01.04.18

Notice of Intent to Submit an Application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (ASSETs)

RE:  Notice of Intent to Submit an Application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (ASSETs)

In accordance with the application instructions from the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education submits a public notice to the community of Sweetwater Union High School District of San Diego County, its intent to submit an application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) After School Programs grant for public schools to be served in the aforementioned areas.

The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program, as described in federal statute, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on:

  1. Improved academic achievement
  2. Enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and
  3. Family literacy and related educational development services

SUHSD High schools who may qualify for applying for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant (ASSETs):

  • Castle Park High School
  • Hilltop High School
  • Mar Vista High School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Olympian High School
  • Options Secondary School
  • Southwest High School
  • Sweetwater High School
01.04.18

Notice of Intent to Submit an Application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (ASES)

RE:  Notice of Intent to Submit an Application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (ASES)

In accordance with the application instructions from the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education submits a public notice to the community of Sweetwater Union High School District of San Diego County, its intent to submit an application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) After School Programs grant for public schools to be served in the aforementioned areas.

The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program, as described in federal statute, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on:

  1. Improved academic achievement
  2. Enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and
  3. Family literacy and related educational development services

SUHSD Middle schools who may qualify for applying for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant (ASES):

  • Castle Park Middle School
  • Chula Vista Middle School
  • Granger Junior High School
  • Hilltop Middle School
  • Mar Vista Academy
  • Montgomery Middle School
  • National City Middle School
  • Southwest Middle School
12.12.17

New Sweetwater Mission and Belief Statements

On December 11, 2017 the Board of Trustees adopted a new Mission and Belief Statements for the Sweetwater Union High School District.

We received 115 comments and responses to the first draft and the changes reflect careful consideration of the input we received from the community and the 40 stakeholders who came together to create the initial drafts.

We thank the entire community and thank you for helping us in “Putting Students First”.

MISSION

Located in the heart of an international border community, the Sweetwater Union High School District ensures a safe, inclusive, collaborative culture that empowers each student to actively engage in a meaningful educational experience to pursue personal and academic success.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

  • We believe each student can succeed.
  • We believe in a welcoming community that is inclusive, equitable, and promotes positive academic, social, and emotional well-being.
  • We believe relationships and collaboration matter.
  • We believe resources shall be equitably distributed to ensure the success of each student.
  • We believe in the value of community voice in decision-making.
  • We believe in a culture of trust based on integrity and transparency.

 

11.14.17

2017-18 Climate and Satisfaction Survey

Parent and Community Member

The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) is currently administering a survey to parents and community members to assess their perceptions of SUHSD and to receive feedback about various factors related to the district’s overall climate. – Click here to view the survey.  

SUHSD has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey. Hanover Research is an independent market research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses to this survey are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Grants and Communications Department at (619) 691-5578. We value your input and appreciate your participation!

El distrito Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD por sus siglas en inglés) actualmente administra una encuesta para padres de familia y miembros de la comunidad con el fin de entender las percepciones del distrito y recopilar sugerencias sobre distritos factores importantes relacionados al ambiente general del distrito. – Oprima aquí para tomar la encuesta .

SUHSD se asoció con Hanover Research para administrar y analizar la presente encuesta. Hanover Research es una firma de mercadeo independiente con sede en Washington, D.C., y no está afiliada a otras entidades u organizaciones. Sus respuestas se mantendrán de manera estrictamente confidencial. La encuesta se contesta en 15 minutos aproximadamente.

Valoramos sus sugerencias y agradecemos su participación.

 

Staff

Click here for staff survey link.

10.19.17

Sweetwater District Presented $8 Million Department of Defense STEM Grant at Fleet Week Event

Grant Will Equip SUHSD Students to Thrive in College-Level Courses

Recently, the Department of Defense kicked-off San Diego Fleet Week by presenting the Sweetwater Union High School District with an $8 million grant to begin implementation of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program. The program will be implemented in 10 Sweetwater District high schools that have children of military personnel in their student bodies.Dr. Janney accepting the $8 million grant check from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program

“This grant is giving us an opportunity to really provide the time and training to enhance teaching and learning for students and for staff,” said Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney.

The NMSI grant is intended to increase the number of students taking college-level courses to prepare them for the 21st century economy. The program also places an emphasis on increasing access and achievement among traditionally underrepresented students.

“Over the last couple of years, we have worked very hard as a district to implement strategies in our teaching and learning and overall curriculum that ensure that our students are not only getting into college, but that they are prepared when they get there,” said Arturo Solis, Sweetwater District Board of Trustees President. “Our motto has been “Putting Students First” and with the help of this program, we will be able to do just that.”

The program will be implemented at Bonita Vista , Chula Vista, Eastlake, Hilltop, Montgomery, Mar Vista, Olympian, Otay Ranch, Southwest and Sweetwater high schools. 

The presentation at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier helped kick off Fleet Week San Diego. Chula Vista High student Roman Cisneros opened the program by singing the national Anthem and Mar Vista High’s NJROTC paraded the colors.

Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction attended the event and encouraged students to “continue being innovative and keep exploring.”

NMSI is a 10-year-old program that has been implemented in 217 high schools that serve military families in 31 states, 93 military installations and four military services.

09.07.17

Sweetwater District Message to Families on Pending DACA Decision

En Español

Dear Sweetwater Families:

Yesterday, the White House announced calling for an end to the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA program allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors to apply for a renewable two-year work permit and shields them from deportation.

It is important for you to know that all of our students have the right to attend school without the fear of detention and/or deportation. The Sweetwater school community believes strongly in ethics of tolerance and respect for all. What makes our district so unique is the different background and culture each student brings to our classrooms every day.

Last year, the Sweetwater Board of Trustees passed Resolution 4468, Advocating For and Protecting Each of the District’s Students as an outward demonstration of our commitment to “promote inclusion and provide a safe and secure environment…wherein each student and each employee is protected from all forms of discrimination.” The board then reinforced the resolution with adoption of Board Policies 5145.4, 5145.41, 5145.42 – all of which establish procedures to further protect/enforce our student’s immigration rights.

The Sweetwater District is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for each of our students by affirming the clearly stated values of safety, inclusion, and equity. The policies affirm the District’s commitment specifically to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for immigrant students and their families. Please know that these policies prohibit information-sharing with local law enforcement and federal immigration authority to the fullest extent possible under the law.

Further, the state of California has its own California Dream Act, which is unrelated to DACA and allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college.

We are grateful to our Board for their vision and leadership and we are proud of the beliefs and values we embrace as a district.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your legal rights, we encourage you to seek independent legal counsel. Additional resources for families can be found on the San Diego County Office of Education website at http://www.sdcoe.net/educators/Pages/Immigration-Law-Briefing-for-Schools.aspx

Sincerely,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Estimadas familias del Distrito de Sweetwater:

El día de ayer, la Casa Blanca hizo un llamado para eliminar el programa Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés). El programa DACA permite que los inmigrantes indocumentados que llegaron a Estados Unidos como menores de edad soliciten un permiso renovable de dos años para trabajar y los protege de ser deportados.

Es importante que ustedes sepan que todos los alumnos tienen derecho a asistir a la escuela sin miedo a ser detenidos o deportados. La comunidad escolar de Sweetwater cree firmemente en la ética de tolerancia y respeto para todos. Las distintas experiencias y la cultura que cada alumno comparte a diario en los salones de clases hacen de nuestro distrito escolar un lugar único.

El año pasado, la Mesa Directiva del Distrito de Sweetwater aprobó la Resolución 4468, con el fin de abogar y proteger a cada uno de nuestros alumnos como una demostración externa de nuestro compromiso para “promover inclusión y brindar un entorno seguro…en donde cada alumno y cada empleado está a salvo de todo tipo de discriminación.” La mesa directiva entonces reforzó dicha resolución con la adopción de las Políticas de la Mesa Directiva BP 5145.4, 5145.41, 5145.42, las cuales establecen los procedimientos para hacer valer y proteger los derechos de nuestros alumnos inmigrantes.

El Distrito de Sweetwater está comprometido a mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje sano y seguro para todo alumno, reiterando los valores de seguridad, inclusión, y equidad estipulados. Las políticas mencionadas confirman el compromiso del Distrito, de manera específica, de proveer un ambiente cálido, de aprendizaje sano, e inclusivo a los alumnos inmigrantes y sus familias. Queremos hacer de su conocimiento que dichas políticas prohíben el intercambio de información con la policía local y la autoridad federal de inmigración en la mayor medida posible en virtud de la ley.

Además, el estado de California cuenta con su propia ley: California Dream Act, la cual no está vinculada al programa DACA y permite que los alumnos indocumentados reciban ayuda financiera para asistir a la universidad.

Estamos muy agradecidos con la mesa directiva por su visión y liderazgo y nos sentimos muy orgullosos de las creencias y valores que hemos adoptado como distrito.

Si tienen preguntas o inquietudes acerca de sus derechos legales, recomendamos que acuda con un asesor independiente de asuntos legales. Pueden encontrar recursos adicionales para familias en la página de internet de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego en: http://www.sdcoe.net/educators/Pages/Immigration-Law-Briefing-for-Schools.aspx

Atentamente,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.
Superintendente

08.18.17

Letter from the Sweetwater Equity, Culture and Support Services Team

Colleagues and friends:
As the world watched the violence and hatred carried out by white supremacists in Charlottesville, there was absolute shock at the level of brutality exhibited by these extreme hate groups. And as educators, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to condemn racial and ethnic prejudice and to talk candidly with our students about these issues. It is equally important that we embrace diversity within our district and confront prejudice throughout our communities; if we do nothing, we can be seen as complicit.

Although these events are dispiriting, we want to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening unity within our schools and serving as beacons of hope for our students. Our district will not and does not tolerate racism, violence, or bullying by any individual or group. Moreover, we will continue to actively build inclusive, caring, and positive environments so each district student and staff is provided with a respectful and safe learning and work experience.

Please recall that last year, our Board of Trustees approved a new resolution to ensure that our students are treated with dignity and respect and have the opportunity to learn in a physically, emotionally and intellectually safe environment. And although we have many areas to improve as a district, our focus will remain on methods in which we can serve our students and staff in better and more effective ways. For instance, we will continue training our staff around issues involving diversity, inclusion, equity, bias, race, ability, and sexual and gender orientation. In addition, our district will continue collaborating with community members, subject matter experts, parents, and students to develop strategies for improving district practices.

The Sweetwater Union High School District family must not accept acts of racism, bigotry, or violence and it is imperative that we provide each student, and staff member, with a safe, positive, healthy, caring, and respectful learning and working environment.

We are asking you to stand with us in denouncing racism and other forms of bias. Together, our unified school community will make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of district students and families.

Respectfully,

Equity, Culture, Support Services Team