San Marcos Unified School District is proud to announce our three District Employees of the Year. Chosen from a group of SMUSD’s 2021-22 Employees of the Year from each department or campus, these three District Employees of the Year embody the passion and dedication to serving students and families and were nominated by their peers and supervisors:
Classified Employee of the Year: Ivy Keim, Occupational Therapist, Early Education Center As an Occupational Therapist, Ivy brings her expertise to the youngest learners at SMUSD, providing meaningful interventions to develop their skills. Bringing a deep passion to her work, Ivy is known for always striving to do better which is only rivaled by her calming demeanor, kindness, and love for students. Certificated Employee of the Year: Kristen Engler, School Counselor, Richland Elementary Returning to in-person learning posed some social emotional challenges and adjustments this year, and school counselor Kristen Engler never wavered in her support of students and staff alike. Throughout the process of guiding students through the transition, Kristen remained steadfast, always ready to help with kindness and empathy.
Administrator of the Year: Nathan Baker, Assistant Principal, Mission Hills High School A dedicated and compassionate leader, Nathan is always ready and willing to do whatever is needed to create a safe, caring, and supportive environment for students and staff. An educator at heart, Nathan’s passion to see all students thrive has created lasting relationships and a culture of mutual respect on the Mission Hills campus. For all of SMUSD’s 2021-22 Employees of the Year, please click here: https://www.smusd.org/news/what_s_new/s_m_u_s_d_employees_of_the_year
San Marcos residents are invited to attend the ‘State of Your Community,’ a free event featuring Mayor Rebecca Jones, the San Marcos City Council and Dr. Andy Johnsen, Superintendent of San Marcos Unified School District, from 5-7 p.m. June 2.
A resource fair with refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation from Johnsen and an address from Mayor Jones at 6 p.m. at Community Services Main Hall, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos.
In her address, Jones will cover a snapshot of the past year, focusing on topics including: our city’s ‘spirit of service,’ community safety, quality of life, supporting local businesses, the importance of community input, healthcare and education and infrastructure and mobility.
“Today, our city is on the map as an exciting destination,” Jones said. “We are no longer just a drive-through city, we are a ‘drive-to’ location. I am proud of our residents, businesses and community advocates who have stepped up and leaned in to transform our community into the innovative civic powerhouse that it is today.”
The ‘State of Your Community’ speech will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV beginning in mid-June on Cox Communications Channel 19, Time Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.
Jones will also share the ‘State of Your Community’ speech at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s ‘State of the City’ event, happening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8. State of the City is a paid luncheon event happening at California State University San Marcos. Registration is available here. General public seating (not including lunch) is available at no cost; advance registration is recommended by calling (760) 744-1270.
WHAT: 2022 State of Your Community’ event featuring Mayor Rebecca Jones WHEN: 5-7 p.m. June 2 COST: Free WHERE: City of San Marcos Community Services Main Hall, 3 Civic Center Drive
Nine months of anticipation, and now you’re home with your newborn. It can be overwhelming, but here are some great tips from Dr. Jaime Friedman on how to take care of your little one. Take a look HERE.
HOPS IN THE HILLS: Make sure you grab your tickets early for @hopsinthehills before they sell out! This favorite adults-only event is making its return after two years and promises to be our biggest and best yet! Join us Saturday, June 18th from 1 – 4 PM for an unlimited tasting of your favorite local beers, wines, and more! There will be amazing food, live music, and a chance to cut loose without the kids while supporting our local schools. Don’t miss out, buy your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/hops-in-the-hills-2022…SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Are you a local business who’d like to get the word out about your services while supporting local schools? This high-visibility event still has a few sponsorship slots available! Contact Event Organizer Tina Heap for more details
Summer is coming, but fear not, weary parents! Fortunately, our summer day camp program—Escondido Creek Adventure Camp—is back to save the day (well, five days, actually).
Escondido Creek Adventure Camp is a wildly engaging 5-day outdoor summer day camp. Campers explore the enchanting Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, where they discover the natural world by hiking, playing, and conducting hands-on science! The wide variety of activities includes guided exploration, arts and crafts, games, science experiments, storytime, visits from special live animal ambassadors, and more!
Each day begins and ends at Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido, allowing the campers the opportunity to observe the connection between the urban portion of the creek upstream and the more natural section of the creek downstream, plus it allows them the chance to use the playground and socialize with their fellow campers. We provide transportation from Grape Day Park to Elfin Forest and back.
We are currently enrolling children ages 7-10 for the following weeks:
June 27 – July 1
Each day is 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. Pickup occurs between 1:00 and 1:30.
This 5-day summer day camp program costs $275 per camper (a limited number of scholarships are available for Escondido children from qualifying households). Lunch is not provided, but we do offer snacks for the campers.
Come down to the town square park on Monday, June 27th from 9 am-10 am to have coffee with Captain Kenneth Jones!
Some homeowners in the community attended the last The San Elijo Hills Community Association Board of Directors meeting and expressed concerns to the board regarding safety due to recent criminal activity within our community. As a result, the HOA board has reached out to the San Marcos Sheriff substation to arrange this opportunity to meet with our new captain of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station!
Join The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) for a cup of coffee and some light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss community safety!
*This website – San Elijo Life is independent of the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Association. HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.
San Elijo Hills Resident Ross B Hansen would like to invite you to an upcoming webinar. Only a limited number of spots are still available for our upcoming webinar – register now to reserve yours!
How does socially responsible investing work?
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Register Now In recent years, investors have made a push to align their portfolios with their values and personal views. What are the possible investment performance benefits, and what trade-offs might be involved?
In this webinar, we’ll review the basics of sustainable investing, discuss what we’re hearing in the news and from clients, and answer any questions you might have.
Webinar Contributors: ●Robin Diedrich, CPA, CFA®, CFP® Senior Analyst, Equity Research, Edward Jones ●Anthony Eames, AIF®, AAMS™ Managing Director, Calvert Research and Management ●Nik Gernhard, AAMS™ Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
I look forward to you joining us. Best Regards, Ross B Hansen of San Elijo Hills
Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S., the 2022 Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR. This is its 12th anniversary and with a revised, dirtier, more entertaining route this year of 137+ miles, more than 50-miles of which are off-road. In 2021, the BWR was the largest gravel race in the US and grew nearly 175% with so many new female competitors joining in the fun. The race will start up Twin Oaks from North City and turn right onto the Ridgeline trail and exit San Elijo Hills via Questhaven. The race will return via Questhaven, San Elijo Road Path, and Summit Double Peak at 130+ miles, come out and cheer and push on Double Peak till dusk. The finish and expo are at North City. The race will start at 7:30 AM on both Saturday 5/30 and Sunday 5/1. Volunteer spots need feeling, sign up online. https://www.bikereg.com/belgian-waffle-ride-californiahttps://www.velonews.com/…/3000-riders-prepare-for…/
The California Student Aid Commission announce winners, SMUSD ranked #1
The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) recently announced the winners of the Race to Submit statewide campaign, which aims to increase the number of financial aid applications for California high school seniors who complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). In San Diego County, San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) has been named a DISTRICT CHAMPION for having the Highest Percentage of FAFSA/CADAA completions at 66%, placing them in first place in San Diego County in the Small District Category.
“We are thrilled to have placed first in San Diego County,” said Dr. Andy Johnsen, San Marcos Unified Superintendent. “This clearly illustrates both our commitment to ensuring our students are prepared after high school, as well as the dedication of our school counseling teams.”
Additionally, SMUSD’s San Marcos High School was also recognized as one of two schools in the entire state of California to win the Race to Submit Champion award for 5 consecutive years.
To view the Race to Submit data and rankings, click here.
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. This disease was once almost unheard of in Southern California; however, in recent years, changes in weather patterns, the introduction of new mosquito species, and the import of dogs from areas where heartworms are common had lead to a significant increase in incidence of this disease. Heartworm disease is not only increasing in our pet population, but is becoming more common in the wild animal population, putting our pet dogs and cats even further at risk.
What is Heartworm Disease
Heartworms disease is a very serious infection that is extremely common in many parts of the United States. It is caused by footlong worms that as adults reside in the heart, lungs, and associate blood vessels. As the disease progresses, it can cause severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs of the body. It is ultimately be fatal if left untreated.
Heartworm disease can affect dogs, cats, and ferrets as well as wild mammals such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions, and very rarely humans. Wild animals that live in proximity to humans (such as coyotes in Southern California) can be carriers of this disease and increase the risk of transmission to domestic pets.
Heartworm in Dogs vs Cats
Dogs are a “natural host” for heartworm, meaning the worms live inside dog and are able to grow to adulthood, mate, and produce offspring. Dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. This large worm burden can cause lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries. The damage can be severe and may become permanent, even after the infestation has been treated.
Infection in cats is very different than in dogs. Most worms do not survive to adulthood and cats that do carry adult worms usually don’t have more than 1-3. This actually makes heartworm harder to diagnose in cats, but does not mean it is harmless. Immature heartworms in cats can cause a pulmonary condition known as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD), which can have some significant symptoms. Additionally, heartworm in cats cannot be “treated” in the same way as dogs, so prevention is the only real means of protecting cats.
Mosquitos are responsible for the transmission of heartworm between pets. Adult female heartworms living inside a host animal produce microscopic offspring known as microfilaria. When the mosquito bites the infected animal, it picks up the immature heartworm in the blood meal. These microfilaria mature inside the mosquito over the period of 10-14 days. At this point, they are in the “infective stage” where they are able to be transmitted to another animal through a mosquito bite. Once the heartworms mature, they can live for 5-7 years in dogs and up to 2-3 years in cats, which is a long time to reproduce, do damage, and spread.
Signs of Heartworm
In the early stages of infection, many animals show few to no symptoms at all. The longer the pet is infected however, the more clinical signs develop. In dogs, mature worms live in the heart, lungs, and associated vessels, so dogs with advanced infections show signs similar to heart and/or lung disease. Dogs may develop a mild to persistent cough, exercise intolerance, reluctance to exercise, decreased appetite, lethargy, and weight loss. As this disease progresses, it can even cause heart failure and the dog may develop fluid in the belly resulting in a swollen abdomen. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can even develop sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to life-threatening cardiovascular collapse. Heartworm disease in cats has signs ranging from the subtle to the dramatic. Symptoms may include coughing and/or asthma-like episodes, vomiting, lack of appetite, or weight loss. Unfortunately, in some cases, the first sign is sudden collapse or even death.
Treatment for Heartworm Disease
While most infected dogs can successfully be treated, the treatment is both long and can be uncomfortable. In advanced cases with significant clinical signs, it can even be dangerous. The dog must first be stabilized from any significant symptoms it may have. Once this has achieved, the treatment involves several steps over many weeks. During this time it is imperative that the dog’s activity be restricted because physical exertion increases the rate at which the heartworms can do damage to the heart and lungs.
For cats, there is no approved heartworm treatment. Because cats are not an “ideal” host for heartworms, some infections resolve on their own. Cats should be treated for symptoms associated with infection and maintained on heartworm prevention to prevent reinfection.
Preventing Heartworm Disease
While heartworm disease is a dangerous infection that is difficult to treat, it is very easy to prevent. There are multiple safe and proven products (usually administered once monthly) on the market to help protect dogs and cats from this dangerous disease. These products are economical, effective, easy to administer, and have few side effects. As a bonus, many of them also prevent against some internal parasite infections. There are also combination products on the market which protect against heartworm, internal parasites, fleas, and even ticks. For dogs over seven months old, it is recommended that they be heartworm tested prior to starting preventatives. Additionally, dogs should stay on the product year-round as mosquitos can be found during all times of year. Cats can be started on heartworm preventative without prior testing.
If you have questions about heartworm disease or your pet’s prevention status, please give us a call at (760) 736-3636!