Weekly Update

Friday, February 27, 2015

CIF PLAYOFF UPDATE – Our Girls Basketball team won a challenging contest over an athletic Victor Valley squad Wednesday night to move on to the CIF-SS Division 2A Quarterfinals. Stellar play in the paint from senior Cecelia Lucas and steady leadership from soph point guard Valerie Ventura paved the way for the victory. The Lady Spartans will take on local rival Buena away this Saturday at 7 p.m.

20Coach Gonzalo Rodriguez’ Girls Soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 sudden-death overtime loss to Ocean View HS of Huntington Beach in a second round playoff game Tuesday.  Although the season has ended, the girls can be proud of their PVL Co-championship, and with several young standouts, the future looks bright for the Lady Spartans.


21Indoor Track & Field – Several Rio Mesa athletes traveled to Pocatello, Idaho, last weekend and performed extremely well at the Simplot Games at Idaho State University. The event, billed as the top indoor track meet in the Western US, boasted athletes from 19 states and 4 countries. Senior Greg Vann continued his meteoric rise by winning the Long Jump with a leap of 24’-3.75”, which currently stand as the #2 mark in the US this
season! Gregg joined teammates Jimmy FitzGerald, David Thompson and Cameron Wrout to place 4th in both the 4×400 and Sprint Medley Relays, recording top 10 national times
Brian FitzGerald, Athletic Director22


ALUMINI UPDATE – Just a shout out to alumni Anika Gasner who was a star track and cross country runner here at Rio.  She is now a junior at Biola and just broke the stadium record in the 1 mile run (4:57.86).

23LA MIRADA, Calif. — Everyone knew going into it that the Pomona-Pitzer Collegiate All-Comers Invitational was the most important, and fastest, meet of the Indoor Track & Field season so far, but the amount of success the Eagles’ would have was  not predicted.  It was Biola’s final chance to get some runners added to its NAIA National Championship team in advance of the March 5-7 Indoor Track & Field Championships, and the student-athletes came through, netting five new qualifications, a school record and a handful of personal-bests on Saturday.).

Anika Gasner was her usual fantastic self, setting a stadium record and new personal-best with her 4:57.86 first-place finish in the mile. It was also another ‘A’ qualifying time for the junior.

Geno Arthur a Junior at Oberlin College in Ohio, just set college record in the 5000 meters indoors 14:23. And was selected Athlete of the Week)…Coach Rick Torres

COUNSELORS completed the registration orientation in freshmen, sophomore and junior classes.  Starting next week, current students will go to the library and meet individually with their counselor to select courses for next year. Rio Mesa held their annual Elective Fair on February 24 and 25, to allow students the opportunity to get information about the different electives available for next year…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

RMHS MOCK TRIAL Team participated in the 2015 Ventura County Mock Trial Competition on February 23 and 24.  The team performed incredibly well!  Although final results are not in yet, the Team did not make the final 8 for the playoffs. We are proud of the hard work they put in and the effort they made to compete on Monday and Tuesday until almost 11 p.m. both nights. The team was led by Miguel Undurraga and Joanna Birns, and the team did a phenomenal job!   Jeff Holloway, Advisor

LIBRARY has just added 67 new EBooks to its collection!  We now offer a total of 133 titles, always accessible through the link on the library page and use of a password.  These are non-fiction titles, primarily in history, multicultural studies, and biography, and will be terrific resources for student research.  In fact, they were utilized just this week by the Mexican Chicano Lit. classes in their study of the Zoot Suit Riots (Madl).  Other library use:   English 2H students utilized the Gale database to compare and analyze literary criticism of the Lord of the Flies (Martinez); Geography students reviewed South American countries using an interactive map and tutorial website (Ma); Economics students participated in an online interactive stock market game (Phillips)…Margery Ricards, Librarian

24ENGLISH Mr. Samples’ sophomore classes recently finished the book, Night, for the final project.  They were charged with writing a journal/diary entry(ies) as if they were in the story with Elie Weisel. They were to choose one or two scenes and write a journal expressing their thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions as to what was happening to themselves and those around them based solely on the details from the book.  They were also given the opportunity to customize their journals to make them appear old and worn. 

The students really responded to this task. Included here a picture of three of the most inventive. The journal on the left by Selena Perez is written in Yiddish (with an English translation) on a piece of fabric. The middle journal by Sierra Furagganan is an actual journal that has been made to look extremely old. Most of Mr. Samples’ classes believed it was from WW2 until he told them otherwise. The one on the right by Charity Custance,  included a drawing of what the gates of one of the camps looked like, not to mention that the paper was made to look old and worn (she did it using soy sauce, who knew).  These were three of several phenomenal projects turned in yesterday.​..Adam Samples (Joan O’Reilly, Department Chair)

25CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATIONBusiness –  Multimedia students enjoyed a day at The Getty Museum including an exhibit on World War I posters and graphic arts. Students will be creating a multimedia presentation to promote visiting the museum from the perspective of a high school student.

Culinary ArtsBaking and Pastry is in the middle of a unit on yeast breads. So far, they have prepared oatmeal sandwich bread, English Muffins and French Baguettes.26

27Rio Mesa Transportation Technology
students from the DRAGG team had the rare privilege to visit the George Barris Museum in North Hollywood. Mr. Barris and his shop designed and/or built most of the vehicles used by the entertainment industry in movies and television from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. The students were able to see, touch and sit in several of the most famous vehicles created by Mr. Barris, including the original Batmobile, “KITT” from the Knightrider show, and Munsters coach” from the Munsters TV show. Mr. Barris, who is 89 years old, personally explained the history, the building process, and the skills needed to design and fabricate vehicles of their type. He also autographed pictures and took photos with our students.

28Rio Mesa Transportation Technology students involved the DRAGG program attended a field trip to Vista Ford in Oxnard. The dealership’s service manager and shop foreman guided the students on a tour of the facility with an emphasis on the repair shop. The students were able to perform a “pre-delivery inspection on a brand new aluminum bodied 2016 F150 “King Ranch” with the guidance of one of the shop’s technicians. The students were shown all of the different repair areas and advised of available job opportunities…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

UCSB OUTREACH – On Monday, February 23, College Site Coordinator Griselda Sanchez presented information on the community college process for matriculation.  All students received a calendar of application workshops, assessment and orientations scheduled. Students were also reminded to submit their financial aid application as soon as possible – deadline is March 2.   In addition, students were informed about the OUHSD Career Fair on March 27, and reminded to continue to apply for scholarships.  Special thanks to Mr. Fuchs, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Dunst and Holloway for allowing this to happen.

On Wednesday, February 25, Richard Torres from Ventura College provided a workshop during lunch for seniors on the steps to enroll at a community college…Griselda Sanchez, College Site Coordinator Early Academic Outreach rogram University of California Santa Barbara

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Mrs. Anderson attended a planning meeting at the District Office on Wednesday, February 25, to discuss the OUHSD Student Career Fair which will be held on Friday, March 27.  Preparations are being made to have approximately 110 presenters available to answer students’ questions about the careers represented.

Indian Education Consortium Counselor, Maria Kelly, met with students in the College and Career Center on Thursday. February 26.  She presented information about their Native American heritage.

Mrs. Anderson attended the Ventura College High School Counselor Exchange on Friday, February 27, at Ventura College.  Important information was presented about the enrollment process, financial aid updates, VC Promise, EOPS, Career & Technical Education, and Paramedic Studies and Nursing Sciences.  This information will be used to guide seniors to successful enrollment in Ventura College after graduation from RMHS…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, Library

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING available Monday – Thursday, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Library

SAVE THE DATE!   Rio Mesa Dance – “Bust a Move”

Friday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m. – Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Tickets will go on sale week of 4 – $7 pre-sale, $10 at door


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


SPRING BREAK – Mar. 30-31, Apr. 1-3


GRADUATION – Jun. 9, 2 p.m.