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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.

 

Alpine Eagles LaCrosse FREE SKILLS CLINIC for ALL Interested Players – January 19, 2019

We are having a FREE SKILLS CLINIC at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine On January 19, 2019 from 9am to 3pm. Come meet the coaches and learn more about the exciting sport of LaCrosse! No Previour LaCrosse experience necessary! (Loaner gear is available for the day!)

Welcome to Alpine Eagles Lacrosse serving players from all of rhe East County of San Diego. We are a team that competes in the SDYLA (San Diego Youth Lacrosse Association). We provide a fun and competitive environment where kids 1st–8th grade can learn about and compete in the fast-growing sport of Lacrosse.

If this will be your child’s first experience in Lacrosse, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail with questions. We can help you understand the rules of the game, the necessary equipment needed to play and make sure that your child has a great first year. (If you’re new to lacrosse, we have some info and videos about the sport here.)

We are a registered non-profit, community-based organization that believes in teaching the kids skills as well as learning to play with integrity, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.

Visit our website at www.alpineeagleslax.com to register NOW or to learn more If you have questions email alpineeagleslax@gmail.com.

 

Athletic Fields at Joan MacQueen AND a Community Park for Alpine – Dianne Jacobs States There is Financial Room for BOTH

Information submitted by Lou Russo-

The best news for Alpine! A number of ladies (Yolaine Stout, Barbara Murray, Pat Barton and Mary Harris) have been working behind the scenes for a Park for All in Alpine. Friday, Mary got the below email from Adam Wison, on Supervisor Jacob’s staff.  Oh, and UT Reporter Karen Karen Beth Pearlman has been crucial in helping. Give her a shout out also! Read past articles on the proposed Sports Complex & Community Park here

 

“Hi Mary – It was a pleasure chatting with you today. I wanted to re-affirm my responses in writing to the questions you had related to a few items in Alpine:

Alpine Local Park Acquisition:
During this year’s budget process, the County Board of Supervisors approved an allocation of $6.5M for this fiscal year (2018-2019) for the acquisition and development of a community park in Alpine. I’ve attached a page (#512) from the County’s Capital Program which is within the County’s overall budget. You will see it highlights the funding source and total project cost ($13M) as well as provides a general scope of the project. The County is currently in negotiations with a property owner in Alpine to move this project forward.

Joan MacQueen Middle School:
Supervisor Jacob has also expressed interest to assist with the development of athletic fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School. She is willing to help with the funding of this project as well as long as there is a financial partner(s) with matching contributions. I know recently the Alpine Community Planning Group took a vote to recommend the use of $900K of PLDO dollars to help fund this project. I want to remind you that the ACPG’s action is a recommendation to the County and the final decision to use this money is to-be-determined.

Alpine (Overall):
Based on the information above, Supervisor Jacob is committed to both projects. She believes that both projects do not need to compete against each other (i.e. financially) and that the overall uses for both projects can have a balanced approach to reflect the overall park needs of the entire community.

Green Park Initiative:
Supervisor Jacob brought forward an initiative last year to further promote the development of parks in the unincorporated areas of San Diego. In short, the County established a $13M fund to jumpstart a backlog of parks that were stuck in the development process due to old policies prohibiting us from building them. With new policies in place, this is yet another pot of money demonstrating the County’s commitment to building new parks. Attached is the board letter and prospective park project spending plan associated with this action.

NOTE: This $13M fund is entirely separate from the $13M identified specifically for an Alpine Park.
I hope this information is helpful and demonstrates that Supervisor Jacob is well committed to developing world-class park facilities not just in the community of Alpine but in all the unincorporated regions of the County. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or comments. Thank you.”

Adam Wilson – Land Use Advisor, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
619-531-5522

 

JMMS “iperform” Presents “Seussical Jr” Play – May 24 & 25, 2018

JMMS “iperform” Presents “Seussical Jr” on Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25, 2018 at 7pm. Dr. Seuss’s best loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The theater kids have been working so hard and it will surly be an amazing play. Community members are welcomed! Tickets are available at the door or they can be pre-purchased at www.showtixfor4.com (Search seussical jr.) Reserved tickets: $15, General: $10 and JMMS Stiudents are only $5 at the door! JMMS is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call 619-445-3245

HUGE Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival at JMMS (30,000 EGGS!) – March 31, 2018

EASTER IS ALMOST HERE! Join us for one of East County’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Joan Macqueen Middle School in Alpine (2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901) from 9am-12pm! IT’S FREEE!!!!

-Divided age group egg hunt areas
-30,000 Easter Eggs
-Free Food (Pancake breakfast and Popcorn)
-Carnival Games
-Prizes
-Pony Rides
-Inflatables
-Pictures with the Easter Bunny AND other Surprise Characters
-Face Painting
-Crazy Hair Booth

We hope to see you there! All are welcome! Invite your friends! Hosted by Bethel Christian Assembly in Alpine! Follow our Facebook Page HERE For more info please call (619)445-5508 or visit our website at alpinebethel.org