by Marina Garcia, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
There are about 2,000 students attending Sweetwater High School. All of these students come from different places and have different stories to tell. However, there is one story in particular that deserves to be shared. Senior Antoine Serrano’s story is one worth listening to. He was born in Chula Vista in April 1999. He lived in Tijuana for most of his life until his family moved back to National City in 2013. His first year at Sweetwater wasn’t a walk in the park. Coming from Mexico, Antoine spoke very little English, so trying to fit in was a challenge. Students would bully him for not knowing how to speak English and would make fun of his accent. “I was trying to get better with my English, but those people didn’t know that I was struggling so much. I still tried to learn from my mistakes so that they would not know that their comments affected me,” he said. However, that didn’t stop this bright student from achieving greatness. By the end of his freshman year, he was placed in ELD 7/8, a regular English class and moved from bilingual math to a regular math class. He also received an award for having the highest GPA in his class.
As a result of his hard work and dedication, Antoine has had many opportunities and has attended many summer programs throughout his high school years. He was accepted and received full financial aid for the programs Upward Bound at UCSD, and the COSMOS program for Engineering Design and Control of Kinetics Sculpture. He also went to Stanford Pre-collegiate Studies and learned about Engineering.
Antoine is the first in his family to plan on going to college. He wants to attend Stanford University and hopes to major in Aerospace Engineering. His goal is to go to college and always try to become better; this has made him stay focused on his grades. His teachers, especially Ms. Claudia Tellez, have been there to provide support for him since 10th grade. Today, he is currently taking four AP classes, and is President of the Robotics Club at Sweetwater High School. Antoine didn’t expect to be where he is today. His advice to underclassmen is to set goals for themselves, take advantages of the opportunities offered here in the U.S., and always stay confident.
Antoine’s story is living proof that anyone can accomplish anything. He continues to surprise his peers and teachers with his determination and wit. Thank you, Antoine, for being an inspiration for hopefully many generations of Sweetwater students to come.
by Piolo Teo Maling, Staffwiter
The Devils’ Advocate
Word around school has been spreading about a new club on campus that welcomes students who have recently arrived from other countries and who are learning to speak English with open arms. This new club is a place where anyone can just be themselves without worrying about harsh judgment by the public nor be afraid to socialize with anyone. This club was born from the notion that new, international students spend much of their school day isolated from the general population because they are in bilingual classes, or they may even self-isolate because they are shy or embarrassed about the language barrier. However, we believe that students will learn English more quickly and integrate into our school community faster if they are invited to do so by the students who are already here and involved in the school culture. It’s a little bit like Link Crew, but this club is targeted towards English Learners and is ongoing throughout the year. This new club is known as the Cultural Connection Committee, and its advisor is Mrs. Ojeda.
The club – Cultural Connection Committee, also known as 3C – has been established on the idea of spreading awareness of the egregious effects of language barriers. It is founded on the desire for new students from other countries being able to be comfortable around the school while spreading school spirit and participating in school activities. Sadly, these students do not always have the ability to let their voices be heard due to the language barriers that prevent them from easily sharing their thoughts with the public. Many students on campus are able to communicate well with other students; however, what about the students who are unable to converse with their fellow students due to English not being their primary language?
If you want to be a part of helping SUHi’s newest students become part of our Red Devil family, you are welcome to join us on Fridays at lunch in Room 306. 3C does not require bilingual or multilingual speakers or anyone with spectacular skills in order to be a part of the club – no matter who you are, this club needs YOU!
Art Lopez and AP Computer Science Principles have gained Sweetwater High School notoriety for leading the way in secondary school Computer Science education. View the recent articles published in U.S. News and EdSource.
Interested in finding out more about Computer Science? Talk to Mr. Lopez in Room 215!
Here are the latest Red Devil Way award recipients for August 2016:
Elaina Marie Cavada
Red Devil Way Info:
Come down and join the SUHI MCJROTC Program and Donate Blood from 7AM – 3:30 on Wednesday August 31st.
You may donate if you are:
- 16 and enrolled in ROTC with a Parental Form signed by parent or guardian and authorization over the phone.
- 17 with a Parental Form signed by parent or guardian, authorization over the phone, and picture ID.
- 18 with picture ID.
Students can pick up these forms in the MCJROTC Building, from one of the instructors.
Common Parent Questions About IC
How do I access Infinite Campus?
Parent Website URL: campusportal.sweetwaterschools.org
Infinite Campus keeps requesting a District ID#. What is the District ID#?
District ID# FCPXPV
How do I create an account with Infinite Campus?
You should have created an account when you registered for this school year. However, for those who do not have an account follow these instructions:
- The parents can create a portal account by using their Campus Activation Key. If you have your activation key, on the home screen press “help” on the bottom left. This will drop down an option to continue using the key.
- If you do not have an activation key, please have them call 619-793-7731 to retrieve the code.
What is the number to call if I experience other issues with Infinite Campus?
Infinite Campus Sweetwater Hotline: 619-796-7745
Is my Infinite Campus portal similar to my son or daughter’s portal?
Your portal is almost identical. However, if you have multiple children, you will be able to view each of their grades/attendance separately but through the same account.
Where can I learn more about navigating through Infinite Campus?
There are some helpful tutorial videos through YouTube.
Infinite Campus YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/theinfinitecampus
Why are some teachers using Infinite Campus for “in-progress” grades and others are using Jupiter?
This is a transition year for our teachers. While you may find your child’s teachers posting “in progress” grades through Jupiter, you may also find some teachers posting “in progress” grades through Infinite Campus. However, every grading period (progress reports & semester grades) will be posted under “grades” on Infinite Campus.
What will I be able to find on Infinite Campus?
You will find detailed information about your child’s attendance. All progress report grades and semester grades for each of your child’s classes will be posted on Infinite Campus under “grades”.
Can I send emails to teachers through Infinite Campus? What about Jupiter?
Email addresses of teachers can be accessed through Infinite Campus by selecting the envelope icon next to the teacher’s name. Messages can also be sent through Jupiter to teachers for the remainder of the year.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 • Schedule of Events
4:30PM AP PARENT MEETING (THEATRE)
Advanced Placement (AP) Program Parent Meeting
5:00PM COMMUNITY/CLUB FAIR (QUAD)
Community Resource Fair–Club & Food Sales
5:15PM STUDENT PERFORMANCES (NEW GYM)
JV & Varsity Cheer, Band, Baile Folklorico, Advanced Dance, Mariachi, Choir
5:45PM PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE (NEW GYM)
MCJROTC Presentation of Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
Parent School Site Council Candidates
6:00PM CLASSROOM VISITATIONS
1st Period 6:10-6:20
2nd Period 6:25-6:35
3rd Period 6:40-6:55*
4th Period 7:00-7:10
5th Period 7:15-7:25
6th Period 7:30-7:40
7th Period 7:45-7:55
*Parent voting for School Site Council Parent Representatives
Infinite Campus Student Portal Accounts are now available for students to access at:
Username: Student ID Number
Password: (first name initial)(last name initial)(MMDDYY birthdate)
For example, if your name is Jane Doe and you were born on January 1st, 2000, your password would be: