Monday, October 28, 2013

Gearing Your Student Towards Success Parent Workshops

Sweetwater High School Counselor’s Present:
Weekly 11th/12th Grade Parent Workshops

Gearing Your Student Towards Success

The counselors would like to invite parents to attend our 6-week parent workshops, which will focus on providing you with tools to address the personal/social and academic development of your child. These workshops will be interactive and are targeting parents of 11th and 12th graders.

November 5th
November 12th
November 19th
December 3rd
December 10th
December 17th
Guiding Your Student to Success

This workshop is designed to identify key areas parents of students at all grade levels need to constantly monitor. Parents will learn the power of each area and given proven strategies in implementing them in their homes.

Boosting Your  Parenting Skills

High School Students need their parents to be interested in their academic progress.  Parents will learn how to be involved in the educational process, specifically here at Sweetwater.

High School Graduation and University Requirements

Find out what is required to graduate from high school and the necessary steps towards applying to a 4-year university.

Myths About College

Sending your kid off to college can be a scary thing.  Learn about the myths about college and how to support your child once they are ready to go off to college.
How to Pay For College

Find out how to fund your children’s college education.  It’s better to plan early.  This is an opportunity to learn about the FAFSA application, the different types of financial aid and about scholarships.
Parent Panel &
Closing Ceremony

Hear from parents whose students have graduated and studied at a 4-year university either in San Diego or far away from home.   
For questions or information contact the Counseling Center

Homecoming Dance Photo Booth - Come Support!

at Sweetwater High School!

The counselors are raising funds!
Homecoming Dance Photo Booth $2
8:30 - 10:30pm
New Gym

Pictures will be shared on SUHI Lives Facebook Page!


Cal-SOAP Presents COLLEGE FAIR 2013

San Diego and Imperial Counties
Cal-SOAP Presents
For High School Students and Parents

Over 100 Colleges Represented and 7 workshops Offered:

Secrets of Selective Colleges
CA Public Colleges
CA Community Colleges and Transfer Process
Private / Independent Colleges
Financing Your College Dream
Top 10 Future Careers in America
The College AthleteCome find your Best Fit!!!
Parking and Admissions are FREE!!!

No registration for students and parents needed.
NOTE: The list of participating colleges and program will be posted once finalized. Please check back.

Current list of participating colleges: click here

Location: Scottish Rite Center
1895 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108

Date: 10/30/2013

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Event Flyers and Documents: College Fair Flyer 2013

Directions: Click Here for Directions

Thursday, October 24, 2013

College Information Sessions

The San Diego Public Library is offering a FREE mini-session at the Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library located at 3003 Coronado Ave, SD CA 92154!

It will include:

Thursday, November 14: College Essay Workshop with Cal-SOAP UCSD

Tuesday, November 18: All About College Applications with Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz <>

Thursday, November 21: All About Financial Aid with Lynn O'Shaughnessy <>

No applications necessary!  Simply call or email to sign up as space is limited.

619-238-6684 or

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Outside the Lens - Digital Media for Social Change

Outside The Lens is a local nonprofit committed to empowering youth to use digital media to create social change. 

This year, SUHi Alumni Kristian Castro is outreaching to local high schools all across San Diego to invite students interested in any form of digital media to the Outside the Lens Youth Council, which is becoming a great program that fosters students' creativity and leadership.  

Kristian mentioned the student participants so far are from La Jolla High, Torrey Pines High, and Bishops School. So...let's help SUHi represent!

Kristian will be doing a short presentation at LUNCH on OCTOBER 30th in the COUNSELING CENTER for any interested students. 

Digital Media+Learning Lab

Monday, October 21, 2013

NCFD Community Service

The National City Fire Department is putting on their annual Tower of Terror on October 31st.

They are looking for volunteers. They need folks to help build the tower of terror and actors for the event.

Here are the days available for Community hours:

LOCATION: Fire station at 16th and “D”

October 26th
They will be building the props.
TIME: 9:30 – 12:00

October 30th
Walk through
4:00PM - ??

October 31st
Event day
5:30PM – 9:00PM

See Mr. Diaz in room 608 during period 3 for more info!

Filipino Heritage Celebration at Bell Middle School

I would like to invite you to the 2013 Filipino Heritage Celebration at Bell Middle School slated for Friday, October 25, 2013, 5:30-8:00pm at 620 Briarwood Road, San Diego, CA 92139.

We expect over 400 students, parents, students and community members to participate in the celebration highlighting Filipino Heritage History. This year 2013, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Filipino Language class offered in the San Diego Unified School District that first began at Bell Middle School and then offered at Morse High School.  We also have special guest speaker Johnny Itliong son of United Farm Worker leader Larry Itliong; October 25th would have been his 100th birthday.

The theme of the celebration is "Continuing Their Legacy....the Past, Present and Future". Continuing the legacy of UFW leaders Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz, Carlos Bulusan, Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta. Also the legacy of Filipino Language teachers in the San Diego Unified School District.

We hope you can join us this Friday, October 25, 2013, 5:30pm at Bell Middle School. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your consideration,

Mrs. Jacquilin Magat-Lapid
Teacher, Filipino Language, Bell Middle School
Co-Advisor, Gawad Kalinga Club, Bell Middle School
President, Filipino American Educators Association

Gerald Sison
Math Teacher, Bell Middle School
Advisor, Associated Student Body, Bell Middle School

JoAnn Fields
Co-Advisor, Gawad Kalinga Club, Bell Middle School
Director, SDUSD District E Trustee Cabinet
Organizer, Filipino American Caucus of San Diego County

Tuesday, October 15, 2013



The National City Eye Clinic will be held November 4-8, 2013 at Camacho Gymnasium at Las Palmas Park located at 1810 East 22nd Street, National City, CA  91950.

This eye clinic is sponsored by Luxottica’s One Sight Program in collaboration with the National School District, National City Host Lions Club and Sweetwater Union High School District. 

To participate, parents/guardian must read, complete and sign the consent form and return it to the School Nurse as soon as possible.  Only students with a signed consent form will be able to participate in the program.

If you have any questions about this program you may contact: Nurse Ross at 619-474-9708

Application Deadline is October 21, 2013

Child and Family Development Major at SDSU

My name is Pamela Gardner and I am the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Child and Family Development (CFD) at San Diego State University.  Many high school students are not aware of our major and the careers our graduates pursue.  Consequently, I would like to provide you with a brief introduction to our major and our students.  Please share this information with your students as they prepare their college applications.

The interdisciplinary major in Child and Family Development prepares students for a variety of professional specialties.  Our graduates find positions in preschools, child care centers, hospitals, schools, residential institutions, public welfare agencies, family service agencies, family planning clinics, mental health institutions, community programs, business and industry, and government agencies.  Our major provides preparation for graduate study and credential programs in child and family development, education, social work, special education, school counseling, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, physical/occupational therapy, law, and medicine.

Our department is unique in many ways.  Students have opportunities to work alongside faculty, assisting with research and community-based projects.  We are strong believers in the “learn by doing” philosophy and our students are placed in the field beginning their first year at SDSU.  Students graduate with not only theoretical knowledge, but with a great deal of practical experience, as well.  We have an outstanding student organization and our members are doing great things on campus and in the San Diego community.  The support that students receive is truly exceptional in our CFD department.  We have a mentor center where students receive peer-mentoring, hold study groups, use the computers/printers, or just hang out with friends.  We are proud to say that because of our strong student support, we have the highest graduation rate on campus!  Our involvement with and support of students does not end with graduation.  We formed the first department-based SDSU alumni chapter.  Our alumni hold social events and networking meetings.

As you can see, I am very proud of our Child and Family Development Department.  I know your students will receive an excellent college education and experience in our department and at SDSU.  I will be attending the college fair at Grossmont College on Saturday, October 19.  Please encourage your students to attend and to stop by my table.  I look forward to meeting them!  Please contact me with any questions, or 619 594-7035.

Thank you very much!!

Pamela W. Gardner, M.S.
Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Child and Family Development
San Diego State University

619 594-7035

Please come out and make a difference in your community!

Please come out and make a difference in your community!  Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd  from 5 to 7 pm at the Boys and Girl Club  (1430 D Avenue, National City, CA 91950) for a neighborhood workshop hosted by the National City SMART Foundation Project.    

The City needs your help identifying barriers and opportunities for pedestrian and bike access as well as help develop community-based projects that could benefit your neighborhood.  We encourage you to attend and invite your friends, family and neighbors!   Feel free to bring the kids too!  

All workshop participants will be entered in a RAFFLE for a chance to win fun Halloween prizes --- so don’t miss out!   Light snacks and refreshments will be served.  Spanish translation will be available. 

The National City SMART Foundation is working together with the Safe Routes to School Program to enhance awareness and pedestrian/bike safety, as well as improve and expand walking/biking opportunities in National City.  

As we approach the home stretch on this effort, the community’s participation is more important than ever so please help us in getting the word out to your colleagues, family, friends and neighbors in National City.  B

y working together, we are sure to bring forth a project that bears the community’s best interest in mind.   For more details, please refer to the enclosed flyer.  S

hould you have any questions regarding the National City SMART Foundation Project please feel free to contact me. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Need Help With Your UC Personal Statement?


The Personal Statement is an integral part of the UC application. The content of the Personal Statement should add clarity, richness, and meaning to the information you present in other parts of your UC application, enabling the Office of Admissions to form the best impression of you.

Click here for an awesome worksheet to help you get started!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Perry Initiative! Opportunities in Medicine and Engineering!

The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

They are now seeking applicants for their San Diego program. SPACE IS LIMITED! So please remind your students to apply ASAP. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. 

 Applicants should be directed to fill out the online application in advance of the October 10, 2013 application deadline. Please note that preference will be given to PLTW students especially PLTW seniors (although grades 10-12th are accepted).

Additional information can be found on our website:

The application may be accessed directly using the following link: