Esparto High School


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Please see the attached Esparto High WASC School Self Study report. This report is the culmination of over a year of staff collaboration during minimum Wednesdays to assess the effectiveness of our academic, CTE and extra-curricular programs. 




Our shared vision of education:

consistent rigor, extraordinary results, and

inspired relationships



Esparto Spartans…

Demonstrate critical thinking

Write and speak effectively

Utilize technology

Take pleasure in life-long learning



Esparto Spartans…

Take responsibility for their learning

Appreciate the value of hard work

Pursue excellence as they navigate career pathways

Receive personalized support to accomplish their goals



Esparto Spartans…

Understand multiple points of view

Show respect

Work collaboratively

Actively contribute

EHS CTE shows off at EMS Back to School Night

Spartan Grounds Cafe





Last week, Esparto High School students experienced a two day program called Every 15 Minutes. This program is aimed at teenagers and seeks to inform them of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. This program is a huge undertaking and requires the coordination of multiple organizations and agencies. I want to take this opportunity to thank the people involved;   Mrs. Charter, Mrs. Kersting, Mr. Russ, Mr. Alvarez, John Barbarich, Debbie Chavez, Christina Grant, Rodney Fitzhugh from CHP, American Medical Response, Cal Trans, Woodland Funeral Chapel, Yolo Coroner's Office, Esparto Fire, Yolo Sherriff, REACH Helicopter, Yolo District Attorney, Digital4Force-Video, Woodland PD, Dignity Health Care Woodland, Citizens Tow, MADD, Nugget Market, Full Belly Farm, Farm to You, Qualitees, EUSD Transportation department and EUSD Food Services department. Finally, I would like to thank the students who volunteered to be a part of this emotional and intense experience, in the hopes of impacting their peers and promoting responsible behavior and choices. If you have any questions about the program, please call the school.


Spring Sports Pictures will be on April 6, 2017


Golf will take pictures in front of the school at 3:20

Softball at 3:40 and Baseball at 4:10 at the baseball field.


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Seniors- Purchase your caps and gowns HERE



Yearbooks prices have already gone up once..get yours now before they go up again in March!

Price is $70 and purchases can be made by seeing Mr. Hall or by clicking HERE


FFA Students shined in the annual Almond Festival breakfast in the EHS gymnasium. Students manned omelet stations and make omelets to order for over 600 guests. Thank you to the FFA advisors, Amber Charter, Bill Murphy and Jennifer Crerar, our parent volunteers and our community sponsor for making this event possible. 


Mrs. Kersting will be in English 10 classes during February and March to guide students through the second year of the Get Focused Stay Focused Curriculum.  In year two of the curriculum, students will explore high-demand careers and the education necessary for these careers.  Additionally, students will continue making updates to the individual 10-year plans that they began in Spartan Success as freshmen.


Registration for the 2017-2018 school year has begun at EHS!  In March, all students in grades 9-11 will be meeting individually with Mrs. Kersting to review the following information:

  • Current Transcript and progress towards graduation
  • A-G completion report (eligibility for UC/CSU Admission)
  • Course Requests for the 2017-2018 school year
  • 10-year Plan (grades 9 and 10) and career goals

On April 5th, students in grade 8 at Esparto Middle School will be invited to the high school for Freshmen Orientation.  During Freshmen Orientation, current 8th grade students will participate in registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  Stay tuned for more details on Freshmen Orientation!

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Kersting in the counseling office with any questions you have regarding registration.  


In order to register for courses at a community college, students must complete 5 steps:

  1. Apply Online to the College
  2. Complete an Orientation (online or at the campus)
  3. Take a Placement Exam
  4. Meet with a Counselor to Create Education Plan
  5. Register for Courses!

Esparto High School will be working with Woodland Community College to help seniors who plan to attend Woodland CC in the fall.  Please sign up in English 12 courses for the following support:


Application Workshop

March 14th

Esparto HS-A7 Computer Lab

10:00 a.m.


Placement Exam 

April 4th

Woodland Community College

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

(Bus transportation from EHS will be provided)


See Mrs. Kersting with any Questions and sign-up today!



Esparto beat Willows 4-1 to take the Div. III Northern Section Championship. Congratulations!  See the article from the Daily Democrat written by Tommy McCormick by clicking HERE


The 102nd Almond Queen Pageant has finished and Katie England has been crowned Almond Queen. The ladies prepared speeches on how they planned to effect change in the world by responding the the followign quote from Mother Teresa: "“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  


Ruby Virgen was named runner up and Miss Congeniality.   Miss England has already begun her duties as ambassador of the Capay Valley by appearing on FOX 40 News. 





The Esparto Unified School District is proud to announce that the Esparto High School Advanced Placement team (led by Mr. Jeff Sammons and Mrs. Alexis Kersting) have been selected to make a presentation at the prestigious AP® Annual Conference. Mr. Sammons and his team submitted a presentation titled, "Creating and growing an AP program in a small rural high school." The district's AP program has been recognized by the College Board for increasing the number of students taking and passing AP exams.


This annual conference is regarded as the top professional development opportunity in advanced secondary education. Attendees include teachers of the more than 30 AP courses offered, counselors, superintendents, and school principals.


Please come out and support EHS Basketball Friday night

as we face off against Portola. We will also be honoring our graduating Seniors!  





Isaac Lawrence, 9th grade, has won the SVL league title. Congrats Isaac!  He will go on to the Masters Meet next Saturday in Durham. Thank you to John Kay and Curtis Lawrence, EHS wrestling coaches, for their dedication to EHS wrestling. 




Three Esparto High School Students participated in the Lion's Club Speech Contest on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Students were asked to prepare a 5 to 10 minute speech on the topic of "Is the right to privacy a threat to our National Security?" 


The three students spoke gave wonderful speeches in which they summarized the arguments for the individual right to privacy, but recognized the importance of national security. Our two runner-ups were Oscar Murillo and Lizette Torres. They each received a certificate to commemorate their participation.


Ruby Virgen was selected as the winner of the Speech Contest. She will now be moving on to the Lions Club Zone Level. Speakers who make it through all four levels will gain scholarship funds in the amount of $22,000. Wishing Ruby the best in her pursuit of these scholarship funds!


The annual Donkey Basketball Showdown will be Wednesday March 8nd at 7pm.  Doors will open at 6:30pm.  Esparto FFA will be taking on Winters FFA. The culinary club will also host a snack bar. dONKEY.jpg


Tuesday, January 31- Basketball versus Faith Christian (Home)

Tuesday, January 31- Soccer versus Live Oak (Home)

Friday, February 3- Basketball at Quincy (Away)

Friday, February 3- Soccer versus inters (Home)


Tuesday, January 24-  Home Basketball versus Biggs

Tuesday, January 24- Home Soccer versus Pierce

Thursday, January 26- Soccer at Winters

Friday, January 27- Basketball at Portola

Saturday, January 28- Wrestling in Corning


Mr. Murphy's Ag Mechanics and Construction students designed, built and delivered 6 picnic tables to the Sunrise preschool.  4 of the tables are kid sized to allow students to eat and work outside. The quality and craftsmanship of these tables are amazing! 


Starting January 17 at brunch every day, students can pay for their AP Exams at the front office. The deadline will be Friday March 17. The cost of each AP Exam will be $84. Free and reduced lunch students can receive fee waivers which will lower their cost to $5 per exam. Any student who wants to take the test but cannot for financial reasons should see Mr. Sammons or Mrs. Kersting so alternate funding can be arranged.


Esparto High students will sit for first semester final exams on January 11, 12 and 13.  All three of these days are minimum days with dismissal at 12:20. 



Tuesday, January 3, Basketball versus Rio Vista

Thursday, January 5, Soccer at Durham

Saturday, January 7, Boys Soccer at Woodland Senior Center


Tuesday, December 6    Soccer versus Gridley (Home)

Tuesday, December 6    Girls B-Ball versus Williams  (Home)

                                       Boys B-Ball @ Williams  (Away)

Wednesday, Dec 7         Basketball vs. Vacaville Christian (Away)

Thursday, December 8   Girls Soccer vs. Buckingham Charter (Home)

Friday, December 9        Boys Soccer @ Buckingham Charter (Away)


FAFSA & Dream Act Application Support


December 6th

2:30-6:00 p.m. by appointment

Esparto High School A7 Computer Lab


On December 6th, EHS Staff will be hosting a FAFSA and Dream Act Application Completion event.  


During this event, students in grade 12 will receive individual support form trained HS staff in order to complete and submit their applications for Federal and State financial aid.


The event will be held from 2:30 until 6:00 pm. and students will receive individual appointments prior to the event.


The FAFSA and Dream Act Completion event is made possible through funding from the College Readiness Block Grant.  As a result of this grant funding, EHS will continue to provide support and enrichment activities like this one in order to prepare our students for admission to institutions of higher education.


If you would like more information regarding this event, or if you would like to confirm an appointment time for your senior, please contact Alexis Kersting in the counseling office.




The Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant serves to help teachers and students develop partnerships with local organizations and businesses to provide real-world field experiences for students.  The CTE Culinary Arts program students have been working in a professional kitchen developing their skills as chefs. The students spent two days at the Lake County campus of the Woodland Community College working alongside college students and professors serving lunch in the campus restaurant. Students prepped food as sous chefs, manned deep fryers and woks, expedited orders, read recipes and participated in all other aspects in the "back of house" at a restaurant. Teresa Warde, EHS Culinary teacher, and Robert Cabreros, from WCC, are working together to create more opportunities like this for students. Through this partnership students will attend a Serv Safe Certification course and will receive college credit for completion of the course. 


Student led conferences will occur on November 16 and 17 for all 9th and 10th graders.   Appointment times have been sent home with students and mailed to the address on file. 


This is the student’s moment to share his or her reflections on achievements and challenges. Students have created a digital portfolio that will allow them to showcase their work. 


In the student-led conference format, students and teachers prepare together, and then students lead the conference while teachers facilitate. The family sits together to review and discuss the work and the student’s progress. 


Please call the office at 787-3405 if you have not received your appointment information. 


Esparto Unified School District is the recent recipient of new entitlement money through the College and Career Readiness Block Grant!  This funding will allow Esparto High School to provide additional supports to our students in order to increase the number of students who enroll in higher education and earn an undergraduate degree.


Some highlights of the College and Career Readiness Block Grant plan include:

  • Summer Test Preparation Programs for SAT/ACT and AP Exams
  • PSAT Fee Defrayal
  • Evening College and Financial Aid Application Support
  • New Student Technology


We are excited about the opportunity to provide even greater support to our students as they prepare for success in post-high school education!

Please see the link below if you would like to read the full College and Career Readiness Block Grant Plan for Esparto High School.


EHS National Honor Society is participating in this year's KCRA Kids Can! Food drive.  

The KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive has been helping to feed hungry families in our community for more than 20 years.

You can help by donating canned and non-perishable food items. Items can be left in the front office for Mr. Wickander or Mr. Russ. The donation period ends November 4th. 



2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and Shakespeare Festival Actors will celebrate his legacy by exploring the relevancy of his work by pairing Shakespeare scenes with modern scenes that deal with the same issues.
The actors will be pairing the following Shakespeare scenes with modern literature (subject to change):
 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare | Act I, scene i:      Sampson and Abraham
 Cymbeline by William Shakespeare | Act II, scene ii: Imogen & Cloten
 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare | Act I, scene i: Benvolio and Romeo
 Sir Thomas More by William Shakespeare and Others | Act II, scene iv: Sir Thomas More
 The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare | Act I, scene ii: Palamon and Arcite














The National Honor Society officially admitted 11 new members on October 10th in an induction ceremony NHS header logo.png
in Marsh Hall.  The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.






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Cross Country has returned to Esparto High School!

Coached by Teresa Perkins the Cross Country team will compete in long distance running. This is a great opportunity for soccer and basketball players to get a jumpstart on conditioning before their season begins.


See Coach Perkins for more information. 


USNews.JPGU.S. News & World Report has published the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, a detailed analysis of more than 21,500 U.S. public high schools. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college.  


We are proud to announce that Esparto High School was awarded a Silver Medal. Thank you to the hard working teachers, staff, students and parents that made this possible!


SLEWS Students work on local farm planting native shrubs

College and Career Readiness Block Grant

Esparto High School has received a block grant to promote College and Career Readiness. Please click HERE to view the 3 year plan we have developed.

Teacher Webpages

Alvarez, Daniel
Spanish Teacher
Arevalos, Daniel
RSP Teacher, Baseball Coach
Charter, Amber
Ag Bio, ASB Adviser, FFA
Crain, Steven
Theatre Production
Crerar, Jennifer
Spartan Success, Plant Science, Floral, FFA
Gracia, David
US and World History
Hall, Wayne
Digital Arts Media and Yearbook
Murphy, William (Bill)
Ag Mechanics and Construction, FFA
Noland, Kyle
English 10, English 11, Honors English 11
Perkins, Teresa
PE, Cross Country Coach, Athletics Director
Rogers, Ms.
California Teaching Credential, B.A. Physical Education, Supplementary Authori
Rose, Julie
RSP Teacher
Rowland, Diana
English 9, CSU English (12), AP Literature
Russ, Adam
AP Statistics, FST, Precalculus
Sammons, Jeffrey
Government, Economics, AP US History, AP Human Geography
Warde, Teresa
Culinary Teacher and Spartan Grounds Supervisor
Wickander, Wallace
Integrated Mathematics II and III, NHS Adviser
Yust, David
Science Teacher, CTE Coordinator

Counseling Information

Kersting, Alexis

FFA Banquet

Culinary visit to Lake County


Science Fair