Weekly Update

Friday, April 10, 2015


5051CONGRATULATIONS JEREMIAH BRENNAN!!   As part of the Rotary Club of Oxnard’s recognition of outstanding teachers, Rio Mesa High School Teacher Jeremiah Brennan was honored at a meeting of faculty and staff on Thursday, April 9.

This is the fifth year that the Rotary Club of Oxnard has provided gift basket and a marble “apple for the teacher” for outstanding teaching and service to students, parents, and their school.  In partnership with the County Schools Federal Credit Union, the recognition also includes a monetary award for the teacher to help cover the many out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur.  The Teacher Recognition Program continues the efforts of the Rotary Club of Oxnard to thank those in the community who demonstrate outstanding Service Above Self, the motto of Rotary International.

Pictured above (l-r) are Rotarian and OUHSD Superintendent Dr. Gabe Soumakian, Rotary Club of Oxnard President George Benz, Rotarian Phyllis Throckmorton, RMHS Principal William Dabs, Rotary Club of Oxnard Past President Dr. Gary Davis, Rotary Teacher Recognition recipient Mr. Jeremiah Brennan, Rotarian Dr. John McDougal, Rotarian Norm Bernstein, and Rotary Club of Oxnard Past President Peter Higgins.

SCIENCE Rio Mesa High School organized First Science Fair on January 29. Fifty students participated and thirteen were selected by the panel of judges to participate in Ventura County Science Fair held on April 1Nine Rio Mesa students competed with 900 students from other schools in county.

 Students who competed at County level:

       Alissa Arroyo

       Dominique Derse

Michaela Riendeau

Shawn Cogan

Nicholas Saavedra

Kade Waller

Brandon Boettcher

Chandresh Khimji

Reece Koe

Award Recipients:

Alissa Arroyo, 2nd place Biochemistry (alternate for State), and Women Engineers Award
Shawn Cogan, 2nd place Engineering (qualified for State), and 3rd Place American Petroleum Institute award
Nicholas Saavedra 2nd place Human Biology (qualified for State)
Kade Waller, 4th place Physics

Shawn Cogan and Nicholas Saavedra will be competing with students from all over the State on May 18 and 19.
Of all the students who competed District wide, only Rio Mesa Spartans qualified to go to State or received Special Awards.

ENGLISH – The Junior English teachers are meeting to prepare the SBAC lesson on poetry, which will be presented to their students on April 16th as an introduction to the SBAC.  Senior IB English teachers are busy sending samples of students’ Individual Oral Commentaries to Europe.  These commentaries serve as 20% of an IB student’s IB grade…Joan C. O’Reilly, Department Chair

Counselors – Counselors have been inputting 2015-16 course requests.  Counselors are meeting with students regarding 3rd quarter grades, summer school and APEX completion…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

52COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – The 30th Annual OUHSD Student Career Fair was held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 27.  It was a tremendous success with over 650 students attending from all schools in the OUHSD.  There were over 114 presenters representing careers in each of the Career Pathways (Arts, Media, Entertainment; Building Trades & Construction; Public Service; Energy & Utility; Engineering & Design; Finance; Agriculture & Natural Resources; Education & Family Services; Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation; Fashion & Interior Design; Transportation; Marketing, Sales & Service; Information Technology; Health Sciences & Medical Technology; Manufacturing & Product Development). Rio Mesa High School sent 88 students who were all dressed for success. Industry representatives were very impressed with the quality of the questions asked and the interest shown by the students.  Many presenters and students are already looking forward to the Student Career Fair next year.  Student evaluations were very favorable and a typical comment was, “It was great.  Attending the Career Fair gives you a better understanding for the career you would like…” Special thanks to the three paraeducators and four faculty chaperones who accompanied the students.

Springtime is an important season for applications for local scholarships.  On Wednesday, students submitted applications for the Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation scholarships.  This offering is only made available to students at Rio Mesa High School and many scholarships will be awarded.  On Thursday, the Camarillo Noontime Rotary Club held interviews of students who submitted applications for their scholarship.  Winners will be determined at a later date.

Seniors are reminded to provide proof of scholarships awards to Mrs. Anderson in the College and Career Center so those students can be honored at the Senior Academic Awards Program scheduled for Thursday, May 28Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech

SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Felicidades! Congratulations to the RMHS Migrant Speech students, Miguel Rendón, Andrea Moreno, Gerardo Ruiz, and Coaches David Gonzalez and Mayra Estrada! They participated in the Regional Migrant Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, March 28. Miguel Rendón received third place for his speech in Spanish!  Gerardo Ruiz received second place for his speech in English!  Way to go Spartans!  Cuba A. Montero, Special Programs Counselor


PROM “Hollywood Nights” – May 9, Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme

SAFE & SOBER AFTER PROM PARTY – May 9, Plaza Cinemas, Oxnard



SENIOR ACADEMIC AWARDS NIGHT – May 28, 6:30 p.m., gym

ADULT TRANSITION GRADUATION – Jun. 2, 12 noon, East Campus

GRADUATION – Jun. 9, 2 p.m.

RMHS 50TH Anniversary Celebration – Sept.