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The 2nd Edition of the College Application Handbook

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 May 10th

There will be a School Site Council meeting in the library from 4-5:30 on Monday and a PTSA meeting on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 as well.

Seniors, please make sure to turn in your documentation for service learning to your counselors. Completing service learning is a requirement for graduation and participating in the graduation ceremony.

Come celebrate ECHS’ Media and IT academies at Wednesday Night’s District Academy Awards ceremony in the ECHS theater starting at 5:30.

Saturday night is the Junior-Senior prom at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. We are looking forward to what should be a wonderful evening. The prom will end at 11pm. Please help support a safe event by coordinating rides ahead of time and making sure a ride is available for your student by 11 pm.

ECHS will be hosting the District’s College Decision Day event on Saturday, May 16th from 10-11:30. Seniors from all over the District are encouraged to come out and share where they will be attending college next year. All families and students are invited to attend the celebration.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Hear with Me” for taking us on a journey through the mind of a teenager with the use of music. Thank you to theater teacher Ms. Bush and theater manager Mr. Little for their support of the production.

All AP exams begin at 8 AM and schedules are posted around campus.  Students who are testing should check the schedule.

Congrats to all the juniors who completed the SBAC test last week. Results on the SBAC test will be available this summer.  Any student who did not finish the English and math SBAC tests last week will finish their tests this week. We will begin SBAC makeup testing on Tuesday, May 5th.  If you have any questions about the 10th grade CST Life Science test this Wednesday or 11th grade SBAC make up testing this week please email or call Assistant Principal Winn at extension 11564.

Earlier this school year, our district started a partnership with BrightBytes, an educational software company, so that we could learn more about our school’s technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather baseline and continuous data on technology access and skills, and on our district’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. Please go to the website listed in my Principal’s Message to take the newest BrightBytes survey (you may need to cut and paste the link).

El Cerrito Parent Survey URL: www.BByt.es/Q27TP

The District-Wide annual student art show is taking place at the Richmond Art Center from March 22 to May 24th. About 60 works of art from EC students are displayed. Thanks to the support of our Visual Arts teachers – Ms. Coleman, Mr. Grover, Ms. Jun and Ms. Shah. Additionally, 3 ceramics students were recognized and published by KQED arts – those students are Sonam Raj, Adamary Leon, and Francisco Catig. This is the web address if you want to check out some of the work!!

http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/03/30/50-years-of-honoring-young-artists-at-the-richmond-art-center/

Academic counselors have now been to every 2nd block class to support students in filling out course request sheets for the 2015-2016 school year. You and your student may now log in to powerschool using your normal powerschool login to see the requests that have been entered and make any necessary adjustments. Please note that courses that are by audition only and academy electives have not yet been added to students’ requests and are not available on the student selection screens. Please communicate directly with the instructor if you would like to add one of these courses. These courses will be added by the counseling department based on the lists provided by the instructors. If you do not have access to your powerschool log in information please contact the main office or have your student stop by the office to pick up instructions for student access. Please note that passwords are case sensitive. Once you have logged in, you will need to click on the button entitled “class registration” to view the registration options. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your students’ counselor or Mr. Fleischman. The window for class adjustments will remain open until Tuesday, March 31.

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.

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.

Sincerely,
Principal Luongo


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