Weekly Update

Friday, November 21, 2014

1RIO MESA PACIFIC VIEW LEAGUE CHAMPION BOYS WATER POLO MAKES CIF FINAL!  The top-seeded Spartans (22-8) will play this Saturday for the Division 7 title against No. 2 Don Lugo (21-9) of Chino, at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center, adjacent to Irvine HS.  Game time is 4:00 p.m. Go Spartans!  Brian FitzGerald, Athletic Director

SPARTANS ACCEPT ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS – Last Tuesday, senior athletes Greg Vann and Jimmy FitzGerald signed early National Letters of Intent to accept athletic scholarships in Track & Field.  Greg, one of the top long-jumpers in the nation, will take his leaping ability to the University of Oklahoma, while Jimmy, a standout distance runner, will continue his running in the rarified air of Flagstaff at Northern Arizona UniversityBrian FitzGerald, Athletic Director2

GEO CHALLENGE – The following Spartans participated in this year’s Geo Challenge this past weekend at Oxnard College.  We did not place in the Round Robin competition.  However, our very own Scott Anderson did place 7th!  Approximately 200 students from all over Ventura County participated in this event…Kimberly Ma, Advisor

Valeria Virgen, Hayden Kavon, Noah Elston, Thom Bunker, Neal Thompson, Diana Agustin, Angela Martinez, Caitlin Velasco, Michael Risse, Cristal M. Camberos, Melissa M. Camberos, Lance Lopez, Alberto Vico, Scott Anderson

3SOCIAL SCIENCE – About fifty (50) students attended field trip on Monday, November 17th to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, to hear a presentation from a Vietnam War Veteran. Mr. Gregorchuk and Mr. Dunst also attended as chaperones…Jeff Holloway, Department Chair/IB History/Key Club Advisor

ENGLISH – Mr. Samples’ English 1 and 2 classes are finishing up the Edgar A. Poe unit.  Many of the students are amazed that Poe created stories written 150 years ago that are echoed in various modern horror films they have seen.

Ms. Oliff’s Drama class has successfully completed three monologues and is now holding open auditions for a winter production…Joan O’Reilly, Department Chair

4MIGRANT UPDATE – A tip of the hat to Mrs. Mayra Viveros who will be leaving Rio Mesa to assume duties as Coordinator for UC Santa Barbara Early Academic Outreach at Fillmore High School. Ms. Viveros did a super job working with our Migrant Education and English Learner students and their families over the last two years. Thank you, Ms. Viveros–we wish you the best in your new position!  Paul Johnson, Special Programs Counselor

LIBRARYUCSB Outreach Coordinator Griselda Sanchez worked with senior English classes to refine college application personal statements (L. Wrout, I. Brennan); IB Art classes analyzed cultural context and significance in portrait painting (Kim); Geography classes used an online interactive site for map review; and various other classes continued research and writing projects…Margery Ricards, Librarian

COUNSELING – Last Saturday, Counselor Melissa Gunnels presented a workshop on organizational skills to a group of freshmen.  Following the hour long workshop, the students attended ZAP, where they worked on missing assignments.  It was well received by the students who attended, and more topics are being planned for future presentations

EAOP Outreach Coordinator Griselda Sanchez continues to help Seniors with their college applications.  This Saturday at ZAP will be the last day for students to receive this targeted help for applying to UCs, CSU, and Community Colleges before the application deadline for many colleges and universities.

College and Career Center Technicians and Counselors wrapped up the Junior level Naviance presentations in the US History classes.  Thanks to the US History teachers who supported this very important program…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

COLLEGE & COLLEGE CENTER – Mrs. Anderson and Counseling staff met with all 11th grade students in the Computer Lab this week to demonstrate tasks in the Naviance College and Career Exploration Program.  A few areas explored included:   were how to sign up for College Visitors to our campus, how to create a Resume and Brag Sheet, search for scholarships, explore colleges that matched their interests and watch interviews of workers in various professions.  Students and parents can explore all the offerings in Naviance at any time, from any computer.

Two college representatives visited Rio Mesa this week.  On Thursday, November 20, Alex Wilson from Grand Canyon University, presented information and answered questions about this private Christian University in Arizona.  On Friday, November 21, Linda Mundell from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) met with students and presented information about this premiere fashion institute with branches in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco.

UCSB OUTREACH – On Wednesday, November 12, UCSB Early Academic Program took a group of seniors and juniors on a field trip to UCSB, where they heard about college experiences first-hand from college students.  They also participated in a student panel, attended a lecture, toured an Engineer lab, and campus.

Representatives from Oxnard College provided lunchtime presentation on November 12 and 13 on “What is Community College” and “Steps to Enroll.”  Community College Night took place on Thursday, November 13.  Parents and students had the opportunity to hear from representatives from Oxnard and Ventura College.   Brief discussion ensued on what is a community college, steps to enroll, financial aid and much more.  Also, the student had the opportunity to complete their community college application.

College Application Workshop took place on Saturday, November 15, from 8 to 12.  About 20 Students and parents received assistance with the different college applications and personal statements. College Application Workshop took place on Tuesday, November 18 at lunch.  This week, Mrs. Sanchez continues to meet with students on an individual basis to provide assistance with personal statements.

Academic Services Coordinators Robert Barrera and Luis Melgoza presented to sophomore students in their English classes on the Importance of Homework Completion.  The presentation included:    impact homework has on their overall grade, and the personal benefit of completing all of their homework.  Special thanks to all the teachers that helped us make this presentation possible.  The also presented to sophomore EAO student on Wednesday, November 19, during lunch on “How to choose a major and how it relates to different careers.”


 College Application Workshop Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Library – Griselda Sanchez will be assisting students with their college applications and personal statements.


Monday, December 8, 7 p.m., in the gym

 Football, Cross-Country, Girls’ Volleyball, Girls’ Golf, Girls’ Tennis and Boys’ Water Polo Athletes will be recognized

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

 Holiday Party – Dec. 5, Sportsman, Central Ave., Camarillo, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. no-host social hour, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. dance.  Santa Maria BBQ (tri tip, chicken, beans, salad & bread – vegetarian upon prior request). Tickets $25 per person from Patty Connelly, Koreen Fitzgerald, Melissa Gunnels, Laurena Guizar, Martha Jiménez-Ito or Regina Voshell 

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

RIO MESA DANCE “Top 20 Countdown” – Jan. 23, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. performances, RMHS gym.  Tickets $5 pre-sale, $7 at door…Christy Scholler