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Important Reminders

There will be no school for students on Monday, October 13th.
Join us for the Gaucho Homecoming Parade Friday, October 17th at 1pm. ECHS will have a noon dismissal.


Gaucho Highlight

The College Application Handbook

Introducing the first edition of El Cerrito High School's College Application Handbook. This comprehensive guide provides information, advice and resources to help make the 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. Continue Reading→

Principal's Message: Weeks of September 28th and October 5th

Progress Report Night will take place this Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 pm in the small and large gyms. Progress Reports will be available in the cafeteria starting at 6:15 and teachers will be available in the gyms at 6:30. Thanks to district-wide efforts to increase technology in classrooms we are getting closer to having one-to-one devices for all students. The District and ECHS need your support with a brief technology survey we will have available in the cafeteria on Progress Report Night.

Make-up pictures for the yearbook will take place on Thursday, October 2nd throughout the day in Room B106. Senior portraits will also be taking place over the next couple of weeks by appointment only.

An Ivy League Connection Information Session will take place on Thursday in the theater from 12:30 to 2:30 for sophomores and juniors with a 3.6 cumulative GPA. Passes will be distributed to students early this week and we encourage them to attend the information session.

Free and Reduced lunch forms are due this week. Any families that have not completed the forms for this year will be charged full price beginning this week. We strongly encourage you to complete these forms electronically or pick up copies from the main office.

If you are interested in being a voting member of our School Site Council we have one parent vacancy for this year. Self-nomination forms are available in the front office and must be returned by Friday, October 3rd. The School Site Council meets four times throughout the year and oversees the new Local Control Funding Formula for ECHS. The first meeting will take place on October 20th in the library from 4 to 5:30.

The staff here at ECHS believes it is important to help instill professionalism in our student body. One of the areas we believe some of our students need support with is professional attire. Starting this week we will be issuing detentions to students that are wearing shirts that do not overlap with shorts and pants, students that are exposing undergarments, and students that are wearing inappropriate displays on articles of clothing. Detentions will be served during lunch. We appreciate your support in helping students dress appropriately for school.

The Senior Assistant Director of Admissions will be in the ECHS library on October 2nd from 6-7 pm to conduct an college entrance essay workshop and then from 7-8:30 she will provide an information session about Yale. Please cut and paste the link below into your browser to register:


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.

Please note that the staff parking lot off of Eureka is no longer accessible as a drop off and pick up area for students.  Only staff vehicles are permitted in the Eureka parking lot.  We appreciate your support with this adjustment.


— Principal Luongo

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