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