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Watch “TOP GUN” Fun Flicks Movie Night Under the Stars – August 19, 2017

August 19 is just around the corner!! Do you have your tickets yet??? Alpine Kiwanis will be hosting its Annual “Fun Flicks Under the Stars!“ at Joan MacQueen Middle School. We are going retro this year and showing Top Gun. (Rated PG) Tickets are available at the door, at CORE Realty, Postal Annex, the Alpine Community Center or from any Kiwanian. Come join the fun under the stars! Bring a blanket and the all of the family! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. Tickets are $10 which includes hamburger, chips and drink. Proceeds benefit Granite Hills High School Key Club Scholarship fund. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and snacks available! For more info contact www.alpinekiwanis.org

AEF Proposes 9-Acre Professional Sports Complex at Joan MacQueen Middle School

Good evening, everyone. Perhaps you have heard, Alpine Education Foundation has been working on a concept to upgrade and complete the sports fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School.  This aerial presents the concept: complete rehabilitation of the “Upper Field”; conversion of the “Lower Field” to artificial turf; conversion of the dirt softball field to multi-use artificial turf; the addition of a racket ball wall and concession stand.  In summary, the project is about the creation of a 9-acre professional Sports Complex.  (scroll down after concept aerial)

Alpine Education Foundation presented this project to the Alpine Community Planning Group and to the public on Thursday July 27, 2017.

Here’s an example depicting a completion concept for the dirt softball field. Before: as it is now… DIRT!  After:  artificial turf, tri-use softball/soccer/football use.  (scroll down after aerial & concept schematic)

*Have something to say? Use the comments section below this post!

 

UPDATE & FOLLOW UP (7-30-17): This additional information below was also submitted by George Barnett in response to some of the comments that were made in the comments section of this post:

“Hi, folks! Please look at Alpine Elementary School (AES), a school open since the 50s and never had a sports playing field other than decomposed granite dirt playground!  By tapping into grant funding that can legally only be spent on youth sports/parkland infrastructure, AES now has a fine multi-use/soccer field that serves the 300 or so students plus as high as 600 AYSO soccer members in the season.  This was a joint project by the AES PTA leadership, Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) and the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) that did not cost taxpayers or our school district one additional dime.  And, various youth sports groups are considering taking-on the financial responsibility for maintenance and upkeep.  That’s more school district budget dollars for the classrooms.

AEF has just conducted a Summer PE/Sports Camp on that field that was over-subscribed.  Lots of photos at AEF Facebook page.  Please look and see how we in Alpine can do better, and we can have better than dirt playgrounds, and at no added cost to taxpayers or to the school district!

https://www.facebook.com/AlpineEF/

Look at Joan MacQueen, a school built nearly 20 years ago with a 900 student capacity, and half the area reserved for youth sports is again DG dirt, unmarked, un-striped, weed-choked and under-utilized as many of our youth sports groups choose to go “down the hill” rather than play here in Alpine.  The grass Upper Field is un-striped, in sad, sad shape, and is an amorphous layout of odd dimensions that fits no known sport.  It is a playground, and not a good one.  Please go take a look.

The grass Lower Field is about the same, although it is surrounded by a “running track” that is just more DE dirt with non-regulation unmarked lane-width and non-standard length. Please go take a look.

What about other user needs?  One of many examples, Alpine has a long established and large Pop Warner Football program.  Notwithstanding Viejas graciously permitting practice on a grass field at the Reservation, there is no football field in Alpine.  Serious practice and all games and tournaments are held “down-the-hill”. We do not have adequate facilities that permit our middle school to have its own organized softball and football programs associated with any league play.  It sounds harsh, but we have 3rd world sports facilities in this town.

The AEF proposal for JMMS was initially made public at last Thursday’s ACPG meeting.  It is an all-volunteer effort intending to bring our Middle School facilities up to “norm” by resurrecting the successful all-volunteer AES Project Team, by applying for sports grants that can be used for no other purpose than sports infrastructure, and doing so at no added costs to taxpayers or the school district.

How can the public participate?  Start attending meetings of the ACPG’s Parks & Recreation Subcommittee.  They will be publicly noticed in newspapers, posted around town, and posted on the great Alpine Community Network.  The ACPG is our equivalent of a ‘town council’ and the board is elected by you.  If your child plays soccer, softball, lacrosse or football in a local youth sports league, or would like to, start attending those meetings and listen to those organizations talk about the need to better serve our youth with decent sports playing fields. And remember, this is a proposal by an all-volunteer organization to tap into grants solely available for sports infrastructure investments.  We can have decent facilities at no additional cost to taxpayers and to our 1,800 student school district.  Yes, I keep repeating that.  But it is the key to the proposal.  To me, not trying to do this “makes entirely no sense”!

This need, and this solution proposal, is independent from the activities of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee that is the Petitioner to the State Board of Education for the unification of our k-8 district into a k-12 district with its own high school. 

It is also independent of the Alpine Tax Payers for Bond Accountability that is in a legal battle against Grossmont to reserve our property taxes that we voted to increase for an Alpine high school. 

And while the proposal is to serve a 900-student capacity Middle School, and then the other 900 students in our district, and then all of our community’s youth sports franchises too, it certainly would be of value when we finally do get our high school.  The proposal reinforces the Alpine Union School District when we finally do get our high school, and reinforces the District’s Vision as the “Destination School District of the East County”!  Pretty cool!  That’s where I want my 4 grandkids living in Alpine to go to school!

On artificial turf, past issues of safety have been offset by new technologies, and turf is no longer made by grinding-up used tires.  In fact, there are many new technologies that mitigate against excessive heat.

So, please get involved in a project that lifts of Middle School sports playing fields out of the Middle Ages, and at no added costs to taxpayers or to the school district. This proposal is going to be promoted across Alpine in coming weeks and months to listen to concerns, needs and to hopefully build support.  And remember, it won’t cost you a dime!

Respectfully, George Barnett

Disclaimers:
The above comments are my personal views.  But for full disclosure, I am a member of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee petitioning the State for a unified Alpine high school.  I am a member of Alpine Tax Payers for Bond Accountability and Plaintiff in the spending injunction lawsuit against Grossmont to reserve our property taxes for an Alpine high school.  I am an officer and director of Alpine Education Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to enhancing education and youth well-being in Alpine schools.  And I am an elected member of the Alpine Community Planning Group. – George Barnett

 

BELOW IS ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE ORIGINAL POST By Resident C.B.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

To: Members of the ACPG, Members of the AEF, and the Community at Large.

Re: Playing Fields Redevelopment at Joan McQueen Middle School.

To: All concerned, I am a resident on White Oak Drive, directly adjacent the Lower and Middle Playing Fields which looms 8 to 20 feet above my property and, all of the properties on White Oak Drive. There is a 5 foot tall chain link fence as the only barrier between our property and the Playing Fields which allows direct views into my property, objects to regularly fly into my property, and it provides virtually no sound barrier from regular gym classes or special events.

The Lower Dirt Playing Field, from my observations, already works well as a multi-purpose Sport Field, quite suitable for Middle School Physical Education Classes and as an overflow parking area for certain school events. There is also the factor that the field as it already exists is a low cost low maintenance multi-function area, already well used by the public after hours.

If the proposed artificial turf field plan was to be implemented, I foresee several real problems especially as a multi-use activity area. But the primary problem will be the limited use, cost, and dangers of any Artificial Turf Playing Field.

  1. Limited Use:
  2. Area can no longer be used as a parking lot.
  3. Other field events like shot put and discus would damage field.
  4. Special footwear is recommended for any sport on artificial turf.
  5. It would require controlled access to prevent damage to turf from unsupervised extracurricular activities.

 

  1. Cost:
  2. The initial cost of the development and installation of an Artificial Turf Playing field.
  3. Football sized area of Field Turf costs around $5,000 a year to properly maintain.
  4. Weed abatement as windblown seeds can easily take root.

 

  1. Dangers of Artificial Turf:
  2. The recycled materials used to make, “disinfect”, and control weeds in Artificial Turf are proven toxic, especially for children.
  3. Artificial Turf can get extremely hot, 140-180 degrees, especially in hot arid zones, such as Alpine. A double edged sword; as the turf heats up more toxins are released and the risk of burns from direct contact increases.

I have also discovered, as a result of going to the San Diego County Offices Department of Planning and Land Use, (DPLU) to make enquiries about the Joan McQueen Middle School planned “Field Development”, that all school planning and permits must go through the California Department of Education in Sacramento. The Alpine Community Planning Group [ACPG], in their statement in the June 20th issue of the Alpine Sun, page 15, letter D, # 2 “…that the group is formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors” … insinuates that the ACPG is “advising and assisting” the San Diego County DPLU.

As the County of San Diego has no authority in the approval or the development and improvements of public schools, who at the State level are the ACPG consulting?

In the same article in the latest Alpine Sun, under G #2, indicating that the Alpine Education Foundation, (AEF) will make a presentation regarding their proposal to renovate the playing field at JMMS, with “Discussion and Action”. There is no invitation or notification to the residents immediately adjacent to the playing fields who would be most impacted by this proposed “9 Acre Professional Sports Complex.”

If it were not for a neighbor calling a neighbor who informed me of “… a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to participate in one of the largest public use projects ever undertaken by a community non-profit effort in Alpine’s 100 plus years…It’s a Pretty Big Deal…) {sic} George Barnett, we homeowners bordering JMMS would be totally unaware of this grandiose public use project that is likely to have a negative impact on the amenity of our property and other adjoining properties.

Therefore I am not certain that this expensive project, is realistic or necessary in our community. I am also very concerned about the lack of transparency by the ACPG and the AEF in their failure to notify or include the owners of properties adjoining the School of their intent, by keeping us uninformed as to the entire concept including whether additional lighting is in the proposal and what “Professional Sports” will be utilizing this proposed complex and when, and the risk of liability to the school involving non-school affiliated activities.

In my opinion the fact that George Barnett wants kudos for the, “largest public use project….by a community non-profit in Alpine’s 100 plus years…It’s a Pretty Big Deal…”, is not reason enough to vote such a project into reality, especially when there are so many unknowns and unanswered questions.

Concerned Alpine resident C.B.

 

Original Post Submitted by:
George Barnett, Officer & Director – Alpine Education Foundation
BigG88882@cox.net
www.aef4kids.net

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AEF “LIVING CLASSROOM” Kids Summer Camp – August 7 & 8, 2017

AEF (Alpine Education Foundation) is offering an additional late Summer Camp for Elementary School Kids.”Living Classroom” 2-Day Camp – August 7 & 8, 2017. Register NOW!

DAY 1: Guided Hike at Wright’s Field in Alpine – Monday, August 7, 8:30am – 12pm
DAY 2: Classroom Learning/Activities/Project – Tuseday, August 8, 2017, 8:30am – 12pm

This new summer program offering will focus on environmental education, exploring the outdoors, and hands-on, experiential learning at our community-owned nature preserve, Wright’s Field in Alpine. Trained educators from the Back Country Land Trust will lead students through planned
curriculum activities and guided interpretive walks. Through this program students will participate in a variety of learning activities centered on scientific thinking and observation, storytelling and cultural learning, and exploring our local history here in Alpine. Hiking and outdoor exploration will be a main component also, one where we’ll explore our local flora and fauna – and hopefully see some wildlife in their native habitats! One hour of the program will be devoted to hands-on service-learning projects where students will participate in volunteer stewardship activities (available for
school credit) and will assist BCLT staff in restoring native habitats on the preserve.

This Camp will take place at Joan MacQueen Middle School / Wright’s Field, and is open to 4th – 7th Graders. Camp cost is $20. Register at www.aef4kids.net. Additional information will be emailed after registration. For more info please email readybreak@aef4kids.net

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 merrily801@gmail.com
Visit our website at www.QuestAlpineAcademy.com

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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 trabasco@alpineschools.net

 

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: http://aef4kids.net/ready-break-summer-camps-2017/

 

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 code.org, 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 malvarez@alpineschools.net

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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 www.alpineayso.org or e-mail ayso295@hotmail.com

SIGN-UP SCHEDULE
1st: Pre-register and pay online at www.alpineayso.org (Visit www.alpineayso.org/faq/ 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 alpineayso.org 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 lesliep@alpinechamber.sdcoxmail.com

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

BigG88882@cox.net