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Principally Speaking Taking Stock Of Semester
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It's hard to imagine that we only have three weeks left and then will be finished with the first semester! This school year has gotten off to a great start in several areas both in and out of the classroom.

Athletically, our fall season of sports has been phenomenal. Every team advanced to the playoffs, and several league championships were garnered at the varsity and J.V. levels. Girl's golf had an amazing season finishing second in a tough league and missed a section title by one stroke. Boy's soccer finished second in league and advanced to the playoffs. Girl's volleyball was third in league and both cross country teams finished second in league, with two runners going to the state meet. Football had a stellar season going 11-1, went undefeated in the regular season and took first in the TVL. Most notably, head coach Mark Loureiro notched his 200th win in 20 seasons and finished the year with 202 career victories.

I am pleased to announce Escalon High's participation in Save Mart's S.H.A.R.E.S. fundraising program for schools. The card program is an easy and efficient way to fund-raise. Each time the card is used, 3 percent of the qualified purchase earns a S.H.A.R.E.S. point. Each S.H.A.R.E.S. point equals one dollar earned. S.H.A.R.E.S. points earned are shown on the bottom of the register receipt and are credited to the school. The school will receive a check quarterly reflecting the amount earned. The card is easy to use and requires no filling out of forms, paperwork or registration. The school just received their shipment of the cards which are uniquely ID'd to EHS. We will be sending them home this week with an information brochure.

Another corporate fundraiser is Office Depot's Back to School program. Like Save Mart's S.H.A.R.E.S., Office Depot's Back to School Program doesn't require any personal information to participate. All one needs to do is enter the school's ID number upon checkout and Office Depot will donate 5 percent of your purchases to the school. The school's Office Depot ID number is 70007735. EHS also participates in Target's Take Charge of Education program. The program requires you to get a target REDcard and then 1 percent of eligible purchases are donated to the school. In these tight financial times every little bit helps and I thank you in advance for your continued support.

Lastly, Escalon High was recognized for the school's academic performance by being the only high school in San Joaquin County to be selected to apply for a California Distinguished School recognition. The recognition signifies Escalon High's implementation of several "promising practices" in its instructional program. The application will be submitted this month and a site visit will be scheduled this spring. Schools qualifying for Distinguished School status will be formally announced in March.

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.