Education News and Notes
By Anat Tour
September 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Staying up, sleeping in! Driving your kids to play dates, going to the beach, day camps, sleep away camps, Disneyland, Sea World, Ah…all that fun and now it’s back to school. In this month’s column, read about the top 10 tips for going back to school.
September 4, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill to provide students with more accurate consumer information about private, for-profit postsecondary schools was approved by the Assembly and will head to the Governor for his consideration.
AB 2996 by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) would alert students at these institutions which are regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education of:
County Urges Consumers to Protect Themselves from Overcharges When Shopping
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)--The end of summer means back to school and lots of shopping for moms, dads — even teens — to pick up binders and backpacks, the latest pair of colorful jeans or Vans, even high-tech tools like tablets and e-readers. It also means it’s time to remind consumers to double-check their receipts to make sure they’re not being overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.
August 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District and Grossmont High School celebrated the topping out of the new humanities building on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The ceremony marked the completion of the steel framing as the construction team set the final beam into place. The humanities building is scheduled for completion in spring of 2013.
Six SDSU alumni are part of the Mars Science Laboratory team that landed the Mars Rover "Curiosity" on the planet.
By Gina Jacobs
August 9, 2012 (San Diego)--At approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 5, the Mars Rover “Curiosity” touched down on Mars where it began a long-term exploration mission of the red planet.
Aging facilities, technology needs behind new facilities bond proposal
August 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board is holding a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate to consider placing a $398 million facilities bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.
August 4, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College’s two newest renovated buildings have received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, indicating that the buildings were designed, built and are operating using green strategies that incorporate energy and water efficiency and sustainable building materials.
The El Cajon college’s Student Services and Administration Building was recognized with a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification while the college’s student center, the Griffin Center, earned a silver LEED certification. This is the first time that a building on the Grossmont or Cuyamaca campuses has achieved LEED certification.
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Civic-minded East County residents in the construction field are urged to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which monitors the district’s spending on a $207 million bond measure.
Input sought on possible bond proposal
July 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A new facilities master plan identifying unmet needs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges was presented at a community forum Thursday as the East County college district considers placing a bond measure on the November ballot.
UC Berkeley Study Shows Opportunities for Schools and Communities With Investments
July 29, 2012 (Sacramento) -- As the need for new school construction slows over the next decade, California should refocus on updating and replacing aging school buildings with schools designed to be more environmentally friendly and better suited to the needs of the next generation of students, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, report released today by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
July 24, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Officials at Guinness World Records in London have confirmed that Grossmont College in El Cajon was successful in its bid to set a world record for the most signatures on a birthday card in one day. The record was set at the community college’s 50th anniversary open house held on April 14, when a total of 1,821 people signed a four-foot-tall card, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page. The previous record was 1,468 signatures on a card in one day.
College district worker earns employee-excellence award
July 22, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Kasi Althaus, a Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District accounting tech with a dedication to service and a joie de vivre that lifts the spirits of all around her was lauded at this week’s Governing Board meeting with an award for worker excellence.
July 22, 2012 (San Diego) – A new online database has been created for California students that is a directory of all online college programs available in the state. The database will be updated yearly and is a free and open resource. School districts and high schools throughout the state have added the database as a resource for students and parents to use.
The web address is http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/california/.
17-year veteran of labor and employee relations named vice chancellor
July 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Victoria Simmons, a consultant and community college administrator specializing in labor relations and human resources for 17 years, is the new vice chancellor of human resources for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
Simmons, who was hired after a nationwide search, began working at the college district July 1. She has experience in labor and employee relations, recruitment, equal employment opportunity compliance, staff development and training, classification, compensation, workers’ compensation and other human resources issues.
Two-time Olympian race walker a mentor to next generation of athletes
July 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Cuyamaca College cross-country coach Tim Seaman, a two-time Olympian race walker, will be traveling to the Games in London, but this time it will be as a coach instead of as a competitor.
Athletes competing in the men’s 20,000-meter race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon last week included, from left, Tyler Sorensen; Cuyamaca College graduate Nick Christie; Cuyamaca College cross country coach Tim Seaman, and the winner of the 12-man race and the lone qualifier for the London Games, Trevor Barron. Seaman, who has competed twice in the Olympics, is the coach for these three young athletes.
July 5, 2012 (San Diego) – The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce is offering 5 $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 15. The application is available for download at www.csdbcc.com.
The scholarships will be given away on August 9 by Magic Johnson at the State Black Chamber Convention.
July 2, 2012 (Santee) – Five office buildings on Riverview Parkway in Santee have been acquired by El Cajon-based San Diego Christian College, which plans to open a new campus in Santee.
From drumming to mummy making, a treasure-trove of learning
June 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – Cuyamaca College is offering College for Kids July 9 – August 9 at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. It is a summer enrichment program for children between the ages of 8-14 that will teach new and meaningful skills through participation in classes such as art, dance fitness, science, media and more.
Bellus Graduate and Artistic Director Take Top Honors at RAW Competition
June 30, 2012 (Poway) -- Bellus Academy alumnae Kristin Bacaycay and artistic director Diego Raviglione took home top honors at the nationally-broadcast Behind the Chair RAW Competition on June 3 in Orlando, Florida, beating out six other teams to take first prize. The competition, which served to single out talented beauty professionals under the age of 30, featured Bacaycay as a stylist and Raviglione as a mentor for the Proctor & Gamble-sponsored Team ICAN.
Story by Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
June 28, 2012 (La Mesa)--A contentious issue facing the City of La Mesa has been whether to allow the College Preparatory Middle School, located in the La Mesa Church of Christ, to expand its student body from 180 pupils to 259.
The key issue is noise concerns of neighbors near the school. The property, located at the southwest corner of Jackson Drive and Grossmont Boulevard is not new. But the use of it as a Charter school has raised controversy.
By Mayan Avitable
June 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- I don't know about you, but I have always had an insatiable desire to know everything. I don't mean I want to be a know-it-all, although some of my friends might disagree -- it's just this curiosity I have. I remember as young as five years old watching a snail and wondering why we had those things.
June 22, 2012 (Alpine)--At the Alpine Woman’s Club’s monthly meeting on June 19, the following students were presented with $1,000 scholarships: Zachary Wiley from Steele Canyon High School; Teresa Williams from Alpine Academy; Amanda Brookshire, Victoria Pool and Evan Myres from Granite Hills High School.
June 20, 2012 – The Santee Chamber of Commerce and the Santee School District Foundation present the Golf Classic 2012 June 28 at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee. The tournament benefits the students of the Santee School District through the Santee School District Foundation. The Foundation is raising funds to support the Arts and enhance Technology instruction in the schools.
June 19, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Education Foundation is offering Hogwarts Academy for grades K -8th beginning June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The program immerses the children in a world of wonder and imagination while the learn the science of astronomy, herbology, potions (science), riddles (language), chess (logic), care of magical creatures and ‘wizardry’ games. A tour of Wright’s Field with a credentialed biologist/ornithologist is also on the agenda.
By Ellinoa Blake
June 19, 2012 (San Diego)--Recently I won a $48,000 scholarship funded by STOP2011, a Heartland Coalition project. This number represents more than a weight off my chest for college, however. It is the amount of debt each American owes if the United States national deficit was divided by the number of our citizens.
June 19, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Supported by many of California’s leading educators and school advocates, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education (SBE) President Michael Kirst today officially submitted California’s request to set aside specified requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as ‘No Child Left Behind.’
Open House set for July 1
By Sierra Robinson
June 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --Nestled in the mountains of Descanso within Cleveland National Forest, Camp Oliver offers all children an outdoor experience and has been in operation since 1949, when Lawrence and Mary Oliver donated a portion of their ranch along the Sweetwater River to the Sisters of Social Service.
GUHSD is only School District in State to Receive Prestigious Award
June 18, 2012 (El Cajon)—The Grossmont Union High School District announces that it has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Fiscal Year 2010/11 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
June 17, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grades. All of the classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50.00. For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at www.cuyamaca.edu/museum.
The classes at the Museum are very unique, fun, and educational. The first two sessions are called Survivor: Pioneer Skills in the Computer World. This class teaches students things that they won’t learn sitting in front of a computer. They’ll build a model shelter, make fire by friction, and rig and lift a weight using a rope and pulleys, and more. The list of activities goes on and on and the students always have a great time.
June 16, 2012 (Poway) – Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy has become the first beauty school in the world to incorporate WaveMotion™ technology into its curriculum, This ground-breaking move places Bellus’ aspiring therapists on the cutting edge of wellness treatments as they learn and adapt various bodywork techniques using WaveMotion’s™ bodywork table, the latest technological advancement available.