Education

SEEKING SCHOLARSHIPS? SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION HAS AWARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS, GRAD STUDENTS AND ADULT RE-ENTRY STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

December 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you’re seeking a college education, here’s some good news for you.

The San Diego Foundation wants students to know that hundreds of scholarships are available for San Diego students to pursue their dreams of higher education.


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HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES NEW AND UPGRADED FACILITIES

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2017 (La Mesa) — On December 5th, Helix Charter High School dedicated its new Student Services building, and celebrate the modernizations of its Career Technology Education (CTE) classrooms and labs for Computer Technology and Sports Medicine, weight rooms, team rooms, student leadership classrooms, and activation of its new 2.36 megawatt solar carport. 


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SCHOOL CLOSURES ACROSS REGION TODAY

December 8, 2017 (San Diego) --Due to high winds, smoke and fire danger, many schools and districts will be closed today, including some in East County.  Here are the schools and districts that are shut down today:


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VACANCY ANNOUNCED ON DEHESA SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2017 (Dehesa) - The Dehesa School District is seeking applications from interested residents within the school district’s boundaries to serve as an appointed member of the Governing Board to fill the balance of a four-year term, which would be up for election November 2018.


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LIBRARY PRIVATIZATION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ESCONDIDO

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2017 (Escondido) -- Libraries are vital sources of information for students, researchers, and the public.  But now, the city of Escondido has voted to privatize its public library on Kalmia Street by hiring Library Systems, a Maryland-based company, over the objections of the library’s trustees. The city claims it could save $400,000 a year through private operation of the library.


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE OTA STUDENTS USE INGENUITY TO HELP THE DISABLED

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

November 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - For the past decade, a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant class has proven that necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

To help answer the perpetual question of what an occupational therapy assistant does, students each year put on a fair to demonstrate simple, low-cost devices they’ve created to make everyday tasks easier for family members and others with physical impairments.


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EPA RECOGNIZES FOOD RECOVERY EFFORTS OF RAMONA SCHOOL DISTRICT, OTHER SAN DIEGO ENTITIES

 

East County News Service


November 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of seven California winners participating in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Winners include Sprouts Farmers Markets in Daly City and Carlsbad, Calif., Ramona High School in Ramona, Calif., Food Forward in North Hollywood, Calif., Cherokee Point Elementary School in San Diego, Calif., the City of San Diego and the San Diego International Airport.


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THIEVES STEAL $3,000 FROM LEMON AVE. ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL; GO FUND ME SITE SET UP TO REPLACE LOST MONEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – A Go Fund Me page has been set up to restore funds stolen during the PTA Halloween fundraising carnival at Lemon Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa.


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SCHOOL SHOOTING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RAISES SAFETY CONCERNS FOR STUDENTS

 

By Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Another mass shooting has occurred, this time northern California, where a gunman killed four people  and injured 10 before being shot dead in a shoot-out with law enforcement on Tuesday.


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HELP OUR EX-ASSISTANT EDITOR MAYAN AVITABLE, A FORMER LMSV TEACHER, REGAIN HER VISION WITH ESIGHT

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2017 (La Mesa) – An estimated 285 million people in the world are blind, according to the World Health Organization. But 85% of those have some limited vision –and now a clinically proven, FDA approved  device called eSight has the ability to restor sight for most of those people—including  Mayan Avitable, our wonderful former assistant editor and a 33-year teacher in the La Mesa Spring-Valley School district.

Mayan was declared legally blind in March from macular degeneration.  eSight can restore her ability to see and work –if Mayan can raise $9,995 to purchase the portable device clinically proven to restore eyesight for those with her condition.  You can help by donating at her GoFundMe page, which thus far has raised about $1,400.


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PAKMAIL SHIPPING GRAND REOPENING TO BENEFIT SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL

 

Local shipping business pledges 50 percent of Nov. 4 grand reopening proceeds to Santana High School Band and Color Guard

East County News Service

November 3, 2017 (Santee) - To celebrate its commitment and dedication to the local community, local shipping franchise Pakmail pledges to donate 50 percent of total profits from its grand reopening on Saturday, Nov. 4 to Santana High School’s Band and Colorguard teams.


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VOTER FRAUD QUESTIONS HAUNT LA MESA'S NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

 

By Ken Stone

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

Photo:  Rebekah Basson, 25, was appointed to the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board in August. Photo by Ken Stone

November 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - La Mesa’s new school board member voted in Georgia’s November 2016 election despite later swearing that she had been a resident of the East County district for 1 1/2 years — going back to about January 2016.


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YOUTH INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCED BY ROTARY: $2,500 SCHOLARSHIP GRAND PRIZE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2017 (La Mesa) – If you’re a local high school-age student with musical talent, you’re invited to participate in the La Mesa Rotary Club’s Instrumental Music Competition on January 24th. The winner will advance to a regional contest in February, where finalists for a district-wide competition will be held in March with finalists from across San Diego and Imperial Counties. The grand prize will be a $2,500 scholarship.


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ONE-YEAR FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION UNDER NEW CA LAW

 

East County News Service

October 16, 2017 (Sacramento) -- California has a shortage of college-educated workers.  A key obstacle is cost.  So, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 19, to provide community college students one year of tuition-free education.


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A DREAMER’S NIGHTMARE

 

By Vinny Lavalsiti and Matthew Ochoa, reprinted with permission from The Summit at Grossmont College

Images: property of The Summit and Grossmont College's Graphic design program

October 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Martha Amezcua was nine when she came to the United States, and she didn't know a lick of English, creating a hefty language barrier between her and her classmates once she enrolled in school. Her silence, because of the language barrier, led to a lot bullying.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTING HIGH SCHOOL HEATH CAREERS PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

 

Photo:  from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick; from GUHSD --  Paul Dautremont, Mary Nishikawa, Heather Peterson, Dr. Tim Glover (superintendent); GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres

 

October 9, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $202,500 grant to the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) in support of the GHD Health Career Pathways Initiative. The grant will provide curriculum materials, support and instruction for approximately 2,500 high school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers during the 2017-2018 school year. 


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REPORT: CUYAMACA COLLEGE PROVIDES ROADMAP FOR CA REMEDIATION REFORM

 

New data reveals dramatic surge in completion rates following college’s policy transformation

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- The California Acceleration Project (CAP) today released its latest report in a series highlighting California community colleges that are successfully transforming their remediation policies. Leading the Way spotlights Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, where completion of transferable, college-level math has increased almost seven-fold among students previously classified “remedial.”


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VACANCIES ON GROSSMONT BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) - Grossmont Union High School District seeks applicants to fill two vacancies on its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The Committee oversees implementation of school bond funding measures Proposition U and Measure BB.


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WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS HIGHLIGHT 2017 FALL CONCERT SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)--The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.


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NEW FALL CLASSES FOR NONPROFIT CITY HEIGHTS MUSIC SCHOOL START OCT. 4

 

By Jeff Meyer

September 18, 2017 (City Heights) -- Additional fall classes provided by the City Heights Music School (CHMS) start October 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, 4101 University Avenue, San Diego. Classes offered include Mariachi, violin, voice, guitar, drums, piano, capoeira and ukuele. 


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FREE “SCREEN YOUR TEEN” YOUTH HEART SCREENING SEPT. 17 in LAKESIDE

 

Screenings find heart abnormalities in 1 of 300 teens tested

East County News Service

September 13, 2017 (Lakeside) – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when a heart unexpectedly stops beating because of an undetected heart abnormality. To combat this syndrome, which is a leading cause of death in people under age 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes, the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation is hosting a free heart screening on Sunday, September 17th from 9 am. to 3 p.m. at El Capitan High School (10410 Ashwood St. Lakeside, CA 92040).


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COUNTY LIBRARY EXPANDS ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR ADULTS

 

Sources: County News Service and Career Online High School

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- In a significant expansion of the County Library’s online high school program, the County Board of Supervisors approved a contract Tuesday that would offer 160 scholarships to residents interested in finishing high school.

The Career Online High School scholarships allow any resident of San Diego County who is 19 years and older a chance to get their high school diploma. The scholarships would become available starting Sept. 15.


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COLLEGE STUDENT LEARNED SHE WASN’T A CITIZEN

 

By Iveth Estrada, provided by Grossmont Community College District

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World

September 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Iveth Estrada didn’t know she was an undocumented immigrant until shortly before she enrolled at Cuyamaca College. She didn’t know while growing up with her family in Spring Valley. She didn’t know while competing with the varsity swim and water polo teams at Monte Vista High School.


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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON UNLAWFUL REPEAL OF DACA PROGRAM

 

Source: University of California

Photo: UC President Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security

September 8, 2017 (San Francisco) --The University of California today filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.”


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SALSA MUSIC, DANCE SEPT. 25 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GROSSMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Music Department will present "Salsa Under the Stars," a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.


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DIVERSITY DIALOGUES WORKSHOP SEPT. 14 EXPLORES MULTICULTURALISM

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - "Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation Toward Diversity: Self-reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation" is the title of the first Diversity Dialogues workshop for the fall semester at Cuyamaca College. Presented by marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglas, this workshop is set for 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Room I-207 at the Student Center.


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LATINO, LATINX HERITAGE MONTH AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges is celebrated from mid-September to Nov. 1 with free events that are open to the public.


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GEORGE GASTIL APPOINTED TO UCSD CHANCELLOR'S COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

 

Photo: Gastil, right, with UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla's Community Advisory Board

By Jonathan Goetz

August 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Lemon Grove resident George Gastil, a professor, former school board and city council member, has been appointed to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB) for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 


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BOOST YOUR AQUA IQ WITH THE WATER AUTHORITY'S RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS



Free opportunities include entertaining assemblies and more

East County News Service

August 28, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - As students return to class across the region, the San Diego County Water Authority is offering schools, teachers and students an array of water-themed resources, including several that are free.


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

By Vinny Lavalsiti

Originally published in the Grossmont Griffin

August 27, 2017 (El Cajon) -- It was fitting that dark, gloomy and ominous clouds hovered over Grossmont College’s campus on Thursday, Aug. 24. In response to the recent heinous acts and demonstrations committed in Charlottesville, VA, Grossmont College’s President Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh felt compelled to lead an impromptu vigil in the quad out in front of the Learning Tech Resource Center. He held a moment of silence to console any Griffin hearts that may be distraught after watching white supremacists and people affiliated with Neo-Nazism marching with guns and torches, chanting racist slogans in the streets of Charlottesville, where a woman was killed and 19 injured after a Nazi-sympathizer rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.


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