Friday, November 21, 2014

Winning Streak Continues as a Record Three GUHSD Schools are Awarded Jimmie Johnson Foundation Grants!

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, announced on Thursday, that three GUHSD schools were among those selected as recipients of more than $550,000 in education grants.

The GUHSD schools awarded a Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant include:
Chaparral High School - $29,482 to create a computer lab that will augment the program at Chaparral through the use of online learning and digital arts instruction.
El Capitan High School - $23,000 to purchase new laptops for teachers so they can be better equipped to use digital/paperless resources and to teach students how to use the online resources and apps available to them.
Grossmont High School - $80,458 to integrate technology and foster collaboration and connections between the arts and core academic classes.
Prior Champions Grants awarded to GUHSD schools include:
2012: $77,195 to Santana High School to fund the Digital Fabrication Laboratory project, which included equipment for the engineering and architecture programs to assist in fabrication, model making, prototyping and much more.
2011: $71,505 to Granite Hills High School to equip 49 classrooms with document cameras and projection units, ensuring that all teachers can utilize fundamental technology in the classroom.

2010: $72,000 to Grossmont High School to equip the “Old Gym” with new risers for the stage, sound equipment for Performing Arts classes, and additional equipment for a high tech recording studio.

2009: $31,155 to Granite Hills High School to assist with stadium renovations and landscape upgrades.

We are grateful to Granite Hills’ alumnus Jimmie Johnson for giving back to our schools in such a significant way. He is a true champion!

Grossmont NJROTC Hosts Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

The winners of Grossmont NJROTC's Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
The Grossmont High School NJROTC program hosted its Sixth Annual Turkey Shoot on Friday, November 21. The lines were long and the tension high as Grossmont students, parents, staff and district officials gathered to test their aim and the chance to win a big turkey or ham for the holidays.

Participants donated $1.00 for three shots with marksmanship air rifles. The goal was to register three bulls’ eyes by hitting a target in the center from ten meters away.

First place was awarded to Grossmont Cadet James Brogan, with a score of twenty-two points. Grossmont teacher Michael Holcomb shot the highest score of twenty-five points. Grossmont parent, Becky Armour was the highest scoring female in the adult category with twenty points.

In all, thirteen winners took home turkeys and hams for the holidays, including Grossmont teacher Paul Hedberg and Band Director James Llamas. Special thanks to Fresh & Easy, Grossmont parent Jim Brogan and Booster President Kathy Flores for the turkey and ham donations.

26th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Chaparral

Students enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Chaparral
Chaparral High School held its 26th Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m. as students and staff were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The annual tradition is a fitting close to the week before break. Sponsored by Chaparral’s ASB, the event has its origins in the staff wanting to ensure that students at the continuation school received a Thanksgiving dinner and that this time-honored tradition enjoyed by so many is not taken for granted.

I end this issue by wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. It is my hope that each of you has an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones next week and that your holiday is safe and enjoyable.