Friday, December 2, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

Hundreds Enjoy Band & Color Guard Performances

The 2016 Annual District Fall Showcase
Hundreds of family members and band supporters were entertained on the evening of Thursday, November 17, from the stands at Monte Vista High School's football field as marching bands and color guards from GUHSD high schools performed routines in the annual District Fall Showcase.

The evening began with all the GUHSD marching bands playing the national anthem and the Mt Miguel JROTC presenting the colors. This was followed by a succession of all the district high school marching bands playing excerpts from their repertoires. Our student musicians and color guard members dazzled the crowd.

I had the pleasure of directing a massed band performance of all schools in the grand finale. I like to think my directing of "Livin on a Prayer" made the piece sound wonderful, but we all know it was our talented students.

The evening provided the audience with a look at the musical prowess and skill of our marching bands and color guards as the football season draws to a close.

I extend special thanks to our District Band Directors and the parents of the Parent Music Advocacy Group (PMAG) who make this annual event such a success!

El Capitan FFA Chapter Receives Numerous Honors

El Capitan High School FFA Chapter
It's been a very eventful couple of months for the El Capitan FFA Chapter according to student reporter Conner Watson. He shared that first- and second-year members earned Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees, and they were honored with a potluck at the Lakeside Rodeo Hall. Additionally, a select group of students attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At the National Conference, 12 of El Capitan’s FFA members received their American Degree, the highest award in the FFA, which only .04% of members receive. Along with those outstanding accomplishments, President and Vice-President Blake Jackson and Anne Signore were chosen to be two out of the 38 delegates representing California (over 100 applicants).

Former El Capitan FFA President, Dustin Suttles, was selected to be a national finalist after being awarded as the California State winner for agriculture mechanics design & fabrication. At National Convention, Dustin was recognized for his amazing work and achievements on stage in front of thousands of FFA members. 

It was a distinct honor to have our El Capitan chapter recognized at the national level and to showcase what our students and chapter are capable of. The El Capitan FFA Chapter provides opportunities for its members to explore their horizons through agriculture based projects and experiences to develop a sense of leadership, meaning, and purpose.

Santana Culinary Arts Students Participate in Industry Tour

Santana Culinary Arts students observe Mom's art of making apple pie
On Thursday, November 10, the Culinary Arts class at Santana High School, under the guidance of Donna Small, went to Mom's Apple Pie House in Julian on an Industry Tour.

"Mom" Anita Nichols started her pie business in 1984 in a small storefront with seating for two. Today Anita has 40 employees and two Julian locations. "Mom" guided the students on the tour of the processing facility and discussed starting the business and how it has changed over the past 30+ years.  The class observed the apple pie baking process from cold storage of the apples, to the peeling and coring machine, to crust making, filling, topping and finally baking.

The grand conclusion on the tour was a slice of apple pie hot from the oven. This industry tour exposed the students to how one individual can start a successful business from a family recipe and hard work in the culinary field. Thanks, “Mom,” for the wonderful learning experience for our students and for your delicious pies!

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 individuals ages 12 – 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Parents do not need to be present, but are required to complete and sign the parent consent/screening packet that is available online. More details are available here:

Save the Date: 12th Annual East County Young Men’s Leadership Conference on 1/21

Mount Miguel High School will host its 12th Annual East County Young Men’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Presenters will include esteemed educators, professionals, and college students as well as community activists, who spend a day sharing their expertise. Workshops and breakout sessions by prominent educators and professionals will provide an innovative and engaging atmosphere for those in attendance.

The conference is open to all young men in grades 6 – 12 throughout San Diego County. The goal is to motivate, support and encourage them to effect positive change in their lives through self-empowerment and wise decision-making.

For more information on how to sponsor or attend the free conference, please contact Mike Love at

Dr. Tim Glover