Friday, January 22, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

IDEA Center Students Become Beta Testers

Technology guru Roger Wagner helping IDEA Center students learn programming
Last Thursday, January 14, IDEA Center High School held a well-attended open house to demonstrate its array of pathway classes and provide campus tours. Students showcased their work in culinary, construction, digital arts, cosmetology, and floral design.

In Digital Arts teacher Diann Kueny's classroom, student-crafted presentation boards “came alive” by linking subject matter areas of interest to YouTube videos on Chromebooks. Students were excited to learn that for the first time ever, they would link a physical project to digital media from a Chromebooks. Assisting in the effort was a device called a HyperDuino, which was wired to sensor lights that connect the project boards with a Chromebook. The effect was to transform a static presentation board into an interactive, digital media presentation.

With the guidance and passion of Roger Wagner, a technology entrepreneur and CUE (Computer Using Educators) Board Member, students began learning the fundamentals and application of programming as they explored the possibilities of linking digital media along with physical projects. 

Students selected subjects ranging from literature and art to the history of hip-hop and computer components for their projects. Next, they conducted research on their topics and began to create interactive displays with digital content. 

The assignment involves beta testing this innovative technology with an overseas programmer. During the day students are testing their skills with various inputs and outputs, while at night, the programmer fixes any glitches that may have occurred.

We thank our CTE teachers as well as business leaders like Roger Wagner, who share their time and talent with our students, helping them explore possibilities while developing a real world application to what they are learning in the classroom.

Last week, we honored the athletic prowess and achievement of two programs - Helix Charter Football and Steele Canyon Volleyball:

2015 CIF-SDS Football Open Division Champions Honored

Governing Board recognition of the Helix Charter Varsity Football Team

2015 CIF-SDS Volleyball Division III Champions Honored

Governing Board recognition of the Steele Canyon Varsity Volleyball Team

Save the Date: GUHSD Honor Band and Orchestra to Perform on 1/30

The GUHSD Honor Band and Orchestra will perform on Saturday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. at Helix Charter High School. The ticket booth opens at 6:00 p.m.  

The Honor Band and Orchestra are comprised of talented high school musicians who have auditioned from throughout the District. We are fortunate to have guest conductors working with these students. Dr. Travis Cross will be conducting the Honor Band. He serves as the Associate Professor of Music and Department Vice Chair at UCLA. Michael Gerdes will conduct the Honor Orchestra. Mr. Gerdes is the Director of Orchestras at San Diego State University. Please join us for an evening of wonderful music.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson