Friday, February 20, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

Annual PTA Founders Day Celebration

Superintendent Swenson, Teacher of the Year John Berray and PTA Leaders at the Founders Day Celebration
On Wednesday, February 18, I joined school administrators, principals, teachers, school board members, superintendents and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders from across San Diego County to celebrate the founding of the PTA and its rich history of accomplishment.

This year’s Ninth District PTA Annual Meeting/Founders Day Celebration Brunch was held at the Scottish Rite Center. Several of our local PTSA presidents were in attendance including Foothills Secondary Council PTA President Beth Bacting. We deeply appreciate our local PTSA leadership and its service on behalf of our youth.

The Founder’s Day event included recognition of the San Diego County Teachers of the Year, including West Hills High School’s John Berray. Monte Vista High School was also named the recipient of a Ninth District 2014-15 PTA Grant in the amount of $500 toward an eight-week parent program.

The Founder’s Day event underscores the dedication and commitment that the members of our school PTAs offer. Parent involvement and presence makes a positive difference at our high schools.

If you are not a member of your school PTSA, I encourage you to get involved.  Membership forms are located in your school office and on your school or PTSA website.  Please join today.

Monte Vista Students Bring Home Gold

Monte Vista Auto Students with Teacher Mike Fleming
The Monte Vista CTE Transportation Team walked away with the gold in the Intro to Automotive Technology competition at the SkillsUSA Regional competition, which was held on Saturday, January 31, at Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga. In this competition, students used precision measurement tools, scanners and a digital volt-ohm meter to diagnose and test a variety of automotive challenges.

There were ten stations that included both written and hands-on skills tests from eight automotive ASE testing areas. Team members Cynthia Locke (12th), Eric Palomares (11th), and Colin Donaghue (12th) are all in the CTE Transportation pathway at Monte Vista High School. They competed successfully against 12 other teams from the southern half of the state and will advance to the state-level competition on April 11 at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley.

Two advanced students from the CTE Transportation Pathway, Johnny Jones and Andreas Beas, also competed in the Automotive Service Technology advanced competition. They demonstrated their ability to diagnose electrical circuits, use precision measurements tools and identify a wide variety of systems and related parts. These events are important for students because they show the relevance of the skills learned in the classroom.

The CTE Transportation Pathway at Monte Vista High School is a four-year program that integrates core academics (math, English, and science) with Career Technical Education classes in the area of Transportation and Automotive Technology, providing a real world context for academic learning. CTE pathway students benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum infused with guest speakers, field trips, and job shadow opportunities that allow them to prepare for college and career.

Laurels for Leaders Luncheon

ASB Presidents from GUHSD Schools attend Laurels for Leaders
On Tuesday, February 17, GUHSD principals, ASB Presidents and Advisors and District Administrators attended the 58th Annual San Diego County Laurels for Leaders Luncheon. The event honors San Diego County’s high school student body presidents.

School ASBs enhance campus life. They are concerned with the entirety of the high school experience and maximizing student activities and options while on campus. During the event, leadership awards were presented to high school ASB presidents.

I am very proud of our ASB students for their participation in the 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. High School ASB Food Drive Challenge. Grossmont High School was recognized as the third place winner for its number of cans donated for needy families. Their efforts, combined with other participating county schools will provide nutritious meals to San Diegans in need.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson