August 23, 2010 (Sacramention)--Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) announced today that AB 184 has cleared the Legislature and is now awaiting action by the Governor. The bill prevents the California Department of Education from requiring school districts to repay the state for Special Disabilities Adjustment funding that they received in the last fiscal year and already used to teach special-needs students in their classrooms.
East County News Service
August 23, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has selected nine recipients for its 2010 Health Tech Careers scholarships. The students, who are currently pursuing medical field jobs in positions often defined as technicians, applied for the scholarships by submitting an essay on “Where I will be in my career five years from now.”
August 18, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College in El Cajon offers a special program including both a hieroglyphs workshop and an extended tour of Egypt. Students will practice their new skills, reading the ancient writing that they find on museum artifacts--as well as in temples and tombs. Participants may attend the workshop or the tour, or both.
San Diego County Receives 25% of Total Funds, Provides Educational Resources to Military Families and Their Children
East County News Service
August 12, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- Seeking relief for school districts already scrambling to cope with unexpected cash shortages and budget revisions, Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) announced that AB 184 has cleared the Senate Education Committee. This legislation provides statutory authority to allow school districts to recover critical special education funding that they received during the last fiscal year to meet the needs of students in their classroom.
Simulation labs with high-tech mannequins mimic real-life hospital scenarios
August 9, 2010 (El Caj on) – – Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation. A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness.
Flurry of new charter approvals raises questions over state funding priorities in an era of budget shortfalls
East County Magazine Special Report
By Miriam Raftery
August 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – In the 2009-2010 school year, California approved more than 88 new charter schools at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. Recent charters approved include middle schools opening in districts that already have schools with high academic achievements--new charters with oversight provided by a district with middle school test scores that rank in the bottom 10% statewide.
These findings, discovered by East County Magazine, raise serious questions about budget priorities at a time when the state faces a $20 billion deficit. What are the long-range consequences of approving numerous charters, all entitled to a portion of public education funds?
July 31, 2010 (Escondido) -- Jena Glasgow enters her senior year this fall as a Dairy Science major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When the Ramona resident graduates next June, she aims to enter veterinary school in pursuit of a career supporting health of dairy cattle and food animals. The San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee recently selected Glasgow to receive both the 2010 Farm Bureau Scholarship ($1,300) as well as the 2010 Leo McGuire Sr. Memorial Scholarship award ($1,200).
July 31, 2010 (Escondido)– Eleven San Diego County agriculture students have been awarded scholarships from the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. This year, the San Bureau's Scholarship Committee awarded $16,000 in varying amounts to the students.
By Bill Weaver
July 29, 2010 (Alpine) -- This summer season is full of behind the scenes activity surrounding our 12th Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) high school. It will be located on the land adjacent to Viejas Creek, south of Viejas Mountain, immediately south of the I-8 freeway, and ½ mile east of the Albertsons store.
Longtime instructor and musician will oversee arts, languages and communication department; aims to build performing arts center for campus
East County News Service
July 27, 2010 (El Cajon) – Steve Baker has been named dean of the department of arts, languages and communication at Grossmont College. Baker began his career with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District as a music instructor in 1985, and has taught at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. At Grossmont, he was music department chair and interim dean before his latest appointment.
Baker has been a professional musician for over 40 years. In his career as a pianist, he has performed with numerous national and international recording artists. The Steve Baker Trio specializes in Brazilian and Afro-Cuban-influenced jazz and performs in varied venues.
July 27, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program will host “Your Tomorrow Starts Here,” a free informational meeting for adults interested in returning to school to reenter the workforce, learn a new career, earn a college diploma or upgrade their skills for a job promotion, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Room 220 on the college campus. Admission and parking are free.
East County News Service
July 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Mountain Empire School District, which serves rural areas of East County is asking for donations of backpacks and other school supplies for students. Communities in the district, which serves many poor families, include Boulevard, Campo, Clover Flat, Dehesa, Guatay, Jacumba, Pine Valley, Potrero, and Tecate.
Donations may be brought to locations in Alpine or Campo prior to Back to School Night on August 31.
New School to Serve Up to 40 Children
July 13, 2010 (Spring Valley) The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) opened a 2,500 square-foot new preschool in Spring Valley in late June that will serve up to 40 children.
“The County of San Diego always strives to make a positive impact on the lives of its residents, especially children,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
East County News Service
Committee takes action to protect students at other CSU campuses, but fails to reverse change in admission policy at SDSU
July 1, 2010 (Sacramento) – AB 2401, which would require San Diego State University and other CSU campuses to give priority to local students who meet admission requirements, failed to secure passage and was held by the Senate Education Committee yesterday. However a companion bill, AB 2402, which would increase transparency by requiring CSU campuses to provide notification and public input prior to change admissions policies for students in their local service area, passed the committee.
July 1, 2010 (El Cajon) – Dr. Stuart Savin, currently out on medical leave, will be returning to Pennsylvania with his family and, as of July 1, will no longer serve as president of Cuyamaca College. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board and Chancellor Cindy L. Miles express their appreciation to Dr. Savin for his service and wish him a speedy recovery and the best in his future endeavors.
July 1, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Ralf Swenson has been tentatively selected as the next superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District contingent on successful contract negotiation, a positive community visit by the Governing Board to his current school district and further routine background checks.
By Kristin Hobbs Kjaero
June 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- What kind of “brain food” does the San Diego Jewish Academy feed its students? Whatever it is, it’s working!
Eighth grade student Sara Frank recently won first place in the Medicine category, four professional society awards, as well as the Sweepstakes Award at the San Diego Science Fair for her project, “Do You See What I See,” before going on to compete at the California State Science Fair. It is a truly impressive accomplishment for the eighth grader.
At the same time, the school’s team of 9th and 10th grade students won first prize nationally for inventing a system that purifies gray water from your washing machine for use in irrigation, and will go on to compete internationally in the Gildor Project’s final round in Israel.
STUDENTS & EDUCATION LEADERS JOIN ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK IN URGING SDSU TO RESTORE GUARANTEED LOCAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS
2 BILLS BY BLOCK TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS WILL BE HEARD WED. IN SACRAMENTO
By Miriam Raftery
June 29, 2010 (San Diego) – “What was once my dream had become a nightmare on the day I was notified that I was denied admission,” Donna Chanthalangsy, a student who had met all requirements for admission to San Diego State University. “I was angered, saddened and disappointed.” She is among 1,740 local students rejected by SDSU due to a last-minute rule change made by SDSU president Stephen Weber.
Nearly 5,000 students on waiting lists due to 50% cutback in classes;
veterans on G.I. bill and students on financial aid risk losing funds
East County News Service
June 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Higher education funding cuts due to the California state budget crisis have forced Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to severely reduce summer course sections, despite growing demands for classes from students seeking to retrain for new careers and complete general education requirements to transfer to four-year universities and colleges.
Despite efforts to keep budget cuts from harming students, the colleges have been forced to slash summer offerings by 50%.
June 23, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The 10th annual Summer Healthcare Saturday, East County’s largest free health fair, held June 19th at Grossmont Center, was by far the most successful ever, according to Mike Cully, president/CEO of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. The event was organized by the Chamber and co-sponsored by Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Alvarado Hospital and Grossmont Center.
Videos showcase talents of Dykes and Kruger Brothers
June 22, 2010 (El Cajon) – A full house packed a benefit concert held at Cuyamaca College to support shop programs at local high schools—including a guitar-making course and a class in which students rebuilt a classic roadster car. World-famous musicians Doyle Dykes and his daughter, Haley performed, along with the famed Kruger Brothers.
Highlights included a performance by Dykes on a Taylor Guitar made from the last liberty tree in America, which was toppled by a storm. The trees served as gathering spots for patriots in the Revolutionary War era. Bob Taylor, owner of Taylor Guitar, salvaged seeds and has planted them across America. Dykes has since played sweet strains of patriotic tunes on a liberty guitar in USO shows for American troops overseas.
Bill to limit fee increase to be heard Monday in Legislature
By Miriam Raftery
June 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The California State University Board of Trustees today voted to raise CSU fees by 5% for undergraduates and graduate students and by 10% for doctoral education students. For full-time undergraduates, that amounts to a $204 annual increase—bringing total CSU fees to $4,230 starting in fall 2010.
Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, called the hikes “unacceptable” and noted that CSU has raised fees seven times in eight years—including a 32% hike last year alone.
“That cost is pricing very many would-be students out of the chances of getting a college education,” said Pat Washington, an instructor at San Diego State University and a leader with California Communities Unitied Institute.
June 20, 2010 (San Diego) – The All Saints’ Episcopal Church Choir will present a free classical/sacred choral concert today at 4 p.m. in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Avenue in San Diego. The event is dedicated to the memory of Harold G. Lutz, an East County choral conductor, composer and educator.
Lutz taught music, directed the choir and award-winning marching band at Grossmont High School from 1939 to 1955, with the exception of a few years overseas during World War II. He composed the school hymn, “Hail to Thee, Dear Grossmont. He later taught at El Cajon Valley High School. Lutz also brought together music lovers and the business community to create the Grossmont Community Concert Association.
BARONA TRIBE AWARDS MOUNT MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL $5,000 GRANT FOR BOOKS WITH FOCUS ON STUDENTS’ PRESENT AND FUTURE
Since Program Launch, Barona Has Invested Nearly $1 Million to Schools Statewide
(SAN DIEGO) – June 14, 2010 – Recently, staff and students of Mount Miguel High School joined 78th District Assemblymember Marty Block to accept a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians as part of the Barona Education Grant program. The check was presented by Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco.
June 15, 2010 (Rancho San Diego ) - Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grade. All classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50. For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at www.cuyamaca.edu/museum. Scroll down for examples of the fun in store for kids -- from paleontology projects and "Survivor" skills to arts amd computer classes.
Committee's objectivity called into question amid Reagan name proposal
June 13, 2010 (Alpine) – A naming committee for the Grossmont Union High School District’s 12th high school in Alpine has been disbanded by the GUHSD governing board.
“Among other items, our Board clearly heard the request for a community survey, and was reminded that the Bond language included the new high school in Alpine serving both the Alpine and Blossom Valley areas,” Gary Schwartzwald, director of adult education and special projects, wrote in an e-mail to parents in Alpine.
June 13, 2010 (La Mesa) –Danica Tsuchida, a Steele Canyon High School student, received the grand prize in the 2nd annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition in May, receiving a $1,000 scholarship to the California Institute of Jewelry Training and an internship at Golden Artistry in La Mesa.
Now, her fire-themed jewelry design (photo, right) has been produced in precious metals and gemstones (photo, left). Her winning creation is on display at the San Diego County Fair through July 5 in the Gems, Minerals and Jewelry exhibit.
Other winners in the competition:
June 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Our hats are off to the class of 2010!
On Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5,258 senior students from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will don caps and gowns for commencement services. The District will also honor 20 valedictorians as well as 13 salutatorians for high academic achievements.
Scroll down for graduation dates and locations for each school, as well as graduating class sizes and names of valedictorians and salutatorians attaining top honors.
Doyle Dykes and the Kruger Brothers to perform
June 1, 2010 (El Cajon) – The East County EDC Foundation has teamed up with Taylor Guitar, Deering Banjo, and famed musical entertainers to raise funds for industrial arts programs in our region—such as a guitar-making course that gives students hands-on experience crafting musical instruments. Taylor and Deering, based in East County, are among the top instrument makers in the world.
On Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m., Doyles Dyles and the Kruger Brothers will headline a benefit concert at the Cuyamaca College Communications Arts Center, where outstanding shop students from each of East County’s high schools and community colleges will also be honored. A live auction will include a Taylor guitar, a Deering banjo, and a 1923 Ford "T Bucket" Roadster—crafted by Valhalla High School's Auto Technology/Design/Fabrication Program. A raffle will also be held, including a chance to win a second Taylor guitar.
June 7, 2010 (El Cajon)--At 39 weeks along in her pregnancy, Nicole waited in line to walk at Grossmont College’s 49th annual commencement on June 3, when her water broke signaling the delivery of her fourth child. The 28-year-old didn’t want to leave the college and go to the hospital, while 4,000 people waited to celebrate the 1,398 students in the Class of 2010 receiving an associate degree or a certificate of achievement.