RDM's Yolanda Sherard in Running for State Teacher of the Year
Recently named one of the five San Diego County Teachers of the Year for 2012, Rancho del Rey Middle
School teacher Yolanda Sherard was named a semifinalist for California Teacher of the Year.
Superintendent Dr. Ed Brand believes that this recognition is a great accomplishment not only for Sherard, but
for all Sweetwater District teachers.
"Yolanda is a great example of the quality teaching that goes on all across the Sweetwater District," said
Brand. "We are all very proud of what she has accomplished and of her efforts on behalf of all teachers."
Sherard and the other semifinalists will be honored in Sacramento at the California Teacher of the Year Awards
Banquet on February 6, 2012
San Ysidro High Celebrates 10th Anniversary
All community members are invited to help San Ysidro High mark the campus' 10 year anniversary on Saturday,
March 17th. A school carnival will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by to enjoy food, games, a car show,
student performances and a closing fireworks display.
Power of Music Benefit Concert at ORH
Otay Ranch High KIWIN's present "The Power of Music" benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 11. There will be
performances by Katriz Trinidad, Kinections, Francis Florendo, I Am, Surreal Fidelity, Lexi Pulido, Mental
Opposition, Michael Carreon and many more.
The show will take place at the Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center at Chula Vista High from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 pre-sale, $8 at the door. Children under 5 are free. All proceeds from the concert will go to
One Dollar for Life, a non-profit corporation founded to address third world poverty by collecting $1 donations
from high school students and channeling those funds into small-scale infrastructure projects in developing countries.
The KIWINS's of ORH are a community service organization of high school students.
CVHS Wellness and Safety Fair
Chula Vista High School is hosting the First Annual Wellness and Safety Fair for parents and students on
Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event is co-sponsored by the Chula Vista Community
Collaborative and brings together a variety of community agencies and resources offering services for
Participants can also take advantage of health screenings from a mobile health clinic and workshops
on a variety of topics including fair housing, identity theft, internet safety and teen driving safety.
Girls and Women in Sports Day at SDSU
Calling all female sports lovers, San Diego State Women's Basketball and the County Office of Education will
present "Girls and Women in Sports Day" on Sat., Feb. 18. SDSU will face off against Air Force that day at 2 p.m.
An all-sports clinic starting at 12:30 p.m. will be held before the game. Free tickets are available to kids in
grades K to 8 by calling the County Office of Education at (858) 292-3753. For more information about the event call (619) 594-0760.
Join the Race for Autism
You can help make a difference in the lives of San Diego families living with autism by joining the Sweetwater
Neuro Stars as they run and walk in the San Diego Race for Autism on March 24.
The race is sponsored by the National Foundation for Autism Research. All proceeds of the race will be used to
support local programs, services and classroom materials to improve the lives of those with autism in our
community. Many of our students and schools have benefited from grants from NFAR. For more information
Once considered rare, autism now affects as many as one in 110 children in the United States. Every 20
minutes a child is diagnosed with autism. And every step in the Race for Autism represents one of more than
7,000 children with autism in San Diego. To join, visit the Sweetwater Neuro Stars web page.
Youth Baseball International Game Coming to Chula Vista
The International Youth Baseball Tournament is coming to Chula Vista on Sat., Feb. 11. Two local teams, Chula
Vista Bombers 12U and Barons 13U will compete against the Korean National Team. Many of the Korean
players will be participating in the 2012 Little League World Series.
The game will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Chula Vista South Pony Baseball Field, 1500 Max Ave. A post-game
BBQ with both Korean and American-style BBQ will be held afterwards sponsored by the Chula Vista South Pony
Baseball and local merchants.
Students Stage Music and Dance Program
The talented students in Sweetwater's Visual and Performing Arts program have some wonderful programs in
store for your enjoyment. On Thurs., Feb. 16 spend an evening serenaded by more than 350 young string
musicians performing in symphony at the District StringFest.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at EastLake Middle School's Pavilion, 900 Duncan Ranch Road, Chula Vista.
General admission is $2. On Sat., Feb. 25, hear the finest middle and high school band students perform
in the Honor Band Concert. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Chula Vista High's Jack Tygett Performing Arts
Center, 820 Fourth Avenue. Admission is $5.
And enjoy the artistry of the middle and high school dance groups at the District Dance Concert on Feb. 28th at
7 p.m. The performance will take place at Eastlake High's Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center, 1120 Eastlake Parkway. Admission is $5.
SUH Senior Named Most Inspirational Player at Holiday Bowl
At the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Luis Venegas, senior at Sweetwater High School, was introduced as
the season's most inspirational player.
Luis is the second youngest of four children. His mother moved the family to National City when he was in the
8th grade, but Luis and his siblings continued attending schools in their former East County neighborhoods for
a while. That meant riding public buses two and a half hours each way until he finally enrolled in National City schools.
A young man who dreams of becoming an attorney, Luis has faith that his future will be brighter. He is a top
student and recently won a 3rd place in a national entrepreneurial contest for high school students. A champion on the
football field, Luis is sure that education will be his gateway to success. "I have the obligation to prove it is possible
to succeed - for me, for my family and for all the people who have invested their time in me," says Luis.
Although many nominations with extremely inspirational stories were submitted from around the county, Luis
was the clear front-runner to become this year's Dr Pepper TEN Most Inspirational Player. He was recognized on the
field during the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28th.