Eagle Express

September 2020


9/15 - Senior College Workshop

9/23 - Back to School Night

9/25- Voting ends for SSC

9/29- Tentative SSC meeting

FREE lunch for all students

Food and Nutrition Services will be offering meals for drive-through pick-up on Mondays from 11:30 am-1:00 pm during distance learning. Meals may be picked up at ten school sites: Atlas, Montalvo, Portola, Balboa, Anacapa, Will Rogers, Ventura High, Sheridan Way, EP Foster and Sunset. Meal packs will include breakfast and lunch for the week.



This Week’s College Highlights

Financial Support:

Seniors who are interested in applying for West Point, US Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard or Merchant Marine Academies, please visit Congresswoman Brownley’s website to begin the application process.

  • Questbridge National College Match is now open! September 29 Deadline Academically outstanding high school seniors from households earning less than $65,000/year for a typical family of four. Apply: https://apply.questbridge.org/apply/

College Fair


Check out this page for more College Visits and Events:


ECHS College Visits & Events 2020-2021

Click here for the link to all the upcoming ECHS College Visits & Events 2020-2021. This document will be updated weekly, so please 1) bookmark it, 2) add the events to your calendar, and 3) set yourself a reminder!

How to prepare to meet with visiting reps: A summary from http://professionals.collegeboard.com/guidance/college/reps

Benefits of college rep visits for students, especially juniors and seniors:

- Students have a chance — in their own town — to meet with a rep and ask specific questions.

-Students can let the college know they are seriously interested.

-In many cases, the reps are admission officers from the college, so students have a unique opportunity to make contact with a person who may be evaluating their application in the future.

-The meeting provides students with a specific contact at the college to whom they can send questions.

Seniors, ECHS Counseling will offer two virtual Class of 2021 College Workshop sessions on Tuesday, September 15 in the afternoon. Save the Date!

For seniors who can’t wait to get started, here is a link to a Step-By-Step Guide to College Applications.

ECHS College Visits & Events 2020-2021

Information regarding virtual college visits and information sessions with college representatives


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Important information for AP students

Information regarding AP testing dates and payment


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ECHS’s School Site Council Needs YOU!

School Site Council (SSC) is a decision-making group that meets 6-8 times a year. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Meetings this year will be held via Zoom.

On the SSC, we review, monitor, and make suggestions about school achievement and other data, programs and budgets. There are 12 members on our SSC: 3 parents/community members, 3 students, 6 school staff members, including the principal.

Members are elected by their peers (school staff elect school staff, parents elect parents, students elect students, etc.). Members’ terms are usually held for 2 years. This is an important position, and we need your participation.

Please consider joining SSC!

Our SSC needs 5 new members this year. We need:

1 Staff Members (non-teaching)

3 Student Members

1 Parent / Community Members

If interested, contact Principal Guerrero by email hector.guerrero@venturausd.org or phone 289-7955 to be placed on the election ballot. Voting will occur the week September 21 – 25.

Tentative 2020-2021 SSC meeting dates: September 29, October 13, October 20, November 10, November 24, December 1 and 1-3 more meetings in the spring of 2021.


CAPS Media- Still Accepting Students- Join Now

ECTV 20 -21

Teaching Digital Broadcast Media at this juncture in our history is both exciting and daunting. We’re looking at changes coming at us so fast, we are starting to become numbed by a real sea change in our culture and media o. And the role of media is in serious flux. Much that we thought we knew about media is changing. Is it just a blip and it will all change back? I think that’s doubtful. To be learning about media now is in many ways creating a new media form. The students taking this course now will be part of that change and may be the guiding light of that change. At the very least they will be looking at it with trained eyes. I’ve loved teaching this class. Although we’re looking at a difficult year in teaching, I’m excited to be part of it.

The El Camino High School (ECTV) program has won 5 national awards and numerous western states regional awards from The Alliance for Community Media.*

This is one of the award-winning shows. Although interviewing someone in this close proximity is unsafe at this time, the way the show is put together is basically how our shows will be put together.

ECTV - Ventura Deputy Mayor, Sofia Rubalcava


We’ll be using a zoom interview using zoom for the face-to-face communiation and professional cameras recording the actual interview. The files will be uploaded then downloaded to be edited. At present it’s planned editing programs at home to make this possible.

We will mirror and adapt what the TV industry is doing right now.

We may have labs at CAPS Media for the students. CAPS Media is closed and will be closed through the first semester but potentially not closed to students.

The class is a built around practical work that would be done at a TV and radio station. Real world experience. Several students who have taken the course have been freelancing while they are attending Universities.

Students will be learning by doing. They will learn how to work professional cameras, audio, lighting, the language of film/television, content, research, writing scripts, editing, color correction, visual symbolism, interviewing skills, working in an online writers’ room and really much more.

The student can decides what they want to learn and when. All the while producing regular scheduled shows.

As our world is cocooning, this class is about reaching out safely and professionally communicating. Then turning that communication into a show.

I’ve worked in Community Television over twenty years.

If you have any questions please contact me – Phil Taggart


Talk to your teacher if you are interested in applying for this course.

Previous participation is not a guarantee that a student will be accepted in the program:

*The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization that advocates, promotes and preserves the right to media training, production, distribution, civic engagement and education in support of diverse community voices. The organization is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 8pm

488 South Mills Road

Ventura, CA

Please join us to help support El Camino High School. Chipotle will donate 33% of sales to El Camino. Event starts at 4:00pm.
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