Friday, March 3, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Annual CTE District Advisory Meeting Celebrates Successes

GUHSD Governing Board President Rob Shield with CTE Student Ambassadors
On Friday, February 24, the CTE District Advisory Meeting was held at Cuyamaca College. Ten industry sectors were represented at this meeting, along with a CTE teacher from the industry sector, a student, and a parent. Also present were representatives for English Learners, Special Education, and the Employment Development Department.

The event was emceed by San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Eric Lund, who gave his perspective on the need for a diverse and well-trained workforce. A special introduction to the participants was provided by GUHSD Governing Board President Robert Shield.

The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the progress that had been made since the last advisory meeting, and to look ahead at what we can do to improve our CTE pathways across the district.

We extend thanks to everyone involved in helping us with this work on behalf of our students.

Grossmont Students Pitch Businesses to Industry Professionals

Dr. Glover is Pitched on a Multicultural Resource Center by Tyrese Belfonte and Javier Duarte
On Tuesday, February 28, I participated in PitchFest along with a six-person panel of local business professionals who assisted Grossmont Business teachers Nicole Thren and LeAnne Ginn in their English for Business class.

Local business professionals and Junior Achievement partnered with the English for Business course to judge student-created businesses.

For this activity, students were required to work in groups to develop their own business. Students could sell a product or a service, and all ideas had to be original. The project itself included a five-part written business plan which included a cover page and financial plan that stated projected monthly income and projected start-up costs. Each group also created an original logo, 30-60 second commercial, and a hard-copy advertisement. Many groups went the extra mile in creating a company web page and slideshow presentation highlighting each section of the written portion.

During the “shark tank” presentations, students were graded on their oral presentation skills, attire, preparation, and all parts of the report.

Students receiving the highest marks and meeting the PitchFest presentation requirements will advance to the Junior Achievement Company Program PitchFest on March 20. From there, advancing students will compete locally on April 20 at the San Diego County competition. The top three companies will be nominated and finalists will have the opportunity to attend the national competition in Washington, D.C., in June.

This volunteer commitment by our community business partners is equipping our students with vital skills that will help them outshine the competition in the pursuit of their goals.

Granite Hills Holds Highly Successful Electives Fair

Students at 3D Art Booth Learn to Make Pinch Pots with Clay
Granite Hills CTE Coordinator and Art teacher Heather Rust, organized an Elective Fair that was a huge success. Held in the school gymnasium, the February event showcased the electives available at Granite Hills, including those located in the core academic areas such as AP Government, IB Film, or Ceramics to name a few.

The Fair was organized to promote an understanding of what each elective offers. Each elective had its own board of information and pictures to represent important information including: A-G Requirements, Honors course, and prerequisites so that students can be prepared and plan for electives they may want to take throughout their high school career.
Teachers selected Elective Student Ambassadors from their classes to represent their course that day in order to teach other students about the class and why they should consider taking it.

Attendees had the opportunity to play an instrument, interact with skeletons, create with clay, and gather enough information to make an informed decision about what they want to include in their schedule as they finish high school.

The main idea for this successful event began as an effort help promote CTE programs at Granite Hills High School, but transformed into an Elective Fair. Showcasing and explaining electives in better detail is helping students discover new academic pursuits that meet their interests.

Grossmont High NJROTC Cadets Prepare for Area Manager’s Inspection

Cadet Dah Dah (second from right) Answers a Question during a Uniform Inspection
Cadets from Grossmont High School’s NJROTC unit are preparing for the upcoming Area Manager’s Inspection. Once every two years, the Navy sends the Area 11 Manager (California, Arizona) to Grossmont to inspect the Cadets. Cadets are expected to be well versed in military customs and courtesies, general military knowledge, and close order drill.

A formal Pass–In–Review will be conducted in conjunction with the inspection. The ceremony is scheduled for March 8 and will be conducted behind the auto shop on the NJROTC Drill pad.

East County Schools Federal Credit Union Highlighting GUHSD Schools

The East County Schools Federal Credit Union is embarking on a social media campaign throughout 2017 that will recognize the “heroes” and exceptional programs within our local school districts.

The link below is for the first video highlighting GUHSD in a year-long series of short productions that highlight some of the amazing work and accomplishments going on all around our East County schools community. These videos are the result of a partnership between East County Schools Federal Credit Union and Ron Cook Media.

Click here for the first video featuring University of Chicago-bound engineering student Nathan Garrett that highlights CTE programs at Santana High School.

More information on the East County Schools Federal Credit Union is available here.

Save the Date: April 1 Girls Empowerment Conference

The annual Girls Empowerment Conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on April 1, 2017.

As special guests, the $40.00 fee is being waived for all GUHSD girls with the guhsdstudent promo code. Amenities will include a light breakfast, lunch, workshops, giveaways and many more opportunities.

Registration information is available here.

Dr. Tim Glover