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~A Letter to the Encinal Community re: the Football Game on Friday, September 26th ~


It is truly an honor to serve our students. As educators, it is our privilege to know each of them by name. Each day, we 

are grateful for the opportunity to come to Encinal High School – not because of brick and mortar – but because of the 

students who are the lifeblood of the Encinal community.

Encinal students are smart, funny, kind, compassionate, loud, silly, and beautiful. They are driven, focused, inspired, 

passionate, infuriating, ridiculous, and wonderful. But like all adolescents, they sometimes make mistakes, especially 

when their youth clouds their judgment and their emotions get the better of them. When that happens, we try to 

understand the behavior – but we do not condone it.

On Friday night, in a football game against Center High School, members of the Encinal team made a mistake. An 

egregious one. Following a hard, but legal, football play, one of our players reacted in an unsportsmanlike manner, 

leading to a fight on the field. Both benches cleared, a violation of California Interscholastic Federation rules. Most 

players who ran onto the field knew they shouldn’t. But they were acting to protect their teammates, to defend their 

brothers, to restore order. Unfortunately, in the moment, some also crossed well over the line of a CIF rules violation, 

becoming aggressors and sullying what Encinal High School stands for: scholarship, sportsmanship, and community.

It is much easier to stand by our students, or any teenager, when they do something great. However, it is when they 

struggle or make a mistake that they need us the most. And we will stand by them, by continuing to love and honor them, 

and by showing them, through the actions we take now as adults, that even if we love and support them, especially when 

we love and support them, there are consequences for one’s choices and impulsive actions.

The Encinal Administration, Athletic Department, and Football Program have conferred about what happened last Friday 

night and have decided that the Varsity Football team will forfeit its next game, the Island Bowl. We recognize the Island 

Bowl is part of the fabric of Alameda. We understand the sense of loss many will feel as a result of our decision to forfeit 

the game. But, as a community, we need to support each other by holding one another accountable and by taking steps, 

however difficult, to teach young people to make better choices and to take responsibility for their actions.

In addition, we have decided that:

• Active participants in the altercation will be disciplined by the school.

• All players who left the bench will receive a minimum of a one game suspension, pursuant to CIF rules.

• The school will endorse all other sanctions, penalties, and/or fines issued by the CIF.

• All members of the Encinal High School Football Varsity team will participate in community service with local 

organizations focused upon violence prevention.

• All proceeds of the gate from Friday night’s game will be given to the victims of the recent Alameda arson fires.


Please join us on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. when the EHS JV football team takes on the Alameda Hornets JV 

squad in a celebration of high school athletics, our respective schools, and our community.




Kirsten Zazo, Amy Frey, Tracy Allegrotti


Encinal High School


Micki Singer

Athletic Director

Encinal High School


Sean McPhetridge

Interim Superintendent 

Alameda Unified School District


Ricky Rodriguez

Head Football Coach

Encinal High School

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Community Service Opportunity


Otis Elementary School is seeking cast members for their haunted house. 

Do you have what it takes to act in a Haunted House? Currently casting tour guides, werewolves, wolves, corpse, vampires, witches, wizards, zombies, nannies, mummies, scientists, skeletons, insane asylum inmates, plus many scary characters.  Must have talent, commitment, and availability on Saturday, October 25.  Community service hours earned for all selected actors.

Send an email to annaleemintz@gmail.com and drama_guru20002@yahoo.com with subject Otis Haunted House for more information.



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