Friday, December 9, 2016

What's New in GUHSD

Measure BB Passes with 60% Voter Approval

On Thursday, December 8, the San Diego County Registrar certified the results of the November 8 election. Measure BB for our East County High Schools passed with a 60% yes vote. 

I thank the taxpayers for their generous and continued support of appropriate facilities designed to prepare our students for college and careers. In the coming weeks/months we will be communicating with you regarding the next steps for efficiently putting the bond dollars to work improving our schools. 

This will include:

Finalizing project planning with each school site
Naming the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
Selling the first round of bonds
Completion of design on the first group of projects
Bidding and awarding of construction contracts

Stay tuned! 

Valhalla Hosts Freshmen S.O.S. (Seeking Out Success) Week

Link Crew Leaders Offer Freshmen Tips on How to Succeed in their Classes at Valhalla
The Counseling Department at Valhalla High School recently hosted their annual Freshmen S.O.S. Week, dedicated to supporting and encouraging the Freshmen class to seek out success. Seeking Out Success (S.O.S.) is a weeklong event that addresses the three counseling domains: academic development, career development and social/emotional development.

Link Crew Leaders helped kick off the week on November 14 by delivering candy grams and a schedule of the week’s events to all ninth-grade students. On Tuesday, counselors delivered classroom lessons focused on career exploration through the utilization of Career Cruising and hosted a ninth-grade parent night where they provided parents with an overview of the week’s events and discussed a variety of tools and resources available to help support their students.

Wednesday was focused on social/emotional development, including a schoolwide assembly by Rachel’sChallenge, which promotes a culture of kindness and compassion as a means to improving school climate. Link Crew Leaders returned on Thursday to help implement Academic Day. Student leaders facilitated a variety of mini workshops focused on short- and long-term goal setting and academic planning. 

In addition, all ninth graders were individually photographed wearing a cap and gown to inspire them to think about graduation and their future. To wrap up the week, inspirational speaker and former Chargers running back Terrell Fletcher addressed the students. He shared stories of personal persistence and triumph and encouraged them to stay focused on reaching their goals.

Thanks are extended to the students and staff at Valhalla who helped to make this event a success for our students.

Automotive Industry Open House at Monte Vista

Mark Clifton (Clifton Mercedes) and Eric Lund (East County Chamber) Observe our Auto Students
A dozen Automotive Industry members got a workforce development boost at an Open House on Tuesday, November 15, at Monte Vista High School and Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology Departments. The joint event was hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Mike Fleming, the Automotive Instructor for Monte Vista High School, to showcase the facilities, programs, and students. Thanks are extended to the many attendees who signed up to become guest speakers, host mock interviews, offer job shadows, discuss internships, and join the advisory board.

Monte Vista High School has 180 students in the Automotive Career Pathway program, and Cuyamaca College has close to 300 students in this program. Nineteen students participated in the open house by performing auto tech demonstrations on vehicles during the open house. Some of these demonstrations included working on head gaskets, alignment, oil changes, differential, tires, and brakes.

El Cajon Valley Hosts Foothills Secondary Council PTA Holiday Dinner

GUHSD Trustees, PTA Leaders and Staff Enjoyed a Delicious Student-Prepared Meal in the Wigwam
On Tuesday, December 6, the Foothills Secondary Council PTA held its annual Holiday Dinner in El Cajon Valley’s Wigwam restaurant.

Culinary Arts teacher Christine Baptista’s students spent more than a week planning and prepping for the evening event. The dinner that we enjoyed that evening was truly delicious and the hospitality was superb. After the meal students shared their respective roles in meal preparation and execution. I thank Foothills Council PTA President Lisa Stewart for hosting the event at the Wigwam to highlight our talented students and facilities.

The Wigwam is the only student-staffed restaurant in the district. The Restaurant Services Pathway is in the Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation Industry sector and is a two-year sequenced CTE pathway consisting of Restaurant Services and Restaurant Management. Students learn about restaurant and culinary occupations, develop culinary skills, create recipes, prepare for the Food Handler’s Card test, visit professional kitchens and culinary venues, and learn how to apply these new skills in their future careers. 

Our students are obtaining invaluable experience in the Wigwam restaurant as well as through school and community catering events that support students learning skills in an authentic setting.

Academic League: Battle of Santee

Santee's Varsity Academic League Team with Coach Becky Short
In Academic League news, of special note this week was the Santana at West Hills Varsity match where the winner won the right to display the Santee City Council's Perpetual Trophy for a year.

The West Hills’ science lecture hall was the location of the match, where it was determined in a score of 95 - 32, that Santana’s Varsity team earned the right to display the perpetual Santee City Council Trophy this year.

On hand to present the trophy on behalf of the Santee City Council was Council Member Rob McNelis. Also present was Wolf Pack principal Robin Ballarin. Congratulations to these two Santee teams for their impressive intellect and sportsmanship.

East Region Adult Education Consortium Hosts Field Trips to Community Colleges

Adult School Students Learn About Opportunities at Grossmont College
One of the East Region Adult Education Consortium's objectives is to open higher education doors and facilitate smooth transitions to college for adult students. On October 28 and November 4, field trips to both Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges provided a unique, explorative way to learn about college opportunities.

More than forty students toured the campuses, listened to presentations from different certificate and academic departments, learned about different student support services, student organizations, and financial aid opportunities. Students from all major Grossmont Adult Education programs participated: English as a Second Language, Health and Medical Career Training, High School Equivalency and High School Diploma Preparation. Some of the students had just started in September, while others will be finishing their high school program next Spring and graduate in May.

These trips would not have come to fruition without support from GUHSD's transportation department and the respective college outreach teams. Bimonthly field trips are planned for the future. We thank our Grossmont Adult Ed teachers and staff for encouraging students to participate and the Consortium's transition services team for co-organizing and facilitating the events.

More information on East Region Adult Education is available here.

Student Art on Display at Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery

IDEA Center Student Art on Display at the Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery
The work of student artists from Grossmont, IDEA, Monte Vista, Mount Miguel, Steele Canyon, Valhalla, and West Hills High Schools is on display at the Visitor Center Gallery at Mission Trails Regional Park. The "Natural Views" art exhibition will be on display through January 6, 2017, in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery. The public is also invited to a free reception hosted by the artists on Saturday, December 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

You’re Invited: IDEA Center Student Showcase on December 16

On Friday, December 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., IDEA Center High School is holding an open house to showcase student presentations structured in the format of a gallery walk.

Presentations will include:

12th Grade Humanities - IDEA Center "Shark Tank"
11th Grade Humanities - Top Chef Meets US History
Math - Probabilities and Addiction
Culinary - Gingerbread Houses
Biology - Outbreak at IDEA!
Chemistry - Carbon Dioxide and Your Car
Art, Construction and so much more!

You are invited for all or part of the day. IDEA Center High School is located at 1600 North Cuyamaca Street in El Cajon.

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.

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. More information is available here.

Dr. Tim Glover