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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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:
By Miriam Raftery
January 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – At the holiday break, Santana High School’s Varsity leads 5-0 after the first six weeks of the 10-week Academic League competition in the Grossmont Union High School District. In the Junior Varsity division, Granite Hills is on top with a flawless 6-0 record.
December 23, 2010 (El Cajon)– The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District received top marks from auditors this month—for the seventh consecutive year. The state-mandated audits are conducted by a team of a half-dozen independent auditors who scrutinize the district numbers in an ongoing process that starts anew at the start of every fiscal year.
By Ray M. Wong
December 8, 2010 (Lakeside)--The school doesn’t look that impressive: A waist-high, chain-link fence separates a gravel parking lot from the school, a cluster of portable structures But appearances can be deceiving. River Valley Charter, a small public school in Lakeside serving 7th to 12th graders, has been the highest rated high school in San Diego County for seven years running.
Funds raised will help stop abductions, child soldiers in Africa
By Jeremy Los
December 4, 2010 (Santee)--Santana High School students channeled their inner super models on Friday night for a charity fashion show at the New Heights Community Church in Santee. Using clothes from their own wardrobes, students from Santana high’s Invisible Children club took to the catwalk to raise money for the Invisible Children Foundation.
Program proves winning formula for algebra students
Story and photos by Tanya Huang
November 29, 2010 (Lakeside) — Lakeside Middle School students' math scores have risen dramatically ever since its teachers incorporated new learning methodologies last summer from GEMDAS® Educational Services, LLC, a company founded by Lora Kermode, a former teacher with vast experience helping at-risk youth in inner-city schools overcome their math phobias.
November 30, 2010 (La Mesa)--The next time that third grade teachers of the La Mesa Spring Valley School District need students to look something up in a dictionary – they can. Thanks to the Rotary Club of La Mesa, all third-graders in the District now have dictionaries of their own to keep.
(November 29, 2010 ) San Diego--Hundreds of DREAM Act students and supporters are expected to light up San Diego County bridges with banners displaying the word “DREAM” and a candlelight vigil during rush-hour on Monday, November, 29, from 5:30—7 p.m.
They are raising awareness for the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) bill, which will come to a vote in Congress as early as Tuesday, November 30. The DREAM Act would provide an opportunity for undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. as babies or children to obtain permanent residency and eventually citizenship.
MORE CALIFORNIANS WORRIED ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION COSTS, HALF WOULD APPROVE RAISING TAXES INSTEAD OF HIKING STUDENT FEES
November 24, 2010 (San Diego) -- Californians are becoming increasingly worried about the cost of higher education. A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 74 percent of those polled said the state does not provide enough money to its public colleges and universities.
Project manager Sonja Petek says the survey also found a large increase in the number of people who would rather pay higher taxes than see student fees increase. The survey found almost 60 percent of all parents, and 72 percent of Latino parents, are very worried about paying for college.
By Ray M. Wong
November 23, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Winter Gardens Elementary in Lakeside is a small, often overlooked Title 1 school comprised mostly of economically disadvantaged children. Sixty-three percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced lunch. Some of the kids have never been to a show or the beach. The school has only one administrator, Denise Goulart, who splits her time as the Vice Principal and also teaches second grade.
By Tanya Huang
November 23, 2010 (San Diego) — San Diego State students, faculty and staff were blocked from areas around the trolley station for almost three hours while the San Diego State University (SDSU) Police Department investigated an undisclosed, suspicious package which was later deemed nonthreatening.
November 18, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Two departing Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board trustees who helped oversee the transformation of the Grossmont and Cuyamaca College campuses were honored Tuesday for their years of service to the district.
By Miriam Raftery
Tanya Huang also contributed to this story
November 15, 2010 (San Diego)--Student reactions ranged from dismay to outrage upon learning that the University of California regents will consider an 8% fee increase for the 2011-2012 school year, while the California State University board of trustees has proposed a 5% increase for spring semester and a whopping 10% increase for 2011-2012.
Following last year’s 32% fee increases at the UC and a 5% increase at CSU campuses, many students fear that their dreams of a college education are fast disappearing.
November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Two local artists from La Mesa are organizing an East County Art Festival.
"East San Diego County does not offer many opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, nor are there many events for the art lover to view numerous artists in one location. Kristy Dial and Rosario Wilke want to fill this void," a press release issued by the event organizers states.
On Wednesday, November 10, the Mount Miguel High School JROTC held its 21st 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.
"Increasing the cost of attending a CSU or UC translates to more money from the pockets of students already struggling with multiple jobs and heavy class loads.” -- Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove)
By Miriam Raftery
November 10, 2010 (Sacramento) - California State University trustees today approved a two-step tuition increase that will raise fees by 15.5 percent over the next year. Tuition for students at CSU's 23 campuses, including San Diego State University and CSU San Marcos, will rise 5 percent in January and another 10 percent in the fall, a total of $4,884. Average fees at each campus add an additional $950--for a whopping $5,834 total hike that students must pay.
Former Miramar College administrator will head counseling, enrollment services
November 10, 2010 (El Cajon)-- Outside of her professional career in higher education, Wendy Stewart is a self-taught songwriter and musician who dreams of turning on the radio one day to hear one of her pieces being performed by a famous recording artist.
November 9, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – With construction finishing on 14 projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca College, leaders of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District recently took time to honor the architects, engineers and contractors who led the work to transform the two East County campuses.
November 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Grossmont Union High School District’s board has announced a special budget workshop on Tuesday, November 9th upstairs in the Cuyamaca College Student Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway. The public session will begin at 5 p.m., with discussion of the new Alpine High School at 7:30 p.m.
The District faces a potential shortfall of millions of dollars due to state budget cuts and the economic downturn, which has reduced property tax revenues.
November 5, 2010 (Lakeside) – Today San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced that Ryan Stevens, who recently worked as a part-time assistant diving coach at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, was arrested last night. He is charged with oral copulation with a minor by means of force or fear.
November 4, 2010 (El Cajon) – Henri Migala, former executive dean at Cuyamaca College, has accepted a new post. Migala has relocated at Grossmont College, where he is working under the chancellor to manage grants for the department.
November 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- If you’re out of a job and looking to go green in your next career, check out the free classes being offered at Cuyamaca College. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District received a $1 million grant from the state of California and the California Energy Commission to provide the free classes to 240 students at Cuyamaca College.
2 Democrats won “open” primary to square off Nov. 3: Teacher/legislator vs. retired superintendent
November 1, 2010 (San Diego) – When Republican Abel Maldonado held up the state budget and demanded fellow legislators approve an “open” primary ballot initiative as a condition for his vote, the GOP thought it would result in more Republicans winning high office in California, a heavily Democratic state.
But the new rule, which declared the top two vote-getters in June's primary winners regardless of parties, resulted in two Democrats, Tom Torlakson and Larry Aceves, squaring off in the state superintendent’s race (though Aceves has since changed his party registration to independent).
PREACHER, TEACHERS, COACHES & PARENTS AMONG CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD
Budget cited as key challenge; District faces $15 million deficit
By Miriam Raftery
October 31, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont Union High School District's Board of Trustees has long had a reputation as a lightning rod for controversy. In the past, the Board was dominated by religious right wing interests; meetings often drew huge crowds and protests over moves such as teacher lay-offs and a failed proposal to turn the entire district charter.
More moderating forces have prevailed recently, though the “nonpartisan” board remains controlled by a majority of conservative Republicans. The board could shift further to the right, however, if efforts by a conservative minister, Robert “Bob” Divine, to elect himself and his son, Robert Brian Divine, prevail.