th to complete testing.  Cyberhigh testing is being held in Room C208 the following times:

Everyday Block 4

Wednesday during block 4 and then after school until 4:00pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 to 9:30 AM, but please note that no test will be started after 9:15 AM that block.

Please also note that Wednesday May 4th there will be testing in room C208, after school, which is a change from previously announced dates.

 

AP testing is happening for the next two weeks. Schedules will be posted on the cafeteria indicating locations for students to test. If you are not sure what day a test is taking place you can check the collegeboard website. Assistant Principal Sudduth is our AP Testing Coordinator so please touch basis with her if you have additional questions.

Last Friday, the ECHS swim team finished their season at the league championships held at Cal Maritime Academy. Congratulations to the entire team but especially the Girls Varsity, who went undefeated this season and got 1st place as TCAL League Champs for the first time in many years.  Varsity boys came in 4th place, JV Boys came in 2nd, and JV Girls came in 3rd place.   Congratulations to the swim team and all of their hard work this season as well as to Coaches Charlie Alabanza and Michelle Li.

I’m proud to say, with the help of our counseling team, ECHS had the highest completion percentage in the District (70%) for completing FAFSA (Financial Aid) documentation for our graduating seniors.

El Cerrito’s Pioneers in Engineering team placed 2nd in the Robotics competition at UC Berkeley last weekend.

Congratulations to our Mathletes for their first place victory last week. This is the first time in the more than 30-year history of Mathletes that ECHS has earned a first place victory. On the winning team were Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder, Jae-An Wang, Grace Rusin, Claire Sterling, and Calder Hansen.

ECHS has two students that qualified for the California State Science Fair. Congratulations and best of luck to Hao Yang He and Tamika Whitenack.

One of the things that makes the University of California system the best in the world is the high standards that UCs and CSUs require for admission.  To get in to a UC or CSU, high school students must take 15 UC approved college preparatory classes.  These courses are called the ‘A-G’ requirements.   Students must also earn a ‘C’ or better or the course won’t count.  A huge barrier is the grade of ‘D’ for which a student gets credit toward high school graduation but not toward the A-G requirements.  In 2006 only 14% of WCCUSD graduates met the A-G standards.  For the class of 2015, that percentage had increased to 42% — or three times as many.   ECHS has seen an increase from 33% to 55% over those years.

9th through 11th graders should review class selections for next year to ensure you are signed up for the classes you want and need to take.  Please check your PowerSchool account and if you would like to request a change please do so by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/forms/Tu2gOcOHYe

Spring sports are in full swing. Please come out and support our softball, baseball, track, badminton, and boys volleyball programs.

Seniors, if you have not turned in your service learning documentation to your counselor please do so immediately. Students cannot participate in the graduation ceremony unless this requirement is completed and documentation is turned in. Service learning logs are available in the main office. Students can turn in completed service learning logs at any point during high school, they do not need to wait until senior year.

The WCCUSD 51st Annual Student Art Show is happening from March 19th to April 24th at the Richmond Art Center. Come see the vibrant art produced by our inspired young artists!  More than 50 art students from El Cerrito High are participating.

Contra Costa Health Services offers NO COST dental services through our school health center, the James Morehouse Project. This includes dental exams, cleanings, fillings and x-rays. If you would like your student to receive dental services, please call Brian at 925-483-6269 or come by the JMP for more information.

Please remember that the upper parking lot on Eureka is staff parking only. Please do not use it as a drop off for students as it creates challenges for staff in the morning and afternoon.

Please be careful when dropping your students off at school. We have been seeing an increase in the number of people stopping in the middle of the street and letting students off in the street.  Please make sure to pull over in a safe location so that students can use crosswalks and sidewalks.  We appreciate your cooperation so that we can keep everyone safe.

Congratulations to teachers Lawrence Pang and Helene Burks as being selected as two of the five teachers in WCCUSD this year being recognized with the Ed Fund’s Teaching Excellence Award. We are very proud of both of these great teachers.

I am proud to announce that one of our staff members, Ron Driskell has received the “You Make a Difference Award 2016” for making outstanding contributions to the lives of students with special needs in West County.

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

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.

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.

Sincerely,
Principal Luongo


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