Free Job Course Being Offered to Young Adults

Once students graduate college, the pressure of finding a job can be a rather exhausting and frightening experience. The San Diego North Educational Foundation is aware of just how stressful this post college job search can really be, which is why they are now offering Strategies for Success, a new, free program designed to help high school seniors, community college and vocational students improve their presentation and leaderships skills in order to increase their chances of landing a job.

Strategies for Success was created to address students’ specific needs identified by employers, institutions of higher education and research efforts by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. These organizations have come to find that recent high school graduates or trade certificate holders have technical skills; however, they lack certain life skills that allow them to be an asset to employers and ultimately become successful. Last month, the North San Diego Business Chamber first offered this curriculum to their member organizations as an all-day Leadership Academy course for a fee. The feedback and registrations were so successful and the employees were thrilled to get back to their jobs and use the skills and tools they learned in the course.

When asked what the students should expect to get out of this course, Brandie Erbe, the North San Diego Business Chamber Communications Manager, explained that “After attending these classes, participants will walk away with practical tools that give them an inner confidence on the job, elevate their ability to work well with others and provide a polished presentation to employers.” The...

Deer Canyon Elementary School Named National Blue Ribbon School for 2015 by Poway Unified

At the end of last year, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that Poway Unified School District’s Deer Canyon Elementary School is now recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. Among 331 other schools across the nation, Deer Canyon Elementary School is “leading their students to the highest levels of achievement and making outstanding progress in closing achievement gaps.”

 For this recognition, the Board of Education represents public, non-public, traditional, charter and magnet schools in 44 different states, all of which prove that diversity shows that excellence isn’t limited to certain students or neighborhoods. More importantly, the selected National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that challenges of all kinds can be overcome.

 Deer Canyon Elementary School is located in the community of Rancho Penasquitos and is led by Principal Terry Worthington and an amazing administrative staff. Principal Worthington has been a part of the Deer Canyon Elementary School family for 8 years. When asked how Deer Canyon celebrated being named as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, Worthington said “We have shared our good news through our local newsletter, Echoes and a morning announcement when the initial announcement was made. We celebrated at our First Flag school-wide assembly in November and were recognized by the County Board of Education at their November meeting.” Worthington also stated that they now can proudly fly the National Blue Ribbon Award flag in front of their school each day along with...

What's In A Name?

What's In A Name?

Friday, August 4, 2006

By Casey Brown

Seeing the image of the golden horns that don each side of the Rams’ helmets slamming into the sternum of the opposition accurately represents the motion a prairie-dwelling ram performs against its grassland foes. 

To the Native Americans, the ram was a symbol of strength and determination. In the wild, the animal uses its keratin-rich horns to drive, batter, and crush its opponent with forceful impact.

The ram is a most-appropriate mascot for a football team. It’s probably the most appropriate mascot in the NFL; especially when it comes to the battles at the line of scrimmage, in the trenches, where players butt heads continually.

While the Rams’ name has been popular in the NFL, it also has been popular on the prep front.  Three Rams NFL players were on high school teams named the Rams. Another, running back Marshall Faulk, played for the Carver High Rams in New Orleans.

The NFL Rams came by their nickname because the original owners in Cleveland favored the Fordham University Rams.  This was 1937, when Fordham had the fabled “Seven Blocks of Granite” linemen and were one of the country’s strongest teams.  The original Cleveland Rams also wore the red and black of Fordham U.

Some Rams players come from high schools whose mascots have similar, unique origins or meanings:

Wide receiver Marques Hagans was a Crabber at Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia.

“I know don’t know where it came from but the whole mentality is that you can’t crush a crab,” Hagans said. “The shell of a crab is pretty tough. People try to step on crabs and smash the shell. There was a tough mentality [at Hampton] that you can’t crush a crab; that was our fight song. We’re naturally tough.”

Defensive tackle La’Roi Glover was a Pointer at Point Loma High School in San Diego, California.

“A Pointer is a dog,” Glover said. “It’s a hunting...