Education

POLICE: 7TH GRADER MADE KILLER CLOWN THREAT TARGETING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2016 (El Cajon )—El Cajon Police provided extra security today at Montgomery Middle School after a series of threats circulated on Instagram by a user named “elcajonclown.”

 ECM obtained a copy of one threat, which read, “Who wants to get hired killing teachers?” 10 News reports an additional threat posted, which stated, "Tomorrow we attacking Montgomery at 9:30 AM send this [expletive] to montgomerys teachers we will kill all teachers and kidnap students we will have 19 people age 17+ be ready.”

DISGRACED EX-JUDICIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2016 (El Cajon) – Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Cajon Valley Union School District board, according to the Registrar of Voters site. One of them, Jim P. Miller, ran for Superior Court Judge in 2016 and had his Lincoln Club endorsement revoked after it was exposed that he failed to disclose that he had been removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Superior Court.

TARIQ KHAMISA FOUNDATION’S CIRCLE OF PEACE CURRICULUM TEACHES KIDS ABOUT FEELINGS AND NEEDS

 

By Janis Russell

Photo (L to R): foundation intern Malena Habib, foundation program director Benita Page, site mentor Rocio Hernandez, and foundation executive director Tasreen Khamisa.

October 3, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) has been going through its safe school model at La Mesa Arts Academy for two years. The safe school model includes class curriculum, a restorative practice educational curriculum (TKF Circle of Peace Curriculum). Founded by the sister of Tariq Khamisa, who was killed by a gang member, the program has resulted in a 72% reduction in suspension and 72% increase in school attendance in San Diego schools where it has been implemented.

SUPERHEROES NEEDED: STUDENTS TELL ADULTS “IT’S TOO EASY” TO GET ALCOHOL

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- In the world of fictional superheroes, Ironman’s alter-ego is Tony Stark, a business-minded intellectual and ingenious engineer.  It fits the theme of what East County Youth Coalition (ECYC) members at Mt. Miguel High School are stressing for their school’s superhero-themed homecoming. The teens are pressing adults to use their intellects to stop providing alcohol to minors.

ALPINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS FUNDS TO ALPINE SCHOOLS

 

Source: Alpine Education Foundation

October 1, 2016 (Alpine) - To celebrate the new school year, the Alpine Education Foundation hosted its sixth annual President’s Reception Thursday, September 29th at Campbell Creek Ranch. This invitation-only event gave the Foundation the opportunity to thank their donors and present grants to Alpine schools. AUSD Teachers and Employees of the Year were also acknowledged.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTS POLITICAL DISCUSSSION SERIES

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- With Election Day just around the corner, here’s an opportunity to get a historical perspective of voting in America.

The Cuyamaca College Department of History, Social and Behavioral Sciences will present “Politics: Past and Present Series 2016,” through the month of October to focus on a variety of political discussion topics, including voter suppression, gender, foreign policy, local propositions, and the role of persuasion in politics.  The free events, sponsored by Student Affairs and led by Cuyamaca College instructors, are open to the public. Refreshments, music and a voter registration drive will cap each discussion.

BUILDING RE-DEDICATION AND OPEN HOUSE AT VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL OCT. 11

 

Source: Grossmont Union High School District

September 29, 2016 (El Cajon) - The public is invited to attend a Building Re-dedication and Open House for Valhalla High School's Modernized Main Building and Theater on Tuesday, October 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by tours of the facility from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT WINS NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD

 

1 of 9 community colleges nationwide to net 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

East County News Service

September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - For the second time, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

NEWBERRY WINNING AUTHOR MATT DE LA PENA KICKS OFF GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S FALL 2016 READING SERIES

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont College English Department's Creative Writing Program is presenting the Fall 2016 Reading Series, Thursday, Sept. 29 – Monday, Dec. 5.

FORCIBLE ARREST OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN AT SDSU SPARKS OBJECTIONS FROM STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) — An arrest at San Diego State University today sparked protests after videos posted online showed SDSU police officers forcing the African-American man, who was not a student to the groundVideos posted on the Daily Aztec show the man standing on a balcony at the student center near where the rapper Chance was slated to perform when he was tackled from behind.(Warning, strong language). Video does not show events leading up to the incident.  The man, whose identity has not been released, shouted to the officers, “You’re breaking my arms!” and insisted he didn’t do anything wrong. He was arrested after the take-down.

Students took to social media with the hashtag #BlackUnderAttackSDSU.  But SDSU’s president Elliott Hirshman issued a statement indicating the man had jumped a construction fence and had been reported by two callers to be acting erratically.

TWO EAST COUNTY STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMI-FINALISTS

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Steele Canyon High School student Matthew Morozov and Helix Charter High School student Winston Lau are among 16,000 semi-finalists named in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

GROSSMONT BOARD APPROVES MORE MONEY TO FIGHT LAWSUIT OVER ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Grossmont Union High School District’s board voted 3-2 to approve more funds for legal defense in a lawsuit filed by Alpine taxpayers and parents. The lawsuit and a Grand Jury report both contended that the district misappropriated bond funds approved by voters for an Alpine High School.

SANTANA HIGH TEACHER NAMED A TEACHER OF THE YEAR COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Santee) -- An East County teacher is among five San Diego County instructors named teachers of the year.  The winners were nominated by their school districts out of 26,000 teachers countywide and were honored at a ”Salute to Teachers” gala event on Saturday.

PASSAGES: GROSSMONT HIGH STUDENT RYAN WILCOX, TEEN WHO INSPIRED A COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

September 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- A memorial tribute was held Monday night at Grossmont High School to honor the life of Ryan Wilcox, 18, who passed away after a valiant battle against cancer since age 3 and more recently, leukemia.  Ryan’s struggle captured the hearts of people across the community, even drawing Hollywood celebrities to his home in El Cajon.

CHARGERS PROVIDE LARGEST PRIVATELY-FUNDED GIFTS TO SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS



10 schools to share $250,000; Grants surpass $5.2 million

Source: Chargers press release

Photos via chargers.com

September 6, 2016 (San Diego) - For the 17th consecutive year, the Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers are continuing their support for youth health and fitness by awarding $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to San Diego County schools.

FROM POT SHOPS TO SCHOOL BONDS TO A BUILDER’S BONANZA: INITIATIVES ON EAST COUNTY BALLOTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 1,2016  (San Diego’s East County) – Beyond the blizzard of ballot measures statewide and candidates on your November ballot, East County voters will be asked to weigh in on a variety of local initiatives with big impacts.

Those include countywide measures:  one a tax to fund transportation, the other  a measure that would set a precedent for developers to  evade environmental reviews by taking projects directly to voters.   There are also medical marijuana dispensary measures on the ballots in Lemon Grove and La Mesa, a redistricting proposal in El Cajon, and school bond measures in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Grossmont Union High School, and Cajon Valley  Union school districts.  Here are details:

CUYAMACA COLLEGE AWARDED $2.6 MILLION GRANT TO RAISE ACHIEVEMENT AMONG HISPANIC STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Hispanic students at Cuyamaca College will soon see a significant boost in efforts aimed at guiding them toward obtaining certificates and degrees and transferring to four-year colleges and universities, thanks to a nearly $2.6-million, five-year federal grant.

CHIEF’S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- When I was younger I hated all the “back to school commercials and ads.” It was the dreaded reminder summer was over and it was back to school time!

One class we all need is, It’s important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school.

Let’s take our first lesson with some safety reminders:

8 CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR 2 SEATS ON GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – For the first time,  the Grossmont Union High School District will elect its board trustees by individual trustee districts this fall, not at-large elections.  The two seats up for grabs have each attracted four candidates (eight total) offering candidates some diverse choices.

BLOCK BILL REQUIRING VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS FOR CALIFORNIA LAW STUDENTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2016 (Sacramento) - A bill requiring law students to complete 50 hours of supervised volunteer or pro bono service before taking the bar exam will go the governor after the state senate voted late Monday to approve changes made in the Assembly.

EARTHTALK®: HELPING SCHOOLS GO SOLAR

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

August 12, 2016 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I am interested in helping my school get solar panels on the roof to show students how we can be part of the solution to the climate crisis. Are there any resources or grants out there to help schools go solar? --
Charles Hamilton, Warren, OH

GROSSMONT COLLEGE WELCOMES LORENZE LEGASPI AS NEWEST VP







Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca College news release

August 12, 2016 (El Cajon) - As Grossmont College’s senior leader in Administrative Services, Lorenze Legaspi’s job is to oversee the business end of operations at East County’s oldest community college. But the Bay Area native points out that beyond fiscal management and budgeting, the bottom line is serving students and ensuring that decisions are made with their success uppermost in mind.

SDSU LACROSSE HONORED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

 

This is the Aztecs’ second team academic honor in the program’s young history

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: goaztecs.com

August 2, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women's lacrosse team was honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for outstanding academic achievement, the organization announced. The Aztecs were named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad for posting a grade point average over 3.0 during the 2015-16 school year.

SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS RECOGNIZED BY ITA

 

Four Aztecs and team as a whole earn academic recognition

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

July 29, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team and four individuals were recognized for their efforts in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

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