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August * 2017

HELIX EDGE MAKER LAB

The Helix library underwent a transformation over the summer. While there is still traditional library space on one side, the other side has been converted to a Maker Lab, where students can learn 3-D printing, vinyl cutting, Arduino, T-shirt production, coding, robotics, sewing, and other “making” skills. Students can also take workshops, participate in design and maker challenges, and earn digital badges to demonstrate mastery.

As part of the Helix EDGE career and technical education program, the goal of the lab is to provide an “extended classroom” where students can get exposure to 21st-century technology, develop high-demand job skills, explore personal interests, and produce professional-looking materials.

In addition to being a drop-in spot where students can explore and tinker, the space will also serve as a resource for classes, clubs, and students completing their senior projects.


The La Mesa Courier had a nice article on our alma mater! 
"The Helix library underwent a transformation over the summer. While there is still traditional library space on one side, the other side has been converted to a MAKER LAB, where students can learn 3-D printing, vinyl cutting, Arduino, T-shirt production, coding, robotics, sewing, and other making skills. Students can take workshops, participate in design and maker challenges, and earn digital badges to demonstrate mastery, As part of the Helix EDGE career and technical education program, the goal of the lab is to provide and extended classroom where students can get exposure to 21st century technology, develop high-demand job skills, explore personal interests and produce professional-looking materials." 

The new administration building is where the old band room used to be. It has been converted to offices and you now enter school from the student parking lot (which now has solar panel shade for the cars) at 4200 Lowell Drive! The old brick offices, which were never upgraded to have AC, will be the head custodian's office and other uses. There is a new flag pole, pavers with inscriptions have been moved to the area in front of the office (you can still purchase and personalize a paver brick) and the Alumni Association would love to restore/install the original neon clock. (The Alumni Association has donated to the Pipe Band for equipment, purchased a freezer for the band & parent group, refurbished the Scottie Dog Mascot costume, cataloged trophies, prepared for the Golden Football Awards 4 Alumni received, and we sponsor the Picnic each year. We also sell the inventory of yearbooks to alumni for the school. We are a busy group! Come join us some time!) 

EVENT CALENDAR: 
*Helix All Classes Alumni Picnic 1952-2016 alumni family & friends Sunday, Oct 8- PLEASE JOIN US 
*Homecoming- Friday, Oct 20 
*Vocal Music Concert "Haunted Helix- Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Wed. Oct. 26 

Excellence in Education Tours 
(We will have a tour on Oct. 8 at the picnic.) 
Dates are scheduled to take a tour around campus on : 
Sept 8 8:10 AM 
Sept 21 at 5:30 PM 
Reserve your spot for those 2 dates at helixcharter.net 

Helix's athletics department launched a new website for this school year. You can access it at helixscotties.com for the latest schedules and scores. 

Come visit the school on Oct 8- you won't believe the changes in the last 50 years!!!


May - 2017

ACE Banquet $47,500 in Scholarships!!

Greetings everyone,

On Saturday we had our yearly ACE Banquet at SDSU.   If you don't know already ACE is a nation wide club that mentors high school students in the areas of Architecture, Construction and Engineering.  See website in my signature line.

This year our theme was Smart Growth.  Smart growth is a way to build cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.

Students decided to do a TechRec Center that was focused on harnessing and saving water.  Due to smart growth, our property had to serve two functions. So on one side the of the lot we were a high end low income housing and on the other we had a technological advanced rec center that taught the public about water and water conservation.  We titled it, "The Seascape."

The last two years the students presented in a more intimate setting and their speech had to be 10 mins followed by a 5 minute Q&A. Helix always shines above the rest of the schools in the presentation portion.  We practiced and practiced.  Plus we were given some of the more complicated  of the questions, but the kids held their own very well.   

Andrew Adegbola $1,000
Destiny Alvarado  $5,000
Tania Bowen $3,000
Luis Calle $4,000
Anderson Lam $1,500
Andrew Russell $1500 and $25,000 ( To attend The New School of Architecture (downtown))
Bianca Santiago  $3,500
Kirk Williams $3,000


4-3-17

Helix Highland Pool News
News for Helix Swim Alumni


HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL NAMES NEW LEADER

posted May 31, 2016, 8:14 AM by Michael Ewing

The Helix Charter High School governing board members have announced a replacement for Executive Director Michael Lewis, Ed.D., who will retire at the end of this school year.  Kevin Osborn, co-author of Helix's original charter application, has been named as the school's next leader.

Osborn has worked in the education field since 1988, and has been at Helix since 1992.  He started as a teacher, and has served as ASB Advisor, Dean of Students, and most recently, a Grade Level Principal since 2003.  In his time at Helix, he has been involved with every aspect of the school's leadership from program and policy development, to community relations, facilities planning, fiscal management, and human resources.

Osborn stated, "It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the next Executive Director of Helix Charter High School.  I look forward to serving the students, parents, faculty, staff, and community.  The success of our students, in and out of the classroom, will continue to be our number one priority."

Osborn received his undergraduate degree and teaching credential from San Diego State University.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science.  He also holds an Administrative Services Credential, and a Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration.

“We selected Mr. Osborn from a field of very qualified candidates. He comes with a wealth of experience and is ready to lead Helix in our mission and vision and represent our tradition of excellence in academics and athletics for years to come,” said Helix Charter High School Board President, Mike Ried.

Lewis will retire after serving as Helix’s Executive Director for four years, having previously served as an assistant principal from 1995-1999, and a student teacher and coach in 1985-1986. He has 32 years of experience in the education field, 28 of those with the Grossmont Union High School District.

“Dr. Lewis has been a dedicated Executive Director.  He has provided exceptional service and leadership to our community.  He has led Helix’s faculty and staff to innovate for our students and his legacy will carry Helix into the future with a strong foundation. We appreciate his years of service, and wish him a happy retirement,” said Ried.


June 2016

Bill Walton teamed up with 1970 classmates at his book signing, June 5th, hosted by Barnes and Noble at Grossmont Center.  Classmates, friends, and fans stood for hours to talk with and have Bill sign his book Back from the Dead.  Bill must be one of the most generous superstars of our time. 

He talks with everyone, poses for pictures, and stays until the last person in line has their turn regardless of the time.  The book is a great read!


June 2016

Years ago, Marty Willis Parker lost her annuals with her home during the devastating wildfires that ravished San Diego County. When we have been with friends having the “do you remember” conversation, I noticed how sad she was not being able to look up a person, club, or event in her annual. I decided I had to find a replacement 1967 annual for her. I’ve checked with Helix for unwanted/donated annuals, in local thrift and bookstores, and on the internet for years. Yes. I did find one on EBay. The usual price for previous owned annuals is $35 to $50. HOWEVER…since 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970 annuals have Bill Walton’s pictures in them the asking price is $150! 


This week our classmate, Peggy Kerrigan Crabtree, sent an email from the Helix library letting me know that a former journalism teach had donated “copies of the Fling editions from the past, and a couple of yearbooks”. A “couple” turned out to be about 70. There were 3 1967 annuals included!
I knew Marty was riding in the La Mesa Flag Day parade today. Linda Shaw Ballantyne, Sheryl Mitchell Carlton, and I surprised her with a perfect, unmarked annual just before she joined her group and rode away. It was a happy day! Quest over!

We currently have 65 Tartans available.  These are in good condition.  Most have belonged to someone and have writing in them.  A few are in fair or poor condition.  If this is the case with the year you are interested in, we will notify you before purchase. 

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East County high school honors seniors on National Signing Day
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Helix Charter High School on Tuesday recognized its seniors and their families for their commitment to higher education.
Tuesday was National Signing Day, when thousands of high school seniors like Mason Vineyard are recognized for committing to a four-year university

    Bill Walton….Author!


“Bill Walton never has gone by the book. But he’s written one anyway.
An astounding book. An open book. A book of sadness, of incredible pain, and yet great joy.

His life is a remarkable story of overcoming. In one word, that is what he has done for the majority of his 63 years — overcome.

The book of his life, “Back from the Dead,” was launched Tuesday (March 22nd)  in New York. The title has a Walton double meaning —first, his near-miraculous return from back pain so terrible that he seriously contemplated suicide, and of course his allegiance to the Grateful Dead, a band he’s seen in person well in excess of 650 times, or probably more than the band itself can remember.

His printed story takes him from his childhood here, to his peerless basketball career at Helix High and UCLA, to beating his stuttering problem, to his brilliance in the NBA until his body failed him, to his 37 orthopedic surgeries, to his love of family, to his present position as businessman and fearless basketball analyst. It’s all here.”  


Excerpts from article by Nick Canepa  San Diego Union Tribune March 25, 2016
  

Helix receives FOUR NFL Golden Footballs  February - 2016  

1ST HELIX STATE WRESTLING CHAMPION

March 8th, 2016

Congratulations Trence Gillem, 132lb State Wrestling Champion. 
He is the First State Champion in Helix History!

 

Nate Howard hosted a Movement BE event at Spacebar
Movement BE "What's Your Story?"

This event was covered by NBC's "The Today Show" in recognition of Nate being selected for the NBCBLK28 for Black History month! 


AMERICA’S MOST INTRICATE END ZONE DESIGN

Welcome to California’s Helix High School, which features a record setting end zone.

A standard logo or end zone is produced on average in 40-60 hours; the unique design at
Helix High School totaled over 180 hours!
There is no doubt that these are the first plaid end zones of its kind in the history of football.

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