Weekly Update

Friday, September 12, 2014

RMHS Friday update 9 12 14RIO MESA HIGH PLUGS INTO GREATER TECHNOLOGY! Students (from left), Ryan Volkmer, JP Arbon, Marion Rivera, Alexis Gomez and Alejandro Casillas gather in front of a computer during break to talk about football. The school library has 44 new computers and monitors that the information technology department set up over the summer. The Oxnard high school is upgrading its technology across the campus as students prepare to take standardized tests online… Juan Carlo/THE STAR
Link: http://www.vcstar.com/news/education/schoolwatch/rio-mesa-high-plugs-into-greater-technology_46653560

aALUMNI UPDATE 1996 Rio Mesa grads and Olympic Gold Medal winners, Mike and Bob Bryan, have reached another milestone in their storied tennis careers. With their win last weekend at the US Open—their 5th at Flushing Meadows—they recorded their 100th professional tournament victory! The 36 year-old Spartan twins are commonly considered to be the Best Professional Tennis Doubles Team of All Time and they show no signs of slowing down yet! Brian FitzGerald, Athletic Director

COUNSELORS continued work on student schedules and balancing classes. ZAP is off to a great start – over 30 students attended the Saturday academic study program. Many students did test corrections, as well as 5 test make ups. Several students worked on APEX, and study groups were formed for Biology AP and Honors classes. The library is open from 8:15 to 12 noon for students every Saturday…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

A WEEK OF RESEARCH IN THE LIBRARY Economics students choosing profiles from the Forbes List, US History classes studying the cultures of different American Indian tribes, European History classes studying Renaissance Art for PowerPoint projects, other Economics students reporting on current events, and Geography classes using Shmoop for review…Margery Ricards, Librarian

14CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION CTE- Baking and Pastry class is learning about the effects of sugar and fat in baked goods.

The Engineering and Manufacturing programs received a huge boost this week with the delivery of a Haas TM1P Vertical Machining Center. The computer-controlled robotic machine will be programmed and operated by students to make projects out of aluminum, steel, plastics, and other materials. Students in the MERIT (Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics and Industrial Technology) Academy, CNC Machining and Manufacturing, and Robotics classes will all have the opportunity to work with this high-tech, state-of-the-art machine…Mary Clayton, Career/Technical Education Department Chair

ENGLISH – Last week, the ELD Department (Allison Madl, Michelle Martinez and Sandra Tchiprout) presented ELL strategies to the entire faculty that can be used to facilitate student engagement and collaboration in the classroom. Several teachers, specifically Ingrid Brennan, Derrick Timmons, Verity Olliff, Michelle Martinez and countless others have been implementing the collaborative reading activity from the presentation to help students discuss and process complex text…Joan C. O’Reilly, English Department Chair

MATH – With Common Core now a reality, I am excited to report that I have never seen more collaboration occurring. Our lead teachers are to be commended. They are totally taking charge, organizing the material and meetings that are being well-attended by department members. Seems like the Math Department is up for the challenge. Looking forward to the COWs (computers on wheels) so that we can practice the actual exam (SBAC)…Steve Worth, Math Department Chair

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM – The Program is preparing for Back to School Night and is in full swing at Ventura College. They held their first College Transition Group meeting. This is a group where the students can gain experience accessing the community college, learn their way around the college campus, in preparation of taking a class…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S. Rio Mesa Adult Transition Program Department Chair

UCSB EARLY ACADEMIC OUTREACH PROGRAM – College Coordinator Griselda Sanchez continued presentations to 9th grade students on A-G and High School requirements, and assisted students in creating their 4-year plan. Academic Services Coordinator Robert Barrera presented to 9th grade students on “Time Management” were provided opportunity to learn strategies to manage their time more effectively. The activity included practicing how to use their agenda effectively and learning how to break overwhelming tasks into more manageable pieces……Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Site Coordinator – Early Academic Outreach

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Representatives from two political campaigns visited with students in the College and Career Center this week. On Tuesday, September 9th workers from the Jeff Gorell for Congress and on Wednesday, September 10th workers from the Jacqui Irwin for State Assembly campaign headquarters told students about opportunities to volunteer or become an intern in these campaign offices. This opportunity provides a hands-on approach to learning about our U.S. Government and political system, as well as earn valuable experience working or volunteering in an office.

Mrs. Anderson attended the UC High School Counselor Conference on Monday, September 9th, which was held at UC Santa Barbara. She attended four sessions including: Freshman Admission, Transcript Evaluation Service, Myths about Majors and Careers and Campus Admissions Directors’ Updates. Valuable information was presented that can be used to better advise students interested in applying to any UC campus.

The September Scholarship List is available in the College and Career Center or will soon be found online at http://www.riomesahigh.us/departments/college-career/scholarships/ Also available in the College and Career Center is a listing of College Visits to RMHS and College Informational Sessions, as well as college fairs and informational sessions being held in Los Angeles or on various college campuses…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech

ASB just finished another SPIRIT WEEK heading into the Back to School Dance on Friday night after the football game. The Breaking Tempo band performed during lunch on Wednesday for Spirit Week and the Back to School Dance DJ will play during lunch on Friday. Film and Video had two days of anchor auditions for Spartan Spotlight… Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor

Back to School Glow Dance – Fri., Sept. 12th, 8-11 p.m., gym, $5 at door, free with ASB card 
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – Sept. 16th – 6:30 p.m. – Gym


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 waivers) 
SAT test on Oct. 11 registration deadline of Sept. 12

SAT test on Nov. 08 registration deadline of Oct. 09

SAT test on Dec. 06 registration deadline of Nov. 06
Reregister at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register?excmpid=MTG172-ST-1-reg
ACT test on Oct. 25 registration deadline of Sept. 19

Act test on Dec. 13 registration deadline of Nov. 07
Register at: www.actstudent.org/start