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Snip bit of our Awards Night 2017

May 23 was Awards night at North Monterey County High School. The evening began with three select pieces from the high school band and followed by scholarships and school department awards. We are so proud of all students awarded! Congratulations!


Monterey County Reads delivers books

On Friday May 12, Mrs. Guerrero's 2nd grade class at Elkhorn Elementary School received a visit from the Panetta Institute. The Panetta Institutes' Monterey County Reads delivered books to students in the class that have been improving their reading. The students enjoy guest one-on-one readers through the program.


North Monterey County Midddle School Band Concert

On the evening of May 10 middle school students delivered a full concert. 7th grade students preformed Woodland Overture, Rockin' Rondeau, Louie, Louie, and Heroes of the Galaxy. 8th grade students performed Night Flight of the Gargoyles, Beauty and the Beast, On the Wing of an Eagle, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Castroville Elementary showcase their talents

On May 10, 2017, Castroville Elementary hosted their very own talent show. From stand-up comedy to singers and dancers the audience and fellow performers were delighted to see and cheer all performances.


Welcome to the Wackadoo Zoo!

Parents and students at Prunedale Elementary were welcomed to the world of Wackadoo Zoo which was filled songs and animals alike. The Wackadoo Zoo included lions, monkeys, pigs, goats and cows, also some visiting professors and choir that joined! What a morning at Prunedale Elementary.


Special Olympic 2017

With perfect weather one of our very own athletes participated and opened the event with  the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Our athletes participated in all events showing off their skills. At each finish line our athletes received encouragement from those present and a medal.  They are wonderful!

NMCHigh School CTE and ROP classes showcase to Mission Trails Executive Board

North Monterey County High School students in CTE/ROP classes presented to the Mission Trails Executive Board on May 3. Presentation included from automotive classes and health classes while culinary classes prepared the dinner meal enjoyed by those in attendance. 


Elkhorn Elementary's Starbucks Squad recognized 

Our After School Educaion and Safety (ASES) sites all participated in The Tech Challenge, Rock the Ravine 2017 on April 29, 2017. Our shining group, Starbucks Squad from Elkhorn Elementary proudly took an Outstanding Device Performance on their device, the team’s challenge was to design and build a device to help explorers cross an ice field with multiple ravines. Outstanding young girls!

TLC, Interact Service Club and Link Crew Attend WE Day

North Monterey County Unified School District has been selected as an Educational Partner of WE Schools sponsored by, The WE Movement. North Monterey County High School’s Castroville Teen Leadership Council (TLC), Link Crew and Interact Service Club students have been invited as special guests to attend the WE Day event at The Forum in Inglewood, California on April 27.


Recognitions during WE Day include: Moises Rodriguez, sophomore and TLC member, giving a brief, on stage “shout- out” to North Monterey County High School students in attendance for their WE Hunger campaign that included a homeless resource center initiative campaign in Castroville. Ali Medina, sophomore and Interact Club member, attended the VIP Media Luncheon as one of two featured students of the WE School program.

Reclassification Ceremony 2017

Congratulations to our 267 students for their reclassification! This recognition comes to a student when he or she has met the criteria that designates them proficient in English. The Reclassification was held in their honor on Monday, April 24 in the Forum of North Monterey County High School.    We are proud of each of our students for their achievement!

Condor Band at "Day of the Child" Festival

North Monterey County High School Band participated in the 11th Annual "Day of the Child" parade on Sunday April 23. The parade took place along the streets of Castroville, Calif. The festival was a free event that included children's activities; community and county resource booths; and games and prizes.

Middle School Band Competes in Santa Cruz

North Monterey County Middle School 7th and 8th grade students competed in the Central Coast Section California Music Educators Association in Santa Cruz, Calif. on April 22. Our students received Excellent ratings. Standing ovation for our students!

Congressman Jimmy Pannetta attends NMCHS Election Convention

We were pleased to welcome Congressman Jimmy Panetta to North Monterey County High School’s Election Convention as keynote speaker on April 7. Congressman Panetta spoke on the critical and importance of involvement in politics as a skill and future use for each of our students. He also allowed time for pictures and conversations with several of our students. We thank Congressman Jimmy Panetta for his words and for visit our high school. The Election Convention resulted in election for the following positions Associated Student Body (ASB) for the 2017-2018 academic year: Commissioner of Pep and athletics, Speaker of the House, Commissioner of Activities, Vice President and President.


3 Echo Valley Students' art recognized by the California Association of Educational Office Professionals 

Echo Valley Elementary School received visitors from the California Association of Educational Office Professionals on March 17, 2017. Our visitors came to present their Annual Poster Contest winner which this year was themed "What I like best about my school..." with a recognition. After the recognition, students were instructed on the use of chalk as their art medium.

We are proud of our three winners for expressing their creativity and of their teacher Ms. Sorci for encouraging their participation in the contest.  Our winners are: Andrea Gomez took first place for grades 3-4, Eldo Elias took second place for grades 3-4 and Emmanuel Cardenas took third place for grades 3-4. Congratulations!



















Our Students participate and Place at Regional Speech & Debate Tournament


On March 18, 2017, our students placed 3rd place in the Regional Speech & Debate Tournament. Students effectively debated the pros and cons of gun control. See excitement in picture to the left of the winners!  Pictured includes: Higinio Ramirez,  Linda Rocha, Kimberly Marquez, Roberta Nino & Melissa Chavez.



Saturday at the Opera

Students from North Monterey County Middle School joined the Occhiata Foundation at their Day at the Opera, on March 11, for a screening of Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. Students were able to experience a live HD broadcast from the Metropolitan in New York City of La Traviata at Del Monte’s Century Theatre.   Students were provided breakfast snacks to enjoy during the performance and ,afterwards, a lunch in which the opera was discussed. Also, during the lunch portion of the event, several students shared their wonderul experience at the Opera and some even won raffle prizes. The students were joined by members of the Gargiulo family throughout the event. Learn more about Occhiata HERE










2nd grade Patriotic Program at Prunedale

Prunedale’s second grade class began practicing for their Patriotic Program since the beginning of the academic school year. The second graders demonstrated that "practice makes perfect" while singing songs such as the “Star Spangled Banner” and “This Land is Your Land.”

Students wore red, white and blue to go along with the lyrics. Parents, students and staff joined in the school cafeteria to listen to the hard work and sweet voices of the second graders.

North Monterey County High School Celebrates Pi Day

The on campus Math Club hosted an all-day Pi Day celebration in early March in which math skills were put to the test. Students were invited to the Forum during all periods of the day to engage in friendly competition of various math games. Students began with a small competition of 3 volunteers that answered math number and word problems to secure point for themselves while the audience cheered and offered suggestions. After about 10 questions, the winner received bragging rights. All students then visited the games that included Connect Four, Q-bitz! and many more.  

Unifying To End Cyber Bullying: A Forum to Empower Students to Create a Positive School Culture

On Wednesday, February 22 approximately 500 students, parents, guardians, and school staff members from all across North Monterey County Unified School District gathered at the North Monterey County High School gymnasium for an evening with nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and youth motivator, Michael Pritchard. 

Pritchard is highly recognized all across the country for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on life skills. Drawing from his counseling background he teaches communication skills, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress. 

He directly interacted with students, staff, and parents about something very near and dear, the “Upstander” message. 


The event was sponsored by Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival with special acknowledgements to Monterey County Board of Education and the Monterey County Office of Education.

A pre-event dinner, prepared by North Monterey County Child Nutrition Services and served by students from the North Monterey County High School Culinary program honored Michael Pritchard and Monterey County Office of Education. 


Transitional Kindergarten students (pictured left) from Echo Valley Elementary opened the program by reciting their daily pledge “Today Will Be A Good Day,” kicking off the event with a positive and encouraging tone.


Jessica Jacobo, ASB Vice President followed presenting a “Kindness/Respect” Chain every school built. The chain was carried in by students and staff members from NMCUSD.

The chain looped around the gymnasium several times showing the impact each act and thought of kindness from NMCUSD can create.

The attendees then joined Michael Pritchard in reciting the “Upstander” Pledge.  Pritchard carried the message of love, support and acceptance throughout the evening. A clip from the documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” was played; this helped transition into a conversation, led by Pritchard, of respect and community through an “Upstander” message. 

Several students, a parent, and a teacher were able to share their personal experience with being bullied; each expressed their feelings and shared solutions they believed would help their peers and community. 


The NMCUSD has planned follow up activities at their school to continue the “Upstander” message. North Monterey County High School will continue its “Upstander” model with its own “Legacy We Live” of respect, kindness and love.  The middle school will continue their “Upstander” message by paving the path for higher expectations from all of us to support their quality of education and quality of life.  Additionally, North Monterey County High School leadership students will work with elementary leadership students to carry-on the message of caring for others with “The Legacy We Live.”


All students that attended were given a “North Monterey County Cares” T-shirt.  The evening concluded with a performance from North County Middle School 8th Grade band. Thank you to all who were able to attend this memorable event for our community. 

NMCMS Sand Crab Monitoring

North Monterey County Middle School in coordination with Pacific Grove Natural History Museum LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) were able to take a filed trip to Del Monte BBeach to conduct Sand Crab monitoring. Visit the Museum webpage here 

Condor Showcase

On Tuesday, January 31 beginning at 5 p.m. North Monterey County High School hosted Condor Showcase Open House for incoming 9th- 12th graders and current graduating seniors. The night included individual grade presentations, classroom visits, financial aid filing assistance and a variety of information for parents. 









Central Coast Section Honors Concert

Seamus Hicok (Alto Saxophone) and Andrew Landacre (Percussion) from North Monterey County Middle School were selected to join the California Education Association Honors Concert performance on January 28. 



North Montery County High School Band and Color Guard inspire young musicians

North Monterey County High School Band and color guard students visit elementary schools and middle school in our District to inspire the younger generation of musicians. North Monterey County High School Band and color guard travelled to Castroville Elementary, Prunedale Elementary, Echo Valley Elementary, Elkhorn Elementary and North Monterey County Middle School. At each of the elementary schools several pieces were played by the entire band and select pieces were performed by the drumline. At North Monterey County Middle School, the middle school band students and high school band students played together forming a larger band and powerful sound. The traveling band and color guard students also had the opportunity to speak to younger siblings, teachers and staff alike. 

North Monterey County High School College Fair

On Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM the College Fair took place in the Forum lead with a Academic Success Strategies presentation and followed by students, parents and guardians visiting over 20 tabling representatives around the room. Colleges with representatives present: CSU Monterey Bay, Fresno Pacific University, Golden Gate University, Academy of Art University, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College, Sacramento State, UTI -Universal Technical Institute, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, Brandman University, Cogswell Technical College, CSUMB – CAMP Program, Maryville University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, UCLA, Central Coast College, Grand Canyon University, US NAVY, CET - Center for Employment Training, UC Berkeley   











Prunedale Elementary Career Day 

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Prunedale Elementary explored over ten different career paths during Career Day on November 16 from 8:30 AM  to 10:30 AM. Professional included Henry Martinez-Firefighter, North Monterey County Fire; Miguel Guerra- Assistant Vice-President Wells Fargo (parent); Linda Lines-Retired Teacher, President of the Board of Education, North Monterey County Unified School District; Kerry Kantman- Registered Emergency Room Nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (parent); Bethany Collins- Graphic & Web Page Designer (parent); Guadalupe Jaime- Certified Court Interpreter & Translator at County of Monterey (parent); Phillip McCullick- Video Game Developer at Kodeable (parent); Higiunio Ramirez- Financial Advisor (parent); Laureen Diephof-Freelance Journalist; Taran Barca-Hall-Central Coast Regional Director at Junior Achievement of Northern CA;  Toby Kallenberger- Self-Employed Businessman (parent); Danny Martin- Officer, Sand City Police Department (parent); Santiago Pineda-Officer, California Highway Patrol (parent). Each student had a series of questions prepared for the professional; highlights included materials and gear brought by several of the professionals. 

Centennial Participation 

“From the Artichoke Center of the World," began the introduction from the MC at the Centennial Parade in Carmel-By-the-Sea. On Saturday, October 29 North Monterey County High School band and color guard joined the centennial celebration of Carmel-By-The-Sea.


Coder Dojo is Underway

The North Monterey County Unified School District is in partnership with Hartnell College to bring Hartnell’s CoderDojo program. CoderDojo program is free programming courses to North County taught at a District site. Over the course of six Saturday classes, students will learn the language of computers to create websites, applications, games, and more. No experience necessary!

The program is for any student attending a North Monterey County Unified School between the ages of 8 and 17. The first session took place on Saturday October 15. Classes will continue to take place on Saturdays ending November 19 at North Monterey County High School.


College and Career Day 2016

On Wednesday October 19th, Condors participated in the 1st Annual College and Career Day. The entire school community participated in a variety of events to help inform and prepare students for their futures. Although students reported to different areas depending on their grade level, the day started at 8:15 and ended at 3:15.

9th Grade Students

Freshman students had the opportunity to see firsthand the different career-technical education opportunities available to them. Each freshman toured the Hartnell College’s Advanced Technology programs at their Alisal Campus, the Monterey County Office of Education’s Media Center for Art, Education, and Technology, and the CTE and College resources available at NMCHS.












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10th and 11th Grade Students

Sophomores and Juniors took the newly redesigned PSAT, the precursor to the SAT taken by many seniors for college applications. The PSAT allowed students to not only familiarize themselves with the SAT format but also get detailed information on how well they are performing in different subject areas to help them find areas of strengths and areas of improvement. Additionally, the PSAT allows students to access certain college scholarships that are only available to students who score at certain levels on the PSAT, including the National Merit Scholarship Program.

12th Grade Students

Seniors participated in a variety of different college and career presentations and activities to prepare them for career path exploration and/or college applications. Students learned about: the college application process, how to write a personal statement and apply for scholarships, how to succeed in different career paths and other useful information from our North Monterey County Unified faculty, college and career staff, and invited experts from different career sectors.

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Castroville Plaza Celebrates 10 years

Castroville Plaza celebrates 10 years with a walk down memory lane with guest speakers that helped set forth the Plaza and the community of today that uses and visits the Plaza for its diverse services. 












Sunset Center Partnership 

The Twyla Tharp Dance Company visited Prunedale Elementary, Elkhorn Elementary and Echo Valley Elementary to teach students how to choreograph, dance and be creative. The Twyla Dance Company’s visit is thanks to The Sunset Center’s Classroom Connections. The program gives students the opportunity to learn more about the arts by processing and producing the art form. Students learned about the different types of dance and were able to help choreograph a song. The Twyla Thar Dance Company artists’ visit to our elementary schools was just a day before students were able to visit the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea to see the visiting artists preform pieces from Twyla Tharp. The performance included the visiting artists in costumes, with live dramatic music and dance moves unique to our students. The performance also followed a question and answer period between our students and the Twyla Tharp Dance Company.








Garden Day at Prunedale Elementary

Fall season has begun and Prunedale Elementary took the first day of October to beautify their Garden. See the before picture on the left and after picture on the right. "Thanks to the families that came to help clean up and replant our garden for fall, it looks great," Melissa Lewington, Prunedale Principal. 














Our Students are Tech Savvy

Click HERE for a clip from our ASES program participating in the TECH Challenge earlier this year.

Elkhorn’s  Lunch on the Lawn.

Parents and guardians joined their students for lunch at the annual Lunch on the lawn at Elkhorn Elementary. All students were invited to participate and join the bright sun, green grass and Ocelot family for an exciting and fun lunch.






The High School Migrant office ¡esta presente!

With an ice cream treat welcomed Claudia Diaz, Migrant Program Director; Teresa Ayala-Alverez, Secondary Advisor; Jose Yanez, OSY Advocate and Adrian Rocha, OSY Advocate; the current Migrant Students to the new Migrant Office. Since the Library/Media Center Renovation the Migrant office is located adjunct to the Center. Migrant students have their own space to complete homework, receive help with college applications and more. Migrant Students are welcome to visit the space for any assistance. 




Welcome Fall Sports!

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Fall sports received energy and recognition at the first rally of the year. 

Volleyball, Football, Golf and Cross Country are underway with practice, meets, games and Tees. Click here for a full schedule of games and support our Condors!IMG 0096.jpg

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Prunedale sets up for the rest of the academic year




Back to School Night set up students, Parents and teachers to a fun-filled and educational academic year.  Classrooms were filled with parents asking questions and students showing off their learnings for the first 3 weeks of school. 



Middle School Spirit




 Middle School kicks off the academic school year with a spirit rally and Back to School Night. Featured were games, and excitement from students and teachers.



High School Gymnasium opening

After a summer of closure the North Monterey County High School Gym is open with positive and exclamatory reactions from students and staff. All students’ phones and cameras were out to capture the moment in which the gym officially opened its doors. Students had no previous view of the outcome that was revealed the morning of August 26.



Along with the gym came wrestling mats and sports equipment for all students to use through the PE department and after school programs.

Upcoming sports games, PE courses and school activities will enjoy the updated facility. The updated gymnasium was a project funded through Measure H, approved in November 2013.  Measure H provided $23.8 million for critical renovations and upgrades for the schools within North Monterey County.


Echo Valley back to school night- Message of the night and updates

Echo Valley is working  with each student depending on their personal ability and needs by creating better methods of learning specific to the student; the focus is in literacy, mathematics and thinking critically. Parent participation is expected to grow this year.

New this year includes: lunch schedule with one grade at a time, organized bus dismissal, 300 Chromebooks that will be used in the classrooms, availability of 20 hours/weekly of the counselor, new coach for teachers, plenty of literacy materials.  

Elkhorn Elementary kicks the academic year off with its second year of its Physical Education Program

“We have phenomenal teachers that are firm, fair and fun,” states Sue Kelly, 3rd grade teacher at Elkhorn Elementary.

Through the PE program, students are learning: sportsmanship, corporation, team building and trust through a series of tasks. “My favorite is “Minute to Win It,” said David, 6th grader. The program has lead students to conduct the activities on their own; some students do the activities at lunch, practicing on their own. Students are quickly learning the end goal of the program of lifelong teaching. “PE is fun, we have fun with teamwork,” Destany, 6th grader.

The Physical Education program is every Monday and Friday for each grade, students should wear their running shoes and be prepared to learn all about movement.