Friday, February 24, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Issues 2016 Annual Report

The independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) has issued its 2016 Annual Report to the community.

It is publicly accessible here. It will soon be available in all school offices, county libraries within the district, and at CBOC and Governing Board meetings.

CBOC community volunteers review project planning, conduct project walk-throughs, and review expenditures to ensure that bond funds are spent only on projects listed in bond language approved by voters. In addition, they review the district’s Deferred Maintenance program, and the annual performance and financial audits of the bond program completed by an independent auditor.

The CBOC annual report provides a comprehensive review of the CBOC’s role as well as challenges and accomplishments of the Prop U program and an introduction to the new Measure BB program approved by voters last November. Included in the report is a review of the financial status, projects, results of the latest audits, and a specific project review completed under the auspices of the CBOC.

We appreciate the work of these volunteers’ steadfast commitment to actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Garners $1.5 Million State Grant for High School-to-College Transition

East County educators are celebrating a $1.5 million state grant to further the work of the East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College and Grossmont Union High School districts to help students make the transition to higher education.

The two-year grant will fund the Alliance’s Jumpstart Program, which will include outreach efforts such as college campus visits, Parent Nights, mentoring programs and career workshops to introduce ninth through twelfth-grade students to the demands and expectations of college and careers. It will also be utilized for an online student support and data collection system to improve student retention and completion rates.

The cornerstone of the Alliance, created in 2014 to smooth the transition between high school and college, is the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship, which will offer a free year of classes at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College to qualifying high school graduates beginning with the class of 2019. The scholarship promise was created to provide a pathway to higher education and to better prepare students for college by increased collaboration between the college and high school districts.

The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges has launched a major philanthropic effort to raise the money needed to support the Higher Edge Scholarships. In addition to funding the Jumpstart Program, the state Promise Grant will provide $100,000 toward scholarships.

For more information about the work of the East County Education Alliance is available here

Annual PTA Founders Day Celebration

GUHSD Shows Support for PTA Leaders & Santana Teacher of the Year Brooke Crocker
On Wednesday, February 22, I joined school administrators, principals, teachers, school board members, superintendents and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders from across San Diego County to celebrate the founding of the PTA and its rich history of accomplishment.

This year’s Ninth District PTA Annual Meeting/Founders Day Celebration Brunch was held at the Scottish Rite Center. Several of our local PTSA presidents were in attendance including Foothills Secondary Council PTA President Lisa Stewart. We deeply appreciate our local PTSA leadership and its service on behalf of our youth.

L: Beth Bacting, Foothills Council PTA President Lisa Stewart & Cathy Roth
The Founder’s Day event featured recognition of the San Diego County Teachers of the Year, including Santana High School’s Brooke Crocker. PTA leaders Cathy Roth (Grossmont alumna) and Beth Bacting (Monte Vista alumna) both received the prestigious PTA Honorary Service Award. In addition, IDEA Center received a gavel for the school’s newly constituted PTSA.

The Founder’s Day event underscores the dedication and commitment that the members of our school PTAs offer. Parent involvement and presence makes a positive difference at our high schools.

If you are not a member of your school’s PTSA, I encourage you to get involved.  Membership forms are located in your school office and on your school or PTSA website.  Please join today.

Laurels for Leaders Luncheon

Dr. Glover with GUHSD's ASB Presidents at the Laurels for Leaders Luncheon
On Wednesday, February 22, GUHSD principals, ASB Presidents and Advisors and District Administrators attended the 59th Annual San Diego County Laurels for Leaders Luncheon. The event honors San Diego County’s high school student body presidents.

School ASBs enhance campus life. They are concerned with the entirety of the high school experience and maximizing student activities and options while on campus. During the event, leadership awards were presented to high school ASB presidents.

I am very proud of our ASB students for their participation in the 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., High School ASB Food Drive Challenge. Granite Hills High School was recognized as the third place winner for the number of cans its students donated for needy families. Their efforts, combined with other participating county schools, will provide nutritious meals to San Diegans in need.

Thanks to all of our student leaders for your hard work & dedication!

Local Sheriff's Captains Spearhead Computer Donation

Mount Miguel Students Receive Laptops from Local Sheriffs
San Diego County Sheriff’s Captains Hank Turner and Marco Garmo, along with deputies from the Alpine and Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Stations presented four laptop computers to Mount Miguel High School students in a surprise ceremony last Friday, February 17.

Students Calista Alvarado, Sevannah Cardiel, Lorraine Maraan, and Angel Vaca, were selected as recipients based on their demonstrated leadership on campus. All four of the students have attended Camp LEAD and returned to campus making positive contributions to the campus community through programs including the Medical Academy, LINK Crew, Book Club, and athletics.

The San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) donated the computers to the Sheriff's Department. The SDFF is a local nonprofit whose mission is to improve lives in San Diego County by making information technology available to underserved populations. They provide technology equipment, training, support, IT outsourcing, and digital media services to nonprofit organizations, disadvantaged small businesses, low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors. SDFF is working hard to bridge the digital divide in our community. The Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego assisted with financial support.

Special thanks is extended to Sheriff’s Captain Hank Turner for his hard work on this effort.

GUHSD Students Participate in High School Hospitality Conference

GUHSD Culinary Students Observe a Filleting Demonstration
On Thursday, February 16, five district schools participated in the High School Hospitality Conference hosted at Golden Hall in Downtown San Diego.  Students from the Culinary Pathways at El Cajon Valley, Santana, Granite Hills, and IDEA center, as well as the Marketing, Sales, and Service Pathway from Mount Miguel High School attended the event.

The students were welcomed with a continental breakfast and Keynote speech by Claudia Sandoval, the Season 6 winner of Fox Network’s hit TV series MasterChef. Following the Keynote, students were grouped up and given tours at a variety of restaurants and hotels from downtown San Diego to Coronado. These hotels and restaurants included Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, Lou and Mickey’s, Omni San Diego, and the Coronado Island Marriott just to name a few. 

Students were given a behind the scenes tour at each establishment and treated to samples of the restaurant favorites.  After the tours, the students returned to Golden Hall where they attended a Career Fair to learn about careers in the Hospitality Industry along with a catered lunch.

Academic League Final 2016-2017 Standings

Santana Clinches Top Spot as GUHSD's 2016-17 Varsity Champions
The 2016-17 Academic League Junior Varsity first place team is the West Hills Wolf Pack, coached by Corrie Biggerstaff and Michelle Liddell. They finished with a 9 and 1 record, just edging out the Steele Canyon Cougars, coached by Betty Jensen, with a record of 8 and 2. Congratulations to all of our JV teams on a great, competitive season.

Last week's Varsity dual match at Grossmont High School, determined the 2016-17 Varsity GUHSD first place team. The Grossmont Foothillers, coached by Christina Alley were 10 and 0 as were the Santana Sultans coached by Brooke Crocker and Rebecca Short, in the battle of the undefeated teams. Only one team can be the Varsity winner to compete in the Spring at the County Academic League Finals. The match went back and forth and the final outcome came down to the last question. The end result was a score of: Grossmont 74 and Santana 75, making the Santana Sultans the first place Varsity team.

Click here to view a brief video from the final match, created by Ron and Karen Cook of Ron Cook Media.

Click here to view the final 2016-17 standings for all schools.

Congratulations on a great season for all of our wonderful schools and Academic League teams!

CTE Golden Apple Winner Announced!

CTE Golden Apple Winner Mick McMurray is honored by GUHSD CTE & Principal Kim Hedrick
The College & Career Readiness Department congratulates Mick McMurray from Mount Miguel High School for his selection as the CTE Golden Apple Award winner for 2016-17.

Mick McMurray has been a teacher leader in Career Technical Education in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Pathway. He is always willing to participate on district and school level committees to share his expertise, as well as to help individual teachers by providing them the support they need to be successful. 

Mick has a unique combination of artistic skills with a deep understanding of advanced technologies required in an Arts, Media, and Entertainment Pathway to keep his teaching current and relevant to the industry. Mick is also a teacher leader at Mount Miguel High School, where he has served in many roles to ensure that all students have access to a quality education with the support they need to thrive.

Congratulations Mick McMurray!

Save the Date: 4/1 Girls Empowerment Conference

The annual Girls Empowerment Conference which was founded at Mount Miguel High School, has evolved from a high school gym in 2006, to the Manchester Hyatt, and promises to be the best one yet. Sylvia Sposato is the chairperson for the Girls Empowerment Conference, and along with Girl Force USA and iheart radio, would like to personally invite GUHSD girls to this year’s conference on April 1, 2017.

As special guests, the $40.00 fee is being waived for all students from the Grossmont Union High School District using the guhsdstudent promo code.  Please accept this as a personal invitation to your young women. Amenities will include a light breakfast, lunch, workshops, giveaways and many more opportunities.

Hosted by Channel 93.3 radio personality Geena The Latina, special guests including: Season 6 MasterChef winner, Chef Claudia Sandoval, iHeart Media Region President, Melissa Forrest, Julie Pilat from Beats 1 & Apple Music, Coordinator of the Academy of Medical and Health Sciences, Bridgett DeSonia, NBC7 San Diego Meteorologists, Kimi Evans and Jodi Kodesh, Jam’n 95.7 San Diego Radio Host/On-Air Talent, Cedes, 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles and Channel 93.3 San Diego Radio Host/On-Air Talent, Alex G, Public Speaker and Coach at Alliance Training Center, Jamie Del Fierro, ECVHS Drop Out Prevention Specialist, Tammy Ullsperger, and more. A special performance by Multi-Platinum Singer/Songwriter/Producer/ Grammy Nominated Artist, Frankie J will be featured.

The event flyer is available here.

Dr. Tim Glover