Sweetwater Union High School District Partners with San Diego Tech Company NFINIT to Launch Internship Program

SAN DIEGO — October 5, 2021 — Sweetwater Union High School District announces a partnership with NFINIT, a San Diego-based provider of hybrid cloud solutions, connectivity, and colocation, to launch a new paid internship program benefiting local students. With NFINIT’s San Diego data center as their classroom, each student gains highly employable skills around cybersecurity, cloud, network engineering, data science and more during the six-month internship.


The new program launched in June 2021 with two interns: Arvie Cabal and John Paul Minimo, former Sweetwater High School students now attending San Diego State University. After providing interns with exposure to a broad view of IT-related career choices, the program allows students to choose one area of interest to focus on. While Cabal has worked on developing a “honeypot,” a controlled environment created to lure in cyber attacks as part of a data center’s constant check for any security weaknesses, Minimo chose to build a server that allows NFINIT to perform speed tests within their network. Cabal and Minimo also learned the ins and outs of managing a Network Operations Center (NOC), including the deployment of virtual servers, remote hands tasks, creation and resolution of customer trouble tickets, cable construction, fiber cabling, and more. Both interns are learning skills critical for any company requiring help with core systems, operating center, and help desk services.


“By combining a computer science education and practical training in growing tech fields, we’re empowering underserved students with boundless opportunities,” explains Art Lopez, Sweetwater’s District TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) for Computer Science. Eleven years ago, Art Lopez (and other district leaders), in collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and UC San Diego CREATE, launched a computer science program at Sweetwater, which has grown to span 65 courses throughout the District. “When it comes to the computing and tech fields, far too few women and people of color are represented, and we’re working to change that. Sweetwater students have access to many internship opportunities, but this is the first of its kind in computer science, with a focus on underserved populations.”


According to Code.org, only about 22 percent of participation in the Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. high schools is by young women; 13 percent is by students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups. While diversity in computer science continues to lack, computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow by 11% between 2019 and 2029, earning a median annual salary of $88,240, ComputerScience.org reports.


“Though we serve global clients at NFINIT, we’re very focused on giving back to our local community, and we’re in a unique position to do so,” says Denis Savage, Vice President of Operations for NFINIT, who is managing the program on NFINIT’s side along with Phil Kenney, CEO of NFINIT. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than by providing opportunities for Sweetwater students to boost their STEM education in a practical setting, learning skills that will empower themselves and their communities for years to come.”


“It’s at the heart of our promise to Sweetwater students that we’ll provide equitable access to opportunities that will help them succeed,” says Dr. Ana Maria Alvarez, Assistant Superintendent at Sweetwater Union High School District. “To that end, careers powering the digital economy are the future. We’ve seen throughout the pandemic the incredible relevance and necessity of internet connectivity and data security. By teaching Sweetwater students applicable, marketable skills using a world-class data center that happens to be right in their community, we’re empowering their future.”


NFINIT will welcome at least two more interns in June 2022; the application process is scheduled to kick off in April.




About Sweetwater Union High School District

Founded in 1920, the Sweetwater District has grown to more than 40,000 students in grades 7 through 12 and more than 22,000 adult learners. The district’s 30 campuses are located in the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego, including the communities of Bonita, Eastlake, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and South San Diego. For more information, visit www.sweetwaterschools.org.



NFINIT provides full stack technology services, including connectivity, colocation, and enterprise-class cloud. Every workload has unique challenges, and NFINIT’s consultative approach and focus on innovation ensures that we deliver the best customized environment, every time. Serving thousands of clients worldwide from our home base in San Diego, NFINIT aims to fulfill our clients’ technology roadmap with best-in-breed solutions and expert support. For more, visit www.nfinit.com.


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Written notice is hereby given that the district will conduct a public hearing and adopt Resolution No. 4687

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Public Notice

Written notice is hereby given that the district will conduct a public hearing and adopt Resolution No.4743, assuring that every student in the Sweetwater Union High School District has sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials to use in the classroom and to take home in each of the four content areas: Reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science, plus foreign language and health, and that these textbooks and/or instructional materials are aligned to the State Content Standards.

Date:  Monday, September 13, 2021

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Place: Sweetwater Union High School District

Board Room

1130 Fifth Avenue 

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Posted on August 30, 2021


2021-2022 school year alternative program options including two types of independent study

The Sweetwater Union High School District is ready to welcome back all students to the 2021-2022 school year. Our traditional school sites will be offering in person instruction beginning July 21 at all of our sites.  
We also have a number of alternative program options including two types of independent study.  We have traditional independent study and you can get information about that program HERE.  We also have a virtual school option which opened in July 2020.  Here is a video explaining Launch Virtual Academy.   You can sign up for an informational meeting about that program HERE.

Public Notification of New Subject of Bargaining with CSEA and its Chapter 471

Pursuant to Government Code 3547, BP 4143.1 and BP 4243.1, when a new subject of bargaining is introduced after the parties have publicly noticed their initial proposals for a successor contract (such as an unopen contract article), the information exchanged shall be made public within 24 hours.  Attached is the link to the topic discussed on June 3, 2021, and tentative agreement reached with CSEA and it chapter 471 regarding the same as part of the current open successor bargaining.  Currently successor bargaining over sunshined articles continues.

Article 17 Chapter 471 – Typing Cert TA 6-3-21 Signed.pdf


2021-22 School Year Update

Hello Sweetwater Families,
As the 2020-21 school year is coming to a close, we want to take a moment to say thank you for all that your students have accomplished during this very challenging year, where we have all been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Also, we would like to update you regarding the 2021-22 school year.  All of the schools in our District will be returning for in-person instruction, five-days a week, during the upcoming school year.  We will continue to closely monitor federal, state, and county health guidance to ensure our return is done in a manner that observes the prevailing safety protocols.
For families who wish to remain in a virtual learning environment, our district will continue to offer “Launch Academy” as an option.  Registration information for Launch Academy, may be found here: http://launch.sweetwaterschools.org/now-enrolling-for-2021-22-school-year/
We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021-22.  For our graduating seniors, Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Dr. Moises G. Aguirre


Sweetwater Union High School District


Statement Regarding the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial

After nearly a year of protests, the nation and the world focused on Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the announcement of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. Officer Chauvin was found to be guilty on all three counts of murder.

The implications of this trial are profound; the relationships between law enforcement agencies and communities of color continue to be strained and scrutinized. Officer Chauvin, through the due process provided to him by the American justice system, was held accountable for the murder of Mr. Floyd.

Now that the Chauvin trial has been adjudicated, we can begin the process of healing as a society, as a country and as a community. Undoubtedly, this case has affected us and our students. As educators, we need to provide safe spaces for students to dialogue about this case and its impact on their lives.

The San Diego County Office of Education has developed curated resources for educators to use with students in processing this event. These resources can be accessed HERE.

The Sweetwater Union High School District looks forward to continuing the dialogue about this case as well as the systemic inequities related to student achievement. For more information about the District’s educational equity work, please use the information below to contact Dr. Vernon Moore.

Vernon Moore
Chief of Educational Equity and Support Services


2021 Graduation/Promotion Statement

2021 Graduation/Promotion Statement

April 19, 2021

Dear Sweetwater Community,

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges to our education system. Campuses were closed to in-person instruction, athletic programs were paused and for the Class of 2020, in-person graduation and promotion exercises were canceled.

This month, we have reopened schools across the District to more students. This year’s seniors, the Class of 2021, have been invited to return to schools for these last weeks of in-person instruction.

On April 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance regarding graduation and promotion ceremonies for schools. This guidance provided recommendations to help us properly celebrate the momentous milestone of graduation and promotion, while also preventing the spread of COVID-19. The guidance from state and local agencies will be monitored on an ongoing basis and we will make adjustments to our planned ceremonies, as needed.

We are excited to announce that beginning on June 2, should the COVID-19 conditions allow, we will host modified in-person graduation ceremonies for our 12th graders and in-person promotion ceremonies for our 8th graders.

 In order to minimize large crowds, these ceremonies will be scheduled in small cohorts of 200 students or less. Each school will schedule a sufficient number of small cohort ceremonies to ensure that all eligible graduating and promoting students have an opportunity to participate.

Please note: These in-person graduation and promotion ceremonies must follow all COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Specifically, the current guidelines require us to limit the number of guests invited to the ceremonies. As such, the spectator limits and protocols are as follows:

  • Each graduate or promoting student is allowed to have FOUR (4) guests. These four guests are expected to be from the student’s primary household and may NOT be transferred to another student. Further, the guests MUST arrive with the graduating or promoting student in order to be admitted to the venue.
  • All students and guests must sign a District waiver prior to entering the graduation/promotion venue.
  • All students and guests must submit to a health screening and temperature check prior to entering the venue.
  • All students and guests must wear a mask (covering both the mouth and nose) at all times— before, during and after the event.
  • Prior to entry into the ceremony, the student and guests must wait together, maintaining at least six feet of distance from other groups.
  • Once in the venue, students will be seated together (six feet apart) while guests will be seated in the stands or other observation area. Guests from the same household will be expected to sit together, maintaining six feet of distance from other groups while seated in the stands.
  • There will be no concessions within the venues.
  • Each cohort session is expected to last 30-45 minutes.

These are the initial guidelines for the District’s graduation and promotion ceremonies. In mid-May, your individual school will provide more information, such as the specific dates, times and locations of the ceremonies, as well as other important protocols.

Please contact Student Support Services at 619.691.5564 or student.services@sweetwaterschools.org, if you have any questions.