Weekly Update

Friday, October 31, 2014

ATHLETICS Congratulations to our girls’ tennis team and coach Ron Edwards on their success at the PVL Championship Tournament this week.  In singles, junior Dominique Dersedominated her opponent in straight sets in the finals to win the PVL Singles Championships. Junior Amanda Gonzaga took third place in the singles competition.

In doubles, junior Ally Alamillo and sophomore Allison Mitsuuchi crushed their opponents in straight sets in the finals to win the PVL Doubles Championships.  Sophomores Emily Ledin and Magie Le finished in third place in doubles competition.  Dominique Derse, Ally Alamillo and Allison Mitsuuchi all earned automatic entries into the individual CIF competition coming up in November.  Congratulations to our girls, and Go Spartans!   Brian FtizGerald, Athletic Director

COUNSELORS are in the process of reviewing 1st quarter grades to identify students in need of academic support.

Counselors and the UC EAOP Outreach coordinator are working with seniors with the process of applying for colleges.  All attended a workshop on October 24 to learn how Naviance can streamline the process.

Ms. Sanchez will be available in the Library on Saturdays in November to help students complete their college applications.  Deadlines for college applications are quickly approaching.  All  UC and CSU applications must be submitted by November 30Kirk Raymond, Counselor

ENGLISH – Ms. O’Reilly’s English 3CP students are studying the early explorers and their primary source documents.  The students are specifically looking at the rhetorical triangle and how language changes according to the subject, author, audience and purpose.  Using their newly acquired knowledge, they are focusing this week and next on connotation/denotation, the use of “charged” words and the effect thereof, and how to determine bias through the use of the aforementioned… Joan C. O’Reilly, English Department Chair

WORLD LANGUAGESSpanish 2 teachers met in the library this week to coordinate use of technology in and out of the classroom…Martha Jimenez-Ito, Department Chair

SCIENCE Biology students are studying photosynthesis.  Students will be doing a stomate lab Thursday and a general photosynthesis lab measuring oxygen production in relation to sunlight intensity either Friday or Monday.  Marine Biology students are beginning a unit on waves and are discussing wind waves, tsunami waves, and tide waves.  Earth Science students are learning about mass, volume, and density.  Wednesday the students were introduced to the triple beam scale, and Thursday to the graduated cylinder.  Students are learning how to calculate density from these measurements.  Chem Study students did a spectroscopy lab and learned how elements are identified by their light “finger print”, or spectrograph. They read an article that explained how this technology is used to find the composition of exoplanet atmospheres.  Students are now studying the Periodic Table, and are learning about its organization and trends.  IB Chemistry HL students did a lab to compare and contrast the molecular shapes of two similar molecules.  Students presented their findings to their peers.  Physics students did a lab investigating factors that affect static friction and kinetic friction.  Students will apply these concepts to their study of Newton’s Laws, and in the culminating activity for the unit, when they drop eggs from the back of the bleachers using parachutes, to decrease the acceleration due to gravity…Corene Duarte, Science Department Co-Chair

UCSB OUTREACH UPDATE –   College application workshop took place this week on Tuesday, October 28th at lunch. Also, Mrs. Sanchez continues to meet with students regarding their college Personal Statements on an individual basis….Griselda Sanchez, Early Academic Outreach Program College Site Coordinator

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTERITT Technical Institute College Representative Anthony Urban, visited RMHS on Monday, October 27.  Information was provided to students at table outside the College and Career Center during lunch period.  Several students stopped by and asked about what types of programs and certifications ITT provides.

Senior students are actively submitting their college applications and learning how to track their application submission status through the Naviance software.  Each week, the Counseling staff, administrative staff, students, and the College and Career Center staff learn more about the many functions and reports that are available through the Naviance program.

On Thursday, October 30, Mrs. Anderson, the C&CC Tech, attended an application workshop offered through the Ventura County Community Foundation.  Information was presented about the new application software that will be used for students to apply online for the many scholarships offered through VCCF…Sally Anderson.  College and Career Center Tech


Late Bus – Monday through Thursday, 4:35 p.m. pick-up in front of Admin. Office, departure 4:45 p.m.  New bus stops added – Nyeland Ave. & Ventura Blvd., Rose Ave. & Gonzales Rd.

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 Are Not Permitted.  Peer tutors available to assist students who ask for help – Counselor Kirk Raymond


RMHS Marching Band & Color Guard – Field Show Competitions

Oxnard HS, Sat., Nov. 8                                 Moorpark HS, Sat., Nov. 15


College Application Workshops – Nov. 1, 15 & 22, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, library – sign-up w/Mrs. Sanchez – College & Career Center

College Application Workshops – Nov. 4 & 18, room 34, lunch with Mrs. Sanchez

Athletic Booster Chicken BBQ – Nov. 7 – 12 to 4 p.m., cafeteria, $10 tickets avail. ASB and from athletes

Ox College Youth Conference – Nov. 7 – 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., see Mrs. Anderson or Mr. Ruffinelli in rm. 19

Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11