Education

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM GARNERS SUCCESS AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 
May 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Helix Charter High School Speech and Debate Team members know what they are talking about! Eleven students from Helix, along with 80 students from other San Diego County high schools, participated in the California High School Speech Association State Championships in San Francisco April 27-29, 2012.

HEALTH SCIENCES HIGH & MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREA ELSER OF LA MESA WINS 9TH ANNUAL AMN/HCC SCHOLARSHIP

 
May 7, 2012, (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident, Andrea Elser, a senior at Health Sciences High & Middle College (HSHMC) in San Diego, has been named the recipient of the Ninth Annual AMN/HCC Scholarship Essay Contest presented by the Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego County and AMN Healthcare http://www.amnhealthcare.com/.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES TO HELP EAST COUNTY COLLEGES

District foundation seeking 100 donors by June 30
 
May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) --  As state funding for community colleges continues to decline, the foundation serving Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is turning to private and corporate donors to contribute toward programs that will benefit students at the two East County institutions.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON URGES LEGISLATURE TO PROTECT CHILD CARE

 
May 4, 2012 (San Francisco)  -- Joined by parents and teachers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called upon the Legislature to renew its commitment to quality early learning programs by rejecting more than $500 million in proposed budget cuts to California's child care and early learning programs.

 

‘NOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF’ AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S CAREER CENTER ON MAY 9

 
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry Program will host “Now That You’ve Been Laid Off,” a free seminar featuring tips on getting hired again, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in Griffin Center, the new student center building, Building #60, Room #140, on the college campus. Admission is free.

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SHOWS MOVIE MAY 3 PROMOTING HOMEWORK-FREE WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS

 

April 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--A free screening of “Race to Nowhere, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” a documentary movie that promotes homework-free weekends and holiday breaks for students, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Building 26, Room #220, on the Grossmont College campus.

 

MAY 3 GOLF TOURNAMENT TO FUND BRIAN PICCOLO SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR SAN DIEGO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

April 25, 2012 (Santee) – UNICO San Diego will host its annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the Brian Piccolo scholarship award on May 3 at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee.  The tournament culminates with the presentation of the award to various San Diego High School seniors during June.   

SUPPORT ARTS IN SCHOOLS: JOIN GOLDEN ARTISTRY’S JEWELRY COMPETION AWARDS EVENT MAY 3

 

Finalists announced; winner to receive bejeweled award
 
April 23, 2012 (La Mesa)--Approximately 400 students within the Grossmont Union High School District competed in the fourth annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition.   
 
This year’s entries were evaluated March 11 by three judges on both the quality of the design and the effectiveness in conveying “flight”, the theme of this year’s competition. Twelve finalists have been selected, but only one will receive the Grand Prize--the design presented to the winner as a piece of jewelry at the awards event on May 3rd at the La Mesa Community Center.  The Grand Prize will be created in precious metals and gems by Master Goldsmith Terry Whyte of Golden Artistry in downtown La Mesa. 

8TH GRADE STUDENT/PARENT WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NYC EDUCATIONAL TOUR SCHEDULED FOR 2013 SPRING BREAK, MEETING MAY 2

 
April 23, 2012 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 pm at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, a registration meeting and power point presentation will be held to share information with East County students and parents about next year’s annual educational East Coast tour. The historical and educational destinations on this itinerary are Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and New York City.  Fundraising opportunities will also be discussed.

 

IN THE SWIM: STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES NEW AQUATICS FACILITY

School officials conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor the completion of the new pool 

April 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Officials from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Steele Canyon High School celebrated the completion of the new aquatics facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 17. The Steele Canyon High School Aquatics Facility is the third and final pool completed in the district this year.  

RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL FAIR APRIL 28

 
Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun
 
April 20, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Riverview Elementary School and Lakeside Union School District will be holding their 4th Annual Riverview International Fair on Saturday, April 28from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Visitors will travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY STUDENTS WALK TO END GENOCIDE APRIL 22

In collaboration with Jewish World Watch, San Diego Jewish Academy will hold a Walk to End Genocide, which is being organized by a group of ninth and tenth grade students. The walk is being held to raise awareness about the mass atrocities occurring in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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THREE COMPETING BALLOT MEASURES BATTLE TO FIX “BROKEN” PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM THROUGH TAX INCREASES; DEADLINE FOR SIGNATURES IS APRIL 27

 

By Mike Lewis

April 17, 2012 (Sacramento)--The figures behind the state’s educational crisis are alarming. According to the California Teachers Association, California ranks 46 nationally in per-pupil funding, with over $20 billion cut from public schools and colleges statewide in the last four years. More than 40,000 teachers have been laid off during that same time, yet partisan gridlock has stalled any solution in Sacramento.

LAY-OFFS ON GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA APRIL 19

April 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School Board meeting on April 19 will include a  Superintendent’s vote on Voting Rights Act issues, a resolution to implement lay-offs of classified employees, and other key issues.  The meeting will be held at the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE INKS WORLD RECORD AT 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon)--Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
 
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,797 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.

11TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR/BUSINESS COMPETITION APRIL 16

Event will showcase student talent

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – More than 1,000 high school business students from over 65 high school Virtual Enterprise programs from California and Illinois will participate in the 11th annual Southern California Virtual Enterprise Trade/Fair Business Competition on April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego and features more than 65 booths staffed by students marketing virtual products or services showcasing their student-run businesses.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE DEMOCRATS RALLY BEHIND TEXTBOOK AFFORDABILITY LEGISLATION

 

April 13, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The California College Democrats fully support SB1052 and SB1053, which are being brought before the California State Senate Education Committee. The bills would significantly increase the affordability of textbooks.  The legislation would allow undergraduate students at all places of public higher education in California to have free access to 50 core textbooks. These materials, mostly used for lower-division coursework, can be accessed free of charge on the web, with the option of a printed version for around $20.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE ANNOUNCES WORLD’S RECORD ATTEMPT TODAY--& FACEBOOK INVOLVEMENT


April 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The secret is out!

Grossmont College, as part of its free 50th Anniversary Community Open House, has announced the Guinness world’s record that will be attempted on Saturday, April 14. Previously, the college has kept undisclosed the nature of the record.

The attempted record to be broken will be the most individual contributions to a birthday card. Grossmont College hopes to break the current record of 1,468 people to sign a birthday card with their name and a greeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the event timeframe for Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, April 14.

VINTAGE PLANE FLYOVER TO MARK DEDICATION OF NEW STUDENT CENTER AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE APRIL 14

What world record will attendees seek to break? Shhhh! It's a secret!
 
April 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On a day Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house full of activities for the public, the campus is also marking a new beginning with the dedication of the Student and Administrative Services Building and Griffin Center.  
 
A dedication ceremony, preceded by a flyover of vintage planes from Gillespie Field, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Main Quad of the El Cajon campus.

CELEBRATE THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD AT CDA APRIL 16-20

April 11, 2012 (Spring Valley) – CDA Preschool Programs is celebrating “The Week of the Young Child” with an open house April 16 through April 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 3845 Spring Drive in Spring Valley.  Stop by for a classroom tour, food, music, a special gift and learn about CDA’s nationally accredited preschool program.

GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATED NEW AQUATICS FACILITY

April 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Granite Hills High School representatives celebrated the completion of the school’s new aquatic center with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 27.  The 40,000 square foot aquatic complex features the first Olympic-size pool on an East County high school campus and will serve as a center for East County community groups, youth aquatics teams, California Interscholastic Federation water polo and swim teams as well as physical education classes.

LOTS OF QUESTIONS – AND SOME ANSWERS

 
By Cindy Miles, Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
 
April 7, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- We always encourage our students to ask lots of questions and seek out new information. For the past few months, we in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have been asking questions about our role in the community, how well we are doing, and what the future holds for us. Some of the answers are starting to come in.

SDSU’S MENTOR PROGRAM CULTIVATES NEXT GENERATION’S LEADERS

 
By Breena Loraine
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University’s Mentor Program is a win-win situation for students and San Diego businesses. With the participation of approximately 60 business executives from diverse companies, the program allows business seniors and graduate students to gain insight into the industries and positions that interest them, while also allowing businesses to identify students as potential interns and employees. 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST FREE OPEN HOUSE, SOCK HOP AND MORE APRIL 13-14

 

April 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A 50-year anniversary doesn’t happen every day, so Grossmont College will celebrate its golden moment in history with a blowout weekend of free events for the community to enjoy April 13 and 14 at the El Cajon campus.
 
Music lovers, foodies, dancers, amateur scientists, artists, CSI fans, poets, fitness and health devotees, theater lovers, techies, gamers, math whizzes – there’s something for everyone. 

 

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CLASSES AT EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT PREPARE IRAQI IMMIGRANTS FOR THE WORKFORCE

 March 31, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- A pilot program for recent Iraqi immigrants that teaches English in the context of office work is being offered at Cuyamaca College through a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Diego County.

 

OPEN HOUSE AT CAJON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MARCH 28

March 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – On March 28 Cajon Valley Middle School is opening their doors to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to showcase their new campus at 550 East Park Avenue, El Cajon.  The school is highlighting all the new programs taking place: computer labs, a community garden, newcomer classes, art, music and dance exhibitions, AVID and Writing for Change programs, an extended day program, athletics, clubs and tutorial support.

BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s  children, in need of community help.  I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.

On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses. 

COLLEGE PREP MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS EARN THEIR ROBOTICS STRIPES

 

March 18, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Eight students from College Preparatory Middle School (CPMS)in La Mesa competed in the Greater San Diego Botball Tournament on March10, 2012, at the University of San Diego. The CPMS Robotics Team was one of  18  regional  Botball  teams  from  San  Diego,  Arizona  and  Mexico  competing  at  the  tournament. The competition was tough and comprised of mostly high school teams but the newly formed middle school team called the Cyber Stripes, took 5th place in the seeding rounds and received the Rookie Award.

 

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