Weekly Update

Friday, October 10, 2014

10 10 14RIO MESA Marching Band & Color Guard PERFORM AT ROSE BOWL STADIUM on Saturday, October 4th, UCLA Band Day!  High school bands from all over Southern California performed with the UCLA Marching Band during half time at the UCLA vs. Utah football game.    Video clip of the students during the day and at the halftime performance http://youtu.be/XuFHRhxNp5s …Chrissy Brager, RMHS Music Booster President

110 10 14 photo 2Spartan Spotlight – First showing took place on Wednesday, October 8th.   Taping will take place on Tuesdays in the Video and Film class during 1st period and viewed during 2nd period.  The news desk was donated to Rio Mesa High School by KEYT-Channel 3 this past summer…Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor/Spartan Spotlight Director

ASBFirst episode of Spartan Spotlight aired on Wednesday to promote all school announcements and news.  Peer Resource is spending each October Wednesday at lunch painting pink pinky fingernails in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


Freshmen Prince& Princess – Austin Maciel & Catalina Escobal

Sophomore Prince & Princess – Jacob Flores & Bridgette Smith

Junior Prince & Princess – Adam Saldivar & Andrea Morales

King & Queen – Revealed during half-time @ Homecoming Game on Oct. 17th

 Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor

 WORLD LANGUAGESDavid Gonzalez attended three-day IB conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Oct. 3-6, which covered   Curriculum and how to prepare students for examinations and assessments, both external and internal.  Rubrics used by IB to better understand how students are assessed and prepare them to excel on assignments.   Theory of Knowledge and internationalism into lessons so students have broader understanding of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.  National and International Benefits that students have when they enter and leave the IB Program as a citizen of the world…David Gonzalez, Spanish Department

10 10 14 photo 3Chicano Lit – On Monday, October 6, Mrs. Madl’s fourth period Chicano Literature class had the pleasure to hear a presentation and poetry reading by Jose Mendoza, aka “The Gardener” and author of The Poem of Life.  Mr. Mendoza came to the United States during the Guatemalan civil war and was granted political asylum. He spoke about the challenges of his life, but focused primarily on an inspirational message to the students. It was very well-received. This special event was recorded by Mr. Lance Orozco from KCLU local news. Mr. Dabbs, Mr. Johnson, and Dr. O’Brien from the District Office attended.  Link story online will be sent out when available!  Allison Mädl, English/ELD/Spanish Teacher/CSF Advisor

 10 10 14 photo 4CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION –in the Transportation Technology (auto) Shop, the Beginning students are completing their unit on identification and proper use of hand tools, are transitioning into “Basic Vehicle Maintenance”, and will soon be doing manipulative labs in the shop. The Intermediate class is studying Advanced Fasteners and the Advanced class is beginning a unit on Electricity and Vehicle Electrical Systems. Concurrently both classes are also working in teams on “hands-on” projects, as well.  Multimedia students began their first video lesson by creating a montage of images synced to music following the theme of the Emotions of Color.  Microsoft Intro students created graphic organizers with Word Smart Art graphics. They also learned how to calculate their GPA in Excel…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

COUNSELORSCindi Fredrick, Melissa Gunnels, UCSB EAOP Site Coordinator Griselda Sanchez, and two admission advisors from CSUCI,  conducted college workshop on Tuesday, October 7,  with parents of seniors on track to meet A-G requirements for college admission.   Over 65 parents attended with their student and learned about the application process, staying competitive for college admission, Common Application, and Naviance.   At end of the workshop, parents logged on to computers and actually began the California State University and University of California applications.  Parents and students were encouraged to help their student complete the rest of the applications at home…Cindi Fredrick, Counselor

 10 10 14 photo 5MIGRANT EDUCATION AND ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ELAC)On Wednesday, October 8TH, Rio Mesa held its first Migrant Education and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting. Parents were treated to dinner and enjoyed musical entertainment by Rio Mesa Mariachi.  Official business was conducted with leaders selected for the two groups.  Detailed information was shared in order to assist parents in supporting their student. The evening ended with a dynamic discussion led by Migrant Program Guidance Technician Mayra Viveros. It was a very enjoyable and productive evening…Paul Johnson, Counselor

LIBRARY  – Students in IB Eng. 3SL compared symbolism and expression in works of art from two different cultures or genres (O’Reilly); Geography students wrote letters from an imaginary trip to England and described the sights and experiences they might have had (Dunst); Economics students used an interactive Internet site to develop stock portfolios (Phillips); IB Hist. 4HL students began the research for their historical investigations (Holloway), and another set of freshman English classes completed the library orientation (Zermeno)…Margery Ricards, Librarian

 ENGLISH – The English 3IB SL students are working in the library this week researching symbols in art.  Their focus is to consider art as a text, and in so doing, to analyze the effects of symbols as representative of culture, and to identify symbols as a type of cultural language.  They will be accumulating information about the artist, his/her work, and the symbols inherent in the art and the historical context of the art…Joan O’Reilly, English Department Chair

 UCSB OUTREACH – The annual “Counselor Appreciation Breakfast” was hosted by Early Academic Outreach Program on Monday, October 6th for counselors and administrators.   Mrs. Sanchez shared current information presented at the UC and CSU counselor conferences.  . She also provided activity that allowed for discussion on the completion of the A-G requirements and different ways a student can validate a course for a UC or CSU university.   Special thanks to all counselors for all they do for Rio Mesa students!

 Academic Recognition for 148 seniors was hosted this week by Early Academic Outreach program. Invited students attended one of several programs and were presented with certificate of recognition for academic achievement at Rio Mesa and specifically for being on-track with A-G Requirements.  Students received lots of detailed information about the college application process for the different university systems.

 Mrs. Sanchez is available to assiststudents with the college application process and personal statements and has been meeting with students…Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Early Academic Outreach Site Coordinator


 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

             RMHS Marching Band & Color Guard – field show competitions

 West Hills (@ Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Sat., Oct. 18

Simi Valley HS, Sat., Oct. 25

Oxnard HS, Sat., Nov. 8

Moorpark HS, Sat., Nov. 15

Oct. 13 – Professional Dev. Day

Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22 – Computer Proficiency Exam – space limited, sign-up with Librarian

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, theme “Rio Mesa’s Once Upon a Nightmare” 8-11 p.m.

Oct. 31 – Food Fest

Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day