Weekly Update

Friday, April 24, 2015


THE VENTURA COUNTY STAR 32ND STAR SCHOLAR AWARDS honoring the top graduating students of Ventura County was held on Tuesday, April 21, at the Serra Center in Camarillo.    Star Scholars were selected by their schools as representative of the top seniors, using a suggested criteria of GPA, school activities and community service.  The Ventura County Star Scholars award is made possible through donors to the Ventura County Community Foundation. The Scholarship Fund for Ventura County is unique among local scholarships. It is the only one that awards financial aid to top seniors at every high school in Ventura County.

 The Julius Gius Star Scholarship ($5000)Guadalupe Melgarejo, Hueneme High School

 Rio Mesa High School Star Scholarships

Cynthia Anderson

Julian Chow

Rachel Schneider

DISTRICT ART SHOW – Eight Rio Mesa students exhibited their work at the annual District Art Show held at the Maritime Museum on Thursday, April 23, they are:

 Mikayla Otani

Maricela Vasquez

Kathryn Bell

Amairani Garcia

Hunter Klein

Valita Stoke

Yasuri Aguilar

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SPARTANS OF THE QUARTER were recognized by parents and staff on Thursday, April 23, at 8 a.m., in the library. Congratulations to these students that truly set an example of the Spartan motto and leadership in class, are interested in learning, and set good examples for other students:





Carson Bak

Alyssa Naigan

Mia Yates

Iran Gutierrez


Harlee Wedemeyer

Alma Monjaraz

Brittany Massey

George Tabor 

Alina Ramirez


Ashley Allen

Kade Waller

John Paul Nabor

Melissa Melchor

Karen Cordero


Miranda Holmes

Maeve Flynn

Jimmy Fitzgerald

Jasmine Torres

Arleth Gomez

Kimberly Au

DJ Torres​​​


MESA Regionals Winners!  Some students from MESA Club were invited back to UCSB this last Saturday, April 18, to compete against the local winners of the three centers in the region (UCSC MESA, UCSB MESA, and CSU Fresno MESA).   Eight students from RMHS attended and five won medals!  Please join me in congratulating the following students:                Beulah Espinoza, Advisor


116Dru Coronado (9th), Carla Phillips (10th) and Marilyn Huitron (10th)

Third Place in Speak Out for 9th and 10th Grade Students


Patrick Ventura (11th) and Luis Perez (11th)

First Place in Balsawood Airplanes for 11th and 12th Grade Students

COUNSELINGUCSB presented a transfer workshop for parents of seniors who are attending a Community College in the fall and planning on transferring to a 4 year university.  Topics included the transfer path, and resources and benefits of transferring from a community college.

UCOP EAOP conducted SAT workshop for Rio Mesa Juniors this past Saturday.  Students were given the SAT test, and on April 25, UCSB representative will bring back the scored test results, and work with students on developing strategies for improving their SAT Scores.

Seniors have been actively applying for scholarships.  ZAP is available for students to research and apply for college scholarships and get help with writing essays.  ZAP continues every Saturday through the end of the school year.  ZAP times are from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 noon in the libraryKirk Raymond, Counselor

115CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION – Culinary students created strawberry shortcake taco plates. Business – Microsoft Intro students begin the training for PowerPoint certification this week.  Microsoft Office Advanced students (15) have completed and passed the rigorous Microsoft Office Word certification test.   Congratulations to:  Riley Lawrence, Jesus Duarte, Jack Prado, Autumn Hall, Kevin Perez, Edward Ramirez, Vianey Quirarte, Rocio Manriquez, Juan Martinez, Mark Guzman, Marisol Ramirez, Francisco Valadez, Danny Mancilla and Cathleen Miller…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTSSpanish 2 students created PowerPoints of their “dream houses,” with furnishings labeled in Spanish (Jimenez-Ito); students in IB Visual Arts HL (Ms. Kim) researched styles and techniques of the Impressionists; Bio AP students (Espinoza) prepared PowerPoints summarizing their research expanding on three chapters of their text; Ms. Madl’s Eng. 1 students used Shmoop for review, while Mt. Timmons’ Eng. 1H students polished their Romeo and Juliet essays.  Last but not least, Geography students used online interactive map sites for chapter review (Ms. Ma)…Margery Ricards, Librarian

ENGLISH – The Writing Committee used the collaboration period on Thursday to introduce the new lesson plans the English Department will be using next year for freshmen thru junior classes.  We are very excited at the opportunity to implement these plans in solidarity next year.  The juniors are all testing in the English portion of the SBAC this week.  Thus far, we have had a few problems, but, generally, the testing has gone well.  Kudos to Mary Winter and Dr. Senesac for making it run smoothly…Joan O’Reilly, Department Chair

WORLD LANGUAGESSpanish 2 classes began making power point presentations to present to their peers in Spanish.   This is a big project for their quarter grade…Martha Jimenez-Ito, Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Students are submitting copies of their letters of acceptance to four-year colleges and verification of scholarship awards.  The College and Career Center is collecting and delivering scholarship applications for ten local organizations’ scholarships.

On Thursday, April 16, 86 students met in the gym and took the Assessment test for Oxnard College and Ventura College.  They are now ready for their New Student Counseling Workshop, which are held at Ventura and Oxnard Colleges.

Two college representatives visited with students this week at lunch:  Scott Carlson, University of Iowa, on Monday, April 20, and Caitlin Kaber, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, on Tuesday, 4/21.  They were in town for the NACAC College Fair which was held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Monday evening.

On Thursday, April 23, Maria Kelly, Counselor-Indian Education Consortium program met with freshmen and senior students in the program…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech


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

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

 PROM “Hollywood nights” – May 9, Oceanview Pavilion, Pt. Hue

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

RIO DANCE – BUST A MOVE – May 15, 7:30, OPAC


SPRING SPORTS AWARDS NIGHT – May 26, 7 p.m., gym

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.