Weekly Update

Friday, September 26, 2014

    CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY – Several Rio Mesa clubs participated in beach cleanup this past weekend – Key Club (Mr. Holloway) at Oxnard Beach Park and LASO (Mr. Todd) at Marina Park in Ventura…Jeff Holloway, Department Chaircoastal-cleanup

    Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!’
    COUNSELORS – Counselors met this week individually with seniors in their Government and Econ classes to review graduation status and post-high school plans. Seniors were informed on how to complete and update their Naviance portfolios. The goal is to have all updates completed by the end of September…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

    CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION – Business – Multimedia students continue to build their Photoshop skills while learning about color theory. Culinary Arts – Baking and pastry has completed their unit on cookies-they produced gluten free peanut butter cookies, 6 different types of chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, double chocolate biscotti, stained glass window cookies and fortune cookies! Mary Clayton, Department Chair

    ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM was busy this week with their activities: They continue to take public transportation to Ventura College for a keyboarding class where they are currently learning the basics of keyboarding. The students have also been busy harvesting different types of peppers and tomato’s from the green house. They look forward to annual outing to Sycamore Canyon where we can practice leisure skills and experience nature.dragon

    The student in the picture is learning about Dragon Dictation, a program by which the students speak clearly and the program types…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S., Department Chair

    LIBRARY – More Freshman English classes scrambling about the library completing the orientation scavenger hunt, and also gaining practice with the book catalog (I. Brennan and Tierney). IB Art classes researched still life techniques; IB Eng 3HL completed writing and reading diagnostic tests using Shmoop (Tchiprout); Eng 4 ERWC classes worked on personal statements for college applications (Timmons), and History, Economics and Geography students completed activities posted on Edmodo (Dunst)…Margery Ricards, Librarian

    ENGLISH – The English Department participated in its first PLC this week in John Erickson’s classroom. Several of the teachers in the department also attended the IB meeting to discuss common goals and assessments for this school year, and add them to the IB calendar…Joan O’Reilly, Department Chair

    ASB is prepping for Homecoming “Rio Mesa’s Once Upon a Nightmare” PEER RESOURCE is prepping for Red Ribbon Week, which is going to take place November 3-7…Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor

    COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – On Monday, September 22, CSU Channel Islands College Representative Jennifer Mota, spoke with 30 interested students, at lunch, about CSUCI’s programs, majors, and admissions procedures. The students asked questions and took several pamphlets with them for further study.

    Mrs. Anderson presented to Mrs. Tchiprout’s Junior IB students (3 classes) on Tuesday, September 23rd, Mrs. Tchiprout about the many resources available and assistance provided at Career Center. Students were able to take home, i.e., lists of College Visits, Community Service opportunities, Naviance login information, financial aid procedures and scholarship information.

    The College and Career Center notified RMHS students of recent off-campus activities, including: September 23rd – NPHS College Information Evening – 75 presentations offered; ACHS annual Military Service Academy presentation – several military academy representatives provided Information and how to apply. This presentation will be repeated at Pacifica High School on Tuesday, September 30th.

    On Thursday, September 25th – Army National Guard representative, SFC Jorge Hermosillo, presented information at a table outside the College and Career Center during lunch. He answered questions about reserve service in this branch of the U.S. military and encouraged students to consider this option.

    Mrs. Anderson and Ms. Sanchez attended the College Board High School Counselor Conference at Westmont College on Friday, September 26th. They were given workbooks and heard information about new revisions to the SAT and AP college entrance examinations…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Late Bus – Monday through Thursday, 4:35 p.m. pick-up in front of Admin. Office

    ZAP (ZEROS AREN’T PERMITTED) CONTINUES IN LIBRARY 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

    SAT ACADEMY
    Three-day SAT Academy – Sat., 27 and Oct. 4 – 8 a.m. to noon
    Interested students contact Mrs. Sanchez in the College and Career Center
    Sept. 22 – Homecoming Nominations
    Oct. 6 – Homecoming Raids – Oct. 6
    Oct. 7 – College Application Night, 6-7:30 p.m., library, by invitation – see Griselda Sanchez
    Oct. 13 – Professional Dev. Day
    Oct. 14 – CSU Application Workshop, lunch, computer lab – see Griselda Sanchez
    Oct. 15 – UC Application Workshop, lunch, computer lab – see Griselda Sanchez
    Oct. 15 – Homecoming Spirit Week
    Oct. 16 – Higher Ed Day – Seniors per. 1, Juniors per. 2 – see Griselda Sanchez
    Oct. 17 – Homecoming Game
    Oct. 18 – Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m.
    Oct. 31 – Food Fest
    Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day