Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Community Serivce with Starbucks

Starbucks Global Month of Service

Beginning this week, Starbucks is kicking off the annual Global Month of Service by hosting a food drive to benefit Feeding America San Diego‘s efforts to feed local children, families and seniors. You can help by dropping off most-needed items like canned tuna, peanut butter and canned, low-sodium soups at any Starbucks location near you through April 5.

Additionally, volunteers of all ages are welcome to join Starbucks partners, friends, families, customers and Vons local grocery store associates on Saturday, April 12 at the Feeding America San Diego distribution center in Mira Mesa.

Volunteers will sort fresh produce, pack boxes and BackPack bags to help those facing hunger in San Diego during three shifts on April 12, 2014.

Get involved by signing up to volunteer using the steps below:

Step 1: Join our event on the Starbucks Community website Search for the event using keywords: Feeding America San Diego.
Step 2: Follow the link on the Starbucks Community website to sign up on the FASD website for the shift you would like to attend. You will receive a confirmation email. Partners, friends, families and customers are all invited to sign up. Two hour shifts begin at: 8AM, 11AM, 2PM
Step 3: Spread the word! We need everyone’s help to reach our goal of 500+ volunteers.
Note: Each individual volunteer must register on their own. This helps us keep track of volunteer hours and ensure everyone has completed their waiver prior to entering the Distribution Center.

We hope to see you on April 12!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mini College Lunch Fair: San Diego Culinary Institute & Paul Mitchell the School San Diego

Every last Friday of every month there is a mini college fair outside of the new building. This month we had San Diego Culinary Institute and Paul Mitchell the School San Diego come and visit Sweetwater. The AVID program came to promote their classes and the school counseling team shared information about legal field careers.

(619) 644-2100 

San Diego Culinary Institute is located in La Mesa, California. Their curriculum is focused on cuisine and pastry studies as well as marketing, business, and leadership, ALL skills that a successful chef needs to know!

Check out their website above to schedule a tour where you can see cooking demonstrations and sit in some of their classes. Enrollment is on going all year for full-time and part-time classes. 

Students talking to the San Diego Culinary Institute representatives about their cuisine and pastry programs.
A student signing up for a tour at San Diego Culinary Institute to see some of their food demos and sit in on some of their cuisine and pastry classes.

(619) 398-1590

Are you interested in becoming a hairdresser or makeup artist? You can learn to design high-fashion hair for the runway, become a celebrity stylist, work in print photography, television, opera, theater, ballet, or film. Paul Mitchell also offers opportunities in skin care, barbering, aromatherapy, nail artistry, sales, and marketing. It is is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and is one of the most prestigious cosmetology schools in San Diego! They offer day time and evening classes. Classes begin anywhere from mid January to the beginning of October. Visit their website today to learn more about the programs they offer!

Paul Mitchell the School San Diego giving out brochures.

Paul Mitchell the School San Diego talking to our students about their cosmetology programs.

Sweetwater High School offers AVID classes for students to support them in their college and career aspirations. AVID offers extra support with your classes and teaches you skills like how to write an effective personal statement and finding scholarships to help pay for college. If you want to know more, visit their website or watch the video below. 

Let your school counselor know if you want to be enrolled in AVID for the next school year!
Ginger Boss
Wendy Connor

Project Legal Employment Awareness Program (LEAP) is an organization that helps promote legal field careers to high school students. If you want to know more about the legal field, don't hesitate to contact them. They will teach your about the different careers available, educational requirements, skills, and qualifications needed to do the job! 

Currently their website is not up and running; however, you can contact them through the email above to get more information about how to participate in their program.

Come visit us next month, Thursday April 30th, in front of the new building for our next mini college lunch fair!!! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March Career Panel Speakers: Law Professionals

March Career Panel Speakers 
Law Professionals  

The last Friday of every month, our school counseling department hosts a career panel of speakers. Each month, the career speakers ranged from different job sectors such as: business, health sciences, and public service among other careers. For the month of March we were honored to host law professionals from the San Diego County. The following were our participating guest speakers:

Our guest speakers, Ynonne, Wendy, and Jesse spoke to our students who are interested in the law profession about their respective careers in the law field. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions that ranged from: how did they get interested in their respective careers and describing their typical day, among other questions. 

The guest speakers powerfully connected with our students when they shared with them their personal experiences that led them to their careers. One speaker, Jesse Navarro, disclosed to our students that he was born in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He stated, "I came here from Mexico not knowing the language, not knowing the history, not knowing anything about our wonderful country here in the US." Jesse also shared his educational struggles with our students because he did not know the English language. Not many believed that he could become a police officer. However, he continued pursuing his career goal and went to Miramesa College. He went to school during the night and took classes in the criminal justice program. During the day he worked as a welder. It took him 3 years to graduate from Miramesa College and afterwards applied for jobs as a police officer. Initially he was rejected multiple times, however, he obtain a job as a police officer in San Diego.  

Our guest speakers also gave our students great advice on pursuing a professional career in law. Yvonne and Wendy advised our students to always have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude is key to getting and keeping a job regardless of the field that one is in. Jesse also added that if individuals wants a career in the field of law, they need to have a clean criminal record. In addition, the guest speakers advised our students that they have to work hard and get good grades in school.   

Our speakers talking to our students 

Some of our students stayed after the session to speak to our guest speakers!

Get to know our guest speakers:

Yvonne Kilmer: She has over 15 years of professional services management. She currently serves as Manager of Benefits & Human Resources for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, a 150 attorney law firm. She has experience in staff recruiting, benefits, and accounting. Yvonne is a graduate from Sweetwater High School and also received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. 

Wendy Connor: She is a Native San Diegan who attended Kearny High School. Wendy's legal career began in 1977 as a high school sophomore with the assistance of her high school counselor. She worked in a small law firm office until 1995 where she now works as an office manager. After 20 years at BB&K, she continues to enjoy working with lawyers and support staff to make everyone look good. Wendy lives with her husband in Alpine. They have six children and ten grandchildren. 

Jesse Navarro: Jesse is currently the Director of Community Relations, and has been since 2003. He organizes community meetings, town hall events and public safety presentations. He also represents the DA's office with high level Mexican officials. From 1990-2002, Jesse was a business owner. He owned and operated his investigative and consulting business in San Diego County providing expertise throughout the United States and Mexico on criminal, civil, and business cases. Jesse was also a law enforcement officer from 1974-1990. 

For more information:

If you would like more information about the law field and/or the guest speakers who came in to speak to our students, please feel free to click on the following links:                                        

We want to thank our amazing guest speakers! 
Please join us next month on Thursday April 30th for our Media, Arts, and Entertainment career panel speakers! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Community Service: Feed The Hungry

Please join Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club as we package over 18,000 meals to be distributed  to children and families in countries worldwide. Each meal combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal cost only 29 cents and has a shelf life of two years. Last year our meals went to children in Vietnam and the Philippines.

Saturday April 25   8:00AM-12:00PM
84 East J Street
Chula Vista Elementary School District Rm C

Please call (619) 207-8802 to RSVP

2015 FBI San Diego Teen Academy Applications Available Online Now

Wanted By FBI San Diego: High School Sophomores and Juniors for Teen Academy

2015 FBI San Diego Teen Academy Applications Available Online Now

FBI San DiegoMarch 10, 2015
Emily Yeh(858) 320-8312

Applications are now being accepted for FBI San Diego’s 2015 Teen Academy, which will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the San Diego Field Office headquarters in Sorrento Valley. Any student interested in the FBI, what we do, and how a relationship with the FBI can help their school and community is encouraged to apply. The Teen Academy is open to high school sophomores or juniors enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school program. The applicant must currently attend school within San Diego County or Imperial County to be eligible to apply.

Students selected for the FBI Teen Academy spend an interactive day with special agents and professional staff participating in both classroom and hands-on activities. Classes will offer an insider’s look into gang and drug investigations, hands-on experience involving evidence collection, and tactical operations, all while learning about the FBI’s core values. After completing the class, students will be more aware of the challenges their communities face and better understand how the FBI serves their community. Teen Academy graduates are encouraged to mentor their peers by sharing the knowledge they have gained through the program.

The FBI’s Teen Academy application process allows for the identification of a diverse pool of students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in the FBI. Applicants do not need a law enforcement background. However, an essay is required of all applicants. The essay will be the first element of the application package that will be reviewed and provides a first look, and insight, into the student’s motivations for attending. The essay will also provide insight into the student’s expectations of the Teen Academy. All applications should highlight the student’s school activities and community involvement, which will be an important part of the criteria used to evaluate the applicants.

Applications, supporting essay, and release form must be received at the FBI San Diego field office by 4 p.m. on April 15, 2015. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

- 2015 FBI San Diego Teen Academy Application

Send completed applications to:

FBI San Diego Attn: Community Outreach Specialist
10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA 92121

Applications may also be scanned and e-mailed to

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Summer School for Class of 2016 - How to Enroll

Video below explains process for Class of 2016 to enroll in Summer School. See your school counselor for enrollment paperwork.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

South Bay Community Services FREE Parenting classes

South Bay Community Services FREE Parenting classes will begin on April 14, 2015. These classes are a great way for parents to enrich their skills and use this setting as a support group.

° Classes are held in both English & Spanish
° Babysitting is provided on site for children under 12 years old
° Certificate provided upon course completion
° Topics include: self-esteem, communication, and discipline

Click here for more info:
Spanish Flyer

Summer Paid Internship for the Healthcare Field

Check out this great opportunity for an 8 week summer paid internship program for 11th and 12th grade students that are interested in the healthcare field!

Click here for more info!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Career Expo & Events at SD Latino Film Festival

Need something to do this weekend? Interested in advertising, design, theater, culinary arts, architecture, fashion, or visual arts? Then check out the Creative Careers Expo at The Latino Film Festival on Sat March 14th. This event is FREE and open to anyone but it is an on your own event.

Video Game competition all day, spoken word performances, DJ, live entertainment, food trucks, fashion, hands on workshops & more!
San Diego’s high school students and young adults are invited to attend the first annual Creative Careers Expo, hosted by The Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD) and San Diego Latino Film Festival, in partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) on Saturday, March 14. This free Expo is open to the public and will take place at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Expo will give San Diego’s diverse populations of high school students and young adults the opportunity to learn about essential skills needed in today’s creative industries. Attendees will participate in creative conversations with industry leaders, workshops and hands-on activities in the fields of advertising, design, theatre, culinary arts, architecture, fashion and the visual arts.

Check it out!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Congrats to the Class of 2016 Compact for Success Scholars

Congrats to the Class of 2016 Compact for Success Scholars! 

Today's recognition assembly was a success! Student received reminders on the Compact for Success benchmarks to keep their guaranteed admission to SDSU. 

The lucky raffle winners scored t-shirts too!

Way to go Class of 2016 Compact for Success Scholars!!

Compact Benchmarks

Upon graduation from high school, students must have completed the following:

1) Continuous enrollment in Sweetwater Union High School Disctrict schools from 7th to 12th grade (as of October 2011).

2) Attain a CSU GPA of 3.0 or higher by time of application and maintain this GPA through senior year.

3) Completed all CSU A–G course requirements with a grade of C or higher:
  • A – 2 years of US History, Government/World History
  • B – 4 years of English (ELD 7-8 may apply)
  • C – 3 years, (4 recommended) – Algebra, Formal Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Math Analysis, Calculus
  • D – 2 years, (3 recommended) – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • E – 2 years, (3 recommended) – Foreign Language (same language)
  • F – 1 year of Visual and Performing Arts
  • G – 1 year College Prep Elective or additional year of any of the above (e.g., 4th year of math)
4) Satisfy the ELM (Entry Level Math Placement Test) and the EPT (Entry Level English Placement Test)

5) Take SAT or ACT exams

For more information, check out:

#ReachHigher Sweetwater High School has taken on the First Lady's FAFSA Challenge!

Sweetwater High School has taken on the First Lady's FAFSA Challenge!

Thanks to all the staff for their support! High five to the Class of 2015 for taking the initiative to complete their FAFSA and Dream Act Applications!

We hope we'll have the First Lady attend our graduation!

Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Red Devil Recipient for March 4, 2015

Congrats to Jocelyn Navarro!

Jocelyn has being a great president for CAC College Awareness Club. She is respectful with me and the members. She is always giving great ideas for the club and sharing her thoughts. When we had a car wash, she helped out a lot. Taking initiative, helping me, and being a great leader so everything would go smooth. I know she is a busy person with cheerleading, applying for college, academics and social life yet she is always energetic and showing her leadership. 

Red Devil Way Recipients for February

Congrats to our Red Devil Way recipients for February!

Tanya, is always greeting me and students with a smile. Always giving recognition when due. She lends a helping hand, even when her plate is full. Tanya is helpful with a positive attitude.
Monique is the commanding officer of MCJROTC. She helps cadets learn and achieve higher ranks in the program, when asked to do something it's usually done before hand. She is a great model for other cadets!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Platt College San Diego Summer Camps

You are invited to summer camp at Platt College San Diego!
Transform yourself into a filmmaker, web designer, animator, fine artist, or photographer! We provide all that you need: computer labs, design studios, art supplies, inspiring teachers, and lunch.
Join us, learn with us, and celebrate your creativity with us at our end of the summer gala!
The gala will be held on August 15th at 5:00pm, and will showcase the camp’s most creative projects. in our festively decorated courtyard. Art exhibits, raffles, live music, and refreshments await!


Harvard University Summer School

Harvard Summer School
Secondary School Program
A seven-week program for high school students

Harvard’s Secondary School Program can be life-changing. You’ll experience a summer of challenge, discovery, connection, and growth.

Here at Harvard, you’ll evolve. And this evolution will not only make you a stronger college applicant, it'll make you a more independent, confident individual.

See for yourself this summer in the Secondary School Program. Experience Harvard for seven weeks, and take college courses in a subject area that interests you.

For more info: 

What Is Explore SDSU?

March 14, 2015—8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Explore SDSU Open House is a free all-campus event featuring an information fair, academic program workshops, tours and open houses. This is a great opportunity for future students to explore what life is like as an SDSU Aztec.

We also invite all SDSU alumni back to campus to reconnect with favorite programs and departments, enjoy live entertainment, visit the Alumni Center, and explore campus to see what has changed.

In addition to activities for prospective students and alumni, there are dozens of activities for attendees of all ages.

For more info:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

College & Career Mini-Fair!

The last Friday of every month, the school counseling team hosts a college and career mini-fair on campus. The month of February, we were pleased to have University of San Diego, Air Force ROTC, Center for Higher and Technical Education (CETYS University), and Texas Tech University. The representatives were happy to meet with students and answer questions that they had about college and careers.   

University of San Diego 
CETYS University from Baja California 
Texas Tech University
Air Force ROTC 
In case you missed out on the College and Career Mini-Fair, do not worry! We have provided websites for those who would like more information on:
Our next College & Career Mini-Fair will take place on FRIDAY MARCH 20th during lunch!

The school counseling team would like to say a special Thank You to our college representatives that came in and our students who stopped by!