Education

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES SALE OF PROPOSITION H REFUNDING BONDS

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 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- How many people have been bullied at school?  When Councilman Todd Gloria asked that question of adults during a screening of the film “Bullied” at Lestat’s West in Normal Heights, the vast majority raised their hands. 
 

KIDS GROW GREEN GIANTS IN THE BONNIE PLANTS COLOSSAL CABBAGE CONTEST


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.
 

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS SUPPLIES

 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

New facilities will equip students with skills needed for the 21st century
 
November 19, 2011 (Santee)--Officials from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Santana High School joined students for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16 to celebrate the completion of three modernized buildings on the high school campus.
 

READER’S EDITORIAL: RE-THINKING THE EDUCATION PARADIGM

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.

CSU TRUSTEES HIKE FEES; UC REGENTS CANCEL MEETING

 

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.  

LOCAL CAL STATE STUDENTS FILE TITLE IX COMPLAINT WITH U.S. OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

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.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS

 

November 10, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Wednesday, November 9, as the Mount Miguel High School JROTC held its 22nd 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.
  
 

LOCAL NON-PROFIT GIVES COMPUTERS TO HELP LOW-INCOME CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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. 

ANTI-BULLYING FILM, PROGRAM IN SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS TO BE PRESENTED NOV. 22

 
November 9, 2011 -- Bullying of students can lead to tragic consequences.  Ten years ago, a 15-year-old who had been the target of bullying opened fire at Santana High School, killing two and wounding 13 others.  Fortunately, a growing number of educators are taking steps to stop bullying on campus.
 
On Tuesday, November 22 from 7-8:30 p.m., a special program on school bullying will be presented at Lestat’s West 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego.

JUST DUCKY: CALL TO YOUNG ARTISTS FOR JR. DUCK STAMP COMPETITION WITH $5,000 PRIZE

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.

 
 
 

COMMUNITY SEEKS HELP TO SEND LEMON GROVE STUDENTS TO WASHINGTON D.C.

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.”

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS AND NOTES

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:

GROSSMONT GALA CELEBRATES COLLEGE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN VINTAGE STYLE

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.

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.

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.

GUHSD TO HOST 8th ANNUAL “GOT PLANS?” CAREER & COLLEGE FAIR OCT. 22


Over 6,000 East County Students Expected to Attend Career/College Fair on Oct. 22.

 
 
October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District will host its eighth annual “Got Plans?” Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyamaca College. 

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. 
 
 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS FORUMS ON BOUNDARY CHANGES

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.

 

CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT NAMES SAN DIEGO’S GARY PETILL A HEALTH HAPPENS HERO

 

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) - Today, The California Endowment announced the first six ‘Health Happens Heroes’ award recipients honoring school food and nutrition directors from across the state who are pioneers in making healthier school meals that kids want to eat.  The awards coincide with National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14), a time to raise awareness about how healthy school meals contribute to the well-being and academic achievement of children.


The California Endowment praised the work of
 GARY PETILL, Nutrition Services Director for the San Diego Unified School District, for working to improve healthy eating habits by offering more fruits and vegetables and implementing lunchroom salad bars featuring local and organic produce in every K-12 school in the district.  
 

COUGAR SIGHTING NEAR SCHOOL IN POWAY

Update October 12:  A second cougar sighting occurred today within a mile of the school.  

October 11, 2011 (Poway) – Chaparral Elementary School in Poway has sent a warning letter to parents advising that the Sheriff’s Department reported that a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, had been seen in the neighborhood this morning.

 

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