Friday, October 21, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

National Principals Month Honors Outstanding School Site Leaders

L: Dr. Glover with GUHSD Principals
October is National Principals Month. The role of our principals is essential in preparing our East County students for the challenges of tomorrow. They are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized, individuals in education. Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school, according to research conducted by the Wallace Foundation. Responsible for setting the academic tone for their school, it is the principal’s vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force behind any school reform effort.

The key to student success is an exceptional school with talented teachers and a great principal. Please join me in honoring the hard work and dedication of GUHSD’s principals.

Third Annual East County Education Alliance Summit

The East County Education Alliance
More than 140 people from the Grossmont Union High School District and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District attended the third annual East County Education Alliance Summit on October 13 at Cuyamaca College.

The goal of the summit was for work groups to develop a road map of alignment, pathways, dual enrollment and engagement that prepares East County high school students for college and a career, removing any speed bumps that might be in the way.

The Alliance held its first summit in 2014 and was kicked off with a signing ceremony showing support by the districts' Governing Boards. In 2015, the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship was unveiled. Through Higher Edge, a fee-free year at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges will be offered to qualifying graduates of the Grossmont Union High School District schools beginning with the class of 2019.

The Higher Edge Promise Scholarship is different from many of the more than 300 promise scholarships being proposed or offered across the nation. Unlike the other programs, Higher Edge is working to better prepare students for college in addition to providing a scholarship. To be eligible, students will be required to attend college engagement events, complete the Higher Edge Plan, and complete a College Success Course.

Mount Miguel Street Painters Chalk up Artwork at FESTA

The Mount Miguel High School Street Painters
On Sunday, October 9, the Mount Miguel High School chalk artists once again wowed crowds at Little Italy’s 2016 “Gesso Italiano” (Italian Chalk), San Diego’s premier chalk event.

The Mount Miguel Street Painters created murals to the delight of attendees who watched as the chalk paintings developed before their eyes.

The Gesso Italiano Festival draws over 150 artists who create spectacular temporary murals on the streets of Festa in Little Italy. The art form has its roots in ancient Italy.

Cristi MacArthur Named First Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee

Board Recognition of Cristi MacArthur as First Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee
At the Governing Board meeting on Thursday, October 20, Cristi MacArthur was recognized as the First Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee of 2016-2017. Cristi serves the Grossmont District as a Senior Secretary at El Capitan High School. She is recognized for her outstanding contributions to her school and community, and for her continued dedication, patience, diligence and compassion in helping students succeed in their education.

Classified employees provide critical support to our educational mission and programs. Congratulations, Cristi MacArthur on being selected as the First Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee of 2016-2017.

Life Saving Actions by Staff at Mount Miguel Recognized

Governing Board Recognition of Mount Miguel Staff
Also at the October Governing Board Meeting, we recognized the heroic actions of two staff members at Mount Miguel High School who saved the life of a student.

Last month, a student went to the nurse's office complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing. As the student's guardian was being contacted, his chest pains worsened and then his breathing and heartbeat stopped. Nurse Nancy Clark and Campus Supervisor Dave Golden called 9​-​1​-​1, deployed the AED device, and took turns performing chest compressions for about six minutes until paramedics arrived to take over care of the student.

We are very thankful for the quick,​ ​lifesaving actions taken by our two staff members whose quick actions aided the student’s recovery.

Reminder: Parent Safety Forum (with Food Trucks!) Next Week

Bring your appetite and learn more about School Safety, Internet Safety, Current Drug Trends, and Pedestrian Safety.

Our East County school districts are partnering up with local law enforcement and the San Diego County Office of Education to host a Parent Safety Forum on October 27, 2016, at Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.  Presentations will begin at 6:00 p.m. Food trucks will be available from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

There will also be representatives from various community agencies to provide information to parents.

Childcare and translation services will be available.

Save the Date: GUHSD Marching Band and Color Guard District Fall Showcase on 11/17

I’d like to inform you of an upcoming student performance you won’t want to miss - the GUHSD Marching Band and Color Guard District Fall Showcase on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at Monte Vista High School. This annual fundraiser features musical performances by our schools. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Middle schoolers and under are free.

Dr. Tim Glover