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HELIX CHARTER HIGH PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX OFFICIALLY OPENS

By Janis Mork and Miriam Raftery

Julian Rudd-Falls, Mark Gavit also contributed to this report

January 15, 2014 (La Mesa)- Students, faculty and community leaders turned out to celebrate yesterday’s dedication of the new performing arts complex at Helix Charter School.  The new center features a spacious theater, a black box room for smaller productions, dance room, a digital music lab, choir room, scene shop, and prop storage.

The dedication opened with students playing bag pipes and included the official ribbon cutting by Helix executive director Dr. Mike Lewis, a tour, speeches by education leaders and elected officials, and a dramatic musical performance from some of the students. 

“This landmark facility will benefit our students for many years,” said Grossmont Union High School District  (GUHSD) Superintendent Ralf Swensen.

WHOOPING COUGH CASE AT HELIX IN LA MESA

October 18, 2013 (San Diego) --  A 15-year-old student at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa has contracted whooping cough.  The disease was also reported at three other schools in San Diego County this week. Countywide, 202 cases have been reported so far this year – up from 127 cases for the same period last year, or roughly a 50 percent increase.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

February 7, 2013--(San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

November 1, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • The end is near (Turko Files helps bring end to Alpine Blvd. repaving nightmare)
  • The Mayoral candidate scorecard, general election edition (Voice of San Diego)
  • For Filner, it’s always sunny in San Diego  (Voice of San Diego)
  • Filner’s travel becomes campaign issue(UT San Diego)
  • The 2012 elections:  vital issues that affect Latinos (San Diego Free Press)
  • Supervisors could end $1,000 limit on contributions (KPBS)
  • Helix Highlander band takes first place (La Mesa Today)
  • Tesla stores challenge auto dealerships (U-T San Diego)
  • ACLU sues over photo restrictions at border (Sacramento Bee)
  • Spring Valley grocery worker is poster child for New York Times story (La Mesa Patch)
  • From Sex Dolls to Staged Garbage: The Election's Worst Campaign Dirt

STATE

  • Debunked: 6 lies that Biotech and Big Food are telling voters about Prop 37 (San Diego Free Press)
  • CA Charter schools grow to over 1,000 for 2012-13 (U-T San Diego)
  • Court says Arizona group must provide information in CA election (Sacramento Bee)

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TEXTING & DRIVING: IT CAN WAIT: SEPT. 24 AT HELIX CHARTER HIGH

September 21, 2012 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Police Department in partnership with Helix Charter High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club invites you to attend a special event on the school campus,  7323 University Avenue in the City of La Mesa on Monday, September 24.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

September 6, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • La Mesa-Spring Valley schools face cuts of $12.5 million  if tax vote fails (La Mesa Patch)
  • Wages in San Diego not rising fast enough (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa City Council Candidates (La Mesa Courier)
  • 10 privatization fact checks (Voice of San Diego)
  • 21 homes red-tagged: What to expect from classic Brawley earthquake swarm  (NBC)
  • Recruiting allegations haunt Helix, defending state football champions (Mt. Helix Patch.com)

STATE

  • California jobs picture brightens (Sacramento Bee)
  • Gov. Brown promotes Prop 30, warns of devastating cuts to education if it fails (Santee Patch)
  • Most tax deals die as GOP stands united (UT San Diego)
  • Self-driving cars approved by California legislature (CNBC)
  • California way behind Germany in solar development (KCET)
  • Three races could tip the balance of power in state Legislature (Sacramento Bee)
  • U.S. Chamber launches ad attacking California budget, economy (Sacramento Bee)

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
August 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Padres sold to group headed by O’Malley heirs (UT San Diego)
  • Aquifers shrink as nation digs deeper for water (UT San Diego)
  • Why a Major Food Organization Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food (San Diego Free Press)
  • Local casino’s past, present and future—impacts of Santa Ysabel potential closure( Ramona Journal)
  • Helix extends employee contract, draws criticism (UT San Diego)
  • Dead, sick animals found at Lemon Grove store (UT San Diego)
  • Crime up 6% in county for first half of year (UT San Diego)
  • Democratic Super PAC going after Bilbray with $1.2 million ad buy (La Jolla Patch)
 
STATE
  • California reaches deep into special funds to pay for schools, social services and prisons (Sacramento Bee)
  • State finds $230 million more in unreported reserves (UT San Diego)
  • Real estate license revocations set record in California (Sacramento Bee)
  • Judge says Riverside County can’t close pot shops (Sacramento Bee)
  • Top California Democrats rally around new assault weapons bill (Sacramento Bee)
  • Two California projects selected for transformational energy storage research to advance electric vehicle and grid research (Scoop San Diego) 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
June 21, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 
 
 
 
 
  
 
LOCAL
  • Regional Chamber of Commerce paints hopeful picture of economic recovery (Ramona Patch)
  • SD Unified bringing back all laid off teachers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Switching on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink (UTSanDiego)
  • New initiative launches in San Diego to reclaim science’s role in policy decisions (KPBS)
  • Helix leader Rani Goyal got $56,000 severance in settlement deal (La Mesa Patch)
  • The Starting Line: SDG&E’s Trojan Horse (San Diego Free Press)
  • UT CEO’s last media company sold interviews (CityBeat)
  • Man fatally stabbed in unincorporated La Mesa (La Mesa Patch)
STATE 
  • California Dems resist Gov. Brown’s welfare plans (San Jose Mercury News)
  • California schools facing shorter year (Sacramento Bee)
  • Viewpoint: Voters have a right to know how much loopholes are costing state (Sacramento Bee)

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 2012 GRADUATION INFORMATION

 

June 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) --  Throughout the month of June, approximately 5,216 senior students from 9 comprehensive high schools, 2 charter high schools and 3 alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be donning caps and gowns for commencement exercises.
 
The following listings include the dates of the ceremonies, and information about the  individual schools:

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

February 23, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:  
 
 
 
  
LOCAL
  • Community meeting discussing Quail Brush Power Plant Feb. 28 (Santee Patch)
  • Grossmont expands school enrollment choices for some (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric wants you to pay for its negligence (San Diego Reader)
  • Nature reclaims local cold war relic (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Hunter introduces bill to name Ramona Post Office after Mac McWilliams (Ramona Patch)
  • Helix claims Hills League title with tiebreaking victory over Grossmont (La Mesa Patch)
  • Veterans recover from war wounds on the farm (MSNBC)
  • SDPD Oversight Board Faces Favoritism Accusations
     
STATE
  • Prop 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown:  California to reopen trade offices in China (Sacramento Bee)
 
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HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS FOR CIF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, DEC. 17


December 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The game for the state championship in Division II will be played in Carson, California on December 17. Helix will play Del Oro, Loomis at 4:00 p.m. The game will be covered live on Cox Channel 4 in the San Diego area.
 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS CELEBRATE WITH MUSIC DEC 6-15


December 3, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- Beginning December 6, the schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be presenting their winter concerts. Each school has a different program, and has different features highlighted. Many schools will have band, choir, and orchestra performances. While individual schools will have dance, clubs, guitar, or performances unique to the school.

 

HELIX WINS GROSSMONT HILLS TITLE WITH 26-7 WIN OVER STEELE CANYON

by Christopher Mohr

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa) - Friday night's football game at Helix High School between the host Highlanders and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School effectively amounted to a league championship game. The CIF may not have planned it that way, but both teams have had outstanding seasons; Helix had a 9-0 record, while Steele Canyon was 8-1.

 

The game began as a stalemate, but the Cougars blinked first, making costly mistakes that the Highlanders capitalized on en route to a 26-7 win and a Grossmont Hills league title.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: AMBUSH IN THE HIGHLANDS - SCOTTIES WIN MUSKET WITH 41-0 BLOWOUT OVER FOOTHILLERS

by Christopher Mohr

 

October 25th, 2010 (La Mesa) - Domination. That word best describes how the Highlanders of Helix High School played last Friday night (10/22) in their homecoming game at Jim Arnaiz Field against the Foothillers of Grossmont High School. Not only did the Foothillers not score in this game, they could not get a first down from their own effort until near the end of the third quarter. The Highlanders' offense was as good at scoring points as their defense was at denying them and the end result was a 41-0 blowout win.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: HIGHLANDERS STRUGGLE TO 14-7 WIN OVER DONS

by Christopher Mohr

 

September 21st, 2010 (San Diego) - Darrien Hancock rushed for a personal best total of 233 yards and scored the winning touchdown as the Highlanders of Helix High School defeated the Cathedral Catholic Dons on their home field in Carmel Valley by a score of 14-7 Friday night. Helix overcame penalties, dropped passes and a tough Dons defense to pull out the win against the defending 2009 Division III CIF champions.

HELIX SUES DISTRICT; GUHSD RESCHEDULES MEETING FOR THURS. FEB 25

 

 

February 24, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District has rescheduled a closed/executive meeting for Thursday, February 25 at 3:30 p.m.  The meeting was rescheduled after East County Magazine obtained a legal opinion from Terry Francke, general counsel at Californians Aware, that the Brown Act had been violated, as we previously reported. ECM requested both 24 hours notice and a written description of the "threatened litigation" and "one matter" listed on the original agenda.   

 

The revised agenda for tomorrow's meeting reveals that a lawsuit has now been filed by Helix Charter High against the district.  

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: EAGLES SOAR OVER HIGHLANDERS, 64-55

by Christopher Mohr

February 2, 2010 (La Mesa) - Last Friday's basketball game at Helix High School between the host Highlanders and the visiting Eagles of Granite Hills High School had its share of scoring runs by both teams. The only problem for Helix was that Granite Hills' scoring runs were longer in duration as the Eagles prevailed with a 64-55 win.

GAME OF THE WEEK: PIRATES MAKE SCOTTIES WALK THE PLANK, WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP 26-10

 

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

(SAN DIEGO) December 15 - On a good day, it is difficult to beat Oceanside High School in a CIF championship football game. Prior to Friday's Division II championship game, the Pirates had appeared in 16 championship games and won 11 of them. They had also won the last five championship games, including three against Helix.

 

GAME OF THE WEEK: HIGHLANDERS UPSET NORSEMEN, ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS

 

by Christopher Mohr

(RANCHO SAN DIEGO) November 27 - That's why they play the game. Such a statement is typical after a game like Friday night's playoff matchup between the visiting Highlanders of Helix High School and the host Norsemen of Valhalla High School.

 

As fans and self-proclaimed experts, we often play the game on paper, giving out predictions and speculation without regard to the fact that the game is played on a field. Most of the time we get away with it, but this wasn't one of those times.

4th arrest made in Helix-area robberies

 

November 28, 2009 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police have arrested a fourth individual,  Johnny Stewart, a 20 year old man from La Mesa, in conjunction with a robbery that occured at Helix Charter High School on November 20. Stewart was arrested November 24 and has been charged with armed robbery; bail is set at $100,000.

 

One adult and two juveniles were previously arrested for  two street robberies that occurred on Friday, November 20, 2009 in La Mesa. The first robbery occurred in the 7600 block of Normal Avenue and the second robbery, where a handgun was used, occurred on the campus of Helix Charter High School.

GAME OF THE WEEK: MATADORS TAKE OVER IN SECOND HALF, BEAT HIGHLANDERS 44-21 TO CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON

 by Christopher Mohr

 

(LA MESA) November 13th - Success can be simple, even in the game of football. For all the complexity the game provides with its playbooks, schemes and systems, sometimes all a team may really need to win is keep giving the ball to one of its best players.

 

 

RECORD NUMBER OF GUHSD SCHOOLS RECEIVE CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS AWARD

Grossmont High School, Helix Charter High School and Grossmont Middle College High School Receive Prestigious Honor April 2, 2009 (El Cajon)—On April 1, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced that 125 California high schools were awarded the prestigious 2009 California Distinguished Schools Award. This marks the first year that a record three GUHSD schools have been recognized by the state for outstanding academic achievement.