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The San Marcos Promise Pennies for the Promise

The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) is a non-profit education foundation supporting the over 21,000 students in SMUSD. TSMP builds dreams, pathways and prosperity, guiding and supporting students on their journeys to post-secondary education and into the workforce. But to truly affect change, we can’t operate in silos. So we are the bridge connecting education, business & industry, and community leaders to impact student futures. And I’m writing today to impress upon you the value, support, and purpose TSMP brings to our District.

We are a small but mighty team of 3. We have a Board of Directors made up of 11 extremely dedicated professionals and leaders in our community who help guide us forward.

I spent the first 20 years of my career as a school counselor, 14 of those years at San Marcos High School. So I am acutely aware of the difficulty and challenges faced everyday in raising and nurturing these young humans in our school system. It is monumental to say the least, and I think we’d all agree that these needs can’t be met by the schools and the district alone. So it is our Foundation’s critical aim to directly impact students and their futures, support teachers in their classrooms, and to help the District with these needs.

According to the research conducted by the North County Economic Development Council, any planning around education and the world of work should consider three key components:

  1. Continue to teach students how to learn- One of the most important elements of education today is not necessarily teaching students what they will be doing in their career five or ten years from now but teaching them how to learn both for technical and nontechnical skills in the future.
  2. Expose students to emerging industries, technologies, and career pathways- The fear that jobs are going to completely go away or diminish considerably is largely unfounded, but job requirements will change- students need to be exposed to the driving forces of some of these changes before entering the workforce.
  3. Provide students options for careers that connect their passions and abilities with opportunities in the marketplace- The world of work, with its changes and volatility, can be a scary and uncertain place. Helping students connect their interests and abilities with different career options should be an important part of what today’s education provides.

Click here to read the 2019 North County Indicators informative report generated by the North County Economic Development Council.

To help empower our students to navigate their future paths forward, we provide programs, resources and help create opportunities for students to learn about their strengths and interests and explore the many career and educational options that exist in their futures.

www.thesanmarcospromise.org
255 Pico Avenue Suite 103 San Marcos, CA 92069

Telephone (760) 290-2890

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Registration is open for San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge 10K/2Mile- Sat, October 1, 2017

Registration is open for San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge 10K/2Mile- Sat, October 1, 2017

www.doublepeakchallenge.com/register for early bird pricing

  • 10K Challenge timed race, 5K untimed run/walk, 200 Meter kids “Trail” Trot

  • Race expo and beer garden featuring local San Diego beer, including some of the best from Stone Brewery.  Each runner gets 1 FREE BEER! (must bring valid picture ID).

  • Special race divisions: Heroes (Police, Fire, Military), Teams (gyms, workplace, families, etc)

  • Pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up

  • Bring your camera, plenty of killer views for that selfie on course!

  • Ample aid stations (3 on 10K, 3 on 5K course)

  • Awards: top 3 overall and 3-deep per age category (10K only), plus special award for fastest male and female overall

  • Medals for all race finishers

Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other.  Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peak Challenge also offers an awesome 5K course as well as a 200 Meter “Trail” Tot for kids.

Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.

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Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to SMUSD Graduates

Starting in the Fall of 2017, eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will be able to attend Palomar College full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.

The San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise, along with the Palomar College Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Palomar College to create a unique opportunity called the Palomar Promise.

“San Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College.  This is a historic partnership, considering SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.  We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for SMUSD graduates,” said Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent.
The Palomar Promise will build on the Palomar Pathways Program implemented at San Marcos High School in 2015-16. In addition to receiving tuition assistance up to $600/semester or $1,200/year from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundations, students will be provided tools to set career goals and participate in transition activities to increase college persistence.
Adrian Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President, could not have been happier to provide support for this initiative,  “Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we are united in supporting our community.”
Eligibility for the Palomar Promise will require students to graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results.  In addition, students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each year.

The San Marcos Promise views the Palomar Promise Program as a natural extension of workforce development that will provide equitable opportunities for students seeking job training, certificate programs, associate or bachelor’s degrees.

“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.  It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community.  Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.

The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundation will continue to establishcommunity partnerships to ensure the Palomar Promise grows throughout the district. Both foundations are ideal organizations to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.

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More than 600 runners participated in inaugural Double Peak Challenge

More than 600 runners participated in inaugural Double Peak Challenge

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With nearly 1,500 people attending, the inaugural Double Peak Challenge sponsored by the City of San Marcos lived up to its name Saturday, with the 10K trail run presenting hundreds of runners with a daunting uphill course and an exhilarating ridgetop view of the city.

More than 600 runners participated in the two morning runs, a timed 10K (6.2 miles) event that started at 7:30 am in San Elijo Hills Park that wound upward more than 2,000 feet to the Double Peak summit and returned, and a more casual untimed 2K event.

Proceeds from the race, the first ever for the city, will be invested in the community’s parks and higher education for local students through The Friends of San Marcos Park and Recreation and San Marcos Promise.

It was a winning day for the San Marcos community of San Elijo Hills, with both the women’s and men’s first place finishers coming from homes near the starting line.

The gold medal runner in the women’s category, Caitlin Cornell, is only 14 and runs cross-country at San Marcos High School. Her twin brother, Sean Cornell, also a cross runner finished sixth in the men’s competition.

“The first half was terrible,” said Caitlin, echoing comments made by many runners.

Even John Hatala, a 47-year-old retired Marine and experienced endurance runner who finished first in the men’s category, said the ridgeline trail where he often trains was “very challenging.”

With the challenge came the reward of a medal depicting the distinctive double peaks at the top of San Elijo Road and the promise of doing it again next year.

“People told me it was the hardest 10K they had ever run,” said Buck Martin, Community Services Director for the City of San Marcos and a board member of The Friends of san Marcos Parks and Recreation. “But when I asked them if they would come back, they said, ‘heck ya.’”

“You forget about the pain,” said runner Gerardo Alvarez of Escondido, 24, who finished second, “and think about the view” with its 360-degree panorama of north San Diego County.

The event combined an endurance test with a family gathering and featured strollers crossing the finish line in the 2K run and dozens of kids sprinting across the park’s baseball field in a short trail trot to the finish line.

The San Marcos Promise provides scholarships and higher-education guidance to students in the San Marcos Unified School District. The Friends of San Marcos Park and Recreation contributes to events, programs and facilities.

Other event sponsors included San Elijo Hills, Lusardi Construction Company, Rancho Tesoro, Stone Brewing Company, and Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona and Peak, LLP.

Race results are available at www.gemininext.com.

San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge

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Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other, where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peak Challenge also offers a shorter 2-mile course as well as a Trail Tot for kids.
Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.
The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.
The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to San Marcos Unified School District Graduates

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Officials from Palomar College and San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) are shown celebrating the establishment of The Palomar Promise, which will provide eligible SMSUSD graduates with free tuition while attending Palomar College. From left are (standing) Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo, Herbie Smith, Executive Director, San Marcos Promise, (sitting) Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales and SMUSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt. (photo by Kurt Lightfoot)

Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to San Marcos Unified School District Graduates

The Palomar Community College District Governing Board has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Palomar College, The Palomar College Foundation, San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise to create The Palomar Promise, designed to provide all eligible SMUSD graduating high school students with free tuition for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.

Starting in the fall of 2017, upon successful completion of Palomar Promise eligibility requirements, students will receive tuition assistance up to $600/semester or $1,200/year for up to two consecutive years from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundation. This unique opportunity will allow students to attend college, tuition-free, full-time.

“Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we are united in supporting our community,” said Adrian Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President. “We could not be happier to be in a position to offer the financial support that will make a difference for many students and their families.”

Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent said “San Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College.  This is a historic partnership, considering SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.  We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for SMUSD graduates.”

The program eligibility requirements include that students graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results.  In addition, students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) by the federal deadlines for each school year.  Students will be required to complete the Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each year, to maintain eligibility.

“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.  It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community.  Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.

Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo said, “We are excited to work with San Marcos Unified as our first Palomar Promise partner. It is fitting that we begin the first of many Promises for Palomar collaborating with a K-12 district here in San Marcos where our main campus is located.”

The Palomar College Foundation will continue to establish community partnerships and to solicit financial assistance from businesses and individuals to ensure that the Palomar Promise continues to grow throughout the District.  The Palomar College Foundation provides financial support to Palomar College matriculating students and the San Marcos Promise prepares students for an experience in higher education.  Both the Palomar College Foundation and The San Marcos Promise are ideal organizations to maintain responsibility for an agreement to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.

Scholarships for all graduates? Promise? | UTSanDiego.com

Scholarships for San Marcos grads? Promise?

By Logan Jenkins UTSanDiego.com

It’s Econ 101 that high-achieving schools pump up community pride and (let’s be real here) real estate values.

Poway has teed off on that economic driver for decades. Desirable schools are as reflective of a community’s vitality as crime rates and tax base.

READ MORE via Scholarships for all graduates? Promise? | UTSanDiego.com.

The San Marcos Promise-Town Hall Forum

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TOWN HALL FORUM
Event Details
When:     Friday, January 23, 2015
Time:       6:00pm
Where:   San Marcos High School Theater – 1615 San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078
SMUSD invites you to participate in our upcoming Town Hall Forum.  Union Tribune Reporter, Logan Jenkins will serve as the moderator and facilitate the discussion.  The forum will include a presentation summarizing the impact of the PACE Promise since 2009 followed by a panel discussion including:
  • Mayor Jim Desmond
  • Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt
  • Vice Chair Rick Gittings
  • Board Member Randy Walton
  • Current PACE Scholar, Alex Contreras
As the conversation ensues, we invite the audience to participate and freely share thoughts that will add to the dialogue.  Your participation in this event is instrumental to forming a strong strategic plan that reflects the needs of our community.
Questions?  Contact Herbie Smith – herbie.smith@smusd.org