Friday, March 31, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Granite Hills Students Examine US Legal System

Granite Hills Teacher Brendon Sexton & Students with Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller at Conclusion of Mock Trial
On Wednesday, March 15, 30 students from Granite Hills High School participated in the Southern District of California's Open Doors to the Courts program. This national program welcomes thousands of students into local federal courthouses around the country. The local event was divided into three segments: Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), hosted by experts in the field of bankruptcy law; a Legal Careers Panel; and a mock trial in which students acted out all the parts from defendant to judge.

The purpose of the CARE program is to train young men and women to intelligently manage their credit and to keep them from ever seeing the inside of a bankruptcy court. A local bankruptcy attorney taught Social Studies teacher Brendon Sexton’s students the pros and cons of student loans and credit card hazards to avoid as they begin their own financial journey.

The students next heard from Assistant U.S. Attorneys, a U.S. probation officer, a court interpreter and other court personnel, who each discussed their individual roles in the federal justice system. These professionals also shared information about the education and experience required to attain these positions.

Finally, the students participated in a scripted mock trial presided over by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller. The trial focused on the illegal importation of drugs over the U.S./Mexico border, a common issue tried in San Diego's federal courts. Overall, the day emphasized the importance of civic responsibility, good citizenship and impartiality to these young men and women preparing to leave high school and enter the adult work force.

Junior Achievement “PitchFest 2017”

Grossmont Students Dress to Impress for PitchFest 2017
On Monday, March 20, 2017, 18 students from Grossmont High School’s English for Business classes attended the Junior Achievement PitchFest 2017. In total, there were 22 teams from around the county. The students presented their ideas for a new product or service and were judged by a panel of six professionals, including employees of OtterBox.

Each team had six minutes to pitch, and the judging panel had four minutes to ask questions. Out of the six Grossmont teams from Mrs. Thren’s and Mrs. Ginn’s classes, four have been selected to go to the second round of the JA Company Program on April 20. Each advancing team from the March 20 PitchFest can receive a check in an amount ranging from $200 to $500 to build a prototype of their product. Winners on April 20 will continue to the final competition in Washington, D.C.

Mount Miguel JROTC’s 44th Annual Military Ball

Dr. & Mrs. Glover with Cadets at Mount Miguel's JROTC Military Ball
On Saturday, March 25, my wife and I attended the Mount Miguel JROTC Matador Battalion’s 44th Annual Military Ball at the Town and Country Resort.

The importance of a military ball is ceremonial in nature, but has value as a means of preserving and honoring US Army traditions and customs. It is an occasion that promotes unit cohesion.

I’m very impressed with the caliber of the students in the program. Earlier this month, the program achieved the highest rating, Honor Unit with Distinction.

The Mount Miguel High School Army JROTC program was established in 1967. It is a leadership education program aimed at helping high school students become leaders. Students practice teamwork, discipline, and gain real skills, including resume building and public speaking that will assist them throughout their adult lives.

Every year, Mount Miguel High School Army JROTC produces leaders who succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Students acquire a breadth of knowledge in several fields, including drill and ceremony, history, and leadership skills. 

Monte Vista Participates in MESA Day

Monte Vista Teacher Brian Carpenter with MESA Club Students at SDSU
Last month, Monte Vista Math teacher Brian Carpenter's Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Club competed in their first MESA Day at San Diego State University against the other San Diego County MESA schools. The MESA Schools Program prepares California students for college in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. It helps them excel in math and science to become competitively eligible for academically rigorous colleges and universities.

At MESA Day, Monte Vista's student teams coded and designed a prosthetic arm, built a balsa wood airplane, designed an egg carrier to be dropped from from 60 ft and made a balsa wood bridge for strength.

The students also completed age-specific mathematics exams. Student Travis Kulhanek took first place in the math test for 10th graders. Danielle Kelsey, Ami Sanders and Lea Sanders took third place in the senior team math exam (even without a calculator that was allowed), and Brad Iglesia, Katy Clark, Luiz Gonzales, and Rubisela Gonzales took second place in the technical paper for the prosthetic arm competition! 

Congratulations to all of our student winners who will advance to regional competition on April 1. 

Grossmont NJROTC Marksmanship Team Earns Multiple Awards at the NRA Sectional Rifle Match

Grossmont NJROTC Marksmanship Team with Awards
Grossmont High's NJROTC Marksmanship Rifle Team finished second in the NRA's Southern California Sectional Rifle match last Saturday in Fontana, California. Four members of the team also earned individual awards. Cadet Andrew Nguyen was the overall second place shooter in the match. He fired his personal best of 518 to earn that award. Cadet Kayla Mendoza was the number one prone position shooter, while Cadet Cynthia Cortez finished second; they both earned trophies.

The performance of the day went to Cadet Paulina Mendoza, firing in her first ever match. Not only was she a member of the second place Grossmont Team, she also earned an individual award by placing second in the Kneeling Position, earning a trophy.

El Cajon Valley Hosts Faculty Follies this Friday/Saturday

A Recurring Skit from Faculty Follies Past, Real Woman and a Cheerleader
El Cajon Valley is hosting its 35th annual show to raise money for scholarships. I will be joining the performance on Saturday.

Tickets are $5.00 at the door, and show time is at 7:00 p.m. tonight and tomorrow.

Dr. Tim Glover

Friday, March 24, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Grossmont Healthcare District Scholarship Recipients

Grossmont Healthcare District Scholarship Recipients with Dr. Glover & Granite Hills Health Pathway Coordinator Esteban Monge
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, awarded $57,000 in scholarships to 25 GUHSD high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of the scholarships at the GHD board meeting on Friday, March 17.

Students were selected by school counselors and health pathway coordinators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive either a $3,000 or $1,500 check from GHD at the end of their first semester of college, contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

GUHSD Scholarship Recipients Include:
El Cajon Valley:  Mario Ballo, Noor Haleem
El Capitan:  Mikayla Buckley, Tori Vaca
Granite Hills:  Zaida Minjares, Vallarie Basa
Grossmont:  Breanne Williams Sutton, Ashley Hans
Grossmont Middle College:  Alexandra Munson, Emelda Alchi
Helix Charter:  Gabrielle Root, Emily Lam
IDEA Center:  Jenna Marogi
Monte Vista:  Euridice Pamela Sanchez Martinez, Silvia Bustos
Mount Miguel:  Noemi Avenido, Lorraine Maraan
Santana:  Rency Mallari, Jessica Garcia
Steele Canyon:  Angelina Miramontes, Anna Silva
Valhalla:  Madison Becker, Zion White
West Hills: Rose Hawaree, Rayelynn Barker

GHD has honored more than 500 local high school students interested in healthcare careers with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million.

El Capitan FFA Wins Regional Awards

El Capitan Principal Laura Whitaker & Director of Student Support Lucia Washburn with FFA Student Winners
The annual Southern Region FFA Awards event was held at Sonora High School in La Habra on Saturday, March 19. This year, Blake Jackson (El Capitan's Chapter FFA President) is serving as the FFA Vice President for the San Diego Region.  

Top honors recognizing outstanding student achievement went to:

Proficiency Awards:
Agriscience Research Plant Systems - Blake Jackson, Section Winner
Diversified Agricultural Production - Blake Jackson, Region Winner
Diversified Livestock Production - Anne Signore, Region Winner
Equine Science Entrepreneurship - Tera Galea, Region Winner
Forage Production - Jacob Nichols, Region Winner
Poultry Production - Tatiana Woliung, Region Winner
Small Animal Production & Care - Megan Churchill, Section Winner
Veterinary Science - Adriana Velguth, Section Winner

All of the region winners go on to compete at the state level. Blake Jackson was also named as the STAR in Agriscience, Region Winner

The following 13 students received their FFA State Degrees:
Megan Baker
Megan Churchill
Trey Collins
Sydney George
Jay Hollingsworth
Noah McMillen
Lindsey Michaelis
Jacob Nichols
Fisher Oveross
Katelyn Stone
Kate Swanson
Conner Watson
Travis Woliung

Finally, the following staff members received awards:
STAR Support Staff - Tara Meade, Michele Storton, Kim Kilander
STAR Counselors - Christine Carroll, Joe Herman, Jeannine Oliver, Stephanie Picon, Frank Quinones
STAR Administrators - Lucia Washburn, Laura Whitaker

Congratulations, El Capitan FFA students and staff on these outstanding accomplishments.

Student Board Representative Named Teenager of the Month

El Cajon Valley Student Daevionne Beasley with Assistant Principal Steve Gotowala and Exalted Ruler Don Sauter
Student Representative to the Board Daevionne Beasley was selected as Teenager of the Month for March by the Elks El Cajon Lodge 1812. Daevionne was awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a $400 scholarship at a ceremony earlier this month.

Daevionne has a 3.7 GPA and has participated in ASB as president, VP of the class of 2017, Governing Board Representative, Sign Language Club and varsity swim.

To date Daevionne has been accepted to University of La Verne, Creighton University, Seaton Hall, CSU Chico, Channel Islands, San Marcos, San Bernardino and has received a full ride to the Howard University.

Daevionne truly exemplifies what we hope our young people will be come.
Congratulations Daevionne Beasley!

Celebrating Adult Education Week April 6 – 8

Grossmont Adult School was established in 1946 as part of the Grossmont Union High School District. A group of citizens saw a need to offer high school diploma classes to returning WWII Veterans to help prepare them for reentry into the workforce. A room above a men’s clothing store was already set up as a community meeting place, so it was easily converted into Grossmont Adult Education’s first classroom. In 1952, additional classes were offered for the local community at limited locations within the Grossmont School District boundaries.

Grossmont’s Adult School currently operates in a number of permanent facilities that were designed specifically for adult education use.

In 2015, the State of California dedicated block grant funds specifically for Adult Education and a collaboration was formed with Grossmont Adult School, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and the Mountain Empire Unified School District to form the East Region Adult Education consortium to meet the needs of adult students throughout East San Diego County.

Currently, Grossmont Adult School serves over 18,000 students every year at more than 50 locations throughout East San Diego County. Program areas include ESL and citizenship, adult literacy and high school diploma, career technical education (medical, business, and industrial trades), parent involvement, and lifelong education (community interest) classes.
Grossmont Adult School will be celebrating Adult Education Week April 6-8, 2017. The three-day event will offer an open house for the community to visit our facilities and view our programs, a special information session for business and community members, and a street fair celebrating our community with family events. Click here for more information.

Dr. Tim Glover

Friday, March 17, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Ethics in Business Conference 2017

El Cajon Mayor Bills Wells Addresses the Importance of Ethics
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Union High School District presented the annual Ethics in Business Conference for 160 advanced CTE students from seven district schools on Tuesday, March 14, at Cuyamaca College. The annual event’s goal is to train the next generation to become principled leaders. The half-day conference challenged students to consider ideas and situations that are designed to help them think critically about ethics in business situations.

The award-winning Ethics in Business Program, which is presented by the Chamber’s Business Education Committee, was developed in 1992 to educate our high school seniors about situations and ethical dilemmas that occur in the workplace. Back by popular demand was keynote speaker Jeff Bramstedt, former US Navy Seal and film/commercial stuntman. He discussed the value and importance of ethics and how individuals can make a difference. Many San Diego East County Chamber members participated in the program by facilitating table discussions with groups of students.

I thank our many business partners who served as facilitators and the Ethics in Business Committee members who planned the event for our students: Cindie Wolf, Steve Devan, Frank Luera, Jeff Wood, Eric Lund, Rosemary Reed, Linda Hoffman, Leigh Hughes and Debbie George.

Special thanks are extended to the following event sponsors: Foothills Christian Church, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District, Subaru of El Cajon, COX Communications, DSD Business Systems, Leidos, East County Schools Federal Credit Union, Junior Achievement, First Citizens Bank, Padre Dam, Dr. Mark Zacovic, Investment Asset Management (James & Leigh Hughes), Aflac (Becky Burgstiner, Agent), Cindie Wolf Photography, and GUHSD’s CTE Department.

2017 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition

Grossmont Students Participate in the San Diego County Mock Trial Competition
For the fourth year in a row, students in Grossmont High School teacher Holly Jones’ class participated in the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition.  The Program is presented by local state and federal courts and the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).  Each team is comprised of 8-25 high school students.  SDCBA assists in providing lawyer coaches and the courts provide judges and courtrooms.  This year, 29 county high schools participated in the competition.

The mission of the program is to foster understanding and respect for the American legal system and for the rule of law. The program seeks to develop high school students into better citizens by familiarizing them with our Constitution and Bill of Rights through academic competition enhancing students’ ability to think critically, communicate effectively and work as a team as well as with other members of society.

Grossmont's team included seniors Kennedy Nolta, Bella Gargano, Sophia Wulftange, Brycen Carter, Caleb Cheek, Megan Williams, Tenema Sirleaf, Jillian Dawson, Cayla Macres, Liliana Guerrero, Sarvenaz Karbasi, Luis Escobar, Carley Freedman, Pamela Torresdey, Alyssa Chong, and junior Ashley Prus. These students dedicated over four months of training, including over 40 hours of their own time. Grossmont placed 6 out of 30 teams, and Bella Gargano came away with an individual award of "Outstanding Prosecution Attorney." 

Congratulations to our students on this once in a lifetime experience.

 Santana Cooks up a Third Place Win at CTE MasterChefs Competition

Santana Culinary Students Celebrate their Third Place Win
On Thursday March 9, Culinary Pathway students from Santana, Granite Hills, and IDEA Center participated in the 2017 San Diego County CTE MasterChefs Competition at the Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista.

Students have been practicing for several weeks for this competition and were able to showcase their skills at the event. The competition pitted ten high schools from throughout San Diego in a battle that tested students on safety, sanitation, cooking procedure and a final dish.

Students prepared two identical entrees, which include five components: protein, starch, vegetable, sauce, and edible garnish, on two burners in a one hour competition. This year’s selected protein was beef.

The event provides a platform for students to showcase their leadership, culinary skills and receive professional feedback.

This year Santana High School took third place for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all of our teams for competing.

Fourth Annual Celebration of Community Partners Event

GUHSD Staff and School Board Trustees Dr. Gary Woods & Jim Kelly with IDEA Center student Brandon Lige (center), who is employed at O'Reilly Auto Parts along with Store Manager Frank Monteau
On Thursday, March 16, we celebrated community partners involved with GUHSD’s WorkAbility & Transition Partnership Project at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon. School Board Vice President Dr. Gary Woods was present as well as School Board Trustee Jim Kelly who in closing remarks thanked employers who have partnered with the school district and agencies to support special needs students with employment and higher education opportunities.

WorkAbility and the Transition Partnership Project are statewide collaborative programs of the California Department of Education, the State Department of Rehabilitation, and local education agencies.

These programs were created through interagency agreements in order to promote career exploration and teach vocational skills to students in Special Education.

At the close of the event, a group photo was taken of all participants and attendees:

Dr. Tim Glover

Friday, March 10, 2017

What's New in GUHSD

Grossmont NJROTC Hosts Annual Military Inspection

Grossmont High NJROTC Annual Military Inspection
I was present as Grossmont High School’s NJROTC unit conducted their annual military inspection on Wednesday, March 8. The inspection, which requires a thorough review of all internal unit procedures as well as a detailed inspection of each cadet by Commander Rick Jordan, USN Ret.

Commander Jordan assumed the duties of Area 11 Manager last December. He inspected the entire unit, was the reviewing officer for the cadets’ parades, and heard the cadets’ staff briefing before departing. His review of the unit will be forwarded to the Commanding Officer of Naval Service Training Command. The cadets were rated as excellent/outstanding by the Commander.

I was very impressed with the actions of our NJROTC Cadets and thank our Naval Science Instructors, Captain James Iannone and Master Gunns, for the impact they are having on our youth.

Annual Academic League Awards Dinner

West Hills High School's Winning JV Team with Coach Corrie Biggerstaff
Santana High School hosted the 2017 Annual Academic League Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 1. The evening included an awards banquet and meal for nearly 300 players and their parents.

The dinner event was held to honor and thank the students, parents, organizers and moderators, as well as the coaches of the Academic League program.

High honors went to Santana’s Varsity team for their undefeated League Championship. On the JV front, West Hills High School was honored for their championship, 9-1 season.

Special thanks are extended to Santana Principal Tim Schwuchow for hosting the event, which was enjoyed by so many students and their families that evening.

Ninth District PTA Reflections Gala

Mount Miguel Student Angela Luu's "Story of Me"
The Ninth District PTA Annual Reflections Gala was held on Friday, March 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Diego County Office of Education.

The following GUHSD students were honored:

Award of Merit – Visual Arts – Sajad Alani (Santana)

Honorable Mention – Photography – Courtney Reiter (El Capitan)

Honorable Mention – Visual Arts:

Delany Fonseca (Monte Vista)
Vanessa Townsend (Mount Miguel)
Angela Luu (Mount Miguel)
Christyan Valdovinos (Santana)
Marisol Garibay (Monte Vista)
Elena Rodriguez/Chavez (Santana)
Sabrina Henson (Santana)

El Capitan Student Wins House of Spain's Don Quijote Poster Contest

El Capitan Student Bryan Castillo Rios' Winning Artwork
After reading the novel Don Quijote in El Capitan teacher Noelia Lara's Spanish for Spanish Speakers class, she encouraged her students to participate in a poster drawing contest. The House of Spain in Balboa Park offered a poster contest and invited students from several County schools, including El Capitan, to participate.  The first place winner of the poster contest would have their drawing used on all of the posters advertising the fourth annual "Don Quijote Read-A-Thon" event at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.

Inspired by the novel, student Bryan Castillo Rios drew an amazing illustration of Don Quijote and his esquire Sancho Panza as they prepared to battle the "giants/windmills." Bryan's illustration received first place and was used on all the posters advertising this event. 

On the day of the event, people gather on the cottages lawn area and enjoyed the novel Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes read aloud by readers from several schools all over San Diego area. Attendees also received an opportunity to learn about Spain's culture by watching flamenco dancers, viewing exhibits of portraits and eating Paella. This is the second year El Capitan has participated and assisted the House of Spain with this event.

Congratulations to Bryan Castillo Rios for your impressive first place artwork!

Register Today: 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:

In closing, I leave you with photos from the Governing Board recognition of the top Varsity and Junior Varsity Academic League teams in GUHSD:

Governing Board Recognition of the Santana Varsity Academic League Champions

Governing Board Recognition of the West Hills Junior Varsity Academic League Champions

Dr. Tim Glover

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