News and Announcements

Parent and Community LCAP Input Meetings

El Rancho Unified School District staff, parents, and community members are invited to attend the District's upcoming Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings. The LCAP will be the new guide for developing student achievement outcomes and aligning the District's expenditure of State funding to those goals. The process requires as much feedback as possible and we encourage you to attend any one of our sessions! Information and input gathering will repeat across our District community during the following three evenings:

- Monday, February 3, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
El Rancho High School Cafeteria

- Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Burke Middle School Cafeteria

- Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
North Park Middle School Cafeteria

If you are unable to make a meeting, please complete an online survey by March 2, 2014.
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Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries

You are invited to join the Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries to a fundraiser night at Shakey's. After you place your order, drop the original receipt in the box and Shakey's will donate 25% of your total purchase to the Friends of the Libraries.

What: Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries Fundraiser Night

When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Shakey's Pizza Parlor
9290 Whittier Boulevard
Pico Rivera

The Friends of the Libraries Book Center is located at 9449 Slauson Avenue, Pico Rivera. For more information, please contact Beverly Walker, (562) 949-2010 or Celia Galindo, (562) 948-2408.
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Burke Middle School Principal is Region's Best in His Class

Burke Middle School Principal, Elias Vargas was recently selected by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as Middle School Principal of the Year for Region XV. ACSA Region XV is comprised of 56 districts and 23 charters throughout Los Angeles County and for the first time ever, El Rancho's very own was selected as the recipient of this award. Elias Vargas was first nominated by different administrators from the Whittier area, and the final selection for this award was made by a panel of administrators from all over Los Angeles County. Mr. Vargas will be recognized and receive this award at the region's awards banquet in Burbank at the end of April. In addition, Mr. Vargas’ name moves forward as a Nominee for the State of California Administrator of the Year Award. This is an outstanding honor and recognition for the school and the district.
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Presentations to the Board of Education

The Board of Education received an update on the El Rancho High School pool / locker room project at its February 18, 2014 meeting. Gary Christofi, Christofi Architects and David Medcalf, Erickson Hall Construction provided a status report on the project.

Also that evening, an update on the District's Facilities Master Plan process was shared with the Board of Education and the El Rancho community by Jaime Ortiz, High Performance Learning Environments.

Click the links below to view the presentations.
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Availability of New Smarter Balanced Field Test Videos for Students

The California Department of Education has made available two new videos that are designed to provide information to high school and middle school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test. The videos provide an introduction to the test and include answers to questions about what, where, how, and why and most importantly, the significant contribution students will make in helping to creat the operational tests for 2014-15.
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2014 California State University Los Angeles First Chair Honor Band

Five El Rancho High School music students have been accepted to participate in the 2014 California State University Los Angeles First Chair Honor Band.

The honor band brings togethe outstanding musicians from high schools throughout Southern California. Participants will have the opportunity to gather for an incredible weekend of music making: they will rehearse with other outstanding musicians, receive instruction from Cal State Los Angeles applied faculty and perform a final concert. In addition, participants will get to enjoy the Cal State Los Angeles Showcase Concert featuring the CSULA Wind Ensemble, along with othe performing groups.

The talented El Rancho music students are Karla Bouche, Veronica Aguilar, Stefanie Magan, Andrea Moran and Carmen Ramos.
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Changes to School Calendar

February 10, 2014 will be an instructional day for all students in the District. This action is a result of restoration of furlough days. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND CLASS ON THAT DAY.
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El Rancho High Boys Varsity Cross Country

The El Rancho High School boys varsity cross country team has captured the Del Rio League championship and senior, Gefry Sarco was named cross country runner of the year by the Whittier Daily News. Congratulations on an outstanding season!
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