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Principal’s Message: Week of February 1st

The California Exit Exam will take place on Tuesday, the 3rd and Wednesday, the 4th for all 10th graders. All 10th graders should report to school by 8:05 on Tuesday and Wednesday and report directly to assigned testing rooms. Testing room locations are posted around campus. Students must pass the Exit Exam in order to earn a high school diploma so it is important that all students do the best they can this week.

Come meet your students’ new teachers this Thursday for Semester 2 Back-to-School Night. Block 1 visits will begin at 6:30 pm. The evening will give you the opportunity to meet your student’s new teachers and learn about the curriculum for those classes. Your student’s schedule will be available in the main lobby if you need a copy when you arrive, but I would recommend printing it from home ahead of time as it is available in Powerschool.

Friday, February 6th is a minimum day so 4th block will end at 2 pm.

Come celebrate Senior Night for our girls and boys basketball teams this week. Girls Bball will have Senior Night on Tuesday starting at 6:30 pm in the gym and Boys Bball will have Senior Night on Friday starting at 6:30 pm. Good luck to Boys and Girls soccer as they head into the league playoffs this week.

This week is National School Counselors Appreciation Week and we are extremely fortunate to have such a strong counseling team from our academic counselors to our college-and-career counselors to our staff in the James Morehouse Project. Thank you all for supporting our students as they journey towards adulthood.

Jazz Ensemble and Quintet were selected as finalists for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Festival High School competition. Over 140 nationwide applicants, only 12 bands selected and only 6 combos by competitive audition. It’s literally the super bowl of Jazz festivals. ECHS hasn’t been selected since 1991 when they won the festival. It’s been 24 years! You can check out some of the great sounds of the ECHS Jazz bands and other High School Jazz Bands at the Jazz Festival happening all day at ECHS on Saturday, February 7th.

Congratulations to our newest Ivy League Connection winners. Aisha Asif, Tamika Whitenack, and Jae-An Wang will all be headed to the University of Chicago this summer.

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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