Thursday, November 10, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

27th Annual JRTOC Veterans Day Ceremony at Mount Miguel

Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Monday, November 7, as the JROTC Program at Mount Miguel High School held its 27th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Principal Kim Hedrick and Superintendent Glover were joined by parents and staff who witnessed the ceremony as more than 100 JROTC Cadets honored military personnel who have served our country throughout its history.

The morning ceremony began with Cadet Battalion Executive Officer Logyn Kelsey introducing the key leaders of the battalion and their companies, before delivering a brief message on the significance of this important day.

She spoke of how from the first battle of the American Revolution to our ongoing war against terrorism in conflicts around the globe, and in humanitarian missions at home and abroad, our veterans have saved countless lives. Over 250,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are deployed and stationed in more than 100 countries. Their determination and readiness to go where needed serve as compelling symbols of liberty, justice and hope for freedom all over the world.

The program also included the Corps of Cadets conducting ceremonial procedures and marching in formation. The Flag Detail raised the flag in conjunction with the playing of Reveille, which was followed by the National Anthem, performed by Cadet Second Lieutenant Raven Sanferrare.

Special thanks is extended to the Encanto VFW Post 1512, which was instrumental in providing the means for more than 50 cadets from the award-winning Mount Miguel High School "Matador" Army JROTC Battalion Cadets to participate in the 2016 San Diego Veterans Day Parade on Friday.

To all of our service members, past and present, whether far from home or here in the United States, we thank you for your countless contributions and selfless sacrifices.

Grossmont NJROTC to Honor Veterans

In further JROTC news, Grossmont High School’s NJROTC program will travel to Elmcroft on Veterans Day to conduct a ceremony and visit with veterans who reside there.

Also on November 11, the Grossmont High School NJROTC Color Guard will perform in the City of El Cajon's Veterans Day Celebration at Centennial Plaza. Music will be provided by the Hillsdale Middle School Symphonic Band.

Thank you to ALL of our students for honoring our veterans’ service to this great country.

Monte Vista High School Awarded Jimmie Johnson Foundation Grant

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, announced on Wednesday, that Monte Vista High School was selected as a recipient of a $70,554 education grant.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant will bring students much needed access to technology that can revolutionize their learning. The grant funds the purchase of two class sets of Virtual Reality headsets and smartphones, allowing students to benefit from cutting edge educational technology. Virtual Reality will make challenging concepts such as relative size and distance of planets in the solar system, functions within the human body at the cellular level, and understanding of physics concepts, accessible and highly engaging for ALL learners, especially English Language Learners and Special Education students who may struggle with traditional single modality learning environments.

Since 2009, Granite Hills’ alumnus Jimmie Johnson and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant has been giving back to our schools in a highly significant way. He is a true champion!

IDEA Center Student a 2016 Art Contest Winner

IDEA Center Student Linnea Mast
In conjunction with their 2016 Education Law Conference, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, sponsored a statewide art contest for all junior and senior students enrolled in public education. Students created a work of art that visually captured the essence of this year’s conference theme “Igniting the Passion to Lead”—unique to their own perspectives—in a celebratory fashion. Entrants were critiqued on theme, execution, and creativity.

IDEA Center Student Linnea Mast won $1,000 for her winning piece of art as well as $500 in art supplies for her teacher Michael Leyva’s art department. Linnea and her teacher received the awards in a recognition ceremony at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Winning art pieces will be on display in the firm’s headquarters in Cerritos and on the firm’s website for one year. Check out the art contest video here.

GUHSD Shares Successful Approaches at SDCUE Technology Fair

El Cajon Valley High's Instructional Technology Team
Nearly 60 GUHSD teachers attended the annual SDCUE Technology Fair at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. The annual event offers teachers a wide array of learning opportunities on how to integrate technology into the classroom and provide innovative experiences to students.

Additionally, 12 sessions were presented by 20 GUHSD teachers and administrators. With the backdrop of our FutureForward program, GUHSD continues to empower teachers to bring relevant and modern strategies into our classrooms. These teachers illustrate that leadership within the district and across the county. Visit this link for a full list of GUHSD sessions and resources.

Happening Next Week: District Fall Showcase

The annual GUHSD Marching Band and Color Guard District Fall Showcase is next Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at Monte Vista High School. 

Please come out and support this annual fundraiser which features musical performances by our schools. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Middle schoolers and under are free.

Dr. Tim Glover