Elmhurst Bathrooms Receive a Make-over

This summer, crews are hard at work at Elmhurst, undertaking a massive renovation of the school’s bathrooms. The plan calls for a complete make-over.

“In addition to increasing the fixture count for toilets, urinals, and sinks, the restrooms will receive new flooring, tile, paint, partition walls, and accessories,” says Eduardo Rivera-Garcia, the project engineer.

When kids hear the news, they invariably cheer.

“It’s about time,” said 8th grader Jayson.

Principal Betlach agrees. “I’m really glad the District is making a commitment to Elmhurst’s young people,” he said. “This is one of the oldest school buildings in Oakland–built in 1906–but that doesn’t mean that our facilities need to be old or gross or out-of-date.”

“We need to agree on a rule,” Betlach continued, “nothing in the school should be older than the principal. No paint, rugs, tile. Nothing.”

At Elmhurst, they’re almost there.

“We have a new auditorium, new paint-job, but we have some lockers from the Nixon administration,” says Betlach.

The renovation began with a complete demolition of the existing bathrooms. Crews will work all summer to install the new fixtures and facilities. Students and staff look forward to a nice improvement when school resumes on August 24th.

The bathrooms are Elmhurst are being torn down and then rebuilt

ECP Honors Black History with “Day of Love”

ECP staff, students, and community honored our Black/African American Community during Black History Month in a variety of ways.

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We kicked the month off by celebrating Black/African American Literature, we taught all of our students the impact that Black/African American Literature has had on our society by having our Black/African American staff members sharing different authors books and poems via video.  We involved our students by teaching them impactful moments in history and having them put on a dynamic student led production.  We closed out the month on 2.28.15 by engaging families in an event that was designed to celebrrate life.  We called the event, Day of Love, and honored the Black/African American young lives that have been taken.  Our students shared a praise dance, video that they produced and we honored those lives through libations.  Food was provided, music was danced to and families were able to embrace one another in a loving and powerful way.  The staff at ECP enjoys celebrating different cultures and we look forward to celebrating many more throughout the year.

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Ms. Generaux selected to write curriculum for the entire District

ECP’s own Ms. Generaux, who has taught 8th grade Science for the last six years, has been selected to write science curriculum that will be used throughout Oakland Unified in coming years. Ms. G (as she is known to her students) was chosen because of her past record of excellent instruction and students’ high marks on the Science portion of the California Standards Test (CST). “It’s interesting,” said Ms. G, “and it’s so important to get these (new) lessons into the hands of teachers. That’s where the best feedback is going to come from. ”

Ms. G will be part of a multi-person team lead by staff from WestEd and other members of the Central office science team. Ms. G continues to represent the ECP Family well, both inside and outside the school.

ECP artists’ work on display in Laurel District

The walls of World Ground Cafe will feature work by Elmhurst Community Prep’s artists for the next three months. Student created black-and-white cartoons and vision silhouettes adorn the walls, as art teacher Doug Calderon works to ensure that budding artists have an opportunities showcase their work across the city. “This is what artists do–they show their work,” says Calderon. “Our kids are doing great stuff.”

Art from World Ground