Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Welcome future Mesa College Olympian!

We are happy that you have chosen our college as part of your journey to achieve your educational and life goals.  

We would like to invite you to join our Summer “CRUISE” new student program that will be held at Mesa, Monday, August 1rd - Thursday, August 4th.  Summer CRUISE is a FREE, fun way to explore the campus, and get ready for college.  You will meet your Success Team including Peer Navigators, who are current students and will be supporting you throughout the year at Mesa.
We have two sessions that are designed to meet our diverse student population:

·        Morning CRUISE: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (lunch included) is for new students who recently graduated from high school or have not attended college in the last three years.  Our first day will include a workshop for your family so they will know what college will be like for you.

Register for the Morning CRUISE @ http://bit.ly/1SummerCRUISE

·        Evening CRUISE: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm (light meal provided) is for new students who are transitioning from Continuing Education, the Armed Forces, and adult learners who have not attended college.

Register for the Evening CRUISE @ http://bit.ly/3SummerCRUISE

We want you to feel comfortable, prepared and engaged at Mesa, and coming to Summer CRUISE will make that happen!

Further information can be found online @ www.sdmesa.edu/CRUISE

If you have questions, please email MesaSummerCRUISE@sdccd.edu or call 619-388-2757.

We will be with you at the Summer CRUISE, and I look forward to getting to know you!

Your Mesa College Summer CRUISE Team

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SUHI Class of 2016 Post-Secondary Survey


Want to be included in the ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY College Procession? 

Please complete this survey NOW!

Opportunity for HS Students - SIAPS Summer Summit

Summer Summit is a 6-day, 5-night residential program for high school students designed and run by the Student Initiated Access Programs and Services (SIAPS) at UC San Diego. 

This program invites 10th-12th grade high school students from the San Diego area to stay in one of UCSD’s residential life halls. 

During the program, students reside in a suite with 6-8 other high school students and a Resource Advisor (a current UCSD student). Participants will have opportunities to:
  • Experience residential life on a college campus;
  • Build up their interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Gain information and resources about 4-year university admission;
  • Be familiarized with  on-campus resources such as community centers, transition programs, research opportunities, etc.
  • Engage in skill building activities for leadership, personal growth, and academic success.
  • Develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills.
**We provide all meals, housing, and activities at no cost to the student.

The application link is listed below and due on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 by 11:59PM.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Important Senior Dates!

A Message from SUHI Administration:

It is that time of year to begin preparing for Graduation. We are sending this memo to provide you with information pertaining to the Graduation ceremony as families prepare for this special event.

The following contains information to help make this experience a memorable and enjoyable one. Please read the enclosed material carefully.

We want to remind all Seniors that good conduct at Senior events, such as Grad Nite and Prom, and appropriate behavior at school leading to the Graduation ceremony is imperative in ensuring their participation in the ceremony. Participation in the ceremony is a privilege and not guaranteed.

Below you will find important information regarding our Senior Countdown to Graduation. 

Senior Clearance Process


Senior Clearance Forms will be handed out to ALL Seniors on Friday, May 20th. The official first day of the Senior Clearance process begins Monday, May 23rd.

The clearance process is to assure that your son/daughter 1) does not owe library books, club fines, athletic uniforms or equipment; 2) has cleared all absences and tardies; and 3) has met all the necessary requirements to graduate.

Seniors MUST fulfill ALL SUHSD Graduation Requirements prior to being cleared. This includes the following:

§ Earn the required 44 semester credits
§ Complete the minimum 30 hours of community service

Students WILL NOT be allowed into the rehearsal if the clearance form is not signed by all parties.

Seniors must be cleared by the ASB, Library, Athletic Department and Counselors as follows:
ASB: May 24th, 27th, 31st = 2:45pm to 4pm
Library: May 23-27th = 7:30am-2:35pm
Counselors: Tuesday, May 31st 
-January – June Birthdays: 8:30am – 11am
-July – December Birthdays: 12pm – 2:30pm

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation Rehearsal is MANDATORY and will be held at Sweetwater High School on Thursday, June 2nd from 1pm – 3pm. Seniors should arrive no later than 12:30pm to begin lining up for Check-In.

Please ensure that your son/daughter has NO PRIOR commitments. Their success in the ceremony depends on their participation in the rehearsal.

Seniors should enter through the 28th Street & F Avenue pedestrian gate and line up alongside the Tennis Courts.

Seniors will be ushered through the Tennis Court pedestrian gate in groups to check in with Counselors prior to heading onto the field.

Seniors will check in by alpha with their counselors at the Northeast Field Entry Gate.

Seniors must bring their Senior Clearance Form and valid photo ID to check in with counselors before entering the field.

Plan on being here for the entire rehearsal. Make prior arrangements with any work schedules and do not schedule any appointments.

Caps, Gowns and Tassels 

Caps and gowns will be distributed to Seniors after the Graduation Rehearsal in the Old Gym beginning at 3:00pm.

Students that either chose to purchase a cap, gown, and tassel or borrow a cap, gown and tassel will all line up by alpha in the Old Gym after the rehearsal to pick up their items.

The cap and gown vendor is no longer accepting orders for cap and gowns. Seniors who have not submitted their information to borrow the cap and gown or have not purchased the cap and gown may pick up a cap and gown from the vendor who will be present at the cap and gown distribution in the Old Gym after the Graduation rehearsal.

There will be a separate table for students graduating as CSF Sealbearers. Mrs. Charles will be present to distribute your cap and gown.

A reminder that Seniors who borrow a cap, gown, and tassel MUST return ALL three items to receive their diploma. Diploma distribution dates and times are as follows:

Monday, June 6th & Tuesday, June 7th, 8am – 12noon, Main Office
Must bring and return borrowed cap, gown and tassel to receive diploma.

Graduate Check-In 

· Our Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 3rd at 6:00pm at DeVore Stadium, Southwestern College (SWC).
· Graduates should report no later than 4:45pm. Check-In will begin promptly at 5pm.
· Graduates must bring their completed Senior Clearance form to SWC to check in with their counselors. This is their ticket into the ceremony.
· There is a designated gate for Graduates to check-in upon arrival (home side bleachers). Graduates should enter here and walk down the designated bleachers to the Staging Area.
Graduates will be searched at Check-In. All graduates are reminded of the following:
  • Do not wear cap & gown prior to checking in; Graduates should arrive with cap in hand and gown draped over their arm
  • Do not wear leis/garlands of any kind – flower leis/money leis/ribbon leis/candy leis, etc. 
  • Only pre-approved club sashes will be allowed
  • Do not decorate caps
  • Do not have cell phones or any other electronic device or they will be confiscated and students will have to get in line to pick them up after the ceremony
  • Do not bring a camera, purse, or any items that you have to hold
  • No stiletto heels are allowed on the turf field; only wedge heels or flats are allowed. Graduates will not be allowed onto the field with stiletto heels per SWC Field Guidelines. 
Graduates are expected to be dressed appropriately for the commencement ceremony and to be on their best behavior for the duration of the ceremony. Gentlemen are expected to wear dress shirts and dress pants (no T-shirts or jeans). Ladies are expected to wear a dress or dress pants and blouse (no T-shirts or jeans). All graduates should wear appropriate shoes (no flip flops or stiletto heels – wedge heels or flats only).

Graduation Ceremony

· Once again, our Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 3rd at 6:00pm at DeVore Stadium, Southwestern College (SWC).
· Southwestern College is located at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA, 91910.
· The Graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 6pm and end at approximately 7:30pm. Seniors need to report by 5pm to check in with Counselors.
· Guests may begin arriving by 4pm. ASB students will be present to hand out Graduation programs and security will check guests at each entry gate to ensure prohibited items are not brought into the stadium.
· General Admission/Entry: SWC holds over 7,000 seats; you do NOT need a ticket to attend Graduation. Select seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. All spectators must be seated in the stands. Field seating is only for our Graduates. There is no reserved seating and guests may not save seating for members who are not present. We ask that all guests remain seated throughout the ceremony to allow all families to see their Graduates.
· Please help us by reminding your son/daughter and your family/friends that graduation is a formal ceremony. No balloons, umbrellas, large banners/posters, hats with large brims, air horns, maracas, any other noise makers or any other item that may hinder the view and/or pleasant experience of other guests will be allowed into the stadium.
· Handicap Parking and Seating will be designated in the upper level parking area directly in front of the football stadium. If you have an official handicap placard you will need to present it to the parking attendant at SWC. If you do not have an “official” handicap placard but you need handicap assistance please see any of the SWC attendants upon arrival. Handicap seating is available at the top of the stadium bleachers on both the visitor and home side.
· General Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please plan accordingly. While there is ample parking to support all our families and their guests, some walking may be required as lots closest to the stadium fill to capacity.
· Photography: A professional photographer (Creative Images) will be present on stage to photograph each Graduate as the diploma cover is received. All pictures may be viewed before purchase on the Creative Images website www.creativeimagesphoto.smugmug.com

Diploma Distribution 

· During the ceremony, Graduates are given diploma covers, not diplomas. 

· After the ceremony, Graduates will exit the same manner in which they entered and unite with families and friends in the parking lot area directly outside the Graduate Entrance area. 

· Family and friends are not allowed to enter the Staging Area and/or the area roped off to facilitate the safe entry and exit of Graduates. We appreciate your support.

· Graduates that borrowed the graduation cap, gown, and tassel MUST return it before receiving their diploma.

· Diploma Distribution dates and times:

Monday, June 6th & Tuesday, June 7th, 8am – 12noon, Main Office
Must bring and return borrowed cap, gown and tassel to receive diploma.

General Information 

· Please ensure your Graduate wears sun screen and comes well hydrated as the sun may be out for the majority of the ceremony.
· Concessions will be sold by SWC personnel.

We are making every effort to have a dignified ceremony for you and our Graduates. We expect appropriate behavior from all students and request that guests in the stands respect the dignity of the ceremony as well. We join you in honoring the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 and look forward to sharing this moment with you.

If you have any questions about graduation, please feel free to contact the Main Office at 474-9700 or the ASB Office at 474-9750. It has been a pleasure to have your son/daughter at Sweetwater High School. We share your pride and congratulate you as they reach this significant milestone in their life.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Congrats to SUHi U Prep Class of 2016!

Congratulations to our Sweetwater High University Prep Class of 2016! 

Our SUHI U Prep seniors have been dedicated to our 24 week program, which is in addition to the college and career services already offered by the counseling staff at Sweetwater High. 

The personalized, one-on-one counseling SUHI U Prep students have received supported the process of applying to many of the more prestigious college and universities in the nation. 

Our cohort of 30 students will be attending the following campuses Fall 2016:
  • Stanford University
  • Chapman University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • California State University, San Marcos
We challenge Class of 2017 to #ReachHigher!

Last night, our SUHI U Prep students, along with their friends and families, celebrated their successes and wished each other luck on the journey ahead!

Thank you to the following individuals who have supported SUHI U Prep this year!
  • Principal Maribel Gavin
  • Assistant Principal Michael Govea
  • ASB Dean Patricia Perez
  • Aimee Cuellar-Martinez, Categorial Coordinator
  • Claudia Tellez, After-School Programs Coordinator
  • Martha Ramirez, Counseling Center Administrative Assistant
  • SUHi Custodial Team
  • SUHi Alumni speakers

The counselors look forward to SUHI U Prep Class of 2017! 
Information and application process will be shared with 
Class of 2017 before the end of the school year. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Careers In Carpentry

What is a Carpenter?
Carpenters work with many tools and materials to build schools, erect skyscrapers, construct bridges, tunnels and highways. Just about every building in your community was at least partially built by skilled journeyman carpenters. To be a carpenter is to be a member of one of the oldest and most respected trades. You can build a lifetime career in carpentry, if you like working with tools and like to create things.        

The Carpenters Apprenticeship Program is a four - (4) year apprenticeship program approved by the State of California .

Apprentices receive on the job training (through Employers signatory to the Union ) and related and supplemental instruction (through training centers) throughout the term of the program.

Upon completion of the minimum requirements of the program a person is promoted to the classification of a Journeyman with a trade certificate. Upon successful completion, each person will receive a certificate from the State of California and from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

In order to indenture into the apprenticeship program ( become an apprentice) a person must meet the following requirements:
  1. Be at least seventeen (17) years of age (no upper limit)
  2. Be able to do the work of the trade
  3. Have transportation or a way to get to the job site
  4. Secure a job with a contractor signatory to the Master Labor Agreement
Once a person has found a job with a Union Contractor, a Letter of Subscription must be filled out by the Employer. After the Employer has completed the Letter of Subscription, it can be taken to any one of the Local Unions listed. At the Local Union, you will fill out paperwork to complete your indenture into the apprenticeship program. At this time, you will also apply for membership into the Carpenters Union.

The following documents must be submitted upon filling out the paperwork at the union:
  1. Driver's License or Birth Certificate
  2. Social Security Card or Immigration Registration Card
You may wish to contact the Local Union in advance to find out what the required fees are at the time of indenture and the hours that they are open. The Local Union is also a good source of information regarding the availability of jobs and prospective contractors who may be in need of an apprentice.


San Diego Training Center
8595 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 621-2667

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.swctf.org/home/sc_join_eng.html

Community Service with Animal Care Club

The SUHI Animal CARE Club, in conjunction with the Spay/Neuter Action Project (SNAP) is hosting a large dog clinic here on campus May 21st. Our club members cannot fill all of the volunteer spots, so we ask that you mention it to your students who need a 2,3, or 4-hour community service opportunity. Sign-ups will be next Monday, May 9 in room 308 during lunch. Please also watch the news for announcements, and share with interested students the small batch of fliers that will be in your mailbox. SNAP is giving a $20 special to Red Devils who have a pit bull or other large dog that needs to be spayed or neutered.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SIGN UP to help SNAP's all Pit Bull and large dog spay & neuter clinic.

Friday May 20 6pm-9pm

10 volunteers needed to:
•Help unload crates from trucks
•Wipe and zip tie crates together
•Cover floor with tarps
•Cover crates with sheets
•Number crates
•Set up check in/registration table

Saturday May 21 6:30am-10:30am

4 volunteers needed to:
•Help check in clients

Saturday May 21 10:30am-2:30pm
4 volunteers needed to:
•Help watch dogs in recovery and alert medic as they wake up.

Saturday May 21 12noon -2pm
2 volunteers needed to:
• go with SNAP rep and certificated teacher to laundromat to wash, dry and fold towels.

Saturday May 21 2:30pm-5:30ishpm
8 volunteers needed to:
•Help watch dogs in recovery and alert medic as they wake up.
•Help wipe down crates after dogs leave
•Help load crates into trucks
•Help wipe and pack tarps.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Southwestern College Counselor Here the Next Two Weeks!

We are excited to share that the Southwestern College and SUHI counselors are partnering to better prepare our students who will be attending SWC next year.  

The counselor from SWC Higher Ed Center, Mr. Dean Aragoza, will be here in our counseling center on Monday and Wednesday the next two weeks to provide college advising and planning with some of our seniors. He'll be calling out students out of class to plan with them. 

Students are encouaged to stop by and see Mr. Aragoza during NB, lunch, or afterschool. 

May & June Scholarship Bulletin

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, but there are still scholarship opportunities for our seniors. 

Scholarship Awards Night is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 31st, at 6pm
In the Theater

I am proud to share some of our very own scholarship recipients, but look forward to more at the Scholarship Awards Night.

Scholarship Recipients (so far)...

Elks Teenager of the Month: Jose Guaro
Salute to Education: Diana Amador, Gabrielle Salud, Rioneil Arias
Jonathan Tarr Foundation: Jhamille Sagun
Phil & Alice Creaser Foundation: Rioneil Arias
Karangalan Scholarship: Gabriel Lopez
Quin Murphy: Naomi Marroquin
HACER McDonalds Scholarship: Diana Amador
Future Boss 2016: Eric Izaguirre
SUHI SWSWF Scholarship: Naomi Marroquin
Lions Club Alpha Bayanihan: Rioneil Arias

A BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Arroyo for all her work in helping students complete their scholarship applications!!