Weekly Update

Friday, March 13, 2015

RMHS MESA COMPETED AT UCSB SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DAY – Schools involved in the MESA Program in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area gathered at UCSB to compete for an invitation to the Regional Competition, which takes place at UCSB on Saturday, April 18th.   **RMHS students that placed at preliminaries, are invited to compete against the top competitors from UCSB, UC Santa Cruz, and CSU Fresno MESA Centers, include:    (Beulah Espinoza, Advisor)

 Mouse Trap Car 9th – 10th Grade – 1st Place – Khyle Calpe and Andrew Barra**

Egg Express 11th – 12th Grade – 1st Place – Luis Perez and Patrick Ventura**

Egg Express 9th – 10th Grade – 1st Place – Brian Nguyen **

Balsawood Airplane 11th – 12th Grade – 1st Place – Patrick Ventura**

Balsawood Airplane 9th – 10th Grade – 3rd Place – Walid Mascorro

Speak Out 9th – 10th Grade – 1st Place – Bayan Duwaik, Carla Phillips, Marilyn Huitron**

Speak Out 11th – 12th Grade – 3rd Place – Alexandra Roth, Gabriela Alvarado, Luis Perez

Math Team Category A – 2nd Place – Marilyn Huitron, Carla Phillips, Andrew Barra**

 ** Students/Teams invited back to UCSB to compete at Regional Competition




VISUAL ARTS – Ms. Bolton’s Digital Photography classes this week are completing the following projects:  High Contrast utilizing texture and PhotoShop, Industrial/Product photography depicting manmade subjects and Table Top studio photography.  Visual art students are completing their action figure projects depicting different patterns in all of the negative spaces. …Gary Bowman, Visual Arts Department Chair

34RMHS STUDENTS TAKE TRIP TO ANACAPA ISLAND on Saturday, March 7 – one in a series of trips funded by the National Park Service with transportation provided by Island Packers.  When at Anacapa Island, students participated in island restoration projects, such as non-native plant removal, planting of native plants which have been raised in greenhouses, and collecting native plant seeds for future use.  There is one more trip scheduled for next month (tentative date April 11).  Mr. Bill Weinerth chaperoned and is responsible for setting up and organizing this opportunity for RMHS students.

36CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION – The Technology 1 students in the Transportation Technology section (Darell Cleveland) are completing their “Tires, Wheels and Bearings” lab project and are already in to their next unit of “Braking Systems.” This is their most comprehensive unit of the year and includes several computer based projects and a “hands-on” lab project…Mary Clayton, CTE Department Chair37

SOCIAL SCIENCE – Mr. Dunst’s Geography class studied the different layers of the earth. They wrote a half-page descriptive essay on the different layers of the earth then we designed a 3-D model. The students presented the 3D model with their papers to the class…Jeff Holloway, Social Science Department Chair

ASB FRESHMEN WELCOMED 15 STUDENTS FROM RIO DEL VALLE this week as they acted as “trees” for their “shadows” to show them what high school will be like for them next year.  We are expecting more students from University Charter Middle School CSUCI and CAPE on March 24.   A big shout out to all the freshmen teachers for taking the shadows into their roomCarl Melhorn – ASB Director, Link Crew Coordinator, Peer Resource Advisor and Spartan Spotlight Director

SPECIAL PROGRAMS UPDATE – Thirty RMHS students and their families attended the OUHSD “Making It Happen” Family College Conference on Saturday, March 7, at CSUCI.  They participated in 3 workshops, in Spanish or English, which covered topics, i.e., financial aid, careers and academies, community colleges, and A-G requirements.

RMHS teacher Ramon Gutierrez presented a Student Portfolio workshop in Spanish.   RMHS new Parent Facilitator, Daisy Arellano, and Cuba Montero were present to help with the event. It was a great day and opportunity to prepare for their future!  Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – A representative from Laurus College, Sadeana Craven, presented a table of information outside the College and Career Center on Thursday, March 12, during lunch.  This career based college in Oxnard offers certificate and degree programs in computer technology, business systems, medical office, and graphic art.  Activities continuing in the College and Career Center:

The March Scholarship List includes 21 new scholarships, many available only to students in our local area.  Seniors are encouraged to submit applications for this free money!!  Many scholarships have deadlines in March.  The Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation scholarship applications are due April 8 to Mrs. Anderson.

Sign-ups continuing for OUHSD District-wide Student Career Fair which will be held on March 27 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. More than 110 representatives from various careers will be available for students to receive information.

Community College applications workshops continuing each Wednesday in March, in the computer labs, with representatives from VC and OC available to assist and answer student questions…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

WINTER ATHLETIC AWARDS – Mar.16, 7 p.m., gym

CAHSEE Testing – Mar. 17 & 18. 10th grade

OUHSD Student Career Fair – Mar. 27, OPAC

SPRING BREAK – Mar. 30-31, Apr. 1-3

VC/OC Assessment Test – Apr. 16, RMHS gym

PROM “HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS” – May 9, 8-11 p.m., Oceanview Pavilion

RMHS SAFE & SOBER AFTER PROM PARTY – May 9-10, Plaza Cinemas 14



GRADUATION – Jun. 9, 2 p.m.