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BROWN BAG “LUNCH AND LEARN” ON GUHSD BOUNDARY CHANGES JAN. 25


By   Charlotte Reed
 
January 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- After several Boundary Committee meetings and public forums, the Grossmont Unified High School District board of trustees voted in September to approve recommendations for school boundary changes. Of course, not all were in a position to attend the public forums and many questions still remain unanswered. 
 
One question we in the Real Estate business are asked most frequently is, “How does this affect our home values?”

TITANIC VISITS FOURTH GRADE CLASS FOR SHOW-AND-TELL

 A sharing of artifacts recovered from the Titanic wreck site

 
January 22, 2012 (Santee) -- Fourth grade students at an East County elementary school were treated to an extra special show-and-tell in January. A sampling of artifacts recovered from Titanic, 2.5 miles below the ocean’s surface, were shared with more than 130 enthusiastic Rio Seco Elementary students in Santee. The show-and-tell was a preview of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening Feb. 10, 2012 at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

PUBLIC SUPPORT SOUGHT AT MEETINGS ON COMMUNITY GARDENS IN LA MESA, SAN CARLOS AND SAN DIEGO

January 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Next week, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Boards will hear action items on the development of community gardens on school district properties, including Helix Charter High School in La Mesa as well as schools in San Carlos and San Diego.

San Diego Roots, an organization which supports community gardens, is encouraging the public to attend meetings January 26 for the GUHSD and January 24 for the SDSUSD to show support for the gardens, which would benefit community residents as well as students.

HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR EL CAJON 3RD GRADE STUDENTS

 

January 20, 2012 (El Cajon ) -- Did you know that the Chase Gold Mines in El Cajon yielded $100,000?  Third grade students in El Cajon are invited to dig up more historical stories and enter an essay contest sponsored by the El Cajon Historical Society.  Children learning about local history are encouraged to write a 300-word essay about El Cajon's past.

 

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND AT HUMANITIES BUILDING


January 19, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont High School and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) broke ground last week for a new humanities building at Grossmont High School. The two-story, 35,000-square-foot building now under construction is the largest classroom project funded by the Proposition U construction program passed by voters in 2008.

 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRO TO GREEN BUILDING CAREERS—WITH FREE TRAINING


January 19, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – 
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

SPORTSPLEX USA DONATES TO SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION


January 14, 2012 (Santee) – On Monday, January 23, 2012 Sportsplex USA president Bill Berghoff will make a donation to the Santee School District Foundation in the amount of $1440.  Sportsplex USA and the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) have partnered with the goal of offering affordable youth indoor soccer programs to all parents and children in Santee. 

 

SDSU RECEIVES $300,000 FROM FORMER UT OWNER PLATINUM EQUITY FOR DIGITAL NEWS LITERACY PROGRAM

 
January 12, 2012 (San Diego)—Platinum Equity, which recently sold the San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), has donated $300,000 to San Diego State University’s School of Journalism & Media Studies. The donation will create the Platinum Project in Digital News Literacy and support instruction in digital and social media for undergraduate SDSU students and professionals in the community.

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES JANUARY FAMILY PROGRAMS


January 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- You can still take the Winter Reading Challenge that runs until January 15 with more prizes being given away every week.  For more details, visit your local branch or http://www.sdcl.org/

HERITAGE SCHOOLS CAN NOW REGISTER WITH STATE, SUPERINTENDENT TORLAKSON ANNOUNCES

 
January 9, 2012 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the 2012 Heritage School Registration System is open. Heritage schools—which give students a chance to focus on the language, culture, and traditions of a foreign country—must register online annually with the California Department of Education (CDE) by the end of January.

 

PETITION LAUNCHED TO OVERTURN BOUNDARY CHANGES IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


By Miriam Raftery

 
January 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A petition has been launched by residents of the Grossmont Union High School District asking the Board to rescind boundary changes that impact approximately 3,675 current students as well as many more future students.  Gregory Kerrebrock, who launched the online petition, says many homeowners and parents were never notified.  “Our voices were not heard in the original decision making process,” the petition reads.  “Do you know how this may affect you or your school children or property value?” 

DO YOU SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH? LEARN TO BE A HEALTHCARE INTERPRETER BEGINNING JANUARY 18


January 7, 2012 (Santee)  -- Grossmont Adult School will be offering a
42-hour - Healthcare Interpreting Class at the Health Occupations Center, 9368 Oakbourne Road, Room 5, Santee CA 92071. This class prepares bilingual individuals with the skills, knowledge, and ethics to present accurate healthcare interpreting for people who do not speak English.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY OPENS ITS DOORS FOR ITS PRE-K TO 12 OPEN HOUSE

 
OnJanuary 18, San Diego Jewish Academy will welcome the community to explore its beautiful 56-acre campus and speak with faculty and current parents.

 
January 6, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) will host its Pre-K to 12 Open House on Wednesday, January 18, for both prospective parents and current SDJA families.  The event will provide an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the school, view classrooms and speak with faculty, staff and administrators.

 

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON SPOTLIGHTS NEW YOUTH LAWS FOR 2012


December 29, 2011 (Sacramento)—As Californians close out 2011 and welcome in the New Year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson highlights some of the new education and child safety laws that go into effect in 2012.

“Our goal for the new year and every year is to make education accessible and effective for all children,” said Torlakson. “These new laws will help ensure children are safer, enter kindergarten at the appropriate age, learn what they need to know to succeed in life and careers, and fulfill the dream of a college education.”

CUYAMACA COLLEGE LAUNCHES LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS

 Region’s community colleges eyed as potential future sites

 
December 30, 2011 (El Cajon) -- A two-day seminar at Cuyamaca College offers students important lessons outside the traditional academic subjects. In this class, students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges learn how to lead. 

GROSSMONT ADULT SCHOOL’S WHODUNIT BOOK CLUB WILL DISCUSS MYSTERIES AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY


December 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mystery fans, read and discuss mysteries at the Whodunit Book Club, a free Grossmont Adult School class that starts Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave.

The weekly class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library Seminar Room.

BILL GARRETT RETURNS AS GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT IN 2012


December 20, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve a fifth term as president, while Mary Kay Rosinski and Edwin Hiel were elected to serve as fellow board officers for 2012. Garrett has served since 2008 as board president for the East County district, with about 30,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

 

LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ASSESS IMPACTS OF GOVERNOR’S MID-YEAR BUDGET CUTS

By Jeremy Los

Dec. 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--With a large budgetary gap on the horizon, Governor Brown announced $980 million in mid-year budget cuts on Tuesday. Colleges, libraries, and childcare facilities were hit with the hardest cuts, while K-12 education dodged the worst-case scenario that many districts had feared.

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT EXTENDS LABOR AGREEMENT


Building Trades applauds taxpayer protections in school construction
 
December 15, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Unified School District voted unanimously yesterday to extend the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) to all projects funded by Proposition S and state funds. This extension ensures that local jobs goals for residents of the county, as well as those from the district, and from targeted disadvantaged communities, will continue to be pursued for most of the school construction projects.

PCI COMMUNITY HOLIDAY OUTREACH SERVES OVER 200 GUESTS

Global humanitarian organization served over 230 people, including 160 children, with holiday gifts and community health resources

 

December 8, 2011 (San Diego, CA) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers hosted their third annual Santa party and health fair in collaboration with PCI’s California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program on December 7, 2011 at the Jacobs Market Creek Plaza.  Other community agencies that participated include Logan Family Health Center at Logan Heights, American Red Cross WIC, La Maestra Family Health Center at National City, and the Family Health Centers at Lemon Grove.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION TOUR

By Mayan Avitable
 
December 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The atmosphere on the campus of Helix Charter High School was certainly electric as I walked across campus to attend a tour and program titled Excellence in Education. The Highlanders' football team was getting ready to play for a title in the Division II semifinal game against Mission Hills High School.  The football team would play in one and a half hours -- more about that later.
 
 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS CELEBRATE WITH MUSIC DEC 6-15


December 3, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- Beginning December 6, the schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be presenting their winter concerts. Each school has a different program, and has different features highlighted. Many schools will have band, choir, and orchestra performances. While individual schools will have dance, clubs, guitar, or performances unique to the school.

 

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

Transaction results in savings of $1.3 million for district taxpayers


November 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) has announced the successful implementation of Proposition H 2004 series bond refunding, which was approved by the Board at its meeting on Oct. 13, 2011. The transaction represents a savings of $1.3 million for taxpayers in the district over the next six years.

SAN DIEGO OFFICIALS JOIN LOCAL AUTHOR IN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SCHOOL BULLYING – AND OFFERING SOLUTIONS


By Walter G. Meyer
 
November 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- How many people have been bullied at school?  When Councilman Todd Gloria asked that question of adults during a screening of the film “Bullied” at Lestat’s West in Normal Heights, the vast majority raised their hands. 
 

KIDS GROW GREEN GIANTS IN THE BONNIE PLANTS COLOSSAL CABBAGE CONTEST


November 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Its easy going and growing green with the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.  Kids across America are learning to garden and some are earning a lot of “green” participating in Bonnie’s Cabbage Program.

This season, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states dug in and got hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests and holding high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
 

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS SUPPLIES

 November 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Volunteers at the El Cajon Valley High School Parent, Teachers and Students Association are hosting a school supply drive on Tuesday, November 29 at 7am-9am and again at 6pm-8pm. Community members are asked to add ECVHS to your holiday shopping list.  Below is a sampling of items that classrooms need.

 

 

SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES NEW CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION BUILDING, LIBRARY AND CLASSROOM BUILDING

New facilities will equip students with skills needed for the 21st century
 
November 19, 2011 (Santee)--Officials from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Santana High School joined students for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16 to celebrate the completion of three modernized buildings on the high school campus.
 

READER’S EDITORIAL: RE-THINKING THE EDUCATION PARADIGM

By Vince Wallgren

November 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--As the public education establishment’s quandary over shortfalls in funding reaches critical mass, the time may be ripe for introducing sweeping changes to the entire system. 

During a recent broadcast of the Ladona Harvey Show, a education establishment insider asserted (paraphrasing) that among the more important elements in revamping the education system is a higher degree of parent - teacher communication; and that parents must be more involved in the overall education experience.

CSU TRUSTEES HIKE FEES; UC REGENTS CANCEL MEETING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California State University Board of Trustees today approved a nine percent fee hike, which will raise the yearly cost by $498 per year--on top of two prior fee increase approved in the past year.  Trustees reconvened in a separate room with no media present after "raucus protests" disrupted the meeting.

Four students were arrested, the Sacramento Bee reports, including two San Diego State University Students.  

WORRIED ABOUT STUDENTS' DEBT? LOCAL GROUP OFFERS $47,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: DEADLINE NOV. 23 TO APPLY

November 15, 2011 (San Diego) – If you’re a high school senior aspiring to go to college, you are eligible to apply for a $47,000 scholarship at www.stop2011.org.  To win, students need to write a 1,000 word essay on why the federal debt is important to young people. The deadline to apply is November 23.

The organization was founded by Scripps Ranch resident Jim Hester, a father of two teens who says he is concerned about students burdened with debt.  Hester has founded an organization to raise awareness of the issue, supported by East County Magazine's nonprofit publisher, the Heartland Coalition.

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