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I begin this issue by wishing you a safe and relaxing Spring Break as we embark on our annual week-long spring recess. As a reminder, Spring Break is from April 14 through April 18, 2014, with school resuming on Monday, April 21, 2014. During this time away, it is my hope that our students, staff and families will enjoy some well-deserved rest, relaxation, and quality time spent with loved ones.

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Issues 2013 Annual Report

CBOCLast night the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) presented their annual report to the Governing Board.

The CBOC community volunteers work year round to independently review the District’s management of the Prop H/U building programs. Together these programs are designed to improve the academic environments for all students in the District and to build a new high school in Alpine.

The report provides a comprehensive review of challenges faced and accomplishments achieved. Included in the report is a review of the financial status, status of projects, and results of the latest audits and CBOC project reviews. In addition, the report includes completed, scheduled and planned projects for all existing and new campuses.  The report is available here.

Printed versions of the report will be distributed to PTAs. It will also be available in all school offices, county libraries within the district, and at CBOC and School Board meetings.

Since the first CBOC annual report in 2005 a total of 38 community volunteers have served on the committee. We appreciate the work of these volunteers steadfast commitment to actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction. I also extend our appreciation to 2013 outgoing CBOC members Timothy Brindley, Tod Ferguson, Penny Halgren, Robert Matthews, and Jeff Wilson.

For further information on CBOC activities, or to get involved, please visit the website.

Mount Miguel Virtual Enterprise Students Outperform Competition

Members of the Mount Miguel virtual enterprise company -  The Milky Way

Members of the Mount Miguel virtual enterprise company – The Milky Way

Mount Miguel High School’s Virtual Enterprise program hosted the 13th Annual San Diego Virtual Enterprise Trade Fair on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Market Creek – Jacobs Center in San Diego. The student-oriented business event is designed to simulate a business trade fair and featured high school students “selling” products and services for the virtual companies they developed.

Over 850 students representing 50 high school Virtual Enterprise programs from California participated in the event. The virtual companies were judged in a variety of categories prior to the event including: company catalog, website, video marketing plan, video commercial and financial statements. On the day of the event, students and their VE companies competed in booth design, salesmanship and impact marketing/billboard design categories.

Mount Miguel’s HTM Academy seniors finished strong at the trade show.   Out of the 50 competing high schools, Mount Miguel’s companies, ALIVE and The Milky Way,  finished the trade show year with nine Top-10 Awards:


1st Place – Video Marketing Plan

1st Place – Marketing Billboard

5th Place – Financial Statements

9th Place – Salesmanship

10th Place – Website Design

10th Place – Video Commercial

The Milky Way:

2nd Place – Salesmanship

3rd Place – Video Commercial

8th Place – Financial Statements

Honorable Mention – Video Marketing Plan

Congratulations to the Mount Miguel Virtual Enterprise students and staff!

Grossmont ASB Holds Annual Convention

Grossmont's Annual Convention was packed with enthusiasm and colorful costumes

Grossmont’s Annual Convention was marked by enthusiasm and colorful costumes

Grossmont High School’s ASB held its annual convention on Friday, April 4. The Old Gym was packed with candidates’ elaborate booths. This year’s theme was Land vs. Water.

A few weeks prior to convention, a schoolwide primary election was held to narrow each position to two candidates.

I joined more than 400 delegates who were present in the Old Gym to vote on the final candidates for six ASB positions. Students had the opportunity to participate in delegation group competitions, cheers, and activities. They also listened to the candidates answer questions and debate prompts, viewed candidates’ campaign videos and, watched the commissioners perform activities. Afterward, each delegation group voted on the commissions and the votes were counted. At the end of the day, the winners for all 13 positions were announced. Delegates also participated in a fashion show of costumes, and instructional dance videos were played for entertainment. Overall, it was an engaging and exciting day that taught students about democracy through participation in the political process.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson

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