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COLLEGE FOR KIDS AT THE HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

June 17, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grades. All of the classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50.00.  For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at www.cuyamaca.edu/museum.
 
The classes at the Museum are very unique, fun, and educational. The first two sessions are called Survivor: Pioneer Skills in the Computer World. This class teaches students things that they won’t learn sitting in front of a computer. They’ll build a model shelter, make fire by friction, and rig and lift a weight using a rope and pulleys, and more. The list of activities goes on and on and the students always have a great time.

 

BELLUS ACADEMY INCORPORATES WAVEMOTION™ TECHNOLOGY

 
June 16, 2012 (Poway) – Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy has become the first beauty school in the world to incorporate WaveMotion™ technology into its curriculum, This ground-breaking move places Bellus’ aspiring therapists on the cutting edge of wellness treatments as they learn and adapt various bodywork techniques using WaveMotion’s™ bodywork table, the latest technological advancement available.

BLOCK’S BILL TO REDUCE CAMPUS TENSIONS DURING STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS PASSES SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 
June 15, 2012 (Sacramento)—A measure requiring California State University (CSU) Trustees to designate a senior administrator as a liaison between protesting students and campus officials to improve safety and communication Wednesday won Senate Education Committee approval on a six to zero vote. AB 1955, authored by local Assemblyman Marty Block (AD 78)) also requests the University of California (UC) to name a liaison when protests occur on those campuses.

LDS HONOR EAST COUNTY TEACHER

 
By Troy Hartpence
 
June 15, 2012 (Santee) -- A West Hills High School math teacher has been honored with a “Crystal Apple Award” from the seminary students of the Santee Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

EDUCATION TOUR: DON’T JUDGE A FISH BY ITS ABILITY TO CLIMB A TREE

 
Education News and Notes
 
By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--With the end of the school year arriving, be sure to view the Khan academy video (below) to prepare for tests or simply get ahead for the next school year!

SAN DIEGO STUDENT AMONG 15 FINALISTS AT GLOBAL GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR

San Diego Jewish Academy eight grader Jonah Kohn's project uses tactile sound to enhance music for people with hearing loss through vibrations

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) eighth grade student Jonah Kohn was recently notified that he is one of five finalists in his age group out of a total 15 finalists in the 2012 Google Science Fair, which received thousands of entries from over 100 countries worldwide.

His project, Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound, has the potential to affect millions of people with hearing loss by enhancing their ability to enjoy music.

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS RE-ELECTED

No opposition for Bill Garrett, Mary Kay Rosinski
 
June 10, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, and Mary Kay Rosinski, board vice president, have been re-elected without opposition for another four-year term. Because they had no challengers, the names of Garrett and Rosinski were not on the June 5 ballot for East County voters. The college district operates Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, serving almost 30,000 students.

VIEJAS ROLLS OUT “SAY YES TO BOWLING!” FREE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS & TEENS

 

 
By Sierra Robinson

June 8, 2012 (Alpine) – Looking for something fun, free and cool for the kids to do this summer? Your child or teen can receive a free bowling game each week-day this summer, along with bowling shoes, in Viejas Bowl’s new “Say Yes to Bowling” program.  The fun starts in June and continues on through August.

 

LOCAL ATTORNEY ESTABLISHES EDUCATION CENTER TO SERVICE FAMILIES WITHIN SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) — Realizing a need to have individualized enrichment programs for students, a San Diego attorney seeks to develop an education center to serve the entire family. Breana Ha, who came to the United States as a young child in 1979 as one of the boat people, said while there are several organizations serving the Vietnamese community in San Diego, there is, however, not one that provides educational services for the entire family. That idea gave birth to the Vietnamese American Center: Education, Recreation and Culture (VACERC). 

LAKESIDE RESIDENT & PRINCIPAL WINS AWARD

Recognized for Biliteracy by San Diego County Office of Education 

 
June 5, 2012 (Lakeside, CA) – Lakeside resident and Riverview Elementary School Principal Olympia Kyriakidis was recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education as an outstanding individual in promoting biliteracy, and was presented with a Certificate of Award at the 14th Annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium. This event acknowledges district individuals who have made significant contributions in promoting biliteracy for students, promotes biliteracy as an educational asset and celebrates the achievements of the community.
 
(left to right)
Lakeside Union School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Bristol, Certificate of Award recipients Dr. Lily Cheng of the Confucius Institute at SDSU and Riverview Elementary School Principal Olympia Kyriakidis and Lakeside Union School District Board Members Gelia Cook and Twila Godley.

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:

 

PARALYZED STUDENT WALKS WITH PRIDE--AND AN EXO-SKELETON--AT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2012 (Berkeley) - As the mother of a U.C. Berkeley graduate, I couldn't be prouder of my son's alma mater than after viewing this video.  In it, student Austin Whitney, who was paralyzed in a car accident, is enabled to walk across the stage and accept his diploma with help from an exo-skeleton created thanks to technology developed at the University of California, Berkeley.  Just imagine what this could mean someday for our wounded veterans and other injured people!

 

GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COMMENCEMENTS BRING A HAPPY ENDING TO A ROCKY FINANCIAL YEAR

 
June 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The commencements held at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges this week, in which more than 2,300 students received degrees or certificates, were a joyous and welcome change to the budgetary gloom that has settled over the state’s community colleges.

 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES SALE OF PROPOSITION H REFUNDING BONDS

Transaction results in $4.9 million in savings for district taxpayers 

 
May 31, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) has successfully implemented Proposition H 2006 Series bond refunding and announces a savings of $4.9 million for taxpayers over the next 11 years. The GUHSD board approved the refunding during its April 19 meeting.

 

TWO ARCHITECTS OF LEARNING AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE RETIRING AFTER 33 YEARS

 
Founding instructors of landmark programs leave a legacy
 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon)– For more than three decades, two instructors at Cuyamaca College have worked within hailing distance of one other, each heading an academic program they personally designed and cultivated.
 
Not only have Jim Custeau, the founder of the automotive technology program and Brad Monroe, the creator of the ornamental horticulture program, worked in close proximity – their careers have followed similar trajectories.

TEACHERS, STUDENTS JOIN TO SHOW PROGRESS IN COLLEGE PREP MAY 30 SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT’S WORKING

 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- East San Diego County high school teachers and their former students will join together Wednesday, May 30, 2012, to highlight a daylong symposium on changes made to better prepare high school students for college.
A panel presentation by Grossmont Union High School District English teachers and past graduates is set for 8:45 a.m. in Griffin Gate at Grossmont College. The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. symposium is expected to draw more than 100 teachers sharing changes made this past year as part of the English Curriculum Alignment Project.  ECAP is a project of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS), the institute for Evidence-Based change (IEBC) and the Grossmont Union High School District.

VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, CAPISTRANO CONNECTIONS ACADEMY, TO HOST FREE FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION IN EL CAJON MAY 30

 
Parents seeking innovative K-12 education alternative can learn how virtual public school, offered tuition-free, can meet their individual needs
 
May 27, 2012 (El Cajon) --  Capistrano Connections Academy, a tuition-free, fully accredited virtual public school, will host a free information session in El Cajon for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.

BILL TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY EXPERIENCE, CUT ‘RED TAPE’ FOR STUDENT VETERANS MOVES FORWARD IN LEGISLATURE

 
AB 2462 standardizes credit recognition at community colleges for vets 
 
May 27, 2012 (Sacramento) — A measure by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) to help military veterans gain academic credit for their military experience passed the Assembly today on a vote of 67-0.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OFFICE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT

 
May 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--Women Give San Diego, a local nonprofit organization, has awarded Grossmont College’s Office Professional Training (OPT) program a $15,500 grant to assist with counseling services for OPT students.
 
The college’s OPT program provides up-to-date skills training for jobs in professional office settings in the accounting, insurance, and financial services fields. More than 2,200 students have graduated from the OPT program since it started in 1985.

GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COMMENCEMENTS BRING A CLOSE TO CHALLENGING ACADEMIC YEAR

 
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.
 

MOUNT MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS

 

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 JUNIOR PLACES IN TOP .000005% OF SCIENCE STUDENTS WORLDWIDE

 

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.

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 
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.

STOP2011 SCHOLARSHIP FINAL ROUND DEBATE MAY 30, 2012

 

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.

 

ALPINE VOTERS TO WEIGH SCHOOL BOND MEASURE PROP H

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.

REGION’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHIEFS WARN OF ‘DISMANTLING’ CUTS IF TAX VOTE FAILS

 
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.
 

LOOKING AHEAD TO EL CAJON SUMMER CAMPS 2012

 
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.

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST PIT STOP ON BIKE TO WORK DAY MAY 18

 
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.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY HONORS WINNING STUDENTS FROM SCIENCE FAIR, ART AND ESSAY CONTEST

 
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.

SDSU GRADS PREPARED TO LEAD

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.” 
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