Weekly Update

Friday, September 19, 2014

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT held on Tuesday, September 16th, 6:30 p.m., in the gym. Principal William E. Dabbs welcomed guests, parents, faculty and staff. The Spartan Marching Band, and Cheer performed for the audience. The evening activities provided parents an opportunity to acquaint themselves with faculty and visit classes during which course content, instructional standards and grading systems were described.

Special thanks to: Board President Socorro López-Hanson, Vice-President Dr. Gary Davis and Members Wayne Edmonds, John Alamillo, Superintendent Dr. Gabe Soumakian and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Greg O’Brien for their attendance.

MelhornALUMNI UPDATE LT Margan Melhorn took flight with the crew aboard the USS Carl Vinson on August 22nd, as the Vinson takes its rotation in the area of the world where it is most needed. Margan flies with the Red Lions, which is a helicopter squadron onboard the Vinson, whose main job is Search and Rescue of downed Navy aviators. She has been flying helicopters ever since earning her wings in May of 2010 and is currently stationed at North Island in San Diego. In January 2015, she will be assigned to her teaching station for the next three years where she will join the family occupation as a teacher as she guides pilots new to helicopters’ systems and operations. She will depart from the Vinson in the spring, as she accepts her new position and duty station. She is hoping to stay on the West Coast, so she can spend time with her family and twin sister, Whitney. If you wish to write to her, her address is: LT Margan Melhorn, HSC-15, FPO AP 96601-5078

COUNSELORS – On Monday, Associate Principal Dr. Senesac, CCC Technician Sally Anderson, UCSB Outreach Coordinator Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo and Counselors Cindi Fredrick, Melissa Gunnels, Kristene Kenney, Kirk Raymond and Paul Johnson attended District-wide Naviance training. This year will see our first set of seniors graduate with knowledge of Colleges and Careers gathered through Naviance.

Counselors were available at Back-to-School night to answer questions and assist parents with signing up for Parent Vue.

Counselor student alpha assignments were revised to reflect a necessary adjustment in numbers due to an increased school enrollment, as well as an increase in students involved in AVID, IB Diploma, and Academies. The new alpha breakdown is as follows:

A – DOZ Cindi Fredrick DR – LL Melissa Gunnels LO – RIS Kirk Raymond RIV – Z Kristene Kenney 

…Kirk Raymond, Counselor 

transitionADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM had a wonderful turnout for Back to School that included a student performance, classroom visitations, and newly decorated hallways.

This week, students started vocational training at the Marriott. A small group of students traveled to the Marriott where they practice their job skills. Their participation in our community-based training helps our students succeed in obtaining and retaining paid employment when they complete our program. We are fortunate to have the Marriott in Ventura assisting us with our vocational training. (Photo – Students practicing their musical number for Back-to-School)Connie Westphal Brown, M.S. Rio Mesa Adult Transition Program Department Chair 

LIBRARY – Freshman English classes have begun their orientations to the library with a scavenger hunt activity and practice with the book catalog (C. Stancil, I. Brennan and J. Tierney). AP Geography students were introduced to the practice tests available on Shmoop (C. Moody), and Economics students worked on their business plans (B. Phillips)…Margery Ricards, Librarian 

ENGLISH – The Department enjoyed a large turnout on Back-to-School Night, and despite the oppressive heat, felt that it was a successful evening with the parents. We are looking forward to a productive school year! Joan C. O’Reilly, English Department Chair 

CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION – A number of recent former RMHS Transportation Technology and DRAGG program students are currently furthering their Transportation Technology education at Ventura Community College (about 15 in the past 2 years): Ivan Covarrubias, Luis Lievanos and Misael Robles. All are in their second year at VCC, and are concurrently working as automotive service technicians at local automobile dealers. Luis Lievanos is in VCC’s Toyota/Lexus-sponsored training program and will also graduate with an A.S. degree…Darell Cleveland, Automotive Technology Instructor 

UCSB EARLY ACADEMIC OUTREACH PROGRAM – This week, College Site Coordinator Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, presented to seniors in their English class detailed information on the college application process, admission requirements, how to apply to the different universities, what universities want in their applications, important deadlines, and much more…Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Site Coordinator – Early Academic Outreach 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Christopher Gray, Representative from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, visited RMHS on Thursday, September 18th. He presented information about this small liberal arts college and answered questions about attending and financing an out-of-state college. Many students found this information useful…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech 

ASB – Homecoming theme is out: “Rio Mesa’s Once Upon a Nightmare” – Homecoming Dance – Saturday, October 18th, 8-11 p.m. Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor 

PEER RESOURCE – Pizza for Carl is our new program where we have adopted the entire crew of 5,000 aboard the USS Carl Vinson, as they make their way around the world for the next 9 months. We have challenged classes to pack a pizza box as a “care package” and we’re sending our first shipment out on October 21st … Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor 

Late Bus – Monday through Thursday, 4:35 p.m. pick-up in front of Admin. Office 
ZAP (ZEROS AREN’T PERMITTED) IS BACK!! Library Hours on Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon, 

Students can 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 


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 Nov. 08 registration deadline of Oct. 09

SAT test on Dec. 06 registration deadline of Nov. 06
Register 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
Sept. 22 – Homecoming Nominations 
Oct. 6 – Homecoming Raids 
Oct. 15 – Homecoming Spirit Week 
Oct. 17 – Homecoming Game 
Oct. 18 – Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m. 
Oct. 31 – Food Fest