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September 6 - September 9, 2016

Congratulations to ECR's Careers in Entertainment Academy!  

For the second year in a row, students in ECR's Careers in Entertainment Academy (CEA) submitted original films to the Student Films category of the Burbank International Film Festival. Last year, one student film from ECR was accepted into the festival. This year, four student films from ECR were accepted - the most of any school represented in the category!

The films will be shown at the AMC-16 in Burbank on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online at It's My Seat.

CEA teacher Patricia Estrin along with 19 CEA students will attend the awards ceremony on September 11th. They hope to bring back the award for Best Student Film! The Student Films category includes films directed by both high school students and college students. We're incredibly proud of our students' creative works and excited to see them get the praise and attention they deserve!

Please see below for a description of the four films that will be shown at the Burbank International Film Festival on September 10th. 


Directed by Eric Abell (Senior)
Genre - Drama

In a future world where all artists are killed, a paid assassin must face a harrowing personal choice.

With a Dog and a Drum; Bringing Larry Back to Life

Directed by Jared Stein (Senior)
Genre - Documentary

A touching look at how a loving relative rescues a seriously brain damaged man from a meaningless life and with the help of a dog and music, the man finds joy and happiness

Chasing Jamie

Directed by Kyanti (KiKi) Schlank (Sophomore)
Genre - Romance

A love story of two high school students who find that sometimes love isn't enough.

My Last Birthday

Directed by Evan Tan (Senior)
Genre -  Comedy

Slapstick comedy that makes a hilarious observation of how zombies seem to have infiltrated every facet of society.  Even Birthday Grams!

Friends of ECR / PTSA Meeting
September 6th @ 7PM - Anderson Hall

Please join us at our first 2016 – 2017 school year parent meeting. We have many topics to discuss, including school news and updates, the Aeries portal, events, and fundraising ideas for this year.

Some agenda items:
  • Recap last year & treasury report
  • Update on school current events and changes by Assistant Principal
  • Teacher appreciation breakfast
  • Presentation on how to maximize the use of the Aeries portal to keep you current with your child’s grade book. Come learn how the Aeries portal can email you a weekly report card.
  • Parent involvement in School Site Council and LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) committees
  • Fundraising ideas
See you tonight!

~Martin Alvarez                ~Pilar Alvarez      
FOECR-President           PTSA-President

Making Real World Connections

On Campus 

ECR science teacher Gail Turner-Graham is participating in a program called "Scientist in the Classroom" sponsored by the National Center for Science Education. She has been paired with an UCLA PhD candidate who will visit her classroom to teach ECR students a lesson applicable to the real world. 

The Scientists in the Classroom program is a platform for teachers and scientists to collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education. While the scientist can act as a resource for the teacher and students, the teacher and students can, in turn, help the scientist better understand how to convey their work to a larger, more diverse, and often skeptical audience.  

We look forward to receiving updates about this exciting partnership from Mrs. Turner-Graham!

Off Campus

The ECR Environmental Club will visit the Floating Lab in Long Beach on Monday, September 12th as part of their victory in the Streets to the Sea Challenge in May 2016. Students will have the opportunity to explore the biodiversity along the Long Beach Harbor, participate in activities such as plankton labs, and collect and observe various species of fish, mammals, and invertebrate under a microscope. Students will also learn about shipping vessels, breakwater function, and a variety of ecosystem and environmental engineering topics, thus expanding and applying their environmental knowledge to real-world concepts. 

Save the Date - Thursday, September 15th!

This year's Back to School Night will take place Thursday, September 15th at 6pm. Our teachers are looking forward to sharing their exciting plans for the school year with parents. We hope to see you there!

Fall College Knowledge Night

This event for parents and students will be held before the start of Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15th from 5pm-6pm. The College Counselors will present on “Admissions 101" and will discuss different admission requirements and standards for the UC, CSU, private, out-of-state, and community college schools.

Applications for Free Lunch Program Due!

Teachers and Parents - Please encourage your students to hand in their applications for the free lunch program ASAP! After September 15th, students will no longer be able to "carry over" their free lunch status from the previous year, and the school will not be able to provide free lunch until we have the new application for this school year. The school will not receive supplemental funding for qualifying students who hand in their applications later in the year, and these students run the risk of not receiving reduced AP testing fees and free SAT tests if their applications are not received on time. Parents who submitted the LAUSD lunch program application must submit a separate application for ECR. ECR families can apply online at; the instructions were included on a handout given to students on the first day of school, and may also be found on our website in the Parent portal, Cafeteria tab.  If you have any questions about the program, please email
Get a behind the scenes look and learn more about ECR's alternative education program as reported last year by our student journalists!

What's Happening this Week at ECRCHS!

Tuesday, September 6th
  • FOECR/PTSA Meeting
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Anderson Hall)
Wednesday, September 7th
  • CSUN Recruiter
    9:00 am - 10:00 am (A212)
  • Varsity Girls Tennis
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Van Nuys HS)
  • FS Girls Volleyball vs Eagle Rock HS
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Non-League Game Small Gym)
  • JV Girls Volleyball vs Eagle Rock HS
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Non-League Game Main Gym)
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Eagle Rock HS
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Non-League Game Main Gym)
Thursday, September 8th
  • Google Training for Faculty and Staff
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm  (Technology Office)
  • Boys Water Polo vs San Pedro HS
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Home)
Friday, September 9th
  • Environmental Literacy Discussion
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (A212)
  • Varsity Girls Tennis
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Kennedy)
  • FS Girls Volleyball vs Narbonne HS
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Home)
  • JV Girls Volleyball vs Narbonne HS
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Home)
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Narbonne HS
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Home)
  • JV Football
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Agoura HS)
  • Varsity Football
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Agoura HS)
Saturday, September 10th
  • ACT Exam
    8:00am - 3:00pm (ECRCHS)
Monday, September 12th
  • USC Recruiter
    9:00am - 12:30pm (College Office)
State Senators Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas, and Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, pose with winning Academic Decathlon teams from El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills and John Marshall High School in Los Angeles on Monday, June 9, 2014 on the floor of the California Senate in Sacramento. The teams were honored by state lawmakers and received a tour of the Capitol. (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)

LAUSD Notice of Violations Update

At the LAUSD Board of Education meeting on August 23rd, Board President Steve Zimmer offered El Camino Real Charter High School the opportunity to outline the errors in the LAUSD Charter Schools Division's Notice of Violations.

Below is an example of one charge that was identified by LAUSD's Charter Schools Division (CSD) in the Notice of Violations as an unauthorized travel expense:

Why is this a CSD error?

  • Yvonne Halski is listed in the ECR Fiscal Policies & Procedures (dated November 2013) as a Vice (Assistant) Principal in charge of General Procurement.
  • She is also listed in the Fiscal Policies & Procedures as a known American Express charge card holder.
  • As the Assistant Principal in charge of procurement, Ms. Halski, by allowing Stephanie Franklin to use her card for the expense, pre-authorized the travel expense.
  • Ms. Halski included the reason for the purchase on the documentation – “Academic Decathlon”.
  • Travel date was listed on the documentation as June 9, 2014.

Why was the charge in June when AcaDeca was in April?

  • ECR students were presented with a proclamation on the California State Senate Floor by Senator Fran Pavley on June 9, 2014.
  • LAUSD’s John Marshall High School students were also presented with a proclamation on the same date by Senator Kevin de Leon.
  • A single 0.57 second Google search for “june 2014 academic decathlon sacramento” brings up a LA Daily News Article “Sacramento honors El Camino Real, John Marshall High for Academic Decathlon wins” along with a photo - shown above.
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