The culinary skills of GUHSD students from Valhalla and El Cajon Valley High Schools were on display at CA Senator Joel Anderson’s Annual Holiday Legislative Open House on Thursday, November 21, at Toyota of El Cajon. Over 2,000 people attended the event and were able to see our students shine as they represented GUHSD in an exemplary fashion.
The culinary arts students delighted guests with their hors d’oeuvres and refreshments ranging from lemon tiramisu to stuffed baby new potatoes. The culinary arts program is part of the Hospitality Pathway offered at El Cajon Valley, Granite Hills, Santana, and Valhalla High Schools.
Teachers Eugenie King (Valhalla) and Christine May (El Cajon Valley), who are both in their first year in their teaching positions, did a great job of guiding their students as they prepared for this event.
Grossmont NJROTC Shines at Mother Goose Parade
The El Cajon Mother Goose Parade is an annual tradition that has become a “must do” event for the Grossmont High School NJROTC cadets.
On November 24, more than a hundred cadets participated in the parade festivities. Led by Cadet Commander Jacqueline Fuentes, the cadets marched carrying flags, spinning rifles and performing an unarmed exhibition routing for the crowd. NJROTC booster parents supported the cadets.
In addition to the Grossmont NJROTC banner and Color Guard, nearly 70 cadets carried flags representing all 50 states plus service and territorial flags. The 50 state flag platoon was led by Cadet Master Chief Petty Office Darrian Dunning and was assisted by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Augustine. It was a great and memorable day for the cadets, whose performance was outstanding.
CTE Spotlight: Sports Medicine
Students enrolled in the Sports Medicine Pathway at Granite Hills, Grossmont, and West Hills High Schools are learning about the prevention, recognition, evaluation, rehabilitation, and management of sports injuries. This two-year, sequenced Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway provides students with the opportunity to shadow athletic trainers, who are also their instructors, and see the real-life application of this growing medical field.
This initial course provides an introduction to sports medicine and athletic training. Instruction covers: nutrition; anatomy and physiology; exercise physiology; prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries; the body’s reaction to injury; CPR & first aid; safety factors related to sports medicine; and sports medicine procedures.
The second year of the course features hands-on activities and group-based projects. Curriculum includes: prevention of athletic injuries, injury assessment, and the psychological response to injury. Instruction in treating injuries consists of therapeutic modalities, pharmacology, and rehabilitation. Students will also participate in internships within the industry, attend field trips to athletic facilities and visit college programs.
While many of the students in this CTE Pathway are interested in continuing on to become athletic trainers, there are also students who aspire to become doctors, physical therapists, paramedics, sports psychologists, fitness trainers and nutritionists. Second year students will come out of the pathway with a foundation to pursue a variety of fields in the Health Sciences Industry Sector.
More information on all of GUHSD’s CTE Pathways is available here.
Grossmont NJROTC Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
Grossmont High School NJROTC hosted its Annual Turkey Shoot on Friday, November 20, 2013. The lines were long and the tension immense as Grossmont faculty, staff and students gathered to test their aim and the chance to win a big turkey for the holidays.
Participants donated $1.00 for three shots with marksmanship air rifles. The goal was to register three bulls’ eyes by hitting a target in the center from ten meters away. While no one recorded three bulls’ eyes, there were some amazing performances. First place was awarded to Grossmont junior Darrian Dunning, with a score of 22 points. Other winners included teacher Paul Hedberg and NJROTC cadet Gavin Lopes. Congratulations to all marksmen!
Winter Registration Now Underway for Adult School Classes
Registration for Grossmont Adult School’s winter classes opened this week for the session beginning on Monday, January 6.
Grossmont Adult School offers a large variety of classes such as painting, guitar, iPad, line dancing, and Quickbooks. The Winter Super Saturday will be held on January 25, 2014, and there are plenty of classes to choose from. Sign up with a friend and make a day of it! Please visit the Adult School Website to view a complete list of course offerings.
All classes are half-price for current District employees. Stop by any Adult School office to register and take advantage of the employee discount.
Upcoming District Events . . .
As the year draws to a close and you look for ideas to get into the holiday spirit, please consider attending one of our schools’ winter choral and band concerts. Click here for the dates and times of upcoming performances.
Superintendent Ralf Swenson