Friday, February 17, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Santana Students Dominate Engineering Competition at SDSU

Santana Engineering Students Celebrate their Accomplishments
On Saturday, February 11, San Diego State University hosted an inaugural Engineering Olympics competition that was open to all high schools located in San Diego.  Santana students showed tremendous interest with 16 students signing up for the competition.  A total of 64 students from around the county showed up to compete. 

The morning commenced with a paper bridge competition. Santana students Nathan Garrett, Victoria Hilke, Colton Gerry, and Cole Stromberg earned first place in this competition with their bridge holding 25 lbs, while Santana's all-girls team consisting of: Narrie Loftus, Sarah Wilson, Makayla Mcfarland, and Morgan Boyce earned third place with their bridge holding 15 lbs.  The next competition consisted of wiring an electronic breadboard and answering questions related to electricity. Nathan Garrett's group again dominated and earned first place while another Santana team consisting of Brandon Taing, Derek Cantor, Shane Kirk, and Trevor Seddon earned second place.
The final competition of the day consisted of a Rube Goldberg design. The teams used simple parts and physics to create a design that would ultimately land a golf ball in a cup.  At the end of the day after all of the scores were tallied, Santana students won First and second place at the all-day Engineering Olympic competition.

Congratulations, Sultans!

Grossmont Middle College Student Tops Poetry Out Loud Competition

Signe Laundrup Wins Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition
Grossmont Middle College High School student Signe Laundrup has been chosen as the San Diego County representative for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation’s National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest.

She performed three poems at the February 7 local competition held at the Downtown Central Library. She now advances to represent San Diego County at the statewide competition on March 12-13, 2017, in Sacramento. If she is a finalist in that competition, she will move on to the national level and compete in Washington, D.C., and have the opportunity to win a $20,000 scholarship.

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation.  It is managed in California by the California Arts Council and is coordinated in San Diego County by Write Out Loud. Other participating schools included: Bay Front Charter High School, Helix Charter High School, Mater Dei Catholic High School and San Diego Virtual School.

More information on Poetry Out Loud is available here.

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Signe Landrup!

4th Annual Girls Rock! Conference at Grossmont High

Grossmont High's Girls Rock! Conference Attendees
On February 1, fifty freshman and sophomore girls from Grossmont High School participated in their 4th Annual Girls Rock! Conference. This empowering day consisted of activities and motivational guest speakers focusing on issues impacting young women today.

Issues discussed include body image and the media’s influence on it, self-esteem, healthy relationships, self-defense, and resilience. Statistics show that one in four women is likely to be assaulted in her lifetime and that she will know the perpetrator 90% of the time. Grossmont counselors believe that it is more important than ever that our young women are equipped with the knowledge and tools to keep themselves safe and in healthy relationships. They will also hold a self-defense class on March 2.

Special thanks is extended to the Grossmont High School Education Foundation along with guest speakers Gabriela Delgado, San Diego County Office of Education; Tracie Arlington, Play It Safe Self-Defense for Women and Children; Shannon Kopp, founder of Soul Paws workshops and author of Pound for Pound; and Kristie Lyons, Core Power Yoga.

Adult Learners Benefit from Partnership

Adult Students Integrating Math into their Design Program
Last month, Grossmont Adult Education, the GUHSD CTE office, and Santana High School partnered to open new advanced manufacturing classes for adult learners. The evening classes offered are Introduction to CADD and Introduction to Digital Fabrication. These courses are being offered to address the regional need for a skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector.

When approached, Santana Principal Tim Schwuchow and CTE Coordinator Doug Coffin saw the advantages of offering adult learners the opportunities that their high school CTE manufacturing and engineering students receive. By allowing access to Santana's shops and labs, adults are retraining for modern, technology-based work environments.

Additionally, the classes are offered as an iBest program. In the iBest model, students have two teachers in the classroom.  Ivan Rubio is the technical manufacturing teacher and Teresa Stanley is the academic support teacher. By teaming, the teachers are able to teach the technical skills necessary for success and provide additional support for the mathematics and literacy components. 

Students completing these classes will have access to entry-level manufacturing jobs, as well as opportunities to take courses at Grossmont-Cuyamaca and San Diego City Community Colleges for advanced certifications.

Cathi Brady Named Third Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee

Governing Board Recognition of Cathi Brady
At the Governing Board meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017, Cathi Brady was recognized as the Outstanding Classified Employee of the Third Quarter for 2016-2017. Ms. Brady serves the Grossmont District as a Personnel Specialist I in the Human Resources Department.  She is recognized for being highly dedicated and enthusiastic, her wealth of knowledge and “can do” attitude, and for having a great impact on employee livelihood!

Classified employees provide critical support to the District’s overall mission. Congratulations, Cathi Brady, on being selected as the Third Quarter Outstanding Classified Employee of 2016-2017!

Dr. Tim Glover