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Alpine Union School District – Reorganization for the Future & A High School

*Submitted By George Barnett – January 16, 2019

I attended the January 9, 2019 School Board meeting, and these are my personal thoughts…..

Based on extensive public input and surveying via the ThoughtExchange process, the Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force has formed three Subcommittees to define forward strategic proposals for improving education in Alpine; the High School Subcommittee, the District Marketing Subcommittee and the School Options Subcommittee.

The members of each Subcommittee are listed in the attachment. Members include a selection of District principals, teachers, service & instruction support staff, parents and community members. Among these are; a manufacturing business owner, a technology innovation business owner, a former school superintendent/education innovation expert, and an assistant city manager/head of a city Public Works Department.

The Board’s priorities are also attached. The first three are; improving student achievement; improving educational opportunities for students; and ensuring fiscal responsibilities. In my mind, the balance nine priorities relate to supporting the first three.  Also attached are 9 proposals being evaluated – and explained below:

The High School Subcommittee is looking at four proposals for an Alpine High School – from working with Grossmont UHSD to different charter operations.

The Marketing Subcommittee is looking at a multi-faceted program of promoting our District and its superb programs and unique partnerships; and those marketing ideas can be rolled-out right-a-way.

The School Options Subcommittee is reviewing four proposals for consolidating the AES/BOES grade schools; two proposals for keeping AES independently operated; two proposals for consolidating kindergarten into the grade schools.  These are proposals only, and the Pro’s and Con’s need to be developed.  Part of the theme of consolidation is to better align curriculum from grade to grade and from grade school to middle school.  One idea is to be able to offer an education Pathway that is unique to, and better than, other school districts.  And, a proposal to house an Alpine high school within existing infrastructure is part of this.

Each Subcommittee will be developing the Pro’s and Con’s of every proposal, and will present final thoughts and information to the School Board for review, comment and top level prioritization. Of course, each Subcommittee will also determine the Pro’s and Con’s of maintaining the status quo.  That is, doing nothing.

During the period February 13 to March 12, community engagement and feedback will be sought. At the March 13th Board meeting, final Subcommittee recommendations will be presented. The Board may select and approve specific strategies and plans to transform our District for a strong academic future.

If approved, work towards achieving that future would then begin immediately.  It is likely that a transformation might take the entire 2019-2020 school year.  That seems to imply that any high school option could include an opening for the fall of the 2020-2021 school year.

Watch for District notices on this transformation of education in Alpine.


Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! OPEN TO ALL KIDS! – January 26, 2019

Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Alpine Elementary School. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!!

8:30am – Registration, Receive Bib # & Olympian Pin
8:40am – Zumba Warm-Up
8:55am – Color Guard – Pledge of Allegiance
9:00am – Competition Begins
10:30am – Competition Concludes
10:30-11:30pm – The Amazing Dana – Magician
11:30 – 12:30pm – Medal Presentation, Conclusion of Games

There will be 12 events.  Boys and girls will compete separately in 4 different age categories: Group #1: Ages 4, 5 & 6  /  Group #2: Ages 7 & 8  /  Group #3: ages 9 & 10  /  Group #4: ages 11, 12 & 13.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each event in each division for boys and girls.

Hurdles, Obstacle Course, Soccer ball Dribble, Over/Under Course, Bicycle Gymkhana, Basketball Free Throw, 20 Meter Races, 40 Meter Races, 60 Meter Races, Sit Ups, Softball Throw, and Rope Skipping

Call Corinne Lewis at Alpine Elementary for more information (619) 445-2625.

Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL – October 19, 2018

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us for Alpine Elementary School’s Annual HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5pm to 9pm. Come and bring the WHOLE FAMILY for a Fun-filled evening! Costume contest, games, fun auction items, food & sweet treats, haunted trail and much more! Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901.

Alpine Cub Scouts Pack 105 Informational Meeting – September 20, 2018

All Boys and Girls interested in Cub Scouting, Kindergarten through 5th Grade are invited to attend a fun, exciting and informative event for Pack #105 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6pm at Alpine Elementary School (1850 Alpine Blvd.) For more info please contact Nicole Buquet at 619-885-1617 or email

Alpine’s First School Organic Garden Started at Alpine Elementary – Grand Opening Photos!

Submitted By The Alpine Chamber of Commerce (Photos courtesy of Alpine Elementary School Volunteers and Staff)

With community help, the Alpine Union School District has started an organic garden for students to learn about  healthy gardening, eating and exercise in a new program. The  ribbon cutting was April 27, 2018 at Alpine Elementary School. Plans are already under way for similar gardens at three more district schools, thanks to community partnerships.


Alpine school opens district’s first organic garden for students

Students cheered at the grand opening of the new organic garden on April 27 at the Alpine Elementary School in Alpine! The garden aimed at teaching students healthy eating, organic gardening and the importance of exercise was put together by students, teachers, parents and an array of businesses and organizations. It is the first such garden in a new Alpine Union School District program.

Three more gardens are planned for Boulder Oaks and Shadow Hills elementary schools and Joan MacQueen Middle School. “We’re very excited,” AES Principal Travis Wall said before the opening at 1850 Alpine Blvd. “It’s been a year since we first planned with Barons Market on a garden.  It’s turned out better than we expected.” The district program is sponsored by the Alpine Barons Market at 1347 Tavern Road. The Viejas Casino & Resort and the Kiwanis Club of Alpine donated grants

After the ribbon cutting, students carrying free “farmer’s bucks” lined up to go through the onsite Alpine Barons Student Farmers Market. The youngsters carefully chose purchases from piles of healthy fruit and vegetables.  “I really like how there’s a bunch of food and they’re all fresh,” said Emily, a fourth grader. “It’s really cool.”

Additional major donors included the AUSD Child Nutrition Department, the AES Parent Teachers Students Association, Janet’s Montana Café, the Alpine Education Foundation, Alpine Fence, Alpine Landscape Materials and Ace Hardware.

Story by Jo Moreland



Alpine Elementary Organic Garden Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Student Farmers Market – April 27, 2018

Join Alpine Elementary for a special Ribbon Cutting on April 27th to celebrate their new Organic Garden Program for AES Students! We will also be having a Student Farmers Market hosted by Barons Market. Refreshments provided!


April 27th, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Alpine Elementary School (1850 Alpine Blvd)

We look forward to seeing you here and thank you again for all of your support!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Leslie Perricone at (619) 445-2625.



3rd Annual Community SOCK HOP EVENT at Alpine Elementary – March 16, 2018

Alpine Elementary School presents our 3rd Annual Community Sock Hop on March 16, 2018 beginning at 5:00pm.  This is a community event and part of our Leader In Me Program.  It is an event for the whole family and promises to be a GREAT time for everyone. There will be unlimited games, Food, Dancing, Costume Contests, Classic Cars and FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY! The cost is $15 for an unlimited gaming wristband and FREE popcorn too if you bring new socks to donate for our Sock Drive! Tickets are available at the door and at the school front office. Let’s Shake Rattle ‘N Roll Daddy-O! Alpine Elementary School is located at 1850 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, Ca 91901. For more info please contact PTSA President, Becca O’Sullivan at

Community Rummage Sale at Alpine Elementary School – March 18, 2018

Community Rummage Sale – Children & Adult Clothes, Gently Used Toys & Books Sunday, March 18th from 1 – 3 pm in the Alpine Elementary School Auditorium, located at 1850 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Girl Scout troops from around Alpine are hosting a community rummage sale as a fundraiser to help the girls fund scout activities.  Join us to get great deals on clothes, gently used toys, books, movies, and more.  Come early for the best selection of items.  The girls will offer tea and baked goods from around the world until these treats run out.  Cash only, please!

For more info please contact Jennifer Hamilton at 858-354-7038 or EMAIL HERE


Alpine Kiwanis Annual Youth Olympics: FREE and OPEN TO ALL KIDS! – February 10, 2018

****The Kiwanis Club of Alpine has RESCHEDULED THE YOUTH OLYMPICS EVENT – New date is Saturday, February 10, 2018****

Original Post: Alpine Kiwanis 2018 Youth Olympics on the Turf Field at Alpine Elementary School! February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. FREE and open to everyone! Medals will be awarded in 4 age categories. Boys and Girls compete separately. Registration begins at 8:30am. Lunch and restrooms will be available. For more information please contact Corinne (619) 445-2625 or EMAIL HERE


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at Alpine Elementary School – October 20, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL at Alpine Elementary School – October 20, 2017! Please contact Rebecca 334-202-4324 at or email