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