Castle Park Middle is teamed up with STAR/PAL’s “Elevate” Middle School Mentor Program to help students with interpersonal skills, developing self-awareness and social emotional learning. Officer Pitts worked with our students to develop better habits and coping skills. Special thanks to Mayra Nunez, Officer Pitts, Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Peraza and Mr. Torres for coordinating this program for our students.


Communities Fighting COVID

Return Our Kids Back to School Safely

Regular testing helps to find COVID cases early, before the virus is able to spread in our schools and families. The more people who test regularly, the safer we all are.

Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and San Diego State University have partnered on a research study examining how regular at-home testing affects transmission of COVID in schools and households. SUHSD and SDSU were 1 of 16 sites nationwide funded by the National Institutes of Health. Phase 1 studies found that participants were more receptive to at-home testing than school-site testing.

Click HERE for more information in both English and Spanish.  Please contact COVID Liaison: Ms. Vanessa Baena at (619) 498-5516 or Vanessa.bahena@sweetwaterschools.org if you have any questions.



Ms. Melissa Rains, San Diego County Teacher of the Year!

Students in Melissa Rains’ Castle Park Middle School (Sweetwater Union High School District) science class are greeted with a daily “Question of the Day” designed to gauge how they are feeling coming into class. The answers guide the first topic of conversation when class begins, and the group segues into a “mindful moment” before the science lesson of the day. Melissa believes that her connection with her students is the foundation from which they can explore and appreciate science.

“One step into Melissa’s classroom and you can feel the trust among the students and the mutual respect that they share with their teacher. Melissa has mastered the art of being a ‘warm demander,’ the delicate balance of setting high expectations and the support in place for all students to achieve their highest potential. She has cultivated a culture and climate in her classroom that is exemplary of what all of us in education would like to see happening across the nation.”- Luis Lopez, Equity and Culture Curriculum TOSA, Sweetwater Union High School District