Thank You Sweetwater Community For Supporting Measure DD

Dear Community Members,

With 100% of precincts reporting, Measure DD, a general obligation bond in the amount of $403 million, is passing with 65.56% voting in favor. There are still absentee, mail-in, and provisional ballots to be counted. In addition, the election must be certified by the Registrar of Voters. That stated, it is clear that Measure DD has been resoundingly supported by the Sweetwater Union High School District voting community.

I would like to thank all voters who took time to vote on Measure DD. I am confident that the funds derived from this passage will serve the students of SUHSD well in the coming years. This new bond measure will address several needs that our district has and continue the master planning work that we have been engaged in for the past few years.

Finally, I would like to thank all those responsible for placing Measure DD on the ballot and those who contributed their time, talents, and efforts to ensure its passage, including our Governing Board. Our students will benefit from your efforts – congratulations!

Please continue to check in with us via our district website at www.sweetwaterschools.org and our “Mesure DD” web page for more information about the bond process and other important district news and events.


Karen Janney, Ed.D.



Notice of Public Hearing – Naming Committee for the Athletics Training Room

October 1, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Naming Committee for the Athletics Training Room at the Sweetwater Union High School District Athletics Office and Wellness Center will conduct a Public Hearing to take action on a recommendation on the naming of the training room facility.

The Public Hearing of the District will be held on October 4th, 2018, will begin at 6:00PM or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Conference Room at the Athletics’ office located at 670 L Street Suite G, Chula Vista, California.


Notice Of Public Hearing Of The Sweetwater Union High School District Revised 2018-2019 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District at its Regular Meeting to be held on October 8th, 2018, will conduct a Public Hearing to take action on revisions to the 2018-2019 budget.

The Public Hearing of the District will be held on October 8th, 2018, will begin at 6:00PM or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 5th Avenue, Chula Vista, California. These matters will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of the District.



Sweetwater District Kicks-Off New School Year with First Inaugural Equity Symposium

In its third year of working towards Excellence through Equity, the Sweetwater District hosted its first Inaugural Equity Symposium. The event, held at Olympian High School was attended by more than 1,500 district teachers, faculty and staff.

The theme of this year’s Symposium suggests “Excellence through Equity” and the districts goal was to share ideas and possibilities as well as explore challenges related to the implementation of educational equity in our schools.

The symposium looked at student equity through the lens of relationships and the essence of education being based on creating a culture of excellence for all students.

“Today is about continuing our work around teaching, learning and equity,” said Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney. “Our classrooms often time are the safe harbor for many of our students in an uncertain world. It’s crucial that we empower each student to attain their personal and academic goals while they are with us.”

There were more than 80 different panelists and presenters who shared their knowledge and experiences during high engaging sessions and workshops throughout the symposium.

Dr. Pedro Noguera, a distinguished Professor of Education and Information Studies at UCLA keynoted the symposium. Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global texts.

In his keynote address, Noguera said he was heartened by his visit to Sweetwater, and he noted schools need to get in the culture of affirming students. He said, “When that is done, kids rise above their circumstances. When they are left to figure things out on their own, that is when schools produce inequalities.”

During his keynote, Noguera shared that equity and equality are not the same.  So how do we accommodate the differences amongst our students? He suggests, “by eliminating barriers in learning for all students. Be the advocates and barriers when needed for children who have none.”

Today more than ever, there is a need and desire for more inclusive schools, greater access and opportunities for students, fairness, and improved student outcomes.

“The Sweetwater District is committed to promoting excellence for staff, students, schools, communities, the district office, and both systematic and systemic programs,” said Dr. Fulcher, Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Culture and Support Services.  “We will continue to make this year the year to make a difference in the lives of our students.”


Notice of public hearing – SUHSD Preliminary Proposed 2018-2019 budget


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District at its Regular Meeting to be held on June 11th, 2018, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider comments and recommendations regarding the Preliminary Proposed Budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Public Hearing of the District will be held on June 11th, 2018, will begin at 6:00PM or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 5th Avenue, Chula Vista, California. These matters will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of the District.


Walkouts – April 20 Message to Parents

En Español

Parents/Guardians of Sweetwater Union High School Students:

On April 20, 2018, the last in a series of school walkouts (National School Walkout) will occur at schools across the country. The National School Walkout focuses primarily on high schools and takes place on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.  Although the National organizers of the events on Friday are calling for activities to take place during the entire day, the Sweetwater Union High School District has asked schools who are participating to limit their activities to a specific and limited time period during the regular school day.

A listing of the national walkouts/demonstrations include:

Like our colleagues throughout the nation, we are deeply saddened by the events in Florida and have worked with district stakeholders (students, staff, parents, community members) to develop resources and guidance for supporting our schools and students. In addition, we recognize that this is an opportunity to provide guidance to students on how they can be civically engaged and politically active in a safe and constructive manner. As a district, it is important for us to seek opportunities to listen and understand, with respect and empathy, while helping our students develop their voices. The Parkland school shooting has prompted emotion and student engagement across our nation, however, for safety reasons, we are encouraging students to remain on campus and in school during the scheduled walkouts.


Please find below some frequently asked questions that you may find helpful:

Q. What is a walkout?
A. Walkouts are a form of nonviolent protest in which participants walk out of an institution to voice their desire for change, challenging the status quo.

Q. Why is the National School Walkout planned on April 20?
A. April 20, 1999 is the day of the school shooting at Columbine High School during which 12 students and one teacher were killed.

Q. When will the National School Walkout begin?
A. On Friday, April 20th, at 10:00 am; this is the time that national organizers have called for the walkout to begin.

Q. What is the purpose of the walkout?
A. This walkout is a continuation of national student protests that highlight gun control and school safety.

Q. What is the District’s position on the planned April 20th walkout?
A. It is the District’s expectation that students attend school and all classes on each scheduled school day. Students are encouraged to stay on campus where they can choose to participate in peaceful, safe and collaboratively planned activities on the school grounds.

Q: Will students receive consequences if they participate in an upcoming walkout?
A: The law requires that students attend school. However, the school/district cannot punish students for missing school to participate in a political protest more harshly than missing school for any other purpose. For example, if students might have to attend Saturday School for unexcused absences, then missing school to attend a protest should similarly result in Saturday School as a typical consequence. With that said, students who leave school grounds without permission will be considered truant.

Q: What are the consequences of leaving school?
A: Legally, students voluntarily electing to leave campus/school without authorization are truant and subject to the same consequences as any other truant student. It is, however, important to note that district students will not typically receive consequences for their participation in any of the jointly planned school events.

Q: What are possible alternatives to walkouts?
A: The following suggestions may be considered by school teams-

  • Students can write/pledge to support violence prevention measures and improve school safety
  • Begin the 10am hour with 17 minutes of silence in honor of Parkland victims and end with 13 minutes of student speeches
  • Allow for approved student-led “on campus” events during a scheduled block of the day
  • Schedule special events during each hour of the school day (special announcements over PA, moments of silence, an approved student speech each hour at an agreed upon location, etc.)
  • Organize sit-ins, teach-ins, or “walk-ins”
  • Students and staff link arms around a symbolic location (or around a school building) to represent interconnectedness and safety
  • Students can be encouraged to wear orange (armbands, t-shirts, headbands, etc.)
  • Plan an on-site walkout/walk-in during which students can march to the gym, multipurpose room, or another location for an assembly/presentation
  • Students can write letters to policymakers about the need to keep schools safe
  • Initiate voter education or voter registration campaigns for students
  • Read and honor the list of Parkland and Columbine victims during a defined demonstration period

Q. Where can I get additional information?
A. Please see the district website at www.sweetwaterschools.org/walkouts-message-to-parents for additional information.


Estimados padres de familia y tutor:

El 20 de abril de 2018 se llevará a cabo el último de la serie de paros estudiantiles (Paro Escolar Nacional) en las escuelas a lo largo del país. El paro escolar nacional se centra primordialmente en las preparatorias, y se llevará a cabo en el aniversario del tiroteo de la preparatoria Columbine. Aunque los organizadores nacionales de los eventos del viernes piden que se realicen actividades durante todo el día, el Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater les ha pedido a las escuelas que participan que limiten sus actividades a un período de tiempo específico y limitado durante el día escolar regular.


La lista de los paros o manifestaciones a nivel nacional incluye:


Al igual que nuestros colegas de todo el país, sentimos una profunda tristeza por los sucesos ocurridos en Florida y hemos trabajado con las partes interesadas ​​del distrito (alumnos, personal, padres de familia, y miembros de la comunidad) para elaborar recursos y guías para apoyar a las escuelas y al alumnado. Asimismo, reconocemos que es una oportunidad para orientar a los alumnos sobre cómo pueden participar cívicamente y estar activos políticamente de manera segura y constructiva. Como distrito, es importante que busquemos oportunidades para escuchar y entender, con respeto y empatía, mientras ayudamos a los alumnos a desarrollar su voz. El tiroteo de la escuela Parkland ha despertado las emociones y el compromiso de los alumnos de toda nuestra nación, sin embargo, por razones de seguridad, estamos alentando a los alumnos a permanecer en el campus y en la escuela durante los paros programadas.


A continuación, proporcionamos algunas preguntas frecuentes que pueden ser útiles:

P. ¿Qué es un paro estudiantil?
R. Los paros estudiantiles son un tipo de manifestación pacífica en la cual los participantes abandonan caminando la institución para expresar su deseo de cambio, desafiando el estatus de la situación actual.

P. ¿Por qué se planificó el paro escolar nacional para el 20 de abril?
R. El 20 de abril de 1999 fue el día del tiroteo en la preparatoria Columbine High School en el cual fallecieron 12 alumnos y un maestro.

P. ¿Cuándo iniciará el Paro Escolar Nacional?
R. El viernes 20 de abril, a las 10:00 a.m. que es la hora que los organizadores a nivel nacional han determinado que inicie el paro estudiantil.

P. ¿Cuál es el propósito del paro estudiantil?
A. El paro estudiantil es la continuación de las manifestaciones nacionales estudiantiles que tienen como fin resaltar el control de armas y la seguridad escolar.

P. ¿Cuál es la postura del Distrito acerca del paro estudiantil programado para el 20 de abril?
R. El Distrito espera que los alumnos asistan a la escuela y a todas sus clases todos los días de clases que están programados. A los alumnos se les anima a permanecer en el campus donde pueden participar de manera pacífica, segura y en colaboración en actividades planificadas que se llevarán a cabo dentro del predio escolar.

Q: ¿El alumno enfrentará consecuencias si participa en el próximo paro estudiantil?
R: La ley exige que el alumno asista a la escuela. Sin embargo, el personal escolar o del distrito no puede castigar al alumno por faltar a la escuela para participar en una protesta política con más dureza que por faltar a la escuela por cualquier otro motivo. Por ejemplo, si el alumno tuviera que asistir a sesiones sabatinas por inasistencias injustificadas, entonces faltar a la escuela para asistir a una protesta debe tener consecuencias similares, y tener que asistir a sesiones sabatinas sería la típica consecuencia. Habiendo dicho lo anterior, el alumno que abandone el predio escolar sin permiso, se le considerará alumno con falta injustificada.

P: ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias por abandonar el plantel escolar?
R: Legalmente, a todo alumno que decide, de manera voluntaria, abandonar el campus o el plantel escolar sin autorización, se le marca con falta injustificada y queda sujeto a las mismas consecuencias que enfrentaría cualquier alumno con faltas de asistencia injustificadas. Sin embargo, es importante mencionar que los alumnos del distrito, por lo general, no enfrentarán consecuencias por su participación en cualquiera de los eventos escolares planificados.

P: ¿Cuáles son las posibles alternativas para los paros estudiantiles?
R: Los equipos escolares pueden considerar algunas de las siguientes alternativas –

  • Los alumnos pueden escribir y comprometerse a apoyar las medidas de prevención de violencia y las medidas para mejorar la seguridad escolar.
  • A partir de las 10:00, dedicar 17 minutos de silencio en honor a las víctimas de Parkland y concluir con 13 minutos de discursos estudiantiles.
  • Permitir eventos “en el campus” dirigidos por alumnos aprobados durante un bloque programado en el día.
  • Programar eventos especiales durante cada hora del día escolar (anuncios especiales por el altavoz, momentos de silencio, un discurso aprobado por el alumnado cada hora en un lugar acordado, etc.)
  • Organizar manifestaciones pacíficas en las cuales los alumnos permanecen sentados (sit-ins), foros constructivos (teach-ins), o abandonan el aula para manifestarse dentro del predio escolar (walk-ins).
  • Los alumnos y el personal se unen de los brazos alrededor de un lugar simbólico (o alrededor de un edificio de la escuela) para representar la interconexión y la seguridad.
  • A los alumnos se les puede animar a vestir de color naranja (brazaletes, camisetas, diademas, etc.)
  • Planificar una manifestación abandonando el aula sin salir del predio escolar durante la cual los alumnos caminan hacia el gimnasio, el salón multiusos, u otra ubicación para asistir a una asamblea o presentación.
  • Los alumnos pueden escribir cartas a los legisladores sobre la necesidad de mantener a las escuelas seguras.
  • Iniciar campañas de educación electoral o de registro de votantes para alumnos.
  • Leer y honrar la lista de víctimas de Parkland y Columbine durante un período definido de manifestación.

P. ¿Dónde puedo obtener más información?
R. Si desea obtener más información, favor de consultar la página de internet del distrito bajo http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/walkouts-message-to-parents/#spanish

Si tiene preguntas adicionales, comuníquese con el director de la escuela de su hijo (a).