Friday, May 1, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

Mount Miguel Student Earns $100 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Superintendent Swenson and Allaura Ailey
GUHSD’s Career Technical Education program was front and center at the San Diego East County Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting today. In addition to highlighting the award-winning CTE programs in our schools, we also recognized the winners of the Chamber’s Ethics in Business Conference essay contest, which was open to all students who participated in the conference.

Thanks to the generosity of the San Diego East County Chamber membership, four East County students were selected, including Mount Miguel student Allaura Ailey.

Allaura and her aunt, along with Principal Steve Coover, and teacher Bridget Desonia were present as she read her essay to the Chamber members.

Community Partner Steve Devan Honored

Steve Devan honored as Community Partner
Last week, Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union CEO Steve Devan was prominently featured at the annual San Diego County School Board Association’s “Honoring our Own” Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel on Friday, April 24.

I nominated Steve Devan and was proud to be beside him as he was honored as Community Partner of the Year. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Devan on this high honor. We deeply appreciate his commitment to our schools in the region.

The beautiful floral centerpieces for the event were created by the Chaparral High School ROP Floral Design class and Grossmont High School’s NJROTC Color Guard presented the colors at this annual event that highlights those who contribute so much to the field of education.

Santana Students Lead the Way

Second place finisher "Team Legitimate" advances to the state competition
Santana High School entered two teams in this year's Introduction to Engineering Design/Project Lead the Way (PLTW) San Diego Regional competition. This year's regional competition was held Saturday April 18, 2015, at Kearny High School. 

"Team Legitimate" members: Colton Gerry, Kevin Kelly, and Noah Kemp earned 2nd place, while their counterparts "Crimson Typhoon" consisting of Selina Wade, Ashley Lopez, and Ryan Bratlien, earned 3rd place in the 2015 Chevron Design Challenge. 

The teams were tasked to design a step ladder with a special feature that would assist the elderly for household use. Fifteen teams competed overall and the top three finishers move on to the state competition held on May 16, 2015, in Folsom.
Best wishes to our two Santana teams that are advancing and will compete against the other top teams in the state.

29th Annual GUHSD District Art Show Opens May 15

I hope you will join us for the opening reception of the 29th Annual GUHSD Student Art Show at Westfield Shopping Center-Parkway Plaza, near JC Penney. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony. Student artwork will be on exhibit through Sunday afternoon.

The district student art exhibition has grown and developed into a wonderful exhibit over the past 28 years, with ten different categories, including: black & white drawing, color drawing, painting, photography, creative photography, digital arts, sculpture, functional ceramics, printmaking, and metalwork/jewelry, with beginning and advanced divisions in each category. This event is made possible with the generous support of the Associated Student Bodies of all district high schools.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson