Weekly Update

Friday, August 29, 2014

THE LIBRARY WELCOMES NEW AND RETURNING SPARTANS with 40 new computers and monitors that the IT department

set up over the summer. This, in addition to the new projector that was installed last spring, and we are in excellent shape for the new school year! More exciting news – Over the summer, the library added a collection of 66 eBooks, mainly history and biographies that align with core subject areas. Thee Book format provides students access to a rich source of authoritative content for research and PowerPoint projects. We look forward to seeing them in use! Margery Ricards, Librarian


Counselors worked with students, parents and staff fine-tuning courses and balancing classes. This will continue through next week…Kirk Raymond, Counselor


This summer, the Early Academic Outreach Program offered a two-week College Readiness Academy attended by 19 students, which assisted seniors to prepare for the college application process and more, i.e., workshops on transcript evaluation and understanding, A-G requirements, overview of college application, personal statement, time management, SAT and ACT. We had about 19 students that participated in the program. Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Site Coordinator – Early Academic Outreach


First “Instant Challenge” Engineering and Robotics students designed and made a self-propelled cable car to carry a toy figure halfway across the classroom. Everyone learned a lot and had great fun at the same time…Mary Clayton, Career/Technical Education Department Chair


Congratulations to Class of 2014 International Baccalaureate Diploma Graduates Kayla Smith, Raquel Ortega and Angel DeGreef!! Kayla Smith attending UC Santa Barbara, Raquel Ortega attending University of Oregon and Angel DeGreef is attending UC Davis…Lori Wrout, International Baccalaureate Coordinator/English Department


The Adult Transition Program is off to an early start as a group of 11 students started taking a keyboarding class at Ventura College on August 18. Students are working in the garden and have been harvesting lots of beautiful, organically grown tomatoes. Community-based training will commence on Friday and they will go to the Pacific View Mall. We were very excited to welcome 22 new students to the program! Connie Westphal Brown, M.S. Rio Mesa Adult Transition Program Department Chair


welcome their loyal Flowers Central customers back this school year and new customers, too!! They appreciate your support! They have not raised prices and for $29.00 you will have fresh flowers delivered weekly for a semester to your desk by the nicest delivery people in the world! Their goal is to provide flowers from the student garden – last spring they managed to meet that goal. Make check out to Flowers Central RMHS and send c/o Connie Brown. Questions? Contact Connie Brown at (805) 278-1497 or email connie.brown@ouhsd.k12.ca.us


The Science Department is pleased to welcome FIVE new teachers to Rio Mesa: Ron Edwards, transfer from Pacifica High School teaching Biology, Physiology and coaching Girls’ Tennis. Ginny Mitchell, transfer from Pacifica High School is teaching Earth Science and Environmental Science CP. Faith Blake is a new Biology teacher who recently finished her Master’s in Education at Stanford University. Chris Holden new Earth Science teacher. Janice Zehner from Pacifica High School is teaching Zero period AP Physics, and spends the rest of her day at Pacifica. The Science Department also has a newly approved course this year: IB Environmental Systems and Society, taught by Lorraine Wood-Newberry…Corene Duarte, Science Department Chair


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Like all other teachers on site, we are getting used to our new classes and rolling with the “adjustments” that happen at the beginning of every new school year. Everyone is being flexible and trying to make the best of things. Excited about our new freshmen class and looking forward to a great year! Jeff Holloway – Social Science Department Chair/IB History/Key Club Advisor


The English Department is off to a good start, with students actively engaged in learning through discussion, reading and writing. We are looking forward to the new COW system, which will facilitate research and thesis papers…Ms. Joan C. O’Reilly, English Chair


Several teachers have made visitations to the College and Career Center to familiarize themselves with available materials and services. Students of all grade levels can find information to prepare themselves for future career and college choices.

Mrs. Anderson, has been busy informing students that it is now time to renew work permits, if students are continuing in a job this school year. All permits issued prior to August 21 expire on September 10. Students are to see Mrs. Anderson for the necessary forms.


Student Agendas were disseminated to students in 2nd period classes on Wednesday, August 27. Freshmen Rules Rally was presented by Link Crew on August 28 during period 4, presented by Link Crew… Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor


All freshmen and students who did not take their picture last spring were provided opportunity to have their picture taken during PE class, nutrition or lunch on August 28…Koreen FitzGerald, ASB Bookkeeper

Upcoming Events

Back to School Night – Sept. 16th -6:30 p.m. at the Gym

Join PFO President Kay Wolverton Ito

805-216-7395 or ktwito@verizon.net


SAT Academy

Three-day SAT Academy Saturday, September 20, 27 and October 4th – 8:00 a.m. to noon

First Academy day includes SAT practice test.

Interested students contact Mrs. Sanchez in the College and Career Center.

Sat and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

SAT test on Oct. 11 has a registration deadline of Sept. 12ACT test on Oct. 25 has a registration deadline of Sept. 19
SAT test on Nov. 08 has a registration deadline of Oct. 09Act test on Dec. 13 has a registration deadline of Nov. 07
SAT test on Dec. 06 has a registration deadline of Nov. 06

Back to School/Glow Dance-

Friday September 12, 8:00-11:00 p.m. at Gym $5 entrance, free with ASB card.


September 9th, Faculty Dining Room by appt.

Club Drive-

September 3 & 4 during lunch at the Quad area.