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2017 Summer Educational Classes & Private Tutoring at Quest Academy in Alpine

Academic Bridge Classes – Grades K-10
Classes cover top math and language arts skills to recap what students learned this year, and prepare them with basic skills for concepts that will be covered next year. These courses are short enough as to not interfere with summer play time, but enough to keep them fresh for next year. Classes are a small group of 5 students. Session is 5 weeks. 75 minute session/week. Cost is $200
Session 1: Mondays, July 26-July 31 (No session July 3rd) Time TBD based on student grade level
Session 2: Thursdays, July 13-August 10 Time TBD based on student grade level

Writing Program – Grades 3 and up
Working with the writing specialist, students will develop mastery of the following essay types: descriptive, expository, and persuasive. To get the most benefit from the program, students will be expected to complete one to two hours of homework between each session. Students will be assessed prior to the first session, and after completion of the program, utilizing California writing rubric. This class is Small groups of 4 students. Sessions are 8 weeks. 75 minute session/week. Classes are Thursdays, June 29-August 11 (Additional class 7/11) Lower grades 3:15-4:30, Upper grades 4:30-5:45 Cost is $400.

Private Tutoring Program – Grades K and up (AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND)
For children who need extra help or a challenge, specialized, private instruction is based on your child’s specific needs. $40/40 min $55/60 min By appointment

SAT/ACT Prep Program
10 private sessions 90 min By appointment 2 practice exams and prep book $1325

For more info Contact Merrily Medina at 619-244-1396 or email
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Joan MacQueen Middle School Band & Trash Can Percussion Awarded Silver & Gold Rating

CONGRATULATIONS to the Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) Band and Trash can percussion 2016-2017! They have been awarded the Silver and gold rating at the Forum Music Festival in Irvine! Would you like info about our Band program? Call or e-mail: Tracy Rabasco at Joan MacQueen Middle School (619) 445-3245 X305


Alpine Education Foundation “Ready Break” SUMMER CAMPS 2017

Alpine Education Foundation “Ready Break” SUMMER CAMPS 2017: The Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) is hosting multiple Summer Camps.  The Camps are intended to be distinctive, and enhancing to the regular classroom curriculum at Alpine Union schools.  All classes are taught by Certified & Classified Professionals.  Camp details and how to register & pay at:


Coed Sports & PE Camp – Elementary Students

Elementary students will develop, refine and master motor skills and movement patterns as they relate to flag football and softball. Students will also compete and test the skills through obstacle courses. Students will make friends, find strengths, and develop confidence.

DATE: June 26 – 30, 2017 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Location: Alpine Elementary School

Camp Instructors: Mrs. Traci Valade & Coach Melissa Andrioli

AGE: Open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders

Cost: $60



Coed Sports & PE Camp – Middle School Students

The camp’s focus will be on sports, games and fun activities for middle school students to encourage sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle. Physical fitness will be stressed in the program. A variety of activities and exercises will be offered to contribute to the improvement of physical fitness and basic kinesthetic skills.  Students will be instructed in activities such as Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Over-the-Line, etc. students will learn how to work with others and show good sportsmanship in a competitive situation.

DATE: June 26 – July 28, 2017 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Joan MacQueen Middle School

Camp Instructors: Coach Bartling & Coach Fazekas

AGE: Open to incoming 6th, 7th & 8th Graders

Cost: $160 per student  (4 great weeks)


Diversity of Art Camp

An introduction to a variety of art mediums. The program will feature a diversity of art forms from canvas, to photography, to mozaics, and pastels.  Each student will take home completed art projects.

DATE: July 10 – 14, 2017 from 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: Alpine Elementary School

Camp Instructors: Maggie Zarick

AGE: Open to 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Graders

Cost: $70 per student



An Artist a Day Camp

An introduction to the diversity of art. Working with mediums of acrylic paint to clay and glazing. From Claude Monet and French Impressionism; to Wayne Thiebaud and American Pop Art; to Robert Wyland and American outdoor murals, on to Ted Harrison and English/Canadian wild outdoors and Frida Kahlo and self-portraits.


DATE: August 7 – 11, 2017 from 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: Alpine Elementary School

Camp Instructors: Mrs. Kimm Smith & Loretta Bagge

AGE: Open to 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Graders

Cost: $70 per student



Robotics & Coding Camp

This summer, Mrs. Karen Casey hosts workshops at Joan MacQueen Middle School in both robotics and coding for students, grades incoming 6-8. Join Mrs. Casey and experience the exciting worlds of robotics and computer science.  Students enrolled in robotics will program an EV3 robot to complete specific tasks and challenges using Lego Mindstorms software. In coding, students will use resources from, Scratch and Kahn Academy to create their own personal code, programs and projects.

DATE: August 7 – 11, 2017 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Joan MacQueen Middle School

Camp Instructors: Mrs. Karen Casey

AGE: Open to incoming 6th, 7th & 8th Graders

Cost: $80 per student


Duncan Hunter Attends Leadership Day at Alpine Elementary to Celebrate the Achievements of Students

May 31, 2017 – It was Leadership Day at Alpine Elementary today! Congressman Duncan Hunter attended and celebrated the achievements of many students.

Attendees learned 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 included: Student led assembly introducing our Leadership Program, 7 Best Habits Experiences, Presentation from AES’ Kumeyaay Culture & Language Leader, School Tour and Classroom Visits, Students Sharing Leadership Notebooks and Student Leadership Teams. Alpine Elementary School is a California Distinguished School and is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. 619-445-2625

Posted By: Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent – Alpine Union School District


Alpine Youth Soccer AYSO Walk-In Registration Dates: June 3, 10 & 14, 2017

Alpine AYSO Soccer Registration for Fall 2017 – Alpine Region 295 invites all Girls and Boys who are ages 4 to 16 on or before 12/31/17 to sign-up for some exciting outdoor soccer. Games start in September!

1st Walk-in Registration Date: Saturday June 3, 2017, from 10am – 2pm at Boulder Oaks Elementary School. COST: $130 per player ($20 discount before June 4 – $150 after June 14)

On this date we are also having a Free skills clinic from British Soccer! Clinics are from 10am – 12pm. Arrive at 9:45am to sign in and warm up (bring water, cleats, shin guards, and a ball)

Alpine proudly participates in AYSO’s VIP program for our special needs players.
⚽ Sibling discounts available for families with multiple players in the same household.
⚽ Scholarship applications available for those in need.
For more information on registration, family discounts, scholarships, and VIP, visit or e-mail

1st: Pre-register and pay online at (Visit for answers to online registration questions)

2nd: Drop in to 1 of the 3 walk-in events at Boulder Oaks Elementary at 2320 Tavern Rd. (Express lines available for those that pre-register online)

Walk-In Registration Dates:
June 3, 2017 (Saturday) 10am – 2pm – $20 Early Discount and Free skills clinics from British Soccer from 10am – 12pm (6/3 event only)
June 10, 2017 (Saturday) 10am – 2pm

June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) 5pm – 7pm

Please visit for more information

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)


Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of  Commerce

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.