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Unlocking The Genius 8th Grade Experience


Unlocking the Genius-8th Grade (UTG-8) experience is a San Diego Unified School District initiative to have students identify their personal strengths and interests to unlock their personal genius, and help create a high school plan which empowers them to reach their post-secondary and career goals.  In February, 8th grade students will take online surveys, Super Strong and Thrively, during their advisory class to help them learn about more about themselves and careers that might be of interest to them. 

Mira Mesa High is hosting an Open House for 8th grade students and their parents on February 22 to discuss graduation requirements, classroom programs, and answer questions.  For more information about the Open House, please click here.

On March 6 or 7, Challenger 8th graders will be visiting Mira Mesa High School as part of UTG-8.  The full day experience will provide engaging, hands-on activities, and an opportunity to learn about Mira Mesa High School’s pathways and options.  The goal is every 8th grader be self-confident in speaking about high school and post-secondary plans, and advocating for themselves to achieve those goals.  A permission slip for the field trip will be sent home with 8th graders.

In addition, students will begin the articulation process and receive a course request card during the field trip.  The card must be completed and returned by March 13 changed to March 15.  The counselors from Mira Mesa High School will review the cards with students during their visit to Challenger’s English classrooms.  If you do not plan for your student to attend Mira Mesa, please indicate that on the course request card.

This is great opportunity to begin discussing the future with your student.  Please ask your student about the UTG-8 experience.  Let your student share information about their personal genius, high school, and post-secondary goals with you.  This will help you and your student make the best choices as you complete the course request card for Mira Mesa High School.

Please contact Stephanie Hosking at 858-586-7001, extension 2214 or shosking@sandi.net if you have any questions about UTG-8.