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EMHS Named 2017-18 California Honor Roll School by ERP
Jonathan Pongco

El Modena HS has been named a 2017-18 California Honor Roll School by the Educational Results Partnership.

2017-18 California Honor Roll School

The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) has conducted an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California.  El Modena High School was a clear leader in getting students to grade level and beyond.  This is the 2nd year in a row that El Modena High School has received this ERP recognition.  Way to go, Elmo!

Click here to View ERP Results for El Modena High School

From the ERP:

Through national research, we have identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools' efforts to prepare all students for college and career.


EMHS Engineering Students win 3rd place at ocMaker Challenge
Jonathan Pongco

Engineering Pathway students recognized at ocMaker Challenge in App-building.

Steve Schickling's Engineering Pathway Students-Jade Holbert, Mackey McDougal, & Danny Jacome-Avila won 3rd place in the App Augmented category at the ocMaker Challenge on Saturday, May 12th.  The B.A.D. (Bluetooth Accessible Device) Team won $200.00.  They also won the category for Most Innovative Product.  

Click here to view the video for this project

Congratulations to our students for being identified as winners in the 2017-2018  ocMaker Challenge!

SCC Career Education Academy Workshop - Sign up today!
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Jonathan Pongco

Current 11th and 10th graders are invited to participate in this SCC Career Education Academy Workshop on June 18th

Santiago Canyon College is extending an invitation to Junior and Sophomore students to participate in the Career Education Academy.   We have an exciting week of meeting people in different careers, Life Coach Workshop, School Counselor Advising and other fun activities. All Free!

When:             Monday, June 18th through Friday, June 22 from 8:30am-3:30pm

Where:            Santiago Canyon College, Orange, CA.   The school will pick up students at

                          El Modena HS at 8:30am and return to El Modena HS at 4pm

Cost:                Free (transportation and meals)

Preferred Student Profiles:   Students that are unsure about future careers, feel lost, have college and/or Pathway questions… someone that may want to ask questions but maybe too shy to ask questions.  Great opportunity to expose students to careers they may have never considered.

All transportation and meals will be provided.  Limited seating for all of Orange Unified High School students.  Enrollment will be closed at 75 students.  First come, first served basis.   Registration ends May 25th.

Registration online Only:       

       See attached Flyer for more information​

Thank you,

Your Career Center Partners 

If you have any questions, please stop by the Career Center.

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Vanguard-a-trons earn awards at Think Together Robotics Competition (5/7)
Jonathan Pongco

EMHS Robotics 1 students earn multiple awards at Think Together Bot Battle Competition.

On Tuesday 5/7/2018 our Robotics 1 students attended a bot battle competition at the Anaheim Convention Center hosted by Think Together. I took 9 students to the event. Students were paired into teams of 2. The contest required students to build and program a battle bot and face off against teams of students from different districts.

For the opening battle bot event, Jacob Rodriguez and Luis Aguilar placed third and received the bronze medal. However, for the closing event, the Bot Battle Royal, Alejandra Hernandez placed 1st and received the gold medal.


EMHS Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet (5/24)
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Jonathan Pongco

EMHS athletes, students, parents, alumni, and community members are invited to attend this Hall of Fame Banquet on May 24th!

EMHS Hall of Fame Banquet 2018

Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Embassy Suites, Anaheim South

Purchase Tickets: EMHS ASB Office, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The El Modena High School Hall of Fame recognizes and honors individuals who epitomize the Vanguard Tradition of Excellence. Please join us as we celebrate the 2018 inductees: 


  • Dale Arambel (EMHS Faculty, Coach)
  • Bill Backstrom (EMHS Faculty, Coach)
  • Glen Lukenbill (EMHS Faculty, Coach) 
  • Dave White (EMHS Cross Country / Track Athlete) 
  • Steve Almond (EMHS Football /Wrestling/ Track & Field Athlete) 
Parent Volunteers Needed for EMHS Events
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Jonathan Pongco

PTA Needs Parent Volunteers for upcoming events in May (Prom, Elmo Jam, Teacher Appreciation)

Volunteers needed for PROM 2018, ELMO JAM, and TEACHER APPRECIATION EVENTS

Are you sad that you didn't get a chance to volunteer or help out at El Modena this school year?  Are you making a shopping list and wondering what else to add?  Well, now is your chance to give back to the community that has educated and helped your child this year.  We need help this weekend with parent "chaperones" and "coat check" at school and at Prom (Aquarium of the Pacific).  Additionally, we still needs lot of help and volunteers for Teacher/Staff Appreciation week later this month.  

Thank you on behalf of Rebecca Hultquist (PTSA President), and if you have any questions or comments, please contact her at





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SCC Hosts Resume and Job Interview Workshops in Career Center
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Jonathan Pongco

SCC is Hosting Job-Related Workshops in the Career Center May 1 and May 3.

A resume workshop was held in the College and Career Center on Thursday, April 26 during lunch. It was presented by Santiago Canyon College. Esther Ramirez, our SCC Career Coach, shared what information should be on the resume and the importance of accuracy. 


The next workshop will be "Prepping for the Interview" during lunch on May 1 with a follow up workshop "Answering the Interview Questions" on May 3 during lunch. Both will be held in the College and Career Center. 

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