Education

A DREAMER’S NIGHTMARE

 

By Vinny Lavalsiti and Matthew Ochoa, reprinted with permission from The Summit at Grossmont College

Images: property of The Summit and Grossmont College's Graphic design program

October 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Martha Amezcua was nine when she came to the United States, and she didn't know a lick of English, creating a hefty language barrier between her and her classmates once she enrolled in school. Her silence, because of the language barrier, led to a lot bullying.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTING HIGH SCHOOL HEATH CAREERS PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

 

Photo:  from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick; from GUHSD --  Paul Dautremont, Mary Nishikawa, Heather Peterson, Dr. Tim Glover (superintendent); GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres

 

October 9, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $202,500 grant to the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) in support of the GHD Health Career Pathways Initiative. The grant will provide curriculum materials, support and instruction for approximately 2,500 high school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers during the 2017-2018 school year. 

REPORT: CUYAMACA COLLEGE PROVIDES ROADMAP FOR CA REMEDIATION REFORM

 

New data reveals dramatic surge in completion rates following college’s policy transformation

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- The California Acceleration Project (CAP) today released its latest report in a series highlighting California community colleges that are successfully transforming their remediation policies. Leading the Way spotlights Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, where completion of transferable, college-level math has increased almost seven-fold among students previously classified “remedial.”

WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS HIGHLIGHT 2017 FALL CONCERT SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)--The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.

NEW FALL CLASSES FOR NONPROFIT CITY HEIGHTS MUSIC SCHOOL START OCT. 4

 

By Jeff Meyer

September 18, 2017 (City Heights) -- Additional fall classes provided by the City Heights Music School (CHMS) start October 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, 4101 University Avenue, San Diego. Classes offered include Mariachi, violin, voice, guitar, drums, piano, capoeira and ukuele. 

FREE “SCREEN YOUR TEEN” YOUTH HEART SCREENING SEPT. 17 in LAKESIDE

 

Screenings find heart abnormalities in 1 of 300 teens tested

East County News Service

September 13, 2017 (Lakeside) – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when a heart unexpectedly stops beating because of an undetected heart abnormality. To combat this syndrome, which is a leading cause of death in people under age 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes, the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation is hosting a free heart screening on Sunday, September 17th from 9 am. to 3 p.m. at El Capitan High School (10410 Ashwood St. Lakeside, CA 92040).

COUNTY LIBRARY EXPANDS ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR ADULTS

 

Sources: County News Service and Career Online High School

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- In a significant expansion of the County Library’s online high school program, the County Board of Supervisors approved a contract Tuesday that would offer 160 scholarships to residents interested in finishing high school.

The Career Online High School scholarships allow any resident of San Diego County who is 19 years and older a chance to get their high school diploma. The scholarships would become available starting Sept. 15.

COLLEGE STUDENT LEARNED SHE WASN’T A CITIZEN

 

By Iveth Estrada, provided by Grossmont Community College District

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World

September 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Iveth Estrada didn’t know she was an undocumented immigrant until shortly before she enrolled at Cuyamaca College. She didn’t know while growing up with her family in Spring Valley. She didn’t know while competing with the varsity swim and water polo teams at Monte Vista High School.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON UNLAWFUL REPEAL OF DACA PROGRAM

 

Source: University of California

Photo: UC President Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security

September 8, 2017 (San Francisco) --The University of California today filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.”

SALSA MUSIC, DANCE SEPT. 25 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GROSSMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Music Department will present "Salsa Under the Stars," a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.

DIVERSITY DIALOGUES WORKSHOP SEPT. 14 EXPLORES MULTICULTURALISM

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - "Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation Toward Diversity: Self-reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation" is the title of the first Diversity Dialogues workshop for the fall semester at Cuyamaca College. Presented by marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglas, this workshop is set for 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Room I-207 at the Student Center.

GEORGE GASTIL APPOINTED TO UCSD CHANCELLOR'S COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

 

Photo: Gastil, right, with UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla's Community Advisory Board

By Jonathan Goetz

August 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Lemon Grove resident George Gastil, a professor, former school board and city council member, has been appointed to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB) for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

BOOST YOUR AQUA IQ WITH THE WATER AUTHORITY'S RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS



Free opportunities include entertaining assemblies and more

East County News Service

August 28, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - As students return to class across the region, the San Diego County Water Authority is offering schools, teachers and students an array of water-themed resources, including several that are free.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

By Vinny Lavalsiti

Originally published in the Grossmont Griffin

August 27, 2017 (El Cajon) -- It was fitting that dark, gloomy and ominous clouds hovered over Grossmont College’s campus on Thursday, Aug. 24. In response to the recent heinous acts and demonstrations committed in Charlottesville, VA, Grossmont College’s President Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh felt compelled to lead an impromptu vigil in the quad out in front of the Learning Tech Resource Center. He held a moment of silence to console any Griffin hearts that may be distraught after watching white supremacists and people affiliated with Neo-Nazism marching with guns and torches, chanting racist slogans in the streets of Charlottesville, where a woman was killed and 19 injured after a Nazi-sympathizer rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUES TO USE FIELDTURF AS SOLE SOURCE FIELD PROVIDER DESPITE PROBLEMS

 

By Mike Allen

August 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- When West Hills High School in Santee replaced its artificial turf field in April, the feeling among the school’s administrators, staff and students was positive.

The old artificial football field in the school’s signature Wolf Pack blue had been wearing down, and needed upgrading, said West Hills Athletic Director Don Rutledge.

CHALDEAN CULTURE, FOOD, TRADITIONS AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE AUG. 28

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - Leaders of the thriving Chaldean community in San Diego’s East County will be on hand for a special Chaldean Culture & Traditions celebration at Cuyamaca College on Monday, Aug. 28.       

FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR: “RAPPING DAD” DEREK CLARK SHARES INSPIRATIONAL WORDS WITH DEHESA STUDENTS

 

By Nancy Hauer

August 21, 2017 (Dehesa) -- On Friday, August 18, 2017, Dehesa School hosted Derek Clark, an inspiring motivational speaker and the author of Never Limit Your Life and the critically acclaimed I Will never Give Up book series.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HELPING COLLEGE STUDENTS LEARN USING THE LATEST MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $89,440 grant to Grossmont College’s Allied Health Division. The grant will be applied towards the purchase of three pieces of equipment that will assist in the training of cardiovascular, respiratory and orthopedic technology students.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTED SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

East County News Service

August 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted graduation ceremonies for 15 high school students who spent the month of July interning at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa as part of the Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Healthcare Exploration Summer Institute (HESI) 2017 program. The ceremonies featured the students presenting about their experiences at the hospital.

GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING ON BOND REFUNDING AUGUST 10

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District board will convene a special meeting on bond refunding on Thursday, August 10. The public session begins at 6 p.m. after a closed-session meeting earlier.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEWCOMER REBEKAH BASSON TO EMPTY SEAT

 

Board passes over ex-PTA president/LMSV bond oversight committee member and former teacher’s union representative to select church worker

By Kendra Sitton

August 5, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Rebekah Basson received the appointment to the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education during a special meeting on Aug. 3, just two days before the deadline for an expensive special election to be held in its place.

LMSV SCHOOL BOARD PREPARES FOR SCHOOL YEAR, WILL VOTE THURSDAY ON APPOINTING NEW MEMBER

 

 

By Kendra Sitton

 

August 3, 2017 (La Mesa)-- In the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education’s last meeting before the school year began, six candidates for the open seat moved forward to the public interview this Thursday, Aug. 3. Rebekah Basson, Charles Muse, Paul Schnaubelt, Jay Steiger, Dwight Sykes and Helen Yapura-Weiler were each nominated by current members for the appointment. The only eligible applicant who did not receive a nomination was John Shaffer.

SAN DIEGANS FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER EMAIL DESTRUCTION POLICY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- A prominent attorney, Cory Briggs, has sent a letter to San Diego Unified School District’s Superintendent Cindy Marten expressing an intent to file a lawsuit after the school board voted to destroy emails after just one year.  Briggs says such action appears to violate state law requiring that all school district records, including electronic ones, be retained for at least three years. He also accuses the district of failing to comply in a timely manner with public records requests.

Society of Professional Journalists has previously voiced concerns over the districts shortened e-mail retention policy and nonresponsive to public records requests by media and/or the public.

Briggs has requested a settlement meeting.  Below is the full text of his letter:

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO DELETE EMAILS AFTER A YEAR, IGNORES RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

 

Source: Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday evening, the San Diego Unified School Board unanimously adopted a policy to delete all emails from district servers after one year despite a recommendation from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to retain them for two years as other large California school districts do. San Diego SPJ spoke at the meeting, raising concern with this and the fact that district employees will be charged with deciding which emails are public records.

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