Weekly Update

Friday, May 8, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS SAAVEDRA for being selected for the District Science Fair Award  Nicholas’ project was selected amongst all the District Science Fair projects submitted to the County, for its depth of research and student’s effort and growth in science academic achievement.  The title of his project is “Effect of Sports Stimulants on Reaction Time.”  Thanks to Mr. Dabbs and Dr. Sidhu for their support and encouragement to Nicholas Saavedra.  I wish him the best of luck at the State level…Nathan Inouye, OUHSD Science Learning Design Coach

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – ASB arranged for Kona Ice to provide refreshments for teachers and staff on May 6,  in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4-8!  Carl Melhorn, Activities Director, ASB Advisor

LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS – Seniors in the ERWC English classes (Timmons) began work on their senior project – either an investigation of their cultural background or on a future career choice.  Students were also required to read a book associated with their topic, using the CDE literature website as a resource.  English 2H students supplemented their reading of Night by selecting personal narratives describing contemporary instances of global conflict and oppression (Olliff / Martinez).  And, there was the ongoing work on essays (Bouffard, Zermeno), Shmoop review (Madl) and AP Biology projects (Espinoza)…Margery Ricards, Librarian 

  300CINCO DE MAYO – The Rio Mesa Mariachi class students performed for Mr. Dabbs’ on his birthday!

ADULT POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM   celebrated the first day of May with a potluck picnic at Sycamore Canyon Beach.  They cooked on the beach, set a beautiful picnic table, played Frisbee/football, took a hike to Malibu Rock.  The best gift of all were the whales frolicking right in front of them.  Most all, the students were able to participate in the day’s adventure, and it was a perfect day…Connie Westphal Brown, M.S., Department Chair

302303304CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATIONBaking and Pastry is starting their cake decorating unit. Students designed and decorated cupcakes using simple techniques. Pictured:  A cake made to look like French fries with ketchup, a Van Gogh inspired cupcake scene and very delicious cupcake.   Multimedia students continue to learn techniques in Adobe Illustrator, and are beginning to put together their year-end portfolio as a web site using Dreamweaver…Mary Clayton, Department Chair

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – On Wednesday evening, April 29, the Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation met in the College and Career Center to review 66 applications for the RMSF Scholarship.  After tabulating the scores assigned to each application, it was determined that from 13 scholarships will be awarded.  The winners will be announced at Senior Academic Awards Night on Thursday, May 28. 

Senior students were provided with the RMHS Senior Survey in their English classes and asked to complete information about courses they took while in high school, and what their specific plans are for after high school graduation, i.e., work or military, or which college they were planning to attend.  The information will be used by counselors for reporting and planning purposes, and by the College and Career Center for identifying which students to honor at the Senior Academic Awards Night on Thursday, May 28…Sally Anderson, College & Career Tech

ASB/LINK CREW – Juniors are finishing up last details for prom.  ASB Elections are coming up next week.  Link Crew applications are due on May 14, with over 100 already turned in…Carl Melhorn, Activities Director, ASB/Link Crew Advisor



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

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



Session 1

Monday, June 15 – Thursday, July 2

Four days of instruction each week

Session 2

Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 23

Four days of instruction each week

IT BROWN BAG SESSION – May 12, 11:13 a.m. to 1:55 p.m., faculty dining room

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

END OF YEAR GATHERING – May 30, Sportsman, 4:30 p.m., $25 per person, see Martha Jimenez-Ito, rm.21

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

GRADUATION – Jun. 9, 2 p.m.

RMHS 50TH Anniversary Celebration – Sept.