Friday, March 6, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

CTE Spotlight: Metal Masters Pathway

El Cajon Valley welding students showcase their welder certifications
The two-year Metal Masters Pathway at El Cajon Valley High School is enabling students to begin careers in the welding/metal fabrication industry and is preparing them for college-level metals programs.

On Thursday, February 26, 41 Advanced Welding and Fabrication students at El Cajon Valley High School were awarded with Welder Certifications from the American Welding Society. The students practiced for the test daily from the beginning of the school year and completed testing in January. Certificates were awarded to the students by Jeff Davis, Chairman of the San Diego Section of the American Welding Society as well as Southern California District Chairperson Sam Lindsey. Certification by the American Welding Society is the international standard of welder certification and is the first step toward gaining employment in a welding career.

Welding teacher, Nick Williams, spoke about the program's partnerships with local industries which include shipbuilding, fabrication and construction. The welding program has and continues to develop strong industry partnerships with local businesses such as US Joiner, QCMI, NASSCO, BAE and Flexider USA. Welding students who graduate with the requisite skills and certifications are being offered entry-level welding careers starting at $15-$25 per hour.

Following the presentation, families were served refreshments. I compliment these students for their dedication to achieving competent welding results and teachers Nick Williams and Ashley Wolters for the success of this growing program.

El Cajon Valley High School Hosts Russian Educators

Russian Fellows Elena and Olga spoke to El Cajon Valley students as part of the Open Doors program
On Thursday, March 5, El Cajon Valley High School hosted visiting Russian educators, “fellows,” as part of the US - Russia Open Doors program. Two of the fellows arrived in San Diego and are visiting exemplary schools and youth organizations throughout San Diego and Orange County.

The Russian fellows toured the campus and visited several classrooms to experience the educational process in the United States. They also presented on education and cultural life in Russia, followed by a Q & A segment with students at the end of each period. Students learned about Russian life and culture as the fellows shared their expertise and experiences abroad.

The conversation often revolved around how young people in Russia feel about the issues our students care about. The visit culminated in making plans for a future joint project that will involve an international collaboration of video production classes telling stories on video and sharing them back and forth with their new Russian friends.

Carolyn Heintz Scholarships Awarded to Health Occupations Center Students

Scholarship recipient Gina Martinez
Recently, four deserving students at the Grossmont Health Occupations Center (HOC) were each awarded a $500 scholarship to aid them in continuing their healthcare education. 

The scholarship fund was established by the Health Occupations Center in memory of former HOC teacher and Assistant Director, Carolyn Heintz.  As a nurse herself, Carolyn was passionate about teaching and working with students seeking further education and employment in the medical field. 

Criteria for the scholarship includes: current enrollment in a medical program at HOC, high academic standing, community service, and future plans in healthcare education.

Congratulations to these scholarship recipients:

•          Gina Martinez: Pharmacy Technician student
•          Tonilyn Garegnani: Medical Assisting student
•          Kimberly Huynh: Vocational Nursing student
•          Cherisa Archuleta: Vocational Nursing student

Save the Date: 3/21 Girl’s Empowerment Conference

Mount Miguel High School will host its 9th Annual Girl’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free, annual event is open to girls ages ninth grade and up. This year’s keynote speaker is Carol LeBeau. More details will follow.


In closing, come join us this weekend as eight of our athletic teams compete for seven CIFSDS Championships in Basketball and Soccer.

The schedule is as follows:


11:00 a.m. - El Capitan Boys - USD Gymnasium - Division IV Basketball
  1:05 p.m. - El Capitan Girls - USD Gymnasium - Division IV Basketball
  7:30 p.m. - Helix Charter Boys - Madison High - Division V Soccer
  8:00 p.m. - Mount Miguel Girls - USD Gymnasium - Division I Basketball


11:00 a.m. - El Cajon Valley vs. Valhalla Boys - USD Gymnasium - Division III Basketball
  4:30 p.m. - Steele Canyon Girls - Mesa College - Division I Soccer
  7:00 p.m. - Valhalla Girls - Madison High - Division II Soccer

Superintendent Ralf Swenson