Friday, January 20, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Granite Hills CTE Culinary Students Pitch Industry Professionals

Granite Hills students with their mouthwatering calzones
Students in the CTE Culinary Linked Learning Pathway at Granite Hills High School recently presented a food/business project to a group of industry professionals. The students were tasked with creating a food item to sell at school as part of a school fundraiser for various clubs. 

Students created a survey to determine interest, developed their recipes, and then had to “pitch” their product to student leaders who then decided which food items to sell for their fundraiser. At the conclusion of the project, Culinary Linked Learning Pathway teachers Jill Enright, Thomas Clabeaux, and Maria Schembri had students present their project to industry professionals from Chef de Cuisine, Koa Restaurant Consulting, Silvergate Yacht Club, Feast on This catering company, and more. This project is a great example of the power of Project Based Learning.

West Hills Health Pathway Students Visit UC Irvine Medical Center

West Hills students observing the da Vinci surgery robot
Students from the West Hills High School Health Pathway received an incredible opportunity to visit the UC Irvine Medical Center Urology Department and participated in several hands-on activities. 

Our students were provided with the opportunity to practice suturing, interacted with a da Vinci surgery robot, and performed an endoscopic seed removal surgery from a red pepper. 

Thank you, UC Irvine Medical Center, for this fantastic opportunity for our students.

Generous Laptop Donation for Students in Need

Monte Vista students with their donated laptop computers
Last month, Swashray Foundation representative Vibhaa Kalathia presented 36 laptops to students in need throughout the Grossmont Union High School District. This spirit of giving to students in GUHSD began in 2010 and is expected to continue.

Schools receiving eight laptops each include Steele Canyon, Grossmont, Monte Vista, and Mount Miguel. The Swashray Foundation made these contributions in an effort to help students who do not have access to a computer at home to assist them with their studies. We thank Steele Canyon PTO President Mark Wightman for connecting the Foundation to our schools.

2017 Cox Scholars Program

Cox Communications has officially launched its 2017 Cox Scholars program. Each year, The Cox Cares Foundation awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors looking to pursue their dreams of a college education. This year, Cox will award up to $100,000 in scholarships to students across their Southern California service area.

Eligibility requirements and application details can be found here. The deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2017. 

Upcoming Events . . .

District Cheer Showcase on Saturday

The GUHSD District Cheer Showcase will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Wyland Center. The event will include exhibitions by seven of our school's cheer squads (JV and Varsity) and a dance exhibition from Mount Miguel High School. Admission is $10, and parking is $13 per vehicle.

Save the Date: GUHSD Honor Band and Orchestra to Perform on 2/4

The GUHSD Honor Band and Orchestra will perform on Saturday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Theater. The ticket booth opens at 6:15 p.m.; the admission charge for adults is $8.

The Honor Band and Orchestra are comprised of talented high school musicians who have auditioned from throughout the District. We are fortunate to have guest conductors working with these students.

Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti will conduct the Honor Band. He serves as the Professor of Music Theory, Compilation and Conducting at Stanford University. Mr. Gary Horimoto will conduct the Honor Orchestra. He is the retired Director of Band and Orchestras at Rancho Bernardo High School. Please join us for an evening of wonderful music.

Dr. Tim Glover