Lack of reading proficiency in local students raises concerns
May 20, 2011 (San Diego) – If we improve schools, we improve communities. If we improve communities, we improve schools.
These are key findings in United Way of San Diego County’s education report released May 14. Titled “Voices for the Common Good: San Diego Speaks Out on Education,” the report is a comprehensive compilation of everyday San Diegans’ opinions and aspirations for their communities, for education and the challenges they see in helping our children reach their full potential.
May 19, 2011 (Alpine) -- The Boulder Oaks Elementary School PTA will be hosting its annual Western Days Carnival on Friday May 20, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The carnival will feature food, game booths, a silent auction, a cake walk, opportunity drawings, an air jumper, a rock wall, music and much more.
Money raised from the carnival allows the BOES PTA to pay for such things as field trips, assemblies, and new technology items for students. Boulder Oaks Elementary is located at 2320 Tavern Road. For more information please contact BOES at 619-445-8676.
Thousands of students turned away as education opportunities fade for many;
College leaders & students issue plea for public to ask help from local legislators who continue to oppose budget measures to protect community college funding
By Miriam Raftery
May 17, 2011 (El Cajon) –Tens of thousands of students have been turned away from community colleges in our region this summer following $73 million in budget cuts---at a time when California had the largest high school graduation rate in history and unemployment levels are soaring. Fees have gone up by nearly a third and staff positions have been slashed—but the worst may be yet to come.
“An all-cuts budget would be nothing short of an educational Armageddon,” warned Cindy Miles, Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD). Miles joined leaders of six community college districts in a press conference at Grossmont College today to show the dire consequences of recent budget cuts and worse impacts if the all-cuts budget is enacted. She and other leaders praised Governor Jerry Brown for requesting an extension of existing taxes to prevent the all-cuts budget option. (View a video with more of Miles' remarks.)
But Republicans (including East County representatives Joel Anderson and Brian Jones) have refused to support the Governor’s budget. They remain determined to force an all-cuts budget regardless of consequences on local students and our region’s economy, top educators warned.
$5,000 Award Will Give Middle School Students Access to Laptop Computers
May 17, 2011 – Middle school students at Ramona Lutheran School are set to benefit from a $5,000 education grant awarded today by the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) joined Principal Donna Myers in accepting the grant that was presented to the school by Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
“Today’s teaching and learning process is being transformed by technology,” said Chairman Romero. “Barona is pleased to award this grant that will provide middle school students at Ramona Lutheran with access to computers. Our hope is to enrich their educational experience and help prepare them for high school.”
Projects Funded by Proposition H, Proposition U School Bonds
El Cajon, Calif. (May 11, 2011) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that it has awarded several new construction contracts, valued at over $50 million. Many of the projects are now underway at campuses throughout the district as part of the Prop H and Prop U bond programs. In the months ahead, the district projects it will award another $38 million in work.
May 10, 2011 (Santee) --The West Hills High School Foundation is hosting a Stand Up Comedy fundraising event Saturday, May 14th at West Hills High's Bob Guess Theatre in Santee. The doors open at 6:15 and the show starts promptly at 7:00. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Headliner and alumni Dat Phan will be performing with a variety of other comedians. Dat was the season 1 winner of NBC's hit show, "Last Comic Standing."
Advanced tickets can be purchased at Al's Sport Shop in Santee or online at www.WHHSFoundation.org
May 10, 2011 (El Cajon) – As construction funded by a 2002 bond measure nears an end, East County applicants are being sought for four upcoming vacancies on the citizens’ committee responsible for ensuring that money from the $207 million bond for projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is spent as promised.
May 8, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Looking to start a green business—or find a job in a green industry?
Learn the keys to success at the Green Business Symposium hosted by Cuyamaca College on May 26th. For program details and information on registration, scroll down.
May 8, 2011 (Sacramento)--Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) has authored legislation that calls on campuses of the California Community Colleges (CCC), California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC) to enforce local and system-wide smoking and tobacco laws and ordinances already in place. AB 795 would give these institutions the authority to enforce current policies and fine perpetrators.
The measure was overwhelmingly approved this week by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.
May 4, 2001 (San Diego) --The California State University Board of Trustees today announced three finalists for the presidency of San Diego State University. The finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various groups are:
Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will visit on Monday, May 2.
Steven Leath, vice president for research and sponsored programs, University of North Carolina system, will visit on Tuesday, May 3.
Paul J. Zingg, president of California State University, Chico, will visit onThursday, May 5.
May 3, 2011 (Lakeside)--Several students from El Capitan High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) traveled to the State FFA conference in Fresno April 15 – 19. Garrett Hurst was selected as the state winner in agriculture mechanics repair and maintenance proficiency and second place in forage production. He is Sentinel for the El Capitan FFA, also serving as a Sagebrush 4H and Junior Fireboard Member.
Shelby Meyer was selected the state winner in swine production
proficiency. Shelby Meyer is the President of El Capitan FFA. Both students' projects and applications will be judged at the national level in July. Meyer was also awarded a $500 state FFAscholarship.
May 2, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Summer class schedules are available now for camps, enrichment classes, and youth aquatic classes. There’s something for every child and teen’s interests—from “Mad Science” camp to camp programs in fencing, flag football, theatre, and surf camp, to name just a few. See schedule for class dates and times. For convenience in enrolling, there is a blue Enroll Online link on the Community Services web page.
By Doug Deane
Education Committee Chair, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
April 28, 2011 – Latest local and national education news headlines include:
• Worst-case budget could shorten school year
• Community colleges prepare for bigger hit
• Four school districts warn of financial distress
• GUHSD Superintendent Swenson’s newsletter
• Curriculum must assess student tech skills
• Music really does boost your IQ!
• Save great teachers
• School could lose majority of teachers
• Hard cap on charter schools isn’t ‘reform’
• Our vision of schools must change
• More pupils are learning online, fueling debate on quality
• STEM to STREAM: Why the arts and writing should be added to science education
• Obama official cites poor quality of education, effect on military
• Community service touted at Clinton event
• Library addition at Cuyamaca College marks end of Proposition R
• Mark Miguel students shine at competition—congratulations Jeff Wood!
• Spring Valley 4th graders dance their way to fitness
• Bloggers challenge President on standardized testing
• Risks: focus on heart deaths in student athletes
• For some, getting into college is the challenge
Sandra Galea-Martinez and Paula Delgado Selected to Represent GUHSD in Prestigious San Diego County Teacher of the Year Competition
April 27, 2011 (El Cajon)—At its Governing Board Meeting on Thursday, April 14, the Grossmont Union High School District honored Teacher of the Year nominees from its school sites. These nominees are selected by their peers.
By Breanna Feathers
April 12, 2011 (San Diego)--While the Spring semester comes closer to an end and daunting final exams creep up on students at SDSU, an exciting project is underway to build a new, sustainable Aztec Center.
During March 2010, students voted in favor of a $94 per semester fee increase, from which funding would be provided to tear down the current Aztec Center and rebuild this improved facility. Currently, Aztec Center is not able to service the growing number of students who use the facility, and alternative plans to renovate the structure because of imminent safety concerns would actually cost the University more than it would to rebuild it in its entirety.
April 12, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to restore cuts made to education aid for veterans going to college. The Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act (H.R. 1451) would reinstate living expense stipends during school breaks.
“Our service members earned and deserve their educational benefits,” said Davis, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “We have a responsibility to keep these benefits worthy of their dedication and sacrifices to the nation.”
About 5,000 students will be unable to get the classes they need
Even worse cuts may be on horizon in what Chancellor calls a “true budget Armageddon”
April 5, 2011 (El Cajon) – Facing an $8.1 million cut in money from the state, officials at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are planning to eliminate more than 780 class sections in the next school year – turning away almost 5,000 students -- and reduce summer school to a bare minimum. Fees are also being raised by more than a third.
SDJA was the big winner at the 2011 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, with 50% of its high school entries taking home the grand prize, or Sweepstakes Awards, and over half of its middle school entries receiving a first place award.
Standardized Assessment Would Save $4 Million in Testing Costs and Increase the Number of Students Assessed by 2.2 Million
March 30, 2011 – In an effort to increase efficiencies in California’s higher education system and boost student success, Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) announced that his community college student assessment legislation has been approved by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on a unanimous vote.
March 30, 2011 (Sacramento)--Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) announced today that the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, which he chairs, has approved his bill to improve the campus climates for LGBT students at public colleges and universities. AB 620 would require the California State University and California Community Colleges, and request the University of California, to adopt policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying in their student codes of conduct.
March 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Cuyamaca College will again provide free classes and hands-on work experience in green building and sustainable energy to eligible students through a training program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership. The $1.6 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money along with grants from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, State Energy Sector Partnership and others.
Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.
You can help by collecting Box Tops, Campbell Soup Labels, Coke Rewards and joining Target’s Take Charge of Education program
March 27, 2011 (Alpine)--Public schools are getting hit with major budget cuts. Now, Alpine Elementary School hopes to raise its own money--with your help.
“Each fundraiser brings lots of money and educational items to our school and requires minimal effort and almost no cost to you,” says spokesperson Sharmin Self, who said teachers are currently having to pay for many school supplies out of their own pockets.
Scroll down for details that Self provided on how you can help.
March 25, 2011 (Alpine) – The Alpine Sheriff Station is hosting a free “Kidzwatch” crime prevention program on Friday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program, held during spring break, is open to ages 7-11; parents are welcome but are not required to attend.
March 25, 2011 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College is soliciting assistance from the public for photos of campus activities from the 1990s for inclusion in its 50th anniversary commemorative book. The soon-to-be-published book will highlight the college’s history since it opened in 1961, and more photos are needed from the 1990s, college officials said.
Photos can be placed on flash drives or CDs or sent to the college via e-mail by Tuesday, March 29.
Options range from “splash” and “equestrian” camps to “web design” camp and more
March 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Instead of spending the summer at home and indoors, the East County Family YMCA is encouraging parents to give their kids a chance to explore nature at the Y’s Summer Day Camp. YMCA campers gain new experiences, develop essential social skills and create lifelong friendships, while enjoying camp adventures.
Fundraiser to provide Japan relief set for March 25
By Jeremy Los
March 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- Following the destruction of the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami that hit Japan last Thursday, many on the San Diego State campus feared for those studying abroad and for the families of the over 100 Japanese students at SDSU. Shortly after the tsunami, SDSU confirmed on its website that at least 12 of the 16 students studying in Japan were safe and unharmed. The other 4 students were also believed safe because they were studying hundreds of miles away from the areas hardest hit.
“As it stands now all sixteen students traveling abroad in Japan are safe and we’ve communicated to each directly,” SDSU Media Relations Manager Gina Jacobs advised ECM in a subsequent update.
March 17, 2011 (San Diego's East County) --The 2011 Grossmont High School District Cheer Competition will be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. in the El Cajon Valley High School Football Stadium.
The competition will feature teams competing at the Junior Varsity, Varsity, Varsity Advanced and Varsity Co-ed levels. There will also be a Best Jumper and Best Tumbler award.
By Jeremy Los
March 11, 2011 (Alpine)--The Alpine Unified School District will face tough decisions when it comes to passing its annual budget. Like many other school districts, AUSD is facing a budgetary gap that could force the district to enforce deep cuts and increase class sizes. The preliminary budget was passed in February, with the official budget on the docket for June.
ECM has learned that many teachers have already received their pink slips, with one e-mail from a teacher stating that 40% of Joan McQueen Middle School’s staff had received the lay-off notices as of March 4. The district must issue lay-off notices prior to March 15 to comply with state law for any positions that may be cut this year.
By: Jeremy Los
School was in session Saturday morning at Granite Hills High School, as over 300 middle school students and around 100 Granite Hills students took part in S.T.I.N.G. (Student Teachers Igniting The Next Generation), where classes were created and instructed by the participating Granite Hills juniors and seniors.
The brainchild of Granite Hills senior, Andy Keller- who modeled the event after the SPLASH programs at MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago (where college students teach high school students), S.T.I.N.G. aimed to “instill a love of learning for a lifetime.”
By Doug Deane
March 8, 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: