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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
November 15, 2011 (La Mesa) – To encourage every student to read more and raise student consciousness of water issues, Helix Water District has distributed 60,000 water awareness bookmarks—enough for every student in all public and private schools within the Helix District. Additional bookmarks have been given to public libraries, locally owned bookstores, and the Water Conservation Garden.
Targets of koala “hate tabloid” demand remedy for harassment allowed by university
November 13, 2011 (San Diego) — Students at California State University San Marcos filed a complaint Wednesday, against California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, under Titles IX, VI and II of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The complaint seeks immediate injunctive and remedial action against CSUSM, with regard to its decision to allow the distribution of a publication on campus known as The Koala because of the hostile environment the university has allowed the publication to develop at CSUSM.
STUDENTS JOIN WITH “OCCUPY” MOVEMENT TO PROTEST FEES AT CSU TRUSTEES MEETING NOV. 16, PLAN SCHOOL STRIKE NOV. 15
By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2011 (San Diego) – Two actions are planned this week by students in coordination with the “Occupy” movement to protest student fee hikes and more.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, thousands plan to converge at a California State University (CSU) Trustees meeting in Long Beach to protest 200 percent increases in tuitions for California college and university students since 2008—with even more hikes looming.
Busses will depart from San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Students, educators and supporters call on leaders of California schools and universities to support “Re-Fund Public Education Action Week.” Organizers say students have paid more than their fair share, adding, "It’s time to make Wall Street corporations and the wealthy pay to refund education.” To reserve seats on a bus, visit http://www.makebankspaycalifornia.com/refund_public_education_action_week.
On Tuesday, November 15 a California-wide “school strike” is also being organized.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Employee award recognizes John Thomas’ many contributions to department
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.
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.
Over 6,000 East County Students Expected to Attend Career/College Fair on Oct. 22.
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.
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.