06.22.17

“Doing Business with Sweetwater Union High School District” workshop for businesses of all types

Who should attend?

This workshop is for local businesses, small businesses, and businesses of all types. The program will cover subjects such as registering to do business with the District, bid and proposal processes, terminology, rules and regulations, and how to find business opportunities with SUHSD. No workshop registration is required.

Location, Date and Time

Location:  Board Room – 1130 Fifth Ave, Chula Vista 91911
Date:  July 25, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Board Room -1130 Fifth Ave, Chula Vista 91911
Date: July 27, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

For directions or more information

Phone Number: (619) 691-5540

Informational Flyer

Click here to download an informational flyer about the event

06.20.17

Sweetwater Union High School District Graduates Thousands

Sweetwater Union High School District Graduates Thousands

“I am so proud of each graduate and student who graduated or promoted. We celebrate the achievements you’ve attained and the challenges you’ve overcome. Being an educator is the most rewarding career of all.” This is how Dr. Karen Janney, Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District, described her feelings about the classes of 2017 and the role of district faculty and staff.

This year, more than 6,500 high school seniors and middle school 8th graders graduated and promoted from across South County. A total of 27 graduation and promotion ceremonies took place over the course of four days.

Commencement ceremonies played to standing-room-only crowds of families and other supporters who turned out to see the graduates walk the stage to receive their diplomas and certificates from the Sweetwater District Board of Trustees members.

The Adult Schools commencement on May 26 was the first in the series. Held at Castle Park High School Stadium, Board of Trustees President Arturo Solis and member Frank Tarantino accepted the class of 2017. The following week began a series of middle and high school graduations and promotions, several held at De Vore Stadium at Southwestern College.

In the Fall, Sweetwater District high school graduates will attend several of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. including Harvard, Brown, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego and San Diego State University.

District Board of Trustees member Frank Tarantino inspired the graduates at several of the ceremonies by his reference to graduates who had walked the stage before them and interesting facts of things that occurred the year students were born.

Superintendent Janney heard some exceptional student speeches at our ceremonies that shared wisdom beyond their years and inspiration galore. Here are some samples of statements created by Sweetwater District students:

  • We are in motion on our way to success!
  • We can build our future!
  • We all have to have hope!
  • We are all champions!
  • Surround yourselves with people who inspire you!
  • All our dreams are valued!
  • Our lives are intertwined for life as Red Devils!
  • Find your own passion!
  • Time to open a new chapter in our lives!
  • What are the moments that led you to today?
  • YOLO – you only live once!
  • Raise your voice!
  • Our purpose will move us forward!
  • Become our best selves!
  • There is no fear that can’t be conquered!
  • May you have the vision to follow your dreams!
  • The world is calling for our humanity!
  • On to pursue your dreams!

The Sweetwater District extends it best wishes to the Class of 2017 as our students spread out across the nation and world as they pursue higher education, trade schools, the military and the workforce.

 

05.24.17

Negotiations Update: Tentative Agreement Reached on Successor Agreement with SCGA

Sweetwater Union High School District and Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association are pleased to jointly announce that we have reached a tentative agreement for a three-year successor agreement.  In the coming weeks both SCGA membership and the Board of Trustees will be voting on the Successor

Agreement.  Highlights of the Agreement include:

  1. Article 4, Wages:  3.75 % salary increase retroactive to January 1, 2017.
  2. Article 13, Caseload:  Codifies the lowering of counselor caseload from 400 to 1 to 360:1.
  3. Articles 5 & 22, Work day/Work year & Counselor In service: Adds three additional days to counselor schedules for professional learning and collaboration, which will help cut down on counselors being pulled away from their sites when students are present.
  4. Article 5, Work day/Work year: Establishes a Head Counselor position & stipend at Learning Centers.
  5. Article 7, Transfer Article:  Changes the transfer process to no longer include the lateral list, ensuring unit positions can be filled more quickly & allows for greater access to positions by unit members.
  6. Article 11, Leaves:  Expands parental leave.
  7. Article 10, Evaluations:  Clarifies that Written Assistance Plans related to employee evaluations must be in writing; and illustrates when continuances of evaluations can be given by principals.
  8. Reopener in second year to continue working on issues related to counselors working outside their duty day during the second year of the agreement.
  9. Reopeners in the second and third year of the contract for wages and benefits, once the 2017-18 school and state budget are finalized.

SCGA unit members will conduct hearings and vote on the agreement in the near future. The Board of Trustees will take action on June 12, 2017. We appreciate the work of both bargaining teams over the past year to reach this agreement. We are proud of the collaborative spirit at the bargaining table and how the process demonstrates that working together is the best way we ensure each student has the supports they need to succeed.  We look forward to working together to implement the agreement and ensure that District administrators and counselors understand the changes in the contract.

05.23.17

Negotiations Update: Tentative Agreement Reached on Successor Agreement with SEA

Sweetwater Union High School District is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement over a 3 year successor agreement between the parties.  In the coming weeks both SEA membership and the Board of Trustees will be voting on the Successor Agreement.

Highlights of the Agreement include:

1.     3.75 % salary increase retroactive to January 1, 2017

2.     Reopeners in the second and third year of the contract for wages and benefits, once the 2017-18 school and state budget are finalized.

3.     Three additional days added to all 7-12 teachers for professional learning and collaboration, which will help cut down on all teachers’ needing to obtain substitutes where they will not be pulled away from teaching students.

4.     Immediate additional support for special educators by placement of class caps and additional IEP days. Agreement to establish a special education committee to ensure a full review of the program and services in advance of further actions to the program.

5.     Modified complaint procedure to ensure complaints are resolved at the lowest possible level with the site administrator and teacher.

6.     Agree to teacher average of 51 students (with no more than 55 students) in High School Physical Education.

7.     Joint Governance Panel developed changes to align our program with the new state requirements. Agreed to collaboratively develop Peer Assistance and Review Support (PARS) pilot next school year.

8.     Parties committed to meet within 30 days of ratification to revamp extra duty stipends, creation, amounts, expectations, and processes for consideration by the Bargaining teams.

9.     Increased amount for repair or replacement of employee’s personal equipment if it is damaged due to no fault of the employee.

10.  Clarify that Written Assistance Plans related to employee evaluations must be in writing; and clarify when continuances of evaluations can be given by principals.

11.  Incentivize teachers to get Biology and Bilingual Authorization credentials by agreeing to help fund tuition reimbursement.

12.  Acknowledge that the District must consult with teachers before making changes to districtwide technology programs or implementation of professional learning communities.

SEA unit members will conduct hearings around the agreement later this week and will vote soon after. The Board of Trustees will take action on June 12, 2017.

We appreciate the work of both of the bargaining teams over the past year. We are proud of the significant language changes that we have agreed to, but we are most excited about the tone and tenor of the bargaining table this year.  Both sides worked collaboratively to understand each other’s position and together we found solutions.  While we still have a significant number of areas we want to work on together, these teams worked together to move us forward as a district.  This bargaining was an example of our collective belief that truly We Are Stronger Together. We look forward to continued work with SEA leadership to implement the new agreements.

05.18.17

Notice of public hearing – accept the preliminary plan and gather community feedback for the proposed 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Office of Language Acquisition/State and Federal Programs
466 Moss Street
Chula Vista CA 91911

Public Notice

Written notice is hereby given that the District will conduct a public hearing and accept the preliminary plan and gather community feedback for the proposed 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 6:00p.m.

Place: Sweetwater Union High School District

Administration Center – Board Room

1130 Fifth Avenue

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template will be available for public review at the hearing and, beginning May 18, 2017 at 4:30p.m., on the district’s website at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org.

Date: May 18, 2017

05.08.17

Notice of public hearing – district preliminary proposed 2017-2018 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 May 22, 2017, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider comments and recommendations regarding the Preliminary Proposed Budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The Public Hearing of the District will be held on May 22, 2017, will begin at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, California. These matters will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of the District.

04.12.17

April is Stress Awareness Month

Of course, the teenage years are, almost by definition, stressful. Hormonal and other physical changes in the body, along with fluctuating relationships with peers and parents create tension for all kids as they shift toward adulthood. But without the proper coping tools, these and other pressures of family, friends, grades, or finances can quickly begin to feel overwhelming.

Studies show that America’s children are more stressed today than ever. Suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s. One major study revealed that only 36% of seventh graders agreed with the statement, “I am happy with my life.” In the past decade, the use of pharmaceuticals to treat emotional disorders has increased by 68% for girls, and 30% for boys.

It’s hard to pinpoint why kids are experiencing more stress today. Some studies indicate that it’s a result of a greater sense of uncertainty they feel about the future. Others indicate that they are learning from their stressed-out and anxious parents, who are not setting clear boundaries.

Whatever the cause, when young people are stressed, their academic performance suffers, and the rate of depression, anxiety, withdrawal and aggression, along with unhealthy coping strategies like drug and/or alcohol use, increases.

One surprisingly effective toolbox for managing stress involves learning the relaxation techniques of Mind Body Medicine. A typical exercise that helps evoke the relaxation response might be:

  1. Sit or lie quietly in a comfortable position.
  2. Pick a positive word or phrase, for example: relax, one, I am at peace, I am calm, etc.
  3. Close your eyes.
  4. Relax your muscles.
  5. Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, repeat your focus word or phrase as you exhale.
  6. Assume a non-judging attitude. Don’t worry about how well you’re doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself, “Oh well,” and gently return to the repetition.
  7. Continue for 5-10 minutes. You might want to have a clock nearby to see how much time has passed.

Research shows that children and teens who were trained in mind body techniques developed more efficient work habits, and felt less stress and anxiety. They also increased their grade point average, self-esteem and feelings of control.

  • SUHSD Student Health Services, April 2017