Education

11TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR/BUSINESS COMPETITION APRIL 16

Event will showcase student talent

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – More than 1,000 high school business students from over 65 high school Virtual Enterprise programs from California and Illinois will participate in the 11th annual Southern California Virtual Enterprise Trade/Fair Business Competition on April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego and features more than 65 booths staffed by students marketing virtual products or services showcasing their student-run businesses.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE DEMOCRATS RALLY BEHIND TEXTBOOK AFFORDABILITY LEGISLATION

 

April 13, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The California College Democrats fully support SB1052 and SB1053, which are being brought before the California State Senate Education Committee. The bills would significantly increase the affordability of textbooks.  The legislation would allow undergraduate students at all places of public higher education in California to have free access to 50 core textbooks. These materials, mostly used for lower-division coursework, can be accessed free of charge on the web, with the option of a printed version for around $20.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE ANNOUNCES WORLD’S RECORD ATTEMPT TODAY--& FACEBOOK INVOLVEMENT


April 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The secret is out!

Grossmont College, as part of its free 50th Anniversary Community Open House, has announced the Guinness world’s record that will be attempted on Saturday, April 14. Previously, the college has kept undisclosed the nature of the record.

The attempted record to be broken will be the most individual contributions to a birthday card. Grossmont College hopes to break the current record of 1,468 people to sign a birthday card with their name and a greeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the event timeframe for Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, April 14.

VINTAGE PLANE FLYOVER TO MARK DEDICATION OF NEW STUDENT CENTER AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE APRIL 14

What world record will attendees seek to break? Shhhh! It's a secret!
 
April 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On a day Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house full of activities for the public, the campus is also marking a new beginning with the dedication of the Student and Administrative Services Building and Griffin Center.  
 
A dedication ceremony, preceded by a flyover of vintage planes from Gillespie Field, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Main Quad of the El Cajon campus.

CELEBRATE THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD AT CDA APRIL 16-20

April 11, 2012 (Spring Valley) – CDA Preschool Programs is celebrating “The Week of the Young Child” with an open house April 16 through April 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 3845 Spring Drive in Spring Valley.  Stop by for a classroom tour, food, music, a special gift and learn about CDA’s nationally accredited preschool program.

GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATED NEW AQUATICS FACILITY

April 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Granite Hills High School representatives celebrated the completion of the school’s new aquatic center with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 27.  The 40,000 square foot aquatic complex features the first Olympic-size pool on an East County high school campus and will serve as a center for East County community groups, youth aquatics teams, California Interscholastic Federation water polo and swim teams as well as physical education classes.

LOTS OF QUESTIONS – AND SOME ANSWERS

 
By Cindy Miles, Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
 
April 7, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- We always encourage our students to ask lots of questions and seek out new information. For the past few months, we in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have been asking questions about our role in the community, how well we are doing, and what the future holds for us. Some of the answers are starting to come in.

SDSU’S MENTOR PROGRAM CULTIVATES NEXT GENERATION’S LEADERS

 
By Breena Loraine
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University’s Mentor Program is a win-win situation for students and San Diego businesses. With the participation of approximately 60 business executives from diverse companies, the program allows business seniors and graduate students to gain insight into the industries and positions that interest them, while also allowing businesses to identify students as potential interns and employees. 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST FREE OPEN HOUSE, SOCK HOP AND MORE APRIL 13-14

 

April 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A 50-year anniversary doesn’t happen every day, so Grossmont College will celebrate its golden moment in history with a blowout weekend of free events for the community to enjoy April 13 and 14 at the El Cajon campus.
 
Music lovers, foodies, dancers, amateur scientists, artists, CSI fans, poets, fitness and health devotees, theater lovers, techies, gamers, math whizzes – there’s something for everyone. 

 

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CLASSES AT EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT PREPARE IRAQI IMMIGRANTS FOR THE WORKFORCE

 March 31, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- A pilot program for recent Iraqi immigrants that teaches English in the context of office work is being offered at Cuyamaca College through a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Diego County.

 

OPEN HOUSE AT CAJON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MARCH 28

March 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – On March 28 Cajon Valley Middle School is opening their doors to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to showcase their new campus at 550 East Park Avenue, El Cajon.  The school is highlighting all the new programs taking place: computer labs, a community garden, newcomer classes, art, music and dance exhibitions, AVID and Writing for Change programs, an extended day program, athletics, clubs and tutorial support.

BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s  children, in need of community help.  I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.

On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses. 

COLLEGE PREP MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS EARN THEIR ROBOTICS STRIPES

 

March 18, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Eight students from College Preparatory Middle School (CPMS)in La Mesa competed in the Greater San Diego Botball Tournament on March10, 2012, at the University of San Diego. The CPMS Robotics Team was one of  18  regional  Botball  teams  from  San  Diego,  Arizona  and  Mexico  competing  at  the  tournament. The competition was tough and comprised of mostly high school teams but the newly formed middle school team called the Cyber Stripes, took 5th place in the seeding rounds and received the Rookie Award.

 

LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT’S 14TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ARTS MARCH 24

March 14, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park.  Registration begins at 8am and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies. For more information please call Sarah Grosskreutz at (619) 390-2662 ext. 425 or download entry forms at http://www.lsusd.net under the “News” section on the front page.  

EDUCATION TOUR: SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE

 

Education news and notes

By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator

March 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Do you have children, relatives, friends, or neighbors who are planning to go to college? Make sure to check out the scholarships available below.

In addition, here are my picks for this month’s top education stories of interest to local students, teachers, and parents:

NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS SECURE THEIR FUTURE

Application deadline is April 1.

March 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- A brand new scholarship program established by the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Training Trust can help San Diego County high school students achieve their career goals in the construction industry.

WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDEN IN JAMUL RECEIVES GRANT

March 11, 2012 (Jamul) – The water saving garden at Jamul Primary School sports a new information board thanks to a generous grant from the Metropolitan Water District. The sign is part of an ambitious outdoor learning project, which demonstrates and promotes sustainable gardening practices in arid East San Diego County. The garden is a project of ARCHES, a local non-profit corporation.

THE 58th ANNUAL GREATER SAN DIEGO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

 
March 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- It is science fair time again in San Diego. Tuesday,  March  20 through  Sunday,  March  25 will be the time when more than 850 students throughout San Diego and Imperial counties will present their scientific research ranging in areas from Astronomy to Zoology at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair.  These 7-12  grade student participants, representing over 100 schools, will bring their work to the GSDSEF to be judged by professionals in their fields. They will be competing for 1st through 4th place awards, scholarships, trips, sweepstakes and professional society awards.

MAKING A SPLASH: THREE NEW AQUATIC CENTERS IN THE GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

March 11, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District will be dedicating three new pools throughout the district this spring thanks in part to funding provided by Proposition U.

The Granite Hills High School Aquatics Facility will be the first to be dedicated on March 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.  The special guest will be Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT’S 14TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ARTS MARCH 24

March 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m.and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies.

2012 VALHALLA FASHION SHOW AND PROM/GRAD EXPO

 

 
March 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- How do students save on the expense of prom?  By attending the 2012 Fashion Show and Prom/Grad Expo on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Valhalla High School theatre. This event is sponsored by the Valhalla High School Cheer Program. All students, parents, and the Grossmont High School community are invited to attend.

 

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON RESPONDS TO FEDERAL REPORT ON STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION RATES

 
March 9, 2012 -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has applauded efforts by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to shed light on the problem of excessive use of suspension and expulsion of students as a disciplinary tool in the nation’s schools.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND ON PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX

 
New complex to offer students state-of-the-art facilities
 
March 2, 2012 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Helix Charter High School officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the school’s new performing arts complex on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The 34,000-square-foot complex will feature a 410-seat theatre, a Black Box for theater in the round, dance studio, recital rooms, costume shop and scene shop for performing arts students. The renovations also include new digital music labs, and classrooms for band and choir students.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE" SPELLS OUT, “F-U-N” AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S STAGEHOUSE THEATRE, MARCH 8– 17

 

March 1, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Travel back in time to your school days when the excitement of a spelling bee seemed like the most important thing in the universe! Grossmont College- Theatre Arts Department presents the musical comedy, "Putnam County Spelling Bee" from March 8 to 17 at the Stagehouse Theatre.

 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE URBAN LANDSCAPING CONFERENCE MARCH 8

 

February 29, 2012  (El Cajon) -- "The Bottom Line for Green Is Black" is the theme for the 4th annual Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference presented by the Cuyamaca College Horticulture Department. This conference is the premier Southern California event to learn successful business models leading the way to our landscape future.

 

STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT SDSU TO WALK OUT MARCH 1 IN NATIONAL PROTEST OVER EDUCATION CUTS, TUITION HIKES

February 28, 2012 (San Diego)—A coalition of students and faculty at San Diego State University plan to walk out of class Thursday, March 1 at 12 noon. A rally will follow at the Scripps Cottage Patio, 5500 Campanile Drive, as part of a National Day of Action for Education at universities across America.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT KEEPS BOUNDARY CHANGES, BUT OFFERS OPEN ENROLLMENT COMPROMISE

 By Serena Scaglione

February 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--More than 150 parents, students and members of East County communities attended last week’s special board meeting at West Hills High School to stand for or against the Board’s decision last November to change the district’s boundaries.

Despite numerous pleas to the Board to rescind the boundary changes, the Board voted four to one to keep the new boundaries in place, with trustee Priscilla Schreiber casting the only "no" vote.

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