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TEACHERS RECEIVE LAY-OFF NOTICES IN ALPINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

By Jeremy Los

 

March 11, 2011 (Alpine)--The Alpine Unified School District will face tough decisions when it comes to passing its annual budget. Like many other school districts, AUSD is facing a budgetary gap that could force the district to enforce deep cuts and increase class sizes. The preliminary budget was passed in February, with the official budget on the docket for June.

ECM has learned that many teachers have already received their pink slips, with one e-mail from a teacher stating that 40% of Joan McQueen Middle School’s staff had received the lay-off notices as of March 4. The district must issue lay-off notices prior to March 15 to comply with state law for any positions that may be cut this year.

STUDENTS TEACH CREATIVE LESSONS AT GRANITE HILLS S.T.I.N.G. EVENT

By: Jeremy Los

School was in session Saturday morning at Granite Hills High School, as over 300 middle school students and around 100 Granite Hills students took part in S.T.I.N.G. (Student Teachers Igniting The Next Generation), where classes were created and instructed by the participating Granite Hills juniors and seniors.

 

The brainchild of Granite Hills senior, Andy Keller- who modeled the event after the SPLASH programs at MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago (where college students teach high school students),  S.T.I.N.G. aimed to “instill a love of learning for a lifetime.”

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES - MARCH 8, 2011

By Doug Deane

 

March 8, 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:

A DARK CHAPTER FOR STUDENTS: GUHSD BOARD TO VOTE THURSDAY ON CUTTING ALL SCHOOL LIBRARIANS


Update March 11:  Trustee Dick Hoy provided this update on the vote.  

"The item involving issuing layoff notices was split in two.  Librarians were voted on separately.  The vote to issue layoff/reassignment notices to teachers and Vice Principals passed 4-1--Hoy dissenting.  The vote to reassign librarians passed 3-2--Hoy and Schrieber dissenting. .. It should be posted soon.  They were difficult decisions for each member of the board."  A video of the meeting will be posted soon on the GUHSD website, he advised.

 

“…Schools with librarians have their students achieve better on standardized tests than those that don’t.” – Nancy Everhart, president, American Association of School Libraries

 

 

By Jeremy Los

March 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – High school libraries across East County will soon be losing services of trained librarians, if proposed budget cuts are approved Thursday by the Grossmont Union High School District board.  As California struggles to dig itself out of a massive budget hole, the board must also contend with massive budget gaps. 

 

“As I understand the proposal,” Grossmont Union High School District Board Vice President Dick Hoy told East County Magazine, “all librarian positions will be cut.”

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA LEADERS SERVE UP IDEAS—AND PIE--AT NATIONAL “INNOVATIONS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES” CONFERENCE

 

 

March 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- A national conference that brought more than 1,700 representatives of two-year colleges to San Diego shined a spotlight on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, from sessions by faculty and administrators discussing innovative ideas in education to the more than 100 district volunteers who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.

OTAY WATER DISTRICT LAUNCHES STUDENT FILM CONTEST

“Make Every Drop Count” video competition open to local high school and college students

 

March 4, 2011 (Spring Valley) - The Otay Water District today announced its first ever water conservation video contest, “Make Every Drop Count.” The District will recognize the top three student-submitted videos that highlight the importance of water conservation and encourage the community to use water more efficiently.

SD EAST COUNTY CHAMBER PARTNERS WITH LOCAL EDUCATORS AND LIFELONG LEARNERS ON TOUR OF PERU JULY 11-19

March 3, 2011 (San Diego's East County) — Over 150 local educators join the San Diego East County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Summer Educational Tour each year. This year, the Chamber is inviting chamber members, school district colleagues and friends on an exclusive trip to Peru July 11-19 as part of the Chamber Travel Program for 2011.

LOCKDOWN LIFTED AT MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL

March 2, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley was placed in lockdown briefly shortly after 10 a.m. this morning after a teacher reporter overhearing students talking about a gun in a bush.

“It’s all over now,” Lt. James Bovet with the San Diego Sheriff informed ECM at 11:15 a.m. “There was no indication that the gun was on or even near the school, however they did a search but did not find anything.” Ten patrol cars were dispatched to the school is located at 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.

SANTANA AND VALHALLA WIN VARSITY AND JV TITLES IN ACADEMIC LEAGUE; ALL STAR TEAM NAMED

 

February 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Santana and West Hills went head to head on February 23rd to determine the 1st place Varsity team to represent the 2010-2011 Grossmont League in the county finals this Spring.

 

Ruth Weiss moderated the match and over 150 people crowded into the Grossmont High School library, where the standing-room-only crowd watched two brilliant teams of scholars move back and forth with the lead.

COME TO THE FAIR—THE SCIENCE FAIR!

March 24-27 Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair is among top science fairs in the U.S.


By Mary Domb Mikkelson

 

February 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Budget woes. School funding cuts. American kids left behind. You’ve read the headlines, endured the political posturing, heard – and shared - the concerns of parents and teachers. The litany of protests is long – and worrisome. Is there good news anywhere?

 

Yes! San Diego and Imperial County students, bucking the downward trend, are known for their scientific achievements. Do these kids have an edge, have something special going for them? Absolutely.

LA MESA KIDS WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL

 

 

City invites residents to help make a more walkable community


February 25, 2011 (La Mesa)--The “La Mesa Kids Walk & Roll to School ” Safe Routes program is inviting the public to attend Walkability Workshops being held at local schools.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SPARKLE IN GOLDEN ARTISTRY JEWELRY DESIGN COMPETITION

 

 

By Kristin Hobbs Kjaero

February 25, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Golden Artistry Jewelry Design of La Mesa is hosting their third annual jewelry design contest for high school students in the Grossmont Union High School District. The theme this year is water.

The competition is the creation of jeweler Terry Whyte, who hopes to inspire artistic students to consider careers in jewelry making, the same way he was inspired when he saw one of his professors solder a ring.

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

February 22, 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:

  • Grossmont school district looks at layoffs
  • GUHSD Superintendent Swenson's newsletter
  • City of El Cajon Youth of the Year award
  • In the glee era, youth choruses pop up all over
  • Flurry of data as rules near for commercial colleges
  • Among nation's youngest, analysis finds fewer whites
  • On evolution, biology teachers stray from lesson plan
  • U.S. plan to replace principals hits snag: who will step in?
  • Charges against Muslim student prompt debate over free speech
  • Recruiting in China pays off for U.S. colleges
  • Teachers colleges upset over plan to grade them
  • Grading the education president
  • Financial aide available for low-income students
  • Charter schools face relocation, growth challenges
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley schools bond program nears end

DID SCHOOL DISTRICT VIOLATE CONSTITUTION BY HOLDING EVENT AT CHURCH?

Multiple locations on district campuses were available, but GUHSD chose to use church instead, ECM research reveals

 

By Miriam Raftery

Jeremy Los contributed research for this report

February 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a national nonprofit organization, says that it’s “problematic” and likely unconstitutional for the Grossmont Union High School District to host a school event at Sonrise Church, a fundamentalist place of worship in Santee.

TEACHERS URGE PUBLIC: WEAR A PINK HEART TODAY TO SHOW SOME LOVE FOR EDUCATION

Teachers call for "pink hearts, not pink slips"

February 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The American Federation of Teachers is asking people to wear a pink heart today, Valentine’s Day, to show support for public education.

ATTENTION LOCAL LOVEBIRDS: GROSSMONT COLLEGE SEEKS COUPLES WHO MET SPOUSES ON CAMPUS

February 12, 2011 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College seeks former students, faculty and staff members who met their spouses at the campus. Couples who respond to college officials will be invited to a free pre-Valentine’s Day reception next year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at the El Cajon community college.

 

The event will be one of several that the college is planning as part of its year-long 50-year anniversary celebration from June 2011 to June 2012. The reception will feature live music--including love songs from the past five decades.

LOOKING FOR YOUTH TO SERVE ON THE LA MESA ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

February 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City is currently looking for a youth representative to serve on the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and may not be more than 21 years of age. Applications may be obtained by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com or from the City Clerk’s office in La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, during normal business hours.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MOTION TO DELAY ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL SPARKS MASSIVE COMMUNITY OUTCRY

 

GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DESIGN PLANS AND AVOID DELAY….FOR NOW

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – “Please keep your promise and build the new High School for us,” 12-year-old Alpine student Dominique Markowitz implored the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) board during last night’s meeting, echoing the sentiments of nearly everyone in an overflow crowd that filled three rooms.

Trustee Priscilla Schreiber successfully fought to prevent the Board from approving a proposal by the Superintendent to delay construction bids indefinitely. She also pushed fellow Board members to unanimously authorize submitting site design plans to the state’s Division of State Architects review board. The Board voted 5-0 to approve several other components of the Superintendent’s proposal to keep the project moving forward, but language to delay construction bidding indefinitely was removed from the resolution adopted.

PROFILE IN GLAMOUR: MARINELLO SCHOOL OF BEAUTY


 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

February 9, 2011 (El Cajon) – Students snip, clip, crimp and primp customers at Marinello School of Beauty in El Cajon—all in preparation for careers in the beauty industry.

 

“This business is recession proof,” said Terrilynnette Minor, director of the school. “There are a lot of things that we all do without, but we’re still going to get our hair done.” Job-seekers still need to look their best—perhaps more than ever, she observed. That’s good news for graduates of Marinello seeking jobs of their own in the beauty business.

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

By Doug Deane 

February 6, 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:

• C. Allen Paul Award Winner and the Chamber Gala
• We the People Competition (Granite Hills)
• California is failing at Civic Engagement
• GUHSD Superintendent Swenson’s newsletter
• Bullying Prevention
• Service learning: lessons beyond the classroom from Edutopia
• “Third Age” program proves interested education for the mature
• San Diego High to screen “Race to Nowhere” documentary
• Book rentals available for community college students (Grossmont-Cuyamaca)
• Incentive program aimed at raising test scores (Hilltop Middle School)
• School district maneuvers on the odd side (Sweetwater Union)
• Education: a matter of national security
• For teens, a decade of lost opportunities
• Plan offered to overhaul discipline of teachers
• To really learn, quit studying and take a test
• Few students show proficiency in science, tests show
• GOP governors take aim at teacher tenure
• It may be a Sputnik moment, but science fairs are lagging

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SEEKS DONATIONS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES

 

February 6, 2011 (El Cajon) – “Budget cuts! We need your help!” states a press release announcing a school supply drive to benefit El Cajon Valley High School. The drive will be held on March 10 and 11, with drive-through drop offs in the student parking lot at 1035 East Madison Ave. in El Cajon.

 

Scroll down for details on items needed, times, and contact info.

GUHSD SPECIAL MEETING FEB. 10

February 5, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School Board of Trustees will hold a special session from 5-5:45 p.m., immediately following it’s regularly scheduled 3:30 p.m. meeting on February 10th. The special session will include interviews, selection and appointment of three members to fill vacancies on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for Proposition H/U.

The regularly scheduled meeting has a long agenda of items. Full agendas and details for both meetings may be viewed here: http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/governing-board/agendas.

BUDGET SITUATION “BLEAK” SAYS LMSV SUPERINTENDENT

 

  • Sixth graders may be moved back to elementary schools
  •  60 teachers apt to lose jobs
  • California lags behind rest of nation in per-pupil K-12 spending--and that's before next round of budget slashing

By Miriam Raftery
February 2, 2011 (La Mesa) – Speaking to a packed audience at the La Mesa Spring Valley District headquarters yesterday, Superintendent Brian Marshall grimly informed parents and teachers, “The budget situation is bleak.”

 

He said the District has held off making severe cuts up until now, dipping into reserves in hopes that the financial outlook would improve. But with another round of budget cuts from the state, tough choices can no longer be avoided.

GUHSD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON BUDGET FEB. 3

 

January 31, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District has announced that it will hold a special budget study session on Thursday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m.

 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Instructional Resources Meeting room at 301 North Mollison in El Cajon.

LOTS OF LUCK! CALIFORNIA LOTTERY PARTNERS WITH VIEJAS CASINO TO BOOST WINNING ODDS

 

Deal gives players more ways to win in MEGA Millions plus Viejas to have 22,000 winners in February Lottery promotions; winnings help benefit public schools

 By Miriam Raftery

 

January 31, 2011 – For the first time ever, the California State Lottery is teaming up with a casino to provide more winning opportunities for both Lottery players and Viejas Casino guests.
 

“We believe this agreement is the first of its kind in the nation between a state lottery and a casino,” Robert Scheid, public relations director at Viejas Casino & Outlets, announced at a press conference today in the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge.  
 

“This partnership takes winning to a whole new level,” said California Lottery Spokesman Bill Ainsworth. “Viejas Casino is one of the best known names in gaming and entertainment in Southern California and we are proud and excited to partner with them.”

RALLY FEB. 2 TO SAVE ALPINE’S HIGH SCHOOL

 

January 25, 2011 (Alpine)--The Unity Group, a combination of concerned Alpine/Blossom Valley community members, organizations and businesses, is hosting a rally to inform citizens of the facts behind the building of the 12th high school in the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). This high school is to serve students of the Alpine/Blossom Valley area with funds from Propositions H and U (passed in 2004 and 2008 respectively).

 

“Development of this high school and the definition of the community it serves are in jeopardy,” a press release issued by the Unity Group states.

DEANE'S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

January 20, 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 Superintendent Swenson’s Newsletter
• Vacancies on the Grossmont Union-High School District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
• ‘No-Child’ Change has Bipartisan support
• A Challenge to States and Districts: Policies That Put the Students First
• High School to College: The New Alignment
• Financial Aid Grants on the Rise
• DREAM Act Boosts Attention on Illegal Immigrant College Students
• Learning with Disabilities
• Rethinking Advanced Placement
• College’s Policy on Troubled Students Raises Questions
• How California Ranks
• Challenging Times: California Schools Cope with Adversity and the Imperative to Do More
• School Finance Highlights 2010-11

PROPOSED 12TH HIGH SCHOOL IN ALPINE HAS MORE HURDLES TO CLEAR

 

By: Jeremy Los

 

January 19, 2011 (Alpine)--The proposed 12th high school in Alpine continues to face hurdles as the push for its groundbreaking soldiers on. The latest obstacles facing the potential campus are the potential missed enrollment trigger as well as the prospect that the school will not service all the students in the area.

ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK TO CHAIR OVERSIGHT HEARING JAN. 18 ON PRESERVING ACADEMIC QUALITY IN ERA OF RESOURCE CUTS

 

 

January 16, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) will lead the first in a series of oversight hearings to examine the extent to which California’s higher education system meets the needs of students and our economy amid impending budget cuts. The first hearing will be held Tuesday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol (Room 437) but will also be available via an online webcast at http://www.assembly.ca.gov/committee_hearings/defaulttext.asp.

 

Governor Brown’s 2011-2012 budget (http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/) proposes an approximately $1.8 billion reduction to California’s public higher education system over the 2010-11 funding level.

CHAMBER ORGANIZES EDUCATORS' TOUR TO PERU

 

January 13, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Local educators are invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce on a trip to Peru July 11-19.  

 

Tour highlights will include:

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