Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) April 20, 2016

College and Career Readiness Office

680 L Street Suite E, Chula Vista, CA 91911 Tel. 619.600.3340


Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Results

The results are in.....!

Congratulations to all students that represented SUHSD at the 2016 Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair on Sunday March 20, 2016 at Balboa Park Activity Center.

Click HERE for the list of all SUHSD winners. Click HERE for our 2016 SUHSD District Fair newsletter.

Bonita Vista High School

Principal: Bettina Batista | Teacher: Michelle Mardahl

Student: Segan Helle 1st Place for Environmental Science | +Multiple awards in different categories

Eastlake High School

Principal: Maria E. Lizarraga | Teacher: Cheryl Bayley

Students: Joshua Lee & Katie Tam 1st Place for Plant Sciences | +Additional award

Bonita Vista Middle School

Principal: Eduardo Reyes | Teachers: Lia Abundes, Cindy Shimasaki, and Carla Cardenas

Student: Sophia Epley 1st Place for Behavioral/Social Sciences | +Additional awards

Castle Park Middle school

Principal: Gina Galvez-Mallari | Teachers: Daniel Frank, Carla Dillan, and Christianna Dayawan

Student: Santiago Benitez 3rd Place for Environmental Science

Chula Vista Middle School

Principal: Julissa Gracias | Teachers: Gina Saclauso-Caro

Student: Natalie Ramirez 1st Place for Plant Sciences | +Additional awards

Eastlake Middle School

Principal: Juan Ulloa | Teachers: Ricardo Martinez

Student: Sonya Googins 2nd Place for Behavioral/Social Sciences | +Additional awards

Rancho Del Rey Middle School

Principal: Anna Pedroza | Teacher: Susan Tu

Student: Joseph Samuel 1st Place Engineering - Materials and Bioenginering | +Additional awards

Chevron Design Challenge (SDSU/PLTW)

2016 San Diego Regional Design Challenge

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, two of our schools offering engineering classes participated in the 2016 Chevron Design Challenge organized by PLTW-California and SDSU. Thank you to Chula Vista High School and Olympian High School for representing our district at the event.

Chula Vista High School

Principal: Mary Rose Peralta

Teacher: Stephen Streifer

Students: – Isaias Ortiz, Omar Garcia, and Diego Amador.

Olympian High School

Principal: Ernesto Zamudio

Teacher: Julio Avasan

Students: Rejiryc Perez, David Valentin, and Andrew Son

-5th Place Overall-

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BE THE CHANGE . . . SUHSD students are the change

Jose Guaro (SUHi 12th grade student)

Jose Guaro received Elks Lodge Teenager of the month scholarship for his ties and commitment to El Toyon Elementary School in teaching students computer coding. Jose teaches 4th-6th grade students programming on Fridays.

"Coding is such a great skill to have, even if one were not to pursue any sort of computational field,... Kids are often dissatisfied with their schooling either because they think the lessons being taught have no benefit, or they are not compelled or intellectually stimulated, or both. With coding - and this can be applied to any subject - the math one learns is combined with the grammar they had to practice" -Jose Guaro-

Antoine Serrano (SUHi 11th grade student)

Antoine was just awarded a full ride for the rigorous Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Program (Cost: $6300). He is an extremely hard-working student who has a true passion for learning. He currently is the Robotics Club president, and a nominee for the AVID 11th Grade Lamp of Learning Scholarship (worth $20,000).

This will be his 3rd summer program. In 9th grade he participated in the Upward Bound Summer Bridge program. Last year he was given a full-ride to attend the UCSD COSMOS Program, and now, STANFORD!

Underwater Robotics Seaperch

On Saturday, April 16 - Mar Vista Academy students participated at San Diego Seaperch (underwater robotics) Regional competition. It was fun and refreshing!

Mar Vista Academy Viking Seaperch Teams received the “Nancy Taylor Inspiration Award” for their calmness in the face of difficulty, their teamwork, and critical thinking skills during the competition. They stood out among the 46 teams who were present at the competition!


Principal: Thomas Winters | Teacher: Alicia Johal


AFA San Diego Teacher of the Year

Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118

Ms. Carrie Northum (SYHS) was named teacher of the year by the Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118. The award was presented to Ms. Northum by the chapter president Dick Jeffreys. President Dick Jeffreys presented her a check for $500 toward the goal of getting her VEX Robotics team to the VEX CREATE US Open Robotics Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa on April 7-9, 2016.


VEX CREATE US Open Robotics Championship

Congratulations to San Ysidro High School Vex Teams 8301A & 8301C for representing SUHSD at the VEX CREATE US Open Robotics Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa on April 7-9, 2016.

Go Cougars!!!

Principal: Hector Espinoza | Teacher: Carrie Northum

STEM Family Night at Montgomery High School

On Thursday, April 7th, 2016, Montgomery High Schools' STEM CLUB hosted its 2nd Annual "Family STEM Night". The event was full of fun-filled interactive STEM activities; AP Chem-Ice Cream, Wind tunnel, 3D Printing, Non-Newtonian Slime, Baggie Reactions, Reptile Petting Zoo, Make your Own Lava Lamp, Science of Dry Ice, FIRST & VEX Robotics, among others. Go Aztecs!

CTE Maker Space Challenge - Second Round

Congratulations Chula Vista High School & Good luck on the second round!

The U.S. Department of Education invited eligible schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge by submitting a design for a CTE makerspace. Chula Vista High School is moving to the second phase of the challenge. More details about CTE Makeover Challenge HERE.

Multimedia Ingenuity at Eastlake High School

Mr. Rodney Hall (CTE Multimedia Productions Teacher) guided his students at Eastlake High School in designing and developing a Multimedia SoundScape Interface.
Multimedia SoundScape

Mr. Art Lopez (SUH) -@ College Board’s Preparáte Latino Conference-

Mr. Lopez (SUH) was invited to serve as a panelist at the College Board’s Preparáte Latino Conference held in New York City on April 19, 2016. He presented with Dr. Jan Cuny of the National Science Foundation and professor Dan Garcia of UC-Berkeley. Thank you Mr. Lopez for making a difference in Computer Science Education and representing Sweetwater Union High School District.

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San Diego Mayor's Cyber Cup FINALS

SUHSD has three Cyber Teams moving on to the Final rounds on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Castle Park High School

Principal: Viky Mitrovich

Teacher: Daniel Pearson Mentor: Preston Hathaway (SAIC)

Eastlake High School

Principal: Maria E. Lizarraga

Teacher: Chandra Goodnough Mentor: Nelson Mozzini

Eastlake Middle School

Principal: Juan Ulloa

Teacher: Tara Taylor

Best of luck to our teams! Go sweetCYBER!

2016 VEX World Championships (@ Kentucky) April 20-23, 2016

Best of luck to Team 507B- Otay Ranch High School Mustangs at the 2016 VEX World Championships to be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on April 20-23, 2016.

Team members: Justin Bellarmino, Nicolas Ma, Annika Manlutac, Glenn Sivila, Brian Thai, and Tatsuya Vlaming.

Principal: Jose Brosz | Chad Pearson | Hayley Salazar

San Diego Math Field Day

Eastlake Middle School, Granger Jr. High School, and Rancho del Rey Middle School will be representing SUHSD at the upcoming San Diego County Math Field Day to be held at The Bishop's School on May 21, 2016. Do Math & have Fun!

Information about past SUHSD 17th Math Field Day Event HERE

NEW Zero Waste -Pilot- Program at Southwest High School

Southwest HS's Eco-Engineering Academy & SUHSD Nutrition Services partnered up to bring hands-on experience for students to learn about and implement a model that demonstrates responsible management of organic material resources, food waste reduction, and composting.

Nutrition Services Director: Eric Span SOH-Principal: Lee Romero

Teachers: Dr. Hector Arias & Jesus Arias

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FREE EVENT: Women's Hackathon Event at CSU San Marcos

Saturday, April 30th, 8:30am-8:30pm

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA

Calling Female High School and College Students Cal State San Marcos, April 30, 2016 [8:30am-8:30pm] Free Registration at: http://sandiegohackathon.org/

Questions? Please Contact Dr.Youwen Ouyang, Professor of Computer Science at: ouyang@csusm.edu

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Summer Science and Technology Workshops @ UCSD

UCSD Middle School and High School

2016 Summer Science and Technology Workshops

Summer 2016 will be a great summer filled with fun and learning at the San Diego Supercomputer Center located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). With over 20 workshops to choose from, summer offerings include robotics, video production, animation creation with SCRATCH, programming, android app development, art, skateboard creation and much more! Workshops are open to students in middle and high school. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Full details HERE

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy for Girls at UCSD

The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy for Girls offers fascinating and fun learning experiences in science, technology and engineering; with applied mathematics and art design (STEAM) for girls entering grades 6 through 12 in 2016-2017. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorers, ocean engineers or computer scientists as they immerse themselves on hands-on projects.

More details HERE

Get a Summer Job (High School Students)

Join Connect2Careers San Diego (C2C) summer work program! It offers:

  • Paid work
  • Career insights and skill-building
  • Pre-placement work-readiness training
  • Staff guidance and support throughout your experience
  • Connections between your interests and employers looking to hire

In order to participate in C2C’s summer work program, you must be:

  • San Diego County
  • 16–24 years of age

Note: There is no promise of employment by completing your C2C application. Employment is dependent upon available jobs and employers’ selections.

More details HERE

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Build a Portable Sundial

How can you tell time with the sun? Solstice, Equinox - What is that? What is a Sundial? Build a sundial!

Full details HERE

Art & Science converge to bring the magic at PIXAR

Watch this TED talk where Danielle Feinberg (Pixar's director of photography) creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science, and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, to discover how Pixar interweaves ART & SCIENCE to create fantastic worlds where your imagination can become real.

PIXAR's magic ingredient

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SUHSD Board Members

Nicholas Segura -President-, Paula Hall, Kevin J. Pike, Arturo Solis, Frank A. Tarantino Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney

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