Education

CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTS ITS FIRST SUSTAINABLE URBAN LANDSCAPE CONFERENCE

2-day event to be followed by plant fair open to the public March 10, 2009 (El Cajon)--Cuyamaca College is hosting a conference featuring leading landscape professionals and bus tours of eco-friendly sites Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, a precursor to it becoming among the first community colleges in the nation to offer a degree in sustainable urban landscaping.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SEEKS ALUMNI TO HONOR IN WALK OF FAME

March 4, 2009 (El Cajon)—The Grossmont College Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for educational programs benefiting students at Grossmont College in El Cajon, is seeking nominations for its 2009 Walk of Fame Alumni Award. The Walk of Fame, located on campus in the Main Quad area, is a display of several bronze plaques embedded in concrete that feature names of previous distinguished alumni.

COLLEGE DISTRICT BIDS FAREWELL TO CHANCELOR

Dr. Omero Suarez' 11-year legacy transformed district March 2, 2009 (EL CAJON)--After more than a decade at the helm of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Dr. Omero Suarez turned off the lights in his office a final time Friday, ready to embark on a new chapter in his life. He will be replaced by Dr. Cindy Miles, who begins her job today.

COLLEGE DISTRICT BIDS FAREWELL TO CHANCELOR

Dr. Omero Suarez: 11-year legacy transformed district

March 2, 2009 (EL CAJON)--After more than a decade at the helm of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Dr. Omero Suarez turned off the lights in his office a final time Friday, ready to embark on a new chapter in his life. He will be replaced by Dr. Cindy Miles, who begins her job today.

NEED A JOB?  FREE JOB SEARCH MEETING MARCH 12 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

March 1, 2009 (El Cajon) — The Grossmont College Career Center will host "Systematic Job Search," a free informational meeting on identifying unadvertised jobs and making career connections, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Career Center, Room 627, on the college campus. The public is invited to attend.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT WRAPS UP CLASSROOM MODERNIZATION PROJECTS, BREAKS GROUND ON EIGHT NEW SCIENCE BUILDINGS

Milestones Mark Completion of Phase 2B, Start of Phase 3A for $274 million Prop H School Bond Program

Valhalla High School Principal Mary Beth Kstan takes the ceremonial shovel turn, joined by Valhalla science teachers, a student and District staff in a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 12 for the school's new two-story science building, which will house 12 science clasrooms with labs. Completion is scheduled to be completed in Feb. 2010.

March 1, 2009 (El Cajon) — Grossmont Union High School District has announced that two major milestones have been achieved on the landmark $274 million Proposition H school bond passed by voters in 2004.

First, Phase 2B, which includes standard classroom modernization projects, has been completed at seven of the district's 16 campuses, representing a total of 224 fully upgraded and enhanced classrooms to better serve the needs of East County students and staff.

STUDENT NOMINEES SOUGHT BY ASSEMBLYMAN ANDERSON FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

March 1, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--Assemblyman Joel Anderson seeks student nominations for his "Outstanding Achievement Award" program, available to students in all schools in the 77th Assembly District.

"It is important for all of us to recognize those students who strive for excellence in everything they do. Rewarding the great work of East County students is perhaps the greatest aspect of my job," says Assemblyman Anderson.

To enroll your school or classroom in this program, or to nominate an outstanding student, please contact Lori Brown at 619-441-2322.

EL CAJON SEEKS YOUTH OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

February 27, 2009 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition presents a "Youth of the Year" Award to recognize those who go above and beyond in serving their community either through their leadership abilities and/or their quality or level of community service in El Cajon. Leadership can be defined as those individuals who consistently facilitate a team vision and help guide others toward success. Community service helps better the community through the value and impact of those served.

GOSPEL FESTIVAL FRIDAY FEB. 27 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

As part of its Black History Month celebration, Grossmont College will present a free Gospel Festival, featuring five local gospel choirs and one dance troupe, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in Room #220 on the college campus. The public is invited to attend. Parking is free. Performing artists will include the House of Metamorphosis Choir, Martin Luther King Jr.

WOW- IT'S A POW-WOW! SAT. FEB. 28 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

February 23, 2009 (El Cajon)--The 21st annual Grossmont College Pow-Wow, a celebration of American Indian culture, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the college's Student Center. Admission is free. The day-long event, which begins at noon with gourd dancing and giveaways, features American Indian dancers and drummers. Vendors will sell American Indian cuisine, clothing, art and jewelry. The Grand Entry, a procession of about 100 dancers, begins at 6 p.m.

MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL)

Review By Kathy Carpenter

Now Playing: Feb. 20--27 at 8 p.m., Feb..28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m,, and March 1 at 2p.m.
Experimental Theatre SDSU: Tickets $18-$20; ticket info:(619) 594-6884 or theatre.sdsu.edu

Musical of Musicals, with music by Eric Rockwell and lyrics by Joanne Bogart, is a delight for all fans of musical theatre.

This Musical, or I should say its five Musical vignettes, all share the same theme: You must pay the rent! But I can't pay the rent! Leary of how a basic plot like this could be entertaining, I was totally surprised.

ACADEMIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR MATCH SET FOR FEB. 25 AT GRANITE HILLS; EARLIER MATCHES TO BE TELEVISED ON ITV

February 22, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--The traditional Academic League All-Star match will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 3:30 p.m. in the Granite Hills Library. The All-Star match will feature the best of ten high school teams versus the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Academic League 2009 Champions, Granite Hills High School.

The All-Star Team will be jointly coached by Cheri Gabler, Brooke Crocker and Betty Jensen. Dick Hoy, Ruth Weiss and Steve Haiman will serve as moderators.
The Academic League competitions are sponsored by

SD SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT DR. TERRY GRIER SPEAKS AT FEBRUARY LUNCH WITH LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

February 20, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier will answer questions in an open discussion with the League of Women voters of San Diego (LWVSD) and with members of the community, during "Lunch With League," a give and take forum moderated by LWVSD member Dr. Richard Schere, psychologist.

SCHOOL BOARD GRILLS HELIX OFFICIALS, SEEKS DOCUMENTS IN SEXUAL ABUSE, MISCONDUCT CASES

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2009 (El Cajon)-- Grossmont Union High School
District (GUHSD) trustees voted unanimously to send a cure and correct letter
to Helix Charter High School administrators, asking for documentation thus
far withheld regarding handling of four cases of sexual abuse and misconduct. "To
have a cluster of four incidents in such a short period of time is a red flag,"
said Superintendent Robert Collins (photo, left), adding that the district
has a duty to restore confidence and protect safety of students. "We
are here to solve a problem, not to win out in the court of public opinion."

ART SALE FEB. 14: HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Five East County artists will help raise money for the Heritage of the Americas Museum with an art sale from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College, 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, in El Cajon. Admission is free.

SEX EDUCATION? HELIX DEFENDS ITS ACTIONS, DISPUTES REPORT RELEASED BY DISTRICT THAT CRITICIZED HELIX ADMINISTRATOR'S RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ABUSE, MISCONDUCT;

BOARD TO CONSIDER CHARTER SCHOOL CURE CORRECT ORDERS AT FEB. 12 MEETING

February 6, 2009 (La Mesa) Did administrators at Helix Charter High School respond appropriately to four incidents of sexual abuse and misconduct involving teachers and students and has enough been done to prevent similar problems in the future? The Grossmont Union-High School Governing Board will consider these questions and review conflicting findings from two reports in closed session followed by open public testimony at the February 12 GUHSD Board meeting.

FORMS IN METAL EXHIBITION OPENS IN HYDE ART GALLERY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

January 14, 2008 (El Cajon) — To mark the 1st anniversary
of the opening of its new, state-of-the-art Sculpture facility, the Hyde Art
Gallery at Grossmont College will host Forms in Metal , a
group exhibition of contemporary metalwork from January 26-February 26; An
opening event is scheduled for February 10th from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition will feature the work of seventeen artists engaged in the production
of metal objects of utility, ceremony, and ornament. Forms in Metal will
explore the means by which each artist manipulates metal and makes use of it
as a vehicle to convey a wide range of personal experiences, concerns, interests,
and ideas. The work exhibited underscores the possibilities inherent in metal
as a medium of artistic expression.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA REGENTS CUT FRESHMAN ENROLLMENT BY 6%; EAST COUNTY EDUCATION LEADERS ASSESS IMPACT ON LOCAL STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2009 (San Diego's East County) -- Grappling with cuts in state funding, regents at the University of California voted yesterday to cut freshmen enrollment by 6%, eliminating 2,300 spots for students throughout the UC system. The cuts occur at a time when UC is receiving more applications than ever before, as fewer students can afford tuition at private colleges and universities.

NEW CHANCELLOR NAMED FOR GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COLLEGE DISTRICT

January 14, 2009 (EL CAJON--“Dr. Cindy Miles, president of the Hialeah Campus at Miami Dade College in Florida, has been unanimously selected by the governing board as chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Miles replaces Dr. Omero Suarez, who is retiring from a record term of more than a decade. Trustees voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract with a $245,000 annual salary plus benefits. Miles starts her new job March 1.

GROSSMONT & CUYAMACA COLLEGES GO SMOKE-FREE CAMPUSES STARTING JANUARY 1

January 1, 2009 (El Cajon) — Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
becomes the first multi-campus district in California to ban smoking starting
New Year's Day.

"In the long run, we have done something very valuable for this district,"
said governor board president Bill Garrett.

Deanne Weeks said the district has a responsibility to "be ahead of the curve." 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR RON ASBURY APPOINTED TO PROP R OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

December 20, 2008 (El Cajon) —  La Mesa resident Ron
Asbury, a general contractor and active volunteer for East County schools,
is the newest appointee to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.

The CBOC is charged with ensuring that revenues from Proposition R, the $207
million local bond measure passed in 2002, will be spent solely as promised
to voters. The committee's role is to review and report on district spending
of taxpayers' money for construction and to provide a public accounting of
the district's compliance with legal requirements.

2 Grossmont High School Teachers Named Winners in Inaugural "I'm Thankful For My Teacher" Award

San Diego County teachers recognized with thousands of "thank yous" from
grateful parents, schoolchildren in contest sponsored by Mission Federal Credit
Union, Junior Achievement, Cox Communications and Channel 4

December 18,2008 (San Diego, CA) Campaign organizers are
proud to announce the winners of the first-ever "I'm Thankful For My Teacher"
Contest, hosted by Mission Federal Credit Union, Junior Achievement of San
Diego, and Cox Communications and Channel 4 San Diego. Throughout the month
of November, thousands of students throughout San Diego County took the opportunity
to thank a teacher for all of the special things they do in their mission to
educate local students and future generations. More than 3,850 postcards were
turned in to recognize hundreds of teachers at 136 schools throughout San Diego
County.

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT PASSES AUDITS; BUDGET FOCUSES ON COST-CUTTING STRATEGIES

December 17, 2008 (El Cajon ) — Grossmont Cuyamca Community College District
today announced it has passed five separate 2007-2008 audits.  The audits
presented to the governing board cover the district's general audit, its part-time
employees' pension plan, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges foundations, and the
district's auxiliary. Two more audits relating to the district's Prop. R facilities

Cuyamaca College dedicates Wendell Cutting Center in honor of East County humanitarian

From left: nephew L.G. Wayne Cutting; Cuyamaca Interim
President Cristina Chiriboga; brothers Larry and Wayne Cutting; sister
Ruth Anne Cutting; GCCCD Governing Board Trustee Deanna Weeks; TRUSTEE
Bill Garrett; and student trustee Chuck Taylor.

December 12, 2008 (El Cajon)   Former governing board member Wendell
Cutting was remembered Friday for his generosity of spirit and caring for humanity
during a dedication ceremony for a Cuyamaca College science and technology
building that now bears his name.

The naming of Wendell Cutting Center, which houses labs for the life and physical
sciences programs, as well as computer information science, recognizes not
only the depth of his caring for students,  but also the value he placed
on learning. A middle-school teacher and administrator during the 70s and
a governing board trustee from 2002 until his death in 2006, Cutting was a
proponent of advancing science and technology education at Cuyamaca College.

LOOKING FOR JOB TRAINING? FREE "GET YOUR LIFE ON TRACK" MEETING AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE DEC. 9

The
Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program will host "Get Your Life on Track,"
a free informational meeting for adults interested in retraining for new jobs
and careers, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the college's
Griffin Gate at the Student Center near Parking Lot #7. Reservations are not
required.

Two finalists named for chancellorship of Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College

December 2, 2008 (EL CAJON) Public forums are scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11 for two finalists seeking the position of GCCCD chancellor. The finalists are
Dr. Cindy Miles, president of the Hialeah Campus of Miami Dade College in Florida,
and Dr. Mark Zacovic, interim vice president of administrative services for
the Pasadena Area Community College District.

The district is seeking a new chancellor because of Dr. Omero Suarez's plans
to retire from the district next spring after more than a decade at the district's
helm.

The San Diego Science Festival presents Small Wonders: a day of exploration into the world of nanotechnology and advanced materials for high school students

December 12 deadline for schools to apply

You have heard about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age. Now we are
in the midst of a new technological revolution driven by nanotechnology and
other material sciences, which will usher in a new age of Advanced Materials. On
April 1, 175 high school students from all over San Diego County will
have the opportunity to participate in a fun, interactive and eye-opening day
as they learn about some of the exciting technologies that are driving this
new technological age.

PROPOSITION U SEEKS FUNDS FOR CLASSROOM UPGRADES, NEW BUILDINGS IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

By Miriam Raftery

Grossmont
Union High School District’s superintendent and four of five GUHSD
school board trustees agree that Proposition U is critical to repair and
replace aging buildings throughout the district—and build a long-awaited
new high school for Alpine.

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