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Jonathan Pongco

Share your thoughts about El Modena High School. We want your feedback!

El Modena High School wants YOUR thoughts about our school!!!

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We value and appreciate your feedback, which will help us better serve our students, parents, and community.

- The EMHS Admin Team

Class of 2018 - Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Application Available!
Jonathan Pongco

Seniors: Apply to receive the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and be recognized for your academic achievement!

Applications are due by March 23rd. Please fill out a copy and return to the Counseling Office.

What is the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD)?

Assembly Bill 3488, approved in July 1996, called for the development of the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD) to recognize public school graduates who have demonstrated their mastery of the high school curriculum in at least six subject areas, four of which are English language arts, mathematics, science, and U.S. history, with the remaining two subject areas selected by the student. The GSSMD is awarded jointly by the State Board of Education (SBE) and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI).

Click the flyer below to download a .pdf copy.

Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, Click to download


EMHS Speech and Debate - OCSL League Champions
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Jonathan Pongco

The EMHS Speech and Debate Team takes 1st place and the League Championship at State Qualifiers.

Another triumph for Coach Holly Cunningham and the El Modena High School Speech and Debate Team!

At State Qualifiers, in a field with schools who had ten-times the number of competitors, our team took FIRST PLACE: LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP in one event, and three of our four students placed in the top of their fields. Champions- ALL!

The Speech Team members in the photo below are as follows:  Front- Captain Aubrey Adams (11th grade), 1st Place League Champion in Original Prose and Poetry, also Finalist in Duo Interpretation. Behind her - Olivia Rizzuto (11th grade), Finalist in Duo Interpretation, also Finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, Above- Levi Cox (11th grade), Finalist in Thematic Interpretation. Top - Henry Nguyen (10th grade), 2nd Place winner and scholarship for American Legion Oratorical Competition.

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EMHS Students Attend Linked Learning Conference
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  • CTE
Jonathan Pongco

EMHS Students attend Linked Learning Conference on 2/11 at the Anaheim Marriott with a focus on events management.

EMHS Students attend training at Linked Learning Conference 2/11

On Sunday, February 11, 32 EMHS students attended training to intern at the Linked Learning Conference being held at the Anaheim Marriott.  The events management staff of Kesselman-Jones from Albuquerque, NM introduced the conference and the need for great customer service to the students.  Then we all rolled up our sleeves and helped to get things ready for registration.  900 packets were stuffed for the expected 860 participants of the conference

Monday, February 12, Interns left to assist at the conference site, 50 educators from all over the USA got on buses to visit.  They started at Santiago Middle School to see the connections to El Modena High School.  Then they came to El Modena for lunch prepared by the Culinary Pathway students, a tour of the CTE Pathway classes, and a panel discussion.  Next our students and teachers went to the Marriott to exhibit at the opening reception.

Tuesday and Wednesday the interns continue to work with the events staff as interns.  They really enjoyed the opportunity.  They would speak with all of the registrants, our photo students worked as photo assistants, and they enjoyed the makerspace. They all want to work at the Marriott and they enjoyed the great food.

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EMHS SkillsUSA team competes in Regionals for Digital Photography
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Jonathan Pongco

El Modena’s SkillsUSA Chapter sent 4 member to Regional Competition in the field of Digital Photography.

El Modena’s SkillsUSA Chapter sent 4 member to Regional Competition in the field of Digital Photography.  The students were excited to meet and compete with other students from Orange and Riverside Counties.  We are waiting to hear the results to see if they will move on to the State Level of Competition in April.

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