Friday, November 4, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

Grossmont NJROTC Cadets Visit Naval Air Station, North Island

Grossmont Cadet Gisela Munguia & Lieutenant Danielle Redmond, USN, inside a US Navy Seahawk Helicopter
A group of Grossmont High School NJROTC Cadets made a visit to the Naval Air Station, North Island to visit the “Battlecats” of HSM-73. The Cadets received a briefing on College ROTC scholarships as well as a detailed presentation on the duties and responsibilities of Navy pilots. After the briefing, the Cadets were provided with the opportunity to try their hand at flying the Navy’s most sophisticated tactical helicopters in the Air Station’s $40 million flight simulator.

The two-hour session provided the Cadets with a realistic sample of the challenges that pilots face every day. The visit concluded with a trip to the hanger and a detailed look at an actual Navy Seahawk helicopter. The visit was hosted by Lieutenant Danielle Redmond, a Navy pilot and former high school ROTC Cadet. Lieutenant Redmond’s career path included a Navy ROTC scholarship and flight school, which is the exact path Grossmont Cadets hope to follow. She is a frequent visitor and supporter of Grossmont’s NJROTC program, making several visits and presentations, as well as functioning as the Unit’s Inspecting Officer during last year’s Annual Military Inspection.

Grossmont Girls Earn Grand Prize at Women’s Hackathon

Proud members of Grossmont's Hacker Team
On Saturday, October 15, the Grossmont female computer hacker team consisting of Keilani Thorpe, Ashley Prus, Vina Culas, Lili Flores, Monica Nuno, and Laura Harris won the Grand Prize at Cal State San Marcos Women's Hackathon for a website that they developed for recycling.

​The 12-hour semi-annual event is open to all female high school and college students, who work collaboratively to design a website, game, or mobile app that addresses a selected real world challenge.

The Grossmont team competed against 50 other girls from high schools across the county and from some of the local colleges. We are very proud of our students and their IT Pathway teacher Patrick Giovengo, as well as teacher Todd Benrud who equipped them with website building foundations last year.

Academic League Season Underway

Academic League Varsity Match at Santana this week
The 34th Academic League season schedule is underway. Matches began on October 26. I attended this week’s match at Santana High School, where they hosted Steele Canyon. I was impressed by the caliber of our students in this spirited competition.

All of our schools play each other at least once during the ten-game season. The team with the best record advances to the County Championship in May.

The schedule is available here.

I hope you will find an opportunity to view a Wednesday afternoon match at your school before the season draws to a close.

Granite Hills Hosts Leadership East County

Granite Hills Principal Mike Fowler speaks to the Leadership East County Class
On Friday, October 14, Granite Hills High School hosted a respected group of community leaders as part of the annual Education Day for the Leadership East County Class.

Sponsored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership East County Class toured the Career Technical Education Pathways offered at Granite Hills. The group was welcomed by Principal Mike Fowler, who shared many of the wonderful things that are occurring at Granite Hills as well as powerful student success stories. This was followed by a discussion about the CTE Pathways’ accomplishments and how these community leaders could become involved in the CTE Pathways. Finally, the group was led on a tour of the programs by our student ambassadors, who are trained as leaders to represent the CTE Pathways.

Linked Learning Teachers Explore Project-Based Learning

Grossmont High AME Pathway teachers with Assistant Principal Joel Tropp
Teachers from Grossmont High School’s Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) pathway participated in the Career Pathways Project-Based Learning Leadership Academy on October 19-21, 2016. The team consisted of English teacher Karen Manns, photography teacher Carolyn Jungman, and history teacher Nicole Williams. Joel Tropp, Assistant Principal, added his support during the three-day conference.

The goal of the conference was for the teacher team to collaborate on project design, implement cross-curricular work, and develop college and career readiness strategies. As a result, the AME team will be able to lead other linked learning teams in project development and provide the AME pathway students an enriched learning experience.

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

The Annual Marching Band & Color Guard District Fall Showcase is a Hit
The annual GUHSD Marching Band and Color Guard District Fall Showcase is coming up on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at Monte Vista High School. Yours truly will be performing as a guest conductor.

This annual fundraiser features musical performances by our schools. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Middle schoolers and under are free.

Dr. Tim Glover