Friday, November 18, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

El Capitan Global Language and Leadership Program Receives Excellence in Innovation Award

El Capitan is honored along with partners from the Lakeside School District, Tierra del Sol and Riverview Elementary Schools
The East County Schools Federal Credit Union established an Excellence in Innovation and Collaboration Award to recognize school site efforts that have resulted in innovative collaboration that benefits the students of the district. The award recognizes those who have developed and implemented a program that highlights an innovative example of collaboration among multiple groups with evidenced success.

The “Global Language and Leadership Program,” a four-year dual language immersion program in Spanish and Mandarin at El Capitan High School, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award.

The November 15 Governing Board meeting included a recognition of El Capitan's collaboration and innovation which furthers the dual language immersion experience that has existed in the Lakeside School District for many years. The program begins at Riverview Elementary School and continues on through both middle schools, Lakeside and Tierra del Sol.

With the recent addition of the high school program, students can now have a K-12 experience with language acquisition and the opportunity to become tri-literate, thanks to the collaboration between the two districts and among the various schools.

We thank the East County Schools Federal Credit Union for recognizing this important work on behalf of our East County youth.

Mount Miguel Girls Attend Business Conference for Women

Mount Miguel Principal Dr. Hedrick with business students
On Thursday November 3, 2016, a group of 15 girls from Mount Miguel High School's Business Academy attended the Connecting Women to Power Business Conference. They were accompanied by their Principal Dr. Kimberlee Hedrick. At the conference students heard from keynote speaker and NASA Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, who spoke about her perseverance in achieving her dream of becoming an astronaut. 

Students also sat in on several breakout sessions, in which female panelists discussed their paths to success and hurdles along the way. In the last session of the day, the young women were inspired to further their leadership skills, from Edna Murphy, the Deputy Director of Administration for the California State Board of Equalization.

Santana Students Participate in Architectural Heritage Tour

Santana students in Balboa Park
Digital Fabrication students from Santana High School went on a field trip to Balboa Park on Friday, November 4, to see how the Spanish Revival architectural style of buildings has influenced famous buildings throughout America. The students are creating their own digitally fabricated buildings using some of the architectural features seen in Balboa Park.

The project is a Linked Learning team project called “The Land of Opportunity,” which incorporates their English, history, math, and CTE pathway classes.

Mount Miguel Medical Academy Seniors Visit Avondale Elementary

Health Pathways Student of the Month Noemi Avenido is honored by Principal Hedrick, Superintendent Glover & Health Pathways Coordinator Heather Peterson
On Wednesday, November 9, Superintendent Glover, Principal Hedrick and district health pathways coordinator, Heather Peterson visited Mount Miguel High School Science teacher and Medical Academy Coordinator Bridget DeSonia's classroom.

A very deserving young woman in the Human Anatomy class, Noemi Avenido, Medical Academy President, was recognized as the Grossmont Healthcare District Health Pathways student of the month. Following the recognition, the group walked to Avondale Elementary where teams in the Human Anatomy class read children's books that they created to a second and third grade classes. These books were a representation of the learning from students' skeletal unit, outlining the process of bone repair.

The high school and elementary students were all smiles following the activity. Our students did an outstanding job representing the Medical Academy at Mount Miguel High School.

RSVP Today: Eric Paredes Save A Life Health Screening Event – 12/4

The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is hosting a free heart screening event on December 4, at Monte Vista High School for any individuals ages 12 – 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Details on how to register are available here.

28th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Chaparral

Dr. Glover, Trustee Dr. Gary Woods, and Principal Dave Napoleon with students at the Thanksgiving Feast
Chaparral High School held its 28th Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 18, at 11:15 a.m. as students and staff were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The annual tradition is a fitting close to the week before break. Sponsored by Chaparral’s ASB, the event has its origins in the staff wanting to ensure that students at the continuation school received a Thanksgiving dinner and that this time-honored tradition enjoyed by so many is not taken for granted. Several students shared what they were thankful for and fellow students provided musical entertainment during the lunchtime event.

I end this issue by wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. It is my hope that each of you has an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones next week and that your holiday is safe and enjoyable.

Dr. Tim Glover