Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Message from Superintendent Swenson

GUHSD Culinary students prepared and served delicious treats for guests at Senator Joel Anderson’s (center) Holiday Legislative Open House
The culinary skills of GUHSD students from Chaparral, Granite Hills, Santana, Valhalla and El Cajon Valley High Schools delighted guests at CA State Senator Joel Anderson’s Annual Holiday Legislative Open House on Wednesday, December 10, at Toyota of El Cajon. Over 2,500 people attended the event and were able to see our students shine as they represented GUHSD and offered hors d’oeuvres and refreshments to guests. In addition, the beautiful floral arrangements made by the floral design students at Chaparral made the event more festive.

The culinary arts program is part of the Hospitality Pathway offered at El Cajon Valley, Granite Hills, Santana, Chaparral and Valhalla High Schools.

Teachers Christine May (El Cajon Valley), Jill Enright (Granite Hills), Donna Small (Santana) and Eugenie King (Valhalla/Chaparral), did an exemplary job of guiding their students as they prepared for this event.

District Office Holiday Luncheon

Under the direction of Dr. Ed Basilio, Grossmont High School’s Red Robe Choir performs at the District Office Holiday Luncheon
The staff in the district office held their annual holiday party on December 18. It was a fun event, made even more meaningful by the generous donations of our staff. This year, eight families in need were selected from within our GUHSD family of schools and staff purchased clothing, gift cards and toys. After the holiday luncheon, the gifts were delivered to the families.

The luncheon itself was overseen by our talented Food Services Director, Vince Scimone and his staff. The meal was underwritten by District Cabinet members.

This act of combined generosity, along with all the many wonderful donation programs occurring at our school sites, embodies the true holiday spirit.I’m proud to be part of this amazing, dedicated and compassionate team.

As we begin our long-awaited holiday this weekend, I wish each and every one of you the very merriest holiday season. Please enjoy a safe and joyous time with your family and friends over the next couple of weeks. Classes resume on Monday, January 5.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson