Friday, January 13, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Welcome Back!

Welcome to 2017 in GUHSD! We’re looking forward to another great year of academic achievement as we work to deliver a high quality education with superior opportunities for all our students.

As you begin making plans for the year ahead, I have included links to the adopted calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-19 school years. You may click here to view them.

GUHSD Students Tour Two Local Manufacturers

Winners of the Design Challenge
In December, students from Santana (Advanced Manufacturing, Product Innovation & Design) and Monte Vista High (Advanced Manufacturing, Machining & Forming Technologies) participated in a tour of two of East County’s finest manufacturing facilities, Deering Banjo in Spring Valley and Computer Integrated Machining, Inc., in Santee. During the tours, students observed firsthand the process of developing a product, from manufacturing to shipping. They learned about attention to detail and producing a quality product.
The tour was followed by a luncheon, design challenge, industry panel and tour of Cuyamaca College, who hosted the afternoon activities. The design challenge task was to build the tallest freestanding structure out of pipe cleaners. During the challenge, students were given obstacles such as not being able to use their hands, and not being able to talk with their team. These obstacles simulated real world obstacles that manufacturers deal with when machines go down, or they are working overseas.

The industry panel reinforced the ability of students to find their passion and pave their own way through hard work and dedication. The entire day was organized by the San Diego East County Economic Development Council in conjunction with GUHSD’s College and Career Readiness Department.

Santana’s Annual Roller Coaster Challenge

A student-designed roller coaster
AP Physics students in teacher Stephanie Palechek’s class at Santana High School showcased student work product and presented their individual results of the roller coaster challenge on Tuesday, December 20.

The popular roller coaster project had students working in teams to design and analyze the roller coaster of the future. Students were given two months to incorporate everything they had learned throughout the semester in this final project.

Team proposals were presented using Google Slides and rated on how realistic the coaster was designed. Using energy transformation concepts and numerous equations, the teams were able to determine if their roller coaster could actually be built.

Upcoming Event: 12th Annual East County Young Men’s Leadership Conference on 1/21

In a little over a week, 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 the 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. More information is available here

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I hope you all enjoy the three-day weekend and take some time to participate in the many Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commemorations occurring throughout the County.

Dr. Tim Glover