On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) held the 17th
Annual Season for Nonviolence Community Commemorative Celebration to honor middle school
students and staff members who contribute to peace and nonviolence at their school and in the
community of Escondido.
The following students and staff were recognized during this year’s celebration:
Bear Valley Middle School – Jackson Griffen, Nora Pulido, Sarah Garcia Sanchez, Dovie Telesco,
Fatima Valle, Barrett Voelker, and Terrilynn Quick (teacher); Del Dios Academy of Arts and
Sciences – Valerie Urban, Sarah Zareh, Claudia Gonzalez, Dorthy Spicer, Juan Cruz, Mirna
Vargas, and Sophia Gonzalez (teacher); Hidden Valley Middle School – Kevin Luquin, Jennifer
Melendez, Adam Tomsik Albrecht, Rayne Cantero, Patrick Resolme, Eileen Vuong, and Robert
Finn (teacher); Mission Middle School – Mya Reyes, Benny Ortiz, David Pattynama, Prescilla Pena,
Litzy Sanchez, Fermin Velazquez, and Kristina Medina (teacher); Quantum Academy at the
Nicolaysen Center – Eliana Hazelrigg, Gerardo Hernandez, and Vanessa Miramontes-Solorzano
(teacher); and Rincon Middle School – Lauren Frias, Warren Naval, DuyNathaniel Nguyen, Zoe
Simmons, Amaya Briceno, Nathan Salow, and Tiffany Kalick (school psychologist).
Officer Aaron Reber, from the Escondido Police Department, was the recipient of the Community
Award during this year’s Season for Nonviolence celebration. Officer Reber was acknowledged for
promoting peace and safety in schools and for his positive influence on Escondido youth.
The Season for Nonviolence takes place annually from January 30 – April 4 to commemorate the
anniversaries of the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the Season
for Nonviolence, all 23 EUSD schools host activities to promote peace such as peace walks,
assemblies, and community service projects.
The Escondido Union School District has 23 schools: 17 elementary, 5 middle, and 1 intermediate.