Friday, January 20, 2012

{Support GTHS Purchase Your T-Shirt Today}

Support the students…
Become a proud member of the
Titan Team!
T Shirt Price $12.00
Purchase your T-shirt Today!
Available M-F at the Student Services Center 8am-3pm:
851 S Mt Vernon Ave
Colton, CA 92324
909-580-5000 ext 4041

I will be taking orders and picking up t-shirts.  If you would like me to get you one email me  

{GTHS Information Meetings}

Over the next few months, we will be scheduling information meetings for parents and students of GTHS. We will be hosting the information meetings at school sites to give our students and their families a chance to hear about all of the exciting things that we have planned for Grand Terrace High School. We also welcome the opportunity to answer questions about the upcoming school year.

Information on dates and times will be included in future newsletters.

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{Meet the New Athletic Director}

Tiffany Gordon is in her fifth year with Colton Joint Unified School District. Prior to starting work as the Athletic Director for Grand Terrace she served as the temporary Athletic Director at Colton High and also taught Physical Education at Colton High and one year of PE at Ruth O Harris Middle School.

Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from California State University in San Bernardino. From there she earned her Masters Degree in Education along with her Teaching Credential from University of Phoenix.

Tiffany has worked in many different aspects of athletics including coaching, athletic training and management. She looks forward to building a successful athletic program at Grand Terrace High School.

{Meet the New Asst. Principal}

Karla Sandrin has been with the Colton Joint Unified School District since 1999. As a teacher at Washington High School she taught English, social sciences, keyboarding, English Language Development, and REACH. She coached Mock Trial and was the yearbook advisor. Karla joined the Office of Assessment and Evaluation as a curriculum program specialist; then returned to Washington High School as an assistant principal. During the 2011-2012 school year she was the assistant principal at Washington High School and Slover Mountain High School.

Karla earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, and a Masters in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Karla wants the community to know that she is honored to be appointed as an assistant principal at Grand Terrace High School. “I look forward to supporting Principal Angela Dischinger in creating an elite school for a community that has been looking forward to this incredible event for decades. I am excited to work with all of the Grand Terrace High School stakeholders to build a collaborative, all inclusive, student focused culture that fosters and nurtures student dreams and goals.”

{Meet the New Activities Director}

Leilani Ann Bautista, GTHS Titan Activities Director, has been with Colton Joint Unified School District for 21 years. Her start began in 1990 as a Project Office Assistant at Zimmerman Elementary, then as a Counselor’s Secretary at Bloomington High School. While working and raising her children, she returned to school to pursue a career in education. Upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential in English at California Baptist University, she began teaching English at Bloomington High School.

Besides teaching, she has coached girls’ soccer and volleyball, and has served as Cheer Advisor. She also advised the Polynesian Club, Agape Club, Bruin Beat, Bruin Amateur Movement, Step, Freshmen Class, Sophomore Club, and has assisted with Key Club.

Leilani was born in Garden Grove, California, but was raised in Pomona and Long Beach, and graduated from Garey High School in 1985. She moved to the Colton area in 1988. Leilani and her husband, John, have been married for 26 years and together they have six children: Joann, Jannelle, Joshtian, Jeremiah, Keynon and Jeanna.
Leilani’s hobbies include listening to music, decorating through the seasons, and guitar playing. She especially enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing on her days off. She counts it an amazing privilege to serve as Titan’s Activities Director and says, “I look forward to bringing all of who I am, and all that I continue to learn, in order to encourage students to achieve their greatest potential.”

{Meet the New Head Counselor}

As a graduate of the Colton Joint Unified School District, Simona Welzel is very exciting to finally see a new high school opening its doors to our students.
involvement in AVID opened the doors to many of the opportunities she has had in her life. After graduating from Cal State San Bernardino with her Bachelor of Arts, she attended Chapman University for her teaching credential and Master of Arts degree. She taught English and AVID at Bloomington High School for four years. During that time, she was working on her counseling credential. In 2005, she became a counselor at Bloomington High School, and takes great pride in working diligently with students, parents, and staff to support academic student success. This support revolves around her commitment to utilizing available resources for both academic and personal/social needs, and to ensure appropriate student placement. In addition, she believe it is important to encourage students to challenge themselves academically, in an effort to be most prepared for post-secondary education options. I am excited and honored to transition into this next chapter of my life and to serve the Grand Terrace High School students, parents, and staff as the Head Counselor.

{Meet the New Football Coach}

Harold Strauss is a proud product of the Colton Joint Unified School District. Harold graduated from Bloomington High School before obtaining his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and teaching credential from California State University, San Bernardino. He then obtained his Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration in Exercise and Sport from Concorida University.
Harold is certified as an Athletic Administrator and possesses a National Coaching Certification Instructor through the American Sport Education Program. He is also a certified CPR/First Aid instructor.
Harold brings a wealth of experience to GTHS, not only as a football coach, but throughout the athletic programs. Harold received county-wide recognition as the 2010/11 recipient of the Educational Medal of Honor. In 2010 in was inducted into the National Single Wing Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame and received the SCIFCA Clare Van Hoorebeke Award. These are but a few of the numerous awards that Harold has been honored with throughout his coaching career.
Most recently, Harold has been serving as the Athletic Director at Colton High School. He has decided to re-enter the coaching arena and Grand Terrace is fortunate to build its football program with him.

{Meet the new Band Director}

Robert Ransdell is a product of the Colton Joint Unified School District and appreciates the opportunity to be able to return to and contribute to the community where he grew up. He graduated from Colton High School then received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Music Education.
Robert began his teaching career by returning to Terrace Hills Middle School in 2005 and has been there ever since.
He is also actively involved in several organizations such as the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the California Band Director's Association, and the San Bernardino County Music Educator's Association for whom he has served in a variety of positions and will be assuming the role of president in August of 2012.
Robert is very eager to begin building a successful music program that will represent GTHS and CJUSD in numerous performance venues. He is very involved in music programs throughout Southern California working with numerous high school band programs in various capacities for more than 10 years. He looks forward to taking the steps necessary that will help to create a Legacy of greatness in all aspects of life at GTHS.

{Grand Terrace High School Update}

The construction progress of Grand Terrace High School is moving along rapidly. The majority of
the classroom buildings are nearing 90% completion.
On the grounds of the school, the parking lots are being paved and the concrete landscaping is
being installed.
In the second phase of the project, which includes the installation of the Student Services Building,
the pool and the stadium, work is progressing nicely. The pool is approximately 40% complete
and we will soon start to see the concrete being poured. The construction on the football stadium
is now about 60% complete.
It is an exciting time for me as a principal; I can begin to imagine the students walking through the
halls. I am also proud to announce the selection of a few key staff members that are joining the
Titan Team. Each individual will be an integral part of building the school culture that will
welcome your student in the upcoming school year.
Grand Terrace High School
Principal’s Message
It is an exciting time for me as a principal; I can
begin to imagine the students walking through
the hallways. I am also proud to announce the
selection of a few key staff members that are
joining the Titan Team. Each individual will be
an integral part of building the school culture
that will welcome your students in the
upcoming school year.
It is amazing to see the progress being made on
the school and I invite all of our new students to
drive by the school and envision themselves as
a Titan next year. I have a clear vision of what it
means to be a proud Titan and am eagerly
looking forward to sharing that vision with the
students and parents of GTHS.
Many exciting things will be happening over
the next few months as we gear up for the
grand opening.

{GTHS January 2012}

I went on a tour of Grand Terrace High School today.  The school was amazing!  It really is beautiful.  Every room we went into was so amazing.  I love that they are having a dance studio and a pool.  I didn't know that high schools had a dance studio.  The campus looks like a college campus with lots of open areas for students to hang out with friends or to find a quiet place to study.

If you were not planning on sending your kids to GTHS you might want to reconsider.  The principal and staff are amazing and so ready to do whatever they can to make GTHS the best High School around.
The Special Ed. Students have their very own drop off spot and entrance directly into their own classrooms.
Here is the Science lab.  Very beautiful and very up to date.
Here you are looking out at the Varsity Baseball field.  In the background you can see the softball fields as well as the JV baseball field.
Inside one of the many classrooms.
The library and outdoor amphitheater.
On the left is the students main entrance onto campus with the library on the right of it.
The dance studio.  Isn't that amazing that our High School will have a dance studio.  This is located in the gym.
The new floor getting ready to be put in the gym.
The Gym.
This gym is huge!
Notice the color of the air conditioning ducts.  Teal which is one of our school colors.
The gym also has a concession stand which is very nice.
The main entrance into the gym and the ticket booth.
Swimming pool area.
Pool.  It is all state of the art with electronic touch pads for the swim meets.
Football field and track.
Football field.  They are beginning to build the visitor bleachers.
football field.
Home Bleachers.
The Cafeteria is Stunning.  It looks like it belongs in a High School Movie set.  I love the lights and the school colors painted along the top of the walls.
Check out the student lunch area.
Outdoor Amphitheater.
Snack bar area in Auditorium.
Foyer in the Auditorium.
Lecture Hall.
Computer Lab.
Outside of classrooms.
Hallway of upstairs classrooms.
Kitchenette in the special ed classes.
Shower in the special ed classes.
Washer and dryer hookups in the special ed classes.
Special Ed classroom.
Hallway downstairs.
Another Special Ed classroom I think their was a total of three classrooms.
Student parking lot.
Inside the stage.