Mr. Avasan’s “Math Magic”

From Tutor to Teacher

NMSI’s Teacher of the Month is Unwaveringly Committed to Student Success. When we heard about Olympian High School Calculus & Engineering teacher Julio Avasan’s “math magic” and faithfulness to helping his students conceptualize and understand calculus, we knew he fit the bill for NMSI’s Teacher of the Month. We’re proud to recognize Julio and his dedication to meeting students where they are, sparking interest in math and setting them up for success in their STEM education.

Congratulations Mr. Avasan, Mathematics Teacher at Olympian High School for being recognized as NMSI’s Teacher of the Month!

Read entire Article from the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) HERE


Sweetwater High School students bring Coding to National School District

Sweetwater High School Students bringing Coding to National School District schools

The Coding Club/Community Service partnership/program for the Sweetwater High School Computer Science and National School District students is entering its third year! The Coding Club/Community Service partnership/program was envisioned and started with Sweetwater Alum Jose Guaro, a computer science student that envisioned that his peers within the Computer Science program at Sweetwater High School fulfilling community service requirements by serving as mentors/gurus and providing elementary school students “coding clubs” instruction that was engaging and academically driven.

Supported by principal Maribel Gavin of Sweetwater High School, Dr. Cindy Vasquez of National School District, and the principals of the National School District, Sweetwater High School Computer Science students will serve as mentors/guides for NSD students grades 4 – 6 and help guide them to learn about computer science and programming.

All 10 National School District schools will have two to three Sweetwater Computer Science students hold coding clubs once a week for about 1 ½ hours. Both Computer Science teachers Sara Kazemi and Art Lopez of Sweetwater High School are providing the training and guidance for the Sweetwater High School Computer Science students.

This program is designed to engage both high and elementary school students; the high school CS students will gain a deeper understanding of Computer Science concepts, provide community service and help engage elementary school girls and boys exposure of the importance of Computer Science. This will give these children the opportunity to continue to gain an interest and continue to take computer science courses in both the middle and high schools. Everyone involved has stated what a great and positive impact has had on students, parents, teachers, administrators and communities! Computer Science is an integral part of a child’s public education, as they will have to learn to use computers and computing tools the rest of their lives.

Good Job Sweetwater High School Devils!


SUHSD at 2017 PLTW-CA Chevron Challenge

On Saturday, April 8th, 2017 students enrolled in the pre-engineering programs of Olympian High School and Montgomery High School participated in 2017 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) California Chevron Challenge. This challenge is a regional competition for students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” class. Students are tasked with a design challenge. They have to follow the design process to solve the problem, create viable solutions, and create 3D models using Autodesk Inventor of their solution.

Students from both schools did very well! Olympian High School students took home 4th Place Overall.

Congratulations to all participating students!

Montgomery High School    Teacher: Joseph Amaro   Principal: Tom Rodrigo

Olympian High School    Teacher: Julio Avasan    Principal: Ernesto Zamudio



Hilltop Middle at The STEAM Maker Fest


Last December 3rd, 2016, Hilltop Middle School students presented at Del Mar Fair Grounds during the STEAM Maker Fest their Nine Square creation.img_8590

Congratulations Falcons!

Thank you Ms. Cruz and Mr. Urbina






Inaugural Quadcopter Challenge

Join us for a morning of innovation and creativity as we kick-start our


Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Sweetwater High School (Baseball Field)

Time: 10:00 AM



Challenge Description:

navair-suhsd-quadcopter_fSUHSD high school students have been tasked with building their own quadcopter following a common kit of parts. Each team 3D printed all the mechanical elements of their quadrotors. T
he students have been mentored and guided through the process by engineers from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and a school advisor.

All participating teams (six high schools) will face each other in a Challenge that involves picking up and dropping off an item (payload) and completing an obstacle course. This type of aircraft is also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Watch a video of a sample quadcopter HERE.


College and Career District Fair

What are your plans after high school? Attend a four year public, private, non-profit university? Attend a Community College? Join the Military?, Learn a trade?, or get a Job?

ccfair-imageDon’t miss the College and Career District Fair, we will have information for ALL OF THE ABOVE in one place!

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Montgomery High School
More details HERE.