May 26, 2020, Issue 4

A Message to the Class of 2020

Student Voice: Michelle Chau, EMHS

Hi guys! My name is Michelle Chau and while I was at El Monte High School, I was a part of several extracurricular activities, sports and ASB.

Throughout my high school experience, I was able to gain leadership skills, communication skills and time management – all of which are essential for my future. I would be lying if I said it was easy because it wasn’t. It took time to adjust and a lot of learning from all the previous leaders.

I was honored to serve as ASB president this spring semester. Although a pandemic ended school sooner than we all ever expected, the four years I spent here is an experience I won’t forget because of everything I went through, the students I met and the friendships I made.

As a senior, I’m just as sad as all of you that we weren’t able to have those senior experiences, but this will only make our class stronger than before. Not everything goes the way we want, but it’s through these experiences that we are able to overcome bigger obstacles in life.

To the Class of 2020: stay strong everyone! It’s almost over, and after all of this is said and done, we will resume our lives and do everything we’ve ever dreamed of!

Michelle will attend UC Irvine and major in public policy, with plans to become a nurse. 

Car Parades to Commemorate Class of 2020

Los Angeles County announced on Friday that school districts may now host car parades celebrating graduations and other special achievements!

Our principals and administrative teams are working to carefully plan events that safely recognize the Class of 2020, while also adhering to social distancing requirements. Plans are still very preliminary, but we anticipate holding car parade events at each school site on June 4.

We will provide more information in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Arroyo High Knights: A Class of their Own!


El Monte High Lions Find Their Roar!


To Our Vikings: Continue to Inspire Greatness!


Rosemead Senior Wins Full-Ride
Posse Scholarship!

Tristan Tanchanco sees his life as a series of challenges he’s had to overcome, whether it was learning English, editing the school newspaper, mastering the guitar or understanding the intricacies of molecular biology and biochemistry.
But one of his biggest accomplishments has been earning a full-tuition Posse Foundation scholarship to Middlebury College, a private liberal arts and research university in Vermont, where he will pursue a medical degree and a career as a pediatrician

“I owe this scholarship to my mom and dad, who never gave up on me and helped me learn English because they knew I could be a success. I would also like to thank my teachers at Rosemead, who challenged and encouraged me and helped me achieve through rough times.”


Proud Eagle to Study Math at UCLA!

Congratulations to Class of 2020 senior Samantha Padron, who has been accepted to UCLA, where she will major in mathematics. She was also accepted to UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC San Diego.

“I wouldn’t have been as successful without Mr. Castillo, Mr. Magaña, Mrs. Heilemann, and Mrs. Valadez. I’m insanely grateful to have been a part of this high school and have the opportunity to work these individuals. The staff here is truly one of a kind.”

Learn more about the SEMHS Class of 2020 and where students are heading to in the fall!

A virtual Golden Eagle Award show will be live-streamed on Instagram Live and Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

Ledesma High Senior Makes an Impact on her School Community

From the moment Julie Del Rio stepped foot on the FRLHS campus as a junior, she enrolled in journalism and yearbook classes, quickly demonstrating her artistic talents, creative abilities and success in both subjects.

She became the lead editor for the yearbook and contributed several articles to the Mustang Voice student newspaper.

During her senior year, Julie – who participated in the LEARN/PREP after school program – was the FRLHS student advisory council representative at District meetings, communicating the needs of students and influencing the decision-making process. 

Julie will attend Rio Hondo College in the fall.
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The vision of the El Monte Union High School District is to empower and motivate our students to be resilient, college and career ready, lifelong learners and contributing members of our global society.

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3537 Johnson Ave., El Monte, CA 91731
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