Sweetwater Must Sees Newsletter


Superintendents Holiday 2022 Message

Dear SUHSD Students, Staff and Families,

As the holiday break approaches, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the successes of the first portion of the school year. Despite post-pandemic challenges, our students have demonstrated excellence in the classrooms, athletic fields, stages, and in our communities. Several visits to classrooms and school sites give a true perspective of the examples of best practices our teachers share each day.

As I have attended various holiday events district wide, I can’t help but have immense pride in the amazing talents our students and staff have, bringing smiles and happiness to all this holiday season.

The holiday season is often filled with lists, gatherings of all sorts, and countless errands. Despite the hectic pace the holiday season may bring, our hope is that we will not forget the joy of the moment. I encourage you to take time to pause and reflect on the meaning of the season.

On behalf of the Sweetwater Union High School District, I would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday filled with peace, joy, and special family moments. We are looking forward to welcoming in the new year and continuing in all we do here in SUHSD.

Happy Holidays, Sweetwater!

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The Compact for Success Guarantees Students Admission to SDSU Through Meeting the Compact Admissions Requirements

The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) has extended the renewal agreement of the Compact for Success Program with San Diego State University (SDSU). District Superintendent Dr. Moises Aguirre, SDSU President Adela de la Torre, State Assemblymember David Alvarez and Southwestern College officials recently met for a ceremonial and celebratory signing of the Compact memorandum of understanding. Through this exclusive agreement, now through 2030, the partnerships’ goal is to increase the number of Sweetwater District students who enroll and graduate from SDSU.

The Compact established in 2000, guarantees admission to four-year SUHSD students while developing student engagement and promoting higher graduation rates. SUHSD and SDSU collaborate to provide outreach and education to students and families in the district through various mentoring, workshops, assemblies, and campus visits.

“The Sweetwater District is honored to celebrate the renewal of the Compact for Success with San Diego State University,” said Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Moises G. Aguirre. “ For over 20 years this agreement has been a pathway for thousands of students in Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and South San Diego to access higher education through SDSU. Sweetwater looks forward to continue this collaboration through the year 2030 and beyond, so that our students can continue to strive to achieve their educational goals at SDSU.”

Since 2006, 7,574 students have gained admission to SDSU via the Compact – a large majority first generation high school graduates from underrepresented minority groups, and more than half becoming the first in their families to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

“We are committed to Chula Vista and the South Bay,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “The local border region represents a critical inflection point for our transborder university, bringing together student access with economic development and binational collaboration.”

Esther Rodriguez, Chula Vista High School Alumni Class of 2008, and SDSU Class of 2013, is now the Transfer Outreach and Student Success Coordinator for SDSU. When asked what the Compact Program means to her, Rodriguez shared, “The Compact for Success Program ultimately made college accessible to me. As a first-generation graduate, being a part of the Compact introduced me to a university environment, where I was able to see people that look like me and came from same community as me be successful and earn their degree. I’m excited that more students will have the opportunity to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

For more information on the Compact for Success Program visit https://ccr.sweetwaterschools.org/

Sweetwater Union High School District Hosts Three Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting Events

Unveiling Ceremonies Showcase Project Completion to Community

The wait is over for three Sweetwater Union High School District campus construction projects! Recently, the district unveiled construction and modernization projects at San Ysidro High School, Bonita Vista High School, and Mar Vista High School. Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Moises G. Aguirre, said the newly modernized facilities brings a source of pride to the district.

“With new renovations, will come continued growth for all athletic programs that utilize our new facilities,” stated Dr. Aguirre. “The Sweetwater District takes pride in providing all students opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities to further their educational experience.”

The Sweetwater District ribbon-cutting ceremonies include a new NJROTC Modernization Building - San Ysidro High School; Track and Field - Bonita Vista High School, and Aquatics Facility- Mar Vista High School. Passersby will notice completely redesigned landscaping, privacy fencing, new exterior lighting and much more at the campuses.

Ceremonies were attended by district officials, elected officials, students, staff, families, dignitaries, district alumni, and community stakeholders.

The new Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps building (NJROTC) at San Ysidro High School provides future military leaders’ a state-of-the-art modular facility allowing for future expansion of a growing program. San Ysidro High NJROTC cadets will have the opportunity to learn in four permanent classrooms with restrooms, lockers, and uniform storage, and train in a newly designed drill field and physical training area, designed to support and improve student achievement.

The completion of the track and field project at Bonita Vista High School includes a new synthetic football field, new 400-meter, nine lane artificial track, new stadium bleachers, and new concession building. The new turfed field and track will host home games and meets for Football, Girls and Boys Track and Field, Girls and Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Girls and Boys Cross Country, Field Hockey, Cheer, Adaptive PE/Unified Sports, VAPA rehearsal and performances, assemblies, PE Classes and much more!

Lastly, summer season is fast approaching, and there’s no better way to celebrate! Mar Vista High School unveiled a new aquatics center. The new pool facility consists of 21 swim lanes, three teaching lanes, shaded structures and bleachers that can accommodate up to 400. It also includes a state of the art digital audio and visual display and AV scoreboard with timing display, two diving boards and outdoor showers. The new aquatics center will host home meets and practices for Girls and Boys Swim, Girls and Boys Water Polo, Girls and Boys Diving, physical education classes for MVH students, community use, CIF competitions and much more.

The construction and modernization projects were funded by a combination of Proposition O funds, and Community Facilities District funds.

“There are a lot of people to thank for these projects,” said Dr. Aguirre. “Any improvement to our school facilities is something that we do not stop at. Every single day we are striving to get better. We look forward to seeing new construction district-wide.”

SUHSD 2022 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
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Bonita Vista High Receives Grant from North Island Credit Union

Recently Bonita Vista High Teacher Mr. Joseph Szakovits was selected by North Island Credit Union as one of ten teachers in San Diego County to receive the $500 Teacher Grant Award.

From among hundreds of submissions, Mr. Szakovits application was selected based on the benefits the award would bring to the Forensic Science Mystery Contest project.

Congratulations Mr. Szakovits and thank you for your commitment and dedication to the students at Bonita Vista High.

SUHSD Educators Awarded Southern Border Section Fortissimo Awards

The California Music Educators Association, Southern Border Section, released the names of their 2022 Fortissimo Award winners which include four Sweetwater Union High School District educators. The Fortissimo Awards honor music educators, school administrators, and industry leaders for exceptional work in music education throughout San Diego and Imperial County. The Fortissimo award winners for the 2022-23 school year include four music educators, one classroom teacher, and one school principal from the District.

The Sweetwater District award winners are:

Katie Betts, Newcomer Award, Castle Park High

Jeff Kover, Outstanding Administrator Award, VAPA Director

Fred Lee, Aubrey Penman Retired Music Educator Award, Retired Administrator

Lisa Mansfield, Middle School Specialist Award, Castle Park Middle

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MECHA Leadership Conference

Recently MECHA leaders from the SUHSD met at Southwest High School for a Leadership Conference. The once yearly tradition had not taken place since 2008. MECHA Officers from Bonita Vista, Chula Vista, Castle Park, Launch Virtual Academy, Olympian, Otay Ranch, San Ysidro, Southwest, Sweetwater and CVLCC attended workshops with a variety of diverse topics and the sharing of Best Practices. A huge thanks to the SOH MECHA Advisors, Mr. Joel Rodriguez and Ms. Ana Flores for coordinating the event.
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On Saturday, December 3rd the Sweetwater Districts Cheer Competition Teams from Bonita Vista High, Eastlake High, Montgomery High, and Southwest High Schools traveled to San Marcos to compete at the annual CIF San Diego Cheer Competition. Congratulations to all the teams for their showcasing their dance and cheer talents with a 2 minute and 30 second routine. Congratulations to all participants!

2022 Cheer Competition Champions:

Division II Intermediate Small - Bonita Vista High School

Division II Intermediate Large - Eastlake High School

Non-Tumbling Small - Montgomery High School

Photographer: Nicole Noel

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Eastlake High School