Education

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY SUNDAY IN SANTEE

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 18, 2018 (Santee) -- On August 19th, inside the Santee Library, the Santee Mobile-Home Owner’s Action Committee, Inc. (SMOAC) will hold their 4th Annual Backpack & School Supplies Movement.  Backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out, free to students, at 10 a.m. until supplies are exhausted.

SDCOE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR APPOINTMENT TO PERSONNEL COMMISSION

 

Source:  scdoe.net

August 15, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Board of Education (County Board) and the County Superintendent of Schools are currently seeking candidates interested in being appointed to the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Personnel Commission. Letters of interest for appointment to the Personnel Commission are currently being accepted for the County Board/Superintendent-appointed personnel commissioner. The term of office will commence Dec. 1, 2018, at noon, and expire Dec. 1, 2021, at noon. The County Board/superintendent-appointed commissioner will assume office at the regularly scheduled Personnel Commission meeting on Dec. 19, 2018.

DESPITE PLEDGE TO RUN, REBEKAH BASSON NOT ON LA MESA SCHOOLS BALLOT IN NOVEMBER

 

By Ken Stone

Originally published by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo by Ken Stone

August 14, 2018 (la Mesa) - A year ago this week, 25-year-old Rebekah Basson attended her first meeting as a newly appointed school board member in East County — based in part on her pledge to run for a full term in November 2018.

MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON THE GREATEST EVER

 

 

Earn an A+ in sustainability this school year with tips from Waste Management

Source:  Waste Management

August 7, 2018 (San Diego) - As millions prepare to head back to school, Waste Management of Southern California is offering parents, students and educators practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, in and out of the classroom.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- When I was younger I hated all the back-to-school commercials. They were a dreaded reminder that summer was over and pretty soon, I'd be back inside a hot, stuffy classroom, mourning my lost freedom.

MIDWAY THROUGH FILING PERIOD, MOST EAST COUNTY OFFICES HAVE NOBODY RUNNING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 26, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The filing period to run for local offices opened on July 16 and closes August 10.  But so far, no candidates have pulled papers to run, let along qualified, in most East County or other inland San Diego County races listed on the Registrar’s site for school boards, water boards, fire boards and community planning groups. In others, only incumbents have filed.

For instance, in the Grossmont Union High School District, heated controversies and lawsuits have erupted over alleged bond misappropriation, failure to build an Alpine High School, and efforts to shut down popular charter schools.  Yet so far, incumbents Jim Kelly, Robert Shield and Dr. Gary Woods have all pulled papers to seek reelection, but nobody has filed to run against them.

Note: City council and mayor candidates apply through cities and will not be listed until after the filing deadline has closed. ECM has requested info from East County cities on those races.

Below are other local races in East County, including names of any candidates who have pulled papers to run (though not yet qualified).

HELIX CLASS OF ’98 ANNOUNCES 20-YEAR REUNION AUG. 25

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2018 (La Mesa) --  Once a Scotty, always a Scotty. Helix High School class of 1998 invites you to come join fellow classmates and teachers to catch up on old times at the 20-year reunion on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Bolt Brewery, 8179 Center Street in La Mesa. All classmates from 1998 or any classes before or after 1998 who want to reconnect with old friends are welcome to attend.

SDSU CELEBRATES PRIDE WEEK: CAMPUS IS RANKED AMONG NATION’S TOP 25 LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 

East County News Service

July 14, 2018 (San Diego) – A rainbow flag raised on July 11th at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union center heralded the kick-off for pride festivities at San Diego State University. An SDSU delegation also marched in the San Diego Pride Parade today in Hillcrest, with students, staff, faculty and alumni joining in. 

PASSAGES: MEMORIAL MILE TONIGHT TO COMMEMORATE VALHALLA COACH CARTER YARBOROUGH

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) –Carter Yarborough, 48, a Valhalla High School cross country and track coach, was killed Sunday morning when his motorcycle struck a Sheriff’s vehicle that had pulled into his lane after a left turn on South Coast highway in Encinitas, Patch.com reports.

A memorial Mile in his memory will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Valhalla.  Team members, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in the walk of remembrance.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

Photo from left to right:  GHD board members Michael Emerson, Randy Lenac, nursing student Sofia Grant, cardiology technician student Kira Bunker, pharmacy technician student Ophelia Williams, GHD board members Gloria Chadwick, Virginia Hall, Bob Ayres.

June 19, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the recipients of two 2018 GHD scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.

UCSD STUDENT PERSERVERES TO GRADUATE AFTER DEPORTATION OF HIS PARENTS

 

 

Source: UCSD News Center

Photo:  Graduate Leon Sanchez Reyes (left) with his sister and two younger brothers.

June 14, 2018 (San Diego) --This year, UC San Diego’s class of 2018 will be having the majority of commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.  A total of 7,449 students will take the stage this weekend as this year’s graduating class participates in the campus’ various commencement ceremonies. Among the students is Leon Sanchez Reyes  Just two weeks before starting his first year at UC San Diego in 2014, Sanchez Reyes’ parents were deported. The immigration agents explained to him that his parents were going to be sent back to Mexico and nothing could be done about it.

“I felt abandoned and full of anger. Not at my parents, not at the officers—they were only doing their job—but at the system for leaving four children without their parents,” said Sanchez Reyes. The next night, Sanchez Reyes and his siblings met with their parents in Tijuana, discussing schooling and housing plans. Sanchez Reyes had secured housing on campus for his first year, but his parents and siblings had to relocate to Tijuana and then Rosarito.

RECORDS SET AS LARGEST GRADUATING CLASSES OF GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COLLEGES RECEIVE MOST DEGREES, CERTIFICATES

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Community College District

June 11, 2018 (El Cajon) - Commencement day is always a day of celebration and promising futures as students take part in a time-honored processional, while families and friends cheer and beam with pride.

This year’s graduation ceremonies at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges were ones for the record books as a highest-ever 2,500 graduates received more than 5,500 degrees and certificates on June 6 and 7. These numbers translate into a 23 percent increase in the number of graduates and a 20 percent hike in the number of degrees and certificates compared to 2017’s record-setting numbers.

DEMOCRATS FINISH STRONG IN GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD RACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2018 (El Cajon) – Although school board races are officially nonpartisan, the political parties weighed in with endorsements backing candidates in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Per the district rules, the top two-vote getters in each district will square off in a run-off, though Democrats won majorities in two of the three contests.

LUND TRAILS MUNOZ IN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE

 

 

Update June 6, 2018 -- With 100% of precicnts counted and only late mail-in and provisionals remaining, Munoz is up with 56.73% over Lund with 43.07%.

 

By Miriam Raftery and Jonathan Goetz; photo by Jonathan Goetz

June 5, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Incumbent County Board of Education member Alicia Munoz has fended off a challenge by East County Chamber of Commerce president and community college instructor Eric Lund.  Munoz, who had heavy backing from the American Federation of Teachers, has 57.46% of the vote over Lund's 42.34%, with 20% of precincts reported.

"It's been a good learning experience. This is my first time running and I'll be more prepared next time," Lund told East County Magazine.

PAGEANT WINNER ORGANIZES DRIVES FOR STUDENTS TO SUPPORT MILITARY AND TEDDY BEARS TO COMFORT CHILDREN OF DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – El Cajon resident Kristin Cohn, who attended Valhalla High School, was recently crowned Mrs. San Diego Woman of Achievement 2018. Her platform is titled One Nation one heart. A few months ago, she had noticed a video that was circulating via the Internet and showed a little boy that was very sad when his deployed father was not going to be able to make it home for his birthday. This really hit a nerve in Cohn as she realized that not only does the stress of a deployed parent affect the member of the military and the spouse but also the amount of stress it places on the children left at home.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ERIC LUND, CANDIDATE FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) –  Last week, we interviewed Eric Lund, candidate for San Diego County Board of Education in district 3, on our radio show. Lund is president of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and also teaches business classes Grossmont and Southwestern Community Colleges. In addition he heads up the East County Homeless Task force and is a member of the East County Adult Education Alliance. The district encompasses most of East County as well as parts of San Diego.

Hear the full interview, originally aired on KNSJ Radio, by clicking the audio link, or scroll down for highlights.

“I’m so much an advocate of great education. I love teaching,” says Lund, who has taught for 17 years and was inspired by his grandfather, who headed up SDSU’s English Department for many years. “I really feel that our education system that is ranked one of the lowest in the United States can and should do better.”

Audio: 

Interview with Eric Lund, candidate for San Diego County School Board

NEW THREAT CIRCULATING AT SANTEE SCHOOLS FOUND NOT VALID

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2018 (Santee) -- This morning, the Sheriff’s department announced that deputies at the Santee station became aware yesterday of a possible school threat posted on social media.

“The post was not specific to any school, but was spreading online amongst students from Santana and West Hills High School,” Sergeant James Golembiewski states in a press release.

He adds, “Deputies conducted a thorough investigation and concluded the threat was not valid.”

Making threats against a school, even as a joke, is a crime and the San Diego District Attorney is prosecuting several such cases that occurred at other local schools.

RECORD NUMBER OF GRADUATES AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES TO RECEIVE OVER 5,500 DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES ON JUNE 6TH AND 7TH

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Photo:  Cuyamaca College commencement speaker Joel Spencer

May 27, 2018 (El Cajon) -- A continuing focus on student success and a streamlined process for university transfer are yielding record numbers for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, where a highest-ever 2,500 graduates will receive more than 5,500 degrees and certificates on June 6 and 7.

TEACHER CREATES MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS FOR HILL CREEK STUDENTS WITH GRANT IN SANTEE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

May 25, 2018 (Santee) First grade teacher Daisy Delacruz’s love for reading and musical theater is benefitting 98 students at Hill Creek Elementary School in Santee, who are gaining artistic experience beyond their young years. Directing and producing over 15 musicals in Santee and writing two plays inspired Delacruz in January to reach out for aSantee School Foundation grant.

STUDENTS SAFE AFTER KNIFE-WIELDING MAN BOARDS SCHOOL BUS IN CAMPO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 25, 2018 (Campo)—A grandmother and a second bystander came to the aid of a school bus driver confronted by a man armed with a knife, while an older student helped youngsters escape out a back exit.

The bus was heading to Campo Elementary School around 8:30 a.m. when Matthew Barker, 37, of Campo boarded the bus near Jeb Stuart road. The driver told him to leave, but instead advanced toward students until the driver blocked his way.

THREAT AGAINST TIERRA DEL SOL MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Late last night, the Sheriff announced it has been made aware of a threat regarding a possible act of violence at Tierra Del Sol Middle School in Lakeside.

An investigation thus far has found no evidence to suggest that the threat has any validity, says Sgt. Tim Chantler, adding that there is no immediate identified threat to the campus or any students.

As a precaution, additional law enforcement is being provided at and near the campus as the investigation continues.

CHANGE THE WORLD ONE STUDENT AT A TIME! NON-PROFIT SEEKS VOLUNTEER HOSTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS

 

Also offering referral fees and hiring local representatives

By Deann Rios

May 22, 2018 (San Diego) -- International Education Student Exchange Program (INTER-ED) is committed to making the world a better place by offering opportunities to break down cultural barriers and bring our world closer together. This non-profit, in association with the United States Department of State, is seeking volunteer hosts to help them achieve this goal by serving as American ambassadors.

AGREEMENT ALLOWS GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGE GRADUATES TO EARN BACHELOR'S DEGREE AT PRAGUE UNIVERSITY

 

Source: Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District

May 22, 2018 (El Cajon) - An agreement signed between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and a Prague university will allow graduates who have earned a degree from one of the two East County colleges to continue their education in the Czech Republic.

HIGH SCHOOL THREAT IN SANTEE PROMPTS ADDED PATROLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2018 (Santee) – An e-mail threat that referenced a possible act of violence at an unnamed high school in Santee prompted additional law enforcement patrols today at Santana and West Hills High Schools.

According to Sgt. William Amavisca at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, “The investigation has found no evidence to suggest the threat has any validity. There is currently no immediate threat to either campus or student thus far.”

STUDENTS PERSUADE LAWMAKERS TO DECLARE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo CC Flicker/Jeffrey Grandy

May 18, 2018 (Salt Lake City) – Students mobilizing on gun violence issues have captured headlines nationwide. But another student-led effort has yielded tangible results: in Utah, one of the most conservative stations in the U.S., a coalition of students persuaded the Utah Legislature to adopt a resolution declaring climate change real and committing to strive for solutions.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OPENS NEW VINEYARD FOR GROUNDBREAKING VITICULTURE PROGRAM

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

May 18, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) - A new half-acre vineyard at Cuyamaca College that is part of a groundbreaking viticulture apprenticeship program to meet a growing demand for skilled workers in the region’s wine making industry will be officially dedicated on June 4.

BIKE RIDES MAY 20 TO HONOR MEMORY OF GROSSMONT COLLEGE PROFESSOR KILLED IN BICYCLE ACCIDENT

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

May 15, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Two guided bike rides are being held at Grossmont College May 20 to honor the memory of Grossmont College political science professor Brian Jennings, an avid bicyclist who was killed April 17 while riding his bike in Flinn Springs.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

 

Families as Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education, by Andrea M. Nelson-Royes (Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2018, 170 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 5, 2018 (San Diego) - Andrea M. Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educational researcher and writer, and author of Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community and Success in School and Career: Common Core Standards in Language Arts K-5, continues this trend in advocating for excellence in education, in her new book; Families as Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education.

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR 2018 BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS

 

 

Source: Steele Canyon High School Drama Department

 

Photos: Leanna Neely, Jackson Shaffer (cover photo), Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur

 

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- The Steele Canyon High School Drama Department is proud to announce that three of their students have received nominations for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards for their roles in the SCHS spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

TUBERCULOSIS SCARE AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

May 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -- This is the time of year when students have final exams and graduation on their minds. But this May, students at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are wondering if they have been exposed to tuberculosis at either campus.

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