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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS

 

November 10, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Wednesday, November 9, as the Mount Miguel High School JROTC held its 22nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. More than 175 JROTC Cadets participated in the ceremony honoring all military personnel who have served our country throughout history.
  
 

LOCAL NON-PROFIT GIVES COMPUTERS TO HELP LOW-INCOME CHILDREN & FAMILIES

By Millicent Arko

November 9, 2011 (San Diego)-- Computers 2 San Diego Kids, known as C2SDK, refurbishes used computers and distributes them to eligible families at little or no cost to the recipients.  If you or your business is upgrading equipment, you can donate your previous models, helping families in need and assisting children to learn literacy skills. 

ANTI-BULLYING FILM, PROGRAM IN SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS TO BE PRESENTED NOV. 22

 
November 9, 2011 -- Bullying of students can lead to tragic consequences.  Ten years ago, a 15-year-old who had been the target of bullying opened fire at Santana High School, killing two and wounding 13 others.  Fortunately, a growing number of educators are taking steps to stop bullying on campus.
 
On Tuesday, November 22 from 7-8:30 p.m., a special program on school bullying will be presented at Lestat’s West 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego.

SEED MONEY AND SUPPLIES NEEDED TO HELP GROW A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN LA MESA


By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2011 (La Mesa) – “Can you remember the first time you ate a garden fresh tomato?” asks Debi Byrd, science teacher at Helix Charter High School. “Many students in my class have never had this opportunity."

Byrd seeks donations of gardening tools and composting to make a community garden at Helix become a reality. Students will work with community members to grow fresh produce that will benefit the entire community.

JUST DUCKY: CALL TO YOUNG ARTISTS FOR JR. DUCK STAMP COMPETITION WITH $5,000 PRIZE

October 30, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to free workshops to enter the 20th annual California State Junior Duck Stamp competition. The event is sponsored by Pacific South West Art (PSWA) and Heritage of the Americas Museum. All students who enter will receive a certificate form the State of California Fish and Game Department and be eligible for ribbons and awards.

 
 
 

COMMUNITY SEEKS HELP TO SEND LEMON GROVE STUDENTS TO WASHINGTON D.C.

October 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- “Please help us send 8th grade students at Palm Middle School, Lemon Grove, to Washington, DC in March, 2012,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. “The trip--a first for most of the students--will cap two years of history courses in U.S. and world history and give them that in-person experience with the institutions and people who represent our government in action.  These 13 and 14-year-olds will greatly benefit from seeing our nation's capital just as they are preparing to move on to high school.”

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS AND NOTES

By Doug Deane

October 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:

• GUHSD boundary study community forums
• GUHSD Superintendent Swenson’s Newsline
• State looks into loss of funds by start-up charter schools
• California gears up for extra year of kindergarten
• Students need supervision to make online learning work
• The forever recession (and the coming revolution)
• How to break the cycle of remedial college classes
• Definitions, models and characteristics of gifted students
• Designing schools for 21st century learning
• A trigger to disaster at schools
• Young superintendent has district on rise
• West Hills to commemorate 50th anniversary with Gala Nov. 4
• Report calls for new oversight of school construction
• County teachers of the year named
• Weighted AP grade will cost you at Helix
• A new yardstick to measure schools
• Bill would overhaul No Child Left Behind
• Online educators gaining both classes and critics

FORMER GUHSD BOARD MEMBERS DONATE $2 MILLION TO ESTABLISH ENDOWED CHAIR IN EPILEPSY RESEARCH

La Mesa couple makes gift in memory of late daughter, treated at UCLA

 

October 27, 2011 (La Mesa)--Thomas and Nadia Davies of La Mesa have committed $2 million to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery in memory of their late daughter Alfonsina (Nina) Q. Davies and in honor of Dr. Paul Crandall, the UCLA neurosurgeon who ended her epileptic seizures.

 

Nadia Davies was named San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1992. She and her husband later served on the Grossmont Union-High School Board through turbulent times.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE TECHNICIAN BRINGS A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT TO HIS JOB

 Employee award recognizes John Thomas’ many contributions to department

 
October 27, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- For John Thomas, working as a technician in Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture department has never been just a 9-to-5 job. 

 

GROSSMONT GALA CELEBRATES COLLEGE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN VINTAGE STYLE

By Miriam Raftery

October 23, 2011 (El Cajon) – Dressed in mini-skirts, love beads, Letterman jackets and other nostalgic garb, approximately 300 guests turned out to celebrate Grossmont College’s 50th anniversary gala last night.

 
The world was rapidly changing when the college first opened its doors in 1961 on the campus at Monte Vista High School. (The next year, a bond measure funded construction at today’s location.) Back in 1961, John F. Kennedy had just been elected president, succeeding Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Beatles rocketed to fame. America launched its first man into space and the President vowed to put a man on the moon within a decade.

FAST-PACED ACTION OF WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL PART OF CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH OCT 26

October 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The always rousing wheelchair basketball game, where tumbles and spills are as much a part of the action as the pivoting and spinning of custom-built wheelchairs across the gym floor, is set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Cuyamaca College gym as part of the college’s annual commemoration of National Disability Awareness Month.

NATHAN FLETCHER GREETED IN PENASQUITOS BY PROTEST OVER HIS EDUCATION VOTES

October 22, 2011 (Rancho Penasquitos) – Assemblyman and Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) stopped by Rancho Penasquitos as part of an “education listening tour” on Friday.

 

But advocates for public education staged a protest outside the school, passing out flyers faulting Fletcher for repeatedly voting against measures that would have prevented painful cuts to schools in an era when California K-12 schools have fallen from among the top-ranked  to nearly last in the nation. 

EAST COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO WRITE 400-WORD ESSAY ON ETHICS AND WIN $1,500 SCHOLARSHIP FROM BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

 

 

October 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is inviting all 11th and 12th graders to write and submit up to a 400-word essay on the importance of marketplace ethics and receive up to a $1,500 scholarship from the BBB. The presenting sponsor of the BBB’s scholarship program is Sycuan Casino in El Cajon. Last year’s winners included two high school students from East County high schools.

GUHSD TO HOST 8th ANNUAL “GOT PLANS?” CAREER & COLLEGE FAIR OCT. 22


Over 6,000 East County Students Expected to Attend Career/College Fair on Oct. 22.

 
 
October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District will host its eighth annual “Got Plans?” Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyamaca College. 

More than 6,000 students are expected to obtain information about post-secondary options at the fair which is a partnership between the Grossmont Union High School District and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. 
 
 

VIEJAS DONATES TO GROSSMONT NAVY JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM

 
 
October 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Viejas Enterprises Public Relations Director Robert Scheid recently presented a check for $1,000 to Grossmont High School NJROTC Booster Club Representative Ms. Robin Schweitzer. NJROTC is the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Program at Grossmont High School.
 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS FORUMS ON BOUNDARY CHANGES

October 14, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The Grossmont Union High School District has announced three public information forums on proposed changes to boundaries for schools in the district.  Meetings are set for October 18, October 25, and November 1.

CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT NAMES SAN DIEGO’S GARY PETILL A HEALTH HAPPENS HERO

 

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) - Today, The California Endowment announced the first six ‘Health Happens Heroes’ award recipients honoring school food and nutrition directors from across the state who are pioneers in making healthier school meals that kids want to eat.  The awards coincide with National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14), a time to raise awareness about how healthy school meals contribute to the well-being and academic achievement of children.


The California Endowment praised the work of
 GARY PETILL, Nutrition Services Director for the San Diego Unified School District, for working to improve healthy eating habits by offering more fruits and vegetables and implementing lunchroom salad bars featuring local and organic produce in every K-12 school in the district.  
 

JUVENILE ARRESTSED FOR HATE CRIME, FELONY VANDALISM AT WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13, 2011 (Santee) – San Diego Sheriff’s office is treating vandalism at West Hills High School as a hate crime. A juvenile who is a former student has been arrested for damage that was "extensive and spread throughout the entire campus,” according to Sergeant Craig Johnson.  Red and white spray painted messages included “ vulgar language, graffiti depicting the male anatomy, anti-homosexual and racial slurs, and the German Swastika among other things.”

COUGAR SIGHTING NEAR SCHOOL IN POWAY

Update October 12:  A second cougar sighting occurred today within a mile of the school.  

October 11, 2011 (Poway) – Chaparral Elementary School in Poway has sent a warning letter to parents advising that the Sheriff’s Department reported that a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, had been seen in the neighborhood this morning.

NORTHMONT ELEMENTARY PTA RECEIVES $10,000 AWARD FROM GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS & SPORTS

 
Parent Association honored as statewide winner in 2011 Spotlight Awards

 
 
 
October 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Last week, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Executive Director, Kenny Rogers visited Northmont Elementary School in La Mesa to honor Northmont Elementary PTA for their efforts helping children get physically active and healthy.
 
Rogers  presented the school with a check for $10,000 in honor of the PTA, which is the Gold Medal winner in the Parent Association of the Year category of the Council’s 2011 Spotlight Awards presented by the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. 
 

SDSU RECEIVES $1.67 MILLION JOBS ACCELERATOR GRANT

October 9, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University (SDSU) has received a joint grant of $1.67 million for its Jobs Accelerator program from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Small Business Administration and the Employment Training Administration (ETA). 

 

“Our number one priority is job creation,” said Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego), in announcing the award. “Our region has been in dire need of this type of investment in our economy and our students. In a time when school and local budgets are being cut to the bone, this grant will go a long way to creating the good paying jobs we need, training the workforce, and help us move into a new green energy economy.”

SPECIAL CRISIS TRAINING PROGRAM BEGINS OCTOBER 13

 

 

October 8, 2011 (San Diego) -- Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that partners with emergency responders to assist residents in crisis following a personal tragedy, such as the sudden death of a loved one.  TIP is currently seeking volunteers to respond to the East County and National City areas to offer support services to residents.


Volunteers are called to the scene by police, fire, and sheriff and are trained to help fellow citizens who are in distress as a result of a traumatic event.  Volunteers respond within their community.  The first few hours after a traumatic event has occurred are very confusing for everyone involved and the TIP volunteers are trained to provide the necessary emotional first aid and other temporary support until the persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on family, friends, and others.
  
 

WEST HILLS HIGH TO COMMEMORATE 25 YEARS WITH GALA CELEBRATION NOV. 4


November 4, 2011 (Santee CA) - Teachers, parents, alumni and supporters from throughout the community are anticipated to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration of West Hills High School.

 

This event will be held Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, in Santee. A ribeye steak dinner will be served; entertainment will include live music from Ramshackle, along with dancing and a live auction.

SDSU ALUM & PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER MARSHALL FAULT HOSTS AZTEC FOR LIFE HOMECOMING CELEBRATION OCT. 7

 

Event proceeds to benefit Aztec Club, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and other local San Diego organizations

 

 

October 6, 2011 (San Diego)-- The Marshall Faulk Foundation announces the fourth annual Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration on Friday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center on the campus of San Diego State University.

ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK GOES BACK TO SCHOOL: FIELDS QUESTIONS FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
 
October 2, 2011 (El Cajon )—Students and faculty in the Grossmont College Media Communications Department had an opportunity to apply their journalism skills as they posed questions to Assemblyman Marty Block, who visited the campus last week to discuss impacts of state budget cuts. Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and currently a candidate for State Senate,  Block fielded questions on a variety of education issues—offering candid assessments on the state budget shortfall as well as on diminishing access to affordable higher education for California students.

SAN PASQUAL HIGH SCHOOL WINS DONATION FROM WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY

 
 
 September 28. 2011 (North County) -- Westfield North County will donate $2,500 to San Pasqual High School through the national Westfield “Give Back to School” Program, and will present a check to the school at the homecoming game on October 7.
 
 
 

2011 GARDEN GRANTS OFFERED FOR SCHOOLS

 
September 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- School gardens offer children a fabulous hands-on opportunity to bring learning alive. Now San Diego San Diego Ag In The Classroom is offering School Garden/Ag Project Grants from $250-$1000.
 

AGGIE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT TEES OFF OCT. 21 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

September 18, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)—Cuyamaca College invites the public to participate in its fifteenth annual Aggie Open Golf Tournament to benefit the college’s Botanical Society Scholarship Fund and the Ornamental Horticulture program.  The tournament will be held at Bonita Golf Course, 5540 Sweetwater Road in Bonita on Friday, October 21from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE PLANTS A TREE IN HONOR OF 9/11 FALLEN

 

 
 
 
September 6, 2011 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College students and President Sunny Cooke (far left) remembered the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by planting an olive tree on campus. Before the tree was planted, students wrote their thoughts and feelings on small cards and then tied the cards with ribbon to the branches of the tree. The students wrote about such topics as bravery, resilience, faith and freedom inspired by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Flight 93.
 

 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF SUMMER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

 Projects Funded by Proposition H, Proposition U School Bonds

             
 
 
Sept. 14, 2011 (El Cajon) Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that in preparation for the start of the new academic year, summer construction work is wrapping up on nine campus improvement projects throughout the East County as part of the Proposition H and Proposition U school bond programs.
 
 
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