Weekly Update

Friday, November 14, 2014

RIO MESA BAND performed on Veteran’s Day in Downtown Oxnard at the request of Mayor Tim Flynn. Their selections included America the Beautiful, You’re A Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Our students performed admirably and led the procession down B Street to Plaza Park, where they performed. They also had the opportunity to meet about twenty (20) WW II Veterans and the keynote speaker–94 year old Marine. They willing gave up their day off to honor those men and women who have served our country. I was so proud of them and heard so many great comments from attendees regarding their performances. They did us all proud!  Bruce Edmiston, Music Director

11 14 14CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATIONCulinary ArtsBaking and Pastry is doing a unit on pies and tarts. Pictured here is the cranberry tartlet with meringue.

Business – Multimedia students have begun a unit using Adobe Flash to create animations.  Microsoft Office Intro students drafted their resumes, edited and printed final versions…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

LIBRARYGuest speaker Monica Peirera, librarian from CSUCI, discussed research methodology and analytical thinking to juniors and seniors in IB History and English classes (7 classes participated).

AP Spanish students used Shmoop to practice for the AP Spanish test (E. Gonzalez); English 3 students reviewed newspaper and magazine articles from the Gale online database Opposing Viewpoints for examples of “loaded language” (O’Reilly).  Other classes (World CIV, Economics and English 1) continued ongoing assignments… Margery Ricards, Librarian

11 14 14 2VISUAL ARTSIB Visual Art SL students wrapped up their self-portrait unit with a class critique…Shi Young Kim

ASB – Thirty-nine (39)  ASB students spent the night in the RMHS gym Monday night through Tuesday morning this week, as they discovered “The H.E.A.R.T. of Leadership” led by Scott Boczek.  They were challenged in areas of communication, commitment and teamwork before snoozing at 3 a.m.…awakened at 7 a.m. for closing activities — students represented RMHS proudly… Carl Melhorn, ASB Director/Link Crew Coordinator/Peer Resource Advisor

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SCIENCEPhysical Science Honors students have been exploring classic wave mechanics with hands on activities and supplementing with in class resources.  Students are enriching their background knowledge in wave phenomena and the two theories explaining the behavior of Light.  This will help support students in our study of Physics and the Quantum Mechanical Model—Ch. 5 in our Chemistry Book.  IB Environmental Systems & Societies students completed follow-up analysis of the water analysis they collected on our field trip to the Ventura River.  Students compared water sample data from above Matilija Dam to water samples at Foster Park, which is after the water has passed by two communities.  Students are involved in two lab investigations—one lab they are finishing up is investigating Primary Consumer Energy Flow using real life butterfly larvae.  Students will determine the efficiency with which Painted Lady Butterfly larvae convert the biomass they consume into their own biomass.  The next lab they have just started uses Lemna Minor (Duckweed) to model exponential and logistic population growth.  Students will determine the carrying capacity of their environment. Biology students are currently learning about energy in living things, and how it is transformed by photosynthesis and cellular respiration. As a part of the unit, we are doing an exercise physiology lab using some medical equipment that we raised funds for. The students will be able to measure their pulse rate and blood oxygen content using our brand new class set of pulse oximeters. We are looking forward to learning more about our bodies using authentic scientific materials and procedures.  Ms. Faith Blake set-up a Donors Choose account online and raised funds from her friends and family. Together they raised over $600 in a few weeks and got the pulse oximeters and the materials in time to do the lab…Corene Duarte, Department Co-Chair

SOCIAL SCIENCE – About fifty (50) students will be attending a field trip on Monday, November 17th tot the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, to hear a presentation from a Vietnam War Veteran. Mr. Gregorchuk and Mr. Dunst will also be attending as chaperones…Jeff Holloway, Department Chair/IB History/Key Club Advisor

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION – The DRAGG program (which currently consists of a number of the RMHS Intermediate and Advanced Transportation Technology students) will be touring the Automotive Racing Products production facility here in Ventura County next week.  ARP is the largest producer of fasteners for racing and Original Equipment manufacturers. They are used on virtually all racing and high performance vehicles. This is a very special opportunity for our students, as ARP rarely allows tours of this kind…Darrell Cleveland, Technology Instructor

 November 30th Deadline to submit UC and CSU Admissions Applications and Common App applications for some schools.  Assistance with college applications provided for students Nov. 15 and 22, 8 a.m. to 12 noon in library.  Students must sign up in advance to attend.  Nov. 21st is the last day counselors will be available to submit any documents before the Nov. 30th deadline.  Questions, contact Griselda Sanchez, Early Academic Outreach Program College Site Coordinator

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

            RMHS Marching Band & Color Guard – Field Show Competitions

Moorpark HS – Saturday, November 15th

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

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

Fireside Chats – Dec. 18, by teacher prep period, room 64