Friday, January 16, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

2014 All-Academic Team Captain Honored

Governing Board Recognition of Valhalla student Trent Rule
Valhalla student Trent Rule was recognized last night at the January 15 Governing Board meeting for his selection as the 2014 All-Academic Team Captain for San Diego County and All CIF-SDS First Team, Boys Cross Country.

Trent was selected as one of eight U-T San Diego All-Academic Team Captains for fall sports. The Captain’s plaque represents each sport’s Academic Athlete of the Year.
Trent has a 4.65 GPA, never earning anything below an "A" during his high school career. His course load includes five AP classes in addition to him running.

Trent hopes to run cross country in college where he plans to study mechanical engineering at an Ivy League school, Stanford, USC, UCSD or Cal.

2014 CIF-SDS Football Division III Champions Honored

Board recognition of the El Capitan Vaqueros
The Governing Board also honored the El Capitan Vaqueros football team, which finished the 2014 season with a record of 14-1. After an undefeated regular season, the Grossmont Hills league champions went on to defeat Rancho Bernardo 14-7 in the CIFSDS Division II Finals and win the Southern California Regional Championship with a 41-0 shellacking of Paso Robles High School.

The Vaqueros went on to Carson to compete for the Division III State championship. With 2:32 left in the third quarter they had a 28-7 lead but a four touchdown surge by Campolindo led to El Capitan being crowned State runners-up.

All-CIF honors went to Brad Cagle, Isaiah Capoocia, D.J. Smith, and Jared Turner, and Coach Ron Burner was named San Diego Section Coach of the Year. Congratulations to our amazing El Capitan Vaqueros football team!

Academic League Season Update

Members of the JV Team at Granite Hills discuss their response
The Academic League program has just entered the second half of its season. Following Wednesday night’s matches, Santana held onto first place with a perfect record at the JV level. At the Varsity level, three teams were tied going into the matches. Helix Charter is now in first place, following its win against Grossmont High School. West Hills upset Granite Hills High School, knocking them out of first place.

All schools play each other at least once during the ten-game season. The team with the best record will advance to the County Championship in May. I hope you will find an opportunity to view a Wednesday afternoon match before the season draws to a close.

Medical Pathway Students Explore Career Options

Valhalla students receive an up close view of the Dental Assisting Program at HOC
The Health Occupations Center (HOC), which is a part of the Adult Education program in GUHSD, offers tours to a variety of interested parties. Recently, Santana and Valhalla High Schools brought Medical Pathway CTE students to visit the HOC campus. The Medical Pathways offered at several GUHSD sites have honors-level science curriculum designed for students interested in careers in the health/medical field.

These highly motivated students were introduced to the many allied health and nursing programs available to them right in their own district. Students viewed clinical and nursing labs, a veterinary lab, and an independent student computer lab. Our high school students then interacted with the Medical Assisting students learning how to take vital signs, patient history, and worked one-on-one with the Adult Ed students. This form of hands-on training gave these high school students the opportunity to see firsthand many educational options available to them in the healthcare field.

Special Governing Board Meeting/Bond Review Workshop on 1/22

The Grossmont Union High School District Board of Trustees will host a Prop. U bond review workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. The meeting will be held in the library at Grossmont High School, which is located at 1100 Murray Drive in El Cajon.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson