Weekly Update

Friday, January 30, 2015

SPRING OPEN HOUSE – This year’s Open House on Thursday, January 29th, focused on the various programs available to students at Rio Mesa High School.  Parents of incoming 9th grade students were also invited to attend.  All parents were provided with self-guided tour maps to programs and departments throughout the campus including, IB, the Arts, Sciences and more. Science Fair also took place in the Library.  Thanks to all in attendance!

RIO MESA DANCE “TOP 20 HITS” – Two performances were held on January 23rd, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the gym.  Over 250 persons attended the 5:30 p.m. performance and about 600 the 7:30 p.m. performance!!  Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Rio Mesa Dance Program!   Christy Scholler

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM held an Open House on Thursday, January 29, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The program included overview, student speakers, and was followed by classroom visitations to view students’ work…Judy Greycloud, Special Education Coordinator – Adult Transition

COUNSELING – Counselors are making final adjustments to second semester schedules.   Freshman Orientation for incoming 9th grade students will be held on March 4.  Detailed information will be distributed to all middle school students, and available on the Rio Mesa website.  Registration for current students will begin the last week of February…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

SCIENCETeacher TrainingDr. Sidhu and Mrs. Duarte attended 3-days of IB Instructor Training in Los Angeles this month.  They learned about the changes to the IB Chemistry curriculum, and the new Personal Investigation Component, a 10-hour individual research project required for each IB Chemistry student.  Science Fair – Over 50 students completed Science Fair projects which were judged on Thursday, January 29, by a 12-member panel comprised of educators, scientists, and engineers from the community. The winning projects will advance to the Ventura County Science Fair, to be held April 1st at the Ventura County Fair Grounds.  Biology students are working on the Genetics unit.  They will be doing a “Dragon Baby” lab, where they will use the chromosomes contained in their “dragon egg” to determine the characteristics of their baby dragons.  Earth Science students are studying the Oceans.  Chem Study students are learning about the Mole Concept, a numerical relationship used in chemistry to find out how many atoms and molecules are in a gram of a substance…Corene Duarte, Department Co-Chair

VISUAL ARTS3-D sculpture classes are working hard on their paper mache masks…Gary Bowman, Department Chair

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATIONCulinary Arts Baking and Pastry is working on a unit on chocolate. The foods they prepared included pots de crème, brownie cookies, modeling chocolate and peanut butter cups. A variety of recipes and peanut butters were used and the students evaluated and ranked each product.  Business Multimedia students created a personal collage by bringing personal images and taking pictures of textures for their Photoshop canvas. Microsoft Office Advanced students began a unit in learning advanced features of Microsoft Word with the goal of obtaining the MOS certificate…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

COLLEGE & COLLEGE CENTER – On Tuesday, January 27, the results of the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment were distributed to students who took the test last December.  Information on the result sheet was reviewed, and students took the second half of the ASVAB test (Personality Inventory) which identified the student’s Holland Personality Code.  The results of the Personality Inventory and the skills portion were combined to show each student their best options for a possible career path.  Five representatives from various branches of the military were present to help interpret the results.  Approximately 100 students were helped during the four sessions.  Two recruiters from the U.S. Navy held an informational table outside the College and Career Center on Wednesday, January 28.  They spoke with over 30 interested students about the opportunities offered by the Navy…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center



U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S



 ZAP (Zeros Aren’t Permitted)Saturdays – 8:15 to 12 noon in the Library


Fri., Jan. 30 – 6 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 31 – 6 p.m. – Room 56

Tickets $10 from any IB/Drama Club member


Support Girls’ Cross Country and The Jordan Dodson’s family (one-third of pledges/donations)

Jordan – member of the Boys’ XC team was diagnosed with cancer.

Jordan lost his mother to cancer and younger brother in remission at this time.

If you would like to pledge per lap or donation, contact Coach Rick Torres  rick.torres@ouhsd.k12.ca.us

WINTERFEST– Fri., Feb. 13 – 8 to 11 p.m., quad

 Snow – Music – Food!  Snow available through Sun., Feb. 15 for your enjoyment!

 Little ones unable to enjoy event on Friday night – only high school students.

Thank you for your understanding…Carl Melhorn – ASB Director, Link Crew Coordinator, Peer Resource Advisor & Spartan Spotlight Director

 SPARTAN OF THE QUARTER – March 5 – 8:00 a.m. – Library