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Celebration of Life for Young Alpine Resident Jenifer Wood – April 29, 2017

Please join us in celebrating the amazing young life of Jenifer Lynne Wood on April 29, 2017 at 11am in the Granite Hills High School Gym (1719 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, Ca.) Jenifer passed away unexpectedly and her family misses her dearly. Jenifer lived in Alpine and was an amazing, bright young girl who was always laughing, smiling and had such and impact on everyone around her. She attended Joan MacQueen Middle School last year with the 2016 class. She was an all star cheerleader with Hot Stuff cheer in El Cajon and also cheered for Alpine Pop Warner Cheer for 2 seasons. She was a freshman at Granite Hills High School where she was on the JV gymnastics team. She loved working with animals and volunteered at Splash of Passion and Whispering Winds in Julian. She was in 4h where she worked with horses, goats and archery. She also enjoyed skeet shooting, riding her horses, and spending time with her friends and family. She was such a bright, young girl who loved to be involved in her community and made such an impact in others lives. Cards, flowers and donations can be sent to 1397 Sunhaven Rd, Alpine CA 91901. For more info please contact Brittni Engle at 619-922-2943 or EMAIL HERE

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“Ready Break” ROBOTICS & CODING 2-Day Camp At JMMS – April 20-21, 2017

ROBOTICS & CODING 2-DAY CAMP at Joan MacQueen Middle School! ROBOTICS: THURSDAY & FRIDAY | APRIL 20 & 21, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM / CODING: THURSDAY & FRIDAY | APRIL 20 & 21, 2017 from 12:00 NOON – 3:00 PM. This Spring, Mrs. Karen Casey hosts workshops at Joan MacQueen Middle School in both robotics and coding for students, grades 5-8. 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.

Camp Counselor: Mrs. Karen Casey. Open to 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Graders in the Alpine Union School District Camp Cost: $50. Register at by March 31, 2017. Additional information will be emailed to you upon acceptance by April 7, 2017. For more info contact Mrs. Karen Casey at


“Ready Break” Sports Day Camp At JMMS – April 10-21, 2017

“READY BREAK” SPORTS DAY CAMP! TWO WEEK CAMP! MONDAY – FRIDAY | APRIL 10 – 21, 2017 from 7:30 – 11:30 AM at Joan MacQueen Middle School.
Open to 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Graders in the Alpine Union School District, 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. Furthermore, campers will learn how to work with others and show good sportsmanship in a competitive situation. The goal is to provide a wide range of experiences in hopes that the campers will become an enthusiastic and participaing member of the Spring Sports Program.

Camp Counselors: Coaches Bartling and Fazekas. Camp Cost: $75. Register at Please register by March 31, 2017. Additional information will be emailed to you upon acceptance by April 5, 2017. For additional info please contact Mrs. Karen Casey at

Rockin’ 5K Trail & Fun Run – April 2, 2017

Please come and “run”!  This is a family event for young and old alike.  Ask your teacher to bring a classroom team!  Remember, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funding for Physical Education in Alpine.  Checkout the event at our website:

Rokin 5krun AEF 2017

An exhilarating run over rugged, scenic terrain with live music, wild flowers and mountain views awaits participants of the Rockin’ 5K Trail & Fun Run, Sunday, April 2, 9am at Joan MacQueen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine. The run is a collaboration of the Alpine Education Foundation with the Alpine Union School District PTA’s and the Back Country Land Trust, to raise funds for the Alpine Union School District’s physical education programs. The musical event will feature sixteen local bands to entertain participants along the route that runs through a section of Alpine’s local nature preserve, Wright’s Field, adjacent to the middle school. Wright’s Field is owned  and maintained by the Back Country Land Trust, a private landholder, for public use. It is home to many plant species, including some that are endangered, as well as a variety of wildlife. Runners and walkers are encouraged to enter. Pre-registration costs are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run. There is no charge for children under five to participate with a signed waiver. Day-of-event registration is $30. Check-in for the run will take place on the black top of Joan MacQueen Middle School between 7:30 -8:30 A with the race beginning promptly at 9 A. Each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt, running bib, participation medal, swag bag and free admission to the after race party with games, jumpers and a vendor fair. An assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase.  For registration and more information, visit the Alpine Education Foundation website at  About the Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) The Alpine Education Foundation promotes and supports academic excellence for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in East County, including Alpine and Blossom Valley. Their mission statement is to generate funds that support educational opportunities for students of the Greater Alpine Area to better prepare today’s youth for the future; through programs supporting the use of technology in the classroom, innovative practices, enhancing staff professional development, and supplementing teacher support to allow for small group and individualized approaches to student learning. TO PARTICIPATE please complete the registration form here. For questions, to sign up as a vendor at the event, or to become a Rockin’ sponsor, please email


All Are Invited! EASTER EGG HUNT & Carnival at JMMS – April 15, 2017

FREE! JOIN US for an Easter Carnival from 9am to 12pm and and Easter Egg Hunt at 11am! Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine (2001 Tavern Rd.) Join us for live music & entertainment, Inflatable games, cake walk, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, Easter Bunny Photo Booth and of course egg hunting! We will also have Hot Dogs, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy and Popcorn Sponsored by Bethel Christian Assembly. Visit our website at

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AUSD Teacher and Classified EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Winners!

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One of the greatest honors any professional can achieve is to be recognized by one’s peers for their work and dedication. A HUGE congratulations to this year’s Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year. They are being recognized for their wonderful contributions as outstanding classroom teachers and classified staff who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities and for helping AUSD be a place where students come first!




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Student Advisory committeeOur students at JMMS continue to ensure their voices are shaping the future of our District. The Superintendent Student Advisory Committee (SSAC) met recently to review the results of our student survey and to help brainstorm ways to improve our District. Our students discussed the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals for AUSD and shared their feedback on how we can improve our schools. They offered honest feedback and were courageous in sharing their ideas. Many of their ideas will be part of our new LCAP and will definitely have an impact on improving opportunities for our students.

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JMMS 6th Grade Student & Parent Information Night – February 7, 2017

JMMS Prospective and Incoming 6th Grade Student and Parent Information Night on February 7, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm in the Joan MacQueen Middle School Gym. 6th Grade Registration, Select your electives and classes early, and  Learn about the specialty programs! 2001 Tavern Rd., Alpine, Ca. 91901. (619) 445-3245

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JMMS Engineering Robotics Team Wins 2016 Lego League Global Innovation Award!

Amazing JMMS Robotics Team. They took first place for project design and innovation. They were also separately awarded the Global Innovation Award! Absolutely AMAZING! Go JMMS TEAM!


In its 2nd year since starting, the JMMS (Joan MacQueen Middle School) Engineering Team fielded 6 teams to the Southern California regional LEGO Robotics competition qualification round earlier this summer.  One team won the right to participate in the finals, which were held last week.   Of the 60 plus teams from across Southern California, Alpine’s team won a regional award, and won the right to advance to the national competition in Washington late in the spring.  The team’s project is a technically advanced, automated wild bird feeder with the potential for commercial viability.

Please visit the Facebook page of Alpine Union School District for pictures and details.

This tremendous success for Alpine is just one of the innovative programs to propel our school district to Superintendent Dr. Richard Newman’s Vision to make AUSD the Destination District of the East County.

Alpine Education Foundation is a major supporter of the JMMS Engineering/Robotics program, with a three year commitment for funding, laboratory equipment, and the purchase of robotics kits.

Posted By George Barnett, Director – AEF (Alpine Education Foundation)


TELEPHONE: 619-659-0345


ALUMNI & Friends of Joan MacQueen Band Are Invited to March in Alpine Parade of Lights – December 2, 2016

jmms-band-alumni-copyCalling All ALUMNI and friends of Joan MacQueen Band! We invite you to march with us at the Alpine Parade of Lights on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6pm! Alumni Practice Rehearsal: Date TBA in November….or I can just get you the music! I hope you can join us! We will meet at the Women’s Center on Alpine Blvd/Victoria at 6pm, parade steps off at 6:30/ finish at Carl’s Jr. parking lot by 7:20 pm. Fore more info call Mrs. Rabasca at (619) 933-8091 or email