Category Archives: Chula Vista

San Diego Youth Symphony, Qualcomm Honored For STEAM Education

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The hot new movement in education is combining science, technology, engineering, art and math — also known as STEAM education.

Two San Diego organizations — San Diego Youth Symphony and Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab — were honored Wednesday for their work on STEAM programs in San Diego schools.

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Big Changes, High Hopes For Sweetwater School Board This Election

All five of the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs in November and many hope the new candidates will bring a fresh start to a district plagued with corruption scandals.

The scandals involving the Sweetwater board of trustees began to unfold almost three years ago. Jill Galvez is a Chula Vista voter and former city council candidate. She said the entire district is still recovering from the humiliation.

“Our community has a black eye because of our crooked board members,” Galvez said. “It’s been an embarrassment, frankly, for the whole South Bay.”

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Roundtable Analyzes #Debates, #Fracking, Testing Violations In #ChulaVista Schools

KPBS Roundtable talks about the top stories from the week.

1: California Gov. Jerry Brown, and challenger Neel Kashkari, debate.

2: Fracking possible in California

3: Chula Vista Elementary Ignores State Rules On Tests

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Chula Vista School District Failed To Accommodate Learning Disabilities

Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards.

Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated state mandates to make testing modifications for students with disabilities.

Testing dominates the school year now. Students like fourth grader Abby Eten feel the stress. Abby said she feels like a rubber band.

“If I keep on stretching it and stretching it, it’s going to break,” she said.

Abby has more challenges than other fourth graders: She’s dyslexic. Abby’s mother, Justina Eten, said she’s always surprised by how smart her daughter is.

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Southwestern College Touts New Football Field, Classroom Building

“Schools love to show off their new buildings, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista has one that will open later this month that it’s particularly proud of.

The $25 million Fieldhouse Classroom and DeVore Stadium will be dedicated on Aug. 15 at a free public event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. And then it will be ready for students and faculty when fall classes start Aug. 18.

Funding for the project came from the $389 million Proposition R, a bond measure voters approved in 2008.”

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Chula Vista Teachers Enter Mediation With District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teacher’s union are attempting to end a contract impasse through mediation.

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Sweetwater School District’s Interim Superintendent Starts Monday

Tim Glover, picked last week to be the Sweetwater Union High School District’s interim superintendent, starts the job at the beleaguered district Monday.

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