Friday, December 12, 2014

What's New in GUHSD

Swearing In

Trustees Gary Woods, Rob Shield and Jim Kelly were sworn in at the December 11 Board Meeting
The recent GUHSD school board election resulted in the re-election of incumbent board members Jim Kelly and Robert Shield, as well as the return of former GUHSD trustee, Dr. Gary Woods. They were sworn in for a new term at our Governing Board Meeting last night.

At the December organizational meeting, the GUHSD school board re-elected Robert Shield to serve as President. President Shield reaffirmed his continued commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students as he leads the Board through 2015. The Board also elected Dr. Gary Woods as Vice President and re-elected Jim Kelly as Clerk for the next year.

Jim Stieringer, who joined the Board in 2012, and Priscilla Schreiber, who began serving in 2000, are the district’s other trustees.

Saul Hernandez Named Second Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee

Board recognition of Saul Hernandez as Second Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee
At the Governing Board meeting on December 11, Saul Hernandez was recognized as the Second Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee of 2014-2015.

Saul has served the Grossmont District as a Guidance Information Specialist at Monte Vista High School since 1998. He is known for his professionalism, careful attention to detail and genuine care for students and families.

Saul serves the District above and beyond the duties of his position with professionalism, positivity and dedication, and he is well deserving of being recognized as Classified Employee of the Quarter.

GUHSD Students Tour Two Local Manufacturers

Bob Grande, Founder & CEO of QCMI talks with civil engineering students from Santana
On Wednesday, December 3, Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from West Hills, Santana and El Capitan High Schools received an insiders’ tour of two local manufacturing plants. The tour was offered by the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) and was open to Civil Engineering and Building and Construction Trades Pathway students.

The tour was a product of the ECEDC’s Manufacturing, Education, and Workforce Subcommittee and was spearheaded by Rick Urban of Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc. (QCMI), which manufactures complex machined components and assemblies. The tour engaged our high school students in the manufacturing industry and helped them discover the many career opportunities in that field.

In addition to touring the facility at Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc. in Santee, students also visited the factory at Deering Banjo Company in Spring Valley.

During the tours, students were guided through facilities and developed an understanding of what it takes to produce products that are made to exact tolerances for the aerospace, oil and gas, and music industries. The tours concluded with a luncheon panel discussion at Cuyamaca College.

We extend our deepest appreciation to the ECEDC and our many partners and industry leaders for making this successful event possible. Special thanks to event sponsors Wells Fargo, SDG&E, and Cuyamaca College for underwriting the event.


The CIF San Diego Section Champion El Capitan football team is the top-ranked DIII football team in the State of California. They are hosting the Southern California Regional Championship game tomorrow night at El Capitan Stadium at 7:30 p.m. They are facing the Paso Robles Bearcats who will make the 700-mile journey to Lakeside after winning the CIF Southern Section Championship. 

Come on out and support the Vaqueros on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it, the game will also be aired live on TWC SportsNet and live-streamed at

As the year draws to a close and you look for ideas to get into the holiday spirit, please consider attending one of our schools’ winter choral and band concerts. The dates and times of performances are available here.

GUHSD Student Art Exhibit Opens this Weekend

Nightscape San Diego, a photography submission from Grossmont student Alex Harris
The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition featuring art from students of the Grossmont Union High School District. GUHSD teachers selected five to seven pieces of student art to send to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Gallery.

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Visitor Center Art Gallery December 6, 2014 – January 2, 2015. The public is invited to an opening reception in honor of the artists on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail in San Diego and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

We thank Mission Trails Regional Park for recognizing the quality art produced in our East County high schools.

Save the Date: 10th Annual East County Young Men’s Leadership Conference on 1/24

Mount Miguel High School will host its 10th Annual East County Young Men’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is: Protect and Defend Your Dreams. Presenters will include esteemed educators, professionals, college students and community activists who spend a day sharing their expertise. Workshops and breakout sessions by prominent educators and professionals will provide an innovative and engaging atmosphere for those in attendance.

The conference is open to all young men in grades 6 – 12 throughout San Diego County. The goal is to motivate, support and encourage them to effect positive change in their lives through self-empowerment and wise decision-making.

For more information on how to sponsor or attend the free conference, please contact Mike Love at