Weekly Update

Friday, November 7, 2014

11 7 14 1ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAMHalloween ghosts and goblins were out in full force last week at West Campus.  Students planned a wonderful fall festival, complete with special effects, nacho’s and playlists compiled by the students…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S., Department Chair

COUNSELORS Melissa Gunnels, Kristene Kenney  and Kirk Raymond attended a Ventura County Office of Education provided training on SAFETALK, a systematic approach dealing with Suicide Prevention.  Thanks to Kathy Greaves for facilitating the workshop.

Counselors Melissa Gunnels Kristene Kenney and EAOP Outreach Consultant Griselda Sanchez attended CSUCI’s Annual High School Counselor Day at the Channel Island Marina.    Information regarding CSUCI admissions, enrollments, and campus programs were presented.  Lunch provided an opportunity for counselors from around the County to network and share best practices…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL – On Wednesday, November 5, Rio Mesa convened its first meeting of the School Site Council (SSC). The SSC has the responsibility of helping develop the School Site Plan and budgets that impact all aspects of the school. Officers were selected and other matters of business were conducted by the council.  Council members present included Principal Bill Dabbs, Teachers Chris Moody and Shi Young Kim, Counselor Cindi Fredrick, Parents Leslie Mitsuuchi and Sharon Mitchell, and Students Eli Moore and Amy Roman. The meeting was very productive. The next meeting of the SSC will be on December 9 at 3:30 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Room…Paul Johnson, Counselor

UCSB OUTREACH  –  College Application Workshop took place on Saturday, November 4 from 8 to 12.  Students were provided assistance in completing their college applications. Mrs. Sanchez continues to meet with students regarding their College Personal Statements on an individual basis. On Thursday, November 6,  Mrs. Sanchez met and provided guidance to 9th grade students in process of creating a 4-year academic plan…Griselda Sanchez, Early Academic Outreach Program College Site Coordinator

LIBRARYMexican-Chicano Lit classes researched notable lives for their Day of the Dead altars (Madl), now proudly on display in the library and office.  Freshmen in English 1/G Tech (I. Brennan) are using the Opposing Viewpoints database to research controversial aspects of technology innovations.  Eng. 1H students are researching the historical context of Animal Farm, using the Gale Student Resources database, as well as a free trial to several online encyclopedias.  World CIV students researched Industrial Age inventions (Guizar), IB History HL4 classes conducted research for their historical investigations (Holloway), and Economics students continue to build their stock portfolios (Phillips).

The three IB Diploma candidates, Valeria Garcia, Samantha Nava and Laura Rambaran, recently spent a productive day at CSUCI Library conducting research for their 4,000-word Extended Essay diploma requirement.  In a first-hand experience with college research, they were able to access university databases and download content from scholarly journals and historical newspapers — all without paying a fee!  Margery Ricards, Librarian

SOCIAL SCIENCE – Mr. Gregorchuk has begun incorporating DBQ’s (Document-Based Questions) into his curriculum this last week, hoping to encourage the kids to attain better reading comprehension and evaluation skills as part of a move towards Common Core.

Mr. Holloway attended the PFO meeting this week to update them on the changes that Common Core is creating in the department and the material that each teacher is covering. The PFO was very happy to have the teacher contact…Jeff Holloway, Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Busy week in the College and Career Center!  Nov. 5 – Lunch visits from two colleges:  Perla Vidal from Westmont College in Santa Barbara met with interested students for a presentation about the college and the admission process.  James Gilbey from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, answered questions and provided college information from table in front of the College and Career Center.   Nov. 6 – Mike Teague, from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa spoke with students about this private Christian, Liberal Arts College.  Nov. 3 – Stacy Hixon met in the College and Career Center with students in the Indian Education Consortium.  She showed a video about the importance of music in the Indian culture, and surveyed the students about their involvement with the Native American community. Nov. 7 – Mrs. Anderson accompanied 110 students on a field trip to the 9th Annual Oxnard College Youth Conference.  Mr. Ruffinelli took students from his AVID classes and they were joined by students from the general RMHS population.  Students attended three workshops on various topics, including:   Planning for College, Medical/Health Fields, and Traditional College Courses.  Lunch was provided, entertainment and a resource fair.  It was a full day for students to have the experience of being on a college campus.

Permission slips for junior and seniors students to sign-up for ASVAB Career Exploration Exam offered at RMHS on the morning of Wednesday, December 3, are being distributed by Mrs. Anderson.  The exam identifies students’ areas of strengths and skills which can lead to possible careers…Sally Anderson.  College and Career Center Tech


Annual Canned Food Drive through December 2nd – Carl Melhorn., ASB

11 7 14 2FARM-TO-FORK PROJECT  – Fresh produce from local farms will be available  for project offerings, including tantalizing build-to-order salad bar offered in student cafeteria November 17 to 21.   Students participating in the fresh salad bar offering will receive a coupon for 1-FREE smoothie, which they can redeem after school at the ASB room.  Support your local Oxnard farms!!  Shelley Ragland – Nutrition Services

            Rio Mesa High School  Marching Band & Color Guard – Field Show Competitions

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

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

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

Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11

Annual Posada Navideña – Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m., student cafeteria, potluck – bring your favorite dish to share – contact Paul Johnson (805) 278-5513/Mayra Viveros (805) 278-5509