Weekly Update

Friday, February 20, 2015

CIF PLAYOFF COMPETITION BEGINS THIS WEEK  for Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Girls Water Polo and Wrestling teams.   Best of luck to our athletes as they travel into post-season competition in quest of a CIF title!

1516Last Sunday and Monday a group of Rio Mesa athletes traveled to Fresno to compete in the California State Indoor Track & Field Championships.  Senior Greg Vann emerged as the best Long Jumper in the state with a 23’0” leap, and junior Zaria Francis was crowned the state’s fastest girl with her 6.94 second victory in the 55 meter dash.  Zaria’s time currently ranks as the #2 time in the entire nation, trailing the leader by a scant .01 seconds…Brian FitzGerald, Athletic Director

2015 VENTURA COUNTY ACADEMIC DECATHLON AWARDS held on February 9 at Pacifica High School.   Congratulations to the following Rio Mesa High School award recipients:

Commitment to Excellence Award – Thomas Bunker

Team Spirit Award – Grace Stephenson

Highest Individual Score Award Recipient for Each Team – Thomas Bunker

Coach Scott Dunst

17WINTERFEST took place on Friday, February 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the quad.  Snow – Music – Food!   Winter Fest was successful as kids played in the snowpack in the quad and ate great food while some clubs raised some money…Carl Melhorn – ASB Director, Link Crew Coordinator, Peer Resource Advisor & Spartan Spotlight Director

LIBRARY staff Cathy Muro and Margery Ricards spent a worthwhile and productive day at the District learning about the latest upgrades to the circulation system for textbooks and library materials, including new access capabilities to online resources and databases through the library catalog.

Class use of the library included, Mexican Chicano Lit students researching the Zoot Suit riots utilizing EBooks and databases (Madl); Geography students prepared budgets for travels to various amusement parks in the U.S. (Dunst); IB English HL3 (Tchiprout) and AP Spanish (E. Gonzalez) used Shmoop for test review, freshman English students worked on essays (Bouffard), and Economics students began compiling individual stock portfolios (Phillips)…Margery Ricards, Librarian

18ASB / PEER RESOURCE – Peer Resource and ASB students went to Camp Shalom this past week to learn how to intervene and mediate problems of their peers…Carl Melhorn-ASB Director, Link Crew Coordinator, Peer Resource Advisor and Spartan Spotlight Director

ELD Department – Allison Madl, Michelle Martinez and Sandra Tchiprout presented the Master Plan of Services for English Learners in the OUHSD during staff development on Thursday, February 19….Sandra Tchiprout, Department Chair

WORLD LANGUAGESSpanish 2 students were busy creating “infomerciales.” They spent 2 weeks creating the dialogue, recording and editing this.  The entire commercial for all of the groups was in Spanish…Martha Jimenez-Ito, Department Chair

ENGLISH Drama is conducting auditions for “Into the Woods” and IB 4 SL is conducting FOAs (Further Oral Activity), IB 3 SL and 3 HL will begin conducting FOAs next week!  Joan, O’Reilly, Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Mrs. Anderson, the College & Career Tech, continued to present the Naviance software program to classes of freshmen.  Students worked on SMART Goals, resume building, identifying career clusters that fit their personality, and viewing RoadTrip Nation videos of interviews with successful representatives from thousands of careers.

On Friday, February 20, Mrs. Anderson attended the Moorpark College High School Counselor Breakfast and information session.  Updates to the admissions process were discusses and certain programs, specific to Moorpark College, were highlighted…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech

 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 available Monday -Thursday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Library




SPARTAN OF THE QUARTERMar. 5, 8 a.m., library