Weekly Update

Friday, September 5, 2014

CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION – Business – Multimedia students created their own logos while exploring the Elements of Design. Microsoft Office Intro students have been using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with increased skills. They have also started keyboarding using the proper touch-typing method to increase speed……Mary Clayton, Career/Technical Education Department Chair

LIBRARY – The library had a full schedule of classes, with Economics students developing personal budget plans related to their career choice (Phillips and Dunst), IB History students researching significant revolutions and uprisings in the Americas to develop either a related political cartoon or newspaper article (Moody), English students (Stancil) completing their first essays in MLA format, freshman Geography students becoming oriented to Student Vue (Dunst), and AP Geography students working on their first project on the computers…Margery Ricards, Librarian

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM – Students have been busy in the garden harvesting organic tomatoes and cooking with them. The West Campus smells like tomato soup! They also made two kinds of red sauce (pork and beef) and prepared lunch from the garden. On Friday, they will practice their community skills at The Collection in Oxnard…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S. Rio Mesa Adult Transition Program Department Chair

WORLD LANGUAGE Department welcomes two new teachers – Erick Gonzalez and David Gonzalez!! Both gentlemen are products of the Oxnard Union High School District and teach Spanish. Erick, on the left is a graduate of Pacifica High School, and David on the right a graduate of Rio Mesa High School. We are very pleased to welcome our newest Spartans! Martha Jimenez-Ito, World Language Department Chair

SCIENCE – Biology – Mrs. Espinoza’s AP Biology is completing the ecology unit. The students did a basic lab on animal behavior and designed their own inquiry lab. Honors Biology and Biology Lab College Prep are completing the History of Life Unit by creating time lines that cover the history of Earth. MESA program is currently recruiting more members and will be having the first general meeting on Wednesday, September 10 – contact Mrs. Espinoza for more information. Chemistry – Both IB Chemistry HLA Students and the Chem Study students have been working on Measurements in the Lab. Students have been doing hands-on activities that illustrate the importance of Precision and Accuracy when taking measurements. Physics – Physics students just completed a unit on Pseudoscience vs. Science — How do you tell the difference? They are now starting a unit on Newton’s Laws, and learning about the difference between Mass and Weight, and other physical properties of matter, such as inertia. Earth Science – Earth Science students are studying astronomy and how it provides evidence for the origins of the Universe, and our solar system…Corene Duarte, Science Department

SOCIAL SCIENCE – A few classes changed and the teachers are adjusting to new students in their classroom/curriculum. Everyone is moving forward and excited to get into the topics. Many department teachers now have Epson short throw projectors and are excited to learn more about how to use them in the classroom…Jeff Holloway, Social Science Department Chair/IB History/Key Club Advisor

UCSB OUTREACH – This week, College Coordinator Griselda Sanchez presented information on the A-G requirements and High School requirements to 9th grade students. She also assisted students in the process of creating their 4-year plan. Academic Services Coordinator Robert Barrera also presented to 9th grade students on “Learning Styles.” Students at this presentation were provided were provided learning tips that suit their individual learning style to help them become more successful academically…Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Site Coordinator – Early Academic Outreach

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Mrs. Anderson, recently attended training at the District Office on the many functions of the Naviance College and Career Exploration software program. Some features include: groups of students can be set up and tasks assigned to that group; messages to students can be posted with important information for different grade levels; college representative visits to campus can be posted under the “College” tab; Scholarship Lists can be posted under the “College” tab; emails can be sent to groups of students. Naviance is a valuable tool the District has made available to all students and parents. Everyone should explore its many features…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech

ASB is planning Homecoming 2014, while they get ready for the first Rally and Back to School Night. Club Drive took place this week and the advisors and presidents will meet next week…Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor

ZAP (ZEROS AREN’T PERMITTED) IS BACK!! Library Hours on Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon,
for students to use media tools, work on group projects, make-up tests & extra credit assignments in an environment that stresses–Zeros Aren’t Permitted. Peer tutors available to assist students who ask for help – Counselor Kirk Raymond

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – Sept. 16th – 6:30 p.m. – Gym
Join PFO – Contact PFO President Kay Wolverton Ito (805) 216-7395 or ktwito@verizon.net

Three-day SAT Academy – Sat., Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 – 8 a.m. to noon
First Academy day includes SAT practice test
Interested students contact Mrs. Sanchez in the College and Career Center

(Contact Counselor Paul Johnson about fee waiver)
SAT test on Oct. 11 has a registration deadline of Sept. 12
SAT test on Nov. 08 has a registration deadline of Oct. 09
SAT test on Dec. 06 has a registration deadline of Nov. 06
Reregister at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register?excmpid=MTG172-ST-1-reg
ACT test on Oct. 25 has a registration deadline of Sept. 19
Act test on Dec. 13 has a registration deadline of Nov. 07
Register at: www.actstudent.org/start

BACK TO SCHOOL/GLOW DANCE – Fri., Sept. 12, 8-11 p.m., gym, $5 door, free with ASB card
AFLAC – Sept. 9, Faculty Dining Room by appt.