Education

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.

REPORT: CHARTER SCHOOLS TAKE $65.9 MILLION IN FUNDING ANNUALLY FROM STUDENTS IN SAN DIEGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

$142.6 million net loss in three Calif. districts, while student needs go unmet

East County News Service

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- In a first-of-its-kind analysis, researchers found that public school students are bearing the cost of charter schools’ rapid expansion in San Diego and other school districts throughout the state. 

The analysis, Breaking Point: The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School Districts, conducted by think tank In the Public Interest with Dr. Gordon Lafer, examines the cumulative effect of charter schools on California school districts, which rank 42nd nationwide in per pupil spending. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: JIM MILLER MUST RESIGN

 

By Kilian Colin

“Mr. Miller is nothing but a bully, mocking people who want to oppose his political views.” –Kilian Colin, who has launched a Recall Jim Miller page on Facebook.

May 5, 2018 (El Cajon) -- I was just starting my breakfast before heading to school. I like to check news and social media while eating breakfast, and I noticed an article about a counseling intern at Hillsdale Middle School who had her contract revoked because she spoke to the press about the fact that the students who participated in the March 14 school walk out for Parkland were given detention. I was upset to learn that the intern’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech was violated. I decided to attend the next board meeting to speak to the board about this unfair action against the intern, who lost her job and was banned from applying to any future position in the district.

ALPINE SCHOOL OPENS DISTRICT'S FIRST ORGANIC GARDEN FOR STUDENTS

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

Photos courtesy of Alpine Elementary School Volunteers and Staff

May 1, 2018 (Alpine) - Students cheered at the grand opening of the new organic garden on April 27 at the Alpine Elementary School in AlpineThe garden, aimed at teaching students healthy eating, organic gardening and the importance of exercise was put together by students, teachers, parents and an array of businesses and organizations. It is the first such garden in a new Alpine Union School District program.

FIRE AT CLOVER FLAT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
April 30, 2018 (Boulevard) -- Cal Fire reports a fire at Clover Flat Elementary School on Old Highway 80 earlier today seriously damaged a classroom and two outbuildings.
 
Some 100 students and faculty members were relocated to another location on the campus while firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

READER’S EDITORIAL: SAFETY CONCERNS REGARDING BUS ROUTES AGREEMENT BETWEEN GROSSMONT AND ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICTS

 

An open letter to the Grossmont-Union High School District governing board asserts changes led to “very late buses, lost children” and other serious problems

By Holly Hernandez, California School Employees Association President, Chapter 607 Alpine

April 30, 2018 (Alpine) -- CSEA has concerns with transportation issues that have been reoccurring since last Tuesday April 10th, 2018.

During Bargaining on April 12th, 2018, it was voiced by Holly Hernandez that GUHSD would not be able to go to four routes in Alpine. After four days of drastically failing at the attempt to comply with only four bus routes, the following occurred; very late buses, lost children, routes getting to bus stops in the mornings very early because of last minute route changes, parents not being notified of changes, incorrect student rosters, kindergartners being on the bus for up to 1 hr. 45 minutes, and very worried and frustrated students and parents.

LMSV SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DAVID CHONG TAKES FIRE FOR HIS COMMENTS AS GUN SHOP OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2018 (La Mesa) – Remarks made by La Mesa School Board president and gun shop owner David Chong in a video on his Facebook page are drawing criticism from some parents and teachers, bringing gun issues to the November reelection campaign.

FLYERS AT CAREER EXPO TAKE AIM AT JIM MILLER, CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 26, 2018 (El Cajon) – Flyers posted and distributed anonymously at a career expo at Cuyamaca College this week took aim at Cajon Valley Union School District trustee Jim Miller.  

The expo was co-sponsored by America's Job Center of Cailfornia and the East County Career Center. Over 50 employees were there to recruit employees for a wide variety of jobs including in healthcare, childcare, education, municipalities, county agencies, public utilities, nursing homes, nonprofits, law enforcement, gaming, landscaping, local legislators, San Diego's radio stations and more.

“As you know, the school district that you choose to work in will have an enormous impact on your classroom, your income, your career, your future, and the pride that comes with being associated with a good school district,” the flyer advises attendees, adding, “Due to the recent antics of one of the members of the Cajon Valley Union School Board, I feel obligated to give you a little background on the actions of this particular ‘loose cannon,’ named Jim Miller. We are also including a listing of other, nearby school districts, that you may consider while you make important decision.

VIKING CENTER MAKES WAY FOR NEW BUILDINGS AT VALHALLA HIGH

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2018 (El Cajon) – Valhalla High School students bid farvel (farewell) to the Viking Center, which was demolished yesterday. A new parking lot will replace the Viking Center, which has been vacant for several years, formerly housed special education and other programs that are now offered on the main campus in more modern facilities. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE POLICE ACADEMY CADET ON TRACK TO BECOME A ROOKIE COP AT AGE 73

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

April 25, 2018 (El Cajon) - Brian Duncan has wanted to be a cop for as long as he could remember, but for the 73-year-old El Cajon resident, that wish has remained an unrequited dream.

At least until now.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY WILL NOT INCREASE TUITION IN 2018

 

Source: San Diego State University

April 20, 2018 – The California State University (CSU) will not increase tuition for the 2018-19 academic year at any of its campuses, which include San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos locally.

Chancellor Timothy P. White says he has determined that it is in California’s best interest for the state to provide sufficient funding for the university’s most pressing needs that support student access, achievement and degree completion across the 23-campus system.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD UNDER FIRE FOR RESPONSES TO GUN VIOLENCE PROTESTS

 

By Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Standing room only crowd included dozens of gun control supporters as well as gun rights advocates

April 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – Actions of the Cajon Valley Union School District have become targets for both sides in the gun violence debate. At the April 10th board meeting, members came under fire over:

  • Hillsdale Middle School students put on lunch detention for participating in an on-campus walk out during the nationwide March for Our Lives;
  •  Termination of a contract for counseling intern Margaret Katchur Morghen, who sat with students during detention as a “learning exercise on the First Amendment” and also spoke with media about the walk-out;
  • School board member Jim Miller firing off a derisive letter to a retired teacher who had written to the Superintendent asking for actions to reduce gun violence at schools. Miller responded on behalf of the San Diego Gun Owners Political Action Committee, and wore a National Rifle Association (NRA) hat during the school board’s April 10, 2018 public meeting.

Those actions got the public up in arms, figuratively speaking. Gun rights advocates and people concerned about gun violence packed the hearing room at the April 10th school board meeting.  Eight people testified during public comments, split evenly with four rounds on each side.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS $90,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO HEALTHCARE STUDENTS FROM 21 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.

BOSTONIA LANGUAGE ACADEMY IN EL CAJON NAMED A CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2018 (El Cajon) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that 287 elementary schools are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program. That includes approximately 30 schools in San Diego County, but just one in East County:  Bostonia Language Academy in the Cajon Union School District in El Cajon.

SDSU RESEARCHERS TEAM UP TO PROTECT HEALTH OF SAN DIEGO RIVER AND MITIGATE FLOODING

 

Funded by the San Diego River Conservancy and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, SDSU researchers are working on several projects.

Source: SDSU News Center

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego River is a capricious and temperamental thing. The first Spanish explorers who worked the land discovered this the hard way: Upon encountering the dribbling stream in 1769 that emptied into False Bay (today Mission Bay), they concluded it was nothing more than a tame trickle. A month later, they planted grains along its banks. Then the year’s first rains swelled the river and took out the crops. The next year, they planted farther back—only to experience a drought year that left their fields dry and withered.

EL CAJON OFFERS “APRIL POOLS DAY” APRIL 13 IN FLETCHER HILLS

 

Source: City of El Cajon

April 1, 2018 (El  Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will be hosting an afternoon of pool safety and fun - called “April Pools Day!”  This family event will be held on Friday, April 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Fletcher Hills Pool, 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.

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