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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



Support Alpine School Programs By Attending the AEF Spring Gala – April 21, 2018

Please join this effort by attending the AEF Spring Gala at the Viejas Oak Ballroom on Saturday, April 21, 2018 where there will be a Buffet Style Dinner, Live & Silent Auctions, and Music & Dancing all to support Educational Programs in the Alpine Union School District.

This year AEF has pledged to raise the needed funding to enable Proud Superintendent Rich Newman’s Wheels of Experts program.  This is a transformational program to provide integrated Pathways of enhanced electives across the district; to offer students and parents choice and options; to reinforce that Alpine Union is The Destination District of the East County!

When fully implemented, Wheels of Experts will provide multiple Pathways from Kindergarten through the Middle School enabling students to prepare for, and participate in, distinctive and enhanced electives.  This goal is to be achieved in part by identifying teachers with unique skills, and to compensate those teachers for the extra effort to visit every campus every week; to introduce their specialty, to help identify and mentor other teachers into those specialties.  Look to the successful Robotics-Coding-Engineering program at Joan MacQueen.  It is producing engineering teams every year that are winning local, regional and national recognition.  That program is now established and is being executed so well by our wonderful Diana Tompkins.

All of you funded that program through your support of AEF.  I have attached a write-up on it for you to read HERE: aef robotics-coding-engineering program history 2018-04-02 alt

Think now of expanding Robotics-Coding-Engineering into a Pathway from kindergarten through grade school through middle school.  And that is beginning to happen.  Our great teachers, Erica Lyle at Shadow Hills and Kathryn Golden at Boulder Oaks, will be offering Robotics courses at the AEF summer ReadyBreak Camps.  Erica Lyle is gearing-up for a regular curriculum of Robotics at Shadow Hills.

Along with Robotics-Coding-Engineering, Wheel of Experts is intended to provide Pathways for Math, Art, advanced Physical Education/Sports, and too even for Music, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts in  time.  We can achieve it all, if we can fund it all!  Again the overall program objective is to provide students and parents with choice and options for an enhanced education leading into the mid-21st Century.

Please link to AEF’s website for more information on the Spring Gala: .  Click on the box “EVENT INFO”, read about the Gala and please buy your tickets.


Coming Soon! AEF Summer Education “ReadyBreak Camps”


March 2018 – The Alpine Education Foundation in conjunction with Alpine Union School District will again be offering summer ReadyBreak Camps hosted by some of our amazing teachers and staff.  The camps that will be offered include Art, Coding and Robotics-Engineering, Physical Education and Sports,  Culinary Arts and Nutrition, and the “Living Classroom” in Wright’s Field Environmental Preserve.  We are hoping for a camp possibly in Spanish and on Hispanic culture and home life.

Camp dates, campus locations and tuition costs will be announced March 5th.  Registration should be open online on March 21, 2018.  Camp information will be posted at Online registration will be available on this site as well.

Any questions can be directed to East County and Backcountry students are welcome to this tuition based program.

Come and enjoy professionally instructed, enhanced programs in a safe, secure environment – the schools of AUSD, the Destination District of the East County.

Submitted By: George Barnett, Treasurer – Alpine Education Foundation




New Video ALL ABOUT Alpine’s Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS)

Check out this new video all about Alpine’s own Joan MacQueen Middle School! Its very informative and really points out all the amazing programs the school has to offer, including the “outdoor classroom” in Wright’s Field Nature preserve that is located right behind the school!


Joan MacQueen Middle School is unique in that we are the only middle school in Alpine. Many of our students have grown up here. They went to kindergarten together, then different elementary schools, and now are back together at Joan MacQueen.

You can’t help but be struck by the beauty of our campus. The giant front lawn, beautiful gym, smaller quad spaces near the classrooms, and our own outdoor classroom, Wright’s Field.

Not only do we have our strong academics, but a variety of elective choices for our students’ varied interests. Students participate in hands-on electives such as coding, robotics, maker-space, culinary arts, band, art, photography, and yearbook. They can participate in leadership with ASB, express themselves in performing arts, learn a new language, or receive additional academic support.

Our PE coaches offer after school sports in cross country, basketball, and flag football. Joan MacQueen Middle School is Alpine. It’s a community where we care about each other.

Joan MacQueen Middle School part of the Alpine Union School District and is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at (619) 445-3245 or email



Creekside Early Learning Center Dual Language Parent Information Night – March 8, 2018

Attention incoming Dual-Language parents and guardians, our final Parent Information Night is now Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:30pm.  Please contact our school office for any questions.


Submitted By:

Charlene Brown – School Secretary
Creekside Early Learning Center
8818 Harbison Canyon Rd.,
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 659-8250

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

GUHSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Meeting – January 31, 2018

Grossmont Union High School District Proposition H/U Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Meeting (CBOC)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Grossmont Union High School District Office Conference Room

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.



CBOC Agenda January 2018

*Submitted by: Louis Russo

Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) New School Hours Effective August 2018

Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) in Alpine school hours will be changing for the 2018-2019 school year. The new hours will be 8am to 2:25pm.Joan MacQueen Missle School is located at 2001 Tavern Rd. Alpine Ca 91901. For more info please contact Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Alpine Union School District at 619-445-3236 or email

GUHSD School Choice Application (Open Enrollment / School Transfer) Deadline is March 2, 2018

Dear GUHSD Parents,


This notice is for parent/guardians of students wishing to request a school transfer for the 2018-19 school year.   The window of opportunity to submit a School Choice application, once called Open Enrollment is currently open and will close on March 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM.  To be considered for a School Choice transfer we must receive your application by this deadline.

To submit your request(s), log into your Infinite Campus Portal account, click on the School Choice tab located to the left of the screen and make your selection(s).  You may submit up to 4 requests.  Once you are finished, click on the Submit Applications button and log out of your Portal account.

If you have any questions about the School Choice process or need assistance, please visit the district website or call Application Support at (619) 956 – HELP (4357).  Due to high call volume we may be unable to answer your call right away.  Please leave a detailed voicemail and we will get back to you the next day or sooner.

Thank you.

Application Support, ETS
Grossmont Union High School District

Letter to the EDITOR: To All the Alpiners That Want an Alpine High School, “DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED”!

By George Barnett

To all you Alpiners that want an Alpine high school, “Do not be discouraged”! 26 of your friends and neighbors and children traveled to Sacramento last week (read story here) to present our case before the State Board of Education (SBE),  The SBE had much sympathy and support for Alpine having its own high school.  It also harshly admonished Grossmont, and told Grossmont it had to repair a breech of trust Grossmont caused with Alpine.

Much more important, the State Board of Education suggested two clear and viable alternate routes to an Alpine high school; both of which it would support.

More on that later…..But keep your chins up!  I believe we will have an Alpine high school sooner than one might think.


Submitted By George Barnett 619-659-0345