October Newsletter 2019

By October 1, 2019February 25th, 2020Past Newsletter, Newsletter

A Message from our Executive Director

The San Marcos Promise is the bridge connecting education, business & industry, and community leaders to impact student futures. We provide programs, resources, opportunities, and experiences that foster personal & career awareness, exploration and development so that our students are prepared to make informed decisions about the next steps in their future. It is our goal to help students find direction, not necessarily a destination.

Part of this direction involves learning more about one’s interests, discovering by doing, trying new activities, and building new networks. We can’t provide these opportunities and experiences to our students without your help, so we are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our business and community partnerships, San Marcos Unified School District and families.

To continue building dreams, pathways, and prosperity dreams, pathways, and prosperity for students, we need you we need you! If you want to get involved, there are several ways you can help! If you are an SMUSD employee, it’s not too late! You can still sign up to become a monthly donor too! 

Exciting Summer Internship with LFAP

At The San Marcos Promise, each student’s future is our focus. One of our goals is to provide job shadowing or internship opportunities for our students. These opportunities not only help students further explore their interests, they also help to ensure students make well-informed career decisions while dev eloping confidence and job skills, building social capital and a professional network.

We were fortunate to begin a summer internship program this past summer with one of our partners, Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak (LFAP). This amazing group of attorneys worked in collaboration with us to craft a exciting educational opportunity for two of our high school students. To begin, the LFAP team came to Mission Hills High School to present to any interested students about careers in law. After the presentation, they invited students to apply for a summer internship at their firm. At the end, two students were chosen to participate.

“The summer internship I took part in was very eye-opening, as I was not only educated and found myself interested in various different topics/subjects of law which I had not been previously introduced to, but I was also given the opportunity to receive feedback as I crafted and presented a closing statement for a case, as well as the once in a lifetime experience I got to take part in when visiting and listening in on numerous hearings in the Vista State Courthouse. It has been my privilege to have had the honor of being a part of this program; getting to spend my free time further advancing my knowledge of law not only confirmed my passion in this field, but also allowed me to receive a hands-on learning experience from multiple expert lawyers at LFAP who specialize in different areas which was an experience that I felt was very beneficial to my future studies. The only negative thing I have to say as a result of this opportunity is that I am now VERY excited for my future career in law and can hardly wait as I count down the days until I earn a degree! Thank you to LFAP and all the many amazing individuals who helped me and made my summer internship both exhilarating and motivating!” – Kassidy Clark, MHHS Senior

Thank you to LFAP for your time, dedication, and interest in the futures of our students!

Congratulations Nicole Miller!

Congratulations to Mission Hills’ AP Government teacher, Nicole Miller, for winning the San Diego Teacher of the year award. Mrs. Miller is 1 of 5 teachers from the County to receive this distinguished honor. Our students are lucky to have such a dedicated educator who not only challenges her students intellectually, but instills in them a love for learning and nurtures their growth as young adults. We’re so proud of you Nicole!

Education Coordinator Corner

Warrior Village Project

The San Marcos Promise is proud to support the Warrior Village Project, providing affordable, permanent housing for homeless veterans while training the next generation of homebuilders.

Students at San Marcos High School in Mr. Geldert’s Woodshop Class are constructing cottages to house homeless veterans. The project has received a tremendous amount of support from the local community and building and construction industry.

fun event at My Yard Live!

LEAP Check Presentation

Our Learning Enrichment to Achieve Promise (LEAP) program is one of the best afterschool and summer enrichment programs in the county for K-8 students. Not only is it taught by our extraordinary credentialed SMUSD teachers, the teachers are able to design a class in an area they are especially passionate about, with an emphasis on STEAM. Students are exposed to classes they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to take during their school day. A huge added benefit of LEAP is that some of the proceeds go back to the school who hosts LEAP.

This past spring, we offered LEAP classes at Knob Hill and Discovery Elementary Schools. Some of the classes offered were Robotics, Art, Gardening, Innovation, Cooking, etc. LEAP Summer 2019 was hosted at San Elijo Elementary School and we served over 550 students!

San Elijo Elementary School check presentation: (L) TSM P Ambassador, M elanie Ponce, TSM P Executive Director, Lisa Stout, TSM P Board M ember, Jenny Orlando, SEES Principal, Emily Parra, LEAP Executive Committee and SEES Teacher, Laurie Anasatsio, TSM P Programs Coordinator, Sara M ontooth, TSM P Ambassador, Ashley Sanchez

A special thanks to Green Thumb Nursery for supporting our 2019 LEAP spring session at Knob Hill Elementary. Their generous in-kind donation to the gardening class allowed Mrs. Cuevas to purchase additional supplies.

A special thanks to Sharyn Goodson, Leichtag Foundation, Dr. Zachary Nelson, Nelson Orthodontics, and Mrs. Janet McClean, SMUSD Governing Board, for supporting our 2019 Summer LEAP program.

Knob Hill Elementary School check presentation: (L) TSM P Ambassadodr, Ashley Sanchez, Knob Hill Principal Dan Trujillo, TSM P Board M ember, Steve Eggers

College Expo & Future Fair a success!

The inaugural combined College Expo & Future Fair was a huge success! Over 2000 students & their families from across the district were able to talk with representatives from over 90 Colleges & Universities, and over 75 business & industry professionals.

The San Marcos Promise believes in encouraging all paths to a successful future, which is why we are thrilled that the two events have merged. How does a student aspire to a career he/she doesn’t know exists? This is the purpose of the Future Fair; to exposure students to the myriad of careers and opportunities that exist in their futures, and then learn about the education required for each particular area of interest. Having various higher education institutions represented at the College Expo portion of the event gave students the opportunity to learn about the many different educational paths to possible careers.

Students and parents also had the option to attend breakout sessions where they learned about Financial Aid, In- Demand Careers in San Diego County, and connecting individual interests to a future career by taking the Super Strong Interest Assessment.

Thank you to Mission Hills High School for hosting the event and to SMUSD CTE Programs for displaying their skills.

Who Reached the Peak?

Thank you to the City of San Marcos and the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation for another successful Double Peak Challenge! The Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation and a fun personal challenge for those participating in the event.

A 10k challenge timed race, 5k untimed run/walk, and a 200 meter kids “trail” trot kick off at San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park. The 10k runners venture 1,176 feet up to Double Peak’s summit, winding along beautiful hillside trails with beautiful views all along the way. Mrs. Jenna Munguia from San Marcos High School placed 1st overall female! Go, girl! Thanks to Mr. Tom Coleman for bringing out some of his San Marcos Middle School cross country runners!

Thank you to all who registered and/or volunteered to make the event a great one!

Join Us at the State of Your Community!

Congratulations Employee Contributors!

We are incredibly thankful to our San Marcos Unified School District employee donors. Thank you for your continued support of The San Marcos Promise!

Congratulations to Nancy Lucio from Instructional Services at the district office, and Jay Newcomer from Discovery Elementary School! They were our welcome back opportunity drawing winners!

Thank You To

The San Marcos Promise is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational foundation providing college and career support for students in the San Marcos Unified School District. The San Marcos Promise operates on grants and charitable contributions from supporters like you.

With workforce development as our core goal, we strive to provide access to a wide variety of higher education pathways. By partnering with local businesses we inform students of critical workforce needs in our local economy, ensuring a return on their investment in higher education.


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