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DC Kids 2020 Fundraiser POKER NIGHT at the Alpine VFW – September 19, 2019

DC Kids 2020 Fundraiser POKER NIGHT at the Alpine VFW – September 19, 2019. Texas Holdem Tournament, plus $12 BBQ dinner! $50 Buy includes dinner! Play starts at 6pm! Bring the whole family for a night of fun for a night of various other game including a 50/50 raffle! The Alpine VFW Post 9578 is located at 844 Tavern Rd., Alpine Ca. 91901. For more info contact dckids2020@gmail.com

 

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. Theatrical Performance at Joan MacQueen Middle School – May 23 & 24, 2019

THE LITTLE MERMAID WILL BECOME A “PART OF YOUR WORLD”!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! May 23 and 24, 2019 – Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at Joan MacQueen Middle School on May 23rd and 24th at 7pm.  The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film.  The Joan MacQueen Middle School Theater Program cast contains approximately 40 students led by Mrs. Michelle McIntyre. You may purchase Tickets at www.showtix4u.com and search Joan MacQueen Middle School.

 

GIGANTIC Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine – April 20, 2019

OPEN TO ALL! Easter Egg Hunt at Joan MacQueen Middle School (2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901) on April 20, 2019 from 8:30am to 12pm! Hosted by Bethel Christian Assembly. This is the largest Easter activity in East County with over 25,000 stuffed eggs! The Fun Includes: Pancake Breakfast, free food, Egg Hunts, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Crazy Hair, Glitter Tattoos, Prizes and Bike Giveaways, Inflatables, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and Easter Bunny Pictures.

Easter Worship Experiences at Bethel Christian Assembly: (1929 Arnold Way, Alpine, CA 91901) We invite you and your family to join us for a very special Easter weekend celebration. There is something for everyone! Come as you are, everyone is welcome. We would love for you to become part of our church family.

  • Friday April 19th at 5:30pm
  • Saturday April 20th at 5:30pm
  • Sunday April 21st at 9am and 10:30am

 

All information can also be found at EasterInAlpine.org

DC Kids 2020 Educational East Coast Tour Informational Meeting – April 10, 2019

Join us for a 7th grade parent and student informational meeting on April 10, 2019 at 6pm in the Alpine Elementary School Library (1850 Alpine Blvd.) The trip will be March 29-April 5, 2020 and will tour Boston, New York City and Washington DC. For more info please call 619-445-9193 or email dckids2020@gmail.com

Free Little Library Grand Opening, Dedication and Book Grab – March 30, 2019

The JMMS Builders Club will be holding a Free Little Library Grand Opening Dedication and Book Grab at Boulder Oaks Park (2232 Tavern Road.) on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00 am. Books are Free and geared toward PreK-Grade 5. *Books are gently used and free for kids to keep. *Free Little Library Books are Take One/Leave One. The Builders Club will be selling water, juice, and Donuts for $1 each. For more information contact Dawn McAlpine at 619-988-9921 or email dmcalpine@alpineschools.net

 

 

Sports Clinic For Kids! Speed, Agility & Endurance Camp at JMMS: March – June 2019

Sports Clinic For Kids at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine. Join us for a Speed, Agility & Endurance Camp! For more information please contact Craig: (619) 504-5979 or Charles: (619) 302-8044.

Camp Dates:
Sunday, March 24. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, March 31. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, April 7. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, April 14. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, May 19. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, May 26. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, June 2. 12 PM – 2 PM
Sunday, June 9. 12 PM – 2 PM

Joan MacQueen Middle School  is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901

County Moving Ahead on Proposed Alpine Park

By Alex Ward, Alpine Chamber of Commerce – February 13, 2019

The goal of a San Diego County Park in Alpine appeared to be closer to reality at the latest Hot Topics” breakfast of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker George Barnett of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) outlined the history of the proposed park and what authorities are doing to move the project along during the Feb. 12 Chamber meeting. The county Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funding when they meet about the park acquisition on Feb. 27, Barnett told the crowd at Al Pancho’s Restaurant at 2139 Alpine Blvd. “By the end of April the county will have a good idea of how much of that (land) can be developed,” Barnett said. “The county will have a series of town hall meetings and workshops to determine what we want.”

He said the proposed park along South Grade Road is undergoing an environmental assessment for possible uses. The land abuts the Wright’s Field preserve owned by BCLT in the center of Alpine. A companion project is the development of playing fields at nearby Joan MacQueen Middle School at 2001 Tavern Road. “A benefactor in Alpine has agreed to fund a water well and irrigation infrastructure and on-going maintenance for the middle school playing fields,” Barnett said, That impressed the Chamber members and guests, who listened carefully as the speaker noted that the Alpine Education Foundation has applied for neighborhood reinvestment grants to help the middle school project.

Barnett said the $900,000 would come from the county’s parkland development account, funded by developers’ fees. Jon Green, BCLT’s program and outreach director, spoke in support of the proposed park.  Green also encouraged everyone to continue treating 230-acre Wright’s Field preserve —- which shares history with the Kumeyaay Indians, the Spaniards who came here and the homesteaders —- as precious ground. “We all value Wright’s Field,” Green said. “It is as close as we can get to having sacred ground in this county.” Noting that Wright’s Field has many kinds of animals and plants, Barnett said the park land assessment needs to be thorough “because this is a very rare environment.” “How many towns in the world are going to have 300 acres of park land right in their middle?” he added.

In other business, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward talked about new Chamber opportunities and activities.
A major new event is the free Spring Art & Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Vendors will be welcome. “We’re hoping to have a lot of artists as well as musicians,” Ward said.

*Read past posts on this subject HERE

 

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

619. 445.2722

1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. #208, Alpine Ca 91901

www.alpinechamber.com

 

JMMS Sports Fields and a New Park for Alpine Update – February 6, 2019

Parkland for Alpine – Update February 6, 2019 – Submitted By George Barnett

Along with Travis Lyon, Jim Easterling, and Jon Green, I attended meetings yesterday hosted by Brian Albright, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of San Diego. Mr. Albright’s executive staff also participated. Two major parkland developments for Alpine were discussed. Following are my personal observations:

Joan MacQueen Middle School Playing Fields:
Concept plans are completed, and Alpine Union School District (AUSD) is moving ahead. The County process for directing developers’ fees to the project from the Alpine Park Land Development Ordinance account was reviewed. Ordinance compliance issues were discussed, and were integrated into the timing schedule. A key component will be the preparing of architectural designs and cost estimates. The matter of well water and irrigation infrastructure for grass fields, and the maintenance of infrastructure over time, has been addressed by the very kind offer from an Alpine resident.

Alpine Community Park:
The County has completed negotiations to buy 98 acres of Wrights Field open space not owned by the Back Country Land Trust. Next steps include the Board of Supervisors final approvals on funding and acquisition expected later this month. Once escrow is completed and the land owned by the County, and once the County concludes an environmental survey of the land, the County will begin community outreach through the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) and by County-hosted community workshops. Those efforts will include the solicitation of ideas, wants and needs from the community. The County expects to begin its outreach late April or early May. Environmental studies on the targeted land site have started. Those studies will indicate how much of the 98 acres can be used for parkland (as opposed to passive use as open space), and will give insight into the types of facilities that could be suitable under California’s environmental law. As Director & Officer of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT), I pledged BCLT’s and its Partners resources in support to the County on biological resource land management, fire fuels reduction, waterway clean-out and restoration, on environmental education via BCLT’s Living Classroom Program in association with Alpine Education Foundation, and on habitat restoration.

By implication, through the sustained efforts of many, and due to the firm commitment of Supervisor Dianne Jacob to Alpine and to our children, Alpine is destined to have unsurpassed open space preserves, a community park, and refurbished, modern sports playing fields at its middle school! 😁

For clarity, the non-County attendees at the meetings were:

George Barnett (me); elected ACPG member & secretary of its Parks Subcommittee, director/officer of BCLT.
Travis Lyon; elected ACPG member & chairperson, elected Trustee AUSD, and director of BCLT. Jim Easterling; elected ACPG member and chairperson of its Parks Subcommittee; & elected member and President of Alpine Fire Protection District. Jon Green; Program & Outreach Director of BCLT

The above comments are mine personally, and are not intended to be those of the others attending.

 

 

JMMS Security Fencing Installed.. “Say Something” Reporting System Info Meeting – February 4, 2019

JMMS (Joan MacQueen Middle School)SAFETY UPDATE – January 30, 2019. Security Fencing Installation is being completed this week at our school. Also we are having a “SAY SOMETHING” Parent information meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6pm. The “Say something” Anonymous reporting system allows you to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. JMMS is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info call (619) 445-3245

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.