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The Alpine Union School District Prepares for the Upcoming School Year with Different Learning Options

June 2020 – The Alpine Union School District is helping students continue to receive the best education through the end of the year and going into the next school year as well. The district is taking steps to carefully create successful learning plans for the upcoming school year that will accommodate students, families, and teacher’s needs. With the future uncertain, Alpine Union is creating different options for students to pursue their education that will help everyone be productive and safe.

The options for students in the Alpine Union School District for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year include returning to school, distance learning, a hybrid option, and a homeschool option. The goal of providing multiple ways for students to learn is to allow families to make the decision that will work best for them, without having to sacrifice their kid’s educational needs. With the distance learning option, the district is working to improve the currently installed
program to be able to continue offering great lessons and engaging activities next year. Students can choose this option and continue to engage with their teachers and groups of students while at home.

A homeschool option would allow all learning to be done at home on the student’s own time through online assignments. For some students, this option may be easier or more viable. A hybrid option would consist of a mix between distance learning and homeschooling, allowing families and students to benefit from both methods and have the best solution for their individual situations. Dr. Richard Newman, the school superintendent, described how the district is also, “looking at
options such as a modified schedule so students will have some time in school learning, as well as some before or after school focused time so parents can go back to work. If we have to limit the number of students and continue with some amount of social distancing, it’s important to really support our community as a whole”.

The Alpine Union School District is taking all of the necessary steps to make sure when students do return to the classroom or any school campus, that the school will be well equipped to manage safety. Some of these safety measures include thermal thermometers, plexiglass dividers for front offices, and lots of hand sanitizer.

To learn more about the options for next year and the steps being taken in the Alpine Union School District, visit the district website!

About Alpine Union School District
Alpine Union School District is nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains of east county San Diego and serves approximately 1,750 students in grades K-8. AUSD offers a range of programs including dual spanish immersion, performing arts, homeschool, hybrid learning, robotics, and much more. We pride ourselves on having a “hometown” feel where students and families come first! Alpine Union School District has a rich history, is eager to build upon its traditions, has a strong track record of putting student excellence first. Community participation is a key ingredient which makes Alpine so unique and special.

Visit our website at www.alpineschools.net and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Alpine Union School District Supports Students Through Excellent Distance Learning Program

June 11, 2020
The Alpine Union School District is continuing to support and uplift students in obtaining a top of the line education amidst school closures. On the day of school closures, the school staff was able to implement an emergency plan and provide school meals for pickup the following Monday, as well as collaborate with teachers to create an excellent distance learning program that is seen as a model for other districts.

The Alpine Union School District’s distance learning plan focuses on helping students continue to progress towards their end of the year goals with online teaching to accommodate for safety. The district has utilized Google products in previous years and continues to take advantage of the many tools and benefits that Google Classroom provides in its distance learning program. Using great tools and technology, the district has created a plan to include multiple types of learning that will keep kids engaged and active throughout the day. The district is helping provide the necessary technology to students, with over 50% of students in the district having checked out Chromebooks. However, Alpine Union is aiming to keep learning interactive and not just on a screen all day. To do this, Alpine Union is utilizing three different methods, they
include:

Synchronous Learning
Synchronous learning includes things like virtual classes, live streams, and chats. These interactions are real-time and help keep students engaged with fellow students and their teachers.

Asynchronous Learning
Asynchronous learning includes interactions that occur with others but are not real-time, examples of this may include comments on discussion boards and collaboration on google documents.

Low tech/no tech Learning
Lastly, there are low tech and no tech options for students to learn, this may include things like packets or activities completed away from the computer.

The Alpine Union School District is working to help students increase their digital citizenship, keep lines of communication with students and families open, and create an enjoyable and attainable at-home learning experience for everyone. This includes providing social and emotional support from school counselors and social workers from Monday through Friday.

To learn more about Alpine Union School District’s distance learning program and to stay up to date on the latest events, visit the district website!

About Alpine Union School District
Alpine Union School District is nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains of east county San Diego and serves approximately 1,750 students in grades K-8. AUSD offers a range of programs including dual spanish immersion, performing arts, homeschool, hybrid learning, robotics, and much more. We pride ourselves on having a “hometown” feel where students and families come first! Alpine Union School District has a rich history, is eager to build upon its traditions, has a strong track record of putting student excellence first. Community participation is a key ingredient which makes Alpine so unique and special.

Visit our website at www.alpineschools.net and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Grossmont-Alpine Adult Education Complex: Online Classes Offered!

Grossmont Adult Education (GAE) would like to invite the Alpine Adult Community the opportunity to take Online Summer Classes during the temporary GUHSD-Alpine Education Complex closure.  Lifelong Education, Career Training and Academic/GED classes are available during the 5-week summer session that begins on July 6! Click here to view classes offered Summer_2020_CTE_LLE_6220 .

Registration is now open at adultschool.guhsd.net. By selecting the CATALOG link on the GEA home page, you can view the variety of craft, visual and needle arts classes, as well as exercise, dance and fitness classes…and much more!  These mental and physical wellness classes provide a fun and affordable way to stay active during these challenging times. Detailed class descriptions are available by selecting the VIEW link for each class. Join us online and meet new and interesting friends who share your interest.

This summer, GAE is also offering online Office Professional Training and Finance Clerk Training to enhance your workplace skills. Additionally, Grossmont Adult School offers adults the summer online coursework required to earn a high school diploma as well as classes to prepare you for the High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED) test.  Questions?  The Alpine Education Center is located in the old Alpine Elementary School Location at 1860 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA. 91901. Please Call 619.588.3500 for more info.

 

 

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Alpine Union School District Offers Students Free Grab and Go Meals


The Alpine Union School District is happy to provide students across the county who are 18 years and younger with free meals for pick up during school closures. The district recognizes that it is a stressful time for many families in the community.

Through this service, the AUSD helps to alleviate some of the stress and help the community. The district offers meals once a week on Mondays. Families can pick up the meals at Boulder Oaks Elementary School between 11-12. Meals are provided for any students 18 years old or younger and up to five kids per car. Each Monday, a week’s worth of meals are handed out in a drive-thru system. Parents pull up to the curb and open their trunk or hatch while remaining in the car. This allows the Alpine Union staff to practice social distancing while loading food into the cars. The whole process takes less than a minute, allowing staff to provide food for large amounts of students quickly.

To take advantage of this opportunity, parents or guardians just need to bring and fill out a waiver at the drive-thru. The Alpine Union staff is working hard to provide students and families with support and encouragement. In the past few weeks, the Alpine Union School District staff has been able to provide over 3,000 meals for students.

To learn more about programs in the Alpine Union School District, and stay up to date on current happenings, visit the district website!

About Alpine Union School District
Alpine Union School District is nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains of east county San Diego and serves approximately 1,750 students in grades K-8. AUSD offers a range of programs including dual Spanish immersion, performing arts, Home School, hybrid learning, robotics, and much more. We pride ourselves on having a “hometown” feel where students and families come first! Alpine Union School District has a rich history, is eager to build upon its traditions, has a strong track record of putting student excellence first. Community participation is a key ingredient which makes Alpine so unique and special. Visit our website at www.alpineschools.net and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

District Office
2001 Tavern Rd
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-3236


HOME DELIVERED CRAFT KITS Available to Alpine Residents

March 20, 2020
In need of entertainment for your kids of Grandkids? Home delivered craft kits are perfect for kids of ALL AGES! You can choose from a variety of crafts and have them delivered to your door! For more information on ordering please email thecraftykristen@gmail.com. You can also find us on Facebrook at The Crafty Kristen

Alpine Union School District Announces CLOSURE of ALL SCHOOLS for COVID-19 Spread Prevention March 16 – April 14, 2020

March 13, 2020 – Hello Alpine Union Staff and Families,

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alpine Union, out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the California Public Health Officials,  Alpine Union School District will close all schools in a statewide effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). School will remain open today with normal dismissal procedures.  Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th with plans to reopen beginning Tuesday, April 14th.  Our District and school leaders have been preparing for potential school closures.  We will be following up with more information including educational resources we will make available to our families and students.

 

Another update submitted on the same day:

Hello Alpine Union Families,

Earlier today, we sent a letter sharing that schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th with plans to reopen beginning Tuesday, April 14th. This decision was made in consultation with the San Diego County Office of Education, California Public Health Officials, and with the superintendents of all of our San Diego County School Districts. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alpine Union, schools were closed out of an abundance of caution in a statewide effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Monday, March 16th, District staff will be at Boulder Oaks Elementary School between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. We will have a simple drive-up system to check out Chromebooks to any Alpine Union student who does not have technology at home during this closure. Parents must accompany their children to check out a Chromebook. Curriculum packets for all grades will be available for pick up. These will also be available in digital format on our website. We also will be providing lunches and a take-home breakfast for the next day for students. Additional information related to food services and serving locations for students during this closure will be forthcoming.

We know school closure brings on challenges for our families. We are committed to staying in touch often and being responsive to the needs of our students and families. More information will be forthcoming.

Submitted By Mary Ann Alvarez

EMAIL: malvarez@alpineschools.net

TELEPHONE: 6194453236

The Alpine Woman’s Club Now Accepting Scholarship Applications from Graduating High School Seniors

March 2020 – The Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors who reside in Alpine.  Scholarships will be awarded in June at the Alpine Woman’s Club luncheon meeting on June 16th.  In order to be considered for a scholarship, applications must be received no later than May 31. Students applying for a scholarship must: reside in Alpine; have a well-developed sense of community participation and/or have been diligently applying themselves in the employment area; show scholastic and extra curricular achievement; submit a 500-word autobiographical essay, and plan to attend a college, university or vocational school.

To date, more than $140,000 has been awarded to over 200 recipients since the inception of the AWC scholarship program in 1950. For more info please contact Kathy Stewart kathysab@cox.net

Applications are available at the Alpine Library and www.alpinewomansclub.org.

 

“An Evening with Dean Chisnall” London Stage Star at Steele Canyon High School – February 29, 2020

London stage actor, Dean Chisnall, returns to Steele Canyon Charter High School February 26 to 29, 2020 to help prepare the school’s theater department for their production of Shrek The Musical premiering March 18th.  Who better to mentor the students than an actor who portrayed Shrek for five years on the London West End stage and on the UK & Ireland tour? According to Chisnall, that’s 1,318 performances as Shrek; 5,742 hours in green make up; 25 cities and a total of 21 months on tour.  Locally, Chisnall will team-up with Steele Canyon Directors, Nicole LaBella (Theatre) and Heather Luck (Music), to instruct and inspire the Steele Canyon Players to portray the beloved Shrek musical theater characters. He will also be the main event in “An Evening with Dean Chisnall” benefit night for the SCHS theater students at Steele Canyon High School on the evening of Saturday, February 29 @ 7:00pm. Open to the general public, tickets are $20 online/$25 door. Visit www.schscougars.org or order tickets directly at www.showtix4u.com.

London Stage Star Dean Chisnall Returns to Advise Steele Canyon High School Theater Students

London stage actor, Dean Chisnall, returns to Steele Canyon Charter High School February 26 to 29, 2020 to help prepare the school’s theatre department for their production of Shrek The Musical premiering March 18th.  Who better to mentor the students than an actor who portrayed Shrek for five years on the London West End stage and on the UK & Ireland tour? According to Chisnall, that’s 1,318 performances as Shrek; 5,742 hours in green make up; 25 cities and a total of 21 months on tour.  Locally, Chisnall will team-up with Steele Canyon Directors, Nicole LaBella (Theatre) and Heather Luck (Music), to instruct and inspire the Steele Canyon Players to portray the beloved Shrek musical theater characters.

He will also be the main event in “An Evening with Dean Chisnall” benefit night for the SCHS theater students at Steele Canyon High School on the evening of Saturday, February 29 @ 7:00pm. Open to the general public, tickets are $20 online/$25 door. Visit www.schscougars.org or order tickets directly at www.showtix4u.com.

Last year, as London West End’s Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Mr. Chisnall accepted SCHS Music Director Luck’s invitation to come to America and meet the students of the Steele Canyon Players and Instrumental Music Department so that he might offer them advice and tutelage as they readied for their 2019 production of Les Misérables. That visit was a mutually beneficial experience as Chisnall stated, “The students of Steele Canyon High have had a lasting impression on my life and I feel so incredibly fortunate to have visited. The work that Heather Luck and Nicole LaBella do is nothing short of phenomenal and I thank all involved for giving me the greatest gift and allowing me to share some time with so many inspirational people who are the future of the industry that I very fortunately find myself in”. Putting his advice to work, the Steele Canyon Players had a successful sold-out run of their 2019 Les Misérables production and received the 2019 “Outstanding Ensemble” National Youth Arts Award San Diego/La Mesa. The students anxiously await Chisnall’s return to work with him again.

Dean Chisnall is originally from Lancashire, England, and a 2005 graduate from The Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre in London. Beyond his tenure as Shrek and in addition to his current lead role as Jean Valjean in the UK & Ireland Les Misérables tour, he most recently appeared as Jean Valjean in London West End’s Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Other West End and international theater credits include The Woman In White, Never Forget, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia!, Evita, Cinderella and La Cage aux Folles. Also, he has a variety of television, recording and concert credits to his name.

The Steele Canyon Players are rising stars in the local high school theater scene.  Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School Theatre and Instrumental Music departments produce an annual Fall play and an annual Spring Musical. The Spring production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.

Steele Canyon Charter High School is a California charter high school located near the eastern San Diego County communities of Jamul, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley.  Opened in 2000 and chartered in July 2007, the school serves students in grades 9 through 12.

Contact: Jennifer Doucet, jendoucet1@gmail.com or call (619) 665-7287