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AES PRESENTATION: “What Does Your Teen or Tween Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You?” – August 24, 2017

Alpine Union School District Parent Education Series “What Does Your Teen or Tween Want You to Know But Won’t Tell You?” Join us for an informative and interactive parent evening facilitated by “Teentruth” on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6pm at Joan MacQueen Middle School. (2001 Tavern Rd. Alpine) How do we create an environment for our students to thrive at school and at home?
Develop creative strategies to support your child – Redefine tween & teen leadership and understand critical campus issues. For more info please contact Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent – Alpine Union School District 619-445-3236 or email malvarez@alpineschools.net

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
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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

 

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 code.org, 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 aef4kids.net 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 karencasey@alpineschools.net

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“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 aef4kids.net. 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 karencasey@alpineschools.net
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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:  http://aef4kids.net/events/rockin-trail-run/

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 www.aef4kids.net.  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 events@aef4kids.net.

 

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 www.alpinebethel.org

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