May 26, 2012 (El Cajon) -- More than 2,300 students will be receiving their degrees or certificates from East County’s two community colleges at month’s end, capping a year marked by the state’s ongoing budget crisis.
Cuyamaca College will honor 695 students receiving associate degrees and certificates of achievement Wednesday, May 30, at the 34th annual commencement at the college’s student center quad. On Thursday, May 31, Grossmont College will laud 1,664 students receiving their degrees and certificates at the college’s 51st commencement at the main quad. The ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
May 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The Mount Miguel High School JROTC Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, paid tribute to all of the men and women who have fought and died to protect our freedom as well as those who are presently serving our country.
San Diego Jewish Academy junior Melissa Fagan placed first at the Intel International Science and Engineering. Intel is the largest and most prestigious high school science competition in the world.
May 26, 2012 (San Diego)– Last week, San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) student Melissa Fagan received first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Seven million students compete annually to receive an invitation to Intel as it is considered the top high school science competition in the world.
New Child Development Center is part of the GUHSD Teen Parent Program
May 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Representatives from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Grossmont High School dedicated the school’s new Child Development Center on Friday, May 18. The 6,193-square-foot center will offer a classroom setting for infant and toddler programs as part of the GUHSD Teen Parent Program.
May 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- The final round of the STOP ,Stop Taxing Our Pupils, 2011 four-step scholarship process will take place at the Merrill Lynch building, located at 701 B St., San Diego (downtown), in the second floor Conference room 2 west, from 7-8:30 p.m.
May 23, 2012 (Alpine) – Alpine voters will decide on the June ballot whether nearly $12 million in bond monies should be authorized to fund the Alpine Union School District. The District faces a half million dollars in annual budget cuts due to falling property tax revenues and anticipated cuts in state funding.
The average homeowner would pay an estimated $4 more per month if Prop H passes.
Backers seek local control of education funds that can’t be taken away by the state. Funds could be used to improve facilities for safety, energy efficiency, disabled access and to update classroom computers and technology, as well as attract and retain quality teachers.
Local campuses face $27 million hit without passage of November initiative
May 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The heads of the region’s six community college districts issued a tsunami warning of sorts Wednesday, saying a new wave of funding cuts will further cripple the colleges if voters reject the governor’s November tax initiative.
May 18, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will once again be offering week-long summer camps that begin June 18th. To see the variety of camps that will be offered go to the website at http://www.elcajonrec.org
. Whether you’re looking for indoor soccer, gymnastics, aquatics, fun in the sun, or any other camps. Register online or by mail starting May 29th. If you prefer to register in person, walk-in registration begins June 4th at any of the recreation centers during operational hours. Many of our camps will sell out, so register early! For more information, call (619) 441-1516.
May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College will support the annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18 with its own “Bike to College Day,” featuring a pit stop on the El Cajon campus in parking lot 1, at the intersection of Highway 125 and Griffin Drive. The college’s pit stop, manned by students and staff, will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. and will feature free water, snacks, T-shirts, giveaways and bicycle maintenance checks.
Contests attract participants from across San Diego county
May 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Water Authority recently honored winners of two student competitions – the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students, and the Be Water Sm“Art” Essay Contest for elementary school students.
9,973 students have been approved to participate in 2012 commencement ceremonies May 17-20
By Glenn S. Robertson
May 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Nearly 10,000 San Diego State University students approved to participate in commencement ceremonies later this month are taking their degrees to new heights, with plans to live up to the university’s motto of “Leadership Starts Here.”
May 13, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The State Board of Education (SBE) today voted to seek a state-defined waiver of selected provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which would allow the state to use its accountability system to focus improvement efforts on the lowest performing schools and provide schools greater flexibility over the use of federal funds.
Fun learning opportunities abound at Cuyamaca College
May 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- As Summer vacation approaches, College for Kids at Cuyamaca College provides the perfect combination of fun and learning for elementary and middle-schoolers, with a wide assortment of low-cost classes and activities.The program offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program is available for youths, ages 7 to14. Registration just opened, and classes are offered from mid-July to mid-August at Cuyamaca College.
May 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Helix Charter High School Speech and Debate Team members know what they are talking about! Eleven students from Helix, along with 80 students from other San Diego County high schools, participated in the California High School Speech Association State Championships in San Francisco April 27-29, 2012.
May 7, 2012, (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident, Andrea Elser, a senior at Health Sciences High & Middle College (HSHMC) in San Diego, has been named the recipient of the Ninth Annual AMN/HCC Scholarship Essay Contest presented by the Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego County and AMN Healthcare http://www.amnhealthcare.com/.
District foundation seeking 100 donors by June 30
May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- As state funding for community colleges continues to decline, the foundation serving Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is turning to private and corporate donors to contribute toward programs that will benefit students at the two East County institutions.
May 4, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Joined by parents and teachers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called upon the Legislature to renew its commitment to quality early learning programs by rejecting more than $500 million in proposed budget cuts to California's child care and early learning programs.
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry Program will host “Now That You’ve Been Laid Off,” a free seminar featuring tips on getting hired again, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in Griffin Center, the new student center building, Building #60, Room #140, on the college campus. Admission is free.
April 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--A free screening of “Race to Nowhere, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” a documentary movie that promotes homework-free weekends and holiday breaks for students, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Building 26, Room #220, on the Grossmont College campus.
April 25, 2012 (Santee) – UNICO San Diego will host its annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the Brian Piccolo scholarship award on May 3 at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee. The tournament culminates with the presentation of the award to various San Diego High School seniors during June.
Finalists announced; winner to receive bejeweled award
April 23, 2012 (La Mesa)--Approximately 400 students within the Grossmont Union High School District competed in the fourth annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition.
This year’s entries were evaluated March 11 by three judges on both the quality of the design and the effectiveness in conveying “flight”, the theme of this year’s competition. Twelve finalists have been selected, but only one will receive the Grand Prize--the design presented to the winner as a piece of jewelry at the awards event on May 3rd at the La Mesa Community Center. The Grand Prize will be created in precious metals and gems by Master Goldsmith Terry Whyte of Golden Artistry in downtown La Mesa.
April 23, 2012 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 pm at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, a registration meeting and power point presentation will be held to share information with East County students and parents about next year’s annual educational East Coast tour. The historical and educational destinations on this itinerary are Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and New York City. Fundraising opportunities will also be discussed.
School officials conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor the completion of the new pool
April 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Officials from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Steele Canyon High School celebrated the completion of the new aquatics facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 17. The Steele Canyon High School Aquatics Facility is the third and final pool completed in the district this year.
Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun
April 20, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Riverview Elementary School and Lakeside Union School District will be holding their 4th Annual Riverview International Fair on Saturday, April 28from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Visitors will travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.
In collaboration with Jewish World Watch, San Diego Jewish Academy will hold a Walk to End Genocide, which is being organized by a group of ninth and tenth grade students. The walk is being held to raise awareness about the mass atrocities occurring in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Mike Lewis
April 17, 2012 (Sacramento)--The figures behind the state’s educational crisis are alarming. According to the California Teachers Association, California ranks 46 nationally in per-pupil funding, with over $20 billion cut from public schools and colleges statewide in the last four years. More than 40,000 teachers have been laid off during that same time, yet partisan gridlock has stalled any solution in Sacramento.
April 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School Board meeting on April 19 will include a Superintendent’s vote on Voting Rights Act issues, a resolution to implement lay-offs of classified employees, and other key issues. The meeting will be held at the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street.
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon)--Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,797 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.
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.
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.