Education

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.

ONE-THIRD OF CA STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FINANCIAL JEOPARDY: 6 LOCAL DISTRICTS AT RISK--3 IN EAST COUNTY

Grossmont, Borrego and Ramona districts may fail to meet financial obligations

February 23, 2012 (Sacramento)—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson warned today that the latest review of school district budgets shows that one-third of public school students in California attend a district in financial jeopardy. That includes seven districts in San Diego County—three of them in East County. 

MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP ACT COULD REDUCE COLLEGE FEES FOR CALIFORNIA STUDENTS BY TWO-THIRDS

Bill would be paid for by closing a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations

 

By Megan McGlamery

February 14, 2012 (Sacramento)--In an effort to make college more accesible for students of all economic backgrounds, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D- Los Angeles) has introduced the Middle Class Scholarship Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation could cut fees in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems by two-thirds for students whose family incomes are less than $150,000 and who do not already receive financial aid.

ASSEMBLY HIGHER EDUCATION CHAIR MARTY BLOCK CO-AUTHORS LEGISLATION TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

 

February 10, 2012 (Sacramento)-- Assemblymember Marty Block (D-78th District),  Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, has joined Speaker John A. Pérez on legislation that will keep college fees down for middle class families. The Middle Class Scholarship, which was introduced by Speaker Pérez today, will close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations in order to cut college fees for middle income families.

 

GUHSD ANNOUNCES SPECIAL MEETING FEB. 16 ON CONTROVERSIAL BOUNDARY CHANGES

 
February 11, 2012 (Santee) - Grossmont Union High School District will host a special Board meeting Thursday, February 16 to review its newly enacted high school boundaries and open enrollment policies, as well as consider alternative options for the 2012-13 school year. This public meeting will be held in the theater at West Hills High School at 8756 Mast Blvd. in Santee at 6:00 p.m.

"This was the best possible outcome that we could have hoped for. The decision to change the boundaries can only be reversed by the board," said Greg Kerrebrock,  a parent who has led efforts to get the board to reverse the boundary changes...."I would urge those who are truly concerned or significantly affected to seize this opportunity and make an appearance next Thursday."

SPRING VALLEY STUDENTS COMPETE IN COUNTYWIDE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

 

 
By Sophie Coston
 
February 10, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- After four months of spending many evenings and weekends preparing and learning about a variety of science subjects, the Spring Valley Middle School Science Olympiad team competed in the San Diego County Regional Science Olympiad. The annual competition took place on Saturday February 4 at Rancho Bernardo High School with 28 schools from all around the county, and 90 total middle school teams. Spring Valley Middle School, which is part of the La Mesa – Spring Valley School District was the only East County middle school that participated in the countywide event.

 

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT MAKES SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO REGION’S ECONOMY

 
February 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A just-released analysis shows the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s yearly economic impact on San Diego’s East County region exceeds $477 million, including the nearly $100 million the local economy receives directly from college district operations.

The comprehensive report clearly shows the college district provides substantial benefit to its students, the East County area and the San Diego County region. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S REVAMPED STUDENT CENTER GETS RAVE REVIEWS


Griffin Center marks end of major Prop. R-funded construction projects

 
February 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – After 18 months of remodeling and construction, the Grossmont College student center has reopened, instantly becoming a lively hub of activity. And, no wonder. With meeting rooms for student groups, ample comfortable seating for dining,  lounging  or study, easy access to a career  center and other student services, as well as  a 10-foot screen  in the lobby for watching movies, four food stations, and a mini-market, a transformation has taken place to rival any extreme makeover on reality TV.

Stephen Harvey/Grossmont College photographer
Behind the palm trees, a tower housing the elevator shaft is a prominent architectural feature of Grossmont College’s remodeled student center. It is topped by a glowing, green light which, when illuminated, is visible from the highway.

SCHOOL BOUNDARIES, HELIX COMMUNITY GARDEN, & COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROPOSAL FOR EMPLOYEES ON AGENDA FOR GUHSD FEB. 9

February 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – There’s a lot for the public to learn at the Grossmont Union High School District board of trustees meeting set for February 9, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson will provide an update on hotly contested district boundaries and an update on whether the district is in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. Trustees will again weigh whether to approve a community garden for Helix Charter High School or create a new “Chef” position in Food Services.  They will also hold a public hearing on the Board’s proposed collective bargaining contract for California School Employees Association union members.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL CLUB OFFERS PARENTS A DOSE OF REALITY


February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Helix Charter High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter invites parents to a party at which large doses of reality will be served. On Thursday, February 9, the group will host a Reality Party for parents.

 

WINE TASTING GOAL FEB. 4: BENEFIT GROSSMONT SOCCER


February 1, 2012 (La Mesa) School budgets have been cut to the bone, but fortunately for the Grossmont High School Men’s Soccer Team, San Pasqual Winery is kicking in some help—and asks community support.  This Saturday, February 4 from 6-8 p.m., San Pasqual Winery will host a fundraiser wine tasting to benefit the Grossmont Men’s Soccer Team. The event will be held at the Winery’s Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. 

EL CAJON YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 
January 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition would like to recognize youth for making a difference in our community.  If you see, hear, or know of a youth who has gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in our community, please take this opportunity to acknowledge and reward that effort. 

 

FREE FRUIT TREES FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS, NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY GARDENS


January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –California Rare Fruit Growers have partnered with the Paul and Helen Thompson Endowment Committee to offer free bare-root fruit trees for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community gardens. Varieties available include apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, and pluots.

GUHSD TO HOLD 2 PUBLIC FORUMS ON CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARY CHANGES FEB. 7 AND FEB. 8

January 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – In response to numerous complaints from parents and residents who were not informed before the Grossmont Union High School District voted to change school boundaries, the District today announced that it will host two public information forums and accept public comments.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON APPLAUDS NEW NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES

 
January 27, 2012 (Sacramento)-- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for making fresh fruits and vegetables the focus of the first major changes to school meals in more than 15 years.

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO PRESENTED TO STATE LEGISLATORS JAN. 30


January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A study has found that the nine community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute a whopping $6.6 billion to California’s economy each year, provide jobs to thousands of county residents, and increase the pay students receive as the result of completing their education.  
 
The results of the study will be presented January 30 at a Sacramento legislative summit with nine of the area’s state senators and assembly members. Legislators will meet in the state Capitol with members from boards of trustees and leaders of colleges and districts representing the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA). 

GUHSD TAKES HEAT FOR FAILING TO SEND MAILERS ON BOUNDARY CHANGES

Take our poll: Should the GUHSD have notified all residents by mail before changing school district boundaries? 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – At a Grossmont Union High School District board of trustees meeting on October 13, trustee Priscilla Schreiber asked Superintendent Ralf Swenson how workshops on proposed district boundary changes would be publicized. Swenson replied, “We are sending out mailers, putting things on websites, and we are working with our feeder districts to get the word out through their schools…”

But no mailers were ever sent to district residents. Nor did feeder schools (middle and elementary) notify parents of future high school students. Yet the district approved boundary changes November 10 that will affect thousands of students. Now a clamor has arisen among parents who had no idea such changes were in the works—and want the action reversed.

OPTIMISTIC SPIRIT PREVAILS DESPITE BUDGET’S GRIM TOLL AS STUDENTS START NEW SEMESTER AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 
January 25, 2012 (El Cajon) --
Perhaps it is because of spring – that time of year of fresh starts and renewed resolve – that despite the challenges of the day, an air of optimism prevails at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

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