Weekly Update

Friday, February 13, 2015

GO LADY SPARTANS!!! – The winter sports season was a great one for our girl’s athletic teams

Coach Al Walker’s Basketball squad and Keith McKnett’s Water Polo team were undefeated PVL Champions and will enter the CIF Playoffs as top-5 ranked teams

The Girls Soccer team, coached by Gonzalo Rodriguez, shared the League Championship and are currently ranked #8 in CIF

Chris Ruffinelli’s Boys Basketball squad also fared well, placing 2nd and moving on into CIF post-season competition

Good luck to all the Spartans as they move into the playoffs!   Brian FitzGerald, Athletic Director

COUNSELORS are finishing up 8th grade registration at the feeder schools.  Parent orientation and registration for new students will be held on March 4.  Plans are underway for current RM student registration February 24-26, with an Elective Fair planned for February 27.  Counselors are working with seniors to make sure they are on track for graduation.

The Counseling Department says a fond farewell to UC Outreach Coordinator Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, who is transferring to Channel Islands High School.  We wish her all the best …Kirk Raymond, Counselor

10CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION / HOSPITALITY AND MARKETINGCulinary Arts students in Baking and Pastry (C. Allen) demonstrated to parents at Open House. This class will be a part of the program of studies for the Hospitality and Marketing Academy starting this fall 2015 for incoming freshmen.

Business/Multimedia students completed their first unit in Adobe Premiere – a robust video editing software application. They made editorial decisions in order to reduce a 30 second film clip on wildlife down to 20 seconds and added an opening title image created in Photoshop

11The Transportation Technology classes are busy at work as this second semester unfolds.  The Intermediate and Advanced students have begun units on Electricity, Electronics and Vehicle Computer Controls, while concurrently working on “hands on” projects.  The Tech 1 students are moving towards completion of their TWB (Tires, Wheels and Bearings) lab project…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

ASB / PEER RESOURCE – Thirty-five Peer Resource and selected ASB students spent Wednesday at Camp Shalom to learn and be trained in Peer Mediation.   ASB is hosting a Winter Fest Friday night from 6:30-9:30 in the quad where there will be snow and food from various clubs…Carl Melhorn-ASB Director, Link Crew Coordinator, Peer Resource Advisor and Spartan Spotlight Director

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM students took an exciting trip to the Getty Center on February 6.  They enjoyed a lovely day at the museum and were able to see the Blue Iris’s and a Picasso that was there on loan.  The students were in awe of the “Sun King” as well.  Perfect day…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S, Teacher, Dept. Chair Rio Mesa Adult Transition Program

students provided baked goods to Rio Mesa Staff in the office and faculty work room, in honor of Valentine’s Day!  The club members are students whose mission is to spread kindness throughout RMHS and the surrounding community.   Thank you for allowing them to experience the joy of giving…Norma Villarreal, Club Advisor

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER – Mrs. Anderson presented the Naviance College and Career Exploration software program to freshmen students in the Health and Geography classes.  She led twelve classroom periods showing students Career Clusters, SMART Goals, Resume Building, and Road Trip Nation.  Students will have access to this excellent planning program throughout their years at Rio Mesa…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center

UCSB OUTREACH Site Coordinator Griselda Sanchez presented to all sophomore English classes on the importance of building a strong college portfolio, understanding the A-G requirements, what counts as an A-G class, importance of GPA, SAT and ACT test information, and extracurricular activities.  Special thanks to the teachers that made this possible:   Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Olliff, Mrs. Stancil, Mr. Samples, Mr. Tierney and Mr. Zermeno.  SAT/Act registration Drive took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week during lunch. Juniors received assistance on the sign up process for both entrance exams.  Griselda Sanchez, presented on Financial Aid at the Migrant Parent Meeting held on February 11, in the Library.  Financial Aid Workshop held Thursday, February 12, for senior students and their parents on completion of FAFSA application.  Thanks to Oxnard College Financial Aid Staff for also assisting students in the process…Griselda Sanchez-Pelayo, UCSB Outreach Coordinator

SCIENCEHealth – Freshman are working on learning how to wright Job Resumes as part of the 21st Century Learning Unit.  Physical Science Honors students completed a hands on experiment—High Performance Liquid Chromatography– to see if they could separate the dyes in grape Kool-Aid,  based on the polarity of the dyes.  Enviro CP students completed chapter 10 biodiversity and created an endangered species brochure in computer labIB Environmental Systems & Societies completed soil profiles in a guided lab and are now designing their own experiment to test a property of soil.  They used mostly soil from around the school,  depending on their hypothesis.  ​CP Biology – Learned about heredity by creating offspring in a lab and is currently learning about DN, laying down the framework to understand protein synthesis and evolution.  Marine Biology students are investigating the phylum porifera.  Students discovered what the “skeleton” of a sponge is and the next day drew several examples of preserved poriferans.  Honors Biology  is completing a lab about protein synthesis.  Earth Science (Mr. Holden) students have been coving the rock cycle and the water cycle.  They have started using online discussion questions through the website Edmodo, with mixed results.  The students who are completing the work are benefiting from the assignments, but the ones that are not are suffering both in understanding of the material and grade.  Mr. Jackson’s Earth Science class is learning about Ocean Topography by doing a labtivity in which students are using post-it notes to plot data collected from Topex-Poseidon satellite.  Students created mini-3-D profiles of an ocean floor feature.  Mrs. Mitchell’s students created their own rock cycle.  Students chose 3 different colored crayons and the completed these steps:  1. shave them into sediment,  2. compact them into sedimentary rock,  3. add extreme pressure turning it into metamorphic,  4. melting it over a candle creating magma, and  5. letting it cool into igneous.  Students also classified 10 rocks using different processes to identify rock type…Corene Duarte, Science Department Chair

ENGLISH – The junior IB students are currently putting together information for their first FOA (Further Oral Activity).  They are using the COWs to gather information to augment their already considerable knowledge…Joan O’Reilly, Department Chair

  U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

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

After School Tutoring is available Monday -Thursday,  3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Library


WINTER FEST– Fri., Feb. 13 – 6:30 to 9:30 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 QUARTERMar. 5, 8 a.m., library