Monday, December 17, 2018

Target is Hiring

Check here for the latest job postings:

Upcoming Community Events and Food Distribution Opportunities for Students/Families During Winter Break

Please note information about two upcoming community events for students and families as well as information about upcoming food distribution opportunities:

Community Through Hope Farmer’s Market (Free Nutrition)
Saturday, December 15th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
CARE Community Center 12 N. Euclid, National City, CA 91950

Day of Hope (Free Resources & Services)
Friday, December 28th
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Westside Church 560 Palomar St. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Feeding San Diego (Food Distribution)
Loma Verde Elementary
Thursday, January 3rd
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
1450 Loma Ln. Chula Vista, CA 91911
(open to public; no eligibility requirements to participate)

San Diego Food Bank: Food Locator Map (search by zip code to find closest location)

Looking for a Job?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Field Trip to UCSB

Check first college trip of next semester in your classrooms!
All grade levels are welcome, we have a bus and we want to fill it! J
Visit the Inferno Lounge for permission slips!

Cornell HS Summer Engineering Academies Seeking Applicants

The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The target population for the CURIE Academy is rising junior and senior women students of all backgrounds; while the target population for the CATALYST Academy are rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander) severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

During these summer academies, Cornell University's world-renowned faculty and graduate students lead classes, lab sessions, and a research project designed for Academy participants. During the week, students work in teams conducting research and learning to solve problems that mirror real-life situations. In addition, social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities provide participants with opportunities to network informally with each other and Cornell faculty, staff, and students.

Primary goals of our academies include:
  • Expose students to the exciting opportunities that exist for them in engineering; 
  • Help students understand that women and all underrepresented minorities belong and are needed in STEM fields; 
  • Demonstrate the connections between the study of engineering and solving problems affecting people and society. 

Please share the enclosed information about the CURIE and CATALYST Academies with eligible students interested in STEM fields. We also encourage you to share this information with science and math teachers so they may distribute it to their students.Rising seniors (class of 2020) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first generation college students meeting the requirements below will be automatically considered for a full tuition waiver for the 2018 CATALYST Academy or CURIE Academy. 

Math Score on the SAT/PSAT/Subject Test should be 620 or above (or equivalent ACT score of 28 or above) 
Have taken, currently taking, or plan to take the following courses prior to graduating in 2020: Calculus, Physics, and/or Chemistry (or related advanced Science and Math courses)

All program materials including the link to the online application and the recommendation form for our summer academies are available at the following websites:

CURIE Academy:

Additionally, a PDF version of our Program Overviews (below) and recruitment poster can be downloaded at the following link: CURIE & CATALYST Program Overviews & Flyer

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Get Ahead

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

You are almost there. The end of the semester is right around the corner.

It is time to look back at the semester and reflect on what went well and what did not.

Mistakes are inevitable. It’s OK to mess up. Although mistakes may have been made, we learn and grow, and make better choices and decisions for the future.

Self-Care:Clean up your area (bedroom, office, desk). Many people find a clean and neat work area to be cathartic.

Kindness Challenge:Because our campus needs some extra TLC, pick up 5 pieces of trash on your way to class after NB and lunch.

Affective Statements:I am so pleased to see/hear/by……

Come experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.
Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

December Scholarship Bulletin

UCSD Empower High School Conference

My name is Fernando Gil and I am currently serving as the Outreach Chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UC San Diego. We will be hosting our 9th annual SHPE Empower High School Conference on Saturday, April 20th from 8:00am - 4:00pm.

This is an outreach effort dedicated to inspiring high school students to follow a career in the STEM field.

This event is FREE for students in grades 9-12, all we ask is that they register on our website ( come February when registration opens.

Students who attend the conference will have the opportunity to work in teams on hands-on activities and workshops, network with UCSD students and faculty, and learn about the many opportunities that a degree in STEM can lead them to. They will also be given food and a free t-shirt!

We hope to get as many students as possible to come out to this event. I am attaching the flyer below, please use it to help share this information with any student that may be interested.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me here, or at

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#WellnessWednesday: Let It Go

Admit it, you sang the email subject line in the spirit of Elsa and Anna…

Let It Gooooooooooo, Let it Gooooooooooo….

As the year comes to an end, it’s time to let things go that are heavy and be grateful for the things that are light.

Use 15 minutes to write out your thoughts about anything bothering you. Then throw away the paper.

Kindness Challenge:
High five a stranger, or two, today.

Affective Statement:
I am so thankful that/for…

* What are Affective Statements? They are often described as personal expressions of feelings in response to others' positive or negative behaviors. Wellness Wednesday will now include affective statement stems to help connect how our behaviors are “affecting” or impacting self or others.

Please continue to encourage students to experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Interested in Learning about How Government Works?

I am excited to share that we at CHCI are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 R2L NextGen application. CHCI will bring one hundred students over two weeks to Washington D.C. during the 2019 summer. Students will have the opportunity to learn about how the Federal Government works, meet key leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and our nation. Best of all for selected participants this opportunity is FREE of cost. 

Eligible Latino students must currently be in 10th or 11th . The application deadline is scheduled for January 15, 2019. Please share the email blast below with your network, of community members, your past high school, and any organizations or students who might benefit from this opportunity. 

Students may begin their application portal at the following link:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Adelante Mujer and Maida Torres-Stanovick $1,000 Scholarship

Calling all Latina Seniors!

The Adelante Mujer and Maida Torres-Stanovick Scholarship is now available.

Click here for an Application: Adelante Mujer Application

DUE: December 7th, 2018

Princess Project San Diego $5 Dress Sale

The Princess Project San Diego is having a $5 Winter Dress Sale this Saturday, December 1st at Horton Plaza from 10 AM - 4 PM! 

For more information:

Friday, November 16, 2018

UCSD Society of Women Engineers Conference

The UC San Diego Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) would like to encourage your female students to register for Envision 2019.

Envision is an annual, free all-day program that educates high school girls about career possibilities in engineering and computer science. The day’s program will include guest speakers from academia, hands-on computer science and engineering activities, and a project team fair at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. There will also be a short program for parents to help prepare their children for college that is also free and separate from the student program. We encourage all families to attend; parent sign ups are included in the student sign ups.

Envision will be held on Saturday, February 2nd 2019, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Sign-ups are open now!

Sign-ups are available at:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Thanksgiving #BeWellRedDevils

Happy Thanksgiving Red Devils! 

What are you thankful for? 

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Eat well, laugh often, and love much!

Self-Care Tip: Finish this sentence every day after you wake up: “Today, I am thankful for ___________.”

Kindness Challenge: Write a handwritten note to someone you are thankful for. I challenge you to choose one person on campus to send a note to. Don’t have a card? One is attached =)

Come by at lunch on Wednesdays to experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Meet our Southwestern College Peer Ambassador

National Apprenticeship Week

Did you know that this week is National Apprenticeship Week!  You can find out more info at the National Apprenticeship Week website and you can also sign up to receive the newsletter.

There are several events being hosted around San Diego that students can attend in electrical engineering and construction.  On the website you can do a search by city and the events, description, and contact info show up.  Some of them are far but one of them is being held in National City on the 16th

Thursday, November 8, 2018

UCSD Admissions Presentation

UCSD Admissions Presentation 
Next Tuesday, Nov. 13th
In the Counseling Center @ 2:45

Financial Aid Info Night - All Parents Are Invited

How does financial aid work? Join us to learn all about how to fund your college education. 

 All Parents are Welcome! 

Financial Aid Night Nov 13 6PM at the SUHi Theater

Friday, October 26, 2018

SeaWorld is Hiring

Part time positions posting tomorrow- Friday, October 26th on SEAWORLDJOBS.COM

Open positions will include Culinary Host, Photo Ambassador and Guest Arrival Concierge.

INTERVIEWS FOR THESE GREAT PART TIME POSITIONS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY! Please encourage your job seekers to apply right away.

Part Time Ambassadors at SeaWorld are eligible for tuition reimbursement, 401K, free admission to all our parks, passes for friends and family, park discounts and more. These year round Part Time jobs are a great fit for students, anyone looking to rejoin the workforce or individuals who just want to pick up extra hours.

Thank you for your continued partnership and help with sharing our employment opportunities!

SeaWorld San Diego Employment Team
619-226-3900 X2078

4th Annual Construction Fair

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Community Service Opportunity

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 3:30 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Chula Vista Golf Course (4475 Bonita Road)

Contact Montevalle Community Center, 619-691-5269 if interested. Space is limited.

View flyer for more details:

Volunteer Opportunities for Community Service Hours

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Focus on the Good

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Today is a busy day. PSAT, PLC, Faculty Meeting – and for me, I’m taking my eldest on his middle school tour tonight! Eek!

Yet, in the hustle and bustle of each day, it is important to reflect on what went well and plan for bigger and greater things for tomorrow.

Self-Care Tip:
Take a moment at the end of each day and list a few good things that have happened. This can help refocus your emotions on all the positive things that happen each day, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Kindness Challenge:
Pick up 5 pieces of trash on your way to class after nutrition break and lunch.

There will be no relaxation lounge today at lunch due to our alternative schedule.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 22, 2018

College fair for undocumented students: Thurs, Nov 1 @ EJE Academies

Attached is a flyer for our Education for All College Fair, an event specifically for undocumented students, which is going to be on Thursday, November 1, from 6-8 PM. This year, it’s going to be held at EJE Academies, 851 S. Johnson Ave., El Cajon, 92020. I know it's a bit far for your students, but I've found that attendees have been willing to travel a good way for this information.The event will be in English and Spanish, and there’ll be pizza!

We’ll have a legal and current events update, financial aid information, and opportunities to meet representatives from local schools and universities, including SDSU, UCSD, Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, San Diego Community College District, and East Region Adult Education.


Miko Osada
Youth Services Librarian
San Diego County Library
El Cajon Branch
201 E. Douglas Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What is the Southwestern College Promise?

If you graduated from high school this year, you may qualify for free tuition for your first year at Southwestern College.

What is the Southwestern College Promise? Free Tuition Your First Year
  • First year of free tuition for first-time college students who meet eligibility criteria (see below). 
  • Southwestern College Promise Eligibility Criteria 
  • Recent high school graduate enrolling in college for the first time 
  • Enroll in, and complete, at least 12 units each semester 
  • Maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application
  • Complete the Early Admission Steps to Success process
  • Complete the Promise Application online or print and bring in the PDF (available in spring 2019). 
  • Be a California resident or AB540 eligible 

If I can be of any assistance to answer questions and help them along the way to make sure they complete the necessary steps please provide them my email at

For more info: 

Wellness Wednesday" Shake It Off #BeWellRedDevils

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

The Passion Planners provided to our students are great tools to help write things down and cross them out to “shake it off” your to-do’s and erase them from worry. I definitely
 use mine every day!

Self-Care Tip:
Try journaling if you’ve never tried it before. There are a lot of different ways to do it and lot of resources available to help you get started.

Kindness Challenge: Smile and say good morning to everyone you see before noon.

Please continue to encourage students to experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Free Optometry Career Program Offered in Chula Vista at No Cost

If you have students or know someone that is interested in optometry, please click on the above link.  It is about a free 75 hour training course, the application deadline is October 25th.

Volunteer Opportunity - City of Chula Vista Halloween Glow Run

Monday, October 15, 2018

ABCSD Open House Invite for High Schoolers

I am pleased to announce that ABCSD will be hosting an Open House on Friday, November 16th from 5-8pm. This event is for all high school juniors/seniors, parents, school representatives/faculty.

We will be having a short presentation about ABCSD, a facilities tour, and a meet and greet with a few of our Instructors. There we be mini labs conducted for student’s to participate in along with food and drinks.

RSVP is required so they can either email me or call me and I will add them to the event registration. My contact information is on the flyer.

The San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABCSD) and its Apprenticeship Training Trust were established in 1976. ABCSD's modern headquarters calls the City of Poway home, including its state-of-the-art construction training facility featuring full-scale workshops and classrooms. ABCSD serves as a resource for members and trains hundreds of skilled craftspeople in safety, electrical, plumbing, pipefitting, electronic systems technicians and sheet metal trades every year.

Taryn Hood
Career Outreach Coordinator
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
San Diego Chapter
13825 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA 92064
P: (858) 513-4700 | |

Tech Careers

Do you have students who are curious about or interested in tech careers?  SWC will be hosting an industry panel & networking session Tuesday, Oct. 16th from 4pm – 6pm in the student union east.  Please share and encourage your students to participant.  


Educational Essentials 9th Grade Core Curriculum

9th graders-
It's time to take a look at your 6 year plans! All 9th grade classes will be coming thru the counseling center to participate in an educational essential core curriculum lesson, where we will talk about how to maximize your high school opportunities.

Pre-Test click here

After the presentation, please complete the post test.

Post Test click here 

Friday, October 12, 2018


The annual Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) conference provides a select group of 50 Asian and Pacific Islander seniors and juniors from public, private and charter high schools throughout California with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process, community leadership, and political activism. 

During the four-day, three-night conference, students will participate in a Mock Legislature at the State Capitol that includes the election of peer legislative leaders, lively debate of current issues through the introduction of legislation, and the lobbying of bills during committee hearings and the Senate floor session. 

Additionally, small group workshops facilitated by Asian Pacific legislative staff, community activists, and business leaders will assist students in developing their leadership and public speaking skills, enhance their cultural awareness and identity, and explore the richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in California.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Interventions/Tutoring for October 2018

Community Service: Fall Carnival at Veteran's Elementary

Veterans Elementary is having the Fall Festival on October 19th, and they are in need of volunteers.

Contact Alma V. Greenwald -

Resources for our LGTBQ+ Red Devils

Cal-Soap College Fair

Community Service with the City of Chula Vista

#SUHiUPrep Tomorrow! Personal Statements, Essays, and More!

Hi Seniors!

Tomorrow, Thursday is session 4 of SUHi U Prep at 2:45PM

We'll be talking about the personal statements and essays you will have to write for your admissions applications. We'll share some examples to help you prepare.

Remember, if you are an active member of SUHi U Prep, you are eligible for the SUHi Scholar Graduation Sash.

SUHi U Prep Eligibility for SUHi Scholar Graduation Sash:
•Attendance of all 9 SUHi U Prep Sessions and complete online assignments
•Admittance to a 4-year university
•Submission of SUHi Foundation Scholarship application
•Intent to Enroll to a 4-year university submitted

If you missed a session, it's OK! Submit your assignments via our Google Classroom with code: plfsku0 and you are still eligible.

Questions? See any counselor!

See you afterschool tomorrow, Thursday!

Click here for more info about SUHi U Prep

Wellness Wednesday: Letting Go

The weather is cooler and the nights are crisp. Find some time before bed to reflect on the day’s events and set intentions for a new day. 

Self-Care Tip:
Take five to 10 minutes before bed to focus on what’s going on inside. Notice any parts of you that don’t feel relaxed. Invite them closer, listen to them, pay close attention and discover what their worries, fears, concerns, or other feelings are. Witness each part. Once all parts have relaxed, confirm with yourself that everything’s going to be all right and fall blissfully into sweet dreams.

Kindness Challenge:
Write to a former teacher that impacted you. Just as we all love to hear from our students and how we’ve made an impact on their personal and academic growth, those who have helped us become the great educators we are would love to hear from us as well =)

Please continue to encourage students to experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.

Have a wonderful day all!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Admissions Presentation: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Univ of Virginia, and Wellesley

Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Univ of Virginia, and Wellesley will be having an info session on Sunday, October 7 @ 7:00 pm at the Chula Vista High Theater. 

Register on the link below:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Looking for a Job? Don't miss the Vocational Training and Apprenticeship Programs Career Expo

Looking for your first job, or maybe just a better one? Come to my Vocational Training and Apprenticeship Programs Career Expo!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Educational Cultural Complex
4343 Ocean View Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113

Employers from the private sector, non-profits and law enforcement will be looking for energetic young talent. Job seekers should dress professionally, bring a positive attitude, be prepared to talk to recruiters about their qualifications, and have several copies of their resumes. Resume writing assistance will also be available.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact (619) 531-7913.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Helping is Caring

Fall Break is just around the corner! There’s lots to get done. Ask for help if you need it. There’s always someone to lend a helping hand if you ask.

Self-Care Tip:
Ask for help when you need it. It sounds simple, but trying to handle everything without help causes stress and anxiety for a lot people.

There have been many conversations on campus around suicide prevention with the messages being shared by our peer mediators and after-school program in collaboration with Suicide Prevention Month.

One of the most common questions that comes up is: what kinds of actions should you take if someone you know may be thinking about suicide? There is a lot that a single person can do to help prevent suicide, but the biggest thing you can do when facing the issue with someone you know is to listen, and make sure to get them help. We have a list of things that you can say, and resources to connect them to here, as well as a video that covers how to help a friend in need.

Kindness Challenge:
Send an encouraging note, text, or email to someone you know who needs it. An encouraging message to keep focused at the end of the first quarter will be greatly appreciated!

Please continue to encourage students to experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.

Have a wonderful Fall Break everyone! Welln


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: ACT #EachMindMatters

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Monday marked the beginning of Suicide Prevention Week. During this week individuals and organizations around the country join their voices together in order to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to give as many people as possible the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them. To view films about suicide prevention, visit:

For tools and resources specific for schools and youth, visit the Each Mind Matters Suicide Prevention Week Toolkit:

Remember, if you know of someone who needs help: ACT!

Acknowledge: Do take it seriously. If you recognize warning signs in your friend or loved one, it is very important to take them seriously.

Care: Do let the person know you care and understand. Continue to be available to your friend and show interest and support.

Tell: Do get professional help immediately. Reach out to a trusted adult on campus or assist them by contacting a mental health professional through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also call 911 or assist them with getting to the nearest emergency room.

Self-Care Tip:Make an inspiration collage and hang it where you can see it. Use it to help generate new ideas and thoughts when you need them.

Kindness Challenge:Ask someone “how are you today?” Practice active listening.

Come and experience the Wellness Wednesday Relaxation Lounge in the Counseling Center at lunch on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect spot to de-stress and decompress. Nurse Wegener also has a relaxation space for students who need.

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Senior Core Curriculum Lessons

Senior Core Curriculum Lesson - Pre-Test- click HERE

Seniors will begin their rotation through the counseling center with their Gov/Econ Classes starting August 30-Sept 21st.

Seniors will participate in a core curriculum lesson on the FSA ID and will receive a senior folders which include:

  • Copy of their transcript
  • Social Security and diploma name verification letter
  • Community Service Verification Form
  • Counseling Center Contact Info
  • Example of a resume
  • SUHSD Graduation Requirements
  • SAT/ACT information
  • Letter of Recommendation Form
  • College Checklist
  • Scholarship Tips
All information can also be accessed online by joining the Class of 2019 Google Classroom. You must use a non sweetwater school email to join.
access code: kibq9al

Post Test Access: HERE

#SUHiUPrep Continues Tomorrow with Guest Speaker from SDSU

This is a reminder that SUHi U Prep continues tomorrow, Thursday, for session 3 with guest speaker from the admissions office at San Diego State University.

Meet us in the theater after-school, Thursday Sept 6th.

All seniors interested in applying to 4-year universities are invited to join us for SUHi U Prep!

For more info, visit:

Can't come to SUHi U Prep? Join our Google Classroom at with code: plfsku0

Questions? See your counselor!

Have a great day Red Devils!