Friday, September 26, 2014

GUHSD Dedicates Two New CTE Buildings at Chaparral

A ribbon cutting ceremony marks the completion of two new CTE buildings at Chaparral 
Construction has been completed on two new Career Technical Education (CTE) buildings on the campus of Chaparral High School in El Cajon. A ribbon-cutting and building dedication ceremony was held for the new facility on Wednesday as numerous CTE business partners attended the dedication.

With a construction cost of $7.5 million, the project included the construction of two new steel-framed buildings, totaling 14,555 square feet of space. The buildings feature specialized classrooms for the school’s entrepreneurship-focused programs including: cosmetology, floral design, culinary arts, technology, art and construction technology, as well as student and staff restrooms. Roughly one-quarter of Chaparral’s students participate in CTE’s four sequenced pathways for a two-hour instructional block each day. CTE classes utilize higher levels of academic and applied skills in preparing students for college and careers, and all CTE teachers have California teaching credentials and industry experience.

The buildings take advantage of natural daylighting throughout, with high clearstory windows and Solatube skylights, which were designed to meet the energy efficiency standards of the Savings by Design program. Site upgrades included a new quad/courtyard area, wrought iron fencing, drought-tolerant landscaping and a water-saving drip irrigation system. The new classrooms are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and replicate real-life business practices.

The building dedication included remarks by GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson; David Napoleon, principal of Chaparral High School, Brenda Davis-Landini, floral design teacher; Miranda Harle, 12th grade floral student; and Harriet Bossenbroek, immediate past-president of Rady’s Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and a GUHSD business partner.

CA High School Exit Exam Results Released

The districtwide first-time time passing rates for 10th graders on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) remained the same in 2014 in both English Language Arts (ELA), where 83 percent of students passed, and mathematics, where 87 percent of students passed.

Several sites posted strong gains in the year-over-year passing rates. Chaparral High School increased its first-time passing by almost eight points in English Language Arts (ELA) and by nearly four points in mathematics. El Capitan High School also gained nearly four points in the ELA passing rate. El Cajon Valley High School realized the biggest gains in math, with a five point increase in the passing rate. West Hills High School also demonstrated growth in both CAHSEE subjects, with a nearly three point gain in ELA and a two point gain in math.

GOT PLANS? Career & College Fair on Oct. 11

In partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, we are hosting our eleventh annual Got Plans? Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Cuyamaca College, located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

Students and parents will be able to interact with admissions representatives from public and private universities, community colleges, vocational schools, and the military.
Free workshops will be presented on topics including financial aid and career opportunities. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling Jason Martinez at 619-593-2713.