For returning students, registering for the 15/16 school year will require a Parent Portal account. ERHS is offering 1-hour training sessions for parents in need on April 28, 29, May 6 and May 7. Or you can do your own training with some handy online videos (coming soon).
April 25—Congratulations to the 15/16 Pepster Squads. After a rigorous and taxing week of try-outs, the final decision was announced Saturday afternoon.
April 23—Last week was Key Club's fourth and final blood drive of the year. Seniors who have donated at least three times this year will get to wear a special red cord at graduation. Also, PIH Health Hospital of Whittier, which sponsors the event, will be giving a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky senior partly based on last year's blood donations. Finally, if you're short one donation, you can still give and earn your red cord by going to PIH Whittier on your own (See Mr. Sorenson for details).
April 23—Following the home meet against La Serna, the Varsity girls are an undefeated 4-0 in league, while the varsity boys are 2-2. Last regular season track meet is this week against Whittier (4/30, at Whittier).
April 24—The Friday before Spring Break (April 3), students received Honor Roll certificates for the 1st semester. Administrators and counselors spread out across campus during 2nd period in a mad dash to distribute the recognition to worthy students. However, it quickly became apparent that a mistake had been made. The certificates reported cummulative GPAs, rather than 1st semester GPAs. Some students received certificates that shouldn't have; others didn't receive them but should have. So this Friday (April 24), administrators and counselors did it all over again, but this time with certificates reporting the correct GPAs. Photos are from both Fridays.
April 16—The second annual Don Games, Spring's answer to Fall's Night Pep Rally, went down Thursday evening in the main gym. Once again, it was two teams: Seniors and freshmen vs. juniors and sophomores. They faced off in a series of sometimes skillful and sometimes silly games. The score at the end of the night was very close, but the Seniors/Freshmen came out on top, 675 to 660.
April 14—For three periods Wednesday morning, representatives of the LA County Fire department held workshops on hands-only CPR. Students from Ms. Sythe and Ms. Kemp's Health classes attended the training. Each student got to take home their own "mini-Anne" to practice what they had learned, as well as to share their new knowledge with their family.
March 31—Each year, ERHS sends a poetry slamming team of students to compete in the GetLit Classic Slam at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. To have a team ready by the April 30th event date, Mr. Sorenson and Ms. Brown have been holding poetry slamming practice sessions with students from their Creative Writing and AP English Composition classes. The final team members were chosen from an after-school competition April 15th in the faculty center. Those winners—Emily James, Shaniah Santos, Derek Peyton, Sidney Carroll, Jennifer Guerra, Andres Lemus—will represent ERHS at the April 30th Classic Slam in Los Angeles. If you'd like to go along to cheer on your favorite poet, see Mr. Sorenson for a ticket (May 2 only).
April 15—Well-known Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez visited El Rancho's students and staff during fourth period Wednesday to talk about his life as an award-winning journalist and novelist. Lopez has been writing for The LA Times since 2001, but came to fame in 2008 when his series of columns chronicling the struggles of his friend Nathaniel Ayers, a musician with schizophrenia, were turned into a movie entitled The Soloist. Lopez encouraged students to strengthen their knowledge through reading, and gave advice on how to become a strong writer; that is, lots and lots of rewriting and reading your work aloud to make sure you write what you mean, and mean what you write.