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3rd Annual Essay Writers Recognition Awards – June 3, 2017

Alpine Mtn. Empire Chamber of Commerce & Mountain Empire Unified School District Essay Contest Dinner for Essay writers recognition awards. “What makes a good friend”. June 6, 2017 at 6pm in the Mountain Empire Unified High School Gym (3305 Buckman Springs Road, Pine Valley, CA  91962) For more info please call Leslie Perricone at 619.445.2722 or email

Alpine Education Foundation Spring Gala Raises $20,000 for Alpine Schools!

Alpine Education Foundation’s annual spring Gala was held last Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Oak Ballroom at Viejas Casino & Resort.  “Tech4Kids” – technology was the theme; helping to fund firming-up our schools Wi-Fi infrastructure, to provide Chromebooks for students, and to integrate digital technology and instruction into curriculum.

Technology is to support Alpine Union School District’s quest as the “Destination District of the East County” – by having the digital learning capability for students to learn anything & everything, from any place & any source, and at any time through 21st Century digital instruction. Digital learning also will optimize the time spent by Alpine’s great teachers towards those students most needing their guidance.  All students will be unrestrained to achieve their best potential.

The Gala raised $20,000 from ticket sales, auction proceeds, and from donations made for Chromebooks.  The event established new thresholds for AEF’s premier fund-raising event, the spring Gala, in terms of both the number of attendees and the donations made.

AEF thanks “Alpine’s Finest”, the many residents that support our schools, and the many businesses that provide support and services. And AEF thanks the Alpine Community Network for its consistent support at bettering education in Alpine.

Submitted By George Barnett

Alpine Education Foundation



Descanso Elementary School Celebrates New Indoor Gym!

Students are literally flying through the air now at the Jr. Redhawks Gym at Descanso Elementary School!

By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce – May 2017

Thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from the Stoney’s Kids Legacy Foundation, the school staff was able to turn one end of a building at the rural school into a brightly-colored, well-stocked indoor gym. It’s to be used for physical education, recreation and music.

About 160 students attend the rural Mountain Empire Unified School District school in the East San Diego County mountains. On April 25 most of the pupils eagerly counted down for the official red ribbon cutting at the grand opening at 24842 Viejas Blvd. “I really do appreciate the hard work and effort that everybody has put in,” Principal Donna Burton told youngsters and dignitaries as she thanked the Stoney’s Kids Legacy Foundation and others.

They included Descanso first-grade teacher Angie Robbins, who wrote the grant. Robbins told everyone how much she appreciated the big school gym she enjoyed as a child in Colorado. “That’s how I became involved in PE and what it can do for students,” Robbins said later as she watched youngsters doing cart wheels, somersaults, yoga and other exercises in the small Descanso gym. “It’s a big deal for the students.”

Burton also applauded District Maintenance Director Jerry Augustyn and maintenance employee Eric Gomez for their demolition and rehab work to create the gym. School Secretary Peggy Freed earned kudos for ordering project supplies. The anonymous donor of the big screen TV on one of the gym’s mirrored walls was also thanked.  The TV has a full physical education curriculum to teach children healthy exercise.

Later the invited guests, including the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, watched about 10 students demonstrate their best moves in the gym. All students started using the facility on April 26. Basic music instruments, huge rubber balls, other equipment and inspirational wall signs are also part of the students’ gym experience.

First-graders Nick and Hailey, ages 7 and 6, were on the demonstration team. Nick said he really liked the little scooters that help build leg muscles. The gym’s floor mats attract Hailey. “You can do a cart wheel!” she said.

In the beautiful area where rain, snow, intense heat and even bees can keep children indoors during recess, the well-lighted gym is a haven for youthful energy.  “It’s organized PE (physical education),” explained School District Supt. Kathy Granger.  “Being physical has a definite impact on their learning, too.”

The district, a Chamber member, has only one other indoor gym —- the big one at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.  Granger said she thinks some teachers might be interested now in writing grants for other district schools.

*Photo credit Alpine Chamber and Christi Martelli of MEUSD (Mountain Empire Unified School District)


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1620 Alpine Blvd #208, Alpine, CA 91901

(619) 445-2722

All Are Invited to Alpine Elementary School Leadership Day – May 31, 2017

Alpine Elementary School proudly invites you to attend our second annual Leadership Day on May 31, 2017 from 9:15am to 11:15am. It is open to the public subject to RSVPs so that the event can be planned (RVSP no later than 5/26/17).  Attendees will learn about student leadership at Alpine Elementary School, how we’ve progressed through our second year, and how all students are active leaders on our campus. Please join us to witness how Alpine Elementary students thrive as LEADERS!

The Agenda will include:

  1. Student led assembly introducing our Leadership Program
  2. 7 Best Habits Experiences
  3. Presentation from AES’ Kumeyaay Culture & Language Leaders
  4. School Tour and Classroom Visits
  5. Students Sharing Leadership Notebooks
  6. Student Leadership Teams

Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. 619-445-2625

Interactive Event & Campus Preview at Los Coches Creek Middle School – May 25, 2017

THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE” – An Interactive Informational Event and Campus Preview on Thursday May, 25, 2017 • 6 – 7pm at the Los Coches Creek Computer Science Media Arts Magnet Middle School (Part of the League of Innovative Schools)  Join us to see Curriculum in Action, Fully Integrated Computer Coding, Media Arts and TED Presentation Skills, Extensive Elective Choices, Honors English and Accelerated Math Instruction, Q & A with Faculty and Students, Refreshments Provided! Located at 9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, 92021.


art supplies art copyDear Alpine, Julian Charter High School is in desperate need of art supplies, can you help? We are planning all kinds of cool mixed media projects on a very limited budget so we’ll take just about anything, we’re not picky and we are very creative! Please see our wish list below and please stop by (1832 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901 – next to the Community Center) or contact us if you can help in ANY WAY! Please consider donating, it’s tax deductible! There are approximately 25 kids in the art class.  To arrange drop off or pick up please contact 619-207-7242 Call or text

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Our wish List:

  • Canvas paintings (The old ones in your garage that don’t match the couch anymore! We can paint over them)
  • Those leftover supplies from craft projects (it’s Spring, time to clean out your cupboards!)
  • Extra paintbrushes & paint (acrylics, watercolor, etc.)
  • Paper – Watercolor, drawing, etc.
  • Smudge sticks
  • Modge Podge
  • Old costume jewelry (ugly stuff only your grandma would wear!)
  • Old buttons
  • Bottlecaps
  • Keys
  • Chachkies
  • Glue guns
  • Concrete stepping stones
  • Old sheet music
  • Leftover scrapbooking paper & stickers
  • White ceramic tiles – 4” & 6”
  • Wire
  • Anything cool that we can take apart and repurpose!
  • Or…just cold hard cash!




Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir Live Performance at BOES – April 30, 2017

Alpine Church of Spiritual Living presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir on April 30, 2017 at 4pm at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (2320 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901) Cost: $10 Donation. We will have FREE Raffle Drawings!!! Please call Sylvia at (619) 571-6191 FOR RESERVATIONS. Since 1997 the MLK Choir has been performing gospel concerts to raise funds for educational grants to give to San Diego County high school seniors pursuing a college degree in visual or performing arts. Their music is inspirational and uplifting, and celebrates the history of the negro spiritual.

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Celebration of Life for Young Alpine Resident Jenifer Wood – April 29, 2017

Please join us in celebrating the amazing young life of Jenifer Lynne Wood on April 29, 2017 at 11am in the Granite Hills High School Gym (1719 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, Ca.) Jenifer passed away unexpectedly and her family misses her dearly. Jenifer lived in Alpine and was an amazing, bright young girl who was always laughing, smiling and had such and impact on everyone around her. She attended Joan MacQueen Middle School last year with the 2016 class. She was an all star cheerleader with Hot Stuff cheer in El Cajon and also cheered for Alpine Pop Warner Cheer for 2 seasons. She was a freshman at Granite Hills High School where she was on the JV gymnastics team. She loved working with animals and volunteered at Splash of Passion and Whispering Winds in Julian. She was in 4h where she worked with horses, goats and archery. She also enjoyed skeet shooting, riding her horses, and spending time with her friends and family. She was such a bright, young girl who loved to be involved in her community and made such an impact in others lives. Cards, flowers and donations can be sent to 1397 Sunhaven Rd, Alpine CA 91901. For more info please contact Brittni Engle at 619-922-2943 or EMAIL HERE

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Steele Canyon High School “Taste of the Town” – April 21, 2017

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April 21, 2017, from 5:30-10 pm at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA.) The 6th Annual Steele Canyon High School Taste of the Town, an event to support our New Stadium, Athletic Boosters, PTO and Foundation, promises to be another fun filled event!  Please plan to join us for an exciting evening of food and entertainment. You will have the opportunity to sample foods from local restaurants as well as beverages from local vineyards and breweries.  We also invite you to participate in our Silent Auction containing many extraordinary items.  Tickets are on sale now!  (Please note that this event is Adults Only.  You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.) For more info and to purchase tickets please click HERE.


Get Your Tickets NOW for the Alpine Education Foundation Spring Gala – May 6, 2017

Please join us for the Alpine Education Foundation’s “Spring Gala” (formerly our Mardi Gras Ball) on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Viejas Casino & Resort – Main Ballroom. Purchase individual and couples tickets, or host a group of friends with a special price on a table for 10! Your ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent & live auctions and music & dancing. The Gala is a primary AEF 2017 fund-raising event for unique technology & learning programs at Alpine Union School District. Tickets ON SALE NOW! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

KUSA DAVE STALL MUSTANG AEFKUSI’s “Car Expert” & Alpine resident, Dave Stall has donated a Ford/Fisher-Price “Mustang for auction! Learn more at KUSI TV “Good Morning” link


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