Summer Arts Academy

SSAA_AdSweetwater Summer Arts Academy’s Closing Day Performance was Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Chula Vista High School – Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911)

Highlighting our district’s best String Orchestra, Choir, Concert & Jazz Band, Dance, Folklorico, Mariachi, and Visual Art.

The Sweetwater Summer Arts Academy is a FREE; one week camp offered each summer to 160 SUHSD students in Visual and Performing Arts classes and takes place near Lake Cuyamaca at the San Diego County Office of Education’s Outdoor School at Camp Cuyamaca. Teachers from each of our school sites recommend students from seven VAPA disciplines to be selected to attend the Academy. The intense week closes with outstanding student performances and an art exhibit.

Camp Director: Deborah Nevin-Armstrong
Art Teacher: Suriya Stewart
Baile Teacher: Eduardo Romero
Band Teacher: Eric Mabrey
Choir Accompanist: Joe DeMers
Dance Teacher: Atishia Hall
Jazz Teacher: Fred Marx
Mariachi Teacher: Fredd Sanchez
Orchestra Teacher: Greg Caldera



Upcoming District Art Show Gala & Award Ceremony

ArtS_adDistrict Art Show Gala & Award Ceremony is Friday, March 18th at 6:00 pm. Location: South Chula Vista Library (389 Orange Avenue, Chula Vista, 91911) Student art exhibition runs from February 27 to April 3, 2016.  Free Admission.

Schools Represented: Bonita Vista High, Bonita Vista Middle, Castle Park High, Chula Vista High, Chula Vista Middle, Eastlake High, Eastlake Middle, Hilltop High, Hilltop Middle, Mar Vista High, Montgomery High, Montgomery Middle, Olympian High, Options Secondary, Otay Ranch High, Palomar High, Rancho del Rey Middle, San Ysidro High, Southwest High, and Sweetwater High.

Flyer: By_Aguilar_Sarena_Art_Show_Poster .pdf


2016 District Show Choir

DSC_adDistrict Show Choir is Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00 pm. Location: Chula Vista High School Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, 91911) Energetic show choirs take over the stage in colorful costumes and powerful voices. General Admission is $5.oo

Schools Represented: Bonita Vista High, Chula Vista High, Eastlake High, Otay Ranch High, and Sweetwater High.

Flyer: Show_Choir_Flyer .pdf

Program: Show_Choir_Program.pdf


District Digital Media Showcase Submission Deadline

DMS_poster_adDistrict Digital Media Showcase Submission Deadline is Wednesday, March 16th. Open to SUHSD students. Submission guidelines are on this linkThe eighth annual Digital Media Showcase and Award Ceremony will be on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 pm.

Otay Ranch High School’s Pavilion
1250 Olympic Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91913

Featuring student work created in digital media classes throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District. Student work in photography, computer art, graphic design, video, and music technology is celebrated. Industry professionals judge the submissions and awards are given to the top entries.
Free admission.

Flyer: DMS_Poster_by_Zachary_Atizado .pdf


2015 Band Pageant Highlights

15BPWatch 2015 Band Pageant Highlights by clicking on the video!  The 48th Annual Band Pageant took place at San Ysidro High School on Saturday, November 19, 2015.

Participating Schools: BVH, BVM, CPH, CPM, CVH, CVM, ELH, ELM, GRJ, MOH, MOM, MVH, MVA, NCM, OHS, ORH, RDRM, SOH, SOM, SUH, and SYH.



2015 Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presented In The HEIGHTS!

Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presented In The HEIGHTS! July 29, 30, 31, & August 1st, 2015 at San Ysidro High – Dr. Maida Torres-Stanovik Performing Arts Center.

Directed by Sharon Maley – Vocal Director: Tony Atienza – Music Director: Eric Mabrey – Choreographer: Valerie Ingram – Set Designer: Charles Batchman – Theatre Manager/Lighting Designer: Keith Davis – Sound Designer: Eusevio Cordoba – Accompanist: Barbara Schroeder. Congratulations to all participants for a fantastic show! IN THE HEIGHTS was presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com




Graduation Pomp and Rare Circumstances

Jeff_KoverWatch Graduation Pomp and Rare Circumstances by The San Diego Union-Tribune. A story about inspirational college graduate Brandon Kover. “He showed us that you can accomplish anything no matter what disability.” – Annette Kover, Brandon’s mom.

“I’m a proud dad” – Jeff Kover, Visual and Performing Arts Director.



2015 Digital Media Showcase

2015 Digital Media Showcase was Thursday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Otay Ranch High School’s Pavilion. Over 50 flash drive awards were presented by VAPA Director, Jeff Kover and 6 iPad mini awards by the Tobacco Use Prevention Education program’s representative, Gale Marshburn. A special award was presented  by Manuel Rubio, Director of Grants and Communications to Olympian High’s KOHS News, teacher Mr. Exum for the Best School News Production of the year!


Congratulations to all participants and teachers for submitting over 400 outstanding works! Special thanks to our Digital Media Committee Chair Kelly Hamilton for organizing and hosting this event and to all the teachers that helped behind the scenes.

Thanks to our dedicated community judges for volunteering their time and supporting the arts in our schools.

  • DMS Music Judge: Mike Butler, Producer and accomplished recording professional.
  • DMS Photo Judge: Mike Menegus, Professional photographer.
  • DMS Photo & Video Judge: Jo Kamimura, Freelance documentary & videographer.
  • DMS Video Judge: Omar De Leon, SUHSD Web/Video specialist.
  • DMS Digital Design Judges: Glen Llorin, Graphic Designer/Illustrator &
  • Otto Lai, Computer Graphics and Animation Instructor.

Sweetwater Authority’s 2015 High School Photo Contest

Students in our community competed in the Sweetwater Authority’s Annual High School Photo Contest. Students won cash prizes and had their winning photography published in an annual calendar which is sent to residents in the Sweetwater Authority distribution area. Congratulations to SUHSD students for winning in all categories!

2015 Winners

Link to photos

Color Category:

  • First Place – “Rain and Sunrise” Gavin Arellano, Hilltop High School
  • Second Place – “Diamond in the Grass” Shiv Jariwala, Hilltop High School
  • Third Place – “Pouring” Ivory Knight, Hilltop High School.

Black & White Category:

  • First Place – “Thirst” Leticia Roybal, Hilltop High School
  • Second Place – “A Helping Hand” Capree Waters, Hilltop High School.
  • Third Place – “Simply Elegant” Shiv Jariwala, Hilltop High School.

Honorable Mention: 

  • “Droplets” Marco Torres, Sweetwater High School,
  • “Return to the Reservoir” Jonathan Boyd, Hilltop High School,
  • “Swiming in Gold” Xcaret Gomez, Hilltop High School, and
  • “Polluted Possibilities” Jonathan Boyd, Hilltop High School.