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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:

SANTANA VARSITY TEAM LEADS IN WEEK 6 OF ACADEMIC LEAGUE

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.

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT GETS TOP MARKS IN AUDIT—AGAIN

 

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.

MAKING THE GRADE: RIVER VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL OUTPERFORMS OTHER SAN DIEGO COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

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.

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STRUT THEIR STUFF TO HELP CHILDREN A WORLD AWAY


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.

‘TEACHER-PRENEUR’ HELPS LAKESIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOST MATH PROFICIENCY


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.

DEFINING GENEROSITY: ROTARY DONATES DICTIONARIES TO LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS

 

 

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.

STUDENTS SUPPORTING DREAM ACT TO LIGHT UP BRIDGES AROUND SAN DIEGO THIS EVENING

 

(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.

KABOOM! WINTER GARDENS ELEMENTARY GETS HELP FROM NON PROFIT TO BUILD A COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND

 

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.

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