#SurfsUpSUHI: Our First Spirit Week of 2016-17!

Welcome back Red Devils! The second week of school is our very first Spirit Week of 2016-17 and the theme is #SurfsUp! Follow @SUHI_ASB on Twitter and tweet them your best Spirit Week photos using #SurfsUpSUHI17, #SurfsUpSUHI18, #SurfsUpSUHI19, or #SurfsUpSUHI20!

Show your spirit by dressing up for #SurfsUpSUHI Spirit Week!


SUHI Valedictorians and Salutatorian Class of 2016!

A big congratulations for the class of 2016 for reaching an amazing milestone; today was their last day of high school ever. On June 3rd, we will honor our graduating Seniors at Southwestern College, where they will be addressed by this year’s valedictorians (we have two this year) and salutatorian.


Alexa Camacho Sanchez


Our salutatorian was selected based on her performance in 23 AP and Honors classes completed by the first semester of her senior year. With a GPA of 4.5476, Alexa Camacho Sanchez has earned this honor and will be leaving the SUHI nest to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at UCLA.





Our valedictorian was selected based on students’ performance in 24 AP and Honors classes completed by their first semester of their senior year. Two students tied this year with 4.5581 GPAs–Rioneil Arias who will be attending UC Irvine to study Biomedical Engineering and Angelo Mendoza who will pursue Chemical Engineering at UCLA.


Rioneil Arias

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Angelo Mendoza



This story originally published on SUHSD College and Career Readiness.

On Saturday, May 14th, 19 high school teams competed in a regional Robot Programming Competition at San Diego City College.

Sweetwater Union High School District students were there!

Castle Park High School

Team name: TrojanBots

Students: Emmanuel Hidalgo & Joe Miranda

Team: Trojanators

Students: Tomas Mendoza & David Jackson

Sweetwater High School

Team name: 6619X

Students: Antoine Serrano & Cristian EspitiaDSC_0086

Students eagerly approached their assigned stations, reviewed the competition’s instructions and judging criteria, and began playing with the software; Choregraphe.  Dean Rose LaMuraglia of San Diego City College’s School of Business, Information Technology and Cosmetology kicked off the event with a presentation on careers in technology, aiming to inspire this next generation of programmers. She concluded her presentation with a demonstration in which Patrick, the Nao Robot, spoke to the students and danced to Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller.”DSC_0087

Students participated in a brief tutorial and received instruction on the software then teams were tasked with a series of challenges: they had to program the robot to creatively introduce their teams to an audience, to dance along to popular music, and to most importantly, have fun and learn!  The teams dedicated 2 hours and 30 minutes to programming Patrick (Nao Robot).


Antoine Serrano, Nao Robot (Patrick), and Christian Espitia (1st Place)

Sweetwater High School’s students Antoine Serrano and Cristian Espitia
placed first. They programmed Patrick (Nao Robot) to perform the “whip” and “nae nae.”

Congratulations Antoine & Cristian!

DSC_0057The judges assessed students based on a defined set of criteria: the use of fluid dance movements, complexity of the dance sequence, the entertainment factor, and the ability of the students to take into consideration Patrick’s limitations when programming him.

DSC_0088Emmanuel Hidalgo from Castle Park High School won a raffled gaming console.

All of the students walked away with SeaWorld passes, Xbox music passes donated by The Microsoft Store, Otterbox cell phone cases donated by the OtterCares Foundation, and Rubio’s gift cards.

Congratulations to all participating Students!


Sweetwater at the Women’s Hackathon

The following article was originally published on the district's College and Career Readiness site.

On April 30, 2015 CSU San Marcos hosted a Women’s Hackathon Event. Sweetwater Union High School students were there! CSUSM Women Hackathon

  • Aseret Flores & Sarah Valencia (Sweetwater High School)
  • Amanda Castro, Emili Meyer, Ivy Nguyen, & Precious Lara (Olympian High School)

During the awards ceremony, Emily, Aseret, and Sarah (Team Pumas) earned an award for developing a game concept as part of a website to educate the public about the environment around jaguars. They won in the classification of originality and impact.

Amanda, Ivy, and Precious , (Team Rawr)  earned an award based on their concept for a website that followed most closely the theme about educating the public about Jaguars.  They wrote everything in English and in Spanish.
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GO sweetCYBER!!!

Shout-Out to Ms. Rymer (SUHi Teacher) for taking Sweetwater High School’s students to the event on her own time and dime. THANK YOU MS. RYMER!


Large Dog Spay-Neuter Clinic (Community Service!)

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SUHI will be hosting a LARGE DOG spay and neuter clinic on Saturday May 21st.  Please call 619-525-3047 for a reservation.

If you would like to volunteer and earn community service hours, meet with Ms. Kavouklis in Room 308 on May 9th during lunch.

Friday May 20 6pm-9pm

10 volunteers needed to:

•Help unload crates from trucks

•Wipe and zip tie crates together

•Cover floor with tarps

•Cover crates with sheets

•Number crates

•Set up check in/registration table


Saturday May 21 6:30am-10:30am

4 volunteers needed to:

•Help check in clients


Saturday May 21 10:30am-2:30pm

4 volunteers needed to:

•Help watch dogs in recovery and alert medic as they wake up. 


Saturday May 21 12noon-2pm

2 volunteers needed to:

• go with SNAP rep and certificated teacher  to laundromat to wash, dry and fold towels.


Saturday May 21 2:30pm-5:30pm

8 volunteers needed to:

•Help watch dogs in recovery and alert medic as they wake up. 

•Help wipe down crates after dogs leave

•Help load crates into trucks

•Help wipe and pack tarps. 


Alicia en la Wonderland

13103547_1147625948590924_7103287997963074903_nThe Sweetwater Theater Guild and Bocón will be performing Alicia en la Wonderland— a modern twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland all about a sarcastic teenager trying to navigate through the chaos of a strange world and her own struggle with identity. La Reina de Corazon accompanied by her royal court and fleet of Loteria cards brings a Latin@ vibe to this revamped classic.

Opening night is Wednesday May 4th, with showtimes at 7PM every night through Friday May 6th. Saturday May 7th is the final show, where the curtains open at 5PM. All shows to be performed at Sweetwater High’s own Laura R. Charles Theater. There is no cost for tickers, but donations are welcome as all money raised will benefit Bocón, an organization dedicated in empowering artists of all ages to create art.