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    • Week of January 10th

      Posted by Principal Luongo on 1/15/2016

      This is some text!Term 2 ends this Friday. Make sure to study for all of your finals and complete final projects to the best of your ability.  Semester 1 report cards will be mailed home the week of January 25th.  Semester 2 schedules will be distributed on Monday.  If there are concerns with your schedule please click on the link below:


      At Monday’s PTSA meeting you can get the New Year (and college entrance exam season) off to a healthy start with the advice and experience offered by our ECHS PTSA featured presentation…  Stress Talk for Parents with Bara Sapir, Founder/CEO, Test Prep San Francisco.  In her Stress Talk for Parents, she will cover the all-important roles of relaxation, confidence, and focus to minimize anxiety and maximize test scores and to aid overall success in academics, work, and life.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in the ECHS library.

      On Thursday, Cash 4 College Night will take place at 6 PM in the ECHS library. The event is intended to support 12th graders and their families as they complete the FAFSA and California Dream Act applications.

      There is no school on Monday, January 18th as it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Everyone is invited to celebrate the El Cerrito event themed “Keeping the Dream Alive – Black Lives Matter” with the parade starting at El Cerrito Town Hall at 9:00 AM, an inspirational rally at El Cerrito High School in the theater at 10:30 AM, and a screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” at 5:00 PM at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito.

      There is also no school for students on Tuesday, January 19th as teachers will be completing Semester 1 grades and preparing for the start of Semester 2 on Wednesday.

      If you have questions or concerns regarding your Semester 2 schedule we will be using the Google Doc process to address those concerns.  Please use the following link to make your schedule change request.


      All seniors planning to attend a four-year college or two-year college should start the FAFSA completion process as soon as possible. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The majority of our students qualify for all or some form of aid so it is extremely important that these applications are completed.  The counseling team will be checking in with seniors and providing a variety of supports to ensure everyone that is eligible completes the application.  The absolute deadline for FAFSA applications is March 2nd but we recommend that students and families plan to have applications done by February 15th.  Don’t forget that on the school website you can always check The College Application Handbook if you have questions or need to know how to find other resources.

      Winter sports are in full swing so make sure to come out and support girls and boys soccer and basketball.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Principal Luongo

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