Weekly Update

Friday, April 17, 2015


DRAMA PERFORMANCE “INTO THE WOODS” – Thanks to all who supported by attending the Drama Club and Drama students live performance of the classic fractured fairy tale Into the Woods, at Pacifica High School’s Performing Arts Center, on April 10 and 11.   Special thanks to Verity Oliff and all who assisted with this production.

Congratulations to Verity and her thespians for their production of “Into the Woods.”  I’m sure it was “no walk in park” to learn all those complicated songs and keep all those plot reversals straight, but her students took on the challenge with enthusiasm, and obviously worked very hard.  And nobody got lost in the woods – Bravo!” …Margery Ricards, Librarian

LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTSESL students became familiar with the computer settings for the CASPP, and gained practice with the sample tests, assisted by Erik Ward from the District (Madl, Martinez and Tchiprout).  Ms. Tchiprout’s IB English 3 HL students also worked on the ELA practice test for CASPP.  Geography students created children’s books illustrating geography terms and features (Dunst).  English 2 students began their study of Night by researching modern instances of genocide and creating a news pamphlet describing the situation and including imaginary narratives from people involved (Stancil).

A guest speaker, Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp, gave an inspiring and motivational presentation in the library to all of Ms. Stancil’s students, who have been reading and discussing the book…Margery Ricards, Librarian

COUNSELORS are assisting students with completing scholarship applications.  Most scholarships will due in the next few weeks.  Summer School signup deadlines are approaching.  Students with questions should see their counselor.  Course requests for next year have been entered, and the master schedule will be determined based on student requests…Kirk Raymond, Counselor

SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Twenty-five RMHS students and their families attended UCSB’s EAOP Spring Insight field trip on Saturday, April 11th. They toured the campus and learned about admissions, financial aid, housing and student support services.  They also had the opportunity to meet UCSB staff and students. Spartans came back motivated and inspired by UCSB Gauchos!  Thank you to UCSB EAOP, Griselda Sanchez and Robert Barrera for this special event!  Cuba Montero, Special Programs Counselor

SPARTANS FOR A CURE AND CSF participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life this past weekend at Camarillo High School.   They provided community service hours to this worthy event.  Thanks to club Co-Presidents Dominique Derse and Sophia Soudani for working so hard to prepare and organize this event, and to all who donated, and worked the relay booth.    Special thanks to Mrs. Beulah Espinoza for helping supervise our students at this event…Lorraine Wood-Newberry, Club Advisor

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Last Friday, Mrs. Anderson visited Senior English classes to provide students with two important message:  1) Now is the time to apply for Oxnard College and Ventura College and complete the application process, so that they can register with Mrs. Anderson for the English and Math Assessment tests to be given at RMHS on Thursday, April 16.  Approximately 85 students have already signed-up for this required test, and  2) To submit copies of letters of 4-year college acceptances and verification of any scholarships they have been awarded.  Scholarship winners will be honored at the Senior Academic Awards Program, but Mrs. Anderson only knows about those awards if students tell her.

On Tuesday, April 14, the U.S. Air Force Recruiter, Sgt. Holly Sheida, held a lunch period table outside the College and Career Center.  She distributed brochures and information.  On Wednesday, the recruiter from the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer Miguel Paredes, presented information to students at a lunch period table outside the C&CC…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech


 Rio Mesa and UCSB EAOP joined forces to provide a Scholastic Aptitude Test Workshop

 Sat., April 18 & 25, 8 a.m. to 12 noon – sign up with Mr. Raymond

SPARTAN OF THE QUARTER – Apr. 23, 8 a.m., library

PROM “HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS” – May 9, Oceanview Pavilion, Pt. Hue

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.