2014-2015 Golden Apple Awards & Retirement Ceremony
|Several Golden Apple recipients pictured with members of the GUHSD Governing Board and Superintendent Swenson|
The Governing Board and the students of the Grossmont District, through their respective ASBs, host the evening in honor of those teachers who were selected as the 2014 – 2015 honorees at their schools.
The 2014-2015 Golden Apple Award recipients include:
Chaparral: Bill Deerfield
El Cajon Valley: Sarah Michelson
El Capitan: Hilary Nau
Granite Hills: Danny Root
Grossmont: Amber Garrett
Helix Charter: Aleen Jendian
Monte Vista: Deirdre Oakley
Mount Miguel: Stacey Johnson
Santana: Tim Barry
Steele Canyon: Luis Cely
Valhalla: Keith McKee
West Hills: Courtney Pate
Adult Education: Susan G. Taylor
Alternative Education (Phoenix Program): Robert Maines
Career/Technical Education: Jenn Hanzal
Special Education: Kyndel Ross
We also recognized four classified employees who were selected on the basis of their outstanding service throughout the year:
First Quarter: Kelcy Sutton, Special Education Aide
Second Quarter: Saul Hernandez, Guidance Information Specialist
Third Quarter: Robin Pistole, Budget Specialist
Fourth Quarter: Josephine “Jo” Willson, Administrative Secretary
|Saul Hernandez, GUHSD Classified Employee of the Year|
In addition, we rounded out the evening by honoring district employees who have retired during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Click here to view the event program, including the list of retirees. We thank them for their service to our youth and wish them much happiness in this next stage of their lives.
One of the highlights of my job is having the opportunity to recognize these outstanding teachers, classified employees, and retirees who are working hard to ensure that the student experience in GUHSD is positive.
I thank the following community partners and organizations whose generous donations helped make this annual event possible: Boyd Anderson Photography; Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP; Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo; Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz; and SixTen, Inc. I also recognize the following District services for their assistance with this event: GUHSD ASB organizations, CTE Floral Design Program, Food Services, Media Services, West Hills Strings & Guitar and West Hills High School.
El Cajon Valley, Monte Vista & Steele Canyon Highs Schools Receive Prestigious Gold Ribbon Designation
They were among 180 high schools honored under the award program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.
"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.
Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.
Champion of Champions Event Celebrates CTE Pathway Students
|Mount Miguel Marketing Pathway student Melanie Herrera was one of many CTE Champions recognized. Pictured here with teachers Jeff Wood and James McFarland|
The 35 CTE pathways are offered on all campuses and are established on one of the 15 different industry sectors recognized by the State as important to California’s economy and workforce. One student from each pathway at each school was honored as the Outstanding Pathway Student of the Year.
Click here to view the program.
Click here to view the program.
|Sandy Ryan presents Terry K. Ryan Future Teacher Scholarships to two students|
Retiring teacher Mike Helkenn once again provided exceptional entertainment as the Master of Ceremonies. In addition to the great annual Champions event, the district CTE teachers, along with the entire CTE Administration and staff, deserve special recognition for the quality programs they provide for the students of East County every day.
Superintendent Ralf Swenson