Clubs & Organizations

"The Club" Teen Center

Twitter: @BGCofPicoRivera

The Club at El Rancho is a free after school program open to all ERHS students. We are open Monday – Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and 12:25 pm – 3:25 pm on minimum days. We offer tutoring, dance, and visual arts programs along with cool events and volunteer opportunities. Applications can be found online, in the front office, and in The Club bungalow on campus next to the baseball field. Applications are accepted year round, so join today!


Academic Decathlon

Faculty Advisers: Steve Francis, Carlos Melgar
Twitter: @ERHSDecath

Description: An academically rigorous extra-curricular opportunity extended to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship in and outside of the classroom. Through teacher nominations, performance on Advanced Placement and CST exams, cumulative GPAs, and possible interviews, a minimum of nine (9) students are selected to compete yearly. In turn, they become multi-talented scholars through the exploration and investigation of a rotating theme surrounding ten (10) pre-designated fields (art, science, history, math, economics, music, essay, speech, interview, language & literature).

Animal Advocates

Faculty Adviser: Marcella Lamar
Student President: Alexis Banuelos and Daniella Llamar (Co presidents)
         Vice president Yulissa Chavez
Twitter: @ERHS_Animals
Meetings: Tuesdays, lunch, A-204

Description: Our goals are to educate the school community about animal related issues and advocate for the animals in our community. We fundraise and have field trips which are both fun and educational.

How to join: Show up!

Annual Staff

Faculty Adviser: John Crone
Student Editors: Salma Arceo Gil, Guadalupe Granados, Melissa Santana, Yoselyn Avalos.
Web Page: Link
Twitter: @YearbookERHS
Meetings: daily, 5th period, Y-6

Description: Yearbook Staff is made up of approximately 25 students who meet as a class for both 1st and 2nd semesters during 5th period. Students learn computer and journalism skills in the process of producing the school yearbook, Por El Año.

How to join: There are no age or other prerequisits to join; however space is limited and competition is high. A written application is made available around spring break for the upcoming school year. Announcements are made in the bulletin, as well as on the yearbook staff web page.

Astronomy Club

Faculty Adviser: Cynthia Dorado
ASB President: To be announced
Meetings: Lunch in X8, days to be determined

Description: Students with an interest in expanding their knowledge of planets, stars, black holes, galaxies, and the universe. Spark an interest in amateur astronomy and explore the night sky with portable telescopes.

How to join: Stop by X8. Join Google Classroom Code jrd9set.

California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

Adviser: Susanne Perea
Student President: Alonzo Murrieta
Meetings: Every other Monday at lunch in H-3

Description: The CSF promotes scholarship and service. Members who meet a demanding academic criteria may graduate with the gold cord. Members raise funds for scholarships and field trips. At the club meetings, they receive info on colleges, scholarships, and additional educational opportunities.

How to join: Pick up an application at the Career Center or at one of the meetings.

Choraleers

Faculty Adviser: Paul Keilbach
Twitter: @ERHS_Choir
Meetings: Everyday (it's a class)

Description: The Choraleers is an advanced mixed choir that sings in many festivals and competitions all over Southern California. The group sings many different styles of music, sings a cappella and studies music theory.

How to join: Audition Required

Choralettes

Faculty Adviser: Paul Keilbach
Twitter: @ERHS_Choir
Meetings: Everyday (it's a class)

Description: The Choralettes is an auditioned intermediate women's choir. We sing music from all cultures and time periods. We also sing in festivals and for our local community.

How to join: Join Concert Choir first and get some experience, or see Ms. Cisneros for an audition in C-2.

Color Guard

Director: Reggie Cordero
Twitter: @ElRanchoBand
Student Captains: Jeannette Ponce, Salina Sells, Justine Orrante

Description: Color Guard is an award-winning group of students that function as the visual interpretation of the Marching Band. They regularly compete in parades, field tournaments and indoor shows. They can also be seen at Friday night football games and pep rallies.

How to join: Contact Mr. Cordero in C-4 for details regarding joining one of the performing groups.

Concert Choir

Faculty Adviser: Paul Keilbach
Twitter: @ERHS_Choir
Meetings: Everyday (it's a class)

Description: In this course, students learn to read vocal music, develop vocal techniques, and study various styles and time periods. The group is a traditional choir with no choreography. Regular performances are planned during the year. Attendance is required at all performances. May be repeated for credit.

How to join: No prerequisites. Just sign up for the class with your counselor.

Cultural Awareness Club

Faculty Adviser: To be announced.
Student President: Manny Cruz
Twitter: @CAwarenessERHS
Meetings: Friday, Lunch, B104

Description: The purpose of this club is to celebrate diversity and exercise open-mindedness. We also go on excursions and trips to experience other cultures.

How to join:

Culinary Arts Club

Faculty Adviser: Chef Luna
Student President: Kevin Ortega
Alumni President: Isaiah Copado
Twitter: @chefdluna
Meetings: daily, Q-4

Description: The Culinary Arts Club is a life changing continuous learning opportunity with over 400 active members including alumni from the past 7 years. The club feeds the homeless every thanksgiving and throughout the year and also participates with Top Chef Invasion, City of Hope, Children's Hospitals, Anti-bullying projects, Private celebrity events, Culinary competitions and supports community outreach. The club also does nutrition training for athletes and demos on healthy eating habits.

How to join: See Chef Luna in Q-4

Dons 4 Christ

Adviser: Paul Brandt
Student President: To be announced
Meetings: Tuesdays & Thursdays, lunchtime, B-104

Description: Dons 4 Christ's mission is to first grow as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. As the club grows, we try to impact the campus and impact the community for the greater good. If anyone wants to change this world, come to B-104 because of the environment, fellowship, and truth.

How to join: Anyone is welcome to join. Just come join us in B-104 during lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays.

EL Rancho Advocacy Project (E.R.A.P)

Faculty Advisers: Juventino Gutierrez, Judi Gollette
Student President: Soledad Mendez
Twitter: @ElRanchoAP
Meetings: Every second and last Wednesdays of the month

Description: The El Rancho Advocacy Project (ERAP) is an El Rancho High School Club whose goal is to heighten the awareness of students and faculty to the rights, needs, and responsibilities of students, family members, and faculty who happen to have diverse abilities.

How to join: ERAP is open to all ERHS students with a desire to advocate for equal access and opportunities for all.

Engineering Club

Faculty Adviser: Cynthia Dorado, Eduardo Galindo, Marla Diaz
ASB President: To be announced
Meetings: Lunch in X5, days to be determined

Description: Students with an interest in Engineering, Architecture, Construction, and STEM related careers. Explore Raspberry Pi, VEX Robotics, and PLTW Engineering related activities and projects.

How to join: Stop by X8. Join Google Classroom Code 7vfmg.

Executive Commission

Faculty Adviser: Jesus Magdaleno
Twitter: @ERHStechcomm
ASB President: Monica Aguirre
Meetings: 4th period

Description: We are the official ASB Student Government of ERHS. Our 18 members are comprised of the ASB President, Vice-President, Chief Justice, Secretary and Treasurer; the three class presidents (10th-12th); the three class vice presidents (10th-12th) and the nine commissioners (Boys/Girls Athletics, Academic Affairs, Assembly, Pep, Publicity, Technology, Activities and Dance). During our meetings, we approve all ASB fundraising requests and disbursements. We plan events such as Homecoming Week, Winter Formal, Winterbelle, Prom, and many others.

How to join: Each May, school-wide elections are held to choose members for the upcoming school year.

Gadabouts

Faculty Adviser: Charissa Zeko
Student President: Kathryn Mota, Emily Flores (V.P.)
Meetings: first Thursday of every month, B-105

Description: The Gadabouts Club travels to various countries to learn more about culture, history, and language. The June 2018 trip to China includes Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

How to join: See Ms. Zeko in B-105 or Mr. Zeko in X-1.

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Faculty Advisers: Patricia McCaw, Cecilio Alonso, Dr. Kristen Ross.
Twitter: @ElRanchoHOSA
Student President: Alexandra Santiago
Meetings: Every other Wednesday, during lunch in Y-3

Description: Interested in careers in the health and mental health professions? Join HOSA. The Chapter empowers members to become leaders in the health care community through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA-Future Health Professionals promotes physical, mental and social well being. Learn to develop effective leadership qualities and skills, the ability to communicate more effectively with people, develop character, develop responsible citizenship traits and build self-confidence and pride in one's work.

How to join: Pick-up an application in Rm. Y-3, Mrs. McCaw

Key Club

Faculty Adviser: Jim Sorenson
Student President: Yuliana Chavez
Web Page: Link
Twitter: @ElRanchoKeyClub
Meetings: Mondays, lunch, Q-2 (on holiday Mondays, meeting is on Wednesday)

Description: Key Club is a service organization whose members are dedicated to improving their community. Key Club has participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, float building for the Rose Bowl Parade, clothing donations for homeless shelters, and hosts five blood drives each year. ER's Key Club is sponsored by the La Mirada Kiwanis Club.

How to join: Each member must pay dues of $12 per year. Each member must be a student of El Rancho. Members must attend meetings and participate in club activities.

Latino Club

Faculty Adviser: Melinda Aguilar and Karen Maldonado
Student President: To be announced
Twitter: @ERHSLatinoClub
Meetings: Wednesdays, lunch, B-204

Description: The members of the Latino Club believe that all Latino cultures deserve to be heard and represented. We meet to learn about Latinos’ influence on the past and present, celebrate Latino holidays, eat food from various Latino cultures, and discuss ways to create cultural awareness and unity on campus. Because we want to be contributing members to society and to our community, we take field trips to colleges and volunteer for community service. All students, not just Latinos, are welcome!

How to join: Attend a meeting at any point during the year.

Leos Club

Faculty Adviser: Kathy Metaxas
Student President: To be announced
Twitter: @ERHSleos
Meetings: Tuesdays at lunch in room A101

Description: The objective of the Leo Club is to provide the students of El Rancho with an opportunity to better their community through volunteerism and community service. The Leo Club Motto is:
   Leadership - Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager, and team leader.
   Experience - Learn how teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.
   Opportunity - Make friends and feel the rewards or community service.
This year the Leo Club will participate in the Bolsa Chica Beach Clean-Up, Trick or Treat for Hunger, Pico Rivera Christmas basket distribution, Rose Parade float decoration, Teresita Pines Youth Symposium, and many more worthwhile events and activities!

How to join: Come join us Tuesdays at lunch in A101.

Marching Band/Instrumental Music

Director: Reggie Cordero
Drum Major: To be announced
Drum Line Captains: To be announced
Color Guard Captains: To be announced
Web Page: Link
Twitter: @ElRanchoBand
Meetings: Rehearsals Class periods and Thursday Evenings

Description: The El Rancho Instrumental Music Program hosts a secetion of music ensembles: Marching Band, Drum Line, Color Guard, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra and Begining Instruments. The Marching band is comprised of El Rancho students who performa at many different venues such as Varsity football games and boys/girls basketball games Parades, field shows and concerts. The Bands also takes a trip outside of the state every year to compete.

How to join: Contact Mr. Cordero in C-4 for details regarding joining one of the performing groups.

Math Club: "El Rancho Advanced Math League" (ERAML)

Faculty Adviser: Steve Francis
Student President: To be announced
Meetings: Tuesday & Thursday at lunch, I-8

Description: Students with an interest in Math come together to discuss and solve problems not normally taught in the classroom. Math Club also participates in competitions.

How to join: See Mr. Francis in I-8 or come in Tues/Thurs at lunch.

MESA

Faculty Adviser: Barry Walsh
Student President: To be announced
Twitter: @ERHS_RoboMESA
Meetings: Wed/Fri, after school, M-1

Description: We teach robot design and programming. Our club encourages students to go to college. We go on field trips to local colleges. We practice for and enter Math and Science competitions against other local schools. We also help in tutoring and keep informed about college programs, events, and deadlines.

How to join: Open to anyone wanting to go to college and study math or science.

Newstaff

Faculty Adviser: Paul Zeko
Student Editor-in-Chief: Kayla Perez
Twitter: @elrodeonews
Meetings: daily, 6th period, X-1

Description: The Newspaper Staff is made up of approximately 25 students who meet as a class during 6th period. Students learn computer and journalism skills in the process of producing the school newspaper, El Rodeo.

How to join: There are no specific age or other prerequisites to join; however space is limited and competition is high. A written application is made available around spring break for the upcoming school year. Basically, we are seeking those students who enjoy writing and would like to report on campus life and all things important to the Don student body.

Pride Alliance (GSA)

Faculty Adviser: Jason Jenkins
Twitter: @ElRancho_PA
Student President: To be announced
Meetings: Thursdays @ lunch in I-4

Description: The El Rancho Pride Alliance brings together LGBT+ youth and welcomes their allies (both students and teachers), to fight homophobia on the campus and in the community, advocating for equal treatment for youth of all sexual orientations. Our club members strive to bring change; to make the school environment free of homophobic, sexual, verbal, and physical harassment. We also hang out, eat, and have fun! We will coordinate outings, dances, movie nights, and other activities. In addition to talking about relevant, political issues facing the LGBT community and others, members can bring up personal issues they are facing by using one-on-one or group discussion. We hope to create a safe place to offer support, resources, and comradery. Our #1 rule is confidentiality: What happens in our club, stays in the club.

How to join: Come to our meetings!

Social Justice Club

Faculty Adviser: Parvin Qureshi
Student President: To be announced
Twitter: @SocialJusticeER
Meetings: Wednesdays at Lunch in A208

Description: The Social Justice Club is dedicated to promoting peace, raising awareness of human rights, and creating unity among diverse peoples.

How to join: Anyone is welcome to join! Come by at lunch on Wednesdays in A208

Song and Dance

Faculty Adviser: Cynthia Dorado
Coach: Valerie Morales
Twitter: @erhssongdance
Meetings: 6th period class, plus after school practices

Description: The Song and Dance Team is full of Blue Pride. We keep the school spirit level high throughout the school year and attend school sporting events, pep rallies, assemblies, community events, and encourage the crowd to support El Rancho’s athletes. We do leaps, turns, kicks, and will be expand our knowledge in all aspects of dancing and choreography. We do not stunt, but we do tumble and flip sometimes in our routines. The Competition team participates in Song and Dance regional and national competitions.

How to join: 2.0 GPA, mandatory parent information meeting in Spring, Tryouts in April or May.

Thespians

Faculty Adviser: To be announced
Student President: Sophia Flores
Twitter: @ER_Adv_Drama
Meetings: Everyday before or after school

Description: Thespian Club is an active member of The International Thespian Society, whose main headquarters is in Ohio. The Society is comprised of worldwide high school actors/actresses who have been initiated at high schools after contributing 100-plus hours extra curricularly to a performing art program. We are troupe #2164, active since the 1970s.

How to join: Contribute 100 extra-curricular hours through involvement in play productions. You must then be invited by the current Thespian Council to go through an initiation process.