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Winding Down Busy, Successful Year
Principally Speaking 5-11-22
Eric Simoni

As we continue to enjoy the spring weather, the conclusion of the 2021/2022 school year is quickly approaching. Spring started off with a bang by getting back into the swing of “normal” after a two year layoff from popular annual school events and activities such as Arts Alive, Open House, E15, and Ag Day. Students at Escalon High School will continue to have opportunities to get involved, engaged and participate in many more important school activities as we head into the home stretch. Student athletes are also busy. The Escalon baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and track teams have been practicing and playing hard.

The months of April and May are also well known for state and local student assessments. The junior class began taking the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) just prior to the Spring Break during the month of April. These state exams in English/Language Arts, Math, and Science are designed to measure learning within these content areas. Student scores are used by community colleges, the California State University and University of California system as a measure of student preparedness for college-level English, Math, and Science. The scores also have a direct impact on each school’s college and career indicator on the state school dashboard. Meanwhile AP exams started during the week of May 5th. Successful results on an AP exam normally lead to students earning college credit within the academic field being tested.

Moving forward into the next academic year, EHS continues to bolster its CTE program by adding an additional pathway, Food Science. This pathway will give students foundational knowledge and understanding of multiple career opportunities available in the Food Science industry such as: Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Food Packaging Design, and Food Sensory Science. This will be an excellent addition to the EHS CTE program. Current CTE pathways offered at EHS include: Ag Science, Ag Mechanics, Ornamental Horticulture, Animal Science, EMT, and Fire Science.

Leading up to the last week of school, the senior class will engage in a multitude of activities. The Senior Awards Ceremony is scheduled for May 18th. Shortly thereafter, the senior class will venture down to Southern California on May 20th and spend time with classmates at Disneyland. The following weeks will include Senior Sunset, Senior Sunrise, the end of the year rally and of course, graduation. EHS graduation ceremony will take place on the evening of June 3rd. Parents and visiting family members of graduating students are welcome to begin entering the EHS football field beginning at 5 p.m. to secure their preferred seating. Our graduation celebration will begin promptly at 7 p.m. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all attendees to refrain from bringing horns or other noisemakers to the ceremony in order that all guests will be able to enjoy the proceedings. We look forward to honoring the accomplishments and reflecting upon the journey that the graduating class of 2022 has undergone to reach this special moment.


Principally Speaking is a monthly article, contributed by principals from Escalon Unified School District sites, throughout the school year. It is designed to update the community on school events and activities.