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