Santana Students Participate in Round Table Debates
AP English students in San Diego County Teacher of the Year Eileen Bagg-Rizzo’s classroom tried their hand at argumentation as their classroom was transformed into a round table debate patterned after the show, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
The objective of Ms. Bagg-Rizzo’s lesson was for students to explore controversial issues from multiple perspectives. While one group participates in the round table discussion, the rest of the class is in the “TV Land” gallery taking notes for follow-up questions. For homework, the class then responds on a blog and voices their fact-based opinions.
Controversial issues discussed included privacy rights in terms of government monitoring private citizens and oil dependence. Students participating in the round table discussions prepared responses for the various roles that included republican, democrat, historian, economist and sociologist.
Students applied vital critical thinking skills and practiced looking at issues from multiple perspectives in preparation for the synthesis question on the AP exam. In addition, students learned to use evidence while formulating arguments, not just opinions.
As a San Diego County Teacher of the Year, Eileen Bagg-Rizzo is responsible for representing the teaching profession in a variety of settings over the past year including: recognition at the San Diego County Board of Education, Scottish Rite Center Recognition Dinner, Holiday Bowl Parade, PTA Founder’s Day Breakfast, Distinguished School visits, and a presentation at the Educating for Careers state conference in Sacramento. She will end the school year with interviews for next year’s County Teacher of the Year and will throw out the first pitch at a Padres game in May.
CTE Spotlight: Cosmetology
On Friday, February 21, the Grossmont Union High School District’s Cosmetology Pathway was highlighted at the monthly East County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee meeting. The Cosmetology Pathway is part of the Fashion & Interior Design Industry Sector identified by the State of California as one with expanding employment opportunities. The Cosmetology Pathway is currently offered at Mount Miguel, Chaparral, and Monte Vista High Schools. Additionally, there is an evening program at Monte Vista that is open to all students in the District.
Instructor Angie Trujillo, and three of her students presented to the Committee how the Cosmetology Pathway has led them to find their career niche. The students were grateful for the program, and the head start that they have received in their training. All three stated that they have learned not only the day-to-day activities in a salon, but also the business side of the industry in the event that they decide to run their own salon in the future.
Upon completion of the program, students have the option to enroll in a 1,600 hour licensure program at an area beauty college in order to become licensed by the State of California. Currently, there are 31 students from last year’s graduating class who are enrolled at California Hair Design in pursuit of their license.
We look forward to the opening of the new CTE building at Chaparral High School next fall, which will be the new home to its Cosmetology Pathway.
Unity Days at Mount Miguel High School
Mount Miguel High School hosted Unity Days for its sophomore class last month. Seventy student leaders from Link Crew and LEAD Crew led the way, facilitating conversations and directing activities promoting equality, empathy, and self-discovery. Students were given the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and discuss issues they feel have impacted their lives and the lives of their peers. More importantly, student leaders excelled in providing an atmosphere of social and emotional support for every student involved.
Unity Days was a true team effort at Mount Miguel, developing an increased sense of community between all students and staff. Mount Miguel continues to work tirelessly to raise the bar in creating a supportive and respectful atmosphere that builds trust and unity among all demographics. Unity Days helped bring Mount Miguel one step closer to achieving this mission.
All-Star Match Closes Academic League Season
On Wednesday, March 5, Varsity Championship team Santana High School hosted the District All Star Match. This match consists of the two best players from each District team challenging the championship team in preparation for the County championship. Trustee Dick Hoy was a guest moderator at the match and Trustee Jim Stieringer was also present.
The level of knowledge and sportsmanship exhibited by our students was exemplary and inspirational to watch. Congratulations to Santana Coach Brooke Crocker and the Santana team for winning the Varsity competition. Santana now advances to represent the District at the County Championship on April 28, where they will vie for first place among 76 high schools.
I congratulate all of our teams and coaches on a terrific season! I also thank our moderators and coordinators, Ruth Weiss, Dick Beach and Steve Haiman for their steadfast commitment to this vital program in our District.
Save the Date: Latina Women’s Empowerment Conference on 3/22
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 8:15 a.m., Mount Miguel High School will host its 8th Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference in the school gymnasium. Girls ages 14-18 of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend the event which will focus on breaking through the cultural barriers that prevent girls from reaching their educational dreams. This year’s theme is: Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.
Program speakers will include Noramay Cadena, Integrated Product Team Leader at Boeing Satellite Systems & Co-founder of the Latinas in STEM Foundation, and Geena the Latina, co-host of the “Frankie and Geena” Morning Show on KHTS, FM Channel 93.3 San Diego.
For more information, please contact Sylvia Sposato at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 667-6451.
Reminder: Faculty Follies 3/12 – 3/15
El Cajon Valley High School will host its 31st Annual Faculty Follies nightly from March 12 – 15. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. in the El Cajon Valley Little Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event support college scholarships for deserving seniors. Don’t miss this annual treat of skits, singing and dancing!
Championship Matches This Weekend
Congratulations to three of our teams that will be competing in CIF Championship Finals on Saturday. The Helix Girls’ Soccer team plays at 11:00 a.m. at San Diego Mesa College and their Girls’ Basketball team is at USD at 1:07 p.m. Granite Hills Girls’ Soccer finishes the day at Clairemont High School with a 4:30 p.m. game.
In addition, Steele Canyon Girls’ Wrestling has already won the CIF Wrestling Championship, Valhalla Girls’ Water Polo is the CIF Division II Champion, and Granite Hills Girls’ Water Polo was also a Championship Finalist finishing runner-up in Division I.
Congratulations and Go Team!
Superintendent Ralf Swenson