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Principal’s Message: Week of May 22nd

The 2016 graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at the Richmond Convention Center.

Congratulations to all of our English Language Learners that will be reclassified as fully English proficient. This is a big accomplishment and students will be recognized at the District’s reclassification ceremony at the Richmond Auditorium this Monday evening at 6 PM.

This week is Spirit Week as we get ready to wish our seniors well as they head off into the next chapters of their lives. We will have a rally schedule on Friday. The rally will take place from 2:45 to 3:45.

Congratulations to the softball team for going undefeated in TCAL league play and winning the Stone Division Championship last week. Good luck to softball and baseball as they enter the NCS playoffs this week.

A big shout out to Ms. Kronenberg and our dancers for an incredible show over the weekend that packed the theater.

Our speech and debate team finished the year with a flourish. Charlotte Diamant competed in the State competition in Lincoln Douglas, and Lindsey Lam went to semi-finals in the State competition in IE. In the Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, Gabby Meacham, and the duo team of George Elsbury and Ryan Miller, were all semi-finalists. And, for the first time ever, ECHS qualified for the NIE Tournament of Champions in Denver. We were represented by the duo teams of Casey Martin and Alice Johnson, and George Elsbury and Ryan Miller. The Debate program will be holding a speech and debate summer camp from August 1st to the 12th. Registration is still open.

I am pleased to announce that ECHS has a National Merit Scholarship winner this year and that is Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder.

For all the families that drop their students off in the morning, please make sure you are not stopping your vehicle in the street to let students out of the vehicle. The El Cerrito Police Department will have a heightened presence on the streets around the school as we finish up the school year to address parking and driving violations.

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.

Congratulations to our Mathletes for their first place victory last month. 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:


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.

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.

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.

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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