Education

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.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE CERAMICS TECH RELISHES LIGHTING A FIRE UNDER STUDENTS


January 26, 2012 (El Cajon)
 – – Grossmont College ceramics technician Al Ventura likes watching students discover the magic of creating art. It brings back memories of his first turn at the potter’s wheel, and the community college instructor who took him under his wings back in the ‘70s.

COLLEGE DISTRICT USES STATE GRANT TO IMPROVE EDUCATION REGIONWIDE

 
Cuyamaca College program helps K-14 instructors meet new math, science standards; introduces teens to teaching profession

 
January 25, 2012 (El Cajon) --  From teacher workshops for high school and college instructors to career training opportunities for local teens, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca  Community College District is helping to improve education throughout the region.

 

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES METAL WORKS FACILITY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION SUITES


Modernized Career Technical Education building provides state-of-the-art workspaces to students

January 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and El Cajon Valley High School officials dedicated a newly renovated metal works facility and special education suites with an honorary chain-cutting ceremony yesterday.

BROWN BAG “LUNCH AND LEARN” ON GUHSD BOUNDARY CHANGES JAN. 25


By   Charlotte Reed
 
January 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- After several Boundary Committee meetings and public forums, the Grossmont Unified High School District board of trustees voted in September to approve recommendations for school boundary changes. Of course, not all were in a position to attend the public forums and many questions still remain unanswered. 
 
One question we in the Real Estate business are asked most frequently is, “How does this affect our home values?”

TITANIC VISITS FOURTH GRADE CLASS FOR SHOW-AND-TELL

 A sharing of artifacts recovered from the Titanic wreck site

 
January 22, 2012 (Santee) -- Fourth grade students at an East County elementary school were treated to an extra special show-and-tell in January. A sampling of artifacts recovered from Titanic, 2.5 miles below the ocean’s surface, were shared with more than 130 enthusiastic Rio Seco Elementary students in Santee. The show-and-tell was a preview of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening Feb. 10, 2012 at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

PUBLIC SUPPORT SOUGHT AT MEETINGS ON COMMUNITY GARDENS IN LA MESA, SAN CARLOS AND SAN DIEGO

January 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Next week, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Boards will hear action items on the development of community gardens on school district properties, including Helix Charter High School in La Mesa as well as schools in San Carlos and San Diego.

San Diego Roots, an organization which supports community gardens, is encouraging the public to attend meetings January 26 for the GUHSD and January 24 for the SDSUSD to show support for the gardens, which would benefit community residents as well as students.

HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR EL CAJON 3RD GRADE STUDENTS

 

January 20, 2012 (El Cajon ) -- Did you know that the Chase Gold Mines in El Cajon yielded $100,000?  Third grade students in El Cajon are invited to dig up more historical stories and enter an essay contest sponsored by the El Cajon Historical Society.  Children learning about local history are encouraged to write a 300-word essay about El Cajon's past.

 

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND AT HUMANITIES BUILDING


January 19, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont High School and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) broke ground last week for a new humanities building at Grossmont High School. The two-story, 35,000-square-foot building now under construction is the largest classroom project funded by the Proposition U construction program passed by voters in 2008.

 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRO TO GREEN BUILDING CAREERS—WITH FREE TRAINING


January 19, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – 
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

SPORTSPLEX USA DONATES TO SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION


January 14, 2012 (Santee) – On Monday, January 23, 2012 Sportsplex USA president Bill Berghoff will make a donation to the Santee School District Foundation in the amount of $1440.  Sportsplex USA and the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) have partnered with the goal of offering affordable youth indoor soccer programs to all parents and children in Santee. 

 

SDSU RECEIVES $300,000 FROM FORMER UT OWNER PLATINUM EQUITY FOR DIGITAL NEWS LITERACY PROGRAM

 
January 12, 2012 (San Diego)—Platinum Equity, which recently sold the San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), has donated $300,000 to San Diego State University’s School of Journalism & Media Studies. The donation will create the Platinum Project in Digital News Literacy and support instruction in digital and social media for undergraduate SDSU students and professionals in the community.

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES JANUARY FAMILY PROGRAMS


January 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- You can still take the Winter Reading Challenge that runs until January 15 with more prizes being given away every week.  For more details, visit your local branch or http://www.sdcl.org/

HERITAGE SCHOOLS CAN NOW REGISTER WITH STATE, SUPERINTENDENT TORLAKSON ANNOUNCES

 
January 9, 2012 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the 2012 Heritage School Registration System is open. Heritage schools—which give students a chance to focus on the language, culture, and traditions of a foreign country—must register online annually with the California Department of Education (CDE) by the end of January.

 

PETITION LAUNCHED TO OVERTURN BOUNDARY CHANGES IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


By Miriam Raftery

 
January 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A petition has been launched by residents of the Grossmont Union High School District asking the Board to rescind boundary changes that impact approximately 3,675 current students as well as many more future students.  Gregory Kerrebrock, who launched the online petition, says many homeowners and parents were never notified.  “Our voices were not heard in the original decision making process,” the petition reads.  “Do you know how this may affect you or your school children or property value?” 

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