Feb 4—Congratulations to Chef David Luna. Over the weekend, he was awarded the Pride58 Award from Assembly member Cristina Garcia's Office. Not one to rest on his laurels, he hit the (kitchen) floor running this week with an elaborate cross-curricular project for his Culinary Arts students. The ROP Hospitality class invited some of the French language classes to a culinary adventure. Over two days (Feb 2, 4), the one class taught the other classes how to prepare (and eat) fine French cuisine.
Feb 3—Congratulations to the Winterbelle King and Queen, Francisco Garcia and Desirae Plancarte. They were crowned in a ceremony during halftime of the boys varsity basketball game Wednesday evening. Two princes and two princesses were also recognized. They were Malachi Allen and Isaiah Araujo for the boys, and Janae Caranza and Samantha Chavarria for the girls.
Jan 27—The drama department put on its fall production last week. The play was The Visit, by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt. On Tuesday (1/26), classes were invited to the Little Theater for scene presentations. Wednesday (1/27) was an evening dress rehearsal; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday was the official run.
Jan 28—Girls soccer began its second round of league play Thursday with a home game against Pioneer. Varsity lost in overtime, 1-0, giving them a league record of 0-6. JV won 4-0, giving them a league record of 3-3. The Lady Dons will face La Serna (away, 2/2) and Whittier (home, 2/4) this week.
Jan 12—In their opening league games, the boys soccer teams both won against Pioneer. JV won their game 1-0. Varsity ended regulation play with a 1-1 tie, then dominated in overtime for a 3-1 victory.
Jan 12—For 5th period Tuesday, the main gym was packed to the rafters with students eager to see Astronaut Jose Hernandez (@Astro_Jose). He was the first guest speaker from the "Student Empowerment Speaker Series," a program initiated this year by Generation 1st Degree. One of the Gen 1st Degree founders, Jackie Cisneros, was on hand to introduce Mr. Hernandez, as were local television stations @ABC7 and @TELEMUNDO52. Mr. Hernandez is a lifelong scientist, with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific. He traveled to space on the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 28, 2009 as part of a mission to the International Space Station.
ABC Eyewitness News did a story about Andrew and Justin, two of El Rancho's "Cool Kids."
Jan 13—Wednesday evening the boys and girls basketball teams began their league seasons with games against Pioneer. Three games were played at home, and three were played at Pioneer. Both varsity teams (photos) were at home. The girls crushed the Titans 72-10. The boys were down 49-23 at the half, but made an amazing comeback to close the gap to a mere 3 points. Final score was Titans 79, Dons 74. In other action (not pictured), the JV boys won, 68-61, and so did the JV girls 48-31. The freshman boys lost, and the freshman girls won.
Dec 15—Asst. Principal Mr. Raygoza emceed the second round of Once A Don, Always A Don. As in the past, each fourth period teacher was asked to nominate a student who best represented ER's Student Learning Outcomes. From those nominations, a raffel determined who would get...